Saturday, July 21, 2018

Cool, New Song By Bonnie "Prince" Billy: "Blueberry Jam" (Video) PLUS Exclusive ThisSmallPlanet.com Bonnie "Prince" Billy Interview



Love this song! A little joy in these trying times!

Info on Bonnie "Prince" Billy...

I also liked his recent "Wild Is The Will", released on the day of the massive anti-gun violence rallies for school safety. The video of the infant reminded me of the Parkland kids (especially Emma) who have survived the tragedy at MSD High School and made us all proud by becoming peace warriors in these trying times...

RELATED ARTICLE: Cool, New Song: Bonnie "Prince" Billy "Wild Is The Will" (Susanna cover) For #NationalSchoolWalkout: Plus Interview With Billy 0n Susanna and Living In the Age of Trump & Parkland

Billy also spoke out about the ugliness at the Nazi rally in Charlottesville last year with this video...

August 2018 Playlist: Cool, New Music: Kinky Friedman, Richard Thompson, Stephen Malkmus, Kelley Stoltz, Ty Segall & White Fence, The Vines (Ministry Of Foreign Affairs edition)



Kinky Friedman Circus Of Life, feat a great, new song "Jesus In Pajamas"

Richard Thompson 13 Rivers (out in September; two songs out now: "The Storm Won't Come" & "Bones Of Gilead")

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Live At Light Rail Studios, San Francisco, July 18, 2018

Kelley Stoltz Natural Causes

Ty Segall & White Fence Joy

The Vines In Miracle Land

Friday, July 20, 2018

Kai Clark live, August 3rd, Nevada City



Kai Clark is the son of Byrds co-founder Gene Clark and, like his father, is a talented singer/songwriter. He performs his father's songs as well as originals by himself and others.

RELATED ARTICLE: 18 "New" Songs From 1967 By Byrds Co-Founder Gene Clark: The Holy Grail?

Courtney Barnett LIVE ONLINE RIGHT NOW!!! Pitchfork Festival


53 Years Ago: July 20, 1965: Greatest Rock Single of All-Time Released: "Like A Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan


From Wikipedia:  According to Shaun Considine, release coordinator for Columbia Records in 1965, "Like a Rolling Stone" was first relegated to the "graveyard of canceled releases" because of concerns from the sales and marketing departments over its unprecedented six-minute length and "raucous" rock sound. 
In the days following the rejection, Considine took a discarded acetate of the song to the New York club Arthur—a newly opened disco popular with celebrities and the media—and asked a DJ to play it. At the crowd's insistence, the demo was played repeatedly, until finally it wore out. The next morning, a disc jockey and a programming director from the city's leading top 40 stations called Columbia and demanded copies. 
Shortly afterward, on July 20, 1965, "Like a Rolling Stone" was released as a single with "Gates of Eden" as its B-side.




Like A Rolling Stone

WRITTEN BY: BOB DYLAN 
Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?
People’d call, say, “Beware doll, you’re bound to fall”
You thought they were all kiddin’ you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin’ out
Now you don’t talk so loud
Now you don’t seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You’ve gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
And now you find out you’re gonna have to get used to it
You said you’d never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He’s not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And ask him do you want to make a deal?

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain’t no good
You shouldn’t let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain’t it hard when you discover that
He really wasn’t where it’s at
After he took from you everything he could steal

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They’re drinkin’, thinkin’ that they got it made
Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things
But you’d better lift your diamond ring, you’d better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can’t refuse
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You’re invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
© 1965 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1993 by Special Rider Music

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Russia's Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Official Twitter Page New Profile Pic Says: "Free Maria Butina!"




#FreeMariaButina says the new profile picture of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Twitter Page.

Now, when you say "foreign affairs"... what are we talking about exactly?

Butina was a secret agent representing Russian interests while infiltrating the NRA, the Christian Right, and the Trump campaign. She is accused of trading sex for influence. She's in jail now.

Now we are finding out that the Russians used the NRA to funnel illegal campaign contributions to the campaigns of Trump, Dana Rohrabacher, "Sheriff" David Clarke, and others.




