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COLUMN 109, SEPTEMBER 1, 2004
(Copyright © 2004 The Blacklisted Journalist)
'BOB DYLAN AND THE BEATLES' IS A 'GOOD BOOK!'
Subject: Good book!
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 15:01:58 -0400
From: Michael Lydon and Ellen Mandel firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Bob Dylan and the Beatles book is amazing--rambling yet focused, so many specific scenes, such emotional honesty from you. Very gutsy to open yourself up on so many subjects--your wife's illness, drugs, your feelings of pride at being a newspaper big shot yet also feeling both built up and knocked down by the young arrogant stars.
I like the big open lay out, the typeface, they suit the book, and make it easy to read.
I'm glad your survived all that. I never got that close to any of those big artists. We were hippies together in a way, but i was always the reporter, and I never hung out with ay stars beyond doing the assignment. But from my taste of the 69 Stones' tour, I can see how tough it could be on the ego!!
Congrats for getting it all into book form. From now on, anybody who writes about Dylan, the Beatles, and 60s rock will have to know your book.
Sorry to hear about Derek Taylor, met him a few times and liked him.
Thanks for this great gift, Al!! keep going!!
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IS PAPA BUSH A MURDER AND TRAITOR?
Subject: Is President Bush's father, the former President Bush a murderer and traitor?
Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2004 23:08:55 -0400
From: Gary Stonecipher Gary@ADHDelivers.com
If: Saddam Hussein's forces attacked Kurdish civilians with Weapons of Mass Destruction, supplied by President Bush's father, the former President Bush; using Iraqi helicopters and planes, sold to him by President Bush's father, the former President Bush; President Bush's father, the former President Bush also aided Saddam Hussein with the necessary military intelligence, so he could use these Weapons of Mass Destruction more effectively against Kurdish civilians;
Then: Shouldn't President Bush's father, the former President Bush be arrested and turned over to the newly formed Iraqi Government to be charged with crimes against humanity, and then tried along with Saddam Hussein for his complicity in the act of these murders?
Also... If: Saddam Hussein is an enemy of the United States; Then: Shouldn't President Bush's father, the former President Bush also be charged with treason, for supplying the means to a dictator to be able to attack the United States? ##
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WANTED IN RIO
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 23:06:55 -0300
From: Gilson Soares Reis email@example.com
Have you ever thought about coming to Brazil to give a few lectures and have a wonderful time? I'm not an agent, but if I were, I think that would not be difficult to sell lectures given by you. There's a lot people here including me, that wouldn't mind to pay a few bucks to hear your stories from the sixties; like the historical
Delmonico reunion (Dylan meets Beatles). So, if you ever think in coming to Rio de Janeiro, even that just for the sake of fun, be sure that you'll be gladly received.
(Have you ever been at Lennon's apartment in the Dakota? Before or after his death?)
Gilson S. Reis ##
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FROM ANITA THE ASTROLOGER
Subject: Re: [AGALIST] COLUMN 108
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 15:30:38 -0700
From: anita the astrologer firstname.lastname@example.org
great bessie column ##
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'. . .YOU ENRICH MY LIFE. . .'
Subject: Re: [AGALIST] REMINDER
Date: Sat, 29 May 2004 18:32:54 EDT
Dear Al--jusrt a note to thank you for your constant effort and the pleasure I receive from your works. Hopefully you don't feel like you're just sending your soul out into the ether. Wish I knew you personally...
so much history and knowledge. I'm 61, by the way, so I am familiar with all that you discuss.
Ran away to be part of the beatnik culture at 15, blues drummer for 12 years, worked for civil rights, heavy in Dallas anti-war movement... published 3 books as social critic, been on all major talk shows, blah blah.
Keep it up as long as you can... you enrich my life.
George Toomer ##
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COMMENT ON PAUL CONANT'S COMMENT ABOUT IMPROPERLY STACKED FUEL RODS
Subject: Re: Spent fuel rods
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 10:24:37 -0500
From: guido stempel email@example.com
I think it wuld be safe to assume that Homeland Security and the Energy Department are not up to speed on this. As one who remembers the dawn of the nuclear era, I will tell you that politicians have never understood
what it was all about and always have assumed they did.
