Published on Jun 12, 2014
“The Story of the Blues told through the eyes of the artists who lived it.
and many, many more . . . “
Published on Aug 4, 2013
” ORIGINAL EDITION WITH PROPER COLOR CORRECTION & UNDISTORTED SOUND PLUS TWO HOURS OF ADDITIONAL MUSIC FOOTAGE AVAILABLE HERE : http://www.media-generation.com/DVD%2…
The Land Where the Blues Began is one of five films made from footage that Alan Lomax shot between 1978 and 1985 for the PBS American Patchwork series (1991). A self-described “song-hunter,” Alan Lomax traveled the Mississippi Delta in the 1930s and 40s, at first with his father John Lomax, later in the company sometimes of black folklorists like John W. Work III, armed with primitive recording equipment and a keen love of the Delta’s music heritage. Crisscrossing the towns and hamlets, juke joints and dance halls, prisons and churches, Lomax recorded such greats as Leadbelly, Fred McDowell, and Muddy Waters, all of whom made their debut recordings with him.
In the late 1970s Lomax returned with filmmaker John Bishop and black folklorist Worth Long to make the film The Land Where the Blues Began. Shot on video tape, the film is narrated by Lomax and includes remarkable performances and stories by Johnny Brooks, Walter Brown, Bill Gordon, James Hall, William S. Hart, Beatrice and Clyde Maxwell, Jack Owens, Wilbert Puckett, J. T. Tucker, Reverend Caesar Smith, Bud Spires, Belton Sutherland, and Othar Turner
The Association for Cultural Equity’s Alan Lomax Archive channel on YouTube additionally streams outtakes from this film: other strong performances by Walter Brown, Sam Chatmon, Clyde Maxwell, Jack Owens, Joe Savage, Bud Spires, Napoleon Strickland, and Othar Turner.
Alan Lomax’s book by the same title won the 1993 National Book Critics Award for nonfiction.
Film by John M. Bishop, Alan Lomax, Worth W. Long
Produced by The Mississippi Authority for Eduational Television & Alan Lomax
Cinematographer: John M. Bishop. Additional photography Ludwig Goon.
Sound: Steve Darsey, Kenneth Gates, Jacqueline Mack, Paul Burt
Editing: John M. Bishop. Videotape editor Ike Touchstone
Copyright: 1979 Alan Lomax
58 minutes, Color
Original format: 3/4 tape, 1979 “
Uploaded on Jul 10, 2011
” Part One of Four. Documentary series on the origins and development of the Blues, as a guitarist’s guide. The series features archive footage of performances denoting landmarks in the blues scene. The producer of this show has also produced a stage show on the subject, see: http://youtu.be/kIFzklzi9nQ “
” Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.George Washington
was the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and served as the first President of the United States of America. Read MoreBenjamin Franklin
was a noted polymath, leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. Read MoreAlexander Hamilton
was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Father, economist, political philosopher and led calls for the Philadelphia Convention. Read More
On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. We encourage all Americans to observe this important day in our nation’s history by attending local events in your area. Celebrate Constitution Day through activities, learning, parades and demonstrations of our Love for the United State of America and the Blessings of Freedom Our Founding Fathers secured for us.”
These are the courageous individuals that gave us our liberty
- Franklin, Benjamin, PA
- Gilman, Nicholas, NH
- Gorham, Nathaniel, MA
- Hamilton, Alexander, NY
- Ingersoll, Jared, PA
- Jefferson, Thomas, VA
- Jenifer, Daniel St Thomas, MD
- Johnson, William Samuel, CT
- King, Rufus, MA
- Langdon, John, NH
- Livingston, William, NJ
- Madison, James, VA
- McHenry, James, MD
- Mifflin, Thomas, PA
For much more on our founding document and the celebrations taking place around the country go here and check out these other links:
In honor of the signing , the Washington Times has released a Constitution app for your smartphones and tablets . Get yours today .
” The app can be accessed via any modern Web browser at Constitution.WashingtonTimes.com or downloaded on Android-powered devices from the Google Play store. It is expected to be in the Apple store later this month.
