Political pundit Ann Coulter has never been shy about her love for the Grateful Dead, but Billboard recently made her take that love to the next level by publishing what is essentially an open love letter to the grateful group. She explains that she probably saw 67 shows, though her count was imprecise, and mostly between 1991 and 1995.“Other than a few shows in high school and college, I mostly followed them as a practicing lawyer from around 1991 to August 1995 when I had a bunch of Deadhead friends and we all had plenty of disposable income, so I saw a lot of shows in those four or five years.”She explains that there was a faction of Deadheads within her community growing up, which is how she became familiar with the group. “Contrary to some people’s image of the Dead, they were huge in my very affluent WASP hometown of New Canaan, Conn. There was a faction in favor of making “Truckin’” our prom song, but the sense of the senate went for some schmaltzy rainbow song instead. I bet no one from my high school class can remember what it was. We would have remembered “Truckin.’””“But still – you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a Deadhead dancing,” she writes in the article, putting her love for the Dead on full blast. She continues to talk about Deadheads, saying, “I like Deadheads because they’re very friendly, open-minded, individualistic people — not fake-open-minded and not a “mob of individualists.” Sometimes they’d ask why we’d decline the joints friendly Deadheads would pass around, but they were so charming about it. They weren’t offended or snippy, just genuinely interested. Deadheads are intellectually curious individuals.”Then she goes back to the band and starts naming some of her many favorite tunes:I can never pick a “favorite” song, just as I can’t pick a favorite Scalia dissent, but among the ones I love are: “Tennessee Jed,” “Althea,” “Stagger Lee”, “Eyes of the World,” “Loose Lucy,” “Franklin’s Tower,” “Deal,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Unbroken Chain,” “Cassidy”, “Pride of Cucamonga,” “Uncle John’s Band,” “Ripple,” “Casey Jones,” “I Will Take You Home,” “Passenger,” “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Good Lovin’” and of course, the famous Mickey Hart rap version of “Fire on the Mountain.”It breaks my heart that the band never played “Pride of Cucamonga” in concert. That would have been as big a story as Brexit and probably would have rocked the stock market just as much. She recalls one final Grateful Dead concert experience at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, saying, “The Dead’s best venues were the outdoor concerts. I’ve been to a few, including one outside of Kansas City on the Fourth of July, but my fave was Shoreline Amphitheatre — a beautiful outdoor arena built on a landfill. The weather was great, you could buy California chardonnay by the glass and I had a bunch of Cornell deadheads out there. By day, we’d go around San Francisco or go sailing, and, by night, we’d go to see a psychedelic rock group.”And there you have it, an inside look at Ann Coulter’s love for the Grateful Dead. Read the full letter here.
As well as his significant contribution on the field for Manchester United, Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a huge impression on his team-mates, as this selection of quotes shows…“Zlatan is a leader and it’s a pleasure to be a team-mate with a great guy like this. He’s a great attacking player, he gives me good advice and he really is genuinely a good friend as well.” – Eric Bailly, August 2016“Zlatan is the big brother. He makes jokes and makes everyone relaxed. He’s a winner. He will really help the team. He’s been making fun of my training when I was on holiday, the boxing training.” – Paul Pogba, August 2016“He is a great personality. When you see how fit he is then you see what kind of a professional he is and I think he is an example for me and a lot of players.” – Daley Blind, October 2016“He is a top player and we can’t help but learn from just being alongside him, playing and training with him, seeing what he is doing now and what he has done in the past.” – Anthony Martial, December 2016“He’s a handful. He’s one of the best strikers in the world and he’s been prolific wherever he’s been, so to come up against him in training and learn off him only improves me as a player.” – Phil Jones, December 2016“His mentality is as big as his physical attributes – the young players can learn that from him. He’s easy to speak to and has been a really good team-mate.” – Marcus Rashford, February 2017“He put himself out there to be shot at but I think that’s what he thrives on. I can’t see him being the type to go and fizzle out and have an easy ride. He almost needs that, it drives him on.” – Michael Carrick, March 2017“The day he arrived, we were away on pre-season, so he was on his own with the kit men at the training ground. Zlatan apparently looked the kit men up and down and said: ‘I hope you know God has arrived’. The kit men were shaking and didn’t know what to think, then he fell about laughing with them. He always does that.” – Juan Mata, December 2017“With Zlatan, I have trained a month and a half and he is very impressive. We talk and we have coffee together every day, it’s a shame that he no longer plays for his country.” – Alexis Sanchez, March 2018To finish, here are a few words from the boss, Jose Mourinho…“He’s a very intelligent guy, a very proud man. He decided to come to the Premier League, to a club with the level of expectation that Manchester United has, to the most difficult league in the world for a striker. But it’s because he knew he could do it. He’s a great example in every aspect. He’s very professional, even in something that is really difficult in footballers’ lives today – he’s great in his family life and keeping it as private as possible. I think the kids couldn’t have a better player to look at.” (December 2016)(Source: manchesterunited)