Guido Stempel ##
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Subject: Halliburton Harvesting Organs of Dead Soldiers and Dead Iraqis?
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 21:04:00 -0700 (PDT)
From: In Sanious firstname.lastname@example.org
This is how they make money off the war immediately and no one has ever talked about it. (A rock star who
cannot be named).
They can probably take it to any country they want, so if there is socialized medicine, there's Halliburton.
What is the waiting list?
How many people do we actually lose here in America because people in America don't have the "cash ready"
Check out google.com
Organ Cash & Carry = Cheney OC&C= Cheney
This administration is lying as quick as they can. They are trying to do all they can to turn John F. Kerry's name to smut.
Remember the Mad Magazine picture of Lyndon Johnson with the caption: "War is good business. Invest your
son." Dick Cheney has taken it to an entirely new level. Your son is worth more money dead than alive.
Soylent Green? Halliburton doesn't feel guilty, hell, they recycle their own employees? "Even death cannot
free these poor people" says the rock star on the phone "As a matter of fact they cost $ . per pound -".
More interesting reading:
In an e-mail to journalist John Kaminski, author of The Day America Died (Sisyphus Press) and America's Autopsy Report (Dandelion Books), Add to this. BLOG this. This is what the Bush Administration is probably up to. Why else do they want the caskets kept out of sight? Who is inspecting the bodies to know they are intact?
Exhume the bodies!
Exhume the soldiers! ##
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Subject: Bush Quote of the week
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 20:32:46 -0700 (PDT)
Bush Quote of the week:
"You know, I just -- I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to come up with an answer, but it hadn't yet."
--President Bush, when asked "what would your biggest mistake be...and what lessons have you learned from it?" [White House Press Conference 4/13/04] This quote came 1 minute and 40 seconds AFTER the question was asked. ##
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WHO BEHEADED NICK BERG?
Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 22:12:14 -0700
From: "pat walker" email@example.com
I usually scoff at conspiracy theories, and yes I'm overly enthusiastic about anything anti-Bush, but I am wondering about the claims that the beheading of Nic Berg was faked. I did not see the original video, but I
have seen the pictures of Berg bound in front of his soon to be murders. The evidence is compelling: Orange American prison garb, Abu Ghraib wall paint and furniture, lack of blood spurting from the victim, prior
notification to the victim's family that Berg was being held by the American authorities, and the big fat American-looking Iraqi soon-to-be-murders. I was wondering if you have any thoughts or information on this subject. Where can I find factual info? Was there an autopsy? thank you Pat Walker ##
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ZAL YANOVSKY'S COWBOY HAT
Subject: A quick question about Zalman
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2004 15:31:19 -0400 (EDT)
From: White Father firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Martha, and I'm a writer wannabe in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Something I'm working on, when I'm not at my dayjob as an administrator in a literacy program, is developing a television series, which I hope one day will be produced. It's a long shot, but I think not a total impossibility.
This is right out of the blue, but in an article you wrote ages ago about Zalman (The Mirth, Music, Magic of Zalman Yanovsky) you mentioned a ten gallon hat. Do you remember what colour the hat was? I would guess a cream colour, but that would be just a guess.
Why do I want to know? In the series, there's a character more or less modelled after Zal. I did know him, and he was a wonderful, wonderful man, and this is a small way I want to remember him. I never really connected him with the stuff he did so long ago, and it wasn't until after he passed away that it struck me how much further than Kingston his reach was. Anyway, in the restaurant, I want there to be a ten-gallon hat hanging behind the cash register. A small point, but I want it there, AND I want to be sure it's the right colour. So, do you remember what colour the hat was?
I loved your article, and it made me wistful, and happy, and sad all at once. I keep it in one of my research files for the series.