RELATED ARTICLE: Soon To Be Indicted: Dana Rohrabacher; "Unnamed" Congressman, Putin's Favorite, In Indictment Of 12 Russians & Butina Complaint; Latest "Victim" Of Comedians Sacha Baron Cohen & Jim Carrey







Woody Guthrie At London Anti-Trump Protest (via T-shirt); Woody Guthrie's Rebel Soul Lives in 21st century Protests in Art, Song, and Spirit!



Nice to see Woody Guthrie make an appearance at the London anti-Trump protests last week, albeit via t-shirt (thanks, Samantha Bee). 

The iconic image of Guthrie, with guitar, and the slogan THIS MACHINE KILLS FASCISTS will live forever and continue to inspire.

In addition to the above appearance, we've seen Woody inspire protesters making art, as seen here... or one group that sang Guthrie's classic "This Land Is Your Land"  at a protest against Trump's racist travel ban. Some people think "This Land Is Your Land" should replace the horrible "The Star-Spangled Banner" as our true national anthem (see link to petition below.)

...and here's a beautiful version of "This Land Is Your Land" by the late, great Sharon Jones (miss you!)

Then, there is the amazing coincidence that Guthrie actually had Fred Trump, our Trump's father, as a landlord.... hated him.... AND wrote a song about what a jerk he was!

Here's the complete video from the Samantha Bee show about the London anti-Trump demonstrations that feature the protester wearing the Woody Guthrie t-shirt:



NME: Listen to Jack White cover two Elvis Presley songs on new podcast


Jack White Elvis
The Third Man Records honcho paid tribute to The King
Original on NME.com
Jack White has covered two songs by Elvis on a new podcast. 

The musician, who also runs the Third Man Records label, was a guest on the season finale of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History.

During the recording, he also played a snippet of the track ‘Love Me’, which Elvis popularised and White used to play at coffee houses as a teenager. He also performed ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ in full. Listen to the podcast here – White’s section begins at the 20 minute and 50 seconds mark.

“Sometimes I love him so much that I’m afraid to learn more about certain things,” White said on the podcast. “You’re so close to it and you’ve experienced certain things – nothing compared to what he went through – but we do the same kind of thing. 

“We perform and we go on stages and we make records and all this stuff. I’m from a different time period, but you notice all these tiny little moments when you see certain things where it’s like, ‘I know exactly what that’s about or what that feels like.'”

Jack White as Elvis in Dewey Cox: Walk Hard with John C. Reilly...



ThisSmallPlanet.com Videos of Jack White...


Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Live At Light Rail Studios, San Francisco, July 18, 2018 (Video)



This was a live stream on You Tube. The show actually starts at 4:59

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, recorded live at Light Rail Studios, San Francisco, July 18, 2018.

And from KEXP, May 21, 2018....






And from ThisSmallPlanet.com...



Trailer for New M.I.A. Documentary "MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A." (Coming In September)



ThisSmallPlanet.com videos of M.I.A.....


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Chronicle: Roger McGuinn on how the Byrds’ commercial flop became a country-rock classic; "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" Anniversary Tour




Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives will back Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn of the Byrds. 
Photo: Alysse Gafkjen


Original on SF Chronicle.com

In 1968, the Byrds marked a huge shift away from psychedelia to country rock with the album “Sweetheart of the Rodeo.” The pedal steel guitars and banjos may have confounded critics and fans, but over time the groundbreaking album has earned its place among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s most influential work. Having veritably started the alt-country genre, it provided the blueprint for countless acts that followed.
To mark its 50th anniversary, Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman are performing the album in its entirety at select venues, with an assist by Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. McGuinn, 75, spoke to The Chronicle from his home in Orlando, Fla.

