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Daniel Owen - Wikipedia
~are~ my dad's side actually related to this guy or was that just wishful thinking on our Flintshire-bred relatives' part back in the day? even after visiting the town where he has his own museum, the truth remains to be seen...
wales  welsh  writer  tailor  daniel_owen  history  biography  mold  flintshire  u.k.  19th_century 
july 2018 by cluebucket
Fred Ho - Wikipedia
American jazz baritone saxophonist, composer, bandleader, playwright, writer and Marxist social activist
fred_ho  biography  wiki  wikipedia  musician  writer  activism  marxism  侯维翰  1980s  1990s  2000s  jazz  saxophone  asian-american 
april 2018 by cluebucket
Karen Silkwood - Wikipedia
"Skid marks from Silkwood's car were present on the road, suggesting that she was trying to get back onto the road after being pushed from behind."
karen_silkwood  wiki  wikipedia  biography  labor  activism  nuclear  death  killing  1970s  mystery  america  accident  1974  kerr-mcgee  corruption  health  plutonium  whistleblowing  union 
december 2017 by cluebucket
Lou Andreas-Salomé - Wikipedia
"The neutrality of this article is disputed."

can't tell if I'd have really enjoyed her company or been irked? guess I'd better read!
salomé  lou_andreas-salomé  writer  psychology  psychoanalysis  sigmund_freud  rainer_maria_rilke  germany  history  biography  wiki  wikipedia  friedrich_nietzsche  russia 
december 2016 by cluebucket
The Great Fall of Chyna
this made me so, so sad.
remembered reading, long after the last thing I'd heard about Chyna, that she was off teaching English in Tokyo... but seems like this too was a wildly unstable time.
chyna  bleacherreport.com  wrestling  wrestler  athlete  model  celebrity  life  death  joanie_laurer  1997  1990s  2000s  2016  2010s  drugs  mental_health  fame  abuse  jason_king  biography 
september 2016 by cluebucket
The Brats | Biography & History | AllMusic
my uncle was named "Sparky" because he set a club on fire, according to lore
brats  allmusic.com  band  nyc  1970s  glam  rock  music  musician  profile  biography  history  family 
april 2016 by cluebucket
Jann Wenner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
so this person is the editor of Rolling Stone, which just decided to endorse Hillary Clinton (putting exactly zero compelling/new arguments forward, and blissfully ignoring real issues/questions)

one of the comments characterizes it succinctly as a 70-year-old businessman / media mogul 'with a private jet endorses Hillary? Shocking'

tangential but I think also fairly important is to know about the Hootie & the Blowfish kerfuffle in which he was involved (pinned here)
wikipedia  wiki  biography  hootie_and_the_blowfish  1990s  jann_wenner  rolling_stone  controversy  control  criticism  money  dumb  review  wealth 
march 2016 by cluebucket
Becoming Bernie
really nice read... really glad this/he exists

the least important fact (but one that sticks out in my mind) is that his older brother is "Larry Sanders."
vpr.net  vermont  history  politics  politician  mayor  senator  burlington  bernie_sanders  brooklyn  independence  nyc  poverty  profile  writing  vermont_public_radio  1950s  1960s  1970s  1980s  1990s  2000s  2010s  2015  america  high_school  chicago  university  university_of_chicago  dissent  student  life  biography  independent  controversy  policy  law 
october 2015 by cluebucket
Star Trek Goldberg, Whoopi
>> On the U.S.S. Enterprise, the presence of Uhura on the Bridge crew connected with the young Goldberg, and her lifelong love of Star Trek had begun. "Well, when I was nine years old Star Trek came on," Goldberg says. "I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, 'Come here, mum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there's a black lady on television and she ain't no maid!' I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be."
whoopi_goldberg  startrek.com  profile  biography  star_trek  actor  tng  tv  black  race 
june 2015 by cluebucket
The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit' : NPR
"There is something else about Abel Meeropol that seems to connect the man who wrote 'Strange Fruit' to the man who created a loving family out of a national scandal. ...
"'I was the official lawnmower,' Robert says, 'and I was going to mow over them, and he said, "Oh, no, you can't kill the seedlings!" I said, "What are you going to do with them, Dad? There are dozens of them."

