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Legendary record producer and engineer, Phil Ramone, and equally legendary studio guitarist, Hugh McCracken have passed away. Both of these guys made music that I grew up with and that I loved. I never met Hugh but I was lucky enough to work with Phil a few times and he was a real gentleman. Their careers intersected many times over the years as they both worked primarily in the NYC studio scene.

   More about them and their work below the fold ...

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   26 Occupy Nashville protesters were arrested last night at Legislative Plaza. As I reported yesterday, 29 group members were arrested at 3am, Friday. So, this second round of arrests came on literally the same day.

  But here's the good news from The Tennessean ...

Occupy Nashville protesters celebrated Saturday morning after arrest warrants against them were dismissed.

Night Court Magistrate Tom Nelson said, "I have reviewed the regulations of the state of Tennessee, and I can find no authority anywhere for anyone to authorize a curfew anywhere on Legislative Plaza."

After Nelson dismissed the arrest warrant against one of the protesters, a state trooper asked if the move applied to all those who had been arrested. Nelson responded yes.

( bolding is mine )

  Apparently, Magistrate Tom Nelson doesn't have too high an opinion of the Tennessee Department of Safety's custom-crafted regulations, designed to make Occupy Nashville go away.

                   More below the fleur-de-kos ...

 

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28 October, 2011 Nashville, Tennessee Legislative Plaza At 3:00 a.m. approximately 100 police officers, including SWAT teams and K-9 units arrived at Legislative Plaza where the Occupy Nashville movement has been exercising its first amendment right to peaceful protest since the 6th of October.

So begins a press release posted on the Occupy Nashville website. It continues ...

They informed the occupants that they had ten minutes to leave the plaza or they would begin to arrest those who refused to leave.

The "grounds" for their arrest was a new regulation that had gone into effect a mere three hours ealier, at 12:01 am. Because of that time frame, Night Court Commissioner, Tom Nelson "refused to sign the warrants", citing lack of probable cause and pointing out that there was insufficient time for the protesters to respond to the new statute.

Not wanting to miss an opportunity to stomp all over the US Constitution, the Tennessee Highway Patrol decided to cite the two dozen or so arrestees with criminal trespassing. From the Tennessean ...

Just before 9 a.m., the Occupy Nashville protesters emerged from a downtown parking garage cheering and waving criminal trespass citations.

The rest of the the Occupy Nashville press release below the orange danish ...

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UPDATE
At about 3am this morning, 100 Tennessee Highway Patrol, with dogs, arrested 30 people at Legislative Plaza and put them on buses.

UPDATE #2 Local TV news is reporting that a Judge
is "dropping the charges" against the arrestees.

UPDATE #3
Judge orders release of protesters for lack of probable cause.

UPDATE #4 .. from the Occupy Nashville facebook page ..

At 3AM on Friday, Tennessee State Troopers arrested 29 protesters from Occupy Nashville at Legislative PLaza. The Tennessean reported that they were released early this morning, but as of 8 AM they were still being held. They will be charged with criminal trespass.

The Occupy Nashville General Assembly will meet on the steps of Legislative Plaza this evening, Friday October 28 at 7PM. If you oppose the actions of the state in prohibiting free political speech at Legislative Plaza, please attend this meeting and show your support. If you are concerned about possible arrest, the sidewalks on the street in front of the steps are under city jurisdiction and not state jurisdiction and should be a safe zone. It is the usual practice of authorities to issue a warning to vacate an area before instigating an arrest.

Occupy Nashville also adopted the following response to the State’s Ground Use Policy created and adopted yesterday for this public space:

We, the free people of Tennessee do hereby declare our intent to protect our right to assembly guaranteed in the constitutions of The United States and the State of Tennessee. Legislative Plaza, being a publicly owned space, and directly associated with the people’s legislature, is an appropriate and legal place to assemble for the purpose of petitioning and applying for a redress of grievances.

The policy regarding our presence on Legislative PLaza recently announced by the Department of General Services is in direct violation of our Constitutional Rights. We intend to resist this illegal action by the state in a peaceful and dignified manner.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
- 1st Amendment United States Constitution
§ 23. Right of assembly; redress of grievances
That the citizens have a right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble together for their common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances, or other proper purposes, by address or remonstrance
Article 1 Tennessee State Constitution

From the Occupy Nashville website ....

Thursday, October 27, 2011 after dark at Legislative Plaza, there will be a candlelight vigil in honor of critically injured Veteran, Scott Olsen, and the men and women who have suffered and died to keep America a free country. The citizens participating in the peaceful Occupy Nashville are asserting their rights to be present on public property that they have paid for with their taxes and in conjunction with the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights as amended to the Constitution of the United States of America.

Occupation citizens had two meetings with state employees who didn’t seem to understand the rights of citizens to gather peaceably and petition the government for redress of wrongs. The state employees and a representative from Homeland Security decided to arbitrarily eject the petitioners and require further payment to the state for their free speech. They also decided to deny all citizens access to Legislative Plaza from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Those participating in Occupy Nashville, in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, agreed that they would stand up for their rights to remain on the Plaza

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Tue May 10, 2011 at 08:04 AM PDT

Cornell Dupree ~ RIP

by jnhobbs

 Aretha Franklin's classic R&B standard,"Respect", kicks off with a fat horn- section downbeat, and a funky guitar riff with a tough tone. Duh Duh Duh, Duh Duh Duh. One of many signature contributions by the great studio guitarist, Cornell Dupree. Dupree died on Sunday, at the age of 69, of pulmonary disease while awaiting a lung transplant.

From Steve Hughey , for allmusic.com ...

