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Jesse Bernstein

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Raunchy Seattle martyr of underculture pleasures & anarchist desperation.

Oxford, England: ST. GILES FAIR, & 800-year old pleasure fest.

Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, England: THE HORN DANCE, an ancient tradition wherein a troupe of 12 men — six with reindeer horns, others with a hobby horse, a man/woman Maid Marian, a fool, an archer, a concertina player & a boy with a triangle around his neck — dress as foresters. They dance 14 miles around the town boundaries before the antler men do their strange horn dance, which goes on for hours, followed by a pleasure fair which lasts late into the night.


Jesse Bernstein

Jesse Bernstein

Spank Thru (3:19) Released in December 1988.
Only 5000 pressed of the Sub Pop triple EP set, which included a 20 page booklet. "Spank Thru" written by Kurt Cobain & Nirvana. Features Chad Channing on drums & Jack Endino on backing vocals. Recorded on June 11, 1988 by Jack Endino at Reciprocal Recordings, Seattle.
Also includes tracks by Tad, The Fluid, Steven J. Bernstein, Mudhoney, The Walkabouts, Terry Lee Hale, Soundgarden, Green River, Fastbacks, Blood Circus, Swallow, Chemistry Set, Girl Trouble, The Nights & Days, Cat Butt, Beat Happening, Screaming Trees, Steve Fisk & Thrown Ups.

12/28/88 Seattle, WA
The Underground (SubPop 200 Release Party)
FORMATS: CD -second half of "New Year's Eve" CD on Alley Kat records, also available as "Washington Dec 88" on Cracker & "Live In Seattle" on Front Row Center. TIME: 45 min.
Introduced as "the band with the freeze-dried vocals," by SubPop legend Jesse Bernstein.....Much better quality than the other two early live performances. Some recorded versions include the Bernstein intro, some do not.

Bernstein's poetry & prose — More Noise, Please! & I Am Secretly an Important Man — were published by small Seattle presses.

I Am Secretly an Important Man

America's latest, greatest, overlooked poet of despair. You can hear it best, perhaps, in "Party Balloon," printed in More Noise, Please! & adapted as Prison's fifth track [music: 313Kbytes .aiff].

Jesse Bernstein, photo strip

Jesse Bernstein, Prison cd cover

"Steven Jesse Bernstein is a dead poet. So maybe you like dead poets? I for one am sad. The music on this CD is enough to recommend it. & SJB sure can explore the darker regions of the soul... he lived pretty hellishly."

1521 -- Spain: Some readers may challenge the notion Ferdinand Magellan's one surviving ship, the Victoria, returned to Sevilla today, arguing the ship would have had to fly over 50 miles to get there. Actually, a river connects Sevilla & it's "outport" Sanlucar de Barrameda, where the Victoria landed. The journey started & ended in Sevilla, but it was the outport that they reached today.

1521 -- Spain: Some readers may challenge the notion Ferdinand Magellan's one surviving ship, the Victoria, returned to Sevilla today, arguing the ship would have had to fly over 50 miles to get there. Actually, a river connects Sevilla & it's "outport" Sanlucar de Barrameda, where the Victoria landed. The journey started & ended in Sevilla, but it was the outport that they reached today.

1566 -- Turkey: Death of Suliman, "the Lawgiver," called "the Magnificent" Selim II "the Sot" becomes Sultan.

Hey Auntie,
Suleyman II died of dysenteria & stroke before the besieged castle of Szigetvar, Hungary. (His prepared-to-be-seen-living corpse has been displayed to his forces.) The day after the commander of Szigetvár, count Miklos Zrinyi & his remained defenders of the burning fortress made a sally & died. Grand-grandson of the count wrote a magnificent baroque epos on the siege.

All the best: Laszlo (2011)

1628 -- New Old World: Witches Brew?: Puritans land at Salem, from Massachusetts Bay Colony, witches soon to settle.

1781 -- US: Turncoat American General Benedict Arnold, in command of British troops, plunders & burns New London, Connecticut.

