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The year is 2071. Humanity has spread across the solar system and the Space Police have reinstated the bounty system of the Old West: catch wanted fugitives alive, deliver them to the cops and get paid. Cowboy Bebop
chronicles the adventures (and misadventures) of a group of bounty hunters as they try to catch bad guys and make a living. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on May 7, 2013 -
I got to go to the Macklemore concert on Friday night. If you want to hear about how that went, ask me, seriously, I want to talk about it until I die. The whole thing was great; but the best part was when Macklemore sang “Same Love.” Augustana’s gym was filled to the ceiling with 5,000 people, mostly aged 18-25, and decked out in thrift store gear (American flag bro-tanks, neon Nikes, MC Hammer pants. My Cowboy boyfriend wore Cowboy boots…not ironically….). The arena was brimming with excitement and adrenaline during every song, but when he started to play “Same Love,” the place about collapsed. Why? While the song is popular everywhere, no one, maybe not even Macklemore, feels its true tension like we do in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
If you’re not familiar, here’s the song.
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posted by Blasdelb
on Apr 11, 2013 -
- the tale of Boyd Linney, a ten-year-old bounty hunter determined to round up his outlaw family. Or as Chris Sims
puts it: "True Grit: The Animated Series".
posted by Artw
on Apr 25, 2012 -
When a cowboy says 'women,' he means two different kinds: There's the real kind and then there's the kind in his mind
. A song by Dan Reeder, for your edumatainment.
posted by kaibutsu
on Sep 12, 2011 -
The stories and pictures
of the Wild West commonly feature white men
, with little notion of the diversity present in the later half of the 19th century beyond the various regiments of "buffalo soldiers"
. In reality, black cowboys made up a large portion of the cowhand population
, possibly a quarter of all cowboys. Estimations range from 5,000
to 15,000 cowboys being of African heritage
. Many have been forgotten in the passing of time, but some of their stories live on. For instance, the cowboy Nat Love
, the outlaw Cherokee Bill
, and (all sorts of awesome) "Stagecoach" Mary Fields
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 25, 2011 -
The Original Rhinestone Cowboy.
"I was laying on my bedside just as lonesome as I could be. I was by myself and so lonesome the tears just come in my eyes. I was so lonesome I prayed and said: 'Lord, give me something to make me happy' Now, you won't believe this, but the Lord told me to make an outfit. I went downtown and bought me a suit and became Rhinestone, and I ain't had one moment of lonesomeness since."
posted by Sticherbeast
on Mar 10, 2006 -
Unless you are German you may not have heard of Winnetou
and Old Shatterhand
, characters created by Karl May
. A possible D.I.D.
sufferer, he had never set foot in America and began to write his Wild West stories whilst in jail. Popular with readers across Europe, his books
have been translated into over thirty different languages. Spaghetti Westerns partly came about because early 60s films [test your knowledge]
based on his books, inspired Italian producers to invest in Westerns
. His life story
was made part of Syberberg's trilogy in 1974
posted by tellurian
on Aug 9, 2005 -
The Streets of Laredo: The Cowboy's Lament
was originally written as the Irish drover balled Bard of Armaugh
), which later mutated into A Handful of Laurel
, about a young man dying of syphilis in a London hospital, musing back on his days in the alehouses and whorehouses. Immigrants settling in the Appalachians brought their own version, The Unfortunate Rake
, sung as early as 1790, about a young soldier dying of mercury poisoning, a result of treatment for venereal disease, who requests a military funeral - a slight but important evolution from the previous version. The current lyrics are most popularly attributed to cowboy Frances Henry "Frank" Maynard
, who copyrighted them in 1879. While various versions
of the song were popular in the US before Maynard took pen to paper and needle to wax cylinder (under such titles as Locke Hospital
, St. James Infirmary Blues
, Tom Sherman's Bar
and Way Down in Lodorra
), his version is the one with which we are most familiar today.
beat the drum slowly, play the fife lowly / sound the death march as you carry me along / cover my body in sweet-smelling posies / for I'm the young
(rake, soldier, man, girl, lass, etc) cut down in
(or and I know I've done wrong
The song has been recorded by pretty much every country, western and folk-identified musical artist since recording music became practical, although the most popular versions must be those by Arlo Guthrie
(who once said it was "the saddest song I know," and who sings it on his album Son of the Wind
) and Johnny Cash
(who added a few verses
to his 1965 version, improving the song a bit and making it more emotionally complex). Roger McGuinn's
creative commons-licensed version is one of my personal favorites, as is Bobby Sutliff's version
posted by luriete
on Aug 3, 2005 -