What remains of the life of an ordinary man, in an ordinary place, from two and a half centuries ago?

The small notice of Samuel Oddy’s death from the Leeds Intelligencer, 12th November 1754 (Source: Newspapers.com)



A fourteen year old Apache girl testified that Berry raped her fourteen times in two weeks.

Chuck Berry Fan Club membership card (Source: Elvis Echoes of the Past)


When white supremacists bombed Louis Armstrong.

Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars at the Jacob Building, Knoxville, February 1957 (Image: The Knoxville History Project)


In 1944, an eighteen year old boy became famous for throwing eggs at Frank Sinatra. Then he disappeared.

Alexander Dorogokupetz (Image: The New York Daily News)



Sources for ‘The Rotten Etymology of Punk’


“Punk” has been used to describe music since at least 1899.

(L-R) Eugene Levy, in 1890; B’nai B’rith Hall, San Francisco; Otto Wise, in 1911 (Sources: San Francisco Call, Jewish News of Northern California, San Francisco Chronicle)


Jellett at the Reading Festival, 1974 (Source: Vin Miles, UK Rock Festivals)


J.P. Robinson

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