When Johnny Cash went to San Quentin, he was there to perform for the prisoners. But when Merle Haggard went to San Quentin, he was one of the prisoners, busted while robbing a tavern.
He’d been in and out of jail since he was a kid, had broken out of numerous juvenile detention centers, but while he was in San Q he met an alcoholic prisoner named Adam who was about to break out and offered to take Hag with him. For once, Hag declined. Adam did break out, but then he shot a police officer, got caught, and was sent right back to San Q, this time to be executed. Which seems to have inspired the young Merle Haggard to amend his ways and become a musician.
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Seattle residents wake up to find Sounders scarves adorning statues and overpasses and telephone poles across their city. Portland’s Merritt Paulson, owner, poses with his team’s talisman - an axe - between his teeth, just like thousands of crazed Timbers fans before him. Kansas City residents can’t believe how much Sporting - a one-year-old brand - is already a part of their civic identity.
(And the New England Revolution are one year into seating fans on both sides of their stadium, so it doesn’t look so empty.)
For newcomers, the North American Soccer League is the second tier of the American soccer pyramid, below Major League Soccer and above the USL Pro Division (Orlando City, Harrisburg City Islanders, etc).
You know, the league the Montreal Impact were promoted from.
I never ask because it embarrasses them. I tell them that the art is stolen; I have my own ideas on how it’s passed around, and I’ve investigated it. It’s not a complete picture, but I have a hazy picture of what really happens. If they’re young people… I had a very young boy come up to me with a page of my artwork. I don’t have the heart not to sign it. I’m not going to embarrass that child, or a female, or a very sincere fan, so I sign it. I have a high respect for the people in comics. I know the average comic fan is a heckuva guy.
I’m not out to be a Leonardo DiVinci, I’m not out to be William Faulkner; I’m out to sell comics, which I think is a very valid American medium. There are people who play down comics, but comics is a valid medium. It’s a visual narrative; instead of words, we like the pictures, we like the balloons. If you’ll go with me to the Sistine Chapel, I’ll put up a couple of balloons on Michelangelo’s work and we can really tell what was going on, (laughter) because I think they’re cartoons in a way.
“Woodstock is the great American orgy. This is who the Democratic Party has become. They have become the party of Woodstock. The prey upon our most basic primal lusts, and that’s sex. And the whole abortion culture, it’s not about life. It’s about sexual freedom. That’s what it’s about. Homosexuality. It’s about sexual freedom.
All of the things are about sexual freedom, and they hate to be called on them. They try to somehow or other tie this to the Founding Father’s vision of liberty, which is bizarre. It’s ridiculous.”—
Chuck Berry wrote “Promised Land” in a prison cell, and I’m sure he must have remembered how apprehensive he’d felt when he was touring across a nation that was hostile to a black man singing Rock & Roll to white kids. Greil Marcus passes along an interesting theory:
See, what that song is really about is the civil rights movement, the Freedom Riders, the way he plans the Po’ Boy’s bus route to avoid Rock Hill, that’s in South Carolina, a Klan town, then the bus breaks down in Birmingham, where the Klan blew up a church and killed four little girls, that was in 1963, ‘turned into a struggle,’ see?
To a racist DJ deciding whether or not to play this single when it came out in 1964, “Promised Land” must have sounded like an uncomplicated road song, but if you knew what the score was in those days you knew this song was a lot more than that. That’s what early Rock & Roll was all about. You can try and censor artists all you want, but they’ll subvert you at every turn.