Something funny I could share with you is that the literacy organization I work for introduced an award last year for outstanding literacy volunteers in our community called The Zalman Yanovsky Award (Zal was on our board years before I worked there). Anyway, the application process is all on-line through our website. This year we had five submissions, and a young fellow who tutors in high school won it (Zal had a real soft spot for young people in their formative years). Anyway, well after the deadline for this year's award passed, I received
another submission in broken English for some guy from Norway whose sister-in-law thought he did the closest rendition to Zal's of Do You Believe in Magic she'd ever heard. Somehow I thought it was a little cosmic joke Zal sent to cheer me up. It would've been like him to do something that bizarre and obscure. It gave me a smile.
Anyway, I would greatly appreciate it if you could fill me in on the colour end of things.
Martha in Kingston ##
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GARY FROM MISSISSAUGA ANSWERS MARTHA IN KINGSTON
Subject: Re: A quick question about Zalman
Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2004 17:35:10 EDT
CC: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Gary Pig Gold, responding to your e-mail sent to The Blacklisted Journalist regarding my "Mirth, Music, Magic of Zalman Yanovsky" article.
First of all, let me just say how great an impression on, and a lasting inspiration to, Zal has been ever since I first heard his guitar on those first Spoonful records (then watching him as a wee tyke Live on the Ed Sullivan Show ....a lone, looney Canadian right there amidst various Beatles, Stones, Supremes and Beach Boys every Sunday night on the family black-and-white!!)
speaking of which, in regards to your questions regarding Zally on Sullivision, I have just reviewed some recently-acquired videos of just those appearances, and realize I misspoke (due to misremembering) in my Zal
It was an over-sized sheriff's badge the man wore, pinned mischievously to his trademark striped shirt, singing "Do You Believe In Magic" for Ed. No hat, however.
But when the Spoonful next appeared on the show, Zal was sporting a great big jet-black tophat (atop a mock-formal classic Carnaby Street suit-and-dayglo-tie). That was Zally's last appearance on television with the band; his defiant mugging throughout bandmate John's tender "Darling Be Home Soon" ballad no doubt had no small effect on his being bounced entirely out of the group only several weeks later.
However Martha, it WAS a (small brown) cowboy hat Zal wore for "Summer In The City" on the Hollywood Palace TV show; so I guess my over-active childhood memories somehow morphed all of this headwear together into the ten-gallon hat I cited in my article.
As for the tossing into the air I talked about however, that DID occur: Right as "Nashville Cats" concluded on Sullivan. The top-hat was flung high up as the final chord rang out, and Zally made the catch ...though just barely ;-)
I hope this clarifies and assists things for you; and Please consider keeping me informed as your television
show develops, so I can pass the word along to a small circle of Zal devotees I am in touch with.
Perhaps then you can find a place to hang more than one hat, in honor of our hero, behind the cash register in that restaurant,
Gary from Mississauga, but now in the USA
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THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND (A SHORT, VERY FUNNY, VERY FAMOUS BUSH V. KERRY FLICK)
Subject: a rare referral from joel
Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2004 14:44:51 -0700 (PDT)
this is truly great! go to this website and watch this short movie:
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AND GOD CREATED THE JERSEY SHORE
Subject: The Jersey Shore
Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 19:56:55 EDT
Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Heaven, God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him resting on the seventh day.
He inquires of God, "Where have you been?"
God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downward through the clouds. "Look, Michael, look what I've made."
Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, "What is it?"
"It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put life on it. I'm going to call it earth and it's going to be a great place of balance.
"Balance?" inquired Michael, still confused.
God explained, pointing to different parts of the earth, "For example, Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while Africa is going to be poor, " God continued, pointing to different countries.
"This one will be extremely hot and while this one will be very cold and covered with ice."
The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a large land mass with great lakes, mountains, and even a part of the ocean as it border and said, "What's that one?"
"Ah," said God, "that's the Jersey Shore, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, beaches, rivers, lakes, and climate. The people from there are going to be modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, and high achieving people, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats and carriers of peace."
