Monday, August 13, 2007

Not Fade Away

August 13th, 2007

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Co-Historian Says: I've not heard from the boss today so I'm assuming yesterday's computer surgery is still a work in progress or birthday parties in Texas get started real early. He would want me to remind you to send in your alternate birthdays for him (August 14, 1965) and me (November 22, 1967) for our Birthday Contest!

In 2004, the fall of the Third Temple predicted thirty years before by Moshe Dayan progressed from strong probability to certain fact in the State of Israel. Troops of the Arab Legion shelled the State compound in which the defiant Ariel Sharon was cornered. A long siege was lifted only when Sharon died of a massive brain tumour eighteen months later.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 1990, singer, songwriter and guitarist Curtis Mayfield narrowly avoided major injury when stage lighting equipment fell and narrowly missed him at an outdoor concert at Wingate Field in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York. Mayfield forged ahead, wrote, sang and directed the recording of New World Order with the legendary guitarist, Edmund Darris.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 1997, gangsta rapper and producer Dr. Dre discovered a demo tape to Slim Shady recorded by unknown artist Eminem floating around Interscope label president Jimmy Iovine's office.


"The first day we worked together," said Dre, "we worked for, like, five or six hours and achieved nothing." "My Name Is" was one of the songs. "Em came in real quiet, real humble," says Richard "Segal" Huredia, the engineer on the track. "Once he got on the mike, though, his lack of energy was a real problem. Which was a shame with him doing all these different voices -- we'd never heard any thing like that before. At one point, we were all just vibing to the beat, and he turns around and goes, 'Hi, my name is. . . .' We were like, 'That's kinda catchy.' "

The problem suffered by Eminem predated 1997. Eminem had a one-year-old daughter at home and few commercial prospects. Determined to give the music business one more shot, he recorded the Slim Shady EP and moved from Detroit to Los Angeles. "I was reaching a boiling point, doing a lot of drugs I was so depressed," Eminem real name Marshall Bruce Mathers III said later. "When Dre called, I just wasnt able to lift my game."
~ entry by Co-Historian Steve Payne

"I had joined the militia almost immediately, because at that time and in that atmosphere it seemed the only conceivable thing to do. The Anarchists were still in virtual control of Catalonia and the revolution was in full swing. To anyone who had been there since the beginning it probably seemed even in December or January that the revolutionary period was ending; but when one came straight from England the aspect of Barcleona was something startling and overwhelming.
Eric BlairIt was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle. Practically every building of any size had been seized by the workers and was draped with red flags or with the red and black flag of the Anarchists."
~ Eric Arthur Blair in “Homage to Catalonia”
Eric Blair - Aka George Orwell
George Orwell
In 1936, Eric Arthur Blair describing his role in the Spanish Civil War, an event that would have huge long-term consequences for the people of Europe. The full article is available at Amazon
~ quotation by Co-Historian Steve Payne from Counter-history – You're the Judge!

In 1942, in Manila captured General Douglas MacArthur was marched into custody by a dozen Japanese guards. The other POWs he joined at the old Spanish Prison were fellow American officers who were also captured during the Japanese conquest of the Philippines MacArthur's tragedy was not just the Command failure of defeat, but the death of wife and son when his escaping destroyer was sunk. His trademark cap was gone, service uniform filthy and his skin drawn tight; already an old man, he looked a hundred years old - yet MacArthur had no plans to fade away.

~ variant from Steve Payne: extensive use of original content has been made to celebrate the author's genius.

In 1975, in a ground-breaking event subsequently described by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "50 Moments That Changed Rock and Roll", Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band began a five-night, 10-show stand at New York's Bottom Line club. The event attracted major media attention, and was broadcast live on WNEW-FM. In a reprise of the club gigs played in the 1960s, Springsteen took on the task of collecting the band's nightly pay and distributing it amongst his bandmates, explaining his longstanding nickname "The Boss."

~ entry from Co-Historian Steve Payne

Fontella Bass
Fontella Bass
In 1482, to pass the long night of six hundred years at St. George El Mina Castle, a new and vibrant voice sings to Kwame. ”Baby, Rescue me, oh, take me in your arms Rescue me, I want your tender charms cause I’m lonely and I’m blue, I want you and your ..
.. love true Come on and rescue me

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 1956, delegates of the European Monarchies met for the Berlin 2 Conference. The nomenclature recognised the historic link to the Berlin Conference of 1884-5 when representatives of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the French Third Republic and German Empire achieved common agreement on the competing power's .. Congress of Berlin
Congress of Ber..
.. interest. Today they had a common interest, and that was co-coordinating efforts to suppress the wave of nationalism sweeping the African continent. His Excellency Harold “Supermac” Macmillan opened the Conference with a key note speech. In a nutshell the mineral wealth of the continent was vital to continued European hegemony of the globe.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchi..
In 2004, on this day the editor Peter Tsouras finalised the short stories entries for his compendium “Churchill Triumphant: Alternate Decisions of World War II”. This Anthology of eleven speculative articles featured "May Day: The Premiership of Winston Churchill". In this somewhat far fetched account, Halifax, ..
.. a relatively popular candidate for the post of Prime Minister, hurriedly rules himself out, arguing that he would not be able to direct the war from the House of Lords. On May 8 1940, Neville Chamberlain meets with Halifax, Churchill and Margesson, who determined that if Labour should decline to serve under Chamberlain then Churchill would have to try to form a government.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 1976/1767, inexplicably set in a back country village near the great river, the King's men entered a dream for the actor Thalmus Rasulala. He watches a young boy go into the forest to cut wood, and never comes back. After awakening, Rasulala could .. Thalmus Rasulala
Thalmus Rasulal..
.. make absolutely no sense of the dream. Then the telephone rang, it was the author Alex Haley, about to make him the most incredible offer.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Springsteen is still the Boss.

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