Invitation to the White House

Here's a blast from the past, apropos of the recent Sidney Crosby imbroglio. In July 1970, Winnipeg rockers the Guess Who accepted an invitation to play the Nixon White House—even though, as guitarist Greg Leskiw put it, the president "was one of the most hated politicians of the hippie generation."  What's more, the band agreed not to play "American Woman" at the request of the first lady—"as a matter of taste." Neil Young, who had just charted with the anti-Nixon anthem "Ohio," chastised the band, much as Canada's anti-Trump media are today chastising Crosby. Guess Who guitarist Kurt Winter reportedly urinated on the White House lawn during the visit, but this story may be apocryphal. Mr. Crosby, take note.