Friday, October 20, 2017

Nathaniel Mayer and His Fabulous Twilights
"I Had A Dream" (Fortune, 1963)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter



THE GREAT NATHANIEL MAYER WOULD HAVE TURNED 73 TODAY! The raw rockin' soul sound, in-the-red recording style, and wild intensity on these masterpieces express the NY Night Train aesthetic as much as anything ever cut into wax and if you've been coming to the parties over the years, you'll be familiar with all of these as they never stop turning. While these all are all ripped directly from the original 45s, anyone can tell you that no digitized version such as this, or vinyl reproduction, bootleg, etc, comes close to the unusual feel of an authentic Fortune record. But this is the next best thing! Here's an ordered list of DJ Jonathan Toubin's 13 favorite NAY DAWG Fortune sides (1961 - 1966). Go here for the entire playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

#1: "I HAD A DREAM" (1963): A fixture in my friend and mentor Billy Miller of Norton Records' DJ sets, Nathaniel Mayer's fifth single blew me away from the minute I heard him play it and is one of the most unique and exciting tracks in recording history.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sonny Holliday "School Days" (Constellation,1963) aka Hal Davis covers Chuck Berry!




While much has been made on Chuck Berry’s influence on rock bands, particularly British rock bands, and his audience was primarily white, he was a fixture on the r&b charts since the beginning. Not only were there countless covers, answer songs, and references to his material all over the black market since Berry emerged on the scene with “Maybellene”, but also his deep cultural impression could still be felt at the dawn of the soul era.

Sonny Holliday is a pseudonym for legendary producer, Brenda Holloway discoverer, and architect of the Motown West sound, Hal Davis. Davis’ fascinating early 1960s pre-Motown output is chock full o’masterpieces like Patrice Holloway’s “Do The Del Viking,” The Watesians “I Told You Baby,” and Hal and Brenda’s “It’s You.” While you’re listening to an L.A. record, this particular novelty appeared on Chicago’s Constellation imprint.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mabel Franklin "Let's Do The Wiggle" / "Dream I Had Last Night" (Ritzy, 1965)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter




You may recall the pair of Sister Mable Franklin’s pulverizing Kangaroo gospel sides I put up here last year? (https://youtu.be/i2bq26X-yCk) This hot wax from seven years in the future finds the formerly pious gospel-shouting Sister Mable Franklin throwing her vocal flames into the most secular of blues! This one was laid down at drummer Ivory Lee Semien's studio on the Fifth Ward;s tough corner of Lyons and Jensen * - an intersection that grew so violent that it was referred to as “Pearl Harbor” by the end of the 1970s.

Apparently the second and last release on Houston’s obscure Ritzy imprint, Mabel’s take on the current dance craze trend doesn’t sound like a 1965 record and is so timeless that could’ve been from anywhere deep in the post-1948 Lightnin’ Hopkins “Katie Mae” Houston blues scene. But just because what your hearing is from a strong tradition doesn’t mean what you’re hearing isn’t an exquisite example of fresh and unique post-war Bayou City blues. Franklin’s windy wailing, growling, and shouting finds its ideal accompaniment in the raw elegance of drummer C.W. Thornton (Big Mama’s brother!) and the expressive, imaginative, and downright wild guitar heroics of Texas blues legend D.C. Bender. These sparse but loud and very present recordings make for two Texas’ most exciting blues sides.

Bender and Franklin teamed up again with Ivory Lee in 1967 with “Lucille Leave My Man Alone” / “Unhappy Woman” (Ivory, 1967)

Mabel Franklin and D.C. Bender were regular attractions in the colorful and prolific 1960s/1970s Fifth Ward club scene. Here’s Mike Leadbetter's action-packed 1967 account of a typical Bender/Ivory Lee band’s set at George’s on Cavalcade for “Blues Unlimited” (Aug 1967):

“George’s is a large, wild, tough beer joint and we sat as close to the band as we could. Ivory had told me that D.C. could sing, drink beer and play guitar all at once and this I had to see. To the hypnotic beat of “Boogie Chillen”, D.C. tipped back his head and, somehow, by clenching an open bottle between his teeth (broken), and by shouting out of the corner of his mouth did the impossible. Due to too much booze, D.C.;s voice is now little more than a hoarse cry, but his weird guitar playing, relying heavily on tremolo effects, is quite something as are his gymnastics. Laying down a pounding, rock rhythm behind D.C. were Big H. WIlliamson bass, Earl Gilliam on organ and Ivory beating beautifully on drums. All the musicians took turns to sing and by 9.30 most of the customers were hip shaking round the tables. There was no room to dance, but everyone stood up, shook all over and yelled. One couple, far gone, had a noisy if futile attempt to make love, half on a table and half on a chair, behind Tom’s head.”
http://blues-facts.proboards.com/thre...

Other than the Kangaroo sides, Sister Mabel Franklin had another early gospel record “How Many Years”/“All Over the World" on Franklin Records. In addition to the two 1960s Bender collaboration 45s, her mid-tempo soul burner “Come on and Go” turned up on Collectibles’ 1991 “Soul of Texas Blues Women: Good 'Ol Texas 60s Soul and Blues” collection. And a live recording of her belting “Wiggle Wiggle” on the Fifth Ward’s historic thoroughfare Lyons Avenue appears on Sunnyland Records’ 1970s compilation “Gulf Coast Blues” alongside D.C. Bender, Rockin’ Sidney, Silas Hogan, and other greats (somebody was kind enough to upload the entire lp here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXNuh...). There's also a 45 bootleg of this floating around recently...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Buddy Ace "What Can I Do" (Duke, 1961)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter



Born in Jasper, TX in 1936, Jimmie Lee Land was raised in a musical family in Baytown, a booming refinery town outside of Houston. He was in a gospel quartet in high school with the one and only Joe Tex. Tex won a number of Houston talent shows, including one that included the trip to New York where The Rapper won Amateur Night at The Apollo four times and was signed to King Records by legendary producer Henry Glover. Similarly Jimmie Lee Land was discovered at a Houston talent show by Duke/Peacock big bossman Don Robey. After the tragic oft-disputed suicide of Duke's biggest hitmaker Johnny Ace backstage at Houston’s City Auditorium Christmas Day 1954, Robey christened his top star’s brother, St. Clair Alexander, “Buddy Ace” to cash in on his famous sibling’s popularity. When the move didn’t pan out, Jimmie Lee Land became Duke Records’ new “Buddy Ace”. While never striking gold, he recorded a few minor hits and a number of standout sides during his Duke Records tenure that spanned a number of distinct musical eras, 1956 to 1969, from early rock’n’roll to funkier times. Buddy Ace, who went grey in the 1970s and became known as “The Silver Fox of the Blues,” continued to record and slay audiences on the road all the way up to his fatal heart attack onstage in Waco, TX December 26, 1994 - 40th years and a day after Johnny Ace’s death.

