Thursday, March 9, 2023

Monday, October 10, 2022


Memorial Service
Spring Hill Cemetery
Lynchburg, Virginia

Michael Ross McConnell
b. Thursday 10 July 1952
d. Orthodox Easter Sunday 27 April 2008

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

#RIP Ira Chaplain (1953 - 2022)

I met Ira fall 1972, in Birch Hall at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. His roommate was Michael Tanner. In 1973-74 Ira and I were swept up in retro 1960s nostalgia, blasting Wolfman Jack oldies in his jacked-up Ford Falcon with the raccoon tail dangling from the rear antenna. Paired with a stylish cap, Ira often wore a red and white corduroy American Graffiti-vintage car coat embroidered "John '65." We were hired as Amazon River tour guides by the infamous "Jungle Mike" Tsalickis in Leticia, Colombia. That time with Jeff Stripple in Oxford, Ohio. Trips from SW Ohio to New Hampshire in Ira's Alfa Romeo. And El Paso, TX to S. California in his ’57 Chevy. Shared an apartment (2211 Jones) spring-summer 1976 when Ira was at the San Francisco Art Institute. Graffeo coffee. Sam Wo and Tai Tung restaurants. His friends Alan, Oscar, Kee-Wah and RenĂ©. Roxy Music's "Stranded" album blaring out the apartment window while he was working on his car. The Tubes' "Young And Rich" album and Bimbos concert (WPOD). Ira visited me in Chicago several times. In 1980 he brought a poster from the London glam/punk clothing store BOY. His albums had been stolen so he was glad to receive a replacement copy of our favorite HY LIT various artists oldies LP. We were in touch as recently as January 2022. Farewell my friend. It will take more than death to slow you down. Say hello to Bryan Young (Woodstock Country School, Vermont), Michael Zempter and (Michael) Ross McConnell.

Clear Spot - Ross & Julie

Nov 25, 2022 - #RSDBlackFriday
Captain Beefheart
And The Magic Band
Clear Spot
50th Anniversary
Deluxe 2xLP

Reprise Album MS 2115
Nov 5, 1972 - Released
Dec 2 - NME Preview
Dec 9 - Record World &
Cash Box Reviews
Dec 16 - Billboard Review

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Happy 70th Birthday Ross

Michael Ross McConnell
b. Thursday 10 July 1952

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Sight And Sound, May 2022, Vol 32, Issue 4

The Robocop robot [1987] is a male version of
the woman robot in Metropolis [1927].

Robocop featuring
Uncle Jo Livingston
as Grocery Pop

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Rossae Crucis

Michael Ross McConnell
b. Thursday 10 July 1952
d. Orthodox Easter Sunday 27 April 2008