"The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" That's what copper traders must be thinking today, as prices plunged more than 7% amid mounting fears that the global economic slowdown may turn into an outright recession.
This has been the first rock & roll decade without revolution, or true revolutionaries, to call its own. The Fifties witnessed nothing less than the birth of the music. The Sixties were rocked by Beatlemania, Motown, Phil Spector, psychedelia and Bob Dylan. The Seventies gave rise to David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, heavy metal, punk and New Wave.
On "The Afterlife," an African-pop-flavored standout from his 12th solo album, Paul Simon describes the wait at the Pearly Gates like it's a trip to traffic court, all long lines, mumbled excuses and jokey asides. (The narrator even tries to pick up a woman while killing time.) But underneath the mischief are serious concerns.
Several recording artists have been added to the list of performers for Friday's cross-network Hurricane Katrina benefit concert, and many more celebrities are adding their money and energy to the cause.