Included are copies of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and selections from the Federalist Papers. The app also has a fully annotated lesson plan from Essentials in Education that helps teachers, parents and others share valuable lessons about the founding documents of the United States.
Prominent Americans have contributed essays celebrating the Constitution and its essential role today. The many guest writers include Reagan administration Attorney General Edwin Meese; Ray Smock, director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies; retired neurosurgeon and author Ben Carson; former U.S. Appeals Court Judge Patricia Wald; radio show host and Reagan Justice Department official Mark Levin; former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; and Princeton University constitutional scholar Robert P. George.”
The app comes with a $4.99 price tag , but what is worth more ? The Founding documents at your fingertips or another Starbucks Grande ?
” It was in the winter of 1831 that Sam Colt saw a revolving pistol for the first time. This occasion was so important that he lied about it in later years. The gun shop he visited in Calcutta had a few examples of the Collier revolving flintlock pistol. Studying them gave Sam ideas for improving the revolver. The main fault of the Collier, Sam thought, was the method by which the cylinder was rotated. After each shot was fired, the shooter had to set the cylinder into a firing position by hand, always making sure that a loaded chamber was in line with the barrel. This had to be done each time the pistol was fired. Then, too, the Collier had too many parts; more than 40 separate pieces went into the lock, not including the lockplate, attaching screws, stock, cylinder and other essentials. His invention would cut down the number of parts, but, more important, he would devise a method of turning the cylinder automatically, not by hand.”
” With financial aid from his father, Christopher, Sam sought the services of Anson Chase, a gunsmith of Hartford, Connecticut. Chase agreed to produce the working models Colt needed and set himself to the task. He made a pistol, which closely followed Colt’s wooden pattern, then turned his efforts toward producing a revolving rifle. On December 30, 1831, using money he received as a Christmas gift, Colt paid Chase $15 on the account, but where or when he would get the balance lay in doubt.
When he left his home in Ware, Massachusetts, the youth Samuel Colt was no more. In his place stood Dr. Coult, the celebrated lecturer and scientist of New York, London and Calcutta. The deception was magnificent and enabled Sam to collect fees for lecturing on natural philosophy and chemistry. After each lecture, he would delight his audience with a demonstration of laughing gas. Using a willing participant, Sam administered the gas, which induced a form of harmless intoxication.”
” When Sam arrived in Hartford in December 1833, Chase showed him another crude specimen fashioned from the original model. They were eager to test it, and the revolver was promptly loaded, placed in a vise and fired. Much to the dismay of the two men, the revolver burst apart. It was a disheartening thing to have happen, but it was the first hint of a trouble that would plague Colt for several years — re-flash. A front plate, which held the loose bullets from falling out, trapped the lateral flash at the breech end of the barrel. This pushed the hot particles of gunpowder into the adjoining chambers, setting off the other charges. When all the charges fired at once, they literally tore the barrel right off the gun. Sam was dejected over his gun’s failure, but, being a good showman, and needing more money for future experiments, he headed to Baltimore to continue his lectures.”
Read the entire history of Samuel Colt’s development of the “great equalizer” at Guns & Ammo
Image credits: Theo van Vliet
” These spooky apocalyptic images are not a scene from “Walking Dead”, they were actually taken at one of the biggest car cemeteries in the world – the Chatillion Car Graveyard, Belgium.
According to an urban legend these cars were left behind by US soldiers from World War II, who could not ship them back to the US so they decided to hide them in a forest until they could come back and retrieve them. The locals disagree and say that it’s simply an old car dump of vehicles made after the WWII.
At one point there were four car graveyards in Chatillon with as many as 500 retro vehicles. Unfortunately, most of the cars were stolen or removed by the locals and due to environmental issues the whole graveyards was cleared in 2010.”
Lots more photos at Bored Panda
” Our society has come a long way in the past few decades but we’ve completely forgotten what it’s like to be classy. Let’s take a lesson from these masters of “old school cool.”
” Elspeth Beard, shortly after becoming first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. The journey took 3 years and covered 48,000 miles.”
Even if you’re not impressed with Ms Beard and her accomplishments there’s no denying that Mr Eastwood was and is a master of “cool” .
