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Fats Domino: the big easy from The Big Easy…

“Well, I wouldn’t want to say that I started it (rock ‘n’ roll), but I don’t remember anyone else before me playing that kind of stuff.” – Fats Domino Antoine Domino, Jr. was perhaps the most relaxed guy ever to … Continue reading

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The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 4

“McDonaldization affects not only the restaurant business, but also, education, work, healthcare, travel, leisure, dieting, politics, the family and virtually every other aspect of life.” – George Ritzer The success of Ray Kroc’s methodology, named McDonaldization after the restaurant chain … Continue reading

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All shook up: a historian examines rock and roll…sorta

“Rock and roll might best be summed up as monotony tinged with hysteria.” – Vance Packard I just finished a book that is kinda/sorta amusing, kinda/sorta amazing. Glenn Altschuler’s All Shook Up: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America will amuse … Continue reading

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Nathaniel Hawthorne: who’s that?

“Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun I was listening to … Continue reading

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The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 3

 “If we are going to go anywhere, we’ve got to have talent. And, I’m going to put my money in talent.” – Ray Kroc, founder, McDonald’s Read part 1, part 2) If you’ve ever worked in a fast food restaurant, … Continue reading

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The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 2

“Most specifically, irrationality means that rational systems are unreasonable systems. By that I mean that they deny the basic humanity, the human reason, of the people who work within or are served by them.” – George Ritzer  When we ended … Continue reading

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Tom Petty…anything that’s rock and roll’s fine….

“It’s sort of hope amongst the ruins, I think. To me we’re all in the great wide open. I think life is pretty wild; I really want to like the world, but at the same time I have to write … Continue reading

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The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 1

“It is not true that good can only follow from good and evil only from evil, but that often the opposite is true.” – Max Weber Let’s start with a version of the old drinking game “Have you ever?”: Have … Continue reading

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I Me Mine: George Harrison’s non-autobiographical autobiography

“I have suffered for this book; now it’s your turn.” – George Harrison George Harrison was in some ways the most interesting Beatle. Highly logical,  he spent the majority of his life imbuing himself in the spiritual life. A member … Continue reading

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The Savoy Truffle: you know that what you eat you are…

“‘Savoy Truffle’ on The White Album was written for Eric [Clapton]. He’s got this real sweet tooth and he’d just had his mouth worked on. His dentist said he was through with candy. So as a tribute I wrote, ‘You’ll … Continue reading

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