Daylight Video

An astonishing set of musicians’ birthdays today, including Patti Smith, half of The Monkees (Michael Nesmith and Davy Jones), Tracey Ullman and Jeff Lynne. But the towering birthday boy today is Bo Diddley. Here he is with his iconic song “I’m a Man.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.