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My February birthday fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black it now over. I sincerely and with deep gratitude thank all those who donated. Without your support I could not keep doing this, not so much because of the need for income to pay the bills, but because it tells me that there are people out there who want me to do this work. For those who did not contribute during the campaign, please consider adding your vote of support to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, in any one of the following ways:


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Dionne Warwick – I Say A Little Prayer

An evening pause: Performed live on the Ed Sullivan Show, January 7, 1968.

Hat tip Diane Zimmerman.

Conscious Choice cover

Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!


From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


All editions are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all book vendors, with the ebook priced at $5.99 before discount. The ebook can also be purchased direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit, in which case you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


Autographed printed copies are also available at discount directly from me (hardback $24.95; paperback $14.95; Shipping cost for either: $5.00). Just email me at zimmerman @ nasw dot org.


  • Tom Wilson

    Effortless, vocal, mastery.

  • Dave Walden

    My heart is saddened because Burt Bacharach has died. I was – and remain, one of his greatest fans.

    From his early successes such as “Baby it’s You,” by the Shirelles, “Any Day Now” by Chuck Jackson, to “Only Love Can Break the Heart” by Gene Pitney, his work is unmistakable once you begin to “hear” it.

    He soared to success when his collaboration with Dionne Warwick, resulted in hit after hit after hit, as he was to write and score the music for virtually all of her top-selling singles and albums.

    He continued to have hit after hit with artists such as Herb Alpert (“This Guys in Love”), BJ Thomas (Raindrops Keep Fallin), Tom Jones (“What’s New Pussycat”) Jackie Deshannon (What the World Needs Now) and one of my all-time favorites, “The Look of Love” by that most sensuous of voices, Dusty Springfield.

    There are other remarkable songs – and artists who performed them, too numerous to mention. Richard Carpenter, Karen’s brother of “The Carpenters” fame, once remarked that Bacharach – by example, taught him much of what he learned about music and the piano. Their first hit single, “Close to You” was yet another Bacharach gem! Listening to many of “The Carpenters” subsequent hits you can easily discern Bacharach’s influence on Richard.

    I shall cherish his legacy

  • Cluebat

    I was 5yo. Mom had all of the albums and 45s from the era. This was one of her favorites.
    Chances are that I watched this on the Curtis Mathes.
    This news made me very sad.

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