Among My Favorite Photographs

Portrait of the Author | Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium Bruges is a medieval walled city traversed by canals, the "Venice of the North". Maybe 120,000 residents, with a cathedral in the city center and a chocolate shoppe on every corner. The idea– if you are a chocoholic, as I am– is to buy just enough treats […]

Peter Gabriel: My Favorite Recording Artist

Peter Gabriel: My Favorite Recording Artist

His “Sledgehammer” music video ushered in the advent of MTV in 1986, and for two years it was virtually impossible to watch that network for more than twenty minutes without seeing Peter Gabriel's claymation masterpiece. Since then he's been inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame both as a founding member of Genesis […]

Doc’s Sports Cards Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Its Closing. Part III (Bruce Hampton) :

Doc’s Sports Cards Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Its Closing. Part III (Bruce Hampton) :

The Doctor is Outta Here: Part 3 of 3.  Col. Bruce Hampton (Ret.): The dots are where I say they are… Preface: To fully appreciate the following essay, the reader is advised that I taught a course that I designed on The History of Popular Music in America: From Ragtime to Rock 'n Roll at […]

The Twentieth Anniversary Closing of Doc’s Sports Cards, Part II (Darryl Rhoades)

The Twentieth Anniversary Closing of Doc’s Sports Cards, Part II (Darryl Rhoades)

The Doctor Is Outta Here: Darryl Rhoades So I have this collection of signed baseballs and my favorites are signed by people who did not play the game but love it. Some people ask presidents to sign balls, some people ask movie stars, me, I ask musicians who should be in the Rock 'n Roll […]

Doc’s Sports Cards Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Its Closing. Part I (Frank Thomas) :

Doc’s Sports Cards Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Its Closing. Part I (Frank Thomas) :

Issues Rare Collectible Cards: Print. Cut. Trade 'em with your friends! The Doctor is Out: Part One.   Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, the Big Hurt: Fuck This Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on 27 July 2014. Perhaps you saw the film of his induction […]

His Holiness Rizong Rinpoche

Interesting People I Have Known Born in 1928 in Ladakh– an area of Northern India sandwiched between Pakistan and China– Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned as the reincarnation of a high lama at birth, and has dedicated his entire life to spiritual practice. He joined Drepung Loseling Monastery in Lhasa, in the mid-1940's, where he […]

Memorial Day: What Did You Do In the War, Great-Great Gran’daddy?

Political Correctness and the Confederate Dead  I have to go back a long, long way to find a military hero in my family. Silvers are famous for shootin' off their mouths, but when it comes to guns, um, not so much. I had an uncle in the Navy during WWII, but what he did thereafter […]

What Did You Do In the War, Daddy?

What Did You Do In the War, Daddy?

Memorial Day 2014 I grew up in the Fifties, when memories of WWII and Korea were fresh and wounds had not completely healed. Everybody's daddy had done something in the war, not that everybody's daddy liked to talk about it. A lot of men had seen horrible things that they did not share with their […]

The Song Remains the Same: If the Spirit Moves Ya

If the Spirit Moves Ya Led Zeppelin is being sued for copyright infringement over "Stairway to Heaven," by the founding bassist of Spirit, an obscure '60's band that opened for Led Zeppelin in 1968-69. Opening notes were lifted from "Taurus," a relatively unknown song Spirit often played. Among the more interesting aspects of this law […]

The Day of the Dead and the Brothers

Sunday, 10 May 1970 Pictured here: Jerry Garcia leans up against a stack of speakers provided by the Allman Bros (picture coming soon) Sunday morning and the bad news is that the Grateful Dead's sound system was left behind in Boston by the airline and can't get to Atlanta in time for the concert slated […]