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 on: June 08, 2019, 12:08:38 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

 on: June 07, 2019, 09:58:27 pm 
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from The Washington Post…

Dr. John, flamboyant soul of New Orleans music, dies at 77

He rose to fame in the late '60s after concocting his voodoo-influenced,
patois-laced persona of “the Night Tripper”.

By CHRIST MORRIS | 7:39PM EDT — Thursday, June 06, 2019

Malcolm Rebennack Jr., shown performing as Dr. John in 2008, concocted a voodoo-influenced, patois-laced persona as “the Night Tripper”. — Photograph: Dave Martin/Associated Press.
Malcolm Rebennack Jr., shown performing as Dr. John in 2008, concocted a voodoo-influenced, patois-laced persona as “the Night Tripper”.
 — Photograph: Dave Martin/Associated Press.

MALCOLM REBENNACK Jr., the flamboyant New Orleans singer-pianist known as Dr. John whose hoodoo-drenched music made him the summarizing figure of the grand Crescent City R&B/rock-n-roll tradition, died on June 6 at 77.

His family said the cause was a heart attack but did not disclose where he died.

Mr. Rebennack had already tallied more than a decade of experience as a session musician in New Orleans and Los Angeles when he rose to solo fame in the late '60s after concocting his voodoo-influenced, patois-laced persona of “the Night Tripper”.

In their history of postwar New Orleans music Up From the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II, Jason Berry, Jonathan Foose and Tad Jones wrote richly of the artist they called “a true original.”

The writers described him exclamatorily: “Dr. John! — sunglasses and radiant colors, feathers and plumes, bones and beads around his neck, the crusty blues voice rich in dialect cadences, and then the man himself in motion: scattering glitter to the crowds, pumping the keyboard, a human carnival to behold.”

After flashing his fantastical character on a quartet of early albums that garnered him an enthusiastic underground following, Dr. John settled in to become New Orleans's great latter-day exponent of bayou funk and jazz, playing in a style that reconciled the diverse streams of the city's music.

His early '70s work was distinguished by a collection of historic New Orleans favorites, “Gumbo”, and a pair of albums with famed New Orleans producer-arranger-songwriter Allen Toussaint and funk quartet the Meters — the first of which, “In the Right Place”, spawned a top-10 hit.

He memorably branched into traditional pop with his 1989 album “In a Sentimental Mood”; the album spawned the first of his six Grammy Awards, for Makin' Whoopee, a duet with Ricki Lee Jones.

Dr. John would delve deeper into jazz terrain later in his peripatetic career with Bluesiana Triangle, a collaboration with saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman and drummer Art Blakey, and homages to Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. But the earthy R&B of his hometown served as his main stylistic and emotional propellant.

In 2008, his Grammy-winning collection “City That Care Forgot” dwelled movingly on the havoc wreaked on his city by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

As an in-demand sideman, he recorded with Levon Helm, Gregg Allman, Van Morrison, Harry Connick Jr., Ringo Starr and B.B. King, among others. He released “Triumvirate”, a “super session” date with guitarists Mike Bloomfield and John Hammond Jr., in 1973.

His turns on the big screen ranged from a memorable performance in Martin Scorsese's “The Last Waltz” (1978), a documentary about the Band's farewell performance, to an appearance as a member of the fictional “Louisiana Gator Boys” in “Blues Brothers 2000” (1998). He guested regularly on the New Orleans-set HBO dramatic series “Treme” from 2010 to 2013.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

Dr. John in 2010. — Photograph: Sean Gardner/Reuters.
Dr. John in 2010. — Photograph: Sean Gardner/Reuters.

Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., known as “Mac,” was born in New Orleans on November 21, 1940. He began playing the family piano but soon acquired a guitar, which became his principal instrument during his early professional career.

By the time he dropped out of Jesuit High School in the 11th grade, he had already acquired a taste for heroin and the chops to work as a session guitarist at J&M Music, which spawned major R&B hits by Fats Domino and other local R&B stars. He played his first date behind singer Paul Gayten.

