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Sharon Tate, Commie Cheesecake

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This Sharon Tate pictorial, shot by photographer William Helburn, appeared in the December 1967 issue of Esquire.  Is this the birth of the appalling communist chic movement?  Probably not, but I really don't know.

Unenlightened rube that I am, I've never been able to grasp the kitschy appeal of the symbols of a brutally repressive totalitarian movement.

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More semi-risque photos after the jump.....

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Written by Listener Greg G.

June 3rd, 2009 at 9:03 am

The Ballad Of Patty Hearst (MP3s)

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Here are a couple of songs that serve as sort of a thematic follow-up to my recent post on the kidnapping of Peggy Ann Bradnick in Pennsylvania in 1966.

Al Cartwright  -  Patty  (2:31)

Sue Lloyd & William O'Donnell  -  The Ballad Of Patty Hearst (Listen To Tania)  (3:32)

Today's selections, however, concern a far more notorious kidnapping, that of Patty Hearst, granddaughter of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst.   On February 2, 1974 Hearst was abducted in Berkeley, California by several members of the Symbionese Liberation Army, a group of revolutionary left-wing radicals.  Members of the SLA would later be convicted of a wide variety of crimes in addition to kidnapping: first degree murder, second degree murder, possession of explosives with intent to murder and various passport crimes, among other offenses.

After Hearst participated in an SLA bank robbery on April 15, 1974 a warrant was issued for her arrest.  Along with several other SLA members, she was arrested in a San Francisco apartment in September 1975.  She was eventually tried and convicted of bank robbery and sentenced to 35 years in prison, though she served less than 2 years of that time before President Carter commuted her sentence.

By the way, I should probably apologize for the second of the two MP3s above: not only is the record in horrifically mangled condition, the song is pretty damn irritating to boot!  You've been warned.

Written by Listener Greg G.

May 20th, 2009 at 8:58 am

Songs We Taught The Blasters

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Johnny Paycheck - I'm The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised

Bill Haley & The Comets - Real Rock Drive

Tani Allen - Tennesse Jive

Little Junior Parker - Barefoot Rock

The Rockin' R's - Crazy Baby

Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys - Never No More Blues

The Hollywood Flames - Buzz Buzz Buzz

Little Willie John - I'm Shakin'

Sunnyland Slim - Highway 61

Bo Diddley - I Love You So

Bob Ehret - Stop The Clock

Jerry Lee Lewis - High School Confidential

Magic Sam - 21 Days In Jail

Little Richard - Keep a Knockin'

Roy Orbison - Go! Go! Go! 

Billy Boy Arnold - I Wish You Would

Big Joe Turner - Roll 'Em Pete                             

Frankie Lee Sims - What Will Lucy Do?

Rocket Morgan - Tag Along

Lee Allen - Walkin' With Mr. Lee

Honey Bears - One Bad Stud

Staple Singers - Samson & Delilah

Elmore James - Cry For Me

Don & Dewey - Justine 

Jerry Byrne - Lights Out

Jimmy Ricks & The Raves - Daddy Rollin' Stone

Joe Jones - California Sun

Stick McGhee & His Buddies - Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee

Chuck Willis - What Am I Livin' For?

Tarheel Slim - Number Nine Train

Charlie Rich - Rebound

Bobby Lee Trammell - It's All Your Fault

George Jones - Window Up Above

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Okie Doke Stomp

Thanks To Listener Greg G for sending this one in!

Written by Debbie D

May 16th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Truckers Shuckers Freeks & Geeks

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Mark_lee_allen Since keeping track of all the millions of podcasts out there is a hopeless task, I thought I'd put together a post hyping an outstanding show that might otherwise escape your attention.

For quite some time I've been immensely enjoying Truckers Shuckers Freeks & Geeks, produced and hosted by a hardcore record maniac named Mark Lee Allen (not to be confused with Beware Of The Blog contributor Mark Allen).  Over on his myspace page, Mark Lee Allen describes himself as a "record collector, idiot, DJ, and all-around geek" and he's certainly got discs to prove it.  His massive collection of original issue rockabilly, hillbilly, rhythm and blues, and doo-wop 45s and 78s, seems pretty close to endless.

Originally from Portsmouth, England and now living in Oregon, Mark's been in the US only about 5 years.  Unfortunately for the rest of us record hunters here in America, it seems he's wasting no time in his efforts to acquire every cool disc ever waxed.  Listening to his show is always a blast.  On mic, his between song ramblings absolutely brim with enthusiasm, humor and arcane record collecting details that invariably ring true.

The shows themselves usually (but not always) have themes, frequently centering on a specific record label or topical theme. 

