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Who Really Invented Grunge?

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The first rock star I ever met was Moe Berg.  He worked in a convenience store on 82nd Avenue in Edmonton, near where I lived, and I sometimes stopped in for bread and milk.  I recognized him the first time I saw him behind the counter, but I didn’t have the courage to speak to him for quite a while.  When I finally did, I was tongue-tied and stupid, and he was polite and gracious.

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Muzak-1

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Muzak I

I’ve lived long enough to hear The Clash piped in over the speakers at my usual grocery store. I suppose if I were a proper Joe Strummer fan I would have pushed my cart into some display and left the store in protest. Instead, I was just dumfounded, literally unable to speak, saddened, and got my yogurt and left.

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Piet Mondrian and Television-Generated Pop Culture 1

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Hardly anyone knows Piet Mondrian and his notion of painting and yet millions of viewers watched his art on television almost every evening in the 70s.  There was this little bird doing a dance or laying an egg or something and then some pretty fine actors and singers did some things and a 1957 Chevrolet bus with a Mondrian motif represented their fictitious family band.

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Better Off With a Good Producer

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Fans of the fine actor John Cusack will fondly remember his hilarious 1985 movie Better Off Dead.  I was re-watching it the other night (on VHS!) and was surprised by one of the credits: “Music by Rupert Hine.”  I wonder how many people were, like me, big fans of Rupert Hine back in the eighties but didn’t know or had forgotten that he wrote the music for this classic film?

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