Time Magazine

Time  is an American weekly news magazine published in New York City.  It was founded in 1923 and for decades was dominated by Henry Luce, who built a highly profitable stable of magazines.  Time has the world’s largest circulation for a weekly news magazine, and has a readership of 25 million, 20 million of which are based in the United States.  (More from Wikipedia)
Hacienda caught the attention of Dan Auerbach of the acclaimed blues-rock band the Black Keyswho produced both of their albums.  One of Bomp! Records’ recent coups was releasing the first album by this band in 2002 called The Big Come-Up; the new Black Keys album, Brothers is one of the standout albums of 2010, landing a Grammy nomination and a #2 ranking on the 2010 Albums of the Year by Rolling Stone, and even making Time Magazine’s list of Best of 2010 in Music
(January 2011)
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However, that certainly was not true of all of the female musicians in that time period.  Though I was slow to get the details, I was starting to hear about the rumblings of the “riot grrrl” movement, a female offshoot of punk rock; about all I had actually heard in the early days is the 1992 hit “Pretend We’re Dead” by a band called L7 (slang for “square”).  Singer/guitarist Corin Tucker was in Heavens to Betsy, one of many early riot grrrl rock duos.  The fact that only two people could create such a big sound was a revelation and led to a slew of other two-member rock bands in the years to come.  Classically trained pianist Carrie Brownstein (also a vocalist and guitarist) met Tucker in 1992 and was so inspired by her and other early riot grrrl bands like Bikini Kill that she started her own grrrl band, Excuse 17.  What began as a side project between the two of them became a full-fledged band with the addition of drummer Lora MacFarlane; MacFarlane was replaced by the third album with another drummer, Janet Weiss.  The arrival of Sleater-Kinney’s lo-fi–looking first album in 1995Sleater-Kinney (appropriately released on a label called Chainsaw Records) quickly established them as one of the finest feminist punk rock bands of that period.  Each album brought them greater fame and a more widespread fan base; by the beginning of the new millennium, Sleater-Kinney had enough mainstream appeal that Time magazine named them America’s best rock band in a 2001 issue.  Their 2002 album, One Beat is one of my very favorite albums of the 2000’s decade
(January 2013)
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In 2003Chuck Berry was listed #6 among “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” by Rolling Stone magazine; Time magazine put him at #7 on their list of the “10 greatest electric-guitar players”.  Six of Berry’s songs made the 2004 list of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”; Johnny B. Goode was ranked #7, and it topped Rolling Stone’s 2008 list of “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time”.  


(June 2013/1)


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In her 1977 cover story for Time magazine, Linda Ronstadt was quoted as saying:  “If you find a band that can play rock ’n’ roll, they can’t play a country shuffle to save their lives.  I swear to God, if I could find a drummer who could play all that s--t, I would marry him.”  


(October 2013)


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Writing for Time magazine in July 2001 for their salute to the best in America in the new millennium, rock critic Greil Marcus named Sleater-Kinney the nation’s best rock band. 


(January 2014)


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John Lennon made the Beatles an easy target by his remark, but the fact is that church attendance was declining in England and elsewhere in Europe, a pattern that continued in the US some years later.  Although Pope Paul VI denounced Lennon’s statement (and actually Pope Benedict XVI apologized for this church stance in 2010), there were few church leaders joining the denunciation of the Beatles, since the Church was going through an intense period of re-examination in this time period.  For example, the Jesuit newspaper America wrote about the controversy:  “[John] Lennon was simply stating what many a Christian educator would readily admit.” 


Earlier that year, on April 8, 1966, the cover of Time magazine famously asked:  “Is God Dead?”  Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council on October 11, 1962, an earthshaking event in the Roman Catholic Church that attempted to re-frame Catholic teachings in a modern context, leading (among many other major changes) to services being conducted in the language of the people attending rather than Latin.  The ramifications remain strongly controversial to this day. 


