Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New York City Images As Album/CD Cover Art #33: Foghat "Fool For The City" (1975)

Foghat Fool For The City (1975)
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Artist: Foghat
Title: Fool For The City
Released: September 1975

"Fool for the City" was the fifth album released by English rockers Foghat. This was Foghat's first platinum album, and features two of their most famous songs "Slow Ride" and "Fool For The City," both of which are still classic rock radio staples 36 years later in 2011. The cover photo was shot in front of 296 East 11th street in Manhattan.


One From The Archives: 08/31/07 Ted Nugent @ Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, LA

08-31-07 Ted Nugent @ Kinder, LA
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Suggested Viewing: "The Pit: A Film About Crowd Surfing"

Just caught this over at Blabbermouth.net while eating my breakfast at work before I punch in in like about two more minutes and I don't even have time to watch it right now...but it sure looks cool. I'll check it out after work. You can enjoy it right now. I wish I could still get in on the crowd surfing at a show but alas I'm afraid I'm not 20 anymore...[sigh]...

"Directed by Dave Depares, "The Pit: A Film About Crowd Surfing" introduces us to the fans who risk ejection from the venue, the musicians who live it every night (including Liam Carmier of CANCER BATS and Lee Spielman of TRASH TALK) and the bouncers who try to keep everyone safe. The film contrasts the focused energy of the band with the seeming chaos of the pit."







More Other Videos

One From The Archives: 08/29/07 Velvet Revolver/ Alice In Chains/ Kill Hannah @ Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN

08-29-07 Velvet Revolver/Alice In Chains/Kill Hannah @ St. Paul, MN (Top)
08-29-07 Velvet Revolver/Alice In Chains/Kill Hannah @ St. Paul, MN (Bottom)
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Scene On The Street At The Minnesota State Fair 08/27/11 - Jack-FM Radio Booth

The Gorgeous One and I decided on the spur of the moment yesterday to head out to the Minnesota State Fair. We took the camera with us and really didn't use it too much at all, but we did find these "amusements" at the Jack-FM Radio booth pretty...well...amusing!

There was this "Get your photo as Dee Snider" cutout.

08-27-11 MN State Fair (Jack-FM Dee Snider Photo Cut-Out)

And "The Mullet Toss"...! Those radio guys are just too funny!

08-27-11 MN State Fair (Jack-FM Booth - "Mullet Toss" Game)

A New York Minute: Circa 1880's - Fourth Avenue Ventilation Shafts

1880's Fourth Avenue, NYC, NY
(Source: Unknown Book)(Via: NYCDreamin Archives)

"Tunnels need not be continuous; open area ways can bring light and air down from above and do away with the necessity for air exhausts and venting stations. New York City, Fourth Avenue."

A New York Minute: Circa 1880's - "A Mayday At The Central Park Plaza"

1880's Mayday At Central Park Plaza, NYC, NY
(Source: Unknown Book/Culver Pictiures)(Via NYCDreamin Archives)

"A Mayday at the Central Park Plaza," is from an engraving of New York during the late 1880's.

A New York Minute: 1899 - 1901 "The Dewey Arch" @ Fifth Avenue & 24th Street

5th Avenue Arch - NYC, NY
(Source: Unknown Book)(Via NYCDreamin Archives)

Further reading: "The Dewey Arch"

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Suggested Reading: "AC/DC - Maximum Rock & Roll" by Murray Engleheart and Arnaud Durieux (2006/2008)

AC/DC Maximum Rock & RollAC/DC Maximum Rock & Roll
by Murray Engleheart with Arnaud Durieux

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


First published in 2006 by Harper-Collins Australia, "AC/DC Maximum Rock & Roll" was finally reprinted in the United States by Harper Entertainment in 2008.

I picked up a copy of this 488 page treasure trove of AC/DC info earlier this summer at a book sale at my local library for only $1.00. After reading the book, I'd have to say I'd have been just as glad to pay the original cover price of $16.95 - the book is a must read for any AC/DC fanatic and will be just as enjoyable to people who are maybe not so knowledgable about the band. After reading this book you will know more about the history of the group than you probably ever wanted to know.

