Gasp, it's Fifty, 50, The Big Five O, Columns!
When Bob Timmers first asked me if I wanted to write a monthly column, I was happy to oblige. But I never would have thought to last for 50 issues!
Professional writers publish columns in newspapers on a weekly basis. But they have many different news events and issues they can cover. But Yours Truly is not a "professional" a writer, and the scope of my writing is generally limited to "Rockabilly", by which I really mean Rock'n'Roll, although I enjoy taking forays into related areas such as "Western Wear", and hopefully in the near future into other areas of 1950s lifestyle such as cars, cartoons, diners, etc., etc.
After the barbaric terrorist attack against America, I considered making this 50th. Column strictly political, but I decided against it, however I will briefly expose a nefarious alliance, which has gotten no coverage in the mass media:
Several radical left-wing groups on campus grounds across the USA are siding with the medieval Taliban regime against America.
At the same time, neo-Nazi groups, Ku Klux Klan Klaverns, and other such white supremacist hate groups are also extolling the Taliban, and rejoicing at the terrorist attack against America.
Here we have a classic Nazi-Communist Alliance of hatred against America, and in support of a barbaric medieval Taliban movement which treats women and minorities worse than slaves. We must stand united and oppose this evil.
Now back to lighter subjects, my past Columns. Fairly often I get asked which are my favorite ones, and why.
Well, Col. #13, !!!! It's So Cool It's Red Hot: It's Western Wear !!!!! -- must be one of my pet articles, because, while there have been thousands of articles on different Rockabilly stars, rarely has anybody ever touched the subject of classic Vintage Western Wear and its influence in shaping the American psyche throughout the 1950s and beyond. To this day Levi's Blue Jeans are probably the most widely appreciated American product the world over.
I deeply dug writing Col. #26 - TIME TO RECLAIM "THE ROCK" -- because for many years I have been upset on how language has been perverted, to the detriment of our beloved Rock'n'Roll Music. This Column sets the record straight, once and for all.
Col. #35 for 07/00 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA 2000-- is another top Column because it celebrates the greatest country in human history: The United States Of America.
I thought that Col. #27 for 11/99 - AN UPDATED IMPROVED SOUND? -- spelled it out crystal clear, that mixing hippie/punk elements into rockabilly was not a way to improve or modernize rockabilly, but on the contrary, it was a sure way to destroy the sound! And furthermore, make it sound dated!
Col. #22 for 6/99 - FINLAND IS A ROCKABILLY LAND! -- is something that must have come as a big surprise to 99% of American rockabilly fans, and as such, turned out to be a very unique and interesting Column.
Quite a few more turned out well, and some didn't particularly excite me that much, but, hey, that's the nature of the beast!! You readers can make up your own minds.
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Col. #49 for 09/01 - TEDDY REDELL: Sooo Underrated!!!
Col. #48 for 08/01 - THE UNSTOPPABLE RAY CAMPI
Col. #47 for 07/01 - BILL HALEY'S COMETS ROCK THE FOURTH OF JULY
Col. #46 for 06/01 - PAUL GALAXY AND THE GALACTIX AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. #45 for 05/01 - Second Annual Viva Las Vegas Picture Show
Col. #44 for 04/01 - WHAAAAAAT, NO ROCKABILLY!!!?????!
Col. #43 for 03/01 - VIVA LAS VEGAS 2001
Col. #42 for 02/01 - ELVIS: Never Forgotten
Col. #41 for 01/01 - MACK STEVENS + HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERS + POISON OKIES
Col. #40 for 12/00 - WHATEVER HAPPENED TO COUNTRY MUSIC?
Col. #39 for 11/00 - KATS LIKE US
Col. #38 for 10/00 - JERRY LEE LEWIS IS 65<
Col. #37 for 09/00 - THE STARLIGHT DRIFTERS
Col. #36 for 08/00 - ALVIS WAYNE AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. #35 for 07/00 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA 2000
Col. #34 for 06/00 - THE CHOP TOPS AT ROLLIN' ROCK!!
Col. #33 for 05/00 - VIVA LAS VEGAS 2000 PIX!
Col. #32 for 04/00 - DRAGSTRIP77: TEARIN' IT UP!
Col. #30 & #31 for 02/00 & 03/00 - VIVA LAS VEGAS 2000!
Col. #29 for 01/00 - ROCKIN' 2000!
Col. #28 for 12/99 - JOHNNY AND THE BLADES AT ROLLIN' ROCK!
Col. #27 for 11/99 - AN UPDATED IMPROVED SOUND?
Col. #26 for 10/99 - TIME TO RECLAIM "THE ROCK"
Col. #26 for 10/99 - TIME TO RECLAIM "THE ROCK"
Col. #25 for 9/99 - YOUNG ROCK AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. #24 for 8/99 - COMETS RECORD AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. #23 for 7/99 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
Col. #22 for 6/99 - FINLAND IS A ROCKABILLY LAND!
Col. #21 for 5/99 - THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
Col. #20 for 4/99 - ROCKABILLY REBEL: A SHORT HISTORY
Col. #19 for 3/99 - PINBALL MILLIONAIRE
Col. #18 for 1/99 & 2/99 - VIVA LAS VEGAS 1999
Col. #17 - 12/98 - INTERNATIONAL ROCKABILLY REBELS MEET & GREET
Col. #16 - 11/98 - GROOVEY JOE POOVEY: Reminiscing
Col. #15 - 10/98 - CHARLIE FEATHERS
Col. #14 - 9/98 - NARVEL FELTS AT ROLLIN' ROCK!
Col. #13 - 8/98 - IT'S WESTERN WEAR!
Col. #12 - 7/98 - THE JORDANAIRES
Col. #11 - 6/98 - ROCKABILLY HOF - 15,000 HITS!!
Col. #10 - 5/98 - MAC STEVENS RECORDS AT ROLLIN' ROCK
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