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Historian Heather Cox Richardson on Trump’s Muslim Ban: „It’s a Shock Event“

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Heather Cox Richardson: If people realize they are being played, though, they can reach across old lines and reorganize to challenge the leaders who are pulling the strings. This was Lincoln’s strategy when he joined together Whigs, Democrats, Free-Soilers, anti-Nebraska voters, and nativists into the new Republican Party to stand against the Slave Power. Five years before, such a coalition would have been unimaginable. Members of those groups agreed on very little other than that they wanted all Americans to have equal economic opportunity. Once they began to work together to promote a fair economic system, though, they found much common ground. They ended up rededicating the nation to a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

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bannonHeather Cox Richardson of Boston College is one of my favorite historians.  I highly recommend her most recent book To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party

Today Richardson gave me permission to publish a piece she recently posted to her Facebook page.

Richardson is probably right in assuming that Steve Bannon is behind Trump’s recent Executive Order on Muslim refugees.  She describes what Bannon is doing as a „shock event.“ This is an attempt to throw the country into confusion and chaos so that the administration can present itself as the only entity capable of restoring order.

Richardson explains:

What Bannon is doing, most dramatically with last night’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries– is creating what is known as a „shock event.“ Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos. People scramble to react to the event, usually…

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My Funky Year in Music: 18,599 tracks, 4,188 artists, 5,533 albums (according to Last.FM)

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My Year 2016 on Last.FMBecause I am very much into statistics, I still like using Last.FM, a music database which keeps track of the songs I enjoy via iTunes, Internet radiostations and iPod/smartphone. According to Last.FM’s summary for 2016, I listened to 18,599 tracks by 4,188 different artists and from 5,533 different albums. That makes 55 songs a day and a total listening time of 45 days, 5 hours. Top music genres: funk, soul, country, pop, and blues.
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28. Dezember 2016 at 14:51

My Spotify Top Songs of 2016 Playlist

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My Spotify Top Songs of 2016 playlist is a nice mix of funk, soul, a little country and some surprises. Enjoy!

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27. Dezember 2016 at 23:09

R.I.P., Rick Parfitt! Status Quo’s Search for the Fourth Chord is Over

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I was sad to hear yesterday that Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt has passed away –
which was confirmed on Quo’s official Facebook page:

This tragic news comes at a time when Rick was hugely looking forward to launching a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017 following his departure from Status Quo’s touring activities on medical advice.

I always had a soft spot in my heart for this British rock and roll institution. And I actually have been listening to lots of their music in the past few weeks because I just discovered their great „Aquostic“ albums which manage to breathe new life into their classics. Stripped down, many of them prove to be just great songs which also work without their standardized simplified boogie rock (see playlist below).

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25. Dezember 2016 at 10:19

George Clinton reveals why he keeps his mouth shut about new music that pisses him off [Video]

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Yesterday in Singapore, Parliament/Funkadelic’s George Clinton aka Dr. Funkenstein met classic rap group The Sugarhill Gang („Rapper’s Delight“). He had a nice two-part Periscope chat with them about the origins of P.Funk and rap, touring together, his musical backgropund and collaborators (including Skip McDonald/Bernard Alexander and Doug Wimbish, members of Sugarhill’s house band, plus Philippé Wynne, Bernie Worrell and Bootsy Collins), and the story behind several of P.Funk’s greatest hits:

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‚Birthday Boy‘ Steve Cropper (75) on Co-Writing Otis Redding’s Posthumous Hit „Dock of the Bay“

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Happy 75th birthday, Steve Cropper (who was part of Stax Records house band The Mar-Keys/Booker T. & the M.G.’s and The Blues Brothers band)!

I just got goosebumps after hearing his story about co-writing Otis Redding’s „(Sittin‘ on) The Dock of the Bay“ which, according to Wikipedia, became the first posthumous single to top the charts in the US:

Otis Redding never heard the electric guitar. I played the acoustic guitar on that track, and then I overdubbed that weekend. On a Friday evening, I overdubbed the guitar licks which I was gonna play him on Monday but he never got back for me to play it to him.


Otis Redding died in a plane crash on Sunday, December 10, 1967.
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32 Beers in 2 Days (Looking back at London’s Great British Beer Festival 2016)

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For the ninth time in a row, I visited the Campaign for Real Ale’s Great British Beer Festival in London last week. Out of over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and international beers I was able to sample 32 real ales and German beers (which I can’t get on tap in Hamburg) during two days.

A quick look at the main hall:

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16. August 2016 at 0:05

Looking back at the 13th Indian Film Festival (Indisches Filmfestival) Stuttgart (#IFFStuttgart)

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Since 2005, I have been visiting the Indian Film Festival / Indisches Filmfestival Stuttgart (my 2016 preview) almost every year. Here are short Twitter reviews of the 18 movies I was able to watch this year (sorted by rating, the highest one would have been 5 stars/*****):

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25. Juli 2016 at 22:29

My movie selection for the 13th Indian Film Festival (Indisches Filmfestival) Stuttgart (#IFFStuttgart)

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For the first time in years, I was able to thoroughly prepare for the Indian Film Festival / Indisches Filmfestival which starts in Stuttgart/Germany today.

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Funk-A-Hall-Licks Wooing the World (1991 Bernie Worrell interview from the New Funk Times archive)

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Bernie Worrell in 2009 - concert with SociaLibrium at the jazz club Porgy & Bess in Vienna (Photo: Manfred Werner/Tsui. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Bernie Worrell in 2009 – concert with SociaLibrium at the jazz club Porgy & Bess in Vienna (Photo: Manfred Werner/Tsui. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

I was sad to hear that Bernie Worrell, P.Funk’s „Wizard of Woo“, passed away yesterday at the age of 72. I last saw him in person a long time ago – he, his wife Judie, his band and I were holding hands backstage at New Orleans‘ Tipitina’s club, praying for a good show.

On a personal note: My favorite P.Funk has always been about George Clinton, Bernie, Bootsy Collins and Garry Shider – the hustler and the three musical geniuses. (I am sure George won’t mind – he and I talked about this. ;-) )

Here is a phone interview about his album „Funk of Ages“ I did with him in 1991, for the P.Funk newsletter New Funk Times I used to publish from the late ’80s to early ’90s (continuing the great work of Archie Ivy & Co.).

New Funk Times: I was wondering if you cut any of the basic tracks with the whole band present in the studio, or were there a lot of over-dubs going on?

Bernie Worrell: There’s a lot of over-dubs. You won’t believe the size of the studio I had to record it at! It’s pretty small, but the one good thing about it was… a lot of recording studios in New York don’t have windows, you can’t see out to the street. But this one was in what we call the Tribeca area, and it had two windows. So at least we could see outside.
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25. Juni 2016 at 21:26

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