"AC/DC Maximum Rock & Roll" is an exhaustively well researched history of possibly the greatest and definately the most successful rock band ever to hail from the Land Down Under. Authors Murray Engleheart and Arnaud Durieux trace the origins of the group back the late 1960's to when co-guitarist brothers Angus and Malcom Young were growing up watching their older brother George experiencing a bit of early rock and roll success with his own band "The Easybeats," a band who are still regarded by some as the premiere rock group to ever hail from Australia. But George Young was destined to find his real call to fame, along with fellow Easybeats member Harry Vanda, as a successful record producer.

In 1973 George's younger brothers began putting together a hard-rocking little group of their own, AC/DC, and spent the next few years building up their live reputation by rocking back and forth across the Australian continent. After a few years of relative early success at home, the band began recording and eventually touring outside Australia, focusing first on conquering the U.K. and English territories. This goal was achieved through constant touring in support of early album releases by the group that were produced by big brother George Young and his co-conspirator Harry Vanda. By 1977 the band were making serious inroads in the all-important U.S. touring circuit, their live shows quickly earning them the respect of their musical peers in already well-established groups such as Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Black Sabbath and the Rolling Stones. By 1980 AC/DC would become one of the most successful and popular hard rock bands on the planet - a title they are still firmly holding on to all these years later in 2011. But, just as the band seemed ready to launch into the stratosphere of world-wide popularity on a scale they had never even dreamed of, in February 1980 tragedy struck the band when well-loved lead vocalist Bon Scott drank himself to death in London.

Within weeks of Scott's untimely death the remaining members of the group decided to soldier on and began holding auditions for a new lead vocalist. Brian Johnson, formerly of an English outfit called "Geordie" who had experienced a brief bit of fleeting fame themselves, was tapped as AC/DC's new front man. Studio sessions were soon underway for what would be the group's world-wide breaktrough album, 1980's "Back In Black." As of 2011 the album has sold fifty million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful albums ever recorded of any genere.

The book continues on, tracing AC/DC's meteoric rise to world-wide fame and household recognition throughout the 1980's and into the 1990's as the band really hit their stride and became one of the most popular touring and recording groups in the world. It wasn't always an easy climb and the battles and lineup changes the group faced and overcame are fully detailed in the book.

My only complaint about "Maximum Rock & Roll" is that the authors did such a great job on the first half of the story, going into extensive minute detail of the band's early years. But then, after the chapters detailing Bon's death and the hiring of Brian Johnson, the recording of the "Back In Black" album and the subsequent world tour that followed, the authors' attention to fine detail seems to get left behind as they crash all too quickly through the mid-1980's - early 2000's, choosing to highlight many of biggger moments of the band's later years including but certainly not limited to: successful Castle Donnington/Monsters of Rock appearances in England, several more million selling albums, jamming with idols including the Rolling Stones, an historic early 90's appearance in Moscow Russia before a quarter-million fans, and many more memorable career highlights. But in the second half of the story, the exacting detail found in the first half of the book seems to disappear in favor of a "glossing over the highlights" approach that leaves the reader (at least this reader, anyway) feeling as if only the already well known parts of the story are bing told.

Despite that single complaint, I found "Maximum Rock & Roll" to be an entertaining and informative read and the fact that there are several pages of color photos as well as several b&w images of old concert flyers and advertisements didn't hurt any either.

Obviously highly suggested reading for any AC/DC fans, this is a book that can also be enjoyed by anyone who is interested in how the music business of the 1970's functioned and how, in those now seemingly long ago days, a record label would let a band try, only to fail - sometimes several times - before striking pay dirt with a successful record. Had AC/DC been given only one chance to succeed, like so many of today's artists are given, theirs would have been a brief story indeed. Thankfully this was not the case with AC/DC and the story of their rise to unparalleled international fame and acclaim is definately another "good read."

One From The Archives: 08/27/00 Iron Maiden/ Queensryche/ Halford @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, MN

08-27-00 Iron Maiden/Queensruce/Halford @ St. Paul, MN (Top)0001
08-27-00 Iron Maiden/Queensryche/Halford @ St. Paul, MN (Bottom)
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A New York Minute: 1875 New York City Rapid Transit Proposals

*Source: Unknown Book

1875 Proposed Rapid Transit Ideas, New York City

Sketches from 1875 of rapid transit proposed for New York City. An example of the monorail design (upper right) was built on the Centennial Grounds, Philadelphia.

