Friday, April 30, 2010

Mary Lou Sullivan discusses her soon to be released biography of Johnny Winter

>>Author Mary Lou Sullivan has spent close to seven years working on a biography of Johnny Winter that will hit bookstores in May. And Raisin' Cain: The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter (Backbeat Books), promises to be one biography that's worth the wait.

Sullivan sat with Winter for hours of anything-goes interviews, and Winter obliged with a treasure trove of intriguing insights: memories of his earliest days in Texas; his fabled appearance at Woodstock; his affair with Janis Joplin; his days as an arena headliner; his sad descent into addiction; his renewed commitment to his blues roots; his role in the triumphant resurrection of Muddy Waters' career... and so much more.

What emerges is the story of a true rock n' roll survivor, a legendary guitarist who has spent four decades on a seemingly endless rollercoaster ride -- and lived to tell the tale.

Mary Lou was kind enough to provide readers of with a sneak preview of what's in the book, and she has my sincere thanks.

Read the interview here

Order the book here. Act now! Raisin' Cain - The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter

Ms. Sullivan used to write for The Hartford Advocate - support local writers!

A friend once had the privilege of driving Big Walter Horton around Boston when he played there for a few days. According to my friend, one observation Big Walter made on Johnny was "He ain't no white man, he's an albino."

No one could shake a stadium better than Johnny in his prime

Johnny started as a bluesman, went rock for awhile, now he's doing blues again.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Blue-haired ladies seen as threat, riot squad called in

"SWAT was there because it looked like the ladies were going to break out in a BINGO game."

more on these dangerous insurrectionists at Gateway Pundit

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

Real Leadership

money quote - "When I read the Fort Hood attack based upon what Major Hasan did, I was absolutely appalled. When I stood there and watched the Sunday show, when General Casey, Chief of Staff of the Army said, he was more concerned about diversity being a casualty than the loss of the thirteen soldiers at Fort Hood Texas, we have problems in the leadership of these United States of America."


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day

(This is also the birthday of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls

A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions agreed to by online shoppers.

The retailer, British firm GameStation, added the "immortal soul clause" to the contract signed before making any online purchases earlier this month. It states that customers grant the company the right to claim their soul.

"By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from or one of its duly authorised minions."

GameStation's form also points out that "we reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act. If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction."

more at Fox News

Herman Leonard's Jazz Photographs

Cavewomen had huge expensive wardrobes

Jonathan Leake, Science Editor
London Times

Raquel Welch's fur bikini has been cast aside. Archeologists have condemned Hollywood's crude portrayal of Stone Age women to the midden heap of history, with research showing that many maintained extensive wardrobes of fine fabrics, linens and evening wear.

The research, partially inspired by the stereotyping of cave women in films such as One Million Years BC, has shown that, while skins and furs may have been acceptable day wear, palaeolithic women had plenty of seductive alternatives.

Studies on statues and other artefacts dating back between 27,000 and 20,000 years show that in central Europe cave women would flaunt themselves in low-slung revealing linen frocks and that others, in what is now the Czech republic, created the first "boob tubes" made of strips of fabric wrapped around their chests. In France, fine string skirts were the height of fashion in 23,000 BC.

"Those skirts were to die for," said Olga Soffer, professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, who co- wrote the research. "We always imagine Stone Age man as dressing in smelly animal hides, but this was fine clothing. It was a far more sophisticated culture than many imagine."

Their conclusions are based on an analysis of the Venus Figurines, small hand-sized carvings of women that were popular among Stone Age cultures across central Europe. Hundreds have been found, mostly portraying women with huge breasts, bulging thighs and big bellies.

Most studies have focused on their uses, with suggestions ranging from prehistoric erotica to fertility fetishes or even teaching devices to explain sex to Stone Age adolescents. Soffer, who spent 10 years in the fashion business before becoming an academic, decided to stop the theorising. Instead she subjected the carvings to microscopic analysis - and found that they showed clothing, jewellery and body art, often in great detail. She says that the fine textiles were the Stone Age equivalent of clothing by Donna Karan or Calvin Klein. The difference was that such skills would have been common among Stone Age women.

Most palaeolithic people lived nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyles in small groups of up to 25. Males probably hunted animals, while females sought out edible plants. In winter, however, smaller groups would congregate so that youngsters could meet potential mates. It was at these gatherings that religious and other rituals would take place - where the women could replace animal skins with the palaeolithic equivalent of a cocktail dress.

"These events could be the equivalent of a debutante's ball, held to mark a girl's coming of age," said Soffer.

Grow your own mushrooms

Ready to grow mushroom patches
Maggie's Farm

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Placido Domingo sings a ranchera

Thanks to Dr. B, who stumbled across it while looking for Ella Fitzgerald

More media lies exposed

Cleaver retracts