A veteran of over 2,500 recording sessions, guitarist Cornell Dupree worked most prolifically in R&B and blues, but he was equally at home in jazz, particularly funky fusion and soul-jazz. Dupree was born in Fort Worth, TX, in 1942, and by the age of 20 was playing in King Curtis' R&B group. He became a session musician soon after, playing on Brook Benton's "Rainy Night in Georgia," as well as records by stars like Lou Rawls, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne, Roberta Flack, Joe Cocker, Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey, and countless others. Dupree was also a member of Aretha Franklin's touring band from 1967-1976, and during that time also became a presence on many jazz-funk recordings, the sort that would find favor with rare groove and acid jazz fans in the years to come.

   From his obituary in Variety ...
 

 Known as "Mr. 2500" (for the number of recording sessions on which he reputedly played) and "Uncle Funky," Dupree established himself as a studio star at Atlantic Records in the '60s. Over the years he cut freelance dates with Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Herbie Mann, James Brown and Jimmy Smith, to name just a handful of his most notable employers.

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With Curtis, Dupree became part of the nucleus of Atlantic's New York house band, which included keyboardist Richard Tee and drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie. He can be heard on Brook Benton's "Rainy Night in Georgia," the celebrated "Live at the Fillmore West" albums recorded in 1971 by Curtis and Aretha Franklin and sets by such '70s Atlantic stars as Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack. He was a member of Franklin's touring band from 1967-76.

   He was an original member of the Saturday Night Live band, a fixture of the New York recording scene for four decades, and he played on some of my very favorite records, from Paul Simon to Miles Davis and Donny Hathaway. He recorded 8 albums with his band, Stuff.

You can read a long list of recording credits at allmusic.

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Sat Apr 23, 2011 at 08:35 AM PDT

Hazel Dickens RIP

by jnhobbs

Hazel Dickens has died at the age of 75 of complications of pneumonia.

Hazel Dickens, a troubadour of hard times whose raw, heartfelt songs about coal miners and the life of the downtrodden made her a revered figure in country and bluegrass music, died April 22 at the Washington Home hospice in the District. She was 75 and had complications from pneumonia.

Ms. Dickens, who grew up in a three-room shack in West Virginia’s coal country, was a forceful voice of the working class, singing with unguarded emotion of poverty, labor and loss. She often appeared at union rallies and benefits for mineworkers, and her plaintive singing was heard in the Oscar-winning documentary “Harlan County U.S.A.” (1976) and John Sayles’s 1987 coal-mining drama “Matewan.”

 

Fire In The Hole

Black Lung

 

Her rough-hewn, keening singing style grew out of her early experiences in her father’s Primitive Baptist church, where musical instruments were not allowed, and from a mountain tradition that included singers Aunt Molly Jackson and Sarah Ogan Gunning.

“When I’m at my best is when I’m belting it out and giving it all I’ve got,” Ms. Dickens told The Post in 1981. “It’s not a smooth style, it’s all feeling and emotion.”

  Boy, I'll say. Her voice and words sound like struggle and pain. And working and organizing. Here's to a Life well-lived.

  I just saw that Frenchy Lamour had a diary up early this morning.

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Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM PST

Egypt Liveblog: Sub-Diary #87

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You are in the the 87th Child Diary of the Liveblog of the 2011 Egyptian Uprising and other uprisings spreading throughout the Mideast.  We stand with our Egyptian friends and their courageous struggle for freedom.

DO NOT REC THIS DIARY!  Rec the Mothership here.

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Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 07:12 PM PST

Egypt Liveblog: Sub-Diary #70

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You are in the the 70th Child Diary of the Liveblog of the 2011 Egyptian Uprising and other uprisings spreading throughout the Mideast.  We stand with our Egyptian friends and their courageous struggle for freedom.

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Wed Feb 02, 2011 at 01:04 PM PST

Egypt Liveblog: Sub-Diary #39

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You are in the the 39th Child Diary of the Liveblog of the 2011 Egyptian Uprising and other uprisings spreading throughout the Mideast.  We stand with our Egyptian friends and their courageous struggle for freedom.

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The House is debating and voting today on the Senate bill and the Reconciliation bill.

Proceedings begin at 1:00 EST.  

I'm in favor of starting a pool on what the Republicans will offer up as a Motion to Recommit.

My bet is trying to do Stupak's dirty work for him.

Links and discussion below the fold:
This is Shuttlepod #1
Shuttlepod #2 - yawnimawke
Shuttlepod #3 - Christian Dem in NC
Shuttlepod #4 - Betty Pinson
Shuttlepod #5 - 88kathy

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Thu Feb 25, 2010 at 11:57 AM PST

Healthcare Summit Shuttle Pod # 6

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Daily Kos liveblog xoverage of he HCR summit continues.

Recommend only the Mothership so it's the only diary on the Rec List about the summit.  This will prevent clogging of the Rec List with Liveblog diaries.

The Mothership is here.

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This is a live thread on the motion to proceed on debate of the Senate health care reform bill.

Earlier diaries:
*Live Blog 1 by Gorette.  
*Live Blog 2 by Doctor Who.
*Live Blog 3 by Adam Blomeke.

*- Mothership Please Rec THIS

This is the new mothership diary--Gorette's was the original mothership, but she's unable to tend it.

Debate started around 9:00 AM EST and will go on throughout the day until "hopefully" successful Cloture vote which Reid has scheduled for 8:00 PM EST.  Watch online atC-SPAN2.

The big news so far--Mary Landrieu says she'll vote for cloture, leaving only Blanche Lincoln as the sole Democrat who hasn't made up her mind yet.        

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