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Stuart Elliott
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Country Club 56: "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" or Merle Travis and Commodity Fetishism
Just as Bob Wills taught political economy , I wonder if Merle Travis understood the theory of commodity fetishism or maybe he exemplifies it.  Let's examine this extremely clever, often covered, song by Merle Travis.  Wikipedia write s " So Round, So Firm,...
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Remembering when cigarettes were so cool...
that even religious leaders trying to make religion cool and relevant would feature a cig on a book cover. Here is the cover of the paperback version of Malcolm Boyd's 1965 Are You Running with Me, Jesus? Boyd was an Episcopal priest active in the civil rig...
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Plan, Market, and Freedom
I'm doing some reading in The Problems of a Planned Economy, a 1990 paperback theme selection from the first edition of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics.   The essays were written after the beginning of Perestroika but before the fall of the Soviet ...
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Country Club 54: Wake Up, Irene
If covers and their success is one indication of a song with a big impact, another deeper sign is an answer song that becomes a hit in its own right. Occasionally, an answer song equals and surpasses the original and, more rarely, stands on its own. Hank Th...
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Country Club 53: Goodnight, Irene--the country hits
"Goodnight, Irene" has become an American standard. It is usually associated with the Weavers who had a hit in 1950. It first reached the Billboard charts on June 30, 1950 and spent 25 weeks on the chart, reaching Number One.  But the Weaver version wasn't ...
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Country Club 52: Bloodshot Eyes from Western Swing to Jump Blues
Hank Penny was a Western Swing musician from the late 1930s to the 1970s with an affinity for jazz (and comedy). He employed jazz-oriented sidemen like Jimmy Wyble , Benny Garcia, and Noel Boggs, as well as Merle Travis. He even recorded "Hillbilly Be-Bop" ...
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Gary Burton with Jerry Hahn (bootleg audio)
As promised in a recent post of a video of the Gary Burton Quartet with Larry Coryell, here is nice authorized  audio bootleg of the Gary Burton Quartet with Jerry Hahn on guitar in Hamburg 1968. Steve Swallow is on bass and 
Roy Haynes and drums.  It was ...
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From my archives: The New Cuba reviewed (1976)
Following up on my recent post of Theodore Draper's analysis of the broken, original promises of Fidel Castro,
I thought it would be interesting to share a book review I wrote in 1976 of a book edited by Ronald Radosh that evidenced the disillusionment of s...
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From my archives: The New Cuba Reviewed (1976)
Following up on my recent post of Theodore Draper's analysis of the broken, original promises of Fidel Castro,
I thought it would be interesting to share a book review I wrote in 1976 of a book edited by Ronald Radosh that evidenced the disillusionment of s...
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From my archives:
Following up on my recent post of Theodore Draper's analysis of the broken, original promises of Fidel Castro,
I thought it would be interesting to share a book review I wrote in 1976 of a book edited by Ronald Radosh that evidenced the disillusionment of s...
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