” Clint Eastwood with actresses Olive Sturgess and Dani Crayne in San Francisco, 1954″
While this product never caught on , and indeed would no doubt be banned by the “safety nazis” today there is a major “cool factor” to these motorized roller skates .
” A salesman has his motorized roller skates refueled at a gas station (1961)”
To see much more about what was “cool” check out the other 47 photos at Distractify .
Image: Rightwing News
” A legend . . . in his own mind.
Via CNS News:
“This is what happens at the end of wars,” President Barack Obama said Tuesday when he was asked about swapping American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorists.
“That was true for George Washington, that was true for Abraham Lincoln, that was true for FDR. That’s been true of every combat situation, that at some point, you make sure that you try to get your folks back. And that’s the right thing to do.” “
1,000-Year-Old Remains Found Near Famous Battlefield Reveal Man Was Hacked Six Times In The Head From Behind
” The famous battle took place nearly 1,000 years ago, but the badly scarred skull of a man could be the first-ever recorded victim of the Battle of Hastings.
Experts have revealed that it belongs to a 45-year-old man who was hacked six times with a sword to the back of his head – and could provide first-hand evidence of the brutal battle of 1066.
No bones have previously been discovered of anyone who fought and died during the historic event.
The skull forms part of a skeleton that was first dug up in 1994 during excavations in Lewes, East Sussex – around 20 miles from the famous battlefield.”
” Bones were originally sent to experts at the University of York as part of preparations to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes.
But radiocarbon testing of the remains at the University of Edinburgh dated them to 28 years either side of 1063.
Scientists believe the man was therefore likely to have been involved in fighting at the time of the Norman invasion and the Battle of Hastings.
Based upon the way he was buried, they think he was probably British.”
” When retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock II died at the age of 57 on Feb. 26, 1999, his legend had long since chiseled its way into the pantheon of Marine Corps history.
He’d served almost 20 years in the Corps, including two tours as a sniper during the Vietnam War. A killer more deadly and silent than Hathcock finally had him in the cross hairs and pulled the trigger, ending his extraordinary life.
The medical term for that stealthy, relentless force is multiple sclerosis, a slow, progressive terminal malady that attacks the central nervous system. MS can cause paralysis, spasms and the loss of coordination and muscle control.”
Carlos Hathcock (1942 – 1999)
” was a US Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who served as a sniper in the Vietnam War. With 93 confirmed kills, he was the 4th most effective sniper in American history, trailing behind Adelbert F Waldron (109), Charles Mawhinney (103), and Eric R England (98). His exploits, both as a courageous soldier and a sniper, made him a legend in the Marine Corps. Hathcock became a major developer of the United States Marine Corps Sniper training program. Not only was Carlos extremely lethal as a sniper, but he was also a brave marine; he was awarded the Silver Star for his act in 1969 of saving the lives of seven fellow Marines after the amphibious tractor on which they were riding struck a mine. Hathcock was knocked unconscious, but awoke in time to race back through the flames to save his comrades.
Carlos Hathcock was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on May 20, 1942. Since his parents had separated, he lived with his grandmother in the country where he grew up. At a young age, Carlos learned to use a rifle, which his father had brought from Europe after World War II. Then, he would hunt wild animals to help feed his poor family.In 1959, at the age of 17, Carlos Hathcock joined the Marine Corps. Before being shipped to Vietnam, he showed his natural skills as a marksman on the rifle range at Camp Pendleton where he was undergoing recruit training, winning the Pacific Division rifle championship while he was deployed in Hawaii as a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. In 1966, he was sent to Vietnam and became a sniper after Captain Edward J. Land Jr. had pushed the Marines into raising snipers in every platoon.” ”
” More than five centuries after Christopher Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria, was wrecked in the Caribbean, archaeological investigators think they may have discovered the vessel’s long-lost remains – lying at the bottom of the sea off the north coast of Haiti. It’s likely to be one of the world’s most important underwater archaeological discoveries.
