An investigation by Direct Action Everywhere finds “horrific conditions” at a Whole Foods top-rated “humane” meat supplier
By Michael Goldberg
The Diestel Turkey Ranch in Sonora, CA is a beautiful place where turkeys are free to roam on tree-shaded green pastures. “HAPPY TURKEYS AHEAD” reads a sign outside the Whole Foods meat supplier’s farm in the foothills of the Sierra.
And that’s what consumers see in promotional brochures and Whole Foods video of Diestel’s Sonora ranch, one of just three suppliers (out of 2100) to earn Whole Foods’ 5+ humane meat rating, the upscale retailer’s coveted top honor.
“There’s not a lot of secrets here,” says Timothy J. Diestel, who along with his wife Joan C. Diestel has been running the ranch since 1980.
But an investigation and report by the animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) shows otherwise. A 2013 California Regional Water Quality Control Board report states no commercial turkeys have been raised at the Sonora facility since 2011. According to the report, Diestel’s turkeys come from other facilities. One of those is in nearby Jamestown, whose premises are nothing like what Whole Foods depicts in its “humane turkey” videos.
This 1993 documentary looks at the significance of Highway 61, the road that runs south from Bob Dylan’s home
town of Hibbing, Minnesota and inspired one of his greatest albums. Produced by Arena, the acclaimed British company known for its documentaries.
Brian Eno, who curates the new Fela Anikulakpo Kuti box set, says Fela’s music changed his life:
“Before about mid-September 1973 I didn’t have much interest in polyrhythmic music. I didn’t really get it. That all changed one autumn day when I walked into Stern’s Record Shop off Tottenham Court Road. For reasons I’ve long forgotten, I left the store with an album that was to change my life dramatically. It was Afrodisiac by Fela Ransome-Kuti (as he was then known) and his band The Africa 70. I remember the first time I listened and how dazzled I was by the groove and the rhythmic complexity, and by the raw, harsh sounds of the brass, like Mack trucks hurtling across highways with their horns blaring. Everything I thought I knew about music at that point was up in the air again. The sheer force and drive of this wild Nigerian stuff blew my mind. My friend Robert Wyatt called it ‘Jazz from another planet’ – and suddenly I thought I understood the point of jazz, until then an almost alien music to me.”
Fela has been called the “Bob Dylan of Africa.”
Maybe his music will change your life too!
Check out this live version of the late African musical legend’s “Colonial Mentality,” recorded at the New Afrika Shine in Fela’s hometown of Lagos. The track features Femi Kuti on sax.
Below is a player loaded with an interview with Alex Gibney who directed the new film “Finding Fela,” the live recording of “Colonial Mentality,” “Lover,” “Power Show” and “Zombie” from FELA! Original Broadway Cast.
The title track off the Fela album Zombie:
“Mr. Follow Follow” off the Fela album Zombie:
Fela Kuti Live in Berlin – Berliner Jazztage 1978:
The documentary, Down In The Flood,” tells the story of Bob Dylan and The Band (AKA The Hawks), covering the years 1965 – 1968. Includes interviews with Garth Hudson; the Hawks’ mentor, Ronnie Hawkins; tour drummer Mickey Jones; producer John Simon; Dylan guitarist Charlie McCoy and others.
Watch the entire film (does include ads):
If you’re not in the U.S., you can watch a lot of the documentary via these Youtube clips:
Part Four is missing.
[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” There’s info about it here.]
Bring Your Own Doc host Ondi Timoner interviews D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus about “Don’t Look Back,” “Monterey Pop,” “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” and more.
Footage shot by Dylan during the making of “Don’t Look Back” will eventually be released, according to D. A. Pennebaker.
D.A. Pennebaker: We gave him [Dylan] the camera once. He went around shooting, We have a whole scene of him shooting the camera.
Chris Hegedus: It’s kind of interesting what Dylan shoots. We haven’t put it out yet. It will come out on one of the next releases, DVDs. It’s a party and everyone is sitting around smoking and drinking and talking and he walks around and tries to film everyone and films himself in the mirror and does odd things.
Pennebaker: When we did the second bit [the additional documentary made with footage shot of Dylan’s ’65 tour of the UK] with stuff off the floor, only thing I decided, we never had a complete song in “Don’t Look Back.” When we did the second one we put whole songs in, but what we got was a nicer Dylan, which surprised everyone. Dylan interested em. We met [for the first time] in a bar downtown. It was where all the painters went. The Cedar Tavern. He and Bobby Neuwirth were waiting. The way he talked was intereting to me. He didn’t use words the way you usualy learn them. He’d mix words around and I thought, this guy is a poet and he’s probably trying to figure out what a poet is. He was figuring out how to create himself in some way that he alone was interested in. I was interested to see that happen. I wanted to see what he did in normal conversations and what his songs were like compared to those.
[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll/ coming-of-age novel, “True Love Scars,” which features a narrator who is obsessed with Bob Dylan. To read the first chapter, head here.
Or watch an arty video with audio of me reading from the novel here.]
Download free songs by the Mountain Goats and Superchunk and others here.
Here’s the press release from Merge:
Today, Google Play premiered a new documentary in the US about Merge Records. In candid, amusing interviews, Mac, Laura, Merge musicians, and friends of the label talk about its evolution and unwavering focus on its artists. Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, author of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books—and sometime member of The Magnetic Fields—narrates the documentary.
Also, music fans in the US are invited to download 25 free Merge tracks, including five new and exclusive recordings from Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Telekinesis, Saint Rich, and Hiss Golden Messenger.
Visit Google Play now to watch the videos and download the free tracks (US only). In addition to a selection of Merge album tracks, Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Telekinesis, Saint Rich, and Hiss Golden Messenger each cover songs originally made popular by fellow Merge artists Spoon, The Magnetic Fields, Wye Oak, Mikal Cronin, and American Music Club. All 25 tracks will be available to download for free until August 5. Google Play also filmed some behind-the-scenes footage of the making of several of these “Merge on Merge” recordings.
The unique cover art accompanying the five new tracks was designed by Dave Eggers, popular author, philanthropist, and founder of the 826 Valencia literacy project.
[In August of this year I’ll be publishing my rock ‘n’ roll/ coming-of-age novel, “True Love Scars,” which features a narrator who is obsessed with Bob Dylan. To read the first chapter, head here.
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