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Backyard Fireball: Fourth of July Food!

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , on July 3, 2011 by 30daysout

What you eatin’ this Fourth of July? Grillin’ hot dogs and burgers out on the patio? Mm-hmmm, me too.

Gotta get that grill good and hot, preferably just this side of a thermonuclear conflagration. Throw on them weenies, a few burgers, and forget about ’em until they’re good and black.

And you gotta have a cold beer or two (or seven) with that! Enjoy the Fourth, and keep on rockin.’

MP3: “Hot Barbecue” by Brother Jack McDuff

MP3: “Hamburger” by J Randall

MP3: “Hot Dog and a Bottle of Pop” by Harold Burrage

MP3: “Cole Slaw” by Jesse Stone

MP3: “Chicken Backs” by The Carpets

MP3: “Give Him Cornbread” by Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers

MP3: “Southern Fried Chicken 2” by Bill Thomas & the Fendells

MP3: “Two Triple Cheese, Side Order of Fries” by Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen

MP3: “Fried Neck Bones and Some Home Fries” (live at Woodstock) by Santana

MP3: “Barbecue Blues” by Barbecue Bob

MP3: “Beer Ain’t Drinkin’ ” by Mojo Nixon

MP3: “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” by ZZ Top

More barbecue songs at our springtime Backyard Fireball post

Woodstock: The Bottom Line

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , on August 10, 2009 by 30daysout


Woodstock may have turned out to be just a mere music festival, but it turned into a signal moment in pop culture only by accident.  Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong that August weekend in 1969, did.  But the music was great and the crowd- which swelled to an astounding 400,000 to 500,000 people – was even better.

Originally the festival was to be a moneymaking deal – however we all know what happened when it became a “free” event as the fences fell.  You can see how promoters figured they’d make a fortune, when you take a look at what the top Woodstock performers were paid:

Jimi Hendrix (and his jammin’ buddies) – $18,000

Blood, Sweat and Tears – $15,000

Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival – $10,000

Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane – $7,500

Sly & the Family Stone – $7,000

Canned Heat – $6,500

The Who – $6,250

Richie Havens – $6,000

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Arlo Guthrie – $5,000

Ravi Shankar – $4,500

Johnny Winter – $3,750

Ten Years After – $3,250

Grateful Dead, Country Joe  & the Fish – $2,500

And the list goes all the way down to the band Quill, which earned union scale: $375.  You can take a look and wonder why someone like Canned Heat could command more than some of the others below them on the list; well, they had a couple of Top 20 singles in 1969, while CSNY at that time had yet to release its first album.

Consider, though, the impact that Woodstock made on many of the artists’ careers.  CSNY may have earned peanuts in 1969 but just five years later they were the top-grossing live act in the country, earning about $10 million for a 24-city tour.  Some of the others you don’t see on the list, those who made less than $2,500: acts like Santana and Joe Cocker, also got a huge boost from Woodstock.  In fact, for many of these people it was the defining moment of their careers … while a few others would fade away into the mists of obscurity.

Woodstock will be celebrated at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on the original festival grounds with the Heroes of Woodstock performance on August 15, however there are many more celebrations planned through the summer and into the fall.  Check the excellent website for a complete lineup of events.

MP3: “Soul Sacrifice” (live at Woodstock) by Santana

MP3: “Theme For An Imaginary Western (live at Woodstock) by Mountain