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Happy Birthday Joan Jett!

Happy Birthday Joan Jett!

Marty’s photo of the day #2314: Happy birthday Joan Jett! September 22 and September 23 are memorable days for birthdays. Today is Joan Jett’s birthday, and tomorrow is Deb Essen’s and Bruce Springsteen’s birthday. My wife is a lot younger than Bruce. She’s also younger than Joan, but just how much, we’ll keep a secret. […]

Woman rock on guitar!

Woman rock on guitar!

Marty’s photo of the day #2276: Rock and roll is generally a liberal form of music. Even so, when it comes to guitarists, there is still quite a bit of sexism, as women seldom get the credit they deserve for their ability to play their instruments. I, being a non-sexist kind of guy, insist on […]

The concert bucket list

The concert bucket list

Marty’s photo of the day #2274: During the past year, I have been working hard at checking off artists on my concert bucket list. Three of those acts included Joan Jett, Garbage, and Melissa Etheridge. One thing all three had in common was that they performed outdoors on equal bills with other acts. Despite the […]

Debbie Harry is the Queen Bee

Debbie Harry is the Queen Bee

Marty’s photo of the day #2248: When I was in high school, my two favorite bands were the Runaways (Joan Jett) and Blondie. I would have loved to have seen Blondie in their prime, but as I drove to see a concert that included them on Friday, I had low expectations. How good could Debbie […]

Happy Birthday Joan Jett!

Happy Birthday Joan Jett!

Marty’s photo of the day #1917: Happy Birthday to Joan Jett! If you want to know how old Joan is, I’ll give you a hint—she’s one day older than my wife, Deb. And tomorrow is both Deb’s and Bruce Springsteen’s birthday. My boss is quite a bit younger than The Boss, but obviously if you […]

Past their prime in Rock and Roll Years

Past their prime in Rock and Roll Years

Marty’s photo of the day #1897: Of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acts Deb and I saw in Salt Lake City Monday night, I liked Joan Jett the best, Heart in the middle, and Cheap Trick the least. In Cheap Trick’s defense, they had two things working against them: they were the oldest […]

Nature Rocks!

Nature Rocks!

Marty’s photo of the day #1895: Deb and I are back from our four-day Rock and Roll Road trip. We had so much fun mixing nature travel with music travel! For nature, we explored Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and Antelope Island and Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in Utah. For music, […]

Joan Jett was here!

Joan Jett was here!

Marty’s photo of the day #1894: Deb and I had a great time seeing three members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night: Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, and Heart. I will have more comments, but we are running late this morning, and we need to hurry back to Montana to pick up […]

Watch out for that cow!

Watch out for that cow!

From our Rock and Roll Road Trip: This morning Deb and I visited the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area near Salt Lake City. We were walking down a narrow dirt road, with a variety of tall wetland plants on either side. We had the place to ourselves. Or so we thought! Soon we heard a […]

Road Trip!

Road Trip!

Marty’s photo of the day #1891: Road trip! Deb and I are on our way to Salt Lake City (eight hours south of us). Planning this trip started spontaneously. Having spent many years as both a radio DJ and a music talent manager, I have been lucky in that I’ve seen every musical act on […]

Martyman drives!

Martyman drives!

Marty’s photo of the day #1889: Deb, Martyman, and I are heading on a four-day rock and roll road trip. On Saturday, we will be driving eight hours south, to Salt Lake City, to see Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, and Heart. When we told Martyman that we were going to see a concert featuring three […]

My sort-of connection to Joan Jett

My sort-of connection to Joan Jett

My most difficult year in high school was my sophomore year, as my mother had just remarried and we rented a tiny house in west Duluth, while my mother and step-father house shopped. Since I went to Duluth East High School, I had to drive all the way across town each day. It also meant […]

The Sunday Summer Tradition

The Sunday Summer Tradition

Marty’s photo of the day #1834: One of Deb’s and my Sunday night summer traditions is Mexican Train and/or Scrabble on the porch, with the all-important Tanqueray and tonics and rock and roll (usually some combination of the Bodeans, Joan Jett, and Grace Potter). Deb has a slight lead in our lifetime series of both […]

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