Music and Nelson Mandela

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_G7vzJwcYM Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at age 95, inspired some great music. Here is a story from MTV on Mandela's musical legacy: Nelson Mandela, the iconic...

Happy Labor Day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiGPbHnpQks Hazel Dickens' song Fire in the Hole is the title track from the 1987 John Sayles movie Matewan, which tells the story of a coal miners' strike in the small...

Is Leon Redbone Serious?

Here is a rather odd line from Wikipedia's bio of Leon Redbone: According to the Toronto Star report in the 1980s, his birth name is Dickran Gobalian, he came to Canada from Cyprus in the mid-1960s...

Les Blank, Nov. 27, 1935-April 7, 2013

Documentary filmmaker Les Blank--many of whose films had musical subjects--died on April 7. Here is Blank's Wikipedia entry. The film-maker Les Blank, who has died aged 77, explored the margins of America's...