Tigers vs. Oakland

Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Michigan
Monday, August 13, 2007

(Detroit, Monday, August 13, 2007)-Detroit has been an extremely depressed community since the early 1970s when the price of gasoline suddenly doubled and then kept on increasing, and the Japanese and European auto companies started making the small, economical cars that the American automakers refused to manufacture. Now, in the first decade of the 21st century, things have gotten even worse, as evidenced by the following analysis recently offered by the Detroit News:


As the state continues to bleed manufacturing jobs, spurred by a decline in sales by domestic carmakers, Census data released today puts a number to the loss: an estimated 170,000 jobs from 2000 to 2006.

Most of the decline is directly tied to the decline in Big Three auto sales, experts say. The loss of factory jobs has been a big part of the reason Michigan incomes have steadily dropped for the past few years.

Adjusted for inflation, the state median income is down 12 percent since 1999, as well-paid factory workers are forced to take lower-paying jobs.

-Detroit News, September 12, 2007

It's hard to tell that there's a depression going on at Tiger Stadium, however. (They want you to call it Comerica Park, after the bank, but I haven't been offered anything to advertise for the fucking bank and it'll always be Tiger Stadium to me). Like they say in the 6th Ward, a lotta people don't know that I'm a big Tigers fan, but I've been with them ever since my grandma taught me how to keep score while watching the games on her little 9" TV set around 1952, and I'm following their struggle to repeat as American League champions pretty closely.

Tonight I've got a night off in Detroit and Adam Brook has hooked me up with our pal Matt Abel so I can take in a game with the Oakland A's at the current shrine of truth and beauty on Woodward Avenue Downtown. It's great to be back at the ballpark even as the Tigers drop another game under the lights.

After the game I walk over to Greektown to join the Milton Hale Monday night jam session at the Jazz Loft and have a great time, as usual.


Here's this week's podcast of the John Sinclair Radio Show from Radio Free Amsterdam:

John Sinclair Radio Show #142
Eat at Jo's in The Melkweg, Amsterdam
Sunday, July 8, 2007 at 3:00-4:00 pm [20-0720]


Another brilliant summer Sunday afternoon takes us to Eat at Jo's for a new episode of the radio show where we get to broadcast out the front door onto Marnixtraat, talk with poets Joan Gannij and Ted Jackson, hear some poems from them and from John Sinclair & Friends with Daniel Carter, Elliott Levin, Doug Lunn, & Dee Pop 'live' at Jimmy's in NYC, plus some great tunes from New Orleans by the Li'l Rascals Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, Glen David Andrews & the Lazy 6, Re-Birth Brass Band, Tuba Fats, Snooks Eaglin, Tommy Ridgley, and the New Birth Brass Band.

Playlist #142

[01] Opening Music: Li'l Rascals Brass Band: The Doe
[02] John Sinclair ID, Intro & Opening Tokes with Henk Botwinik
[03] Treme Brass Band: Food Stamp Blues
[04] Glen David Andrews & the Lazy 6: Dumaine St. Blues
[05] Re-Birth Brass Band: Tuba Fats
[06] John Sinclair Comments & Conversation with Joan Gannij
[07] Joan Gannij: Walter Booker Solo
[08] Joan Gannij: Wounds of Change
[09] John Sinclair & Friends 'live' at Jimmy's NYC: blue monk > humphf
[10] Tuba Fats: Didn't He Ramble
[11] Snooks Eaglin: Boogie Rambler
[12] Tommy Ridgley: Tra La La
[13] John Sinclair Comments & Ted Jackson Intro
[14] Ted Jackson: Thoughts of Respectability
[15] Ted Jackson: Talkin' Amsterdam Blues
[16] John Sinclair Closing Comments & ID
[17] Closing Music: New Birth Brass Band: Smoke That Fire

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced, engineered & recorded by Henk Botwinik at Eat at Jo's
Mastered & posted by Henk Botwinik
Executive Producer: Larry Hayden
Special thanks to Eric & Mary Jo, Ted Jackson, Paul Valenti
Sponsored by Hempshopper & Eat at Jo's

2007 John Sinclair

Podcast by www.RadioFreeAmsterdam.com as #142 on August 6, 2007

September 23, 2007
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