I am sure that I am not alone when I say that I love "I Love Rock'n Roll," the song popularized by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, who released it from the album of the same name in 1981. The hugely successful record went to number one on the Billboard singles chart and #2 on the Billboard albums chart.
Distingushed by its irrisistable handclap and beat and killer guitar lick, "I Love Rock'n Roll"'s writing and first recording is often mistakenly credited to Jett. But it was Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of the Mickie Most produced, British based group The Arrows who wrote the song and first recorded it six years earlier in 1975 (originally as a B-side on RAK Records). Their version is below in a clip from their weekly Granada Television program The Arrows Show.
I am curious to know which version people think is better, so if you have a moment, please write which version you prefer in the comments below. Note that songwriter Alan Merrill of The Arrows is an American who moved to London, hence the original line he wrote is "put another dime," whereas if he had been British born, it probably would have been something like "Put another 10 pence in the jukebox baby."
Over the years "I Love Rock'n Roll" has been covered by many artists. Britney Spears covered the song for the 2002 movie Crossroads (movie clip below), and it has been used in many other movies too, including the 2006 film The Covenant, which featured the Joan Jett version in a bar with jukebox scene.
Today an estimated 15,000 Crimean Tatars gathered in Simferopol, Ukraine to mark the 65th anniversary of their forced deportation at the hands of Soviet authorities under Stalin. In 1944, approximately 200,000 Crimean Tatars were loaded onto trains and sent to Siberia, with roughly half dying along the way.
Since the collapse of the USSR, many have returned to their ancestral homelands, joining the 280,000 who currently live there. Around 150,000 have expressed their intention to return.
Many of the protesters held aloft their national flag and voiced their demands, which include calls for national recognition, autonomy and Crimean Tatar schools.
Without a doubt, the most famous Tatar in American popular culture of Tatar ancestry is actor Charles Bronson. They also gave us steak Tartare.
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I figured that this would be a good follow up to my fire blog. After I launched that one in honor of Pele, I realized that yesterday was the feast of Brighid and that I should have offered my work to her. So today, I make this tabacco offering to her.
Although the entire Jackie Gleason series has beautiful artwork, Night Winds is my favorite. Very sinister undercurrents flowing through the image.
The pic of Brenda Bennett on the above Apollonia 6 LP cracks me up because she always looked old to me when I was a kid, but in this picture she's probably younger than I am now. I love the way that the Straight Lines LP came out in this photo. The giant cat urine stain on the left adds so much. OK, I'm going off to smoke my Peterson now...
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