Chart Review: Billboard Top 40, 11/23/63

In one of his usual Friday song roundups, Steven Rubio posted the top 10 songs in Billboard for the week ending November 23, 1963 — in other words, the most popular records in America the day John Kennedy died. I had a vaguely similar idea which I never got around to doing, so I’m glad he took it on. A few brief notes: 1) Steven … Continue reading Chart Review: Billboard Top 40, 11/23/63

Sub-Question of the Week: What has been your own experience with…

protest marches, acts of civil disobedience, sit-ins, and other forms of social activism? (Feel free to stretch the definition of “social activism” to suit your situation.) I’ve decided to Occupy A.C. Rhodes’s Chair (OACRC) just for a minute to ask this question. What I’m most interested in here is “personal experience”: what sorts of activities related to social protest have you or haven’t you done, … Continue reading Sub-Question of the Week: What has been your own experience with…

Occupy Rock Criticism (ORC), II

Ann Powers, 21st Century Protest Music: Will There Be Another Dylan? Should There Be?: “Mostly, though, the music of Occupy Wall Street has been generated not by known performers or even people who necessarily call themselves ‘artists.’ It’s emerged from the cloud that’s spread on the ground. The same 21st-century style organizers who’ve been holding twice-daily meetings to come to consensus, privileging process over a … Continue reading Occupy Rock Criticism (ORC), II

Occupy Rock Criticism (ORC), I

Various rock critics grappling with the “Occupy” protests and/or the state of political/economic life in general. Frank Kogan, Getting people all in one place is amazingly hard: “I feel a bit hypocritical for not getting involved, since I’m the one who strenuously insists that the major flaw of my musicwrite world is its unwillingness to focus and follow through: that the people in it don’t … Continue reading Occupy Rock Criticism (ORC), I