"'Well, he dug them up and put them in coffee cans and lined them up along the side of the house. And there were hundreds of them. But he couldn't bring himself to just kill them. It was just something he couldn't do.'"
2012  elizabeth_blair  npr  morning_edition  billie_holiday  song  lyric  writing  strange_fruit  protest  racism  lynching  abel_meeropol  songwriter  nyc  bronx  teacher  poet  dewitt_clinton  1930s  2010s  classic  herbie_hancock  marcus_miller  1990s  jewish  1940  1940s  communism  history  america  communist  civil_rights  lewis_allan  pseudonym  rosenbergs  ethel_rosenberg  julius_rosenberg  1950s  1953  adoption  parenting  mccarthyism  w.e.b._du_bois  1986  1980s  life  compassion  plant  seed  biography  profile 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Interviews: Robert Wyatt | Features | Pitchfork
"
'Culture is pudding. It’s lovely and I’ll always eat one,' he says in the biography, talking about his take on the worlds of art and politics. 'But on its own, it’s not a full life’s diet for the brain. And the politics, to me, is indeed the protein.'
...
'There's the folky thing of: "Poor me, I'm a sensitive person in a cruel world." Or the pop thing of: "Hey, look at me, I'm sexy." I did that myself for a while... [b]ut then I thought, “I'd never sing ‘hey baby’ to my girlfriend, because she'd just laugh at me and think I was a complete idiot. I've got to start again and try to be honest with this.”'
...
'It may be an English thing, in a way, laughing it off at a distance and using that as self-protection. I mean, I don't want to be a professional cripple. And I don't see the suicide stuff as tragic. Basically, at that age, I looked at what adults were doing and how they wanted to earn money, and I really didn't want to do that. I wanted to go away. I have my moods like that a lot. I'm not a fighter in that sense at all.

'I don't think losing things—in my case, the use of my legs—really damages or hurts you. What hurts people a lot is taking humiliation. A lot of the wars going on right now in the Middle East aren't about poverty and exploitation. They’re about humiliation. For a long time, certainly the British and French have been humiliating and dismissing the people of the Middle East, and encouraging people like Israel to do the same. Israel started out as a socialist state, but we always encouraged them to become rather racist and look down on the local inhabitants, which they now do. It's sad that's happened.'
...
'I just don't think I write the kind of music that I can see crowds of people singing in football stadiums. Some of us are simply witnesses, and I hope there's a value in that.'
...
'America reinvented how to be a group, a people, that hasn't got a race, but nevertheless has a national identity. Potentially, America is really the greatest, but it's not yet, I don't think. It's still too much like an old-fashioned empire, waving the stick and dropping too many bombs on too many people.'
"
robert_wyatt  interview  pitchfork.com  ryan_dombal  2014  2010s  musician  communism  politics  artist  biography  art  1980s  england  u.k.  sadness  suicide  accident  war  humiliation  empire  1960s  1970s  counterculture  police  violence  culture  capitalism  america  russia  ukraine  nyc  vladimir_putin  china  napoleon_bonaparte  relationship  aging  alcohol 
november 2014 by cluebucket
Jūzō Itami - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
never realized he was the dad in 'Family Game'...!

"At the end of the war, when he was in Kyoto, Itami was chosen as an infant prodigy and educated at Tokubetsu Kagaku Gakkyū (特別科学学級; "the special scientific education class") as a future scientist who was expected to defeat the allied powers."
"He moved from Kyoto to Ehime when he was a high school student. He attended the prestigious Matsuyama Higashi High School, where he was known for being able to read works by Arthur Rimbaud in French. But due to his poor academic record, he had to remain in the same class for two years."
伊丹十三  juzo_itami  director  actor  japan  japanese  wiki  film  comedian  satire  wikipedia  information  biography  suicide  yakuza  1980s  1990s  tampopo  attack  mystery  20th_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket

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