Archive for January, 2015

Quote of the day, Jan. 31

January 31, 2015

Bill Mauldin, from Back Home (1947)

“Certainly none of the advances made in civilisation has been due to counterrevolutionaries and advocates of the status quo.”

For The Who, the song is not quite over

January 30, 2015
Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Townshend perform in Abu Dhabi. (Photo by Kalpana Ramgopal)

Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Townshend perform in Abu Dhabi. (Photo by Kalpana Ramgopal)

By David W. Bulla

(Note: Fifty years ago this month, The Who released their first song, “I Can’t Explain,” in England, on the Brunswick label. It actually came out  one month earlier in the United States, on Decca. A previous song, “Zoot Suit,” had come out when the band was called The High Numbers. “I Can’t Explain” first appeared on the British charts in February 1965 and reached No. 8 two months later. The following is a review of the first concert The Who had on their current, and final, tour.)

ABU DHABI—On a pleasant November Sunday evening on Yas Island, the surviving two members of the British band The Who and their current musical mates showed an audience of mostly (older) expats that their reign as one of the greatest groups in rock history is not quite over. (more…)

Quote of the day, Jan. 30

January 29, 2015

Mohandas K. Gandhi, final words (Jan. 30, 1948)

“Raam, Raam.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 29

January 28, 2015

Lee De Forest, on radio (1950)

“Unwittingly then had I discovered an Invisible Empire of the Air, intangible, yet solid as granite, whose structure shall persist while man inhabits the planet.”


Quote of the day, Jan. 28

January 28, 2015

Conor Cruise O’Brien, on history

“Man watches his history on the screen with apathy and an occasional passing flicker of horror or indignation.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 27

January 27, 2015

Mohandas K. Gandhi, on history

“If we are to make progress, we must not repeat history but make new history. We must add to inheritance left by our ancestors.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 26

January 26, 2015
Mohandas K. Gandhi


Mohandas K. Gandhi, on freedom (1931)

“If the English really want to help us, they must be prepared to let India feel the same glow of freedom for which they themselves would die in order to possess. (more…)

Quote of the day, Jan 25

January 25, 2015

William L. Shirer, on Gandhi (1981)

“I count the days with Gandhi the most fruitful of my life. (more…)

Quote of the day, Jan. 24

January 24, 2015

Mohandas K. Gandhi, on the truth

“I worship no other God than truth.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 23

January 23, 2015

Percy Bysshe Shelley, from The Cenci

“‘Tis weak to lament, once being done.”