The "Screaming Please" writing credit Brown/Malone means that Texas Johnny Brown, the legendary Texas guitarist and author of Bobby Blue Bland's iconic "Two Steps From The Blues," was probably the writer. Deadric Malone is the pseudonym Don Robey to get writing credits on a number of Duke sides he wasn’t involved in composing. As this reveals so many of the dynamic brassy hallmarks of the stellar Bobby "Blue" Bland material of the era, until someone shows me different, I will conclude for now that 1) Duke's house arranger/trumpeter Joe Scott is threading the elaborate tapestry and 2) the band is the same killer all-star ensemble from "Two Steps From The Blues" driven by the dynamic beat of earth-shattering future James Brown drummer John "Jabo" Starks.

Monday, October 16, 2017

School of Life Monday:
LITERATURE - George Orwell




George Orwell is the most famous English language writer of the 20th century, the author of Animal Farm and 1984. What was he trying to tell us and what is his genius?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

King Carl "I'm Just A Lonely Man" (La Louissianne, 1964)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter



Any of my night owls who stick around for the last hour of dancing probably recognize this minor key masterpiece! Born in Grand Coteau in 1931, in the fertile south Louisianna culture between Lafayette and Opelousas, King Carl AKA King Karl briefly was a singer in Lloyd Price's review in the early 1950s and soon became a pioneering force in the fusion of rhythm and blues, Cajun, and Creole music that we today call "Swamp Pop." He spent years rolling around with Guitar Gable and wrote so many killer classics like "Irene," "Life Problem," "This Should Go On Forever," and many many more. By 1964 he had split from Gable's band and waxed this powerful platter for Lafayette's amazing La Louissianne impr

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Los Dug Dug's "Brinca Brinca" (RCA Mexico, 1966)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter



Feliz cinco de mayo! Tonight we celebrate the Black Lips' record release at Home Sweet Home with a night of dancing to amazing Spanish language rock'n'roll! Today's party platter "Brinca Brinca" is by one of the most legendary and influential Mexican bands Los Dug Dug's.

Formed as Xippos Rock in the Durango in the early-1960s, Los Dug Dugs moved to Tijuana and by 1966 had made their way to Mexico City where they made a huge splash right away and laid down this blazing' track! "Brinca Brinca" is the B-Side to their first single, children's TV show theme "Chicotito Si, Chicotito No."

Los Dug Dug's moved to New York City in 1968 and then back to Mexico where they released a number of classic albums in the 1970s - including the universally-acclaimed heavy psych rock masterpiece LP "Smog" (reissued on Light In The Attic). Leader Armando Nava and his Los Dug Dug's are still rocking deep into the 21st century!

http://www.geocities.ws/raybrazen/dug...

Friday, October 13, 2017

Charles Brimmer "The Glide" (A.B.S., 1967)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter



Today's song, Charles Brimmer's "The Glide," has been turned a lot at thee Clap the last year or two and I've been getting a lot of inquiries for you about it, and since there's no youtube or other internet file up so far, I'm happy for you to give all of you a chance to listen!

Though his first single was from when he was in high school in the lower 9th, recorded with his brother as Charles and Ivory, "The Glide" is the first recording of his prolific career. If you think this sounds like a Wardell Quezergue arrangement you hit the nail on the head. And this appears on a Quezerque and Camille Incardona shortlived imprint A.B.S. (Always Better Sound). The B-Side "I Need You I Do" is a super-fine ballad showing off Brimmer's deep pipes. "The Glide" never caught on but this overlooked dance jam kicked off the recording career of one of the great New Orleans voices and remains a unique go-to record for me.

Charles Brimmer also has a lot of other top jams worth checking out. There's also a lot of biographical information on line to start your search:
http://homeofthegroove.blogspot.com/2...
http://www.ponderosastomp.com/music_m...
https://www.offbeat.com/articles/the-...
http://redkelly.blogspot.com/2006/08/...
http://www.soulcellar.co.uk/charle/Ch...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Don Fredrick "A Little Bit Of Soap" (La Louisianne, 1967)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter

A killer Louisiana version of the Jarmels classic that put Bert Berns on the map on Lafayette amazing La Louisianne imprint that I just pulled out of my stacks after a long break! I couldn't find any information about Don Fredrick or this track. Feel free to chime in if you know anything...




p.s. some of you hip-hop heads may recognize that De La Soul sampled this song ...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Creep "Betty Lou Got A New Tattoo" (Oakridge, 1964)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter




I learned “Betty Lou Got A New Tattoo” from the A-Bones cover that for years remained a staple of their live set and also from Norton Records’ stellar “Fort Worth Teen Scene” compilation on which this appears. I will always associate this song with Billy Miller and remember the playful smirk on his face and his distinctive vocal delivery as the band reliably tore through this one with unbridled gusto. Since Billy passed away a few months ago I play this every Friday at Home Sweet Home in his memory and I feel his spirit in the room when it inevitably shakes the house down. So this of course goes out to him.

The Creep, AKA Nick Kithas of Creep and the Deacons, moved on from his rockin' roots to become a notable a jazz musician, club owner, and restauranteur in Ft. Worth. Another hero of mine Jim "The Hound" Marshall says, "It's basically a take off on Bobby Freeman's Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes, but better, and dumber."

I hope that you enjoy this classic as much as I do and get yourself a copy of "Fort Worth Teen Scene" to get wowed by all the killer rock'n'roll coming out of DFW in the 1960s. http://www.nortonrecords.com/304-vari...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Honey Drippers "Impeach the President" (Alaga, 1973)
via Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter

In the last year or so, when i have to leave town I post some cool songs each day, to make life easier on the road, by one of my favorite DJ's ever Jonathan Toubin. So while I am on a whirlwind Euro visit to solidify some exhibitions for 2018/19, I will start you off here with the platters and descriptions via Jonathan. Thanks for staying tuned.



