A playlist to accompany the book The ABCs of Rock.

by Susan Gehr
My son Logan and I have been working on a project. We built a playlist based on the musical artists used in Melissa Duke Mooney's 2009 book The ABCs of Rock. We tried to pick songs with lyrics that won't give me too much heartburn when Logan asks me to explain what they mean, songs that could be played on the podcast Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child.

The ABCs of Rock
AC/DC – Back in Black
The Go-Go's – We Got The Beat
Heart – Barracuda
Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child (Wild One)
Joan Jett – I Love Rock 'N Roll
KISS – Rock 'n Roll All Nite
Led Zeppelin – Ramble On
Bob Marley – Three Little Birds
Nirvana – Sliver
Ozzy Osbourne – You Can't Kill Rock and Roll
The Police – Walking on the Moon
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Muppet Version)
R.E.M. – Driver 8
Sonic Youth – Scooter and Jinx
Talking Heads – Stay Up Late
U2 – I Will Follow
Velvet Underground - I'm Your Mirror
The White Stripes – Rag and Bone
X – The Hungry Wolf
Neil Young – Long May You Run
ZZ Top – TV Dinners


Additional Tracks We Considered For the ABCs Playlist
Led Zeppelin – Fool in the Rain
Sonic Youth – Kim's Chords
U2 - New Year's Day
Velvet Underground – What Goes On
Neil Young – not technically a Neil Young song, but we love Jimmy Fallon's impression of Neil Young covering Willow Smith's Whip My Hair


Thanks to everyone who helped with this playlist: my husband Greg Gehr, Bill Childs ofSpare the Rock, Spoil the Child, Michael Logan, Adrienne of Baby Toolkit and M_Smucker.


Because We're All About the Bonus Tracks
Our favorite rock artist these days is Derek Miller, and we have three bonus tracks for you:  Mystery Train, Music is the Medicine and Corn Cob Soup.


Just One More Thing…
This one isn't from Derek Miller, it's one of Logan's other favorite artists, Link Wray, the inventor of the power chord.  The song is called Run Chicken Run. 



A family day at the Redwood Acre's Fair (2011)

The Redwood Acres Fair is different this year.  They have made substantial changes to the "usual and customary" format.  One of the biggest changes was the addition of a "Made In Humboldt" exhibit hall, containing the best of what we make and do here in Humboldt.  There was local food, local beer, local wine, and lots of local folks.

I took my 5 yr old, as well as my grown daughter, her fiancee, and a good friend.  We spent the better part of the day there, and we had a great time.  The link takes you to a gallery page of photos of the day.  I recommend clicking the "slideshow" button.  Well done, Redwood Acres, well done!


A public letter to Senator Barbara Boxer

Dear Senator Boxer

I am truly concerned by the over the top security theatre that the TSA is using to create a false sense of security when searching passengers before they fly.

Specifically, my concerns surround the medically dangerous new full body scanners and the alternate manual search that is actually a sexual assault.

The manual search is a violation of California state laws regarding sexual molest. of children and adults. The scanning, if done repeatedly, is medically unsafe, and has not been proven effective in stopping acts of terrorism. Flyers, particularly frequent flyers, are faced with an impossible choice, either face the dangers of radiation during repeated full body scans or be sexually assaulted on a regular basis. The public reaction to these two unacceptable choices is shutting down commerce in our state because people are refusing to fly, and the entire process is a violation of the 4th Amendment.

I am also amazed that citizens are now being threatened by TSA with Civil Suits carrying a $10K fine for not agreeing with one of TSA's two screening "options" after being escorted from the screening area and airport. I see this as an act of threat, coercion and punishment by the TSA. The TSA is out of control, and truly needs stronger oversight. The new scanners should have had a 90 day public comment period before implementation, and I feel they were implemented administratively without proper review and approval.

Please try to add these issues to the agenda for tomorrows Transportation Security Administration Oversight Hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security.

Thank you for listening

Greg Gehr
Lifelong Democrat




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