Musings

Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke

With John Curtis, Redlands

With John Curtis, Redlands

I spent some time before my DJ gig tonight at the house of Josh Curtis, brother of tonight’s club promoter, Cahn Curtis. Josh is like a brother from another mother! But before I start, let me tell all you creeps: none of this stuff is for sale!

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Leo Fender’s Radio Repair Shop

Leo Fender’s Radio Repair Shop

I was in Fullerton today and stumbled across this: the original location of Leo Fender’s radio repair shop, where the very first Fender musical instruments were made in the 1940s!

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Fairbanks Museums

Fairbanks Museums

We went to two museums today in Fairbanks, the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum (one of the best I’ve ever been to) and the Fairbanks Ice Museum.

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Montmartre Cemetery, Paris

Montmartre Cemetery, Paris

At Montmartre Cemetery I only had time for three “celebrity” graves: Dalida, the famous French singer; the famous Impressionist painter Edgar Degas; and Adolphe Sax, the Belgian who invented the saxophone.

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Phono Museum, Paris

Phono Museum, Paris

This morning I went to the Phono Museum in the Pigalle district of Paris. Wow, this place is incredible! I highly recommend it if you are going to Paris (check hours first).

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RIP Dickie “Be-Bop” Harrell

RIP Dickie “Be-Bop” Harrell

Dickie “Be-Bop” Harrell, the original drummer of Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, passed away this morning. Dickie’s constant Facebook presence was a real thrill and a marvel—“Wow, that’s GENE VINCENT’S ORIGINAL DRUMMER who just left a comment on my page!”

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Scully Record Lathe Reversed-Screw Update

Scully Record Lathe Reversed-Screw Update

After a year and a half of waiting and delays, I finally have a correct lead screw and—almost as important—the matching half nut for cutting outside-in records on my original Scully record lathe that I’ve been working on restoring for thirteen years now.

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Harry the Hipster’s Mailbox

Harry the Hipster’s Mailbox

Many of you know I collect stuff—mostly weird music-related ephemera from the past. This is one of the weirdest (and coolest) things I possess: Harry “The Hipster” Gibson’s mailbox!

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RIP Tina Turner

RIP Tina Turner

Just about everybody knows Tina Turner’s personal story, and her trials and tribulations as part of the Ike and Tina Turner show, where Ike regularly beat her and treated her worse than a dog. That story is one of perseverance and overcoming adversity.

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