CLOCK TOWER IN VENICE ITALY

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Photo taken by Linden Hudson in Venice Italy in March 2017. This town is so photogenic.
Who is Linden Hudson?

CLASSICBANDS DOT COM said: “According to former roadie David Blayney in his book SHARP DRESSED MEN: sound engineer Linden Hudson co-wrote much of the material on the ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album.” (end quote)

(ZZ Top never opted to give Linden credit, which would have been THE decent thing to do. It would have helped Linden’s career as well. The band and management worked ruthlessly to take FULL credit for the hugely successful album which Linden had spent a good deal of time working on. Linden works daily to tell this story. Also, the band did not opt to pay Linden, they worked to keep all the money and they treated Linden like dirt. It was abuse. Linden launched a limited lawsuit, brought about using his limited resources which brought limited results and took years. No one should treat the co-writer of their most successful album like this. It’s just deeply fucked up.)
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(see full story at Linden’s website: www.linden-hudson.com/birth-of-the-zz-top-eliminator-album )
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Hear the original ZZ Top ELIMINATOR writing/rehearsal tapes made by Linden Hudson and Billy Gibbons at: www.flickr.com/photos/152350852@N02/35711891332/in/photol…
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LICKLIBRARY DOT COM (2013 interview) ZZ TOP’S BILLY GIBBONS SAID: “the Eliminator sessions in 1983 were guided largely by another one of our associates, Linden Hudson, a gifted engineer, during the development of those compositions.” (end quote) (Gibbons admits this after 30 years, but offers Linden no apology or reparations for lack of credit/royalties)
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MUSICRADAR DOT COM (2013 interview with ZZ Top’s guitarist Billy Gibbons broke 30 years of silence about Linden Hudson introducing synthesizers into ZZ Top’s sound.) Gibbons said: “This was a really interesting turning point. We had befriended somebody who would become an influential associate, a guy named Linden Hudson. He was a gifted songwriter and had production skills that were leading the pack at times. He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing, starting in the studio and eventually to the live stage. Linden had no fear and was eager to experiment in ways that would frighten most bands. But we followed suit, and the synthesizers started to show up on record.” (once again, there was no apology from ZZ Top or Billy Gibbons after this revelation).
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TEXAS MONTHLY MAGAZINE (Dec 1996, By Joe Nick Patoski): "Linden Hudson floated the notion that the ideal dance music had 124 beats per minute; then he and Gibbons conceived, wrote, and recorded what amounted to a rough draft of an album before the band had set foot inside Ardent Studios."
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By David Blayney) : "Probably the most dramatic development in ZZ Top recording approaches came about as Eliminator was constructed. What had gone on before evolutionary; this change was revolutionary. ZZ Top got what amounted to a new bandsman (Linden) for the album, unknown to the world at large and at first even to Dusty and Frank."
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CNET DOT COM: (question posed to ZZ Top): Sound engineer Linden Hudson was described as a high-tech music teacher on your highly successful "Eliminator" album. How much did the band experiment with electronic instruments prior to that album?
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THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE, MARCH 2018: "Eliminator" had a tremendous impact on us and the people who listen to us," says ZZ Top’s bass player. Common band lore points to production engineer Linden Hudson suggesting that 120 beats per minute was the perfect rock tempo, or "the people’s tempo" as it came to be known.
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by David Blayney: (page 227): "…the song LEGS Linden Hudson introduced the pumping synthesizer effect."
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(Search Linden Hudson in the various ZZ Top Wikipedia pages which are related to the ELIMINATOR album and you will find bits about Linden. Also the main ZZ Top Wikipedia page mentions Linden. He’s mentioned in at least 7 ZZ Top related Wikipedia pages.)
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP By David Blayney: "Linden found himself in the position of being Billy’s (Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top guitarist) closest collaborator on Eliminator. In fact, he wound up spending more time on the album than anybody except Billy. While the two of them spent day after day in the studio, they were mostly alone with the equipment and the ideas."
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FROM THE BOOK: BEER DRINKERS & HELL RAISERS: A ZZ TOP GUIDE (By Neil Daniels, released 2014): "Hudson reportedly had a significant role to play during the planning stages of the release (ELIMINATOR)."
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FROM THE BOOK: ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE (ROLLING STONE PRESS, WRITTEN BY DEBORAH FROST): "Linden was always doing computer studies. It was something that fascinated him, like studio technology. He thought he might understand the components of popular songs better if he fed certain data into his computer. It might help him understand what hits (song releases) of any given period share. He first found out about speed; all the songs he studied deviated no more than one beat from 120 beats per minute. Billy immediately started to write some songs with 120 beats per minute. Linden helped out with a couple, like UNDER PRESSURE and SHARP DRESSED MAN. Someone had to help Billy out. Dusty and Frank didn’t even like to rehearse much. Their studio absence wasn’t really a problem though. The bass and drum parts were easily played with a synthesizer or Linn drum machine." (end quote)