(September 2014)


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A bit of serendipity occurred when Bob Dylan and Joan Baez appeared together at the 1963 Monterey Folk Festival singing a duet of a newly written song, “With God on Our Side” (which would appear on Dylan’s next album, The Times They Are A-Changin’).  The Festival was in the same month as the release of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.  Wikipedia states:  “Baez was at the pinnacle of her fame, having appeared on the cover of Time magazine the previous November.  The performance not only gave Dylan and his songs a new prominence, it also marked the beginning of a romantic relationship between Baez and Dylan, the start of what Dylan biographer [Howard] Sounes termed ‘one of the most celebrated love affairs of the decade’.” 


(March 2015)


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The article in Wikipedia on the Beatles’ most famous album starts off like this:  “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles.  Released on 1 June 1967, it was an immediate commercial and critical success, spending 27 weeks at the top of the albums chart in the United Kingdom and 15 weeks at number one in the United States.  Time magazine declared it ‘a historic departure in the progress of music’, and the New Statesman praised its elevation of pop to the level of fine art.  It won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive this honor.” 

(June 2015)


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The Black Keys signed with Fat Possum Records for their next two albums, Thickfreakness and Rubber Factory (I picked up a copy of the latter album on vinyl in Atlanta a few years back). Continuing their lo-fi ways, Thickfreakness was recorded in a single 14-hour recording session and again in Patrick Carney’s basement. Wikipedia notes: “Time later named Thickfreakness the third-best album of 2003.” For their third album, the Black Keys set up a recording studio in a former tire-manufacturing plant in Akron (hence the name, Rubber Factory). 
(June 2017)
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A few months ago, I was at The Book Bag, the great used-book store down here, and the owner asked me if I liked National Geographic, and I said sure. She then offered me to sell me numerous bound volumes for $20 – but only if we took all of them! She also had Time and Newsweek and Life and some U. S. News and World Report and even a couple of volumes from an old set of Encyclopædia Britannica. As I have mentioned before, I am not driving these days; and Shawanna’s husband Earl was steady carrying boxes out to his car on a dolly while I was shopping for books. A couple of times when he took a break, the owner ran back there and said, no, these also; and those over there. (At a later date, she had found another half dozen volumes and gave me those also!)
The magazines are professionally bound, mostly in green, and look like they had come from a public library or university library somewhere. Although there are no library cards or anything like that, some of the individual issues are marked “Gulfport East High School”. The National Geographic volumes date back to the 1940’s and extend to the very end of the 1990’s, including those from the month of my birth (May 1951). I don’t think I have all of the volumes, but I haven’t put them into order yet, so I cannot say for sure.
The magazine volumes cover most of two full bookcases, and I really didn’t know where I could fit them. Then it occurred to me to create a library in the front room off the over-sized living room; we had never really found a use for that room, other than to sit the china cabinets in there, but I had them moved to the side of the dining room off the kitchen (the only large window in the house is in that room). So far, I have three bookshelves in there, including all of the magazines; and I am planning to move the rest of the bookshelves into the library over the next month or so, probably including the paperbacks that are housed in open media cabinets in our bedroom these days.
I have half a mahogany dining room table in the library already that I inherited from Charlie, along with eight chairs; they went through Katrina but came out in pretty decent shape after we had them refinished by a local company. The other half of the table was broken accidentally post-Katrina, so at our big yard sale, we sold that half plus the drop leaf to someone who was restoring an old boat. That half a table I have only ever used as a bar during parties; but I figured that it would work well as an old-fashioned library table like those you see in movies, with four or maybe even six chairs beside it.
Post-Katrina, the bottom shelves of all of my bookshelves have always been used for a row of record albums; otherwise, I would have run out of room for them long ago. The upper shelves are no good for that, but the bottom shelves work out fine. There is one bookshelf left in my office that is also going to the library; pretty much everything else in that room is for the albums and CD’s. Hopefully, one more record rack from Hobby Lobby will cover the rest of the collection, including the 300 or so albums that went through Katrina that I have still not cleaned up.
(Year 10 Review)
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