“Victim or the Crime”

Introduction – “Victim or the Crime” It is human to feel like a victim when suffering arrives.  Traditional ballads almost always place such emotion within a dualistic worldview.  There is good and evil – and a clear, if thin, line between.  Today, though, we tend to see such things in … → read more

Cut down a man in cold blood…

“None recover, they are just replaced.”  – Robert Hunter, 1995 Note: This is Part 3 of a three part series.  See also Part 1 and Part 2. Introduction At the free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969, an eighteen year old man pulled a gun in a scuffle with a member of … → read more

There ain’t a winner in this game…

The last 10 minutes of the 1939 version of Of Mice and Men Note: this is Part 2 of a three part series.  See also Part 1 and Part 3. Introduction Bob Weir’s revelation that John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was a partial inspiration for “Jack Straw” allows us to … → read more

Jack Straw

Note: this is Part 1 of a three part series.  See also Part 2, and Part 3. Introduction “We can share the women, we can share the wine. We can share what we got of yours, ‘cos we done shared all of mine.” So begins the Grateful Dead’s signature murder … → read more