A New York Minute: 1875/1876 New York Central Railroad Viaduct - Harlem Flats, NYC, NY

*Source: Unknown Book

1875 - 1876 Four-Track Viaduct Over Harlem Flats, N.Y. Central
Four-track viaduct over Harlem Flats, New York Central Railroad.

A New York Minute: 08/19/1871 Harper's Weekly

*Source: Unknown Book

08/19/1871 Harpers's Weekly (Tamany Ring - by Thomas Nast)
(Illustration by Thomas Nast - Harper's weekly - 08/19/1871)

Who stole the people's money? Critics of the urban political machine were handicapped by a foe that possessed both charitable and corrupt attributes. Thomas Nast's Harper's Weekly cartoons attacking political "boss" William M. Tweed (the portly figure on the left) and his Tammany Hall associates supplied antimachine forces with a powerful weapon. [Nast's] charicatures, accessible to eveyone, succiently conveyed a negative portrait of the machine that would influence popular preception of the political "boss" into the late twentieth century.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

One From The Archives: 08/25 & 26/06 Minneapolis Mayhem 3 @ Star Central, Columbia Heights, MN

08-25 & 26-06 Minneapolis Mayhem 3 @ Star Central, Columbia Heights, MN
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After 20 Year Hiatus, Minneapolis Thrashers Powermad Return With New Material


Back in late 2008 or early 2009, I'd heard or read someplace a rumor that the legendary, highly technically proficient Minneapolis thrash metal group Powermad was getting back together and working on new material. I could hardly believe this bit of news and I kept my eyes and ears open...for a while. Then, without ever really reading or hearing anything further about the reformation of the band, it eventually kind of slipped my mind.

On July 8th, 2011, Blabbermouth.net reported the following Powermad news (which I missed at the time it was originally published...)

"Technical thrash metallers POWERMAD have secured the percussion talents of Dirk Verbeuren (SOILWORK) for their next full-length album. Dirk is now a permanent member of POWERMAD and is writing material for the CD with Joel DuBay (vocals, guitars), Todd Haug (guitars) and Jeff Litke (bass) in hopes of a late 2011 release."

(Image via: Powermadness.com)

Also this summer a new Powermad website, Powermadness.com, materialized, along with this curious, cryptic teaser video...




And then yesterday, without warning and seemingly out of the blue, a friend of mine put the following video clip on his Facebook page...the first new materail from Powermad in more than 20 years! I was a bit excited to see and hear this, to say the least. The song does not disappoint - it kicks major ass. It is really gratifying to hear such powerful music once again coming from the city of Minneapolis. And that's not to say there hasn't been a lot of great heavy music made here in the past 20 years - there has - but Powermad was definately one of the original "Thrash" bands in this town and it's great to see their return. The video? Not so sure about that. Seems a bit gratuitous and I think some of the looped 9/11 footage that appears in the clip might have been used in poor taste. But I'm not gonna get all hung up on the video - I'm just really enjoying the fact there is finally some new music from the band...with the promise of more yet to come. The madness begins...again!




Official website: Powermadness.com
On Facebook: Powermad

One From The Archives: 08/25/84 Samhain @ Twilight Zone, New Haven, CT

08-25-84 Samhain @ Twilight Zone, New Haven, CT
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Metal Head To Portray Punk In Upcoming Tim Buckley Bio Pic

Bello - (Image via: EMGPickups.com)

Blabbermouth.net is reporting (via Variety.com) that Anthrax bassist Frank Bello (above) will portray punk musician, writer and fashion innovator Richard Hell (below) in an upcoming indie film titled "Greetings From Tim Buckley." The film began shooting on Monday, August 22nd in New York City. The film is being directed by Daniel Algrant and is slated for release sometime in 2012.

"Greetings from Tim Buckley" follows the true story of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley's eminent 1991 performance at his father's tribute concert in St. Ann's Church. Through a romance with a young woman working at the concert, he learns to embrace all of his feelings toward the father who abandoned him - longing, anger, forgiveness, and love. Culminating a cathartic performance of his father's most famous songs, Jeff's debut stuns the audience and launches his career as one of the greatest young musicians of his time. (IMDB)

Hell - (Image via: LastFM.com)

New York City Images As Album/CD Cover Art #32: Donald Fagen "Century's End" (From the "Bright Lights, Big City" Soundtrack)(7" Picture Sleeve)(1988)

1988 Donald Fagen Century's End (7'' Picture Sleeve)
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Artist: Donald Fagen
Title: "Century's End" b/w Shanghai Confidential
Taken from: "Bright Lights, Big City" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Release Date: 1988

The video is OK. And the song? It straight sucks. But then again, I've never been a big fan of the overly mellow sounds of Fagen's group Steely Dan either.