“Sweetheart of the Rodeo” 50th Anniversary featuring Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29. $49.50-$99.50. The Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga. www.axs.com
Q: You don’t typically go near the Byrds stuff. What made you want to pause and revisit “Sweetheart of the Rodeo”?
A: Well, Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” had “Sweetheart” on top of all the Byrds albums for some years now. It seems ironic to me because when it came out, it was not well received. But gradually it’s been rising on the charts, if you will. So I thought, that’s something to celebrate - 50 years of that. And it took 40 years for it to catch on. I think that’s kind of fun.
And then we got Marty Stuart to play with us. I toured with him before. He owns Clarence White’s old guitar — the Telecaster that he played in the Byrds — and he knows how to play all those licks. So we can do “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” stuff just like it was. Clarence played on a couple of songs, so I’m excited about that part of it.
Q: Do you feel vindicated since so many people either felt the Byrds committed career suicide with that album — or, more accurately, flat out ignored it?
A: I wasn’t actually thinking in terms of vindication. When it came out, nobody liked it — the country people didn’t like it, the rock and roll people didn’t like it. I remember walking into a country station in L.A. and walking into a hallway ... and there was a bulletin board at the end with the album pinned to it and I went, “Oh, great! They’re playing it!” And I got closer and it said, “Do not play. This is not country music.” So it feels really good that people like it now.
Q: Did you feel like you were taking a dramatic step when you recorded it?
A: Well, I think we were so in love with the music we didn’t really notice or think about what the audience was going to do. We didn’t think of it in terms of betrayal of the rock audience or being interlopers in the country field. We just thought, “We love this music and we’re very sincere and careful to do it well.” And we had a great band. I mean, the instrumental tracks are incredible on that album.
Q: What were you listening to at the time that pushed you in that direction?
A: Well, we dabbled in country before. Chris Hillman came from a bluegrass background, and I was a folk musician. We did “Satisfied Mind” on the “Turn! Turn! Turn!” album. And then Chris came up with “Old John Robertson” and “The Girl With No Name” and some other stuff, countryish things. Even Clarence White played with us back then. So it wasn’t a foreign thing to us.
Then Gram Parsons came along, and he was just nuts about country music at that point. His enthusiasm was contagious. He got us all fired up about doing a whole album of country and going to Nashville. We loved it. We had so much fun doing it. And then it came out and it was a total bomb.
Q: Even though he tried to fire you at the time, do you still have fond memories of working with Gram Parsons?
A: Yeah, I do. I forgave him for that. We were friends after that. He used to come over to my house and play pool. We would ride motorcycles together. When he and Chris were putting together the Flying Burrito Brothers, I went down and hung out with them. I was amazed at some of the great material they had. So I didn’t really hold it against him.
I was sorry that he left because he was an asset. I was also sorry about the South African thing (Parsons was let go in 1968 because he refused to join the band on tour in the country, saying he wouldn’t play to segregated audiences). That turned out to be a total disaster. We got in trouble with the government down there and everything and had to escape on a DC-3. The reason I went there was because I’d known Miriam Makeba since I’d worked with the (Chad) Mitchell Trio back in the early 1960s and she said, “You should go there and see it for yourself.” I wanted to go over and do what I could to help out. In retrospect, I wouldn’t do it again.

Q: Even though there were few people who bought the album, it seems like everyone who did started a band: the Eagles, Jackson Browne, R.E.M., Wilco, Ryan Adams and so on. In a way, it started a whole genre.
A: I’m happy about that. We got the Eagles and outlaw country out of it. It did have a strong influence, and that’s a good thing.
Q: What does Marty Stuart bring to the equation?
A: Well, he’s going to bring Clarence White’s guitar and all the licks he played. His band, the Fabulous Superlatives, are really great. I’ve played with them before and I love them. Marty and I are really good friends. We’ve known each other for nearly 20 years, and we like to work together. It’s a perfect fit. His guys are like the Wrecking Crew, so talented and professional. So it’s going to be a really hot band.
Q: Are you throwing any other songs into the set?
A: We’re going to work up to “Sweetheart” in the second half of the show. In the first half we’re going to do some of the songs we did in the Byrds prior to the album and tell the story of how the album developed and how it all came together.


ThisSmallPlanet video of Roger McGuinn doing Byrds co-founder Gene Clark's classic song "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better"...


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Two Cool, New Songs From Richard Thompson (Audio Only); New Album "13 Rivers" Out September 14th






Richard Thompson is a prize, a treasure, a pleasure, a reward.. a gift; shared between friends.

Been loving his work with Sandy Denny & Iain Mathews in Fairport Convention in the 60's for some time. I especially love the Heyday album which collects some of their BBC performances, such as covers of Richard Farina's "Reno, Nevada" and Gene Clark's "Tried So Hard".

