Monthly Archives: July 2011

An American Icon Turns 71

July 27 marks the seventy-first anniversary of the release of A Wild Hare, the first Bugs Bunny cartoon. Directed by Tex Avery, written by Rich Hogan and with animation by Virgil Ross, it set the basic style of the characters of … Continue reading

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Russell Brand’s Heartfelt Comments On Amy Winehouse

“When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call”, he begins. Brand is no stranger to addiction himself and, having been a friend of Winehouse, offers an … Continue reading

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Another Anti-war Song

Now we’re rollin’! Well, off to a good start, anyway.

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Happy Le Quatorze Juillet

Or Bastille Day, as it’s known to us English speakers. Today is a national holiday in France, celebrating the storming of the Bastille Saint-Antoine (number 232, Rue Saint-Antoine), a government prison, in 1789. This is often cited as the start … Continue reading

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Another contemporary anti-war song…

and another good one, this time by The Terry Sutton Conspiracy- Fallujah (sample here). All right! I’m starting to feel better about my sixties roots. Update: got a kind response from the composer who also sent a link to the full … Continue reading

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Who wrote our National Anthem?

Francis Scott Key wrote the words, of course- he wrote the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” in 1812, from which the verses of our Anthem derive. But who wrote the music to which the words were set? Who played Rodgers … Continue reading

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