“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, March 09, 2007

Appearing this Weekend
at the
Elephant Bar
Deuce and whit proudly present

Delaney and Bonnie
with Eric Clapton,
George Harrison,
Dave Mason and Rita Coolidge
No Cover!
Ladies Drink Free!


  1. Be a hoot if the Golden-haired Hippy Chick makes a reappearance!

  2. rufus,

    You know my feelings about Mr. B; but G-d Almighty, these people can't wait to dance at the wake. It's just batshit crazy! Suicidal! One day these fools are just likely to have Ahmed grant their death wish.

    The US just can't do anything right.

  3. rufus,

    Stevie Ray never stopped trying.

  4. Bush bashing, it's only just begun.

    As time ticks on, as summer nears, when there is no agreement at the Baghdad conference tomorrow or Sunday, the march to slow failure will continue.

    The Iranians, the Syrians, the Saudsi will not stop the interference in Iraq, even if they say they will.

    To imagine they will, foolish.

    We will say the Iranians and Syrians are causing the ruckus, they'll laugh and say it's the 150,000 US troops that are the main impediment to Peace.

    rufus's Iraq the Model link made the same analogy I made the other day concerning Iraq and reconciliation, Palistine and Israel. 60 years of civil war with no reconciliation, at all.

  5. Three fingers of single malt - Here's to you, Stevie.

    Better believe the good Lord loves a "bad" lick. He made us that way. Nothing like it in nature.

  6. rufus,

    No one had more vocal range.

  7. Van Morrison w/ The Band @ The Last Waltz - Caravan Van, normally inhibited by severe stage fright, hits one of those Michael Jordan zones in the music world, leaving smiles of joy on the faces of The Band as they rise to the occasion.

  8. George Clinton and P-Funk light one up! Super funky groove, but, what else would the Mothership bring ya?

  9. I forgot to mention that Benson is one of the most underrated musicians around.

  10. That he is Allen. Any guitar player will tell you that playing melody lines while singing is very hard to do. Hendrix of course did it with ease. Benson does, too. Not many others.

    Another P-Funk, this time actually bringing the Mothership to the stage while singing Let Me Ride. The young guy into whose face George Clinton blows reefer smoke was Glen Goins, who unfortunately did not have the chance to achieve the acclaim that his voice would have brought him - died at age 24 from Hodgkins disease. Man, he's got some pipes, and so, so soulful.

  11. The Beatles Rooftop Concert part 1 - Get Back, followed by one of my most fav Beatles tunes, Don't Let Me Down. I believe this was their last public appearance together.

  12. j willie,

    Dude! Swing low, yeah.

  13. Some mighty fine arm-hair raising sounds in this old bar tonight.

  14. Janis

    Melissa kicks ass!

    Janis would have been pleased.

  15. going through an occasional morph.

  16. Clapton - Crossroads from current Derek & the Dominos themed tour.

    Allen, Derek Trucks is the second of the two young guitarists and obviously plays slide.

    Probly have to have Glen swing the Mothership in and wake me up in the am.

  17. ruffie man, the real deal indeed.

  18. Last one for me, riffing off Allen's Melissa Etheridge/Joss Stone performance, here's a slightly more mature and HOT looking Joss Stone singing Son of a Preacher Man. Those legs just go one for miles.....whew!

    Great night at the bar, gents. Big tip to the barkeeps and g'nite to all.

  19. Very impressive, men.
    Had no idea all that is available on the net.
    March 3, 1999...The Jefferson Airplane were honored with a permanent plaque in front of San Francisco's Bill Graham Auditorium today. Band participants included Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and Spense Ddyden.

    Noticeably missing were lead singers Grace Slick and Marty Balin.

    Paul Kantner: "What's the difference between God and a lead singer?

    God knows he's not a lead singer."

  20. The ghost of Janis Joplin hides in the corners of the Avalon Ballroom, where she played her first show with Big Brother and the Holding Company in June 1966.
    It was the first place she was ever a star.

  21. Bill Graham was born Wolfgang Grajonca in Berlin, the youngest son of a Jewish family that had emigrated to Germany prior to the rise of Nazism. Graham's father died when he was a baby.
    As it became increasingly difficult for Jews to survive in Nazi Germany, Graham's mother placed Graham and his younger sister in an orphanage in Berlin.
    This turned out to be fortunate, as the orphanage sent them to France as a pre–Holocaust exchange of Jewish children for Christian orphans.

    Graham's mother died in Auschwitz. His sister Ester survived Auschwitz and later moved to the United States and was very close to Graham in his later life.
    His sister Rita escaped by working as a dancer, first to Shanghai and then, after the war, to the United States.

    Graham was drafted into the United States Army in 1951, although he officialy still wasn't a U.S. Citizen, and served in the Korean War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for bravery in combat.

  22. Whit,

    Thanks so much for a thoroughly enjoyable thread!!!

  23. Last night was a blast - great idea whit/deuce. Of course, my wife wasn't happy that I spent Friday night (from her perspective) in isolation w/ the computer listening to (loud) music. From my perspective, it was a virtual trip back to a Friday night in college, when w/ nothing else to do, we would gather around the best stereo, drink beer, play our favorite tunes and talk trash. Great time then and now.

  24. Allen and j willie:

    Sorry, I just came back to this thread. Thanks for the kind words. It was fun and j. willie, I know what you mean about the wife not being happy with the hobby. I got the same response. Oh well.