“ All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus’ famous flagship, the Santa Maria,” said the leader of a recent reconnaissance expedition to the site, one of America’s top underwater archaeological investigators, Barry Clifford.
“ The Haitian government has been extremely helpful – and we now need to continue working with them to carry out a detailed archaeological excavation of the wreck,” he said.
So far, Mr Clifford’s team has carried out purely non-invasive survey work at the site – measuring and photographing it.”
The Independent has more
” A gun thought to have been carried by Wyatt Earp during the famous O.K. Corral shootout in Tombstone has sold at auction for $225,000.
A telephone bidder in New Mexico made the winning bid for the Colt .45 revolver Thursday night.
The auction of numerous items related to Earp and his family in Scottsdale, Ariz., brought in more than $445,000, officials with J. Levine Auction & Appraisal officials said.”
More at Yahoo News
Uploaded on Mar 5, 2011
” 1976. This song teaches about the opening to the United States Constitution, with its preamble set to music. When writing this song, they had to remove a small section of the preamble to make the song rhyme. This song was voted the 6th best song on the 30th anniversary edition. Sung by Essra Mohawk. Written by Bob Dorough, Tom Yohe.”
Published on Oct 3, 2013
Halloween was brought to the U.S. by Irish and Scottish immigrants in the 1800’s. Mass-produced costumes weren’t sold until the 1930s. So until then, most Halloween costumes were homemade – out of paper mache, make-up, wax, and SHEER HORROR.”
Come Out And Play
” A 32-song double CD collection of rootsy and acoustic, stripped-down and emotion-packed renderings of tunes of the day, the album features a stellar lineup of old-guard Nashville stalwarts like Ms. Parton and Loretta Lynn (“Take Your Gun and Go, John”) and clangorous newcomers.
The album mixes new takes on old tunes like “Dixie” (by Karen Elson and the Secret Sisters) and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” (Angel Snow) with a raucous partisan Yankee stomp like Shovels & Rope’s “The Fall of Charleston” and the rebel reel “Secesh” (The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band)—songs that have been in mothballs since Appomattox.
Some tunes sound like after-action reports telegraphed from the front. Among them are T Bone Burnett’s dirge, “The Battle of Antietam,” and Ricky Skaggs ‘ “Two Soldiers,” about Union soldiers caught in the deadly fire from the heights at Fredericksburg in 1862.”
Here is the full track list :
Divided & United
- Take Your Gun and Go, John – Loretta Lynn
- Lorena – Del McCoury
- Wildwood Flower – Sam Amidon
- Hell’s Broke Loose In Georgia – Bryan Sutton
- Two Soldiers – Ricky Skaggs
- Marching Through Georgia – Old Crow Medicine Show
- Dear Old Flag – Vince Gill
- Just Before the Battle, Mother/ Farewell, Mother – Steve Earle and Dirk Powell
- The Fall Of Charleston – Shovels & Rope
- Tenting on the Old Campground – John Doe
- Day Of Liberty – Carolina Chocolate Drops
- Richmond Is a Hard Road to Travel – Chris Thile and Michael Daves
- Two Brothers – Chris Stapleton
- The Faded Coat Of Blue – Norman Blake, Nancy Blake and James Bryan
- Listen to the Mockingbird – Stuart Duncan featuring Dolly Parton
- Kingdom Come – Pokey LaFarge
- Rebel Soldier – Jamey Johnson
- The Legend of the Rebel Soldier – Lee Ann Womack
- The Mermaid Song – Jorma Kaukonen
- Dixie – Karen Elson with The Secret Sisters
- The Vacant Chair – Ralph Stanley
- Hard Times – Chris Hillman
- Down By the Riverside – Taj Mahal
- Old Folks at Home/ The Girl I Left Behind Me – Noam Pikelny and David Grisman
- Secesh – The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
- The Battle of Antietam – T Bone Burnett
- Pretty Saro – Ashley Monroe featuring Aubrey Haynie
- Aura Lee – Joe Henry
- Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier – AA Bondy
- When Johnny Comes Marching Home – Angel Snow
- Battle Cry of Freedom – Bryan Sutton
- Beautiful Dreamer – Cowboy Jack Clement
If you are a history buff like those of us here at YouViewed you will want to check out this album which is due to be released on November 5th . You can pre-order yours today direct from ATO Records if you are so inclined . CD Universe is also taking pre-orders as well as offering samples that can be listened to now .
