Compilation of Temperance Lyrics and Tunes
Lyrics and borrowed tunes of the American temperance
movement, edited by Paul D Sanders, 2006, University of Missouri Press, Columbia.
"Systematically presents hundreds of lyrics set to borrowed tunes that were used by the American temperance movement (ca. 1840-1920) to further the cause of alcohol prohibition. Includes introductory text and musical notations for 32 borrowed tunes, grouped by song type"--Provided by publisher.
Bread, wine and U2
The band will play the familiar refrains:
"In the Name of Love."
"Where the Streets Have No Name."
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."
But this event is more than just a U2 appreciation night. The Bible will be read, and the bread and the wine offered, too.
That's what Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church has in mind for its first "U2charist" service Saturday. Following in the footsteps of many Episcopal churches across the nation, several United Methodist churches are experimenting with an innovative service merging the Irish rock band U2's spiritual songs with the formal Eucharist service.
The News & Observer reports.
The long and winding road leads Paul McCartney to Starbucks
Paul McCartney has woken up and smelled the coffee, and then signed on with Starbucks. The former Beatle is the first artist to agree to record with Starbucks Corp.'s new record label, the Seattle-based coffee retailer announced at its annual meeting Wednesday. The CBC reports.
Drugs, alcohol and sex: why the Jesuits like Tom Waits
At last the Vatican has found a rock oddball who embodies the softer side of Christianity. Even if Tom Waits’s songs, which include Dragging a Dead Priest, are sung in a rasping voice that seems to have been soaked in a whisky barrel, he has won over friends in the Jesuit order.
Barely a week after Pope Benedict XVI disclosed his dislike for the “prophets of pop” and Bob Dylan in particular, the Jesuits in Rome have embraced Waits as a Christian role model.
The (London) Times reports.
Cannabis 'keeps me sane...'
Pop star George Michael openly smoked cannabis and said the drug kept him "sane and happy" in a British TV interview. Find the full story here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, in German here, in Italian here, in Spanish here, et cetera.
Eric Clapton rethinks playing 'Cocaine'
Eric Clapton is playing "Cocaine" in concert again. The recovering drug addict and alcoholic, who founded the Crossroads Centre addiction recovery center on the Caribbean island of Antigua, stopped performing the song written by J.J. Cale when he first got sober.
"I thought that it might be giving the wrong message to people who were in the same boat as me," Clapton recently told The Associated Press.
"But further investigation proved ... the song, if anything, if it's not even ambivalent, it's an anti-drug song. And so I thought that might be a better way to do it, to approach it from a more positive point of view. And carry on performing it as not a pro-drug song, but just as a reality check about what it does." Clapton's band shouts out "dirty cocaine" during the song.
Find the full story here.
Theodore Dalrymple, Romancing Opiates : Pharmacological Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy (Encounter Books, 2006). Book description: Theodore Dalrymple believes that almost everything people know about opiate addiction is wrong. Most flawed of all is the notion that addicts are in touch with profound mysteries of which non-addicts are ignorant. Dalrymple shows that doctors, psychologists and social workers, all of them uncritically accepting addicts' descriptions of addiction, have employed literary myths (drugs are creative and intense) in constructing an equal and opposite myth of quasi-treatment. Using evidence from literature and pharmacology and drawing on examples from his own clinical experience, Dalrymple shows that addiction is not a disease, but a response to personal and existential problems. He argues that withdrawal from opiates is not the serious medical condition, but a relatively trivial experience and says that criminality causes addiction far more often than addiction causes criminality.
Death of Ramrod
SFGate.com ran this obituary of "Ramrod," protege of Neal Cassady, the model for the Dean Moriarty character in Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," and lifelong roadie for the Grateful Dead.
The glamorous drug addict of the hour appears to be Pete Doherty, as Sarah Hall demonstrates in this April 28 E! Online story.
New Jazz Release
Chris May recommends a new Lou Rawls album (April 19 Allaboutjazz.com) for three previously unreleased tracks featuring "legendary
trumpeter Dupree Bolton," one of the great "enigmatic junkie burnouts" of American jazz history.