Tonight, after a long day of consuming political theater, I turn this summer's theme song as I take over Questlove's Bowl Train at Brooklyn Bowl... I finally picked up Roy C and the Honey Drippers' much-sampled Nixon-era classic "Impeach the President" from thee immortal Todd-O-Phonic Todd at WFMU Record Fair and its going keep spinning round and round all summer long until I don't need to play it anymore!

Monday, October 9, 2017

School of Life Monday
Can never watch this one too often :-)
Political Theory - Karl Marx

Karl Marx remains deeply important today not as the man who told us what to replace capitalism with, but as someone who brilliantly pointed out certain of its problems. The School of Life, a pro-Capitalist institution, takes a look.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

HITS on my instagram last few days


MINOR THREAT - IAN MACKAYE - ... July 1982 at show in southern California, with The Dead Kennedys, MDC, and The Zero Boys, allon the bill. An incredible night, in my all time top ten Punk shows, everyone killed it. Minor Threat one of the greatest hardcore punk bands ever, practically responsible for the term “Hardcore”. Everyone LOVED them and in the front row here in the photograph there is Dave from MDC and Big Frank from GoldenVoice... This photo is in the, 324 page, huge, MY RULES book. Get it at your local book store or Amazon if you can’t find it locally. #inspiration #integrity #PUNK #HarDCore #OldSchool #WashingtonDC #MDC #GetOutaMyShot #DISCHORD #WhatTheFuckHaveYouDone? #MinorThreat #StraightEdge @dischordrecords #1982 #ImAPersonJustLikeYou #screamingAtAWall #OutOfStep @dischordrecords #1982 #MyRules

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LL COOL J - St Albans, Queens early 90’s. By this time i had known LL for a while and i was brought back into the fold to do the photography for “14 Shots to the Dome” after a couple of covers that weren’t quite up to par with the last one I did with him (B.A.D.) Lots of cool images during this day long session. This one was published in my book THE IDEALIST.. the streaks of light behind him are cause by a liquid tanker truck driving by as i was doing a time exposure. Check the details of the car and background due to the time exposure with only available light on the street. I love this photograph. May not have been his most creative era, but we made some cool as fuck photos this day. Out on Farmers Blvd. that he name checked on his records time and again, it’s always good to shoot in a persons own ‘hood. #HipHop #Rap #BBoy #LLCOOLJ #inspiration #DefJam #The Idealist #BMW #14shotsToTheDome #FILM #35mm #Kodachrome #PhotoSession #Work #art #chillin #TimeExposure

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HENRY ROLLINS, in the band BLACK FLAG at this time, at a rented rehearsal space circa 1982. If you have read the captions in any of my books or seen me talk about Black Flag during this era, you would know that practice to them was often more intense than a show. I felt privileged that i was able to hang out at practice now and again during this peak era, and occasionally make photographs too. They were my favorite band, hands down. The trials and tribulations they endured with police crackdowns were unheard of for any other band ever. BLACK FLAG were a huge inspiration, not just trend setters or trailblazers, they fucking kicked ass and were serious about what they did. Many of us learned from them. Their work ethic was unmatched. Their self sufficiency was emulated. DIY ‘cause without it, it did not happen. All my favorite output came up until the time Chuck Dukowski left the band, Damaged one of the greatest albums ever, and the “First Four Years” package a must for anyone who wasn’t around as each of those EPs were released. #RiseAbove #PUNK #PunkRock #HardcorePunk #BLACKFLAG #DAMAGED #KnowYourRoots #NervousBreakdown #Revenge #NoValues #SprayPaint #AmericanWaste #RiseAbove #Damaged #ThirstyAndMiserable #NoMore #GimmeGimmeGimme #MyWar #OG #SouthBay #WashingtonDC #harDCore #PracticePracticePractice #CreepyCrawl this photograph first appeared in My book FUCK YOU HEROES and several from this same afternoon also appear in the MY RULES book, as well the cover of the BLACK FLAG biography written by Stevie Chick also used photos from this day on the front and back covers. #SeriousAsAHeartAttack #FUN #early80s #REAL #aggro #release #energy

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DR. KNOW (Gary Miller) of BAD BRAINS circa 1981 at a club called “A7” in the east village here in NYC. I am posting this photograph today because i spent some time hanging out with Gary over in Tompkins Square Park sunday afternoon, less than a few hundred feet away from where i made this photo! We and what seemed like a 1000 others were celebrating the life of RAY BEEZ who passed away 20 years ago this weekend. There were bands playing all afternoon, with plenty of NYHC all-stars... good fun seeing a lot of the old punk friends and the new ones too. The club A7 had a stage less than a foot off the ground, the dance floor and the stage where the room was, was probably 15’x15’ feet. Gigs there were amazing. This night i believe the BAD BRAINS played with either The UnDead or Reagan Youth, or maybe both! Wish you coulda been there! Good news is Gary said HR is more his old self than he’s been in 40 years 😃 this was the best thing to hear. They are playing some shows soon, something tells me these may be better than they have in as many years. #BadBrains #knowYourRoots #Punk #NYC #DC #RightBrigade #FearlessVampireKillers #SailinOn #PMA #PositiveMentalAttitude #HardCorePunk #inspiration #OG #Originals #WashingtonDC #BadAss #A7 #PunkRock #GuitarHero #FuckYouHeroes #MyRules Gary put some words together for the MY RULES book as well... if you haven’t seen it, I don’t know why, it beats the hell outa this Instagram stuff ✌🏽 (Niagra is the current name of the location where the A7 club was, in the back room down 7th street). #EastVillage

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Get Ready NEXT WEEK+ preview

i will be sharing platters from the incredible DJ Jonathan Toubin, here's a taste of what he can be found doing a least several nights a week live...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Where Do "Alt-Right" Groups Get Their Money?





As white nationalists protest across the country, we wanted to know who's financially funding their hate. And there's more money in it than you realize.

Watch more AJ+ In Depth: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

From rich mega donors to crowdfunding and even internet advertising, white nationalists are finding the money to ensure that they are heard and deliver a simple message: they're not going anywhere.

Learn more here:
“Meet the ex-GOP insider who created white nationalist Richard Spencer” https://www.revealnews.org/article/me...

“White nationalist gets his money from cotton fields – and the government” https://www.revealnews.org/article/wh...

“The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency” http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/201...

