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Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for April 21st

Any reason to mention Janis is always nice… — Any reason to to justify punching Phil Collins in the face is always welcome… — Any reason to point out Iggy‘s greatness is always worth the time it takes…

Ireland: Iggy Pop Plays Dublin
The always reliable Mr. Osterberg in concert, Dublin, 2004. (Photo: ShowbizIreland/ Getty Images)

4/21/1969 (48 years ago today) – She left ’em buzzin’ for more…: Janis Joplin made her London performance debut at The Royal Albert Hall; opening act was Yes. According to the reviews, Pearl “dispelled English reserve, rousing the crowd to their feet for the entirety of her hour long set”. It would turn out to be her only headline solo concert in England, truly legendary stuff…

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4/21/1984 (33 years ago today) – He doesn’t make it any easier…: Phil Collins starts three weeks at No.1 on the singles chart with “Against All Odds”. The backlash is about to begin; the question is did he really deserve it? Discuss…

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4/21/1947 – Happy Birthday James Newell Osterberg, Jr., 70 years old today. There are so many reasons to love Iggy Pop that it’s impossible to go into here without creating a blog-post that would be as long as “War And Peace” and “Moby Dick” combined, and he wouldn’t want that anyway. It’s kinda simple, really: Garage rock begins and ends with this dude and if you don’t own a copy of “Raw Power” or “Funhouse”, your claim to love rock and roll is sadly callous and undeniably ignorant. But that’s just us…

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“Now I’m ready to close my eyes/And now I’m ready to close my mind…”, xoxo!

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