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Jumber Jikia - Wikipedia
I wrote a Wikipedia bio of Georgian sculptor Jumber Jikia, after seeing one of his statues on Great Continental Railway Journeys this evening
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9 days ago by pigsonthewing
Pete James - Wikipedia
I wrote a Wikipedia bio of my former colleague, Pete James, @patinotype, who sadly died this week
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9 days ago by pigsonthewing
John Perry Barlow’s Last Words - WhoWhatWhy
Review of 'Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times'
Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times, by John Perry Barlow and Robert Greenfield (Crown Archetype, June 2018).
John Perry Barlow’s sudden death last week shined a spotlight on his high-profile life one last time. His last book, scheduled for June publication, was released for review the day he died. Barlow was a valued member of the WhoWhatWhy Advisory Board, and we review this extraordinary memoir with mixed feelings of sadness for his loss and gratitude for his efforts to keep the internet free.
It was a most uncomfortable feeling to receive and begin reading Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times the day John Perry Barlow died. The prologue, “Not Dead Enough,” describes how the book came about but didn’t make it any easier.
activism  EFF  internet  lyrics  music  RIP  books  biography 
16 days ago by rgl7194
Book review: - The Washington Post
Agatha Christie’s work has never gone out of style, nor out of print, in the four decades since her death — to the tune of more than 2 billion copies sold. But Christie’s flame burns extra bright in the present, thanks to new film adaptations (“Murder on the Orient Express”), authorized sequels (“The Monogram Murders” and “Closed Casket,”by Sophie Hannah) and homages (“Magpie Murders,” by Anthony Horowitz).

But derivative works and adaptations can’t fully explain why Christie’s work endures. A splendid biography by Laura Thompson, however, does. “Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life” was published in Britain over a decade ago and took an inexplicable amount of time to cross the pond. Yet the timing is perfect because Thompson’s thorough yet readable treatment of Christie’s life, in combination with artful critical context on her work, arrives at the reason for her endurance:
By December she was infamous, the subject of constant media scrutiny, after an 11-day disappearance that ended when she was discovered at a Harrogate spa.

She never discussed the underlying reasons for the vanishing.
arts  agathachristie  history  biography  mystery  books 
16 days ago by atbradley
Grove Music Online
The main English-language music encyclopedia: includes articles on major composers (with works lists), performers, and conductors, genres, music history, and music theory.

Requires HarvardKey
encyclopedia  essential_tool  biography  composition  ethnomusicology  historical_musicology  music_theory  performance_practice  reference 
17 days ago by HarvardMusicLib
MC5 announces 50th anniversary tour, Wayne Kramer memoir announced | Consequence of Sound
Plus, Kramer has written his memoir
This year marks the 50th anniversary of MC5’s debut album, Kick Out the Jams, and band leader Wayne Kramer has some big plans in the works.
To start, Kramer has recruited an impressive backing band to accompany him on the road for a 35-date North American tour. Dubbed “MC50,” the band consists of Kramer, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, King’s X bassist Dug Pinnick, and Zen Guerrilla frontman Marcus Durant. Additionally, drummer Dennis Thompson, the only other living member of MC5, will appear at select dates. They’ll be playing Kick out the Jams in full, plus an encore of other MC5 material.
music  hard_rock  anniversary  reunion  concert  biography  politics  activism  SG 
17 days ago by rgl7194

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