Saturday, August 30, 2008

Labor Day
Honoring the Working Class Heroes

On this Labor Day holiday I offer up a collection of live performances and slide shows honoring the working class heroes!

Direct links to the individual videos:

Balled of James Larkin - Christy Moore

Which Side Are You On - Pete Seeger

Springhill Mining Disaster – U2

Joe Hill – Phil Ochs

1913 Massacre - Woody Guthrie

North Country Blues – Bob Dylan

There is Power In The Union – Utah Phillips

The Union Maid – Pete Seeger

Solidarity Forever – Pete Seeger

Union Song – The Night Watchman (Tom Morello)

Song from a Cotton Field – Bessie Brown

Cotton – Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins

Working Class Man – Jimmy Barnes

Working Class Hero – John Lennon

Working Man Blues - The Ranchhands

Talking Merchant Marine - Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Pastures of Plenty - Ramblin' Jack Elliot

Deportees - Arlo Guthrie & Emmylou Harrris

Linin' Track - Loki the Trickster

John Henry - Mississippi John Hurt

Railroad Worksong - Notting Hibillies

Go to Sea Once More - Roger McGuinn

We Shall Overcome – Joan Baez

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Peter Paul & Mary

With subjects ranging from anti-war protest songs to songs of the human condition as well as comedy and children’s songs this trio rose to the top of the folk movement of the 60’s and early 70’s.

Founded in 1961 by Albert Grossman as a Folk Supergroup they released their first album the following year, quickly gaining a large following.

After salvaging an old record player from the dump, replacing a few obviously burned out resistors an one vacuum tube I headed down to the used record store. The first two albums I bought were Peter Paul & Mary’s first album titled simply “Peter, Paul and Mary” and Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A Changing”.

That was about 1965 and indeed things were A Changing!

After collecting several more of their first albums I bought the music books to go with them. With the records, the music books and an old f-hole Harmony guitar I taught myself how to play. I spent many hours playing along with the records and then without them. Eventually, in college, I was part of a folk group called Blue Laughter. We were together for about a year and a half and toured the college campuses around Wisconsin during that time, also giving shows at retirement homes and care centers. But as so often happens in bands, the ego problems of the founder got in the way and we broke up about a month before we were supposed to go tryout for a USO tour to Vietnam.

Alas, I stray, so here is tonight’s show, centered on their works from the early sixties through the mid eighties. But you won’t find any lost flowers or dope smoking dragons here!

PP&M Website


Direct links to the individual videos:

Early Morning Rain

500 Miles

Cruel War

If I Had a Hammer

Go Tell It On A Mountain

The Times They Are A Changing

Blowing The Wind => Give Peace a Chance

Don't Think, Twice It's All Right

For Loving Me

Come And Go With Me

San Francisco Bay Blues


When the Ship Comes In

Too Much of Nothing

Early In The Morning

Moments of Soft Persuasion

The House Song

Well, Well, Well

Hurry Sundown

There But For Fortune

If I Had My Way

Jane Jane


Boa Constrictor

The Marvelous Toy

A' Soalin'

Hymn – Paul Solo

El Salvadore

Like the First Time

Right Field

Goodnight Irene

Such Is Love

And When I Die

Greenland Whale Fisheries

I Dig Rock And Roll Music

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

Weave Me The Sunshine

The Wedding Song

Battle of the Folk Bands

with Donovan and the Smothers Brothers

Day Is Done

Oh all right, they already slipped in a snippet, so here…

Where Have All the Flowers Gone

Puff the Magic Dragon

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Tonight,on the 30th anniversary of his death from drug abuse and heart disease, we travel back to 1973 and hop a plane to Hawaii for the Aloha Concert by The King.

So get out your grass skirts, grab a Mai Tia and enjoy an evening with Elvis Presley!

Elvis the King Website

The Early Years


Friday, August 15, 2008

World Music Quest

I am looking to do a show featuring artists from around the world. I'm particularly interested in artists using indigenous instruments and stylings.

If you have a favorite artist or group that fits this description please send me a link to their videos or even the name so I can include them in the show.

Leave your requests in the comments below or email to with "World Music" as the subject line.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Sorry, this one's not for the kiddies.

Composer, orchestral director, singer and guitarist extraordinaire, Frank Zappa rose out of the southern California area to become one of the most prolific rock artists of his time.

A satirist, his music was often biting and irreverent, pushing the bounds of the censorship within the music industry. Meticulous rhythm changes and tearing guitar solos were a mark of his works.

Amongst the many band members who worked with him over the years, many have gone on to successful careers of their own. Such well known musicians such as Jean Luc Ponty, Steve Via and the duo Flo and Eddie (also of the Turtles) have performed with Frank over the years.