1795 -- Scotland: Frances (Fanny) Wright lives, Dundee. American suffragette, abolitionist, founder of Nashoba community, antiauthoritarian socialist & a central figure in the workingmen's movement.

1847 -- US: Henry David Thoreau, having spent two years in a hut on Walden Pond "living by the labor of my hands only," moves into the Emerson household in Concord, Massachusetts. Wrote Civil Disobedience & Other Essays, among other books.

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.

Henry David Thoreau

1852 -- England: First free lending library in the nation opens in Manchester.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'

1860 -- Jane Addams, suffragist, social & peace activist, lives, Chicago. Founder of WILPF, Hull House.

1868 --
Belgium: 3rd Congrés de l'AIT, from the 6th to the 13th, in Brussels.       Attending delegat català. Antoni Marsal i Anglora (pseudònim de Sarro Magallán). He presents a report for the Societats Obreres de Catalunya.

Source: [Congressos Obrers]

1869 -- Novelist/playwright Felix Salten (Bambi; The Emperor's Stallion) lives, Hungary.

Sheet music, lyrics about the Avondale mine disaster
1869 -- US: Avondale Mine disaster. 110 (or 200?) miners killed, suffocating in the Avondale Colliery Fire. Leads to first mine safety law in Pennsylvania.


At 10 am, one of the worst disasters in the history of US anthracite mining occurs...

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1869 --
Switzerland: 4th Congrés de l'AIT, from the 6th to the 12th, in Basel.    Participants include Rafael Farga Pellicer & Gaspar de Sentiñon, representing the Centre Federal de les Societats Obreres de Barcelona.

[Source: Congressos Obrers]

1880 -- France: Jules Durand (1880-1926) lives, in Le Havre. Anarchiste, revolutionary trade unionist, secretary of the Le Havre coalmen's union.

1890 -- When the captain of the Roi des Belges succumbs to tropical fever on the Congo River, Joseph Conrad is made master of the ship, an experience he later draws upon for Heart of Darkness & An Outpost of Progress.

1892 -- US: George "Little Chocolate" Dixon beats Jack Skelly in New Orleans to win the world featherweight title. While some African-American citizens celebrate for two days, the "New Orleans Times-Democrat" says, "It was a mistake to match a Negro & a white man…to bring the races together on any terms of equality even in the prize ring."

1893 -- EG, anarchist feministUS: New York Grand Jury indicts the anarchist feminist Emma Goldman on three charges. She is returned from Philadelphia to New York on Sept. 9, where she is placed in confinement. On September 11, she pleads not guilty; released on bail September 14. A benefit concert on September 23 intended to raise money for Goldman's defense is a financial failure.

1893 --
Switzerland: 3rd congrés de la Segona Internacional, Zurich.      Pablo Iglesias represents el PSOE, & Antonio García Quejido la UGT.

Source: [Congressos Obrers]

1897 -- Brazilian artist Emiliano Di Cavalcanti lives (d. 1976). Jailed twice (1932 & 1936) for his early communistic beliefs. Painter, muralist & book illustrator.

Sought to free Brazilian art of any noticeable European influences. Prominent member of Brazil's Generation of 1922, Group of Five, etc. Married to painter Noêmia Mourão. His work immortalized the mulatas, sambas, brothels & local characters typical of the shantytowns & slums.

1899 -- EG, anarchist feministUS: In the mining town of Spring Valley, Illinois, Emma Goldman heads a Labor Day procession, which ends with a meeting in the central market place, a direct violation of the mayor's denial of authorization to do so.

1900 -- French-American writer Julien Green lives, Paris.

He wrote only one book in English, Memories of Happy Days (1942), but his work in French elevates him ... on a level with Paul Valéry, Marcel Proust, & André Gide.
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1901 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President William McKinley shot by professed anarchist Leon Czolgosz who previously had been repudiated by numerous anarchist groups.

