Rest in peace, Ric Ocasek: The Cars, “Since You’re Gone”

(Above: "How does he walk on the pool?" we asked, dumbfounded.) The news of the death of Cars frontman Ric Ocasek came as a bit of a surprise yesterday. I was perhaps more surprised by the fact that he was 75. That would have made him about 34 when the band hit it big initially, … Continue reading Rest in peace, Ric Ocasek: The Cars, “Since You’re Gone”

New this week in ’69: September 6

(Above: If I could get to my records, this photo would be bigger.) September 6, 1969 It's the day before Princeton University will break with tradition and let women attend classes there. The school existed as all-male for the first 233 years of its existence, predating the Declaration of Independence by forty years. That same … Continue reading New this week in ’69: September 6

New this week in ’69: June 28

June 28, 1969 The Stonewall riots continue in New York City, having begun the night before. Police harassment of patrons of a well-known gay bar boils over into violence. The event is commemorated a year later, and that march has gone on to become the annual Pride celebrations that take place across the country. It's … Continue reading New this week in ’69: June 28