Author Archive for Mike DeBonis

John Fahey Is Selling Vaseline

So I'm-a sittin' here fighting off a head cold and watching a little Life on Mars, when comes a commercial break. What snaps me to attention are the fingerpickings of late Takoma Park native and primitive guitarist John Fahey—to be specific "In Christ There Is No East or West" (the '67 version, pretty sure).
It was [...]

And She Was…the Post‘s New Publisher

Buried somewhat far down in today's Post story about the appointment of 41-year-old Katharine Weymouth as the paper's new publisher:
Weymouth's aunt is Tina Weymouth, the bassist in the new wave band, the Talking Heads, which featured David Byrne.
This move: definitely Born Under Punches.
Continue punnery in commentland.

WTU President Can Sing!

In my cover story on Michelle Rhee and the Washington Teachers' Union, I mention that WTU President George Parker is a former musician. Allow me to expand on that: Before becoming a full-time WTU teacher in 1980, Parker had some pretty serious chops.
According to Parker, one R&B outfit he sang for, Special Delivery, had a [...]