Saturday, May 07, 2005

Fred Styles
,former bass player for the 5 Menits and presently a producer of television and film in NYC, has produced a SSSSSSSSSUPAH CD from old sessions with Eddie Hinton, The Tuscaloosa All Stars and Fred's local band in NYC. If you will be patient and click a few times, you'll get to hear EDDIE THE GREAT wail from the sample Fred has placed on CD baby.
I have also linked to part of the Eddie Hinton archive at the CUBA,ALABAMA blog which is the first time I have ever done that and it turned out great. The link is right next to Eddie's Tuscaloosa High School senior portrait.
Hey, if any of ya'll have Fred's email address, please forward this message to him. He's working on a really fascinating film about Janis Joplin right now. Check it out at
The 5 Menits, With Eddie Hinton
This CD has a 20% discount if you buy more than one copy of it today!
© 2005 Fred Styles

The BBC coverage for Audioslave's May 6 concert in Havana

Friday, May 06, 2005
Super group Audioslave are set to become the first U.S. rock band to perform outdoors in Cuba, sharing the stage with their Cuban music counterparts.

The group, currently touring in support of their upcoming sophomore release, "Out of Exile," accommodated their touring schedule to be able to give a special performance May 6 at La Tribuna in Havana, Cuba. The concert will be free and open to the Cuban public. In the past, the open air venue has accommodated up to 1 million people.

The performance, the first open air concert by a U.S. rock band in Cuba, was authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Instituto Cubano de la Musica. The effort represents an opportunity to share with the Cuban youth the free expression of music that embodies rock and roll.

"Kids are the same all over the world, and we are extremely proud and excited to bring rock 'n' roll to the youth of Cuba. It's all about the music, and free expression of music crosses all barriers. This is a rare opportunity, and we are grateful and honored to have the support of both countries," said Audioslave.

The band will be in Havana May 4-7, interacting with the Cuban youth and the Cuban musical artists. Interscope/Epic as well as Done and Dusted, a U.K. film production company, are producing the event with the Instituto Cubano de la Musica.

From :
Sent :
Friday, July 20, 2001 11:15 AM
To :
robert register
Subject :
Re: Cuban Websites

. Robert--
Hey you know I would write Castro
a letter about our inkling to bring the
bus to Cuba
if I knew where to mail
it to. I figure anybody who was close
to Che couldn't be completely bad.
"Like a Stone" synthesizes a lot of those disparate ideas; it careens from belting Cornell vocals to acoustic passages to a great Morello squeegee solo. Although the title makes it sound like an answer song to Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," Cornell says, "It's a song about concentrating on the afterlife you would hope for, rather than the normal monotheistic approach: You work really hard all your life to be a good person and a moral person and fair and generous . . . ," Cornell pauses, thinking about the afterlife he's made for himself, and he grins. "And then you go to hell anyway

Thursday, May 05, 2005

May 4, 1970

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Re: Charlie Grimm's Legacy: The 35th Anniversary Of The Day BAMA'S Greeks Joined THE FREAKS!

Why don't you get some of those tough investigative reporters with the T News to uncover all of this? The reason so much shit goes down in Tuscaloosa, then as now, is that our newspaper is asleep/incompetent/bought off. Their slogan ought to be, "All the News Uncontroversial and Fitting Our Agenda".

Subject :

I once knew a couple who claimed to be working with Charlie. He allegedly put them up to the task of throwing a incendiary into the Capri Theatre as a diversion. There was some story about the local narcs having put pressure on them too. I've forgotten the details. Those were strange days.

To :
"Robert Register"
Subject :
Gotta' get down to it, soldiers are cutting us down

Fuckin' A,
I'll never forget. What was the name of that old gym Grimm torched? [ed. Dressler Hall- the University of Alabama collected $140,000 in insurance for the work of an FBI Cointelpro stunt directed by our local yokels]
I was
sittin' in the liberated Union Bldg. that night when the shit went down.
What was the name of that Bldg.? We thought first it was the ROTC Bldg.
I had played a few Nights at the Stardust as a single for old Ted Grace.
Had to use a nome de plume cause jocks on a NCAA ride
couldn't have any outside income.
And hey, remember that stupid prick, Judge Burns I think, what a goober.
That summer after the suspended exams due to Kent, I use to go down town and
watch that Kangaroo Court fry students. I remember that duffas talkin bout'
separatin' the sheep and the goats. God almighty.

I remember that photo on the front page of the Crimson and White showing
those batton swingin' cocksuckers on the DEKE house lawn. We should have
got a bigger piece of their ass when we had the chance.

I remember that block that took out that fucker that chased you out of your
own damn apartment.

What would you do if you found her dead on the ground, how can you run when
you know? CSNY




In 1986, John A. Burgess wrote a book about Panama City Beach which was published by the Opp News. This is what he had to say about The Hangout and The Casino....

During the early 1900s (probably around 1920) a man by the name of W.C. Sherman built a large, wood pavilion on pilings at a spot on the east end of the peninsula now known as Shell Island.