While we are thrilled to see this important music being brought to the public’s attention once again , we grew up listening to these songs from a different source and that version is so ingrained in our imagination and ears that we will forever judge all Civil War musical endeavors by the standard set by the one and only Tennessee Ernie Ford .
He recorded two albums of Civil War era songs , Songs of the South and Songs of the North and to put you in the mood and give you a taste of those tumultuous times we have decided to include some of our favorites below . We hope you enjoy them as much as we do . Give a listen.
Most of the songs that Tennessee Ernie recorded do not appear on the new album so there isn’t much fear on our part that these samples will dampen your interest in the new album .
These first few songs are from the Southern song collection , which we have always had a particular affinity for . The Northern collection of songs has never be able to move us as do the songs of the Confederacy .
Those are three of our favorites from the Confederate collection . Here is one from the Union collection which is actually a Northern rebuttal of the hugely popular Confederate song “Dixie” , called , understandably “Union Dixie” .
“Lorena” is a song that typifies the internecine conflict that characterized the War Of Secession . The song was of Northern origin but it became a common lament of troops on both sides that were years from home , hearth and loved ones .
Here is another example of the Union music of the day , “The Army Of The Free” .
And finally we present one that is a favorite of my children and gets played on the iTouch in the car on a regular basis. Readers of a certain age will recognize the tune even if they are unaware of the song’s Civil War roots . Enjoy.
Allmusic.com provides us with a complete discography of the re-released double album that featured the collection in it’s entirety , Union and Confederate Songs . Included in the discography are links back to samples of each song on the Allmusic website .
Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream 1 3:09 2 4:16 3 2:49 4 3:15 5 3:17 6 2:05 7 2:30 8 3:29 9 3:44 10 3:05 11 2:17 12 2:21 13 2:09 MOG 14 4:34 15 3:00 16 2:14 17 4:16 18 2:22 19 2:06 20 4:32 21 2:22 22 2:48 23 2:02 24 2:22
These albums are also available as a double set at Amazon. Thanks for allowing us to indulge ourselves . We have always wanted to do a post on these songs from our youth and never quite knew how to bring it about . The impending release of Divided & United offered us the perfect opportunity to do something we have been longing to accomplish for a long time and in so doing we hope that we have brought something new into our reader’s minds .
” Almost as long as there have been trains, there have been train robberies. These dramatic stickups have become the stuff of legend thanks to dime novels and Hollywood westerns, but they also account some of the most fascinating—and lucrative—true crimes ever committed. From high profile capers by the likes of Jesse James and Butch Cassidy to a raid by a gang of Indian political dissidents, find out more about six of history’s most audacious rail heists.”
5. The Rondout Train Robbery
” The biggest rail heist in American history was the work of the “Newton Boys,” a band of four Texas brothers who robbed at least 60 banks and six trains during their lucrative criminal careers. The caper came on the night of June 12, 1924. Working on a tip from a crooked postal inspector, two of the Newton brothers boarded a mail train on the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad. After pulling guns on the engineer, the men forced the train to stop near Rondout, Illinois, where the rest of the gang waited with a small fleet of cars.
The thieves then threw bottles of noxious formaldehyde into the windows of the passenger cars, leaving the train’s 17 armed mail clerks gasping for air. When the guards surrendered, the bandits made off with several mail sacks containing a staggering $3 million in cash and bonds. The gang escaped in their cars, but in the confusion of the robbery an accomplice accidentally shot one of the Newton brothers several times. The thieves were later arrested after they tried to get medical assistance in Chicago.”
Read about the others at History.com
” When authority over steps its enumerated powers and violates those rights, they are to be reprimanded or removed from their posts after legitimate due process. But if there is resistance to those precepts, We The People may also invoke the right to revolution.
The right to revolution is codified in many state constitutions across America. For instance, the State of Texas’ constitution states:
“All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.” “