Phil Ochs: Tape From California

Half the World is crazy and the other half is scared, Madonnas do the minuet for the naked millionaires. The anarchists are rising while we’re racing for the moon, it doesn’t take a seer to see that the scene is coming soon… To the victor go the ashes of the spoils, seeds in the soil. Sorry, […]

Tinariwen: Tassili

Time to visit a desert oasis deep in the Malian Sahara. This group was founded by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, a man who, as a child, witnessed the murder of his father in a Mali uprising and built his first guitar from local garbage. He was trained to fight in wars and revolutions in the 1980s, first […]

Blues Heroes: Howlin’ Wolf & Robert Johnson

Today I’m listening to a pair of collections of blues greats:  Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf. It is hard to say what kind of an impact Robert Johnson would have had on the world had he lived longer.  Johnson was killed at the age of 27 in Greenwood, Mississippi, after consuming poisoned whiskey while flirting with […]