Video break: Carlin-Guralnick-Wald:The Music Writers’ Summit at Vanderbilt University

vanderbilt-posterOne of the great experiences of the year for PAC, and here it is captured on video: The full 90-minute discussion on Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, with the great Elvis biographer Peter Guralnick, Dylan biographer Elijah Wald and hotshot history professor Jefferson Cowie.


I just joined the NAACP

This is something you can do to make a difference. Even in the shadow of a KKK-endorsed POTUS and an administration full of unreconstructed, even proud, bigots, we can carry on the fight for equality and freedom like never before. The NAACP has been around for more than a century, and when they call themselves the oldest and boldest equality fighters out there, take them at their word. I joined and donated to the NAACP last night, and will be in touch with the local leaders ASAP.

Do something. And here’s where you can find contact info for your local chapters


Seattle HOMEWARD BOUND appearance now online

Shot on Friday, November 4 at the University Bookstore in Seattle, Wa., with lots of talk about HOMEWARD BOUND: THE LIFE OF PAUL SIMON and the music, bickering, beauty and political firestorms that surrounded it.


Homeward Bound
The Life of Paul Simon

Buy the Book:

#university bookstore

I just joined the ACLU

Don’t grieve — organize.

The American Civil Liberties Union has been protecting our civil rights for nearly a century. We’ve seen a lot of progress and a lot of challenges and setbacks. God only knows what the future holds but if we want to make sure our civil liberties remain intact we’re going to have to fight for it.

I donated money, but that didn’t feel like enough so now I’m taking the next step. Here in Oregon our chapter of the ACLU will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, November 15 to make a plan for the future. I’m going to be there. Hope to see you there, too.

ACLU of Oregon Annual Meeting: Portland
Tuesday, November 15, 5:30-7 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
Buchan Reception Hall, Eliot Center
1226 SW Salmon Street



Powell’s Books on Burnside: Wednesday November 9, 7:30 pm


Hey Portland friends & neighbors: Come to Powell’s on Burnside on Wednesday evening and let’s bid good riddance to the damn election with some good talk on Tom & Jerry, Paul & Artie, Julio, Graceland, Saturday Night Live, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Carrie Fisher, Edie Brickel and what everything about Paul Simon says about the Jewish immigrants’ 20th century journey from orthodoxy to assimilation.

Plus reading. Plus q & a. Plus cuss words.

Be there!