By Joe Lee

Dante For newbies takes the reader on a visit beginning in hell and finishing in heaven. The reader will get a brief advent to Dante and his occasions. subsequent, the reader meets a candy lass named Beatrice and samples a little his different literary choices, similar to the nice ceremonial dinner, the Convivio. yet then it's directly to the massive one, the Commedia, and a canto by means of canto description of the full paintings. Characters, rules and events are defined as they happen--no looking through finish notes, footnotes or box notes to tell apart Forese Donati, Dante's friend, from his evil brother, Corso. the total plan of the hereafter is just mapped out. Dante For newcomers is a smart holiday with history's maximum vacationer, Dante Alighieri.

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Lead Belly and the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet (Willie Johnson, William Langford, Henry Owens, Arlandus Wilson, Chicago, 1940, Victor), “Alabama Bound,” on Lead Belly, Alabama Bound (RCA, 1988). Lightnin’ Hopkins, “Baby Please Don’t Go” (Houston, 1948, 1949, Gold Star), on Mojo Hand: Lightnin’ Hopkins Anthology (Rhino, 1993). Them, “Baby Please Don’t Go” (Parrot, US, Decca, UK, 1965). Collected on The Story of Them Featuring Van Morrison (Polydor, 1998). Flipside of “Gloria,” the band’s second single.

Most of all there was the sense of knowing that when you drew a breath you were breathing history along with the air, or the smoke—but that doesn’t mean you knew what history was, or would be. History was being made in the instant, which said nothing about what would be included in the books yet to be written, or left out of them, as if what goes in and what goes out stays the same. These names made history in 1968: John Carlos, Bob Beamon, Tommie Smith. They were shouted around the world. Which still echo, which is barely a name at all?

It was as if he was daring the audience, or for that matter the Band, not to see past the ludicrousness of his costume (“I remember a couple of times becoming completely distracted and felt like I was in the audience,” Robertson said), not to see what he was doing, not to hear the music. “Van always looked to me like a half-homicidal leprechaun who lived under the bridge,” the critic Jay Cocks likes to say. For a night he came out from under the bridge. Then he went back. It was stunning; no one remarked on the slime dripping from his elbows, the bits of dead rats on his shoes.

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