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tell it like it was to the fort lauderdale chamber of commerce

MY AT­TEN­TION re­mains fo­cused on Tell It Like It Was, my new pub­li­ca­tion on Medium. And Tell It Like It Was re­mains fo­cused on music—mostly music of the ’60s but we will get into the rock & roll and rhythm & blues be­fore and after that decade eventually.  [Read more] “tell it like it was to the fort lauderdale chamber of commerce”

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“tell it like it was” on a screen near you now!

MY APOLO­GIES for ne­glecting reg­ular readers of my blogs for the past few months. For­tu­nately, there is a good reason for this that has nothing to do with those silly ru­mors cir­cu­lated by the VRC that I had run off and joined a pro­gres­sive com­mune in Ver­mont left over from those hippie-wannabe days of yore. [Read more] ““tell it like it was” on a screen near you now!”

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lew shiner, elvis, and “steam engine time”

STEAM EN­GINE TIME is the name of a con­cept that many readers should be fa­miliar with. It’s also the title of a short story that most readers will not be fa­miliar with. This story was written by Lew Shiner, who might be known to some readers for novels like Glimpses and De­serted Cities Of The Heart. [Read more] “lew shiner, elvis, and “steam engine time””

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and the veins in the grass won’t pay no mind

DID ELVIS EVER TRY ACID? Ap­par­ently, yes. Elvis and LSD pop up in ques­tions and con­ver­sa­tions on the In­ternet, so I am pub­lishing this short piece ad­dressing the topic. While his name is prob­ably for­ever linked with the misuse of pre­scrip­tion drugs—many of us heard the word ‘polyphar­macy’ for the first time in re­la­tion to Pres­ley’s death—Elvis also ex­per­i­mented briefly with the mar­i­juana and LSD, both il­legal at the time of the experimentation. [Read more] “and the veins in the grass won’t pay no mind”

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elvis as don juan, cad, and womanizer (but not a hound dog)

THE PRI­VATE LIVES of other human be­ings rarely in­terest me. This in­cludes the people I deal with every day along with the people I enjoy as artists, ath­letes, en­ter­tainers, and even politi­cians. Con­se­quently, I don’t read many bi­ogra­phies and rarely write about peo­ple’s lifestyles. 1

When I write bi­o­graph­i­cally about a mu­si­cian on my Rather Rare Records blog, their sex lives or the drugs they used only in­terest me to the de­gree that it af­fected their music and cre­ativity. [Read more] “elvis as don juan, cad, and womanizer (but not a hound dog)”

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is elvis’ “where no one stands alone” a groundbreaking new album?

HAVING FUN WITH QUORA and the many questions—intelligent and otherwise—kept me from ad­dressing the latest re­lease with Elvis Pres­ley’s name and voice on it. It is an­other com­pi­la­tion fea­turing tracks doc­tored by pro­ducers and en­gi­neers to give decades-old vo­cals a ‘new sound.’ This one is a gospel set and it made an im­me­diate splash on the charts and in the media, es­pe­cially here in the States. [Read more] “is elvis’ “where no one stands alone” a groundbreaking new album?”

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the pussyfooting is over and “the endless sixties” now online!

AFTER TWO LONG YEARS of pussy­footing, farting around, lol­ly­gag­ging, and dil­ly­dal­lying, I fi­nally (FI­NALLY!) got my new blog off the ground: The End­less Six­ties is up and run­ning and waiting for readers. There are half a dozen ar­ti­cles al­ready posted plus the home­page, and everyone should read the in­tro­duc­tory home­page first, of course.  [Read more] “the pussyfooting is over and “the endless sixties” now online!”

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cybill shepherd gives elvis a little heads up

MOTLEY NEWS IS A WEB­SITE that fea­tures cur­rent news, sto­ries of in­terest, humor, and photography—“a motley of what’s in the news today!” On May 24, 2012, they ran a fea­ture ti­tled “Wikipedia’s Lamest Edit Wars.” While the ar­ticle was un­cred­ited, all the an­swers given to the var­ious com­ments were cred­ited to Michelle at Motley News. [Read more] “cybill shepherd gives elvis a little heads up”

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riaa certifies elvis for 18 new gold and platinum awards

WELL BLESS-A MY SOUL! The folks at Sony/RCA are acting wild as a bug and may, in fact, be all shook up. Why? Be­cause the RIAA just pre­sented them with more Gold and Plat­inum Record Awards for Elvis and the two or­ga­ni­za­tions are sending mixed sig­nals on the In­ternet. [Read more] “riaa certifies elvis for 18 new gold and platinum awards”