I've seen Richard Thompson perform solo a few times and he's simply a fantastic singer, songwriter, guitarist, entertainer, and raconteur.

Can't wait for his new album 13 Rivers, out September 14th.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Congratulations To Boots Riley For The Success Of His Film "Sorry To Bother You"!... Here's My Videos Of Boots At Coachella 2010 Doing M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" & "Mama Said Knock You Out" With Tom Morello... PLUS Boots With Trevor Noah....


Three videos: "Paper Planes" (M.I.A. cover), "Mama Said Knock You Out" (L.L. Cool J cover), "Promenade" (Street Sweeper Social Club original) at Coachella 2010 by ThisSmallPlanet.com

The band was Street Sweeper Social Club.... Coachella 2010.... Boots Riley of The Coup on vocals, Tom Morello on guitar.... joined by Brad Wilk (Morello's partner in Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, & Prophets Of Rage) on drums for L.L. Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out".....

Boots' debut film Sorry To Bother You had enormous success this past weekend and is destined to just keep going and going... 

Here's the trailer...



Here's Boots with Trevor Noah on "The Daily Show":


Trump: OPEN TREASON!


Sunday, July 15, 2018

ThisSmallPlanet.com Urgent Appeal For Subscribers, Collaborators, Sponsors, Advertisers, & Investors



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Since 2011, I have been operating ThisSmallPlanet.com based on Blogger/Blogspot and using the address ThisSmallPlanet.com 

ThisSmallPlanet.com is also on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ and is committed to expanding its social media reach to new sites.

The primary focus is music (mostly rock), although I am also fascinated by politics (particularly the intersection of music & politics), and the primary medium is text, although I frequently feature photography, video, graphics, and audio on the site.



My Blog has over 1,000 published articles since 2011. Some of the most popular original articles include:

Jared Kushner's Observer Takes Two Cheap Shots At Anti-Trump Rocker Roger Waters - Misses Both Times

Why Do They Keep Killing David Kammerer? The Homophobic Killing The Beats Defended (Or Harry Potter Cares About Allen Ginsberg.... And So Should You!)

"That's What Happens To Fascists In Berkeley; They Go Home Bleeding" March 4 Trump Fascists Lose (Again) To Berkeley Activists

18 "New" Songs From 1967 By Byrds Co-Founder Gene Clark: The Holy Grail?

One major focus of the Blog has been to publish Playlists recommending both new and classic music:

New, Cool Music: June 2018 Playlist

Cool, New Music: July 2018 Playlist

Guitar's Not Dead! May 2018 Playlist: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Ty Segall & White Fence

Cool, New Music Playlist April 2018: What The Cool Kids Are Listening To...


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This video I shot of Jack White was featured online on Spin, Pitchfork, Stereogum, and Consequence of Sound:


Video I shot of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, playing a Pavement song, "Summer Babe", with Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg in 2016. One of the handful of times the two former Pavement guitarists have played together since they broke up in 1999... (not counting their 2010 reunion tour... and hoping for a 30th anniversary tour in 2019....)



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Last Night In Portugal: Jack White & Pearl Jam "Rockin' In The Free World" live (Video); Blistering 7-Minute Jam At Lisbon's NOS Alive Festival



Some original ThisSmallPlanet.com Live videos of Jack White:


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Soon To Be Indicted: Dana Rohrabacher; Mystery "Unnamed" Candidate In Indictment Of 12 Russians & Maria Butina Complaint; Latest "Victim" Of Comedians Sacha Baron Cohen & Jim Carrey; Favorite Of Putin & The NRA...

                                                                                       Art by Jim Carrey

Yesterday's indictment of 12 Russians drops a curious hint about actual collusion in 2016 between Russian agents and a certain American politician... 

43(a): "On or about August 15, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, received a request for stolen documents from a candidate for the U.S. Congress. The Conspirators responded using the Guccifer 2.0 persona and sent the candidate stolen documents related to the candidate's opponent."

