Thursday, February 28, 2008
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
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All right, last one I promise.
Originally performed by the Bobby Fuller Four this song is a rock-n-roll classic! And rather than the stereotypical message of rebellion found in most rock songs, this one tells the truth. You fight the law...and the law will win! Or as John Cougar Mellencamp sang, "I fight authority and authority always wins...!" Same thing.
I couldn't resist posting another one of my favorite Clash songs. Seriously, you must turn this one up REALLY loud!
The English Civil War consisted of a series of armed conflicts and political machinations that took place between Parliamentarians and Royalists between 1642 and 1651. The first (1642–1646) and second (1648–1649) civil wars pitted the supporters of King Charles I against the supporters of the Long Parliament, while the third war (1649–1651) saw fighting between supporters of King Charles II and supporters of the Rump Parliament. The Civil War ended with the Parliamentary victory at the Battle of Worcester on 3 September 1651.
The Civil War led to the trial and execution of Charles I, the exile of his son Charles II, and the replacement of the English monarchy with first the Commonwealth of England (1649–1653) and then with a Protectorate (1653–1659), under the personal rule of Oliver Cromwell. The monopoly of the Church of England on Christian worship in England came to an end, and the victors consolidated the already-established Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland. Constitutionally, the wars established a precedent that British monarchs could not govern without the consent of Parliament, although this concept became firmly established only with the Glorious Revolution later in the century.
The opening piano riff is what makes this song instantly recognizable!
The Casbah (French) or as transliterated from Arabic Qasba (from qasba, قصبة, 'citadel') is specifically the citadel of Algiers and the traditional quarter clustered round it. More generally, kasbah denotes the walled citadel of many North African cities and towns. The word made its way into English from French in the late 19th century (the Oxford English Dictionary says 1895), hence its conventional English spelling.
In Rabat, the capital of Morocco since 1912, the Casbah of the Oudaya is the military barracks encircled by walls with gates, built in the 16th and 17th centuries on ancient foundations. (from Wikipedia)
Friday, February 22, 2008
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Saturday, February 16, 2008
The top picture is of Rosie the Riveter by Norman Rockwell. The painting on the bottom is of Jeremiah the Prophet by Michealangelo.
Rockwell was an amazing artist because he had a way of synthisizing timeless concepts and bringing them into an American theme.