Zoot Suit Riot: The Death of the Swing Revival (Part 4 of 5)
By Wolfgang Parker
With a bunch of bands whose appeal is sheer nostalgia, helped by the success of the film “Swingers,” they found they had to follow-up their initial hit about their “Zoot Suit Riot” with some truth, some meat, some substance. Guess what? Not one band achieved this. Not one. Truth be…
I just found this streamliner train on Wiki and thought it was great. According to the article:
Preserved British steam locomotive of the former London, Midland and Scottish (LMS) Railway, Princess Coronation Class No. 6229 Duchess of Hamilton, 6 June 2009. The locomotive was built as a streamliner in 1938 in a blue and silver livery, and was exported to the United States (painted as Class sister No. 6220) for a 3,000 mile tour and visit to the 1939…Continue
Zoot Suit Riot: The Death of the Swing Revival (Part 3 of 5)
By Wolfgang Parker
Our negotiations with Slim-style Records (the largest indie Swing label at the time) broke down but we did manage to appear on the final “Swing This, Baby” compilation, just minutes before the collapse. We were viewed as poisonous. We were too hard, too loud, too… Continue
Hand grenades, arming troops for centuries, took a variety of unusual forms in the hands of soldiers throughout the course of World War II. The Japanese military fielded two hand thrown grenades- one designed to punch through tank armor and the other a last ditch weapon of the Japanese homeland.
With the steady degradation of the Japanese munition manufacturing base by U.S. bombing, manufacturers turned to increasingly novel and unusual designs/construction methods especially… Continue
Zoot Suit Riot: The Death of the Swing Revival (Part 2 of 5)
By Wolfgang Parker
Trailblazing virgin territory is exciting, but it has its drawbacks, and I have the battle scars to prove it. No matter what kind of music you play make no mistake, my friend, the music business is still dirty and mean, and much more difficult to navigate without a star in the sky. My…
Welcome to Two Fisted Tuesdays, Dieselpunks' weekly beat on the mean streets.
Starring Gerald Mohr and starting with the famous lines, "Get this and get it straight! Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave." The Adventures of Philip Marlowe runs about 25 minutes without commercials. You can listen to this blast from the past in MP3 format for free at the link below.…
While listening to the Fresh Air interview of the Carolina Chocolate Drops fiddler/vocalist Rhiannon Giddens brought up the concept of "Sankofa", an Akan word meaning to "go back and take [from the past into the present/future]". This ancient saying came across with the slaves and its symbol (below) has been unearthed on slave graves in Manhattan.…
It's that time again, pals and gals! Our first Exhibition of Authors and Artists was quite the success--we had a wonderful exhibition of talent from the community centering around Travel and its wonders in the Dieselpunk era-that-never-was.I liked it so much, I thought we should do it again. And I'm casting my net further afield for subjects--all the way into....THE FUTURE. (With a hat-tip to Wesley R. Mortega for providing the original idea upon which I…
On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned.
This week, we complete our look into the macabre world of Herbert West, The Reanimator." Written by Lovecraft between Halloween 1921 and June 1922, Herbert West: Reanimator is a six part serial originally published in Home Brew magazine.
Airships...intrigue...adventure! Just another day in the life of Crazy Taylor.
When Charles Morgan inherits an Australian town from a distant uncle, he never dreams what it will eventually lead to. Along with his wife, best friend, and brother-in-law, they set out on the adventure of a lifetime that will shape their children's future.
Taylor Morgan is her father's daughter. Adventurous and obsessed with flying from an early age, she… Continue
Just after the WWII, before Jensen-Healey, Healey Silverstone and classic Austin-Healeys there were two cars called Healey.
Donald Healey, a former RFC pilot and 1931 Monte Carlo Rally winner, is best known for the Austin-Healey 100 and 3000 of the 1950s and 1960s. Right after World War II, he began to manufacture his own automobiles based on his designs at Warwick, near Coventry. His first model featured a… Continue