1. themaninthegreenshirt:

    Hampton Hawes - The Jazz Pianist That John F. Kennedy Saved Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy granted a presidential pardon to jazz pianist Hampton Hawes and helped make him a legend.

    Millions of Americans found inspiration in John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address, but few responded more enthusiastically than jazz pianist Hampton Hawes. Hawes watched the speech from a federal prison hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was serving a 10-year sentence on drug charges. “That’s the right cat,” he later described his reaction to the new president. “Looks like he got some soul and might listen.”

    The following day, Hawes told a prison official that he wanted to apply for a presidential pardon and against all odds, President Kennedy responded.

    Fifty years ago, on August 16, 1963, JFK granted executive clemency to the pianist, and thus allowed one of the most talented jazz artists of the era to resume his career.  

    The Hawes pardon would be one of Kennedy’s last executive acts. Only 98 days later, JFK was shot in Dallas. Kennedy granted clemency to 43 people during his last year in office. Hawes received pardon No. 42.

     
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  3. Bad Brains, 1979

    (Source: suicidewatch, via overdrivenaudiosignal)

     
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  5. Here’s a playlist inspired by musical events I share my birthday with, including the worldwide release of Prince’s Sign ‘O’ The Times, the Beach Boys recording “I Get Around, the death of Rob from Milli Vanilli, and songs from my birthday buddies Marvin Gaye, Leon Russell, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Ebsen and Alec Guinness, who kicks things off with an appropriate reading from Gulliver’s Travels entitled “Resolutions When I Come to be Old.”

    (Source: Spotify)

     
  6. twentiethcenturykid:

    TRADING CARD-OLOGY

    Topps Batman Trading Cards

    Circa 1966

    Grim Realization

    (via thegreenteacrimewavestudio)

     
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  8. fistfullofsoul:

    Uber cool LP design by the 1968 Killers…(not the shitty new ones)

     
  9. nevver:

    “Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”
    Jack Kerouac

     
  10. witchoria:

    It was written in the stars. 

     
  11. desafagos:

    Vivre Sa Vie (1962) dir. Jean-Luc Godard

    (Source: tarkovskologist, via cosmosonic)

     

  12. This is where rock is alive and breathing. 104 fantastic tracks of 2013 Garage, Punk & Lo-Fi.

    (Source: Spotify)

     

  13. It’s hard to define straight up “rock” music in 2013, but here’s 50 attempts at it. — Lemmy’s World: 2013 Rock of Note

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  14. 75 tracks highlighting choice ElectroPop, New Wave & Synth of 2013.

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  15. 2013 Highlights in Country, Americana & all thangs Twang.

    (Source: Spotify)