Genius in our Midst: X

2020 is a tough year. Tough, tough, tough, tough, tough. In the middle of a year that rivals the insanity of 1918, 1941, and 1968, something unexpectedly wonderful happened. In April of this year, while people were dying in New York at the rate of 1,000 a day, four people in California – John Doe,Continue reading “Genius in our Midst: X”

Genius In Our Midst: Bragg

“We’re actually recharging our batteries: me from the audience and their response, and the audience from me and my songs and ideas. We’re recharging our batteries so we can go back out there and fight the good fight, get our own little space wherever we are. I’ll do my bit, and you’ll do your bit,Continue reading “Genius In Our Midst: Bragg”

Genius in our Midst: Crumb

 R. Crumb is a comic artist and a founder of the underground comix movement of the 1960s. Among his creations are Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural, and the Keep on Truckin’ dude(s). His album covers include the classic Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company.    Toyota offered Crumb $100,000 to use hisContinue reading “Genius in our Midst: Crumb”

Genius in Our Midst: Jones

With The Clash, photo by Helge Øverås Mick Jones is one of those songwriters whose musical instincts never fail. There’s something unique in his phrasing and structure that transcends the instruments, the arrangements, and even the band that is playing his song. Whether it’s The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite, BAD II, or Carbon Silicone, it’sContinue reading “Genius in Our Midst: Jones”

Genius in Our Midst: Hynde

  Chrissie Hynde has recorded ten albums with The Pretenders and one solo. Her recordings from the current decade are as intelligent, driven, passionate, and unpretentious as any of her work since the seventies.  Born in Ohio, Hynde moved to London in 1973 and worked as a music critic for NME. Legend has it thatContinue reading “Genius in Our Midst: Hynde”