Police claim that Czolgosz was inspired by one of Emma Goldman's lectures & she is arrested in Chicago in a few days; eventually the case against her is dropped.

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1911 -- André Arru (aka Jean-René Sauliere) lives. French anarchiste & pacifiste whose father died in WWI. Anarchiste underground organizer during WWII.

1913 -- France: First aircraft to loop the loop.

1920 -- Russia: Àngel Pestañaalt sp: Angel Pestaña Núñez leaves, profoundly disillusioned by all that he has observed after spending several months in Moscow. Pestana was a CNT delegate to the Second Congress of the Third International which opened in Moscow on July 15, 1920. Angel Pestana, anarquista

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1928 -- Author Robert Pirsig lives.

1934 -- Italy: In un discorso a Bari Mussolini irride alle dottrine razziste del nazional socialismo tedesco. Tre anni dopo saranno fatte proprie da questo buffone senza spina dorsale.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1939 -- Arthur Rackham, British illustrator, dies.

Many illustrators since, particularly in fantasy works, have been obviously influenced by his work, & books including his illustrations are highly sought after....

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Jewish star
1941 -- Germany: All Jews over age 6 in German territories ordered to wear a star.

1947 -- High Seas: In Operation Sandy the US Navy launches a captured German V-2 rocket from the deck of the USS Midway.

1947 -- US: Three hundred & two persons are finally released from Crystal City, Texas & Seabrook Farms, New Jersey.

On June 30, 1947 US District Judge Louis E. Goodman orders that the petitioners in Wayne Collins' suit of December 13, 1945 be released; he rules that native-born American citizens cannot be converted to enemy aliens & can not be imprisoned or sent to Japan on the basis of renunciation.


1949 -- US: Bad Err Day? Howard Unruh kills 13 neighbors in 12 minutes, including one mailman.

Interesting site, but just in passing I noticed an error:

Re 1949 & Howard Unruh killings, a mailman was NOT killed: Insurance man, barber, shoemaker's wife, pharmacist & three kids killed among the 13 dead, 16 wounded, but NO mailman. (Stamp out mistakes!)

— Thanks, MW, May 30, 2000

1949 -- anarchist diamond; anarchisteFrance: Lucien Descaves dies, Paris. Novelist & libertarian sympathizer. Wrote Les Misères du sabre (1887) & in 1889 published his observations of military life in Sous-Offs for which he was tried & acquitted. The Paris Commune was a persistent theme in his writing. In 1892 he became the literary editor for Séverine's Journal & soon collaborated as well on Zo d'Axa's L'Endehors & Jean Grave's Temps Nouveaux.

1960 --

Proclamation of the 121

Declaration on the right to insubordination in the war of Algeria

September 6, 1960

121 writers, academics & artists make public the following text (in Truth-Freedom, No 4, September-October 1960; this number was seized & its staff accused of provoking soldiers to disobedience). The signatories face severe sanctions...

Daniel Guérin, Henri Lefebvre, Jehan Mayoux...

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Bob Dylan at typewriter
1961 -- Bob Dylan debuts at the Gaslight Cafe in New York City.

1963 -- England: Anti-nuclear march from Glasgow, Scotland, arrives in London, & attempts to present a dummy missile to the British Imperial War Museum. Not allowed. Apparently too many dummies are already in the museum.

1963 -- US: Four little black girls killed in Birmingham, Alabama. A racist, white-supremacist church bombing, in which the defendants finally came to trial, May, 2000. Who says the wheels of justice grind slowly?

1963 -- Austria: The government protests against the Italian state for the acquittal of police officers responsible for torturing exponents of the sudtirolese irredentismo & accuse the Italian government of violating the European convention of the Rights of Man.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1965 -- The Blues Project opens at the Matrix, San Francisco.

1966 -- US: Five nights of racial rioting begin in Atlanta. Stokely Carmichael arrested for "inciting riot" along with 105(?) others.