During this period, he got to know some of the city's most influential keyboardists, including Professor Longhair and the eccentric virtuoso James Booker (who taught him to play organ and later joined Dr. John's touring band).

He recorded steadily, appearing on local hits by Jerry Byrne (“Lights Out”) and Roland Stone (“Down the Road”, a.k.a. “Junco Partner”) and as a leader (including the 1959 instrumental Storm Warning). He also worked as an A&R man and sideman for Johnny Vincent's Ace Records.

On Christmas Eve 1961 on a tour stop in Jacksonville, Florida, Mr. Rebennack and pianist Ronnie Barron got involved in a scuffle with a motel owner, and the guitarist was shot in his fretting hand, nearly severing the ring finger. During a slow recovery, he moved first to bass, and later to keyboards.

The studio scene in New Orleans was beginning to dry up in the early '60s when Mr. Rebennack was busted for heroin possession, drawing a two-year sentence in federal prison in Texas.

On his release from jail in 1965, he headed to Los Angeles, where a group of New Orleans expatriates that included producer-arranger Harold Battiste had set up shop as studio musicians. Mr. Rebennack worked with, among others, Canned Heat, the Mothers of Invention and Sonny & Cher.

In L.A., Mr. Rebennack moved to fulfill a lingering musical concept grounded in New Orleans history that he had originally developed for the reluctant Ronnie Barron.

In his 1994 autobiography Under a Hoodoo Moon: The Life of the Night Tripper he wrote, “In the 1840s and 1850s, one New Orleans root doctor was preeminent in the city for the awe in which he was held by the poor and the fear and notoriety he inspired among the rich. Known variously as John Montaigne, Bayou John, and most often Dr. John, he was a figure larger than life.”

Dr. John in 2013. — Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters.
Dr. John in 2013. — Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Using studio time left over from a Sonny & Cher session, Mr. Rebennack and Battiste cut an album of hazy, incantatory songs steeped in Crescent City voodoo imagery. Issued by Atlantic Records' Atco subsidiary as Gris-Gris, the collection failed to chart, but it inaugurated several years of extroverted live shows that established Dr. John as a unique under-the-radar performer.

Three more similarly styled albums — “Babylon” (1969), “Remedies” (1970) and “The Sun Moon and Herbs” (1971) — deepened the Dr. John image; the latter album, recorded in London, included guest appearances by Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger.

However, he turned away from his original swampy style for an album he described in the notes as “More Gumbo, Less Gris Gris.” Co-produced by Battiste and Jerry Wexler, “Gumbo” (1972) was devoted to covers of New Orleans roots music by Longhair, Huey “Piano” Smith, Sugar Boy Crawford and others; its good-time Mardi Gras atmosphere lifted it to No.112 on the charts.

His first set with Toussaint and the Meters became his biggest commercial success: “In the Right Place” (1973) included the No.9 single “Right Place Wrong Time”. While the follow-up LP “Desitively Bonnaroo” (1974) failed to duplicate its predecessor’s popularity, its title inspired the name of the popular Bonaroo Festival.

A schism with Atlantic — possibly prompted by Wexler's daughter Anita's introduction to heroin by Dr. John — led to a period of label-jumping by the musician.

In 1989, he landed at Warner Brothers Records with “In a Sentimental Mood”, a well-received set of standards elegantly produced by Tommy LiPuma that included the Grammy-winning duet with Jones. That year, he finally kicked his more than three-decade addiction to heroin. Another Grammy winner, the self-descriptive Goin' Back to New Orleans, followed in 1992. Around that time, he also sang the opening theme to the TV sitcom “Blossom”, My Opinionation.

He abided as an “eminence gris-gris” for the remainder of his career. He settled in for a long stay at Blue Note Records in the new millennium; his five-album sojourn for the imprint was inaugurated the Ellington tribute “Duke Elegant” in 2000. (His homage to trumpeter Armstrong, “Ske-Dat-De-Dat”, was released by Concord in 2014.