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "After his quantitative revelations, Linden informally but instantly became ZZ Top’s rehearsal hall theoretician, producer, and engineer." (end quote)
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FROM THE BOOK: "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST): "With the release of their ninth album, ELIMINATOR, in 1983, these hairy, unlikely rock heroes had become a pop phenomenon. This had something to do with the discoveries of a young preproduction engineer (Linden Hudson) whose contributions, like those of many associated with the band over the years, were never acknowledged."
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FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By DAVID BLAYNEY) : "The integral position Linden occupied in the process of building El​iminator was demonstrated eloquently in the case of song Under Pressure. Billy and Linden, the studio wizards, did the whole song all in one afternoon without either the bass player or drummer even knowing it had been written and recorded on a demo tape. Linden synthesized the bass and drums and helped write the lyrics; Billy did the guitars and vocals."
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FROM THE BOOK: "TRES HOMBRES – THE STORY OF ZZ TOP" BY DAVID SINCLAIR (Writer for the Times Of London): "Linden Hudson, the engineer/producer who lived at Beard’s house (ZZ’s drummer) had drawn their attention to the possibilities of the new recording technology and specifically to the charms of the straight drumming pattern, as used on a programmed drum machine. On ELIMINATOR ZZ Top unveiled a simple new musical combination that cracked open a vast worldwide market.
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESS MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "ELIMINATOR went on to become a multi-platinum album, just as Linden had predicted when he and Billy were setting up the 124-beat tempos and arranging all the material. Rolling Stone eventually picked the album as number 39 out of the top 100 of the 80’s. Linden Hudson in a fair world shoud have had his name all over ELIMINATOR and gotten the just compensation he deserved. Instead he got ostracized."
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FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by DAVID BLAYNEY: "He (Linden) went back with the boys to 1970 when he was working as a radio disc jocky aliased Jack Smack. He was emcee for a show ZZ did around that time, and even sang an encore tune with the band, perhaps the only person ever to have that honor." (side note: this was ZZ Top’s very first show).
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "Linden remained at Frank’s (ZZ Top drummer) place as ZZ’s live-in engineer throughout the whole period of ELIMINATOR rehearsals, and was like one of the family… as he (Linden) worked at the controls day after day, watching the album (ELIMINATOR) take shape, his hopes for a big step forward in his production career undoubtably soared. ELIMINATOR marked the first time that ZZ Top was able to rehearse an entire album with the recording studio gadgetry that Billy so loved. With Linden Hudson around all the time, it also was the first time the band could write, rehearse, and record with someone who knew the men and the machines. ZZ Top was free to go musically crazy, but also musically crazy like a fox. Linden made that possible too."
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FROM THE BOOK "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST, WRITER FOR ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE): "… SHARP DRESSED MAN which employed Hudson’s 120 beat-per-minute theory. The feel, the enthusiasm, the snappy beat and crisp clean sound propelled ELIMINATOR into the ears and hearts of 5 million people who previously could have cared less about the boogie band of RIO GRANDE MUD."
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ULTIMATECLASSICROCK DOT COM: "This new melding of styles was encouraged by Hudson, who served as a kind of pre-producer for ​EL LOCO … … Hudson helped construct ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard’s home studio, and had lived with him for a time. That led to these initial sessions, and then a closer collaboration on 1983’s ​ELIMINATOR.
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FIREDOGLAKE DOT COM: "I like Billy Gibbons’ guitar tone quite a lot, but I lost all respect for them after reading how badly they fucked over Linden Hudson (the guy who was the brains behind their move to include synthesizers and co-wrote most of their career-defining Eliminator record)."
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EMAIL FROM A ZZ TOP FAN TO LINDEN (One Of Many): "I write you today about broken hearts, one is mine and one is for you. I have been a ZZ Top fan since I was 6 years old. I purchased ELIMINATOR vinyl from Caldors in Connecticut with the $20 my grandma gave me for my birthday. I will spare the #1 fan epic saga of tee shirts, harassing Noreen at the fan club via phone weekly for years, over 40 shows attended. Posters, non stop conversation about the time I have spent idolizing this band, but more Billy G, as he has seemed to break free of the Lone Wolf shackles and it became more clear this was his baby. In baseball I was Don Mattingly’s #1 fan, Hershel Walker in football, Billy Gibbons in music. What do these individuals have in common? They were role models. Not a DUI, not a spousal abuse, not a drug overdose, not a cheater. Until I read your web page. I read Blayney’s book around 1992 or so, I was in middle school and I was familiar with your name for a long time. I didn’t realize you suffered so greatly or that your involvement was so significant. It pains me to learn my idol not only cheated but did something so wrong to another being. I now know this is where tall tales and fun loving bullshit and poor morals and ethics are distinguished and where I would no longer consider myself to look up to Billy. I love to joke and I love credit but I have always prided myself on ethics and principles… I hold them dear. I wanted to say, the snippet of UNDER PRESSURE you played sounded very new wave and I may like it more than the finished product. Well that’s all. You have reached ZZ Top’s biggest fan and I can let others know. Bummer. Cheers and good luck. James."​