One From The Archives: 08/24/04 Deep Purple/ Joe Satriani/ Thin Lizzy @ Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN

08-24-04 Deep Purple/Joe Satriani/Thin Lizzy @ St. Paul, MN
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One From The Archives: 08/24/07 Minneapolis Metal Massacre 2007 @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

08-24-07 Minneapolis Metal Massacre @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

One From The Archives: 08/21/04 Ratt/ Slaughter/ Hoodlum Johnny/ Fifty Seven Stitch/ Thoughtcloud/ Mortal Chaos @ The Whiskey Rack, St. Paul, MN

08-21-04 Ratt/Slaughter @ The Whiskey Rack, St. Paul, MN
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A New York Minute: 07/07/1831 Former President James Monroe Laid To Rest In New York City

*Source: TimeOut New York Magazine - July 2006

July 2006 TimeOut New York Magazine (James Monroe-NYC)

A New York Minute: 02/07/1815 Mrs. Samuel Ward Writes Of Celebrations Of Peace

*Source: Page from an unknown book.

The commercial city of New York, like most of New England, had disliked the war. When on a Saturday evening in early 1815 a British Warship anchored in the harbor with news of peace, the populace plunged into a carnival of joy. "For nearly two hours," wrote the editor of the Eveneing Post, "It was difficult to make one's way through unnumbered crowds of persons who came to see and to hear and to rejoice."

New York, February 7th, 1815.-
Peace! Peace! Peace! What a delightful sound.

Long may the glad tidings ring in our ears. Oh, what a night was last Saturday to the inhabitants of NYC.

We were quietly sitting around the table with our work when the Ogdens came in; the first sounds were "Peace! Peace!" the boys screaming it in the streets, the city in an uproar. The girls tore about like mad creatures. Eliza threw herself in the middle of the floor as soon as the bells began to ring, and they opened the window shutters for me to hear them. I cried. I capered with Caroline Ogden and tore around the room, stepping from chair to chair, till I thought we would have broken their legs.

Mr. Ward rushed in, pulled open the window curtains, and put the lamps in the windows. The girls seized hold of candles and tore all over the house, illuminating every window even to the third story. People rushed in one after the other, almost tearing us to pieces for joy. In short, everybody had taken leave of their senses; the girls ran out in the street and then in again, then out again, then into Mrs. Ogden's, screeching and screaming; the boys ran about in a mob with candles, , echoing, "Peace! Peace!" Mr. Ward made a whisky punch, the girls drank it, and to cut he matter short, we finished by dancing cotillions till half past eleven o'clock.

Our family then sat down to supper and drank a bottle of the best old Medeira upon the occasion and went to bed about twelve. We have hardly come to our senses yet. Yesterday we calculated about the hour you would hear it, and thought of your raptures...I never shall forget that memorable night that brought the glad tidings. I have hardly yet recovered from my rhapsodies. We expect to have a grand time when the President ratifies it. I persume the whole city will be illuminated.

Mrs Samuel Ward
(Leter to her Mother)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

A New York Minute: 05/01/75 Rolling Stones Roll Down Fifth Avenue On The Back Of A Flat Bed Truck

I'm currently reading the book "AC/DC: Maximum Rock And Roll" (Murray Engleheart and Arnaud Durieux, 2006) and on page 143 found mention of a really cool non AC/DC-related event that took place in May of 1975 in New York City.

Seems the Rolling Stones kicked off their 1975 "Tour of the Americas" with an unannouced, free performance of "Brown Sugar," playing the song on the back of a flat-bed truck rolling down Fifth Avenue near 10th street in Manhattan. Now I do know a little bit of Stones history, but I'd never heard this story before. Immediatley highly intrigued, I put the AC/DC book down and went straight to the computer, hoping there might be some video of this Stones event on Youtube. My curiosity was rewarded with instant gratification...







One From The Archives: 08/20/64 New York Journal American Newspaper *Beatles!

It usually pays off to take a few minutes to look through old newspapers at garage sales, estate sales, etc. I found these August 1964 Beatles items in a battered copy of the New York Journal American I picked up at a garage sale for .25cents a few years back. I thought this pair were definately worth a quarter...