The intensely felt “City That Care Forgot” was succeeded by the atypical “Locked Down” for Nonesuch Records in 2012; the album, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and eschewing pianistics for a tough hard-rock-based sound, also collected a Grammy as best blues album.

Information about surviving offspring was not immediately available.


This story was originally published at Variety magazine.

Chris Morris is an acclaimed writer and editor specializing in the video game and consumer electronics industries. He has covered both fields since 1996, offering analysis of news and trends and breaking several major stories, including the existence of the Game Boy Advance and the first details on “Half-Life 2” (after a five year cone of silence from the developer). Chris is also a veteran financial journalist with more than 25 years of experience, the last 18 of which were spent with some of the Internet's biggest sites. As Director of Content Development, he was a key part of the senior management team that helped grow CNNMoney.com to one of the most prominent financial sites online. Later, as Managing Editor of Yahoo! Finance, he orchestrated changes that resulted in a 61 percent increase in unique users in less than a year, climbing from 11.7 million to 18.8 million. While there, he was also responsible for maintaining relationships with over 30 editorial partners. He also has extensive experience in newspaper, magazine and radio. Today, he works with a number of clients including (but not limited to) CNBC, Yahoo!, Variety, Common Sense Media, Coast 2 Coast Radio Networks, GamesIndustry.biz and Wired.com. His work has also appeared on the web sites of USA Today, Fox Business, the Chicago Tribune, Fidelity and several other sites.


 on: June 07, 2019, 09:57:22 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from The Washington Post…

James Ketchum, who conducted mind-altering
experiments on soldiers, dies at 87

He spearheaded a Cold War research program searching
for “an alternative to bombs and bullets”.

By HARRISON SMITH | 9:55PM EDT — Tuesday, June 04, 2019

James S. Ketchum, right, then an Army lieutenant colonel and chief of the clinical research department at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland in 1969, stands with Seymour D. Silver, front, Henry T. Uhrig, left, and Joseph R. Blair. — Photograph: Bob Daugherty/Associated Press.
James S. Ketchum, right, then an Army lieutenant colonel and chief of the clinical research department at Edgewood
Arsenal in Maryland in 1969, stands with Seymour D. Silver, front, Henry T. Uhrig, left, and Joseph R. Blair.
 — Photograph: Bob Daugherty/Associated Press.

JAMES S. KETCHUM, an Army psychiatrist who studied the effects of LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs on American soldiers, overseeing classified Cold War-era experiments that spurred a debate on medical ethics, died on May 27 at his home in Peoria, Arizona. He was 87.

His wife, Judy Ketchum, said she did not know the cause.

As American scientists raced to develop new missile systems in the 1960s, vying to outpace the Soviet Union in battlefield advances, Dr. Ketchum stood on the front lines of a parallel effort to modernize — some said civilize — human warfare.

“I was working on a noble cause,” he once said, according to a 2012 profile by New Yorker journalist Raffi Khatchadourian. “The purpose of this research was to find something that would be an alternative to bombs and bullets.”

In search of a “war without death,” he and other Army researchers explored the use of mind-altering, nonlethal drugs, envisioning a day in which enemy combatants could be incapacitated by a breeze bearing psychedelics or a water supply tainted with LSD. Conducted from 1955 to 1975 at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland, the experiments echoed studies conducted through Project MKUltra, a CIA program that focused on the mind-control potential of drugs such as LSD.

Both initiatives were halted amid media reports and withering congressional hearings, during which the Edgewood project's founder and director, Van Murray Sim, was criticized for failing to provide follow-up medical care for the 7,000 soldiers who participated as test subjects. An Army investigation found no evidence of deaths or “serious injury” as a result of the testing, although researchers later noted the possibility of long-term psychological effects.

For the most part, Dr. Ketchum was a fierce defender of the Edgewood studies and of “psycho­chemical warfare” more broadly — as when, in 2002, Russian authorities pumped a gas into a Moscow theater where Chechen militants had seized more than 700 hostages. The gas enabled Russian special forces to storm the theater but killed scores of innocents.

