I got to see the Allman Brothers a couple of times before Duane’s death (last time I saw them was in New Orleans during JazzFest–I think in 2000–in what might have been Dickie Betts’ last performance with them). They were prominent in the brief moment in the late 60s when Atlanta–with the free concerts at Piedmont Park frequently featuring the Allmans–was the center of the hippie universe. Good times. Sad to see the Bros retire.
Here are some more contemporary midday news/views treats:
* Another campus shooting, this time at FSU; three injured (one critically), shooter killed by police.
* Highly influential Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos giving emphatic advance thumbs-up to Obama’s executive action on immigration.
* New Republican House speaker-designate in Nevada has long paper trail of toxic op-eds.
* House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers says “defunding” Obama’s immigration action “impossible.” Lucky for him he got re-named to post earlier this week.
* At TNR Rebecca Traister argues a lot of people had reasons to cover their eyes and ears at rape allegations aimed at Bill Cosby’.
And in non-political news:
* Hollywood icon Mike Nichols dies at 83.
As we break for lunch, here are the Allman Brothers with Duane on guitar performing “Dreams” back in 1969.