August 1964 Beatles Nespaper Items0001
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August 1964 Beatles Nespaper Items0002

One From The Archives: 08/20/82 Westwood One Radio presents Cheap Trick Live "In Concert"

08-20-82 Cheap Trick @ Westwood One Radio (Top)
08-20-82 Cheap Trick @ Westwood One Radio (Bottom)
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A New York Minute: Taking A Glimpse At Sports In New York City 1700's - 1865

Excerpts from:
"200 Years Of Sport In America - Classic Edition" (1979)
1979 - Rutledge Books

Sport In New York City - 1700's - 1865

Dog -vs- Rat

Major - Kills 100 Rats in 8 minutes, 58 seconds. (Lithograph)(New York Historical Society)
The Celebrated Terrier Dog Major Performing His Wonderful Feat of Killing 100 Rats in 8m, 58 sec. Lithograph. New York Historical Society, New York City.

Hunting

*The common man also hunted and fished, sometimes even when he didn't have to. Long Island was a paradise for game. Wealthy men staged regular expeditions from New York City, one of which resulted in the death of a local woman in 1734. She was wearing an orange-brown waistcoat and she was mistaken for a fox. The gentleman who shot her dead was described as being in a "meloncholy condition." He advised other men of his class who were looking for sport to go further west, where their mistake might not be so cruel.


Kaetzen/Skittles

Game of Bowls (Engraving)(Culver Pictures)
Game of Bowls. Engraving. Culver Pictures - New York.

*The Dutch taverns of what had once been New Amsterdam had their own exhuberant style. In the yards adjoining the bars, the patrons played "Kaetzen," a crude form of Handball in which a horse-hair filled ball was bounced against a post or a specially erected board fence. On certain days women would play the game, using raquets and playing by rules vaguely similar to the modern sport of Squash. There was no tavern in New York that did not have a wooden or stone surface for the playing of "Skittles," the Dutch passion for bowling having been passed to the English. Here too, sadism toward animals had it's part. A cat would be suspended in a fragile cage above the bowling lane, and for a small entry fee each contestant took a turn hurling a king pin. The winning blow broke the barrel and sent a psychotic cat skittering across the grass of lower Manhattan.

Pull The Goose-Grab The Hare/Sledding/Kolf

*The Dutch celebrated their holidays loudly and with far less reverence than their Anglo-Saxon neighbors. On Shrovetide, during Holy Week, they stretched a goose or a hare on a rope across a road. The creatures neck was smeared with grease, making it a slippery prize for the young men of the villages who sprinted on horseback trying to pull it down. If a contestant slipped and missed, he was doused with buckets of water from the townspeople lining the course. Sometimes the riders came away with the animals bloody head in their hands and nothing more. In later years, the event was transferred to narow streams and the goose or hare suspended over water. If the sportsman missed the prize, he took a dunking.

In his final hours as Governor of New Amsterdam, Peter Stuyvesant signed a bill prohibiting the game. It did no good. After the English converted New Amsterdam into New York, the Dutch citizens continued to "pull the goose and grab the hare." The new government passed legislation against it only to see the Anglo-Saxons join the Duth at their Shrovetide ritual.

This may have been a debasement of sport, but the English settlers accepted it well. They were less pleased by New Amsterdam's winter sports. In the old country, the Briton tended to stay inside during the cold moths. Across the channel in Holland his robust continental neighbors were skating on ice-locked canals and sleigh riding on frozen plains. Such vigor in the face of winter's harshness puzzled the British.

"The Dutch are a most unusual breed," wrote Alexander Newbridge in 1748. "They construct sleighs in the most fanciful fashion, some of them in the shape of swans and other water birds. They race them on frozen ponds and they pretend that winter is not a season of cold and death. They also erect booths on the ice and spend endless hours skating and quaffing warm liquor out of pewter cups. Their penchant for racing even on the most fragile of ice quickens the blood. They fly with great swiftness, mindless of the dangers to themselves and their horses.

Moreover, the Dutch had stolen a game from the Scottish called "Kolf." It was played with crooked sticks in all sorts of weather. Dutch settlers laid out obsticle courses on Manhattan ponds and the games continued through the worst of weather. Some sources even suggest that the game of Hockey began when a Kolf ball took an amazing skip off a Dutch colonist's crook. Kolf being thirsty work, the Dutch settlers never played any game too far from a tavern.