“It's been looked at by some skeptics as a kind of tragedy,” Dr. Ketchum said, according to the New Yorker. “They say, ‘Look, 130 people died’. Well, I think that 130 is better than 800, and it's also better, as a secondary consideration, not to have to blow up a beautiful theater.”

Raised in New York City, with a literary bent and self-described “appetite for novelty,” Dr. Ketchum arrived at Edgewood in 1961 as a research psychiatrist amid reports that the Soviet Union was also developing robust chemical warfare capabilities. He rose to lead the arsenal's pharmacology branch and clinical research department, designing and overseeing experiments on hundreds of healthy soldiers.

The research center tested toxic nerve agents such as VX and sarin gas, and some scientists conducted experiments that contributed to the development of bulletproof Kevlar vests and chem­otherapy treatments for cancer. Dr. Ketchum specialized in drugs that caused delirium — throwing the mind into chaos, sometimes for several days — including phencyclidine, or PCP, and lysergic acid diethylamide, LSD.

Before his arrival, he said, the latter was occasionally tested on unwitting subjects: dropped into the coffee cup of a commanding officer at breakfast, mixed into cocktails at a party or added to an Army unit's water supply. Dr. Ketchum insisted that he ended such practices and described his experiments as scarcely different from civilian drug tests.

His subjects volunteered through an Army recruitment program, but they were not told what they were given or how it would affect them, leading critics to insist that the experiments violated medical ethics by failing to obtain patients' full consent.

Colonel Douglas Lindsey, the arsenal's chief medical officer, once declared that his volunteers were “not really informed at all.” Dr. Ketchum, by contrast, denied that subjects were “unwitting guinea pigs,” and in 2008 told the San Jose-area website MetroActive that his volunteers “performed a patriotic service.”

Dr. Ketchum spent most of the 1960s conducting experiments at Edgewood, including studying the effects of LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs on American soldiers. — Photograph: U.S. Army.
Dr. Ketchum spent most of the 1960s conducting experiments at Edgewood,
including studying the effects of LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs
on American soldiers. — Photograph: U.S. Army.

Soon after his arrival, Dr. Ketchum began focusing on 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate, or BZ, a white crystalline powder initially produced to treat ulcers. In small doses, it wreaked havoc on users, triggering a delirium in which patients exhibited obsessive behaviors, repeatedly fell down, experienced strange visions and more or less lost their minds.

Dr. Ketchum built padded cells for test subjects and, in one 1962 experiment, effectively created a Hollywood film set, constructing a makeshift “outpost” at which several soldiers were dosed with BZ, filmed by hidden cameras and ordered to prepare for an imminent chemical attack. In separate experiments, one subject tore down a panel of padding, “broke a wooden chair and smashed a hole in the wall,” according to notes kept by Dr. Ketchum. Another told him, “I feel like my life is not worth a nickel here.”

BZ was tested as a potential weapon, blown through wind tunnels to simulate a battlefield spray. But it proved difficult to control the size of doses and logistically challenging to administer — notably when Dr. Ketchum developed a plan, dubbed Project Dork, to disable the crews of Soviet trawlers sighted in 1964 off the coast of Alaska.

To test his proposal, a generator was used to produce a mist of BZ at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. The experiment was filmed by the Army, and Dr. Ketchum used the footage to direct a propaganda film, Cloud of Confusion, featuring ominous voice-over narration: “And on this desert this cloud was unleashed so men could measure the dimensions of its stupefying power.”

Project Dork failed to convince military leaders that BZ was worth using on the battlefield, however, and Dr. Ketchum left Edgewood for another Army post in 1971. He took many of the arsenal's papers with him — a vast collection of documents that filled fireproof safes and boxes scattered across his home — and spent decades ruminating on his work, writing a memoir and weighing the duties of a doctor against those of a soldier.

“I struggle with these things,” he told the New Yorker. “But I have always had the feeling that I am doing more the right thing than the wrong thing.”

