Outfit worn by Bruce Springsteen for Born in the U.S.A. album (exhibit at National Constitution Center) #philly #music #brucespringsteen #museum (Taken with instagram)
Ted Nugent Drama of the Day: Ted Nugent, at the NRA convention Saturday:
“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
A Secret Service spokesman, responding accordingly:
“We are aware of the incident, and we are conducting appropriate follow-up.”
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, going on the offensive today:
“Mitt Romney must condemn Nugent’s violent and hateful rhetoric immediately, as it has no place in our political discourse or this campaign.”
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul, forced to play defense:
“Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from. Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil.”
Idiot. Or, as Obama might say (since he said so about Kanye): jackass.
Minor Threat Birthday of the Day: Ferociously independent DIY champion Ian MacKaye turned 50 today. FIFTY. That’s pretty hardcore.
As the figurehead for hardcore heroes Minor Threat and post-hardcore prototype Fugazi, it’s difficult to make an Argument against MacKaye’s musical legacy. Strange to think he’s half a century old now, isn’t it?
Remember those 1,000-something $5 concerts Fugazi did? Well, you can watch 800 of them here. Consider it your Red Medicine for the day.
IMPORTANT QUESTION THOUGH: Does MacKaye still have the straight edge?
How did the 1970s and Los Angeles end up creating such idiosyncratic singer-songwriters as Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson and Van Dyke Parks?
The first thing you should know about Harry Nilsson is that he won a Grammy for covering a schmaltzy Badfinger ballad called ‘Without You’ in 1971. The second thing you should know is that I once read an interview with Nilsson where he claimed to have recorded ‘Without You’ after having taken what he described as ‘a little mescaline.’ The third thing is that ‘Without You’ is on an album called Nilsson Schmilsson, a title basically designed to make fun of Nilsson’s name, and that the cover of Nilsson Schmilsson is a picture of Harry Nilsson, unshaven, wearing a bathrobe.