Sunday, January 18, 2009

Are We Truly So Easily Entertained?

On January 18th, 1969, former Beatles drummer Pete Best won his defamation suit against the Beatles. He had sought $8 million, but was awarded considerably less. In 1973, The Rolling Stones held a benefit concert in Los Angeles for victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. Mick Jagger's wife Bianca had relatives in Nicaragua. The concert raised more than $400,000. Also in 1973, Pink Floyd began recording "Dark Side of the Moon." Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, the band Bad Company was formed. [And 35 yrs. of suck followed. — Ed.] In 1987, musician Steve Winwood married Eugenia Grafton. [No divorce report on these two? — Ed.] In 1989, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and the late Otis Redding were among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. One of the highlights of the ceremony was a tribute to Roy Orbison, who had died the previous month. In 1991, three people were crushed to death at an AC/DC concert in Salt Lake City. The victims had been pinned by people who rushed the stage. In 1995, Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia crashed a rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. Garcia wasn't even scratched. [Nonetheless, he was dead by September of that yr. — Ed.] In 1996, Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson. [Shit, no one saw that one coming, did they? Why, in the name of hell, is the AP wasting anyone's time w/ this gunk? Why are we dignifying their idiocy by commenting on it after stealing & re-printing it? — Ed.] Associated Press

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