The older of two sons, James Sanford Ketchum was born in Manhattan on November 1, 1931. His mother was a secretary, and his father was a telephone company manager who worked closely with Norman Vincent Peale, their church pastor and the author of The Power of Positive Thinking.

Dr. Ketchum received a bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 1952, graduated from medical school in 1956 at Cornell University and — tired of being broke and starting most days with “an old pickle jar half-filled with black coffee” for breakfast — joined the Army.

He initially worked at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and he took a sabbatical from Edgewood in the mid-1960s to study at Stanford on a post-doctoral fellowship; while there, he also treated drug addicts at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics. After resigning his colonel's commission in 1976, he taught medicine at the University of Texas and the University of California at Los Angeles and worked at hospitals and clinics until retiring in the early 2000s.

His marriages to Joan O'Leary, Phyllis Pennington and Margot Turnbull ended in divorce. His marriage to Doris Fautheree was annulled, and in 1995 he married Judy Ann Schaller. In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Kevin Ketchum, from his marriage to Fautheree; a daughter, Robin Ketchum, from his marriage to Turnbull; a brother; and a grandson. A daughter from his marriage to Fautheree, Laura, died in 2017.

Dr. Ketchum's archives featured in a 2009 class-action lawsuit, filed by a veterans' advocacy group on behalf of soldiers who participated in the chemical weapons testing program. In 2017, the U.S. District Court for Northern District of California ordered the Army to provide medical care to the surviving volunteers.

In his memoir, Chemical Warfare: Secrets Almost Forgotten (2006), Dr. Ketchum said that although he abstained from taking BZ, he was sometimes mystified by what he saw at Edgewood. One day, he said, he walked into his office to find a “large black steel barrel.” Inside were glass canisters filled with LSD — enough to intoxicate several hundred million people, by his estimate, and worth nearly $1 billion on the street.

Within a week, the barrel was gone. Dr. Ketchum said he never learned what it was for.


Harrison Smith is a reporter on The Washington Post's Obituaries desk, where he has worked since 2015. He covers people who have made a significant impact on their field, city or country — a group of the recently deceased that includes big-game hunters, single-handed sailors, fallen dictators, Olympic champions and the creator of the Hawaiian pizza. He previously worked for KidsPost and contributed to Washingtonian and Chicago magazines, among other publications. He was born in Dallas and lived in Chicago, where he co-founded the South Side Weekly newspaper before moving to the District in 2015.


 on: June 07, 2019, 06:46:54 pm 
Started by Im2Sexy4MyPants - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

Robert S. Mueller III is a decorated war hero.

John McCain was likewise a decorated war hero.

Donald J. Trump is a gutless, cowardly draft-dodger.

 on: June 07, 2019, 10:54:55 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants
you are dreaming again wake up you stupid sick dog

 on: June 07, 2019, 04:08:50 am 
Started by Im2Sexy4MyPants - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants
bet you want the pink fluffy handcuffs if you a good moron maybe Robert S. Mueller III will let you lick his arsehole
just for you, he might decorate his Ahole with chocolate sauce Grin

 on: June 07, 2019, 04:03:03 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants
No thank you I don't wish to click on your gay link

Nia Nia Nia keep playing with your tiny little widdle


 on: June 07, 2019, 12:21:20 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

I betcha you were too scared to click on that link I provided in my previous post at this thread.

You'll be shitting yourself that if you click on that link, you'll hear the PROOF that Trump is a stupid LIAR.

Hahaha ... that means you are a gutless coward, just like your stupid gutless coward hero Trump.

Are you the spineless yellow-belly of Woodville? I certainly think so.

 on: June 07, 2019, 12:19:13 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

Ah, yes ... is that those stupid pommie cunts Donald J. Trump is so desperate to suck up to because he KNOWS he is a stupid commoner who got declared bankrupt seven times?

 on: June 07, 2019, 12:07:06 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

Britain is the club that Trump resents but desperately wants to join

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