It's been my experience since moving back here that competitiveness undermines pretty much everything in Memphis. Teamwork is what drives successful cities.
Forget it, Jake. It's Tennessee.
This is all baloney. All these females just all jumped up saying "I was raped" and coincidentally haven't had any shine since the 60's when it all supposedly happened. And Wendi, this is why black people are in so much trouble, articles like yours showing no sense of unity. I don't feel sorry for Bill Cosby, when he found out the conservatives were using his diatribes against black people, he kept talking out and dragging our people under the bus. That is white supremacy, it figures out what the black step and fetchit wants, and still takes it from them to show how powerlesss they are without the support of their people. It happened to Henry Louis Gates, to Danielle Watts, to OJ Simpson... but I still watch Cosby, I will still buy his DVDs for gifts - unlike Seinfeld, whose DVDs I gave away at work.
Bill Cosby tried to buy NBC, then all of a sudden, his only son turns up dead next to hiis car in a supposed robbery, but with his cash and rolex watch still on his arm. Whatever dude
Who wouldn't look good wrapped up in our flag. It's the best of the 50 by far.
Alaska is quite nice and Canada doesn't count.
Lol Wasting tax payers money!
Riverside and Front have those names for good historical reasons. Third street is a number. Highway 61, the Blues Highway, the one young Riley and so many others traveled to Memphis, can be renamed for BB throughout its course in Memphis. It may be funky, and un-touristy, but let's not turn a memorial over to a garden club.
And another county heard from.
Gosh, how in the world did Sam Phillips, Willie Mitchell, Chips Moman, John Fry, Jim Stewart, et al EVER make it without some taxpayer-funded organization "helping" them out?
Maybe their earned success came from their own creativity!!!
41 Pictures and not one picture of fishing equipment. Go figure and here is one for ya. Hey Memphis were does one got to fish at that lives here? How about Mississippi seeing how the city shut down the only two lakes Memphians had to fish at.
Granny I will always remember our talks, your advice and you telling me when I asked where you were that you were out playing bridge. Love you granny and you will dearly be missed. Love your Dani...
Dumb, non-news. Idiots parroting the author's opinions as their own out of contempt for southern states. None of them have a problem with states being more blue than red, apparently. I'll take an ugly state image over ugly hypocrite partisan bias any day.
It seems clear that the prosecutor was looking to put this sorry mess to bed. Justice has not been served.
It took me closer to 38 seconds to do it but I was fiddling with the size and font of the letters.
Does anyone know how to get puke out of a keyboard?
They're laughing because they can't believe they got paid $46k for the design that took all of 38 seconds to come up with.
Does anyone really doubt that the city is not allowing people to go inside of the Coliseum during Roundhouse Revival because it helps take steam out of a redevelopment effort that includes preserving the original structure?
Geez! I could have done that in 5 minutes on MS Paint. And, they paid $46K for that!?!?!?!
Not Riverside....that name is perfect for that drive. How about renaming Front Street for BB instead?
It's easy to sit on the sidelines and hoot an holler if your team scores or to boo if they drop the ball. The Memphis Music Commission is not basketball, but it is a team effort. All musicians should be active. All musicians should be aware of what services they offer. All musicians should be networking and the Memphis Music Commission is someone you should be familiar with. They are not hard to find. I just don't understand the recent outpouring of hate towards them. It's a 2-woman operation. They get $250,000 a year. As I see it, about 130 of that goes toward salaries. Some think Johnnie Walker is paid too much, but are you aware of how much the two MEN who held that position before her were paid??? More, I guarantee you. She is pedigree, she is truly a rockstar amongst record industry people. She is respected everywhere except Memphis. She does not and should not have to prove anything to anybody. She is from Mississippi, she got her start as a country music DJ in the late 70s, and she worked hard and became the Vice President of Def Jam Records promotions department. If that's not Memphis as Fuck, well then fuck me. If anyone can promote the music of Memphis, she can - that is IF she is allowed to do her job and has the budget to do that with!