Unfortunately in 1993 prostate cancer took him from us long before his time.

Tonight I offer a two part show. Think of it as one of those fold-out double albums. The first part, a documentary, has the narration in German, but the narration is only a minor part. In this documentary Frank talks (in English) about his views on government, the music industry, free speech and life in general. Also in the documentary section is an appearance on the TV show “Crossfire” in which he faces off with Right Wing pundit Robert Novak on the subject of obscenity.

The second part of the show is a sampling of his live performances from over the years in no particular order. At the end of the music section are several silly things found while compiling the show.

The Documentary:

The Music:

Frank Zappa Website
Zapa Radio

Direct links to the individual videos:


Bobby Brown

Stairway To Heaven

Inca roads

Peaches En Regalia

Cosmik Debris


Dupree's Paradise

Farther O'Blivion

Be-Bop Tango


More Trouble Every Day

San Berdino

Watermelon In Easter Hay


Whippin’ Post

You Are What You Is

The Illinois Enema Bandit

Titties and Beer

G-spot Tornado

King Kong

Stevie’s Spanking

The Torture Never Stops pt.1

The Torture Never Stops pt.2

In The Sky

The Black Page

When The Lie's So Big => Planet Of The Baritone Women

Bamboozled by Love

City Of Tiny Lights

Punky's Whips

Cocaine Decisions

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk

St. Etienne


Suicide Chump

Chunga's Revenge => Keep It Greasy

Joe's Garage

Camarillo Brillo => Muffin Man

Frank Zappa on David Letterman, 10-31-83

Zappa on "The Monkees"

Zappa On The Steve Allen Show pt.1

Zappa On The Steve Allen Show pt.2

Zappa On The Steve Allen Show pt.3

Zappa On The Steve Allen Show pt.4

Frank Zappa Commercial For General Electric

Zappa on Make Me Laugh

Don't Eat The Yellow Snow

Documentary Pt1

Documentary Pt2

Documentary Pt3

Documentary Pt4

Documentary Pt5

Documentary Pt6


Saturday, August 2, 2008

Bob Dylan

Poet and singer, Bob Dylan rose out of the 1960’s folk scene to become one of the top spokesmen of the time for the downtrodden and wronged. His songs have been performed and recorded by many artists over the years.
Mocked by my parents who said he couldn’t sing, he was one of my favorite artists and got the most play on my record player. They just couldn’t grasp that the message was in the words, not the nasal resonance.
I would play my guitar and sing along but they would only ask why I played such depressing songs. Sheesh!
Starting off tonight with a number of songs from the mid 60’s, we will then move on to performances from the 1976 Rolling Thunder Review tour.
After that we explore progressively newer performances finishing with collaborations between Bob and other popular artists.

Bob's Website
Expecting Rain - News about Dylan and other related artists.
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan - A Martin Scorsese Picture

Direct links to the individual videos:
Blowin' In the Wind

Only a Pawn in Their Game

Mr. Tambourine Man

Girl From The North Country

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

It Ain't Me Babe

It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

Just Like A Woman

Subterranean Homesick Blues

To Ramona

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

She Belongs To Me

Like A Rolling Stone

One Too Many Mornings

Desolation Row

Love Minus Zero/No Limit

Visions Of Johanna

Simple Twist of Fate

One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)

Oh Sister

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

Lay Lady Lay

Shelter From The Storm

Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Maggie's Farm


Idiot Wind

Shelter From the Storm

When I Paint My Masterpiece

I Pity the Poor Immigrant

Forever Young

What Can I Do For You

Sweetheart Like You

I Shall Be Released

Political World

Hard Times

Masters Of War

It Takes a Lot to Laugh

Highway 61 Revisited

It’s All Over Now Baby Blue

Train of Love


Tangled up in Blue

The Wicked Messenger

Blind Willie McTell

Lenny Bruce

The Times They Are A-Changin

It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

I Believe in You

Everybody Must Get Stoned

Dark Eyes – with Patti Smith

One Too Many Mornings – with Johnny Cash

Girl from the North Country – with Johnny Cash

Like A Rolling Stone – with Tom Petty

Just Like A Woman – with Tom Petty

Knocking on Heaven’s Door – with Tom Petty

All Along the Watchtower – with Richard Thompson

If Not For You – with George Harrison

Queen Jane Approximately – with the Grateful Dead

It’s All Over Now Baby Blue – with the Grateful Dead

Blowin' In The Wind – with Keith Richards and Ron Wood

Don't Think Twice, It's Alright – with Eric Clapton

Crossroads – with Eric Clapton

I shall be released – with Elvis Costello

Sounds of Silence – with Paul Simon

My Back Pages – with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Neil Young, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty

Bob Dylan Dharma & Greg

Bob Dylan Dharma & Greg



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