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Yeah, this one again . . . Sadly


None of any kind for any reason...

Tools of DEATH.



FUCK GUNS.

Monday, October 2, 2017

School of Life Monday:
The Problem With Our Phones

They are hugely useful of course but in many ways, we buy the advantages our phones give us at a subtly high price we don’t entirely recognise. Some reflections on how to live well around phones.



btw. I still do not own a smart phone ;-)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Black Flag radio interview during their first visit to the UK 1981 (10 minutes audio)




Yeah, somehow one of my first photos of the band with Henry in it got attached to this clip...
back behind the "Cuckoo's Nest" in Costa Mesa (by Huntington Beach) August '81

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya

from Boing Boing:
In early June, conservation rangers with the Hirola Conservation Program in Kenya first spotted a white female and baby giraffe. In early August, they were able to capture this footage of the elusive pair.

Like that translucent-shelled lobster that was recently pulled in, these giraffes are not albino but have a genetic condition called Leucism. That means they a partial loss of pigmentation in their skin cells. If you look closely, you can see a familiar, though faded, reticulation on the calf's neck.

A blogger for Hirola writes:
In this very sighting, in Ishaqbini, there was a mother and a juvenile The communities within Ishaqbini have mixed reactions to the sighting of this leucistic giraffe and most of the elders report that they have never seen this before. ‘This is new to us” says bashir one of the community rangers who alerted us when they sighted the white giraffe. “I remember when I was a kid, we never saw them” he added. “It must be very recent and we are not sure what is causing it” he said.
(National Geographic)

Monday, September 18, 2017

School of Life Monday:
Why We Eat Too Much

We’re hugely invested in the idea that the cause of obesity lies with diet – and that we should therefore solve the problem with kale and apple soup (and other such products). But the real cause of obesity has nothing to do with food. It lies in our emotional under-nourishment. We will start to eat less when we feel more connected, more understood and more in touch with our feelings.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and 15+ key Democratic Senators back Medicare for All

and so do I!


from Boing Boing:
It's "single payer" and not "universal health care" and there some potential structural pitfalls in this incarnation, but Sanders, Warren and the two dozen progressive and health activist groups who've backed this proposal are planting a flag and declaring that healthcare is not something that markets can provide -- it's the duty and right of civilized states to protect the health of the people who live in their borders.
The bill starts by sweetening the pot for seniors who may be wary about welcoming the rest of the country into their warm pool. It eliminates copays and deductions, except for name-brand drugs when generics are available, and adds dental, vision, and hearing aid coverage to Medicare where it didn’t exist before — huge benefits that have long been a goal of public health advocates.

At the same time, people aged zero to 18 would be eligible for the coverage in the first year. In year two, the eligibility age would be lowered to 45. The next year, it would drop again to 35. In year four, the age restrictions would be eliminated.

The history of the expansion of the New Deal shows that once benefits have been enacted, they are difficult to take away. Opponents of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid have been working to cut or privatize all three since the day each was enacted, but instead each has grown over time. (The major exception was Aid to Families with Dependent Children, better known as welfare, which was repealed in 1996.)

By phasing in coverage, Sanders makes universal Medicare harder to repeal, and also easier for the public to understand. Everyone gets that transitioning when one turns 65 to Medicare is a relatively painless process. Under Sanders’ plan, people would begin transitioning, after the first year, at age 45 instead of 65. That’s not complicated.

The coverage of of dental care will also be life-changing for millions of people who live in pain — some of whom, unable to afford proper dental care, are even forced to change their diets.

THE OBAMACARE FIGHT IS OVER — NOW IT’S ON TO UNIVERSAL MEDICARE [Ryan Grim/The Intercept]

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

the MAKE-UP on my Instagram from 1997
and this past weekend


the MAKE-UP ... circa 1997 ... i believe this was the last time we made a band portrait, it was over by the dilapidated docks along the Hudson River. They were one of my favorite live bands of that era. Ian Svenonius is and was one of the most incredible live performers there is, and he's an actual genius. His own books are beyond entertaining and enlightening. He has contributed words to several of my books, RECOGNIZE, THE IDEALIST, and most notably KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN - the book of my FUGAZI photographs, has an incredible take on FUGAZI written by him. He's simply one of my favorite people around. Last night the MAKE-UP played a reunion show here in NYC down at the South Street Seaport where they headlined a day long free festival with none other than the fantastic Jonathan Toubin DJing (hands down my favorite DJ to go listen to) @JonathanToubin (he actually curated the entire days events)... Anyway, the Make-Up were great and if you were ever a fan i highly recommend you seek out and go to one of there upcoming west coast and desert shows they got scheduled (and if you were not cool enough or old enough to know about them or Ian but curious now, MAKE THE EFFORT and go). As much as i am embarrassed to make a picture with my iPod at a show, and I can't stand making photos with not only the usual iPhones all over the place but even a dozen regular camera photographers shooting, the scene was just so photogenic last night i had to make a few... so if you swipe you can see one of those and a snippet of video. I had a blast. #punk #livemusic #rockNroll #IanFSvenonius #MakeUp #ChainAndTheGang #TheSpiv #MichelleMae #WomenWhoRock #LookSharp #NOU #NationOfUlysses #GospelYeahYeah @chainandthegang @dischordrecords #FILM #Photography #B&W #PunkRockAndRoll #Performance #genius #CensorshipNow

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Russian activist fined over vegan propaganda

from The Calvert Journal


A Moscow court has fined 22-year-old Russian activist Rostislav Chebotarev 15,000 rubles ($250) for promulgating vegan propaganda during a May Day rally.

The Tverskoy District Court found Mr Chebotarev guilty of violating the rules for participating in rallies and demonstrations, after he wielded a banner at a Moscow march on International Workers’ Day reading: “No exploitation is necessary — become a vegan”.

According to the court ruling, Mr Chebotarev propagandised “vegetarianism and non-traditional relations”, thus violating the rules of the procession.

Source: Afisha (in Russian)


Friday, September 8, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sound Breaking from PBS Episode 2


Great Series: Soundbreaking Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sound Breaking from PBS Part 1


Great Series...

