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talkin’ ’bout the bleeding heart liberal petition blues

I HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE ti­tled Bleeding Heart Lib­eral Pe­ti­tions. Most days, I re­ceive a slew of emails with pe­ti­tions for var­ious causes such as saving an en­dan­gered species, urging my rep­re­sen­ta­tives in state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment to vote for or against a par­tic­ular bill, protest an in­jus­tice, etc. I read them all, sign most of them, and add a few to the Face­book page. [Continue reading]

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the expense and inconvenience of collecting vinyl today

MY OLD (OLD) BUDDY, Jerichau St. John, posted a car­toon on my Face­book page. It struck an im­me­diate chord in my record col­lec­tor’s soul. I left a com­ment for JSJ and then went looking for the image on­line. I found it and I am sharing it here with my readers. The car­toon is by Alex Gre­gory and was pub­lished in The New Yorker on May 25, 2015. [Continue reading]

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what is a sex kitten and where have they all gone?

WHILE TWEAKING AN ARTICLE for pub­li­ca­tion on my Tell It Like It Was pub­li­ca­tion on Medium, I no­ticed that I had re­ferred to lead singer Diana Ross’s soft, whis­pery vo­cals on all three of the Supremes’ #1 hits of 1964 as “sex kit­tenish.” They cer­tainly were coyly flir­ta­tious and the an­tithesis of most soul singers of the ’60s. [Continue reading]

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rutherford chang wants to buy your white album (and yours and yours)

IN NOVEMBER 1968, the Bea­tles re­leased their long-awaited new album. It had been eigh­teen months since the re­lease of their land­mark Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an un­heard of pe­riod of time be­tween al­bums in the ’60s. Un­like the over-the-top pre­sen­ta­tion of the ear­lier album, the new album did not have a clever title or an ex­ces­sively busy and col­orful jacket.

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