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Rita MacNeil

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April 17, 2013
Rita MacNeil

Thank you, Rita MacNeil, for Working Man, your wonderful tearoom at Big Pond, Cape Breton, and all the rest. Your songs will live on. At the age of sixty-four Oh he’ll greet you at the door And he’ll gently lead you by the arm Through the dark recess of the mines Oh he’ll take...
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The passing of a Mouseketeer

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April 9, 2013
The passing of a Mouseketeer

Annette Funicello died on April 8, the same day as Margaret Thatcher. Both women left their mark on us; Thatcher for the worst and Funicello for “Blame it on the Bossa Nova.” Remember these lyrics? Blame it on the bossa nova with its magic spell Blame it on the bossa nova that he did...
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‘Cause Mother Thatcher Knows Best

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April 9, 2013
‘Cause Mother Thatcher Knows Best

Rocker Richard Thompson’s take on Margaret Thatcher, who died April 8, offers a different and perhaps more truthful obituary considering her bitter legacy of battling with her own people. Here’s a sample stanza from “’Cause Mother Knows Best”: She says, “Bring me your first born and I’ll suck their blood Bring me your poor,...
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N’Awlins New Year – A Photo Essay

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January 8, 2013
N’Awlins New Year – A Photo Essay

After making Down by Law, film director Jim Jarmusch said New Orleans was a nation in itself , and after a Christmas week of exploring I tend to agree. N’Awlins aka Crescent City aka the Big Easy is like no other American city I’ve ever visited. A few observations about what makes it different:...
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South African Elvis – A Film Review

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November 1, 2012
South African Elvis – A Film Review

Searching for Sugar Man, a documentary directed by Malik Bendjelloul, 2012, 85 minutes Sometimes, maybe too much of the time, the music industry lets a great talent slip into oblivion, disappearing into the cracks and crinkles of rock n’ roll history never to be heard from again. That was the case with Sixto Rodriquez...
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Mine-Mill’s Peace Arch Concerts – A history essay

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July 25, 2011
Mine-Mill’s Peace Arch Concerts – A history essay

When Harvey Murphy, the pugnacious western regional director of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, learned that his friend and fellow leftist, American opera star Paul Robeson, was not going to be allowed to cross the Canada-United States border to sing at the Vancouver Mine-Mill convention on February 1, 1952, he...
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Robeson Peace Arch Concerts

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March 22, 2011
Robeson Peace Arch Concerts

Sixty years ago this May 18, an estimated 40,000 music lovers, trade unionists and left-wing politicos gathered at Peace Arch Park near on the United States-Canada border at Blaine, WA, to hear American singing star Paul Robeson. Only a dim public memory, the four annual concerts from 1952 to 1955 are the stuff of...
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Lennon as a teenager

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December 1, 2010
Lennon as a teenager

Nowhere Boy is playing in cinemas now and the critics are savaging it for not being accurate enough about Beatle leader John Lennon’s teenage years. The New Yorker claims that Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night is a better film about the bands early days. I disagree. Nowhere Boy attempts to fill some gaps...
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