Category Archives: RIP

A L’Enfer Baby Doc

In 1971 Baby Doc Duvalier inherited his father’s dictatorship over Haiti. At twenty years old Jean-Claude was the youngest ruler in the world. His power was enforced by the dreaded Ton-Ton Macoute. The cadres of these sunglassed henchmen tortured and killed thousands of people over the decades with the support of Nixon and Reagan. Jimmy […]

TOMMY RAMONE RIP

There are no more Ramones on Earth. Tommy Ramones joined his three brothers. I was lucky enough to catch them in 1976. On a winter night I was walking up the Bowery. I heard CALIFORNIA SUN from a bar. I walked inside. My life was changed forever. They were our band. Here is an excerpt […]

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez RIP

“My heart has more rooms in it than a whore house.” ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez I know the feeling. I loved reading A HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE. Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez first opened my eyes to South American literature with his novel from 1967 about his liberal grandfather’s house in Columbia. The tale of one family […]

Jesse Winchester RIP

Back in 1970 I found an LP by a folksinger named Jesse Winchester. I loved this LP, especially the songs YANKEE LADY, SNOW, and THE BRAND NEW TENNESSEE WALTZ. Jesse Winchester never played in Boston or Cambridge or anyplace in the USA, since he had fled the USA to avoid the Draft in 1967 after […]

Gloria Leonard RIP

The Daily News reported that Gloria Leonard, a ex-porn actress who was also a publisher of High Society magazine, died at the age of 73 in Hawaii. The buxom brunette was a 35 year-old single mother, when she starred in the legendary MISTY BEETHOVEN. The nice Jewish girl from the Bronx fought for free speech […]