Discussion in 'Mainstream News Stories' started by MrRING, Jun 17, 2003.
And that's not ordinary billions, that's Sagan billyuns.
Bernie Wrightson, legendary comic book artist (Swamp Thing, Frankenstein, etc.), 68, brain cancer.
In the early 90's, NME magazine gave away a free booklet insert with rock star anecdotes. One of them was about Chuck Berry, he'd been booked into playing at a U.S. college somewhere so they provided a buffet for him before the gig, drinks, sandwiches, snacks etc .. a young student there was backstage, she offered to give chuck a blow job which he accepted .. so while he was being blown, another student burst into Chuck's dressing room to give him his "You're on in 5 minutes Mr Berry." to which chuck is said to have replied "Hold on kid, I haven't finished my sandwich yet." .. rock 'n roll .. R.I.P. Chuck ..
He was a master with pen and ink. I have his illustrated 'Frankenstein' and the level of detail is jaw-dropping.
Unfortunately that attitude anyone could play his songs did a lot of damage to his reputation as a serious musician for a while, he got the reputation of being a hack who was only in it for the money. Took a long time for him to get the respect back, which thankfully he had at the time of his death (cameras in ladies' toilets notwithstanding).
In Cycle of the Werewolf, his illustrations are better than the story Stephen King dreamt up. A superb artist. RIP.
I once saw a busker who was playing Johnny B. Goode on a kazoo. The things you see when you haven't got a gun...
Arguably, anyone could play his songs. They were in the main simple 12 bar blues tunes. The difference was what Chuck was doing with lead guitar, his singing, and, in the case of a live performance, what he did on stage.
It was always surprising to hear he was still touring, even a couple of years ago.
Obviously I've got a couple of buckets here to catch all my tears.
Good points ... Berry retained the more energetic aspects of the blues sensibility, but followed Bill Haley and the rockabillies in basically eliminating any minor chords. His tunes had 'punch', but were actually simple to play.
I consider Berry - along with Jerry Lee Lewis - as the ones who fused the lead singing role with the lead instrumental role and invested the latter with extravagant 'look-at-me' shenanigans. (Yes - Elvis did the latter bit, but he wasn't the lead instrumentalist.) To my mind this fusion represented the creation of an individualistic 'rock 'n roll star' motif that helped distinguish the new pop music form from its many predecessors.
Chuck was a man who had it all - wrote & sang a lot of classics & big sellers over a long period of time, a wry & witty sharp lyrical style, more or less originated a genre appealing to young people even though he was somewhat older, had his own instantly recognisable guitar style which sounded simple but wasn't, was a showman & great performer etc etc. Always had a twinkle in his eye.
There can be few rock guitar players who don't owe something to Chuck.
Martin McGuiness has died. I somehow managed to miss the news that he had serious health problems.
Not my favourite person, but enmity ends at the grave as far as I am concerned.
Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness dies aged 66
Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister, has died aged 66.
It is understood he had been suffering from a rare heart condition.
The former IRA leader turned peacemaker worked at the heart of the power-sharing government following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
He became deputy first minister in 2007, standing alongside Democratic Unionist Party leaders Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster.
Mr McGuinness stood down from his post in January in protest against the DUP's handling of an energy scandal, in a move that triggered a snap election.
Martin McGuinness grew up in Derry's Bogside, radicalised, he said, by discrimination and murder on the streets of his city.
I often express a sadness on the death of a hero, but very rarely does my heart actually sink like it just did a moment ago.
He led the IRA. But he led the IRA into peace also. He kept things together through difficult times so that the Dissidents didn't get their hands on the IRA arsenal.
His journey brought him into partnership with Ian Paisley. Maybe the Chuckle Brothers are together again.
I feel for the loved ones he left behind, but I'm afraid I can never mourn the loss of anyone who used terror, violence, and ultimately murder, to attain their goal, whether that's Martin McGuiness, or Islamic bombers.
McGuiness was just better tailored than the latter.
Martin was born and raised in a city where there was a 2/3 Catholic majority but they were second class citizens. Due to gerrymandering Unionists had a 2.3 majority on the city council. This was just one of many discriminations.
When the Civil Rights movement sought "One Man, One Vote", fair housing access, basically UK Rights for UK Citizens they were beaten off the streets by the RUC. Loyalists launched Pogroms against Catholics.
The first RUC to die was killed by Loyalists who also launched a bombing campaign.
The IRA did not emerge from a vacuum.
That's true as a civil rights issue the position of the Catholic community was astonishingly unfair. It was dumb and frankly wrong of successive governments to try to defend this inequality.
But murder is still murder, whatever the murderer's political affiliation.
And you'll note I never defended, nor would, the actions of the British.
My own great grandmother was of Irish Catholic stock, and she and her family faced horrendous discrimination and bigotry. But instead of lowering herself to murdering innocents she worked hard, and taught her children acceptance, tolerance and forgiveness.
Your environment doesn't make you a monster, it just gives you an excuse to act like one.
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