Margaret Sanger
1966 -- Margaret Sanger dies, just short of her 83rd birthday. Sex reformer, birth-control advocate, antiauthoritarian, socialist.

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1967 -- England: The government takes out newspaper advertisements explaining its recent legislation outlawing pirate radio. Prime reason, supposedly, is interference with ship-to-shore radio frequencies caused by pirate radio stations broadcasting from boats anchored off Britain's coast.

James Brown
1969 -- After a show in the Memphis Mid-Southern Coliseum, James Brown announces his retirement from live performance after July 4, 1970. The hardest working man in show business says he's tired. At the same time, he's fighting a paternity suit filed in Sacramento, California by a one-time president of the local James Brown fan club.

1972 -- John & Yoko appear on Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, performing their hit tune: "Woman is the Nigger of the World."

1973 -- US: Rebellion at Statesville Prison, Indiana.

Squat: Economy decline
1974 -- Italy: Housing occupations & barricade of San Bailio neighborhood of Rome, forcing legislation to legalize squatting.

Get off the cross, we need the lumber!

— Papa Dark

Squatting Goddess gargoyle

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Government terror, body of anarchist Gerardo Gatti
1976 -- Argentina: Gerardo Gatti Antuña, Uruguayan anarchist militant & head of the Uruguayan graphic workers' union, is disappeared by the Argentine government. Tortured & put up for ransom before he died. Father of Adriana Gatti; she (19-years old & eight months pregnant) & her fiance were also disappeared, in 1977.

Expresión de Gerardo Gatti, "no plasme la lapida de la dictadura terrorista, que no fragüe," que no se legitime por su duración el poder despótico.

See John Dinges, The Condor Years: How Pinochet & His Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents (2004).

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1978 -- US: House Select Committee on Assassinations opens hearings into the assassinations of John F. Kennedy & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The committee recessed on 30 December after concluding conspiracies were likely in both cases, but with no further evidence for further prosecutions.

1978 --

Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid, dies in Edinburgh. In 1922, he founded the monthly Scottish Chapbook, a journal dedicated to a Scottish literary revival. His later style returns to standard English & include A Kist of Whistles (1947) & In Memoriam James Joyce (1955). Autobiographical volumes include Lucky Poet (1943) & The Company I've Kept (1966).

Bleedster Paul notes: Caledonian Antizyzgy, life of the party, & 'turrible little mon' Hugh MacDiarmid, having written or edited over 17 books, dies. . . Like his support of the Communist Party after the Hungarian Uprising, he does this just to be contrary.

1979 -- Puerto Rico, US Colony: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Jimmy Carter grants executive clemency, freeing Nationalists: Lolita Lebrón, Andrés Figueroa Cordero, Rafael Cancel Miranda & Irving Flores, all in prison since 1954.

Thomas Jefferson
1984 -- US: Dark Ages?: Texass Reverend W. A. Criswell, who recently delivered the closing benediction at the GOP convention, says he thinks "this thing of separation of church & state is a figment of some infidel's imagination."

1987 -- Venice: GondaCroatan? Regatta takes place without any gondoliers for the first time since 1315 — they are on strike to protest the damage caused to the city by powerboats.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'

1988 -- Bangladesh: Flood waters, submerging 3/4 of the country, begin to recede, after killing at least 1,154 & leaving 25 million homeless.

1988 -- US: Seven arrested in protests at uranium processing plant, Fernald, Ohio. The Fernald plant is later revealed to be among the worst polluters in the entire US nuclear industry.
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1989 -- Neil Young's "This Note For You" wins the MTV award for Best Video — quite ironic since the channel initially refused to air the video.

1993 -- Slovak Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar says Gypsies constitute a (quote) "socially unadaptable population" with (quote) "children, simply, who are a great burden on this society."

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The Layabouts: Alan & Ralph Franklin, et al
2003 -- US: The Layabouts Dally in the Alley, in Detroit. Long, long, long-tooth Motor City anarchist bar band.
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3000 --

I love deadlines.

I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

— Douglas Adams

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