July 13– COMPAY SEGUNDO
Cuban “Compadre,” musician, songwriter, free spirit.
JULY 13, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Swaziland: Reed Dance Day.
*Border of France and Spain: Festival of the Three Cows. The result of an ancient Basque blood feud in which French shepherds killed Spanish shepherds and were condemned to pay a blood tax in perpetuity, an elaborate ritual in which three cows are given to the Spanish Basques, followed by revelry.
ALSO ON JULY 13 IN HISTORY…
1787 — U.S. Congress outlaws slavery in Northwest Territories.
1954 — Mexican surrealist painter, activist Frida Kahlo dies, Coyoacán.
1986 — British painter, cut-up artist Brion Gysin dies, Paris, France.
2003 — Buena Vista Social Club guitarist Compay Segundo dies, Havana, Cuba.
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 13, 2009 by Jay Babcock
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abolition, basques, brion gysin, buena vista social club, compay segundo, frida kahlo, latin music |
About Jay Babcock
I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona.
In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com
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.