Jay Bookman

Opinion columnist and blogger with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues

Opinion: A special "Tunes from the Tombs"

Musical giants seem to be dropping all around us, and the two of the most recent losses -- Gregg Allman and Col. Bruce Hampton -- had strong Georgia and Atlanta ties.

Col. Bruce, as many of you know, suffered a heart attack on the stage of the Fox Theater last month at a celebration of his 70th birthday. This weekend, the great blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis will host a celebration of Hampton's life and career to close Saturday's Tunes at the Tombs event at Oakland Cemetary.  Special guests are expected, and the Tunes at the Tombs event is uniquely Atlantan in its own right.

Here's a cut from Hampton's 70th party, featuring an all-star cast of musicians playing one of the great all-time Allman songs:

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Jay Bookman writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.