October 9, 2010 marks what would have been the 70th birthday of legend, lover, artist and activist, John Lennon. In celebration of the musician’s illustrious life and career, East Village Radio is hosting an all day special tribute starting at 12pm ET this Saturday. Over the course of 8 hours, you can listen live to exclusive interviews with Lennon, tribute programs highlighting The Beatles’ era songs, covers, classics and more. Continue Reading…
“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” — Neil Armstrong
In Tribute to the Beatle’s White Album 40th anniversary, PopMatters is celebrating the milestone with a five day, song-by-song, side-by-LP side breakdown of what Tony Palmer, in The Observer, summed up at the time of its release by stating: “if there is still any doubt that Lennon and McCartney are the greatest songwriters since Schubert, then…[The White Album]…should surely see the last vestiges of cultural snobbery and bourgeois prejudice swept away in a deluge of joyful music making. . . .”
“”With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”
“It’s the answer that led those who’ve been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America.”
Mark Simonson’s critical analysis of Mad Men typography.
Mad Men illustrated by Dyna Moe.
and the Draper’s kitchen.
Currently showing at the San Francisco Art Exchange is Beggars to Exiles: The Photography of Michael Cooper and Dominique Tarle, that documents the Rolling Stones between 1967 and 1971, a period during which the band singlehandedly defined the archetype of the rock n roll star –the fashion, the drug busts, the groupies, the villa in the south of France — for all who followed.
Though somewhat of a pain to navigate, the online version of the exhibit is quite comprehensive and includes such insights as:
To record “Exile on Main Street” Keith Richards rented Villa Nellcôte, the “Gestapo headquarters during the Second World War,” complete with swastikas on the floor vents. The basic band for these sessions is believed to have consisted of Richards, Bobby Keys, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts, Jimmy Miller, and Jagger when he was available. Bassist Bill Wyman did not like the ambiance of the Richards’ villa and sat out many of the French sessions.
The Black Panther Logo by Ruth Howard and Dorothy Zellner.
“Alabama was notorious for using the so-called “literacy test” to deny Blacks the right to vote. In truth, the state’s “education system” was so abysmal that many Blacks and poor whites were illiterate or semi-literate. But the white power structure made sure that illiterate whites were allowed to register and vote regardless.
Because so many illiterate whites were unable to read the names of the political parties or candidates on the ballot, Alabama law allowed each party to have a picture symbol, and all candidates were listed on the ballot in a column underneath their party’s symbol. You could vote the straight party ticket by simply marking your “X” underneath the symbol without bothering to puzzle out the names or offices of the actual candidates. The symbol of the whites-only Democratic party was a rooster, so illiterate white voters were instructed to “Vote for the rooster.”
Thus, when the Lowndes County Freedom Organization got their independent political party on the ballot, they had to chose a symbol. They chose a black panther.”