The pavilion was erected among the sand dunes near the gulf. A long boardwalk led north-northeast directly back to St. Andrews Bay and on out into the water where it became a pier.

This was "the spot" in those days for people who wanted to go to the beach for an outing. Taking a motor launch from the docks at St. Andrews or Panama City, people would travel around Davis' Point, along the north side of what is now Shell Island, and to the dock leading to the pavilion. At the pavilion there were dressing rooms for men and women as well as snacks available for purchase.

During the winter months, however, the pavilion remained closed, and this fact was seen as an opportunity by several men who used the pavilion for the making of homebrew. One group of moonshine makers were said to have actually been apprehended there while in the process of running off a batch of their illegal brew.

The coming of the Gulf Coast Highway around 1925 signed the death warrant for the pavilion. With the erection of the new Hathaway Bridge joinng St. Andrews and Panama City to the mainland to the west, there was now an easy land access to the gulf. Prior to this, people had to take a ferry across St. Andrews Bay to traverse the water where Hathaway Bridge now stands. With the building of the bridge, they could drive across. The crossing was not free, however, for a small fee was charged those crossing until 1932 when it was lifted.

A narrow, paved highway (Highway 98) led almost directly west across the bridge all the way to Pensacola. This highway was primarily the results of the efforts of Pensacola newspaper publisher Frank L. Mayes who, through his efforts in the Pensacola News Journal, brought about its reality.

The pavilion fell on hard times after this, and a short time later it was purchased by a man by the name of Walter Sharpless. With foresight, Sharpless envisioned a bright future for the beaches along this new highway.

Using oxen, Sharpless moved the old pavilion westward straight down the beach near the water. Facts as to just how this was achieved are not readily available today. We do know, though, that he cut the pavilion into several sections and moved one section at a time. If he used ox carts, we don't know what method he employed to prevent the wheels from sinking into the sand under such a weight. Perhaps the carts may have had very broad wheels as was suggested by one old timer. Another said that the pavilion was rolled along the sand on logs. This, too, seems doubtful, for the logs would also tend to bury in the sand. At any rate, he did achieve this feat, and at a point just west of where the beaches first intersect with Highway 98, Sharpless re-erected the pavilion on land that he had purchased there. This area became known as Long Beach.

The pavilion became known as the Casino. Later, directly behind it and more near the gulf, Sharpless built another open sided building. This building became known as The Hangout. The date that this occurred is said to be around 1928, although one historical writer of some years back noted that the date was 1933. Upon its opening, the Casino gained fame and soon became the most popular spot to visit on the beach.

Later, in the 40s, 50s and 60s it would become known as "The Hangout" by hundreds of thousands of visitors from Alabama, Georgia and other states as well as natives of the Panama City area.

Unfortunately, Sharpless was the victim of a murder that took place on the highway in St. Andrews not far from the old Bus Barn. Two men were later convicted of the murder and pardoned. Both are now dead.

Following the death of Sharpless, the Long Beach property was acquired by John McCall and J.E. Churchwell around 1931 or 1932. Shortly after, Churchwell bought out the McCall's interest.

Around the year 1925 (again, some say 1933), a man by the name of Gidon M. Thomas purchased land adjoining Long Beach on the east side. Here he built a pier into the gulf and a hotel on the beach above. He also erected a number of modern cottages. This was believed to be the first such facility on the beach, preceding the Casino by a year or more. Thomas, like Sharpless, was one of the pioneers of what has become known today as "The Miracle Strip."

Thomas died shortly after he had completed these things and had seen them become successful.

Following his death, his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Pledger, acquired the property and continued to manage and improve it.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

If any uv ya'll remember the Stardust Supper Club out on U.S. 82 in Northport, ya probably remember when Ted Grace had it back in 69/70.
Tomorrow marks the 35th anniversary of the Kent State killings & folks around here still don't know what happened. The wife of the FBI agent who hired Charlie Grimm started yelling and screaming at me not long ago in Gorgas Library. Her rant went something like this,"My husband has never broken the law. You should be ashamed to make such outrageous allegations!!!! [blah,blah,blah!]"
I would love to talk to any police officer other than Billy Bigham who attacked us on the night of the Denny Court incident and I would also love to talk to any firefighter who was working the #2 station at Denny Stadium that night.
One thing is for certain, the truth about this stuff is gonna come out and anyone who was there when the Greeks joined the Freaks in May of '70 experienced a paradigm shift approaching epiphany.
Not one of these creeps who call themselves journalists in this town knows shit about what happened but that's gonna change soon.
P.S. 4 Dead in Ohio

According to Alabama Civil Liberties Union lawyers, in May of 1970 a student infiltrator for the FBI and the Tuscaloosa police on the University of Alabama campus, Charles Grimm, Jr., committed arson and incited acts of violence, which were then used as a reason for declaring a campus protest meeting an unlawful assembly, a ruling which resulted in criminal charges against 150 students. One of the attorneys contended that the agent had admitted the violent acts to him and that the FBI and local police had spirited the agent away to make him unavailable in the court cases.