September 21: The Late Great Leonard Cohen Was Born in 1934

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Like a Bird on a Wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free
~Leonard  Cohen, Bird On A Wire

The older I get, the surer I am that I’m not running the show.
― Leonard Cohen

I don’t remember
lighting this cigarette
and I don’t remember
if I’m here alone
or waiting for someone.
~Leonard Cohen, Book of Longing

From Wikipedia:

Birth name Leonard Norman Cohen
Born 21 September 1934
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died November 7, 2016 (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Folk, folk rock, rock, pop rock,spoken word, synthpop
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter,poet, novelist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano,keyboards, synthesizer
Years active 1956-present
Labels Columbia
Associated acts Sharon Robinson, Jennifer Warnes

 

Leonard Norman Cohen CC GOQ (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016).

His work often explores religion, isolation, sexuality, and interpersonal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour.

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September 20: Watch Neil Young @ Farm Aid 2008

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September 20: Neil Young at Farm Aid in 2008 (full set, videos)

Just as rock & roll is loud and proud, so is Farm Aid. Farm Aid’s greatest accomplishment, I believe, is in the spirit. It’s the fact that we represent the spirit of the good fight, to keep something good happening. It just keeps getting stronger and stronger….”
– Neil Young

Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers.

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Farm Aid has been going on for 31 years, and they have had a lot of great music through the years. Today we’ve picked a very fine set from Neil Young in 2008. Enjoy!

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August 10: Ian Anderson was born in 1947 – Happy 70th Birthday!

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Ian Anderson.(Jethro Tull)

August 10: Ian Anderson was born in 1947 Happy 70th Birthday!

Ian Scott Anderson, MBE (born 10 August 1947) is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work as the leader and flautist of British rock band Jethro Tull.

We honor him today with two fine versions of Aqualung, happy birthday Mr. Anderson!

Anderson plays several other musical instruments, including keyboards, bass guitar, bouzoukibalalaika, saxophone, harmonica, and a variety of whistles. His solo work begin with the 1983 album Walk into Light, and since then he released another five works, including the sequel of Jethro Tull albumThick as a Brick (1972) in 2012, entitled TAAB2: Whatever happened to Gerald Bostock.

Aqualung, live 1977 (1978?):

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Classic concert: Chet Baker at Ronnie Scott’s with Elvis Costello and Van Morrison 1986

In 1986, Chet Baker: Live at Ronnie Scott’s London presents Baker in an intimate stage performance filmed with Elvis Costello and Van Morrison as he performs a set of standards and classics, including “Just Friends”, “My Ideal”, and “Shifting Down”. Augmenting the music, Baker speaks one-on-one with friend and colleague Costello about his childhood, career, and struggle with drugs.

Chet Baker and Van Morrison’s take of Send In The Clowns is fantastic! Continue reading “Classic concert: Chet Baker at Ronnie Scott’s with Elvis Costello and Van Morrison 1986”

Tom Waits: Live at Premio Tenco San Remo Italy Nov 22 1986

 

L’altra America (1986)

Television concert documentary from the San Remo Festival (Club Tenco), Teatro Ariston.
With Greg Cohen on upright bass. Aired on Italian television by RAI DUE. Rebroadcast in 1988.

“I’m not big on awards. They’re just a lot of headlights stapled to your chest, as Bob Dylan said. I’ve gotten only one award in my life, from a place called Club Tenco in Italy. They gave me a guitar made out of tiger-eye. Club Tenco was created as an alternative to the big San Remo Festival they have every year.

It’s to commemorate the death of a big singer whose name was Tenco and who shot himself in the heart because he’d lost at the San Remo Festival. For a while, it was popular in Italy for singers to shoot themselves in the heart. That’s my award.”
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Tom Waits On The Tube TV Oct 16 1985

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Channel 4 Television
October 16th 1985

Around this time Tom Waits played 8 Times in London
from Oct 16- 1985 – Oct 24 -1985 . at Dominion Theatre.

Hosted by Jools Holland and Paula Yates. From Tyne Tees TV Studio 5, Newcastle/ UK. Performs: “16 Shells From Thirty-Ought Six”, “Cemetery Polka”, “Walking Spanish” and “In The Neighborhood”. Rebroadcast in 1994 by Tyne Tees. Shortened version rebroadcast December, 2004 in “The Best of The Tube” (info from Tom Waits Library) Continue reading “Tom Waits On The Tube TV Oct 16 1985”