Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Leo Ferré

Leo Ferré
French anarchist songwriter, composer, popular performer.

England: BARTHOLOMEW FAIR. Originally a 12th-century
cloth fair, opening with the snapping of shears, but by the
15th century it had become a raucous, rowdy pandemonium
of midways, freaks, sideshows, performing animals.
After 1640 London theaters shut down to go perform at the fair.

79 — Vesuvius erupts, southern Italy.
1814 — British burn U.S. Capitol building and White House.
1902 — Annales long-durée” historian Fernand Braudel born, Lunéville, France.
1916 — French anarchist songwriter, composer Leo Ferré born, Monaco.
1943 — French writer, activist Simone Weil dies, Ashford, Kent, England.
1954 — U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act.
1980 — Solidarnosc union founded, Gdansk, Poland, a challenge to Commie rule.

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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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