Nobody's called for a boycott of 30 ROCK because it went off the air.
When did the Scene devote a paragraph to Alec Baldwin?
One I'm really looking forward to is KANSAS CITY LIGHTNING, Stanley Crouch's book about Charlie Parker.
Another excellent idea: Prints! Check out Sam Smith's shop of awesome limited-run movie posters:
And if you need an excuse to visit Bryce McCloud's amazing Isle of Printing, tis the season:
We're huge fans of Rachel Briggs...
…and Andy Vastagh's Boss Construction:
These folks I believe you'll recognize:
Wait, Frank has pigtails?
Staking a claim that Nashville was a cradle of African-American music is easy, as a half-dozen posts show above. Staking a claim that it's *the* cradle — or Memphis, for that matter — is the problem. Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, New York and even Kansas City might have something to say about that.
More on the song Betsy mentions, featured prominently in a (disturbing as hell) scene in the current 12 YEARS A SLAVE. NPR's Ann Powers has a terrific piece on it and the movie's use of music in general:
Only an idiot would argue with the richness of Memphis' R&B history, something every American should embrace with chest-thumping pride. But before somebody raises the ignorant yap again about Nashville being only a town for white music, please listen to both 2-disc volumes of the essential NIGHT TRAIN TO NASHVILLE retrospective of Music City R&B — which, by the way, was put out by the Country Music Hall of Fame, which honored that legacy with its very first major exhibition in its new space.
You'll hear jump blues recorded in Nashville in the 1940s. You'll hear Little Richard and Etta James. You'll hear an R&B band Jimi Hendrix once played with on Jefferson Street. You'll hear the late, great Nashville vocalists Roscoe Shelton and Earl Gaines, who were recording R&B hits here five decades ago. You'll hear Ted Jarrett, songwriter and producer, who ran hit-making R&B labels here for many years. You'll hear songs the teenage Rolling Stones ordered from Nashville mail-order record stores by Nashville artists — including Gene Allison's "You Can Make It If You Try," written and produced by Jarrett, which the Stones covered on their first LP. And that's just the surface.
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