19 Nov '06 -15:45
Owen McFadden, a producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation, premiered the first of four parts of his radio documentary on Willie Nelson on BBC2 last week. It's thorough, incisive, and well-produced. I've got a quote or two in segment one.
Willie BBC radio
Here's the link http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/noscript.shtml?/radio/aod/radio2_aod.shtml?radio2/r2_willienelson
Here's the link to part 2: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/mainframe.shtml?http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio2_aod.shtml?radio2/r2_willienelson
Otherwise go to www.bbc.co.uk and put Willie Nelson in the search engine.
18 Nov '06 -17:06
Sputnik Monroe, the great rassler who rocked the South and broke down racial barriers, passed away in early November.
Sputnik was right up there with Jimmy Reed as a Great Emancipator of the South paving the way for the Civil Rights movement.
I first heard about him from Jim Dickinson, the wise musical sage of Memphis and north Mississippi, who held him in high regard, easily the equal of Elvis Presley as a Force to Be Reckoned With. Robert Gordon wrote eloquently of Sputnik in the book It Came From Memphis. Three years ago, I sat at his living room table in Katy, Texas, west of Houston in a room surrounded by memorabilia recording the history of this storied Heel (bad guy) recording his story as part of the Voices of Civil Rights oral history project and for the book My Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Juan Williams (Sterling) which tells personal stories of transformation in the Civil Rights struggle. Here's the raw version: (more)