Archive for June 5th, 2020

“I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore”

Friday, June 5th, 2020

I participated in my first protest demonstration in 1967. We were advocating for what was then called ‘integration.’

I was in countless demonstrations against the Vietnam war in the 1960’s and ’70’s.

Throughout those years, I learned the US power structure does not respond with change to mass demonstrations. Short of violence, it only responds to economic attacks, and, sometimes, to voting.

I fully support today’s demonstrations against racism but have absolutely no faith they will be effective.

Friday, June 5th, 2020

Standing Pat

Friday, June 5th, 2020

In the 1950’s and early ‘60’s, there was no cleaner, Christian crooner than Pat Boone. He had a string of hit love songs so beautiful and innocent, all the white high school boys in America could sing them, swoon over their budding-breast sweeties, and remain virgins.  It was rumored you could get cavities listening to his songs because they were so sweet.

But then came the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, and the Animals.  Suddenly Pat Boone became as out of place as Mother Theresa in a drunken conga line at a wedding reception.  He was popular at old time Bible camp revivals and state fairs – but pretty much faded into the white, good night.

Then, over 30 years later, Pat Boone flipped out and got into HEAVY METAL.  He started wearing all black leather outfits on television and, at one point, even a heavy dog collar! 

In 1997, he released an album ‘In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy’ which shocked just about everyone.  He took hard rock and heavy metal songs and converted them into a jazz/big band style. The album hit the Billboard record charts making it Boone’s first hit album in 35 years! 

Still today, no one has any idea why he flipped to the dark side (except Pat – and me.)

Pat Boone and Heavy Metal: