All ATX – The British Invasion
Tonight at 9pm Central the PBS station in Austin will be showing the All ATX – British Invasion tribute show. I participated in this event with Shinyribs and Shawn Sahm. I also somehow got to sneak out on stage for the final number and sing backup vocals with Eric Burdon and The Animals. (Try getting the words right, even to a song you know very well, when Eric Burdon is a few feet from you! It was surreal.) A multi-hour show was cut down to 56 minutes, so I have no idea what footage will even make the final cut. I also volunteered to make some political phone calls today, so I don’t have time to research how and if this footage will be available to those of you not in the Austin area. However, I thought I would at least mention that it is on tonight, because there were some really great performances at this event.
I’ll also be on the road with Shinyribs this weekend. You can view the dates here:
Shinyribs Shows Page
In the future when all’s well…
Lou Reed interviews have been animated for part of the PBS series Blank on Blank. It is equal parts interesting, inspiring, hilarious, and bitchy, much like Reed’s career itself. I am one that will be eternally thankful for Reed’s contribution to rock and pop music. I might not agree with everything Lou Reed says in the above clip, but there is no doubt in my mind that he did elevate pop music, that he did infuse it with a literary quality that few have ever matched. From the first Velvet Underground album to his last album with Metallica, he never quit pushing the limits of what was possible in rock music. In between those two book ends he did everything from straight ahead pop music to avant-garde noise. A true one of a kind.
Bill Moyers Last Broadcast
Bill Moyers, one of the only great voices in truth on television, has had his last broadcast on PBS. He left with a message to young activists. “Over to you. Welcome to the fight.” When I wrote a paper that turned into a book chapter on ALEC and ocean acidification, Moyers work was some of the only mainstream journalism that I remember dealing with those subjects at the time. He leaves a great void that hopefully someone else will fill. A fighter for truth and justice. Read the above article for more details.
Hat tip to my friend Bob Sullivan for the actual article.