Here is Episode one, as long as it lasts on youtube:



I will post a new episode each day.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Run-DMC and Beastie Boys
on my Instagram


TOGETHER FOREVER RUN-DMC & BEASTIE BOYS We made this photograph on the stoop next to the RUSH Productions / DEF JAM Recordings building where the EXRTRA STRENGTH POSSE resided, where it all began, 298 Elizabeth St. NYC circa 1987 DEF JAM was on top of the music world, on top of culture, on top of the scene in NYC at this time, it was incredible. A lot of people learned a lot of things during this era, including myself, that propelled lives into other stratospheres Run-DMC and Beastie Boys touring together and feeding off of each others energy and creativity was a landmark moment in the culture as well. I made a ton of great photos of both of these great groups... was thinking in the next year or so may put together a book of all my best photographs of both groups in one volume, similar to my book "Keep Your Eyes Open" my photographs of FUGAZI from start to the last show on US soil. There are already a ton of photos of both these groups in MY RULES, in fact maybe too many... so yeah, this might happen, and maybe this is an image in contention for the cover... we shall see 👀. #RUSH #DEFJAM #HIPHOP #NYC #80s #NewBook #inspiration #rundmc #djhurricane #beastieboys #beasties #adrock #mikeD #MCA #RIPMCA #SKATEBOARD @revwon @unclerush @beastieboys__ @djhurricane1 @ChrisRock @RizzoliBooks @lyorcohen @danteross @mrchuckd_pe #whoshouse #runshouse

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Monday, August 28, 2017

School of Life Monday:
Machiavelli’s Advice For Nice Guys


Nice guys too often finish last; they need to read the advice of one of the wisest and most realistic thinkers in the history of philosophy: Niccolo Machiavelli.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Perfect game That Wasn't
PITTSBURGH PIRATES walk off WIN in the 10th




One of my favorite players in professional sports today, Josh Harrison becomes the 1st player in history to end a no-hitter with a walk off Home Run in extra innings.





Josh Harrison connects for a walk-off home run to left field, breaking up Rich Hill's no-hitter in the bottom of the 10th inning
For eight innings, Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill was perfect. For nine innings, he was unhittable. But the Pirates' first hit was the only one they'd need.
Josh Harrison ripped a walk-off homer to left field in the 10th inning, breaking up Hill's no-hit bid and giving the Pirates to a wild 1-0 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday night at PNC Park.

a few other incredible moments in this incredible game:

click here: Mercer's Incredible catch

click here: Josh Harrison does it on the field too!

can't front on this either:

Monday, August 21, 2017

School of Life Monday:
The Ultimate Test of Your Social Skills

You’ll know you’ve truly become socially adept when you finally manage to make small talk with that most challenging and unforgiving of characters: a small child you hardly know.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

WHAT THE HEALTH - trailer


I highly recommend you watch this film on Netflix

ASAP ;-)



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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Jello Biafra on How to Stand Up to Trump, Why Punk Still Matters

from January 3rd 2017...

It's kinda hard for me to believe, but I am quoting Rolling Stone interviewing Jello Biafra:

"What we're looking at here is Jim Crow 2.0," ex–Dead Kennedys frontman says of coming presidency



After Donald Trump won the presidential election, Jello Biafra, former Dead Kennedys frontman, fell face first onto his bed, pounding his fists and shouting, "How can people be so fucking stupid?!?" For Biafra, who has spent nearly 30 years as a leftist pundit, doing as many spoken-word appearances as punk-rock shows, Trump's ascendancy confirms his darkest conspiracy theories about fundamentalist right-wingers taking over the world.

"I don't think the upper 1 or 0.1 percent were ever tearing their hair out about Trump," the 58-year-old "California Uber Alles" and "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" singer-songwriter says, by phone from his family home in Boulder, Colorado, where he's helping his mother contact AAA to replace a dead car battery. "They were ecstatic that somebody that right-wing, and that bigoted, came with a built-in fan base – a cult following, even – that you could never build from scratch with a Jeb Bush or a Ted Cruz or a Marco Rubio. Behind the scenes, they love this stuff. They think they can get away with so much more."

After bringing up Trump, Rolling Stone let Biafra do most of the talking for nearly an hour.

A lot of people out there are asking, "What do we do now? How do we join the resistance?" What do you suggest?
I said from the Gulf War onward: "Don't hate the media, become the media." And then I began to see it painted on punk rockers' jackets and things, But we have to be smart about it. This does not mean blogging to an echo chamber of people who agree with you. It means going to people face-to-face. And they may put you down the way Trump put you down at first. And it may turn your stomach hearing their side of the argument but someone has to plant those seeds. They may wake up three months, even three years, later: "Hey, wait a minute, that's true, all these people feeding me all this bullshit are wrong. ... It's not immigrants and brown people taking all these job away; it's the same corporations that the Trump regime is [affiliated with], sending those same jobs out of the country, to Mexico, China, Vietnam, whatever."

And I hope some of those people are asking the right questions about some of these cabinet members too. As laughable as Rick Perry has been as governor of Texas and other [presidential] campaigns, he's also very dangerous. At first they were saying Secretary of Agriculture for him, but then suddenly Secretary of Energy. That dude is in charge of our nukes now and he's also part of a fundamentalist Christian doomsday cult. ... It was basically yet another cult like the one Sarah and Todd Palin prescribed, whose whole mindset was "Jesus is coming soon, and in order to expedite we should be wasting every last natural resource and clear-cutting every tree we can right now because Jesus is coming back again. It's OK to run up further budget deficits, because Jesus loves America, he's going to put the money back."

Oh, boy ...
The last person we want with their finger on the nuclear button is somebody connected to this extreme Christianist doomsday cult.

People are freaked out that Trump has made the head of Exxon the Secretary of State, and the guy is so tight and in bed with Putin – well, there's another part of Rex Tillerson I hope people are going to highlight, too. He's the one who finally admitted climate change existed as head of Exxon, but then he said mankind will adapt and so it's no big deal. ... I'm not sure Trump himself is one of these fundamentalist Christians. He just worships himself. He admitted he doesn't read books and he mainly just reads articles about himself. ... I'm just hoping against hope he freaks out so bad about having to sell his business empire and having his own name owned by somebody else all over the world that he refuses to take the oath of office at all. But then we [have] Paul Ryan and Co. voting in president Mike Pence, the most rabidly anti-gay and anti-choice politician of any high public office.

