Reviews by robbo
This really IS psychedelia. Roky Eirkson's strange voice, the odd chord structures and unusual guitar sounds…the band even had an electric jug player that contributes to the Elevators' sound. These aren't AM radio friendly songs or flower power - they've got a sound that often sounds eerily disturbing. If you want to dig into psychedelia, you can do no better than to start here with this classic album. Unfortunately, later albums were never as good due mostly to Roky's mental breakdown and drug use.
This is a great psychedelic collection from a great Texas band led by Roky Erickson. Yeah, it's psychedelic and hard rock 'n' roll that can't really be compared to any other band because they don't sound like any other band. Thankfully, there no flower power pretensions here. It's all a bit crazed, and Erickson's voice is the main reason why. Give it a try and ye shall be changed.
It's by the History Channel, so of course there's an over-reliance on dramatic re-enactments of Franklin's life. That's hardly academic. The interviews are not as great as they could be. It's good for those just beginning an investigation into Franklin's life and historical importance. There are, however, better DVDs in the AADL collection.
This book tells more about what the author would like to believe, rather than what is true. Jefferson did not like slavery, he said, but he never gave up his more than two hundred slaves. Yes, he had children by his slave mistress Sally. His The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth specifically and deliberately did not mention the alleged divinity of Jesus. He fought for the separation of church and state, not only in the Bill of Rights (the first amendment), but also in the constitution of his home state, Virginia. "I contemplate with sovereign reverence the act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and state." Did he really advocate separation? Yes, he did, and our nation is better off because of the towering genius and brilliant insight of this true American hero.
This book works as a metaphor, I guess, rather than a novel about an animorphic animal. It's pretty simple writing, and more childish than childlike or good for kids. Actually, it's downright sappy. Jonathan has no real character at all, he just represents an ideal. Even the photographs of seagulls are bad. Why this book ever became a best seller I have no idea. It will appeal to the most extreme new agers and the most banal of sentimentalists.