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Zion’s shoe, Ringo’s foot
January 30, 2008, 1:54 am
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I was happy to read today that a dreadful historical wrongdoing was corrected yesterday when Israel apologized for the cancellation of a 1965 Beatles show in the holy land. This bit of truth and reconciliation went out to Paul McCartney and Ringo, as well as to the families of John Lennon and George Harrison.

While budgetary concerns were cited as the reason for the fiasco, it’s also clear that the Beatles were a target of the Knesset’s cultural and political agendas.

A big toda raba to the Jar for alerting me to this development.

Since I’m a little short on time at the moment due to my upcoming show, perhaps it’s time for a CONTEST to fill in this spot. [????? Could this be you ?????] So here’s the question: What’s the Beatles lyric or quote that most wittily or sillily sheds light on this situation? Put on your bloggin’ boots, post it in the comments section below, and win a special prize if you’ve got the best quip.

Because right now it’s all Sir Paul–

I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in
And stops my mind from wandering
Where it will go
I’m filling the cracks that ran through the door
And kept my mind from wandering
Where it will go
And it really doesn’t matter if I’m wrong
I’m right
Where I belong I’m right
Where I belong.
See the people standing there who disagree and never win
And wonder why they don’t get in my door.
I’m painting the room in a colourful way
And when my mind is wandering
There I will go.
And it really doesn’t matter if
I’m wrong I’m right
Where I belong I’m right
Where I belong.
Silly people run around they worry me
And never ask me why they don’t get past my door.
I’m taking the time for a number of things
That weren’t important yesterday
And I still go.
I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in
And stops my mind from wandering
Where it will go.



Kenneth Goldsmith and UbuWeb

Writer, poet, critic, visual artist, radio DJ, and UPenn professor Kenneth Goldsmith– or Kenny G. as he is called on WFMU– seems to have harnessed the improbable for the purposes of everything that’s good about the art world.  Goldsmith is the founding editor of UbuWeb, a large free library of avant-garde text, images, sound, and video. Because of the marginality of much of the content, and its ephemeral nature as commodity, Ubu hosts gigabytes (could it be terabytes?) of content without permission of artists and publishers, while exposing us to amazing works that would otherwise be overlooked.

Some of Ken’s sound works:

Kenneth Goldsmith Sings Roland Barthes (13:05)
Music by The Allman Brothers
Recorded at the WFMU studios, Jersey City, New Jersey, 2006
(UbuWeb)

More on co-host PennSound (I like Traffic, a 3-hour-long 1010 WINS traffic report, and The Weather)

more from Ubu:

Gherasim Luca – Romanian Jewish surrealist

Jerome Rothenberg

Yoko Ono – (film)