'The Dutch are robust in their sports and reflective in their drinking,' wrote one observer. 'The English are just the opposite, reflective in their sports and robust in their drinking.'

Horse Racing

Peytona and Fashion (1845 Lithograph by Currier and Ives - Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT)
Peytona and Fashion. Lithograph by Currier & Ives. (1845)
Yale University Art Galley, New Haven, CT

*One of the most famous North versus South match races ,was contested on May 13, 1845. Peytona and Fashion, two celebrated champions of the time, were brought together at the Union Course, Long Island to race for a $20,000 purse. In this famous lithograph by Currier & Ives, Peytona is shown leading by a head. The Alabama champion maintained his lead to win the race in 7:39 3/4, beating his Northern opponent by 6 1/2 seconds.

-Twenty years prior, things had been much the same...the Noth and South rivalry in horse racing was already a heated one, even in the pre-Civil War days.

*Sanity had all but disappeared from the nation's shores in the spring of 1823. Newspapers and periodicals described what might happen when American Eclipse (owned by Cornelius Van Ranst) and Sir Henry (owned by Colonel William Ransom Johnson) met at Union Race Course on Long Island in May of 1823 to defend the honors of the North and South. Some historians would eventually look back at this confrontation and see the first incident of intersectional rivalry that culminated in the Civil War, although it was probably not the case. Feelings were lukewarm but freindly between Northerners and Southerners. Most citizens regarded this match between the grandsons of the stallion Diomed as a mere horse race, albiet an important one.

On the sidewalks of a sparsely settled New York City that was still farm land above what is now Times Square, profiteers were peddling porcelain plates bearing the likenesses of the two contestants. Reportedly, some five thousand of them were produced, yet not one of them remains today, to the utter distress of collectors. The plates were made to celebrate the first great national horse racing event.

Hotel rooms located within a fifty-mile radius of the track had been booked since the news was announced of the match between the two great regional champions. The presidents of banks in New York, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Baltimore, Charleston, and Richmond were concerned about their institutional stability because so much of the betting was deposited in their vaults. 'There is an indication that if the horse from the south were to win,' said the owner of one of New York's more elegant lending institutions, 'that we would be hard-pressed to continue to serve our patrons. Most gentlemen of any substance have a great deal of their property involved in this horse race.' The owners of the two horses put up twenty thousand dollars between them as a purse for the winner. The nation talked of little else that spring.

On the evening before the great race, Colonel Johnson arrived in New York City and attended a party at the home of his Northern racing companions. The Colonel suffered a bad night. He attributed his difficulties to the rich seafood, namely the lobsters, not the wine that was served. 'It was with great difficulty that I reached the race course at all,' he told a representative of Darcy's American Sporting Journal. 'They had plied me with high wines and red lobster. I felt amuk, the journey being long and arduous. I wished that I had never begun this journey, for it took me and my horse away from so many things familiar. I did not know who was worse for wear, Sir Henry, who had been in this demon land practicing for three weeks, or myself, who was newly arrived and not well.'

There were fifty thousand people kicking up dust on the roads to the race course. About twenty thousand had come from the areas south of Deleware and from New England. The spectators slept in wagons, inns, ditches, woodlands, and skiffs rocking in the waters of Long Island Sound. Congress adjourned so that it's representatives could attend this event.

In Niblo's Pleasure Gardens on the Bowery, a white flag of victory would be raised if the Northern hero won and a black one of mourning if the Southern horse prevailed. A rally of lesser horses would bring the news. When Niblo raised the black flag on the first day, money men marched from Wall Street to ask that the flag be lowered for fear there would be a panic. Their fears were allayed by the second heat in which a different man rode Eclipse to victory. The crowd sensed the superiority of the Northern horse and diminished by twenty-five thousand for the second heat.

In the last furlong of the deciding race, Sir Henry, four years younger than his eight-year old rival, made a gallant sprint. But American Eclipse simply galloped ahead. 'Down the stretch came the almighty American Eclipse, as close to living flame as a horse can be, throwing great clods of dirt in his beaten rival's face,' it was recorded in Darcy's American Sporting Journal. 'Several of the ruined Southerners took took their lives in black despair. One plunged a dagger into his vtals when Sir Henry lost.'

