July 8– Ernst Bloch
Marxist philosopher of the utopian spirit of revolt.
JULY 8, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*London, England: Vintners’ Procession. Porters in top hats sweep the path before the gold and black liveried beadle, the stavesman, Swan-Warden, Bargemaster, etc., all carrying nosegays. Has gone on for over 700 years.
* Rhineland, Germany: Lindenfest. New Wine Festival held under ancient linden tree.
ALSO ON JULY 8 IN HISTORY…
1822 — British romantic poet and rebel Percy Shelley dies.
1875 — Marxist utopianist Ernst Bloch born, Ludwigshafen, Rhineland-Palatinate.
1958 — U.S. / U.K. nuclear cooperation treaty signed.
Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective
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July 8, 2009 by Jay Babcock
About Jay Babcock
I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona.
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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.