Twenty-seven titles I carried apropos of Diunna

This is Albert Ayler, not in the books I carry today but his song “Ghosts” some they say could be our national anthem; has to do with the souls who transited in middle passage that is while slaves in transport from Africa to racist colonial US, 1619 to 1864, 200 years

1. Home, Toni Morrison;
2. Race Against Time, Keith Boykin;
3. African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, Kevin Young, editor;
4.Sing For Freedom, Carawan;
5. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison;
6. The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin;


7. Pollstar (Yola);
8. NYT Magazine (Questove);
9. Pollstar (Brittany Howard);
10. Pollstar (“The London Invasion” — interior article by Dina LaPolt who represented the estate of Tupac);
11. Pollstar Artist Management Director, 2019;
12. Time special edition (Simone Biles);
13. Sports Illustrated (Floyd Patterson, cover art by Ralph Weaver, March, 1961);
14. Greatest Rock Bands of the 1960s (American Media Specialists — Supremes, Jimi Hendrix et al);
15. Living Blues 50th Anniversary (interior articles on Shemekia Copeland, Irma Thomas, Thornetta Davis, Bettye LaVette and Carol Fran;
16. American Songwriter (Felice and Boudreaux Bryant);
17. Rolling Stone (Nirvana special edition: Corporate Magazines Still Suck);
18. Acoustic Guitar (Molly Tuttle);
19. Maggot Brain (February, 2020 — Third Man Records, Alice Coltrane; interior article on Mia Zapata);
20. Tape Op (article on Greg Kurstin, Ebonie Smith);
21. Pollstar (Ari Lennox sic);
22. Pollstar (Ben Gibbard; article on John Prine);
23. Rolling Stone (Issa Rae);
24. Billboard (R&B Hip Hop Power Players 2021 — Usher);
25. Downbeat (Carla Bley, 69th Critics Poll: Nubya Garcia, Angel Bat Dawid, Cecile McLorin Savant, Shemekia Copeland, William Parker, Ralph Peterson, Matthew Shipp, Veronica Swift, Jon Batiste, Regina Carter, Dr. Lonnie Smith; Bobby Watson, Christian McBride, Billy Childs, Thelonious Monk Palo Alto, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald the lost Berlin Tapes, John Coltrane Giant Steps 60th anniv edition, Julius Hemphill, Charles Lloyd and The Marvels, Terri Lynn Carrington, Shabaka and The Ancestors – -I’ve never heard of[Hutchings, yes]; Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian Scott a Tunde Adjuah, Sun Ra Arkestra, Orrin Evans Captain Black Big Band, Wadada Leo Smith, Ron Miles, Marquis Hill, Trombone Shorty, Curtis Fowlkes, we all break:

Kudos to Professor Nicole Mitchell Gantt for being selected top flutist by 170 critics in Downbeat magazine August, 2021 ahead of Charlies Lloyd, Hubert Laws and Henry Threadgill; greetings to William Parker from Palo Alto, home of Aleta Hayes, senior lecturer in dance — i am blowing across the top of the straw in my fresh squoze juice here in a cafe in town, in your honor.

26. Pollstar Booking Agency Directory 2020 (Frank Riley, High Road Touring, agent for Brittany Howard and more);

27. Pollstar Artist Management Director 2004 sic.

Bonus tracks, ephemerea:

28. Angelo Rossi, Realtor, 650.245.XXXX; (he’s a musician who went to Cubberley, played in Pablo Cruise and performs as A.J. Crawdaddy, attended Diunna’s show at The Mitch last night;

29. Reggie Jackson, Topps 1971;

30. Fernando Tatis Jr., Topps 2021;

31. wow fifty years of collecting cards, or collectible cards although in truth I started in 1972 and there’s no way to tell where or when I procured this black-border Reggie; I showed it to Jimmy Pugh last night and he scolded me for  not keeping it in a protective plastic sheath;

32. Oscar Gamble, 1975 traded, just for the hair;

33. MC Hammer, Yo MTV Raps, ProSet Music Cards, circa 1991 — the print is too small to read and my cell phone which has a magnify effect is back in the car, resting – it says his real name is Kirk Burrell but I always thought it was Stanley. Hammer part is because he looks or looked like Hank “Hammer” Aaron as a child as a Oakland A’s mascot or bat boy; although James Ward by trainer says Burrell also hit a lot of home runs, quite plausibly; see also Sonny Rollins and Don Newcombe;

34. Walt Frazier, Topps 1975: “Walt is a mod style dresser” The first player to lead the Knicks in every offensive category except rebounding, Walt had his greatest season in 1971-1972 when his 1,788 points (23.2 ppg) represented the most scored by a Knick since Richie Guerin’s 2,303 ten years earlier – and can I go off script, way off from Diunna or 400 miles to mention my teammate Kent Lockhart who held the UTEP — formerly Texas Western — record for most games in a career and was drafted by the 1985 Knicks but never played in the NBA, same class as Patrick Ewing who I saw on tv coaching Georgetown in a loss to my Dartmouth just last week. 

35. Ralph Simpson, Nuggets, 1976 Topps Super because back on point he is the father of Indie.Arie.

36. Darnell Hillman, Pacers, who went to San Jose State and also served our country, missing at least two seasons, 1976 Topps super. “After being in the Army I hated having to have my head bald, and when I got out I saw Angela Davis who was wearing a beautiful afro, and decided I wanted one just like it,” said Hillman. “So I grew it out, and it just kept on growing. To keep it how I wanted it I had to brush it at least seven times a day. But I was very proud of it, and it was definitely the best around, and it was certainly bigger than a basketball.” [Pike, 2003]

Diunna said backstage and I think I repeated this on mic or to the musicians that B.B. King had a premonition that Diunna would be the next person to sell a million copies of a blues record, from his mouth to God’s ear. 

card number 86



About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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