March 28th, 2008

Chris Keeley

irony, iconoclasm, a permanent customer base of misfits who all own several pairs of Chucks. Convers

irony, iconoclasm, a permanent customer base of misfits who all own several pairs of Chucks. Converse owes an enormous debt to rebels, greasers, juvenile delinquents, punk rockers. For all its heritage in hoopsters, the brand subsists on hipsters, which is why the company will soon unveil, without a smidgen of blasphemy, a series of its famous All-Stars and One-Stars with Kurt Cobain's signature and scribbled excerpts from his journals.

Kurt Cobain! Who shot himself 14 years ago and whose lifeless body was partially pictured in a memorable news photograph from the scene of his death, where you can see that he died in his Converse One-Stars. Like every punk rocker on the planet who came before him and after him, the Nirvana frontman almost always wore low-top Chuck Taylor All-Stars or One-Stars or Jack Purcells, and they were always ratty, dirty, holey -- and on him, in the end, holy.

The Cobain shoes will sell for the unpunk price of $50-$65, suggested retail; inside of one of the soles is a Sharpie scrawl that reads, a la Kurt, "Punk rock means freedom." From fans of Nirvana this has elicited only slight dismay -- Courtney Love strikes again, etc. From Converse collectors, there are advance orders. But still, the most impressive reaction is so very like Converse wearers themselves:

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Chris Keeley

Gregg Allman, a founding member of the band, has been treated for hepatitis C

The Allman Brothers Band announced on Thursday the postponement of its annual 15-show engagement at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan, scheduled for May 5 to 24. New dates are to be announced, and tickets will be honored at the rescheduled concerts. The band canceled its performances as host of the annual Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Fla., although the festival will continue as scheduled on April 11 and 12. For six months Gregg Allman, a founding member of the band, has been treated for hepatitis C, and the announcement said the treatment has so far been successful.

 
Chris Keeley

Pentagon Orders Nuclear Inventory

Pentagon Orders Nuclear Inventory

Back in the United States, the Pentagon has ordered a complete inventory of the nation’s nuclear arsenal in the wake of the recent admission four nuclear parts were mistakenly sent to Taiwan in 2006. It was the second major nuclear blunder for the military in the last six months. Last year, the Air Force unknowingly flew nuclear warheads between North Dakota and Louisiana.

Democratic Congressional Candidates Call for Immediate Iraq Withdrawal

Meanwhile, back in the United States, more than three dozen Democratic congressional candidates have pledged to make an immediate Iraq withdrawal a centerpiece of their upcoming campaigns. The proposal, dubbed a “Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq,” would still keep troops in Iraq to guard the US embassy. But it differs from Democratic leaders and both presidential candidates in refusing to keep tens of thousands of troops in Iraq to train Iraqis or engage in so-called anti-terrorism operations.