WHY THEY CALL ME CRABMEAT...
I was always a difficult child.
When my father got home from the war I was two, and he marched into the house and picked me up and I cried. He cut off his moustache, and took off his uniform, but every time he touched me I would bawl. During my first two years I had been around only women and the mailman Mr. Ralph, who was in uniform. It was 1946, and all over the U.S. fathers were coming home, scaring their kids, who thought they were mailmen.
We lived in Ardmore, PA, outside…
Next Monday, June 18th, I'll present the first of a three-part lecture/concert/singalong series: HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL at Corbit-Calloway Library in Odessa, from 6:30-7:20. Part One, PLAY IT LOUD, will include a history of the electric guitar and the music and times of the late 50s to 1964. Etta James sang about rollin’, Bill Haley spread the news, and Chuck Berry was king of the guitar. Elvis, Motown, the Coasters, Muddy Waters, Buddy Holly, Girl Groups, Duane Eddy. “Youth culture” grows, and then the president was shot. All three lectures will examine BLUES structure and culture.
July 19th, at Corbit-Calloway, 6:30 PM: Part Two, SEX, DRUGS, AND ROCK N ROLL will highlight BOB DYLAN and HIPPY, with “appearances” by Jimi Hendrix and Ken Kesey. Woodstock, British Invasion, Beatles, Clapton’s Blues.
August 9th, at Corbit-Calloway, 6:30 PM: Part Three will feature Eagles, Van Morrison, and the merging of Country and Western with R&R. Examples by Ray Charles, Steve Earle, the Burrito Brothers, and Chuck Berry (who states in his autobiography that “Maybelline” was his take on “Ida Ray,” by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys).
Tweety Bird flaunts his disdain for human by suffering flinging paper towels to a starving crowd. He swears at NFL players who protest police murders of black men, deliberately misconstruing this as disrespect of vets. He himself phones dead soldiers' bereaved families to insult them, while labeling the KKK “good people.”
Chris Long, a defensive end for the NFL Philadelphia Eagles, stands during the national anthem, one hand on the shoulder of Malcolm Jenkins, who kneels in protest of the police murders. Long is white, Jenkins black. Long is donating his entire salary to educational programs in his hometown Charlottesville, VA, where Tweety Bird’s beloved fascists ran over the protester.
Tweety Bird suggests that NFL owners fire “sons of bitches” like Chris Long.