If there’s a rock and roll heaven, you know they’ve got a hell of a band. – Alan O’Day and Johnny Stevenson
British neo-soul superstar Amy Winehouse joined The 27 Club yesterday. If you haven’t heard of this select group, the term refers to all the musicians who have died at the age of 27. It’s a pretty famous crowd.
- Janis Joplin, dead of a heroin overdose in 1970, was regarded as perhaps the preeminent female rock vocalist of her generation.
- Jimi Hendrix, still regarded as one of the greatest guitarists in history, had died less than a month earlier.
- Brian Jones, the brilliant and multi-talented co-founder of the Rolling Stones, died under suspicious circumstances in 1969. Continue reading
I have a new clicker. The box calls it a “4-digit display tally counter”—a compteur manuel in French, according to the box—but we just refer to them as clickers.
I’m working today at the Spotsylvania battlefield, one of the four Civil War battlefields that comprise the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park in central Virginia. I’ll give battlefield tours later today, help visitors with questions, and keep track of visitation with the aid of my new clicker.
The old one, held together by heavy-duty packing tape with string in it, had started to skip. Dependably, it would jump from 35 to 46. As a writer and historian, math might not be my strongest point, but I’m pretty sure that there are some other numbers in there somewhere between 35 and 46. A hand clicker that doesn’t count properly isn’t much good as a clicker. Continue reading