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then exclaimed, "What about balance, God? You said there would be balance! Everyone and everything seems so totally perfect in this place you call the Jersey
God replied wisely,.......................
"Wait until you see the assholes I'm sending down there from New York and Pennsylvania every summer!!! ##
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ASKING ABOUT ALENE LEE
Subject: Alene Lee Inquiry
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 08:25:11 -0800
From: "jianda" email@example.com
I'm enjoying your columns! I am curious. You had some quotations about Alene Lee throughout the web. Would you be open to some questions about her? Some inquiries? I have a few!
Many thanks and much respect,
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BUSH SUFFERS FROM FATHER ENVY?
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 08:05:30 EDT
with the revelation in the woodward book it seems so obvious bush is almost disturbed. think about it. he was pretty much drunk until 40, a c student, nowhere near the accomplishments of his father who at least had led an
accomplished life. Bush finds jesus, kicks the booze and goes on a path to outdo his father. When Woodward asked if Jr. ever asked Sr. for advice, Woodward said Bush got defensive and said his father would be the wrong father to seek advice from, that he, Jr., had a higher father.
So we, and the rest of the world, has to pay because Jr. was a loser all his life and has serious father issues??? ##
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TO THE DEMOCRATIC UNDERGROUND
Subject: To the democratic underground,
Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 19:27:08 -0700
From: Roberto Petreccarobertpetrecca@aol.com
To the Democratic Underground,
Gather strenghth dear Pamphleteers!
We the leaders of our new velvet undergound.
We whose current leaders take us for subverters.
For we do not tranfer sovereignty with ignorance.
O must they sell a government at gunpoint.
And to what end dear Pamphleteers.
To attack from what forward position.
O and to take our eyes of the balls.
And if we do justice to follow the money.
We have a judicial system a military problem not optimistic.
Take heart dear undergrounders. Here we stand with or without
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BUSH SAYS HE NEVER STOPS THINKING OF WAYS TO HARM OUR COUNTRY
Subject: Er, umm...Mr. President...
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 00:20:41 -0400
From: "'Steve Schwartz'" firstname.lastname@example.org
This would almost be funny if it weren't real...and so Freudian:
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--President George W. Bush, 8/5/04, Remarks on Defense Appropriations Act
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FOR AS LONG AS PEOPLE KEEP LISTENING TO BOB DYLAN AND THE BEATLES, PEOPLE WILL WANT THIS BOOK
"A masterpiece!" --- SALLY GROSSMAN, widow of Bob Dylan's brilliant original manager, Albert Grossman.
"This book is a must-read for all rock 'n roll aficionados!"---EAR CANDY
"An essential reference for demystifying what the author refers to as: 'one of the most self-destructive binges of creativity in cultural history.'"---HAMMOND GUTHRIE, COUNTERPUNCH MAGAZINE
"Required Reading for anyone and everyone who considers themselves fans, followers, students, or those just plain curious of the Golden Age of Popular Music"---GARY PIG GOLD, FUFKIN.COM.
"I love the book. I love the way you can open it to any page and start reading and it keeps you reading. The book is just fun to read." --LEVON HELM, Drummer of THE BAND from Big Pink.
"Ellis Paul and I love your book."---RALPH JACCODINE, Ralph Jaccodine Management.
". . .perfect for our times."---WOODSTOCK TIMES
Duritz (he's the lead singer and writer for the famed
". . .a must read for anyone who loves, music, loves life, loves rock and roll."---TSAURAH LITZKY, author of The Motion of the Ocean, Baby on the Water, and Goodbye Beautiful Mother.
"I recommend it."---DOUGLAS HOLDER, IBBETSON STREET PRESS.
. .It is a fasinating, insightful read. You are such a wonderful
writer."---STEPHANIE LEDGIN, Music
"I could not put this book of yours down for a minute."---ED GALING, POET LAUREATE OF HATBORO, PA.
"Quite simply, Al Aronowitz is a living legend"---JOHN FORTUNATO, THE AQUARIAN.
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