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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Today's "Death Penalty Song": Call up The Band

As a longtime music maven (former editor at Crawdaddy etc.) and author of a new e-book probing the death penalty in the USA (Dead Reckoning),  I thought it would be apt for me to post a video here every day with a song illustrating or commenting on executions in America.   Kicked off this week (see elsewhere on blog)  Johnny Cash doing Nick Cave's "Mercy Seat," then an amazing performance of Phil Ochs'  "Iron Lady" by Diamanda Gal├ís. And now, the classic "Long Black Veil" by The Band -- rare footage from their prime, maybe 1969.

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