Friday 11 September

September 11, 1851, BLACK HISTORY: in Christiana, Pa., a group of African Americans and white abolitionists skirmished with a Maryland posse intent on capturing four fugitive slaves hidden in the town. The violence comes a year after Congress passed the second fugitive slave law, requiring the return of all escaped slaves to their owners in the South. One member of the posse, landowner Edward Gorsuch, was killed and two others wounded during the fight. In the aftermath of the so-called Christiana Riot, 37 African Americans and one white man were arrested and charged with treason under the provisions of the Fugitive Slave Law. Most were acquitted.


 September 11, 1961, LGBTKQED in San Francisco broadcasts The Rejected, a made-for-television documentary film about homosexuality. The Rejected was the first documentary program on homosexuality on American television. Experts interviewed for the program included Margaret Mead who spoke from an anthropological standpoint. Mead referred to the positive roles that homosexuality had played in the cultures of Ancient Greece, the South Sea Islands, and in Inuit and Native American societies. Mead noted that it was society and not the individual that determined how homosexuality and homosexual behavior were viewed.

Please note: copyright to The Rejected is held by WNET. All rights reserved. WNET is the premier public media provider of the New York metropolitan area and parent of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. The Rejected was originally produced by KQED for National Educational Television (NET) – the predecessor of WNET – and first aired on September 11th 1961, on KQED Ch.9 in the Bay Area


Love_Me_DoSeptember 11, 1962, The Beatles before their US appearance: the Beatles first went to EMI studios in June, 1961  (with Pete Best on drums), again on  September 4, 1962 (with Ringo on drums), finally on this date recorded their first single, “Love Me Do” with  “P.S. I Love You” on the B-side.


September 11, 1964, BLACK HISTORY & The Beatles: the management of the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., had stated firmly that the stadium would be segregated. The Beatles said they would refuse to play if the stadium were segregated. The day before the concert they were assured that the show would be fully integrated.

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Mickey Hart

Mickey Hart

Mickey Hart

born September 11, 1943


     The opening description of Mickey Hart from his site reads that he "is a pivotal innovator, chronicler, and influencer in percussion and rhythm. Best known as a drummer in the renowned expedition into the soul and spirit of rock and roll, The Grateful Dead, the multi-Grammy award winner is also an energetic painter, accomplished writer, restless explorer, and an acclaimed expert on the history and mythology of drums. A true original armed with an inventor's audacious curiosity, Hart boldly seeks to break the rhythm code of the universe and investigate its deepest vibrations." Hart site

To the beats…

     Michael Steven Hartman was born in Brooklyn. Leah, his mother, raised Mickey. Leonard, his father, had left Leah before Mickey was born. Mickey and mom moved to Long Island (NY) soon after his birth. Later he attended Lawrence High School there,  but dropped out as a senior. He went to Europe and later joined the Air Force. 

     Hart was in the Air Force's drum and bugle corps.  After the Air Force, Hart became a session drummer in NYC. While there, he received a letter from his father inviting him to work at his music store in San Carlos, California. Mickey went and it was a good thing for him, a great thing for us.

Rhythm Devils

     Of the Grateful Dead members, Mickey first met Bill Kreutzmann who invited Hart to sit in with the band. On September 29, 1967 he did just that for the band's second set.

     Having two drummers was a rarity, but he and Kreutzmann became known as the Rhythm Devils because of their unique interplay.

     Leonard Hart became the band's money manager, but  March, 1970, he and an estimated $70,000 to $150,000 of band money disappeared. A detective eventually located him and a jury found him guilty of embezzlement.  Hart served the six month sentence. He and his son never saw each other again. Lenny Hart died of natural causes on February 2, 1975. According to Dennis McNally "Mickey went to the funeral home, cleared the room, took out the snakewood sticks that had been his inheritance, played a traditional rudimental drum piece, "The Downfall of Paris," on Lenny's coffin, and split." 

Hart leaves; returns

     Because of his father's actions, Hart left the band in February 1971 and in 1972 released Rolling Thunder. Not bitter about his father's crime, Jerry GarciaPhil Lesh, and Bob Weir all played on the album.

Mickey Hart 

     Hart returned to the Dead in October 1974 at Winterland for the band's final shows on its tour. The Dead cut back touring in 1975 doing only four shows: one each in March, June, September, and October. He did contribute to their 1975 studio album, Blues for Allah.  In 1976 Hart was again and continued to be in the band.

Mickey Hart

     Outside on his own both during and after the Dead's last show with its Jerry Garcia line-up, Hart remained and remains active. 
  • 1976, Diga Rhythm band
  • 1979, music from the movie Apocolypse Now, much of which he contributed.
  • 1989, Music to Be Born By, an album based on the heartbeat of his son in the womb,
  • 1990 his first book, Drumming at the Edge of Magic
  • 1990, At the Edge album
  • 1991, both book and disc, Planet Drum,
  • 1998 Supralingua album
  • 2000, Spirit into Sound album
  • 2007 Global Drum Project, with Hart,  Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo. It won the Grammy award for Best Contemporary World Music Album.
  • 2012 the same group on Hart’s Mysterium Tremendum,
  • 2013, Superorganism, with long-time Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.



NYC skyline
September 15, 2001 from Cliffside Park

September 11, 2001. Cliffside Park High School. Cliffside Park, NJ.  It was a magnificent fall day in late summer. It is less than 8 miles from the school to the World Trade Center. We can see the Towers from the roof.

I was in the main hallway when I met Jackie, a social studies teacher. She said the news had reported a plane flew into one of the Towers. My first thought was remembering that a plane had once hit the Empire State Building, but I needed to continue my day as everyone was doing.

When the second plane hit the other Tower, our day stopped. TVs on in yellow ladyevery classroom. Then Jackie told me that a Tower had collapsed.

“You mean the part above where the plane had hit.” How could a building like that actually collapse. Completely collapse.

Parents started to call. Parents brought their children home. I saw a mother picking up her daughter. Both crying. A clear day had become a mental fog. Not knowing what to say, but knowing I should say something, I cliché’d: “It’ll be OK.”

It wasn’t. The son, the brother, was in one of the Towers. His body never found.

Our son was in the city that day for a job interview. Downtown. He later told us that when he entered the building he could see the Towers. When he left the building, the Towers were gone. He finally got across the river and met us in a shopping mall’s parking lot. A completely empty parking lot. Every store closed. He was with one other person, a young woman in similar straits.

Our days became an occasional waft of burning smell and an eerie silence that was suddenly and alarmingly broken out of nowhere by fighter jets screeching overhead.

   Annie Lenox, 9/11 Why

As the sun was set, 

And the pieces of the light touch your hair, 

Perfect love come softly, 

With the dawn, the dawn, 

City once full of people, 

Is desolate, is desolate, 

We look back in, 

To the ruins where we played, 

At least we were together holding hands, 

Flying through the sky, 

At least we were together holding hands, 

Flying through the sky, sky

Touch your hand, You touch the back of my neck, 

So many empty nights, 

Just waiting for this, for this, Standing there, 

All heading downstream, 

Unsteady island, We hear nothing, nothing, 

At least we were together holding hands, 

Flying through the sky, 

At least we were together holding hands,

 Flying through the sky, sky, 

At least we were together holding hands,

 Flying through the sky

At least we were together holding hands, 

Flying through the sky

At least we were together holding hands, 

Flying through the sky

At least we were together holding hands,

 Flying through the sky, sky