Sure, Hillary is no prize, and she marches to Wall Street's drum and always has, but, dammit, she wouldn't be pulling all this doomsday supremacist Christian bigoted racist destroy-the-earth-before-Jesus-comes crap that the Trump people are pulling. I would say that well over 75 percent of the people that voted for Trump did not vote for what's about to happen. ... What we're looking at here is Jim Crow 2.0, and they're going to be even more hardcore about that in the 2018 election, to keep anybody with a conscience from being able to vote. Look at who the new Attorney General is going to be, the same guy who in the Eighties said he thought the people in the Ku Klux Klan were all right "until I saw some of them smoked pot."

In an era like this, my thoughts go back to the Dead Kennedys and Eighties hardcore. Is it realistic that something like that could or should happen again?
Well, I don't think all the people who are scared to death of the Trump/Pence/Exxon agenda should depend on one kind of underground music to lead the way. I mean, when you're talking about punk, I don't think it was ever a "movement" – movements have their eyes on a political prize. It's just an inspirational rebel culture that can help energize other movements, as can hip-hop, metal, folk and even country. ... It lets other people scared to death of a bunch of racist neo-Nazis running the show know they're not alone. And that's important. Bullying against bigger, mainstream artists is going to be fierce. Steve Bannon will have his fingers on all sorts of buttons to make sure that happens. But artists should keep in mind that it's not their fans on the other end who are vilifying them. ... On the other hand, let's not buy into this urban legend it was a good thing Reagan was president because so much great punk rock and angry hip-hop came out of that. Wrong!

Yes, I agree with your point on that.
People need to pay a little more attention to their history, and read the dates. Everybody from Sex Pistols to Clash to Dead Kennedys to Bad Brains were all fully formed in music and vision before Reagan or Thatcher ever seized power. The common denominator of most of us is we were anti-corporation and anti-corporate culture, especially the way it was polluting and dumbing down our music.

You ran for mayor of San Francisco in 1979. Are you planning to become more involved in the Trump Era? Would you run for office again or has that ship sailed?
I don't plan too much in advance because I never know what weird and wild and interesting adventures may fall into my lap. I didn't really plan to run for mayor of San Francisco. Dead Kennedys' original drummer dared me when I was folded in the back of his Volkswagen on the way to a Pere Ubu show. So then I told people at the show I was running for mayor [and] wrote my platform on a napkin with a felt-tip pen four feet away from where Ubu were playing. People were so into the idea I couldn't back out of it.



I was watching the first "What Would Jello Do?" on YouTube after the election, where you're screaming, "How can people be so fucking stupid?" and pounding your head against the wall.
[Laughs] That's my general description for the Tea Party: "Someone's got to stand up for the stupid, goddammit!" Of course, the people up top aren't stupid at all. That was the ultimate fake grassroots Astroturf uprising controlled by oil barons like the Koch brothers and others.

Did you script that or was it spontaneous?
I planned to do something like that and decided to shoot that one in my bedroom instead of at my desk because I was worried about how much shit would fall off my desk and fall off the wall. But I wanted something that would get people's attention [laughs].

After the events of last year, I've found myself repeatedly listening to "Nazi Punks Fuck Off." Are you finding people are going to Dead Kennedys and other likeminded, anti-fascist music to figure out how to deal with the return of white supremacy?
The one silver lining I'd rather not have from all the hell that's gone down is that our Nazi Trumps Fuck Off shirts have been flying out the door at [Biafra's longtime record label] Alternative Tentacles and done more to keep us in business than the music we try to get people hip to.

I read that your father died since we last talked.
Yeah there's a "What Would Jello Do?" about that. I shot it on the bridge [in Boulder] after the floods and he died after the floods. ... I go into a lot about why closure is a bogus pop culture concept and this is not going to go away. In a different way, even my sister dying with her husband in the fall of 1996 in Rocky Mountain National Park, every once in a while it just rockets through me all over again. I break down, I cry, I fuckin' lose it. And then I get up and keep moving. And that's what I said at the memorials of the Oakland [Ghost Ship warehouse club] fire victims in the park by the lake in Oakland. I wasn't even supposed to speak, and didn't come there prepared to, but people were poking: "You've got to get near the mic; you've got to say something." I didn't want to step on the people talking about their friends they lost in the fire, but because people were so devastated, I thought maybe I needed to make that analogy, to help people process this whole thing.


Monday, August 14, 2017

School of Life Monday:
Resilience

The route to greater resilience is to explore how well we would cope if so much of what we think we need were to be taken away from us. We would, almost certainly, manage far better than we think in our timid moments.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

This U.S. Sports Envoy Is Bridging Communities With Skateboarding

from NBC NEWS ASIA:


Neftalie Williams was 16 when he met two pro skateboarders outside of a summer camp he wasn't able to attend. It was after hours, and the pair skated with him. They taught Williams that the sport wasn't out of reach to anyone.

“Even though I didn't have the chance to attend the camp, they still made sure to provide me the opportunity to skate with them," Williams told NBC News. "Their gesture taught me that skateboarding was an activity 'by the people and for the people.' It has been my goal to return the favor to the next generation of skaters ever since then.”

Now 37 years old, Williams is a skateboarding envoy with the U.S. State Department and is spreading his love for the sport, recently completing a cultural diplomacy mission in Cambodia, where he highlighted skateboarding's benefits to young people.

“It’s a bridge between people all over the world,” Williams said. “For me, I’ve always been focused on what it was that made skateboarding special.”

“It’s been built into the ethos and the DNA of skateboarding culture to explore new spaces, to build community, and to always have fun in a non-competitive way while you’re skateboarding,” he added.

William’s program in Cambodia was a first in the country for the State Department, according to Williams, who had previously hosted a program in the Netherlands working with Syrian refugees who had just been granted asylum.

During the multi-day series, he discussed skateboarding culture and how it can be a positive pathway for academics and physical activity. Clinics and demonstrations were also held for the kids, some of whom had never been on a skateboard before, according to Williams.

“Once you give a kid a skateboard and they start pushing, then they just realize how much faster they are than the world, and it gives them some freedom and a way to sort of express themselves through skateboarding,” he said.

Williams, who also lectures at the University of Southern California and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, noted that skateboarding culture allows kids to meld academia with athletics.



“There’s a space for them if they’re into business or media and content creation or design.”
Williams said skateboarding culture is growing in popularity in Cambodia partly because of the Cambodian youth's interest in American sports and culture.

Kids in Asia have growing opportunity to reach higher levels of the sport, he noted, with the inaugural Asian Skateboarding Championships being held last November. At the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, skateboarding will be an official sport, he added.