ThisSmallPlanet believes that the candidate for Congress who received stolen documents from Russia, unnamed in the indictment, is, in fact, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

Rohrabacher (at 2:18 on the video below) was also one of the prominent politicians fooled by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen into supporting the arming of pre-schoolers for the fictional "Kinderguardian" program on Sacha's new show Who Is America?
Rohrabacher is at 8:44 in this hilarious clip:







NOT MAD GOP Rep. Rohrabacher Bashes ‘Sick Fraud’ Sacha Baron Cohen, While His Opponent Jumps on Damning Video

UPDATE: Rohrabacher also appears in today's criminal complaint against Maria Butina:

Butina Complaint



OC Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Gets Testy About Reporters’ Russia Questions After Tour Of ICE Facility, Invokes ‘Fake News’ Charge

UPDATE: Politico: Rep. Rohrabacher: Indictment of NRA-linked Russian is 'stupid'

UPDATE: The Hill: GOP lawmaker says he met with indicted Russia woman in 2015

UPDATE: Daily Beast: ‘Putin’s Favorite Congressman’ Now Engulfed in NRA Spy Case

UPDATE: Daily Beast: GOP Lawmaker Got Direction From Moscow, Took It Back to D.C.

UPDATE: GOP congressman: ‘We can’t blame Putin’ for Russian election crimes

Washington Post: Russia-friendly Rep. Rohrabacher doubts hacking indictment, plans to consult outside ‘experts’

Rolling Stone: Inside the Decade-Long Russian Campaign to Infiltrate the NRA and Help Elect Trump

UPDATE: Harley Rouda: Rohrabacher's Opponent's Statement On New Russia Rohrabacher Revelations:

HARLEY'S STATEMENT ON THE REVELATION THAT DANA ROHRABACHER IS PART OF RUSSIAN SPY INVESTIGATION

Newport Beach, CA – Today, Harley Rouda released the following statement in light of the news that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher met with an ally of Vladimir Putin in Russia in August 2015. This revelation matches an account given in an affidavit released by the FBI on Monday against accused Russian spy Maria Butina.
"The news that Dana Rohrabacher is now entwined in an FBI investigation of an accused 'Russian NRA spy' is deeply disturbing. The full truth about the connection between Dana's pro-Russian politics, his 2015 trip to Russia, and Moscow's relationship with the National Rifle Association must be known - that's what every CA-48 family, what every American family, deserves."

"What's already fully known is that Dana Rohrabacher told the Showtime Network he thinks arming children is a good idea. He also has never met a common sense gun reform he liked or an NRA donation that he didn't want to take. This last quarter alone, Dana accepted $1,000 in NRA money. My campaign is not up for sale to the NRA. I will never take a contribution from the NRA and as a member of Congress I will seek to work with Republicans and Democrats to finally make common sense gun safety reform a reality."

Brexit Connection:


From February 2018: 

One of the more surprising details in Friday's filings was the admission by Gates that even while he was negotiating a possible agreement with Mueller, he lied to investigators. He falsely claimed that Ukraine was not discussed at a March 19, 2013, meeting attended by Manafort, a lobbyist and member of Congress and that a report about the meeting was not sent to clients in the Ukraine.
The lawmaker who attended was Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., his office confirmed. Rohrabacher's press secretary said it was a dinner with longtime acquaintances where "the three reminisced and talked mostly about politics."
"The subject of Ukraine came up in passing," the press secretary, Ken Grubbs, said in a statement.
"It is no secret that Manafort represented (former Ukraine president) Viktor Yanukovych's interests, but as chairman of the relevant European subcommittee, the congressman has listened to all points of view on Ukraine. We may only speculate that Manafort needed to report back to his client that Ukraine was discussed."
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Rohrabacher is up for re-election this November to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he's served since 1989. He's facing a very tough challenge this time from Democrat Harley Rouda in California's 48th congressional district. Being indicted isn't going to help his campaign either.

Watch this CNN video discuss Congressional Candidate Collusion Bid

The indictment says that "on or about" August 15, 2016, the unnamed Congressional candidate (Rohrabacher) asked for and received stolen data about a political opponent from Guccier 2.0, known to be a front for Russian agents.

That means that Rohrabacher could (and should!) definitely be charged in the next batch of indictments. It begs the question; if a Congressman could ask for and receive illegal Russian help in an election, is it so far fetched to propose that a presidential candidate did the same? Especially if there already were compromising personal and financial material the Russians had on Trump from the past...



