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Video: How to make a clarinet out of a carrot

Linsey Pollak demonstrates how to make a clarinet out of a carrot in less than five minutes. This puts a whole new meaning to the expression “playing with your food.”

May 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Pete Seeger — 2013 Anti-fracking rally, Albany, New York

Musician, singer, songwriter, folklorist, labor activist, environmentalist, and peace advocate, Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was born in Patterson, New York, son of Charles and Constance … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Audio: Charlie Parker Reboppers perform “Billie’s Bounce”

The Charlie Parker Reboppers made this recording November 26, 1945 at WOR Studios on Broadway in New York City. Performers include Miles Davis on trumpet, Charlie Parker on alto sax, Dizzy … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Audio: Jack Kerouac reads “October in the Railroad Earth”

Jack Kerouac’s paean to San Francisco. Jack Kerouac (born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Everlast — White Trash Beautiful

April 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

Video: Watch 570 Million Years of Evolution on Earth In 60 Seconds

Long story short, we’re pretty new around here.

April 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Jack Kerouac — “McDougall Street Blues”

Jack Kerouac speaks while Steve Allen plays jazz piano. With video clips of New York City in the 1950’s and 60’s. A beautiful piece of collaborative work capturing the mood … Continue reading

April 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Audio: Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix

Purple Haze with song lyrics included. Biography of Jimi Hendrix James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist, singer, … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Amiri Baraka reads “Somebody Blew up America”

“Somebody Blew Up America” by Amiri Baraka with Rob Brown on saxophone, recorded on February 21, 2009 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY. This is the poem … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Two Audios: John Coltrane performs “In a Sentimental Mood” and “My Favorite Things”

Here’s a favorite from Trane with the amazing McCoy Tyner on piano: And here’s another that on a first listen sounds simple, but actually there’s a rich conversation between the … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Audio: Muddy Waters performs ‘I Just Want to Make Love to You’

Written by Willie Dixon and first recorded in 1954 by McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters, the father of Chicago blues. McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), better … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: “Father Death Blues” sung by Allen Ginsberg

Irwin Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Big Mama Thornton and John Lee Hooker — “Down Home Shakedown”

1960 harmonica jam session. If you love the blues, this performance is not to be missed. The harmonica, also called French harp, blues harp, and mouth organ, was developed in Europe … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: I didn’t Like It the First Time (The Spinach Song) by Julia Lee

  Julia Lee (October 31, 1902 – December 8, 1958) was an American ” dirty blues” musician. Born in Boonville, Missouri, Lee was raised in Kansas City, and began her musical … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

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