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For A Joyful Start To The New Year, Order Beach, Inspirational, Religious, Love Or Fun Checks Styles

For A Joyful Start To The New Year, Order Beach, Inspirational, Religious, Love Or Fun Checks Styles

With all of the excitement that comes around each winter holiday season, the time after New Years can be a bit of a letdown.  The weather is often dreary, and time is most often spent indoors.  It is, however, an excellent time to reorganize and rethink certain areas of your household, and one easy new change you can make is to add some color and flash to your checkbook.  

The checkbook is an item that is used regularly throughout the week, and so you spend a great deal of time looking at your checks.  Why not make those checks more fun to look at, and more reflective of your creative personality?  You can find beach checks, inspirational and religious checks, love checks and checks that are simply fun to look at, which will give you a little lift and put a smile on your face every time you need to write a check in the upcoming New Year.

Imagine your checks embellished with a picturesque scene of a warm and tropical beach hideaway.  There are beach checks that feature white sands, palm trees, blue waters, and cloud-dotted skies that will take you back in your memory to summer vacations and trips to sunny climes.

For those who are devout, inspirational checks can let people know where you stand, and may even help to brighten their day.  A blank check represents a simple transfer of funds, but inspirational or religious checks may help to have a positive impact on someone else’s life, and there are several lovely artwork designs in this style from which to choose your favorites.

Friendship and love checks add a bright note to an otherwise ordinary day.  There are several beautiful designs, some of which features butterflies or hearts.  Teddy bears, flower bouquets, Kewpie dolls, angels, puppies and kittens, children and adults are all depicted on checks in loving embraces or other exchanges of affection, any of which you can choose to use for your own personal checkbook.

One of the easiest ways to add this fantastic artwork to your checks is to search online for check printing merchants.  You will want to ensure that they offer SSL encryption on their website to protect your private personal and financial information, and once that is determined, you can feel secure that your information will be safe, and can order decorative check designs that are in a style you adore.

Wayne Hemrick writes about–inspirational checks and fun checks

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Why Respect The Religious Beliefs Of Others?

Why Respect The Religious Beliefs Of Others?
We have seen that man is too ready to die for his religious beliefs. We have seen entire wars waged, masses slaughtered in the name of religious belief.

Man has suffered at his own intolerance to his fellow man, and nothing has been worse than intolerance of religion. Some of the greatest wars in history have been fought over religious intolerance. Religious intolerance has always brought unhappiness.

L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, wrote that Tolerance is a good cornerstone on which to build human relationships.

By asking someone to be tolerant we are not suggesting that one cannot promote ones own beliefs. He should.

Man has always engaged in debate about the nature of himself, his relationship with God. Even those who say there is no God, are but joining in the same debate, as to what is out there beyond, and where we come from.

People are generally happier with some kind of faith and for thousands of years man has enjoyed his religious beliefs. One should respect them. If people in the past thousands of years have not been able to come to any conclusion about the infinite, despite them being the brightest minds that ever existed, then it is well for the rest of us today to respect the religious beliefs of others.

Man does not know enough about man to be able to know exactly what happens when he stands on another mans religion. Generally man wants to be right, as being right is what his ultimate survival is all about. But making someone else wrong, for what they believe, is for some a condemnation worse than death. So for all, the best way to handle another mans religion is to be tolerant of it. And remember that Faith and belief do not necessarily surrender to logic: they cannot even be declared to be illogical. They can be things apart.

Tolerance may be reading other religious texts, finding what is right about the text. After all, if thousands or millions follow it, and use it, it will have a lot that is right about it. Tolerance may also simply be listening without objection. Religions are also related. They are all an attempt to explain the same thing what is life? We can at least respect a man who has the awareness to have a faith, as he is aware beyond the physical universe. And for those who have no faith and argue that faith is wrong, at least they care enough to argue, and one can have some tolerance of that too.