“Skateboarding is that one sport that has all of those aspects at one time, and you don’t need to have a coach. You don’t have to have a league. That’s really important in countries where there may be kids who are disadvantaged or slightly disenfranchised,” said Williams, who has also worked in South Africa, Brazil, and Cuba.

At Skateistan, a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Cambodia, the youth and staff were inspired by Williams, Kov Chan Sangva, a program officer at the organization, told NBC News.

“He made a presentation about the skate scene in America and it was a wonderful story,” Kov said. “We also spoke out about the skate scene in Cambodia and hopefully in the future, the world will know more about Cambodia skaters and our story.”

Skateistan offers free programs at a safe place for kids who may not otherwise be able to afford the materials necessary to skateboard. The sport is becoming more popular among the youth, Kov said.

“Skateboarding is an amazing sport,” she said. “It feels fantastic and it really helps people a lot — to build trust, to build confidence and make a lot of friends. It can help us to get out of bad situations, and builds trust between people, communities and the world.”

Friday, August 11, 2017

TODAY 44 years ago "HIP HOP was INVENTED"




and even @GoogleDoodles has gotten in to celebrate with a cool DJ game experience narrated by our good old friend Fab 5 Freddy.

check it out https://goo.gl/ecQDWu

#BirthOfHipHop #GoogleDoodle #Sponsored

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Watch Janis Joplin and Tom Jones
shake it to 'Raise Your Hand' in 1969




This footage is from an episode of Jones' show This is Tom Jones which aired on December 4, 1969, just 10 short months before her death.

Thanks, Boing Boing

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

DEVO’S JERRY CASALE INTERVIEWS
DEVO’S GERALD V. CASALE

from Dangerous Minds:



This is the best self-interview since David Byrne’s promotional interview for Stop Making Sense.

In this nineteen minute video, “Jerry” Casale plays the cynical straight interviewer of himself, “Gerald” Casale, bass player, vocalist, and spokesman for DEVO.

Gerald reveals to Jerry the secret behind the DEVO “energy domes” (erroneously referred to as “flower pots” by many spuds back in the day), the inspiration behind which was an art deco lighting fixture that hung from the ceiling in his grade school.

Gerald talks at length about the origins of DEVO at Kent State University, from the original concept creation with his friend Bob Lewis, to his meeting of Mark Mothersbaugh after seeing Mothersbaugh’s stickered artwork hanging in the halls of the school.

Gerald explains that the Kent State Massacre was the impetus for the creation of DEVO, conceptually and musically, as an experimental force and bulwark against the prevailing culture:
“After those killings at Kent State and the clampdown from the Nixon administration, you either had to go underground and stick to activism and possibly go to jail or be killed, or find a more creative and subversive way of reacting to the situation you found yourself in in the horrible culture.”
Gerald waxes nostalgic for the “democratic” early days of DEVO’s music when all of the members contributed to the minimalist “form follows function” vision of the band, but explains that the songwriting process went south when the technology they were using became “autocratic,” dictating the direction of the group. According to Casale, “Mark wanted it that way and I didn’t.”

DEVO’s biggest hit, “Whip It,” is also discussed, with Gerald revealing to Jerry that the basis for the song was Mark Mothersbaugh’s deconstruction of Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman,” adding a two beat space to the song’s main riff, with Casale’s lyrics being inspired by Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow.

At the conclusion of this insightful interview, Jerry asks Gerald if DEVO would have been willing to play Trump’s inauguration, to which Gerald replies, “absolutely… it would be the proof of De-evolution.”

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Cronies Behind the Energy Industry's Deliberate Misinformation Campaigns


Authors Dick Russell and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. expose the energy moguls covering up catastrophic climate change for their own gain. By Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Dick Russell
The following is an excerpt from the new book The Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Men Who Are Destroying the Planet—and How They Explain Themselves to Their Own Children by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dick Russell (Hot Books, May 2017), available for purchase from Amazon, IndieBound, and Hot Books:

Early in October 2015, Rex Wayne Tillerson—62-year-old father of four, recent national president of the Boy Scouts of America—took the stage at the 36th annual Oil and Money Conference in London. As the then-CEO of ExxonMobil, Tillerson had just been named Petroleum Executive of the Year. His topic was “Unleashing Innovation to Meet Our Energy and Environmental Needs.”

Tillerson’s half-hour-long speech did not ignore the subject of a rapidly changing global climate. He spoke of the challenge of “reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use.” He said “the risks of climate change are serious and warrant thoughtful action,” including his corporation’s research into alternative technologies and support of a “revenue-neutral” carbon tax. However, Tillerson added, “The world will need to pursue all energy sources, wherever they are economically competitive . . . importantly, we will need coal, oil, and natural gas.”

The highest paid executive of the richest fossil fuel corporation on the planet went on to point out: “From the very beginning of concern on this issue, ExxonMobil scientists and engineers have been involved in discussions and analysis of climate change. These efforts started internally as early as the 1970s.”

What Tillerson failed to mention was this: only the month before, an investigation of internal Exxon documents had revealed that those very scientists had repeatedly warned, almost forty years ago, of a potentially “catastrophic” warming of the planet that “endangered humanity.” But instead of responding to this red alert from their own experts by starting to shift the energy giant toward renewable resources, Exxon’s top executives, including Tillerson, had shut down the company’s own research—and embarked instead on a massive disinformation campaign aimed at debunking climate change as a myth.

The corporation was a ringleader in setting up the Global Climate Coalition, a massive disinformation machine bringing together the world’s leading fossil fuel companies in an all-out effort to prevent governments from curbing their emissions. Tillerson’s company, the second largest emitter of CO2 in the world (after Chevron), dispersed millions to muddy any scientific understanding and delay any real action.

Tillerson, his predecessor Lee Raymond, and their cronies knew the truth about the fate of the planet. And yet they lied, and they paid others to lie. They lied as global temperatures began rising at record rates. They lied as droughts and wildfires swept across the American West, and as California started running out of water. They lied as tornadoes and hurricanes and snowfall levels intensified in unprecedented ways. They lied as thousands died in European heat waves, and thousands more perished in Asian floods. They lied as Greenland’s ice turned liquid, and sea levels began to rise two-and-a-half times faster than anyone thought possible, and the oceans became increasingly acidic and filled with disease-causing bacteria. They lied and sacrificed future generations for their short-term profits.

