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October 21, 2011 03:47 PM UTC

Friday Jams Fest

  • by: Colorado Pols

Well, you know

We’d all love to see the plan


35 thoughts on “Friday Jams Fest

        1. I went looking for SRV magic – found one where SRV was schooling George Thorogood and was reminded of this one.

          Chuck has more music coming out of his thumb than Keith Richard can even understand.

          1. I’ve posted that one before.

            Great footage.  I think it was from “Hail, Hail, Rock ‘n Roll.”

            Timely, too.  Chuck’s birthday was Tuesday of this week.  October 18, 1926.  Chuck is now 85.

            Dammit, I should have posted some Chuck.

    1. Lines like “Carrying signs, mostly say ‘hooray for our side'” seem to trivialize any real protest issue, and the stuff about “paranoia” seems rather critical of anyone actually fighting against the powerful. It’s critical of police too, but through a detached “pox on both your houses” lens. Though of course I wasn’t around when it was originally popular, so maybe I never really understood the context.

      1. The tune was actually about a riot in LA that happened when a bunch of kids protested the closure of their favorite nightclub and the cops decided to crack some heads.  It had nothing to do with politics or social change.

        It was co-opted by the anti-war movement, somewhat out of context, so you’re right.

        Not the first anti-protest song that was co-opted out of context.

        Listen to the words to the original video in this thread.  It’s also anti-protest (actually, it was John bitching that people were always hitting him up for money to support this movement and that movement: “If you want money for people with minds that hate, all I can tell you is brother you’ll have to wait”)

        Anti-protest rhetoric:

        “But when you talk about destruction, don’t you know that you can count me out”


        “If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow”

        The real message is in the line “better free your mind instead.”

        John was saying that revolution begins at home, in your own heart.

  1. This old video almost seems quaint. It was made when detergent in freshwater was a big concern. Now we have plutonium, uranium, and many other toxic chemicals being inserted into the ground water by the poorly regulated oil and gas industry. The enormity of the problem is mind-boggling.

    1. Some of the only non-classical albums my parents owned. I didn’t understand songs like “Be Prepared” when I was seven, but I knew they were funny anyway.

  2. I made some mistakes in the 80’s – not seeing SRV was one.


    Chuck Berry still performs- worth a trip to St Louis if he’s not coming to a venue near you anytime soon. Well worth it.

    1. He died up in Alpine Valley a week after I saw the Dead play there. We had toyed with the idea of sticking around to see SRV but opted to go on summer tour with the Dead instead. That’s a regret I will always carry with me.  

          1. Yeah.  I saw him twice…well 1 1/2 since he left the stage for the second in 78 or 79.

            Nowhere near the pure joy of CB – but, you know, legendary doesn’t even begin.

            Bo Diddly, Willie Dixon (with and without Clapton) , both  Alberts, BB, …basically anyone playing in Chicago late 70’s early 80’s plus JL Hooker (never saw him in Chicago – later in CA)


            1. Willie Dixon, Bo Diddly, James Cotton twice (with and without horns), KoKo Taylor, even Muddy’s band with Margolin, Pinetop, Big-Eyes Smith, etc., BB, Albert (King, not Collins), Buddy Guy, but never Muddy.

              After I moved here it got a lot harder, of course.

    1. The thing that always got me watching him play was how far ahead he was.  Everyone I’ve ever seen him play looked like they were holding him back a bit.  Maybe just holding him down.

      And in this stuff from the 50’s the people watching all look the same: wtf?! Seriously – who is that? and what did he just do?

      I love Elvis, and I understand why we call him the King.  But Chuck invented rock n’ roll.

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