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GREEK COFFEE?

Anthora Greek paper coffee cup

Leslie Buck passed away, at the ripe old age of 87, during 2010, and inexplicably enough, not that many paid much attention to his passing.

Born Lazlo Buch in Khust, Czechoslovakia (now part of the Ukraine),  he was a Holocaust survivor who made good in the US, first starting up a paper-cup manufacturing company in Mt Vernon, New York called Premier Cup.  It was during the 1960’s that Buck joined the Sherri Cup Co. of Kensington, Conn, and he created one of the most iconic delineation’s of everyday American life, particularly the East Coast version, the exquisitely appealing Anthora paper coffee cup (Buck couldn’t quite pronounce “amphora” correctly), the design adorning coffees served at diners, deli’s, construction sights, factory yards and food carts, sales which peaked at 30 million pieces a year in the 1990’s.

Buck’s coffee cup became an instantly recognizable American artifact, a fairly improbable accomplishment considering its creator was both an immigrant, and artistically untrained. The cup, with its above-and-below border of Greek urns framing a bill boarded white background with a slightly ornate outline, three images of piping coffee cups and the phrase “WE Are Happy To Serve You”  etched in a font meant to resemble ancient Greek, remains a totemistic likeness of the highest order.





He Wrote The Songs

 

As if anyone needed

another

Ten Reasons Why.....

 



It's Only $29.99 ($33.99 in Canada) But I Like It

 

Keith Richards

was born in London in 1943.

 

A guitarist, vocalist, songwriter,

and cofounder of the Rolling Stones,

he has also released solo albums with his band

the X-Pensive Winos.

He lives in Connecticut with his wife,

Patti Hansen.



Diga Diga Do: THE MILLS BROTHERS

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A Simple Prayer: THE RAVENS

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Have an Existential Christmas (Circa 1965)

Yessir there’s plenty of Christmas pop and rockers, do-wop-a-doers, and soul twisters. They never stop coming, every year brings more remakes and holiday pastiches and original turns, a few good uns too; the rock and pop Christmas tune never going out of sight or out of style. Had a million different favorites myself, liked ‘em serious, solemn, sexy, soulful, antic, blasphemous, tawny, jazzy, woeful, sarcastic, folkifized, solo Beatle, real Beatle, Beatle-like, corny, powerpoppish, reflective, heartfelt, satirical, rebellious, preachy, old school, trad, subversive, and even sweet.

   Right now, today, this December, my current absolute fave rave, the one spinning repeatedly on my internal holiday season turntable, the current Tops of the Christmas Pops is The Sonics 1965 “Santa Claus.” It’s a propulsive and molten stomp all over the still ruddy cheeked Santa archetype, a plaintive holiday yelp with a backbeat (signaling “Farmer John”) where the lead vocalist (with a truly glorious garage rock  guttural howl) asks Santa for no more than “a brand new car, a twangy guitar and a cute little honey with lots of money.” The cool daddy holiday surprise is that this early 60’s version of Santa lays the shattering truth on the entitled-mondo- boot-wearing-rebel-with-a-bleat–it’s-always-about-me-shaking-my-hair-budding-protest –kid  with a stark indifference, as the dumbfounded singer exclaims in the chorus:

“And he just say nothing,

Nothing

Nothing

Nothing

Nothing

Nothing

Nothing

Nothing”



WHAT TROUT MASK REPLICA HATH WROUGHT

Barack Obama Meets Captain Beefheart



THE

MEMPHIS

GOONS

RETURN

ONCE AGAIN

TO ASTONISH AMERICA

WITH THEIR EVER-DESTRUCTIBLE

ORIGINAL SOUND

Peppo by the Memphis Goons on Shangri-La Records

 

“THE MEMPHIS GOONS ARE THIS FANTASTIC AMERICAN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL STORY.”   --Thurston Moore, guitarist for Sonic Youth

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      Media maven The Memphis Goons share a lifetime of hard-earned rockin’ noise experience and reveal the secrets to being youthful, spiritual, healthy and absolutely beautiful—both inside and out—as they embrace their senior years.  

About the Band

     The Memphis Goons came of age 10 years after the American garage-rock phenomenon and 20 years before grunge.  Recording between 1968 and 1974, The Memphis Goons were largely ignored by their fellow Memphis musicians, and likewise The Goons ignored their neighborly influences of the time—Elvis, Al Green, Alex Chilton.  They were indeed a clump of crabgrass sprouting in America’s rich musical soil.