During his visit to America in December 2015, Pope Francis issued a warning about climate change, “a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. . . . I can say to you ‘now or never.’ Every year the problems are getting worse. We are at the limits. If I may use a strong word I would say that we are at the limits of suicide.”

Six months earlier, in the pope’s encyclical on the situation, he had asked: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” And he had raised another question: “What would induce anyone, at this stage, to hold on to power only to be remembered for their inability to take action when it was urgent and necessary to do so?”

The president of the World Bank, Jim Kim, has spoken out along similar lines: “My son will live through a 2, 3 or maybe even 4 degree Celsius warming. We cannot keep apologizing to our children for our lack of action. We must change course now.”

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, while some three billion people watched, the opening ceremony featured a video of ever-escalating global carbon pollution and simultaneously drastic rise in sea levels.

These are the facts behind the pleas of the Pope, the World Bank leader, and the Olympic Games leadership:

• Sixteen of the seventeen warmest years ever recorded have occurred since 2001. For the third consecutive year, it was announced in January, the earth set a heat record. Across vast stretches of the Arctic Ocean, temperatures in the fall of 2016 reached an astonishing 20 to 30 degrees above normal.

• As billions of tons of ice melt or slide into the sea, satellite data shows that oceans around the world are rising by five millimeters a year, a rate not seen since the close of the last Ice Age.

• “Much of the carbon we are putting in the air from fossil fuels will stay there for thousands of years—and some of it will be there for more than 100,000 years.”—Oregon State University paleoclimatologist Peter Clark, lead author of a new study in Nature Climate Change, February 2016.

• “Given currently available records, the present anthropogenic carbon release rate is unprecedented during the past 66 million years.” —Nature Geoscience, March 2016.

Several years earlier, in September 2013, UNICEF published the results of a five-year study about how a changing global climate affects today’s children. “Climate change has too often been discussed and debated in abstract terms, negating the human costs and placing little attention on its intergenerational impact,” the report said. However, “more severe and more frequent natural disasters, food crises and changing rainfall patterns are all threatening children’s lives and their basic rights to education, health, clean water, and the right food.”

These drastic changes in our planet’s ecosystem will have the most severe consequences, of course, on future generations. Climate change is all too often discussed in “abstract terms,” the 2013 UNICEF report noted. But the environmental upheaval associated with climate change is already having a massive impact on “children’s lives and their basic rights to education, health, and [proper] food.” UNICEF has estimated that, by 2030, 25 million more children will suffer malnourishment, with another 100 million facing food insecurity due to scarcity, and between 150 and 200 million more being displaced from their homes. “We are hurtling towards a future where the gains being made for the world’s children are threatened, and their health, wellbeing, livelihoods and survival are compromised . . . despite being the least responsible for the causes,” said David Bull, executive director of UNICEF in the United Kingdom.

The UNICEF report noted that “children and young people in developed countries are acutely aware of climate change, and are passionate and vocal about the need for action by governments to tackle the problem.” Polling in the UK indicated that nearly three-quarters of those between ages 11 and 16 in Britain worried about the planet’s environmental future. More than seven in ten wanted their government to do more, and nearly two-thirds voiced particular concern about their counterparts in developing nations. In the US, similar polling found almost three-quarters of young voters saying they were less likely to vote for a candidate who opposed President Obama’s climate change plan. “We need to listen to what children are saying,” the study concluded.

The goal of the entrenched interests, however, is to drown out those voices—all the way to the classroom. In Wyoming, when the Park County School District was to vote on whether to purchase new textbooks and reading materials in 2015, one board member responded, “I will not authorize any of the $300,000 allocated for this purchase to include supplemental booklets about ‘global whining’. . . . Our Wyoming schools are largely funded by coal, oil, natural gas, mining, ranching, etc. This junk science is against community and state standards.”

Jeff Turrentine, who wrote about this for OnEarth Magazine’s web site, added, “For thousands of years, going back to Aristotle, humanity’s greatest minds have sought to safeguard the precepts of the scientific method by keeping them away from the corrupting influence of political culture. Defending the integrity of science from powerful people is what got Galileo imprisoned. And yet, 400 years later, here we are: watching a public official tasked with guiding the educational trajectories of his community’s children rail against the accepted science on climate change—because its conclusions threaten to undermine the local political culture. . . . Anyone who would deliberately misinform children about the gravity of the problem that awaits them when they grow up doesn’t deserve to be in charge of their education.”

The campaign to “misinform children” is particularly aggressive in the American West, stronghold of the oil and coal industries, including in Utah, where a coalition of parents decrying “Education Without Representation” has intimidated the state’s Office of Education into watering down education on climate change. Even in “left-coast” California, where the Democratic Party has a lock on state government, a 2015 analysis of science textbooks used in the sixth-grade classrooms revealed that the language and writing techniques “more closely match the public discourse of doubt about climate change rather than the scientific discourse.” The study, which was conducted by Southern Methodist University, speculated that conservative media like Fox News had contributed to “a shift in public discourse, which eventually influences textbook language by creating competing interests within the textbook market.” A follow-up survey published in the journal Science in 2016 found that, while three-quarters of science teachers nationwide devote time to climate change instruction, 30 percent tell students that it’s “likely due to natural causes” and another 31 percent claim that the matter is unsettled. That’s opposed to the 97 percent of active climate scientists who contend that human activity is a primary cause. Bills have now been introduced in state legislatures of four states that promote climate change denial as part of academic freedom.

Even in 2016, as the world weathered another year of record-setting temperature rise, America’s presidential campaign was dominated by Republican candidate Donald Trump, who dismissed the global crisis as a “hoax”—allegedly manufactured by the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing “non-competitive” and by Democrats to justify higher taxes. Meanwhile, Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, while acknowledging climate change as an urgent problem, amassed a huge campaign war chest from donors and lobbyists connected to the oil, gas and coal industry, while her allies headed off an attempt by Senator Bernie Sanders to hammer an anti-fracking plank into the 2016 party platform.

Despite all the calamitous news from the environmental front lines, the energy industry still wields extensive influence over the climate change debate, from the classroom to the presidential campaign trail.
Excerpted from the new book The Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Men Who Are Destroying the Planet—and How They Explain Themselves to Their Own Children by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dick Russell (Hot Books, May 2017), available for purchase from Amazon, IndieBound, and Hot Books.