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LEGEND

Behind The Shades: Bob Dylan being presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama during a ceremony today in the East Room of the White House. About Dylan, the President said:

"Bob Dylan started out singing other people’s songs. But, as he says, ‘There came a point where I had to write what I wanted to say, because what I wanted to say, nobody else was writing.’ So born in Hibbing, Minnesota — a town, he says, where ‘you couldn’t be a rebel — it was too cold’ — Bob moved to New York at age 19. By the time he was 23, Bob’s voice, with its weight, its unique, gravelly power was redefining not just what music sounded like, but the message it carried and how it made people feel. Today, everybody from Bruce Springsteen to U2 owes Bob a debt of gratitude. There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music. All these years later, he’s still chasing that sound, still searching for a little bit of truth. And I have to say that I am a really big fan."

Bob Dylan Presidential Medal Of Freedom May 29, 2012
Bob Dylan Presidential Medal Of Freedom May 29, 2012
Bob Dylan Presidential Medal Of Freedom May 29, 2012

Bob Medal of Freedom

 


MUSIC

George Jones and Merle Haggard singing 'Yesterday's Wine', god forbid

 

Miracles appear in the strangest of places
Fancy me fining you here
The last time I saw you was just out of Houston
Let Me Sit down, let me buy you a beer

Your presence is welcome with me and my friend here 
This is a hangout of mine

We come here quite often and listen to music
And to taste yesterday's wine

Yesterday's wine, yesterday's wine
Aging with time, like yesterday's wine
Yesterday's wine, yesterday's wine
We're Aging with time, like yesterday's wine

You give the appearence of one widely travelled
Lord I'll bet you've seen things in your time
Come sit down here with us and tell us your story
If its true you'll like yesterday's wine

Yesterday's wine, yesterday's wine
Aging with time, like yesterday's wine
Yesterday's wine, yesterday's wine
We're Aging with time, like yesterday's wine


ART

This September 28th will mark 20 years since the founding of Critical Mass in San Francisco in 1992. While Critical Mass remains a controversial subject in its place of birth, it has spread to hundreds of cities in dozens of countries, and become a truly global phenomenon. In September, bicyclists from around the world will be coming to San Francisco to celebrate the anniversary.

To mark the occasion, San Francisco muralista Mona Caron has created a groovy poster. Check it out:

Critical Mass 20th Anniversary Bike Angel Poster by Mona Caron


VIDEO

Milo is a railroad brakeman, his wife a painter. They have some poet friends who spend a good bit of time hanging out at their apartment. When Milo and his wife are visited by their bishop, they naturally would like their friends to be on their best behavior. But poets will be poets.

'Pull My Daisy' is a short film that typifies the Beat Genaration. Directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie, Daisy was adapted by Jack Kerouak from the third act of his play, Beat Generation; Kerouak also provided improvised narration. It starred poets Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso, artists Larry Rivers (Milo) and Alice Neel (Bishop's mother), musician David Amran, actors Richard Bellamy (Bishop) and Delphine Seyrig (Milo's wife, dancer Sally Gross (Bishop's sister), and Pablo Frank, Robert Frank's then-young son. 

Originally intended to be called 'The Beat Generation' the title Pull My Daisy was taken from the poem of the same name written by Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Cassady in the late 1940s. Part of the original poem was used as a lyric in David Amram's jazz composition that opens the film. 

 


MUSIC VIDEO

Austin-based singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith covering the John Prine song 'Speed of the Sound of Loneliness' from the 1993 album 'Other Voices, Other Rooms'. That's John singing backup vocals.