His "record label" shows usually involve diving incredibly deeply (really, where does he find these discs?) into the hillbilly-flavored obscurities released by a given label.  Examples include, but aren't strictly limited to, Columbia, Starday, Mercury, Coral, Goldband, and King.

His topically-themed shows are all over the place and have included subjects like truck driving, guitar blues, Johnny Cash soundalikes, and Elvis Presley tribute records.  And any show with "Trailer Park" in the title is sure to be a winner as that's where Mark spins some of his most deranged discs covering subjects like hippies, beatniks, gambling, oddball trucker songs, murder, suicide, alcoholism, all-purpose oddities,  assorted parodies and demented novelties. I'm told that tomorrow he'll be uploading a show called Garage Sale At The Trailer Park.  I'm there.

Don't know where to start?  You could always check out his January 8, 2009 show, which kicks off with Pee Wee King's soaring version of Dragnet, recorded in 1955.  That's right, Dragnet - with steel guitars,  fiddles and cowboy hats!  And for some additional fun, hang in there until at least 47 minutes in (or cheat and move the positioning bar) and listen in as Mark gleefully mangles his repeated attempts to pronounce Nuevo Laredo when back-announcing an Elton Britt recording by that name.

Written by Listener Greg G.

May 13th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

The Kidnapping Of Peggy Ann Bradnick (MP3)

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Russ Edwards  -  Eight Days At Shade Gap  (3:13)

On May 11, 1966 17-year-old Peggy Ann Bradnick, a high school junior from rural Shade Gap, Pennsylvania got off the school bus and started walking home with her five brothers and sisters. 

Before they made it to the house, they were approached by a shotgun-toting man known locally as the Bicycle Man, in reference to his normal mode of transportation.  He took Peggy at gunpoint and warned her siblings that he'd kill all of them if they tried to help her.  With that, he dragged Peggy into the woods of the Tuscarora Mountains and disappeared.  The kidnapper, 44-year-old former mental patient William Hollenbaugh, had  spent 6 years of his life in prison and an additional 13 years in Pennsylvania's hospital for the criminally insane after being diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

More details (and a slew of photos) after the jump.

The abduction was the beginning of what turned out to be a painful 8 day ordeal at the hands of Bill Hollenbaugh.  Most of the time was spent scrambling from one remote mountain hiding spot to another hiding from an ever-growing rescue search and rescue party.   Hollenbaugh gave Peggy some filthy old men's clothes to wear and dragged her up and down the mountains and through creeks and rivers to various isolated spots where he'd stashed food and supplies.  The entire time he made two things clear to her: one, that he'd kill her if she gave him any trouble and two, that he planned to keep her and to never let her go.

Eventually, FBI agents caught up with the pair and Hollenbaugh gunned down agent Terry Anderson (only the ninth FBI agent ever to die in the line of duty).   Following Anderson's death, the efforts to capture Hollenbaugh were further intensified and he was eventually shot and killed on a nearby farm owned by the Rubeck family.

Following the eight day ordeal, during which she lost 14 pounds, Peggy spent a week in the hospital recovering from cuts, bruises, and severe dehydration. 

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In 1991, a full 25 years after the incident, the story of Peggy Ann's kidnapping was the subject of an NBC TV movie called A Cry In The Wild: The Taking Of Peggy Ann.   The movie featured Megan Follows as Peggy Ann, while kidnapper William Hollenbaugh was played by David Morse (recently seen portraying George Washington in the HBO series John Adams), and murdered FBI agent Terry Anderson was played by David Soul.

Despite the emotionally and physically painful ordeal, Bradnick maintained a remarkably compassionate view of her kidnapper.  As she said in a July 16, 1966 article in the Saturday Evening Post:

"It would be easy to say that I despise the very memory of the Mountain Man and let it go at that.  But I don't believe that all the misery, sorrow and death he caused was entirely his fault, any more than it is a snake's fault when it strikes someone who steps on it.  I'll leave it to the psychiatrists to diagnose what's wrong with his mind, but it seemed to me that he was a person everybody had rejected, not tried to help.  Apparently nobody ever took an interest in him.  He was about as lonely as a human being can get.  So he was fighting back in the only way he could figure out, trying to capture by force the human companionship he couldn't get any other way.  I just happened to be the one he caught."

These days Peggy Ann Bradnick Jackson manages a senior citizen center in Three Springs, Pa about a dozen miles from Shade Gap.  In October 2008, she spoke at length about her kidnapping to the Fulton County Historical Society.

The black and white photos below appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in July 1966.  The color photo, which appeared in the Fulton County News, was taken in October 2008, when Bradnick Jackson spoke to the Fulton County Historical Society about the kidnapping and its aftermath.

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And if you're still hungry for additional photos, the LIFE magazine archives feature six more.

Written by Listener Greg G.

May 6th, 2009 at 9:00 am

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