Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – SERGE GAINSBOURG


Sleazy, dissolute dirty mouth of French pop music.

APRIL 2 holiday:

1513 — Fountain of Youth seeker Ponce de Leon lands on Florida territory.
1725 — Loverboy, spy, memoirist Giacomo Casanova born, Venice, Italy.
1840 — French writer, activist, experimental novelist Emile Zola born, Paris.
1891 — Artist Max Ernst born, Bruhl, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany.
1928 — French singer, composer Serge Gainsbourg born, Paris, France.
1969 — Twenty-one U.S. Black Panthers charged with conspiring to kill cops.
1991 — Modern dance great Martha Graham dies, New York City.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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