Now there is some debate as to what do they do for the musicians of Memphis... well, here is a start... Every other Monday they offer a showcase for area artists to perform and for industry people to gather and just visit and network. Do you go? I am guilty of not going very often, we are all busy... but have you ever been? At the showcase they have a few nibbles, cards are passed out, the artists are treated respectfully... there used to be a Friday showcase as well but I think funding cut that out... They do a cable access TV show, and all you have to do is go through the procedures to be featured. Any musician can. It doesn't cost anything. As much as I love another local TV network/web network, did you know it costs bands $ just to submit their videos to be considered for airplay? Not saying that is wrong either, they have to pay their staff... but the music commission doesn't charge to use your art. They even pay with that extra budget y'all think is too much. Like the trolley series, which is on hold but STILL, it was an innovative way to present original Memphis music to the masses. Tourists and locals. They do a radio show, and it's not rocket science to get your music to them to play it. Have you heard the show? It's good! They do legal seminars, and it does not cost anything to attend. Once a month they do a great event at Stax for you to share new recordings, and the feedback is honest, encouraging and the folks that critique are pros. The Commission has done other events but I don't think Miss Walker should have to shove down your throats all the good deeds that she does, that she is trying to do, that the city and some of the citizens of Memphis make her jump through hoops to in an effort to accomplish good for us musicians and our industry. For years, literally years, she and I have been talking about parking for musicians on Beale Street. She has a GREAT solution, and it's typical BS that it can't be implemented because her hands are tied and about $ it will cost. I've offered to help with a fundraiser for it, and right now her hands are tied. She should have access to FUNDS to MAKE things happen when opportunity arrises. And most of all, the Memphis Music Commission works it's ass off to raise additional funds to help cover the cost for the Memphis Plan from Church Health for some qualifying musicians so we can go to the doctor when sick rather than sit around and die. How do you qualify for that? Well, you work your ass off 150 or more gigs a year, you teach a class at the college, you make art on the side and basically make yourself available to work 24/7 but you still can't make ends meet and the Memphis City and Shelby County Tax folks are on your ass because you owe them $ in last years taxes but you only made less than $12,000 and after you bought food and gas and paid utilities you end up putting all your expenses on a credit card to the point your credit sucks. That's just my personal story though. And I know I am not the only person that benefits from the Memphis Plan, which for musicians is not perfect by any means, but a blessing never the less. I'm screwed if I get sick on the road, because it's only good in Memphis. The Music Commission should be able to work with other Music Commissions across the country to implement a plan - a network - for traveling artists, but their hands are tied. There are little bitty hodunk towns in Tennessee that have Music Commissions, and some of y'all are thinking we need to get rid of ours?? Give me a break. This is Memphis, the home and birthplace of everything worth fighting for. Now I don't know all the answers. And I am sure there are things that the Music Commission does might not be fair to everyone - like honoring Women with the Emissary Awards. But having been a 13-time nominee for the now defunct Premier Player Awards, well bite me. I'm glad and proud to have been honored. Now I will get off this soap box because I need to pimp my new EP some (which 5 times more people from out of Memphis have purchased by the way). I need to prepare for Joyce Cobb's benefit on Sunday, and prepare to sit through a long ass City Hall meeting, again, next week to speak on behalf of the Music Commission to keep getting funding. Having once published a Memphis Music newspaper geared toward Independent artists, having been a record label owner since the 90s and having released 13 pieces of product on myself and others, having been the Executive Director of a National music organization that held office in Memphis who asked me to step down because I let Albert King play too long and because they wanted someone more secretarial, having been in bands for over 30 years... well, I feel like this city needs a kick in the ass once again and I have a right to speak my own mind on my own page. Go ahead and think what you want. But as Joyce Cobb said about me this week after I released a record with a rapper, I got balls.
Howard - some people can't afford the $30 no appointment fee that Church Health offers. As little as that is. Some people can't afford the $50 a month for the Memphis Plan, as little as that is. I'm one of those people. Thankful for the Memphis Plan provided to me by the Music Commission. Without it I may have had a stroke due to my high blood pressure, and I would not be playing guitar now due to wrist problems they are treating me for.
By Joshua Cannon
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