Category Archives: RIP

A MAN OF PEACE – ALAN LAGE

“Why don’t we do this tomorrow?” I was happy in my SRO room on West 11th Street. “B Last January my good friend Alan Lage passed into eternity after a long life on planet Earth. I was listening to the Youngbloods’ GET TOGETHER and thought back to meeting ‘Jim Rockford’ on Moonlight Beach in the […]

Joy Division USA Tour 1980

32 years ago New Wave rockers across America were excitedly anticipating Joy Division’s May 1980. The Manchester band was scheduled to appear at Hurrah in New York for three nights. None of us were expecting to hear the news of the singer’s suicide on the eve of his departure. Ian Curtis was dead. He had […]

Dif Tor Heh Smusma

Leonard Nimoy came from Boston’s West End shtel. His Russian father owned a barbershop in Mattapan Square. I had my haircut at the Terminal Barber Shop next to the terminus of the trolley line. I can’t recall any other barber along Blue Hill Avenue. Tired of giving us a buzz-cut my father drove my older […]

RIP Linford

Another chink of Brooklyn gnu to the Here-After. Linford, I knew him from Frank’s Lounge. A good man and a gentle Jamaican. RIP. foto by Shannon Greer

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 […]