German youth against the Nazis – “Swing Kids”

The Swing Youth (GermanSwingjugend) were a group of jazz and swing lovers in Germany in the 1930s, mainly in Hamburg and Berlin. …

… composed of 14 to 21-year-old boys and girls in high school, most of them middle- or upper-class students …

They admired the British and American way of life, defining themselves in swing music and opposing the National-Socialist ideology, especially the Hitler Youth …

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Here are a couple of historical photos.

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great vocalists – Levon Helm

Though I don’t spend much time listening to music any longer, Levon Helm and The Band still often comes to mind.

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These guys were genius in that era.

Up on Cripple Creek she sends me
If I spring a leak she mends me
I don’t have to speak she defends me
A drunkard’s dream if I ever did see one

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Rolling Stone once named him one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Influenced Jeff Tweedy, Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt

There is something about Levon Helm’s voice that is contained in all of our voices. It is ageless, timeless and has no race. He can sing with such depth and emotion, but he can also convey a good-old fun-time growl.

Levon died age-72 in 2013.

best song ever – Sara – Stevie Nicks

Wait a minute baby…
Stay with me awhile

Said you’d give me light
But you never told be about the fire

lyrics

Stevie Nicks has always been cryptic on the meaning of the song. It’s the “poet in her heart”.

I like that.

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I wrote Sara on the piano, by myself. The original Sara was 16 minutes long. …

I knew that Sara would be very popular because I loved writing that song. I’ve had more fun writing that…I remember the night I wrote it. ‘I sat up with a very good friend of mine whose name is Sara, who was married to Mick Fleetwood. She likes to think it’s completely about her, but it’s really not completely about her.

It’s about me, about her, about Mick, about Fleetwood Mac. Its about all of us at that point. There’s little bits about each one of us in that song and when it had all the other verses it really covered a vast bunch of people. Sara was the kind of song you could fall in love with,

Mick … was the ‘great dark wing’. And, ah, it was about everything that was going on at that particular time, too, but he was the, the reason for the, you know, the beginning of it.

Stevie Nicks, MTV Fanatic, 1998

Stevie Nicks on Sara – in her own words

For the record, I always liked the controversial original album Tusk.

Tusk

Angel from Montgomery

When I was a young girl well, I had me a cowboy
He weren’t much to look at, just free rambling man
But that was a long time and no matter how I try
The years just flow by like a broken down dam.
Make me an angel that flies from Montgom’ry
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
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Introduced on Prine’s 1971 self-titled debut album, it may still be the highlight song of long careers for Bonnie Raitt and John Prine.
Prine was discovered by Kris Kristofferson.

best breakup song …

Loving you
Isn’t the right thing to do …

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day …

Go Your Own Way

The song is about the complicated relationship that Buckingham and fellow Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks were having. None of the members knew they were writing songs about each other until the album (Rumours) was released. …

It is ranked No. 120 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time …

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