Etched Into History

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In the summer of 2004, I found myself with a lot to say about music. But the blog I had at the time, the Daily Aneurysm, was focused on politics and current events, and music didn’t really fit there. So, 10 years ago today, I established this blog. For a while, I kept both of them going, writing at the other place one or more times a day and here one or two times a week. But by 2006, I was sufficiently fatigued by news and politics that I gave up the Daily Aneurysm and made this my main blog. It’s been my Internet home ever since. Our anniversary tradition is to present a list of my favorite posts since the last anniversary, so here we go, with each one annotated Twitter-style, in no particular order. (To find favorite posts from other years, click here.)

—We traveled in time to the “semi-sex orgy” that rocked Milwaukee three weeks before Woodstock, and went back to a rock festival we had visited previously.

—A reader took us along on his epic journey to a different rock festival.

—We looked into the search-engine phrases that bring people to this lightly trafficked corner of the Internet.

—In 1980, I briefly pondered quitting school in favor of a radio job, which I probably should have done but eventually did not.

—We cranked up the most unlikely shredding in the history of rock guitar.

—We got acquainted with a former researcher for American Top 40 and learned about the show from the inside (part 1 here, part 2 here).

—The shades of the past crowded around us, and made us weep.

—A genuinely un-hip 70s TV hero got caught up in the disco craze, while one of his contemporaries proved to be a little more with it.

—One of country music’s hippest heroes got caught up in TV, to his eventual disdain, during what proved to be a very fertile era for rock on TV.

—We heard the alternate-universe version of a song that became part of one of rock’s most beloved recordings.

—And then we did it again.

—We read the morning paper on November 22, 1963, hours before that day was etched forever into history.

—We corrected a widely misremembered piece of Beatles trivia, and elaborated on what we found.

—And then we corrected another bit of trivia people often get wrong.

—We read the comments on our posts to find people defending Dan Fogelberg (and then we tried defending him ourselves).

—We listened to a record that could only have hit in the 70s and two other oddities, one recorded by an unknown who eventually became a star in a different field, and the other by someone who would become one of the most famous people in human history.

—We met a legend, and heard from several others in their prime.

And for a 10th consecutive year, we grossly overused the editorial “we.”

Many thanks to all of you who still bother to come here regularly. I am grateful for your attention, your contributions, and your friendship. Don’t forget that this blog has a companion Tumblr site, which I encourage you to visit, because it includes stuff that never gets mentioned here that is along the same lines as the stuff that does get mentioned here, in addition to all of the posts that appear here.

6 thoughts on “Etched Into History

  1. Happy Anniversary to “The Hits Just Keep On Comin’.” Do you take requests? If so, how about blogging about another dreadful and puzzling year in contemporary music: 1991. You’ve blogged about 1981, but I’d like to read about your thoughts on 1991. Blog on, my friend, blog on!!!

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