'I accepted defeat as graciously as possible,' Johnson wrote in his diary. 'I ate the most costly lobster dinner...at the expense of the man to whom I had lost as much as two hundred thousand dollars. It seemd the least that he could do. The dinner was excellent. My horse was still young and in excellent shape. I felt no great feeling of defeat. Our stay in New York lasted another week. After which time we went back to my homeland.'

Yachting

June 1857 New York Yacht Club Regatta (Source N/A)
Sailing was a popular sport in the Nineteenth century and regattas such as this one by the New York Yacht Club in June, 1857, provided colorful and freindly competition among the proud yachtsman.

*Yachting in America probably began with the Dutch in 1664 with a race around New York Harbor. By 1717 the harbor was filled with sporting boats. So thick were they on a summer's day that it was difficult for merchant ships to find their wharfs. Racing on the water was muchin fashion. The gentry had their pleasure barges and the lower class had their yachts and boats. Even the poor found a skiff or two.

Footracing

The Seneca Runner, Deerfoot (1835)(Colored Lithograph - The Old Print Shop, NYC, NY)
The Seneca Runner, Deerfoot. 1835. Colored Lithograph.
The Old Print Shop, New York.

Footracing is an ancient sport, but in the 1830's, it became a mania along America's eastern seaboard. One of the greatest of the runners was a half-Scot, half-Seneca who called himself Deerfoot. In an 1835 lithograph, Deerfoot is shown running a professional race through New York City when he was at the hight of his popularity.

*For weeks the people of New York had been stupefied by the offer. A newspaper was actually willing to award one thousand dollars to a man if he could run a ten-mile course in less than an hour. The mania of the age was professional footracing, at least among urbanites.

Indians were renowned as the greatest footracers. Nearly every white man who aprticipated in the sport insisted that he could run with great speed because of some alleged realtionship to the Indians. Indeed, in 1835, a man naned Louis Bennett, who was half-Scott and half-Seneca, won the first great cash race in Manhattan. Bennett called himself Deerfoot, and to make tha act more authentic, he ran dressed only in a breechcloth and moccasins and wore a colored feather in his black hair. He could run ten miles so fast that other professional long distance runners winced in shame.

When the money was put up and the challenge accepted, the populace thronged to watch this race against time. 'Without intending it by any means,' wrote Philip Howe, who attended the race, 'when I rose in the morning I found myself with my son, Robert, in the barouche [carriage], enveloped in clouds of dust...on the road to the race course, jostled be every description of people. The total attendance seemed to be as large as it was when American Eclipse raced against Sir Henry (see above) although I was told that it was really closer to twenty-thousand.'

Deerfoot completed the ten miles in fifty-six minutes, then leaped on a horse and went charging around the track.

Friday, August 19, 2011

One From The Archives: 08/19/80 Black Sabbath/ Blue Oyster Cult/ Shakin' Street @ Met Center, Bloomington, MN

08-19-80 Black Sabbath @ Met Center, Bloomington, MN
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*Despite the older photo of the band used in the ad for this show, Black Sabbath by this point featured Ronnie James Dio on vocals, not Ozzy Osbourne, who is pictured in the ad. Additionally, according to the amazingly detailed and well researched tour dates section over at the ultimate Black Sabbath fan site Black-Sabbath.com, the opening acts were Blue Oyester Cult and Shakin' Street. This was also original drummer Bill Ward's final gig with Black Sabbath until he rejoined them for a single performance at Live Aid in the summer of 1985.

One From The Archives: 08/19/00 Motley Crue/ Megadeth/ Anthrax @ River's Edge Park, Somerset, WI

08-19-00 Motley Crue/Megadeth @ Roy Wilkins, St. Paul, MN
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The lineup for this show was orginally just going to be Motley Crue with Megadeth. The show was originally scheduled to take place at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, MN. When it was announced Anthrax had been added to the bill, the venue and location of the show were also changed, moving not only out of town but out of state as well, to River's Edge Park in Somerset, WI.

08-19-00 Motley Crue/Megadeth/Anthrax @ Somerset, WI

One From The Archives: 08/19/06 Iron Range Blast 2006 @ St. Louis County Fairgrounds, Chisholm, MN

08-19-06 Iron Range Blast @ Chisholm, MN (Top)
08-19-06 Iron Range Blast @ Chisholm, MN (Bottom)
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