riot-house

Friendly reminder that US fans are not the only ones who mob or disrespect the boys. 

Friendly reminder that it’s happened multiple times in the UK and Australia.

Friendly reminder that not every American is rude.

Friendly reminder that North American recognition and support is extremely important to the album’s and band’s success, too.

Friendly reminder that not all Americans suck.

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Many Brazilians are angry at the billions spent to host the World Cup. Protesters have said the government should focus spending instead on improving Brazil’s woeful health, education, security and infrastructure systems.

Around a thousand mostly young protesters gathered on a main business avenue in the city of 11 million, loudly beating drums and cans and raising banners with messages such as “less money for the Cup and more for housing”

The demonstration turned violent when some people smashed the windows of a Hyundai car dealership and the offices of a bank. Police arrested seven people carrying Molotov cocktails.
AFP/Reuters/EFE/EPA/Getty Images

songs about how love is cool and and also about how much it sucks… »  listen here

i. anyone else but you // the moldy peaches ii. can you tell // ra ra riot iii. cornerstone // arctic monkeys iv. it is not meant to be // tame impala v. nepal // san cisco vi. our deal // best coast vii. saltwater // beach house viii. san francisco // foxygen ix. towers // bon iver x. you already know // bombay bicycle club

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Today’s the day, folks. HAMMER HEAD officially exists in the world! (Man oh man do I have some active butterflies in my guts.)

Buy the book! Come to a reading! I’d love to see some of you wonderful rag-tag gang of Tumblr folks.

Tonight, March 16 at 7 pm, I’ll be at Harvard Book Store! Hometown Hammer Head launch party insanity.

Thursday evening, March 19, calling all Maine dwellers. I’ll be at Sherman’s on Exchange Street.

And next week, NEW YORK!

WORD on the 25th with Meredith Turits, with free drinks care of the generous folks of Book Riot.

And on March 26, the New York launch, sponsored by Tumblr, with guests including (I still can’t believe it): KATE BOLICK, ROSIE SCHAAP, and CARA NICOLETTI. We’ll toast and drink and snack and party and tell stories about building, bartending, butchering, and the weird powerful choices made in life.

And more, up and down the east coast.

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[Watts August 11 1965] Rena Price rushed from her home in South Los Angeles to a nearby traffic stop where a white California Highway Patrol officer had pulled over her son Marquette Frye. Accounts vary on what set off the scuffle, but a patrolman hit Frye on the head with a baton and his mother jumped on another officer. A crowd witnessed their arrests. After rumors spread that police had roughed up a black woman, angry mobs formed and six days of deadly rioting ensued.

more.

the six days

resulted in more than forty million dollars worth of property damage, [and] was both the largest and costliest urban rebellion of the Civil Rights era...

also, after visiting Los Angeles at the height of the riot:

MLKJR  wrote an article for the Saturday Review in which he argued that Los Angeles could have anticipated rioting ‘‘when its officials tied up federal aid in political manipulation; when the rate of Negro unemployment soared above the depression levels of the 1930s; when the population density of Watts became the worst in the nation,’’ and when the state of California repealed a law that prevented discrimination in housing…

though it didn’t sit well with many that Dr. King

…arrived in Watts at the head of a ten car motorcade.

later that fall, at an SCLC gathering in Chicago, he said

‘‘What did Watts accomplish but the death of thirty-four Negroes and injury to thousands more? What did it profit the Negro to burn down the stores and factories in which he sought employment? The way of riots is not a way of progress, but a blind ally of death and destruction which wrecks its havoc hardest against the rioters themselves’’

“They didn’t just get a few hotel rooms on tour. They went ahead and took residency. Zeppelin established Los Angeles’ Continental Hyatt House (now the Andaz West Hollywood) as The Riot House, taking up to six floors at a time for their infamous debauchery, rumored to have included John Bonham blazing down a hallway on his motorcycle.”