Full Circle

  • The Transformation of John Lennon

    I’m sick and tired of hearing things from uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics All I want is the truth, just give me some truth I’ve had enough of reading things by neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians All I want is the truth, just give me some truth. — John Lennon, “Gimme Some Truth” October 9th marks the […]

  • Rosie and the Originals Put National City on the Map

    The majority of rock historians agree that rock ‘n’ roll hit a dry spell between 1960 and 1962. The charts told the story: leather-clad rockers were out, acne-free boys and girls were in. There are several key reasons why the music retreated from the intensity of Little Richard to the conservatism of Connie Francis—the deaths […]

  • Ella Ruth Piggee: Remembering a San Diego Musical Titan

    Ella Ruth Piggee has been gone from San Diego far longer than she was here, but the mark she left on this town’s music community remains as pronounced as ever. In her too-short time in San Diego, she became one of the biggest acts on the local music scene—holding down gigs at most of the […]

  • Summer in the City: Looking Back on the Lovin’ Spoonful

    I love my baby by the lovin’ spoonful. —“The Coffee Blues” by Mississippi John Hurt It’s subjectively peculiar, not to mention a tad bit reassuring, how certain recordings manage to retain an aura of timelessness. Sonic paintings mysteriously devoid of a date stamp, even when the sentiments and emotions on display are over a half-century […]

  • Enlistment Blues: How I joined the Army, met Lester Young and Jo Jones, and found a career in jazz.

    Jimmy Cheatham’s memoirs of life in the Army during World War II as told to Jim Trageser. Part Three/Final. Jimmy Cheatham was head of the UC San Diego jazz program from 1978-2005. He played in Chico Hamilton’s band in the 1960s, also serving as arranger. He also briefly played in Duke Ellington’s band in the […]

  • Enlistment Blues: How I joined the Army, met Lester Young and Jo Jones, and found a career in jazz.

    Jimmy Cheatham’s memoirs of life in the Army during World War II as told to Jim Trageser, Part Two. In the meantime, we were doing our training and took a break and the company commander came over and talked to me, you know, like what I wanted to do with my life and all that […]

  • Enlistment Blues: How I joined the Army, met Lester Young and Jo Jones, and found a career in jazz

    Jimmy Cheatham’s memoirs of life in the Army during World War II as told to Jim Trageser. Part One. Jimmy Cheatham was head of the UC San Diego jazz program from 1978-2005. He played in Chico Hamilton’s band in the 1960s, also serving as arranger. He briefly played in Duke Ellington’s band in the early […]

  • John Prine: American as Plain Speech

    I’m very sad by the passing of John Prine, a wordsmith who managed the hardest of all lyricist obligations: to be plain-spoken, colloquial, and unafraid. His best songs have an authentic, unaffected quality, that of someone talking about some odd thing that happened to them, recent or in the past, setting a scene, establishing an […]

  • Robyn Hitchcock: Sticking It to the Humble Prawn on Planet England

    First things first: if there were such a thing as “justice” in our current cultural clime, Robyn Hitchcock would be a household name to you. Of course, the main hurdle within that disparity is the idea that whoever is popular and/or infamous among our celebrity spawn is somehow synonymous with originality or excellence, however which […]

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