Thursday, December 15th

by musicclipoftheday

Chicago blues
day three

Otis Rush (1935-; vocal, guitar) with Fred Below (1926-1988; drums), et al., “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” live, East Berlin, 1966


Here’s the original 1956 recording.



reading table

On the first page of the course syllabus [for the class, taught at Columbia, on “The American Radical Tradition”], I always included the words of Max Weber, a rebuke to those who believe that critics of society should set their sights only on “practical” measures: “What is possible would never have been achieved if, in this world, people had not repeatedly reached for the impossible.”

—Eric Foner, “American Radicals and the Change We Could Believe In,” The Nation, January 2-9, 2017 issue