Chuck Berry, c. 1973
The very first concert WC saw in Chicago was Chuck Berry at a small venue – the name of which WC has long since forgotten – on the west side of the Loop, in what was then called the Blues District. Berry was touring in support of his latest album, 1972’s The London Chuck Berry Sessions, which included the unfortunate “My Dig-a-ling,” Berry performed that song twice in his one hour gig.
It was a greatest hits show, with a loose group of local musicians backing him. They were surprisingly ragged at the start of each song. It turned out that was because Berry never told his local backing band the set list, never rehearsed and expected the musicians to come in on his guitar intro. He did his signature stage hop, a couple of short guitar solos and that was it. Absolutely no patter. The…
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November 19th is National Adoption Day! And to celebrate, we are highlighting books that help children learn about and reflect on how families come together. The Story I’ll Tell, by Nancy Tupper Ling, illus. by Jessica Lanan A young child asks his mother to tell the story of where he came from. “I might tell…
LEE & LOW BOOKS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year! To recognize how far the company has come, we are featuring one title a week to see how it is being used in classrooms today and hear from the authors and illustrators. Today, we are celebrating Tankborn by Karen Sandler. First published in 2011, Tankborn was one of…
Sarah Palin must stay far away from Washington, DC. She needs to stay where she has a good view of Russia.
The Inuit have a word, “qivit,” that you do not want to have applied to you. It means to quit or give up when the going gets rough. In traditional times, and that was very recent, if you gave up as a leader you were jeopardizing yourself and everyone around you. It takes a lot of effort to maintain life in the bitter cold of the Arctic.
Maybe conservatives outside of Alaska are finally over The Quitter. She wrote her own obituary in her rambling, mostly incoherent screed on January 24, 2015 at the Des Moines, Iowa Freedom Summit. Some selected conservative voices afterwards:
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