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my first facebook meme was also my first elvis meme

BEING A DENIZEN OF FACE­BOOK WORLD—es­pe­cially as an es­cape from the writing of the posts re­quired for three blog and working on a first novel (fi­nally!)I run across count­less im­ages where someone has taken a photo and over­laid text. Most of these im­ages seem to be ei­ther hu­morous or po­lit­ical, and often both. [Read more] “my first facebook meme was also my first elvis meme”

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was “my way” really their way or someone else’s way?

HAVE WE MISSED THE OB­VIOUS? Look, I know that old-school rock & roll fans in gen­eral and Elvis fans specif­i­cally are sup­posed to re­ac­tionarily hate punk rock. But the punks of the ’70s were car­rying on some of the spirit of the ’50s that we love, es­pe­cially the un­tamed Elvis of the Dorsey Brother Shows! [Read more] “was “my way” really their way or someone else’s way?”

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elvis on stage together with david bowie

MY TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE was an ac­count of how and when I was trans­formed from a Bowie-hater to a Bowie-lover in 1975. I ti­tled it “Just How Did David Bowie Af­fect Your Con­scious­ness and posted it on my Rather Rare Records site last week. It had taken a few days to write it, as I was un­pre­pared for Bowie’s passing. [Read more] “elvis on stage together with david bowie”

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look, ma! I’m someone’s blog of the month!

ON OC­TOBER 29, 2015, I pub­lished an ar­ticle ti­tled “on william strunk and vig­or­ously con­cise writing” on my Neal Umphred Dot Com web­site. It’s as boring as the title makes it sound—you’d have to give a damn about the most im­por­tant figure and the most im­por­tant book in the his­tory of Amer­ican writing! [Read more] “look, ma! I’m someone’s blog of the month!”

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if every day was like a fifth dimensional christmas

I AM WORKING on a se­ries of ar­ti­cles for my Rather Rare Records site about the Byrds records of 1966, which will cover the three singles—Eight Miles High, 5D (Fifth Di­men­sion), and Mr. Spaceman—and the FIFTH DI­MEN­SION album. Un­for­tu­nately, it is weeks away from com­ple­tion and Christmas can’t wait. [Read more] “if every day was like a fifth dimensional christmas”

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the elvis presley gold standard 45s part 2 (company sleeves)

SOME­WHERE ALONG THE WAY, the powers-that-be at RCA Victor de­cided that the record­ings that Elvis Presley la­bored over in the studio were not up to snuff. You know, the ones that sold a ba­jil­lion copies and al­most single-handedly jus­ti­fied the in­ven­tion of the 45 rpm single as a medium. [Read more] “the elvis presley gold standard 45s part 2 (company sleeves)”

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a free plug for the readit theme by modern themes

HEY LOOK!!! This ar­ticle was a bit of praise for a new theme that I had se­lected for this site: the Readit theme by Modern Themes. Since I have re­placed that theme with the Gen­er­atePress theme, I have re­tired this article.

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dissemination is the name of the game

IN REAL ES­TATE, the mantra is Lo­ca­tion! Lo­ca­tion! Lo­ca­tion! It has been as­so­ci­ated with that busi­ness for so long that it feels like it was in­vented along with the con­cept of the re­altor. And of course, while the lo­ca­tion of a house isn’t every­thing, it can seem that way when as­saying prop­erty values or checking out a place to raise one’s family. [Read more] “dissemination is the name of the game”

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It hurts me to be a kissin’ cousin

THE ROUND PLACE IN THE MIDDLE is a web­site that I stum­bled over some­time last year. There John Ross writes about rock & roll and Elvis and books and movies and even about critics with their arses up their heads. I was im­pressed with writing, in­sights, ar­gu­ments. So I sent him a mes­sage and that was more or less it. [Read more] “It hurts me to be a kissin’ cousin”