In Japan, where I lived for a decade, there is a saying, There are many roads to the top of the mountain, but the view of the moon is the same at the peak

Tolerance works. Try it.

Good luck!

Nick Broadhurst is the Executive Director of the Church of Scientology of Canberra. He has been in Scientology for 20 years and has read over 20,000 pages, and listened to over 400 taped lectures on the subject. Respect Others’ Beliefs , Church of Scientology of Canberra

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Salvation Brothers – Jesus is My Bombadier

Salvation Brothers - Jesus is My Bombadier

(RPI MusicNews) – Leaving no major religion unscathed in a tsunami of grinding feedback and feral screams, Jesus is My Bombadier, the sophomore effort from the Billings, Montana Christian hatecore trio Salvation Brothers makes it clear from the opening track “My Way or the Hellway” that the band cares less about making friends than saving souls – on their own uncompromising terms.

With the remaining song titles too offensive for publication, it’s also clear the band’s mission extends far beyond making just “music to blast while slaughtering unbelievers.”

“Look, we testify to The Way and The Way is pretty simple. You can’t get to heaven unless it’s through Jesus, and you can’t really get to Jesus unless it’s through Ned,” explains drummer Jessie Samkin, speaking of the group’s frontman/guitarist/spiritual leader Ned Jacobs.

“Jim Jones, David Koresh, Henry Kissinger – these were false prophets,” Jacobs explains. “I am the REAL DEAL. Look here’s proof,” he says, rolling up his sleeve to reveal a tatoo reading "The REAL DEAL."

Jacobs had his religious epiphany while recovering from food poisoning from a bad prison cafeteria taco during a 3-year stint at a Georgia minimum-security correctional facility for aggravated assault on a mime.

The group, currently living together in a dingy 2-bedroom apartment above “The Snack Shack” in downtown Billings, hopes to someday buy a ranch and set up a religious utopia/armed compound from which it will it one day launch what Jacobs calls “The War of Salvation.”

According to Jacobs, first phase of the coming war will be launched when the Chosen One (Jacobs himself) gives three blasts from “The Trumpet of the Archangel” – an action that according to Jacobs will cause all churches, mosques and synagogues to crumble into dust.

“At that point a billion-strong army of True Christian Centurians will rise up to wreck slaughter and death on the unbelieving hordes,” he says.

As a bonus feature, the CD comes with a computer-animated simulation of this apocalyptical prophesy.

In the meantime, the band hopes their sophomore effort sells better than their debut – “Smells Like Burning Unbelievers“ – which sold 16 copies.

The band is still setting up its tour in support of the album, but to date has only booked a single date, “KlanFest & Boogie 2007,” next spring at an undisclosed location in rural Georgia.

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How Much do Supposed Different Religious Beliefs Really Affect Typical Lifestyles?

How Much do Supposed Different Religious Beliefs Really Affect Typical Lifestyles?

A religion is a set of organized beliefs about creation, a possible God (or more), and a possible afterlife. Why do certain people have religions? A person may have been raised having been taught certain beliefs by his or her parents, and the person might choose to carry on those beliefs. Some may view religion as something more of a tradition than a lifestyle. For instance, this type of person attends a “service” or gathering, and then just goes back home violating the very beliefs he or she “proclaimed” to have had. It’s a VERY common thing.

Loyalty to one’s so-called belief system is not something very common, at least in the United States. It consists more of people who are religious by word of mouth ONLY. One of the biggest jokes is seeing someone who violates their own so-called belief system on a continuous basis trying to “convert” someone else to that so-called belief system.

If somebody worshiped the sun, for instance, but then proclaimed hatred towards the sun the upcoming minute, it’s a perfect example of the typical current-day “church-goer”. If a person told you he was an elephant, you would undoubtedly deem that person crazy. What sense does it make to claim you’re part of a certain belief system if your lifestyle does not back it up?

If you are not religious, don’t claim to be; otherwise you’re just misrepresenting a certain belief system as well as making yourself look like a hypocrite. It really takes no effort at all for somebody to not claim he or she is of a certain belief system of which the person is not.

Certain people may think that religion itself consists only of rituals, but what they don’t seem to understand is that it’s supposed to be a lifestyle. Perhaps the reason many “service-goers” can be seen is because they are trying to put up a moral front, and “disguise” for their true character. What actually doesn’t make any sense at all, is if a person is not religious, why the person would waste his or her own time on at least a weekly basis. It’d obviously be a lot easier for the person to instead do something far more congruent with his or her lifestyle. Lots of typical “church-goers” would probably deem it crazy and outrageous to do anything close to what the martyrs in their history did. If their personal possessions were taken from them, they would most likely curse their so-called “God”.

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