From right: Kolyadin and Torshin, with others including Rohrabacher, second from left
 
Kolyadin’s Facebook

January 31, 2017: Torshin, Erickson, Rohrabacher (who has received at least $18,000 from the NRA over the past 20 years), and former Kremlin staffer Andrey Kolyadin attend a private event on Capitol Hill hosted by George O’Neill Jr., a longtime conservative activistRead more on MotherJones.com




Starting at 9:17 in this video, Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya of Trump Tower Meeting fame, discusses (in Russian with English subtitles) efforts to influence American politicians like Rohrabacher...



Interestingly, we do know that  Rohrabacher was in contact with Guccifer's friend Julian Assange of Wikileaks, during this period, and even visited Assange in hiding at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, one or more times as documented in The L.A. Times on August 16, 2017:

F.B.I. Once Warned G.O.P. Congressman That Russian Spies Were Recruiting Him

Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, has been known for years as one of Moscow’s biggest defenders in Washington. Maria Danilova/Associated Press

By Matt ApuzzoAdam Goldman and Mark Mazzetti ,May 19, 2017,  Original on New York Times.com


He’s a Member of Congress. The Kremlin Likes Him So Much It Gave Him a Code Name.

Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, has come under intense political and investigative scrutiny for his closeness to Russia. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call, via Associated Press
Original on New York Times.com

Mr. Rohrabacher, left, campaigning in 1988 with his friend Oliver North, who was embroiled in the Iran-contra scandal. Mr. Rohrabacher has since served 15 terms. Nick Ut/Associated Press

The story of Mr. Rohrabacher’s transformation from Cold Warrior to pro-Putinist is well worn. A vocal Young Republican in the 1960s, he latched onto Ronald Reagan, California’s Republican governor, and followed him to Washington and a speechwriting job in the White House. Then came the fall of the Soviet Union and a d├ętente in relations with the former superpower. For Mr. Rohrabacher, who claims to have lost a drunken arm-wrestling match to Mr. Putin in the 1990s, the era of good feelings never really ended.
Mr. Rohrabacher has laughed off suggestions that he is a Russian asset, and said in an interview that he did not remember being briefed that the Russians viewed him as a source. The F.B.I. and the senior members of the House Intelligence Committee sat Mr. Rohrabacher down in the Capitol in 2012 to warn him that Russian spies were trying to recruit him, according to two former intelligence officials.

“I remember them telling me, ‘You have been targeted to be recruited as an agent,’” he said. “How stupid is that?”
And yet, as investigators in Washington scrutinize the Russian interference campaign, Mr. Rohrabacher, like an extra in a spy thriller, just keeps showing up — if not quite at the scene of the action, then just off camera.
In April 2016, he was in Moscow, accepting a copy of a “confidential” memocontaining accusations against prominent Democratic donors that would, months later, reappear in Trump Tower when a Russian lawyer who had reported those allegations to the Russian government, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, sat down with Donald Trump Jr. to deliver a similar document.
Last August he was in London on a quick diversion from an anniversary trip to the Iberian Peninsula to meet Mr. Assange at the fugitive’s sanctuary in the Ecuadorean Embassy. American intelligence agencies believe Mr. Assange acted as a conduit for Russian operatives seeking to release a trove of hacked Democratic emails. Mr. Assange denies the accusation, and Mr. Rohrabacher hoped to broker a meeting with Mr. Trump to allow him to make his case.
Then earlier this year, this time on Capitol Hill, Mr. Rohrabacher dined with Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of the Russian central bank who has been linked both to Russia’s security services and organized crime. During Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, Mr. Torshin tried to set up a “backdoor” meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin, according to an email that has been turned over to Senate investigators.
Mr. Rohrabacher asserted that none of the meetings were untoward or inappropriate, given his chairmanship. Ms. Veselnitskaya and her allies are fighting the Magnitsky Act, which imposed sanctions on Russian officials for human rights abuses, and they deserved a hearing, he said. Russia, he argued, could be a key ally to defeat Islamic terrorists in the Middle East, and under Mr. Putin, the Kremlin has undertaken key reforms back home.