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Street Art for Book Lovers: Dutch Artists Paint Massive Bookcase Mural on the Side of a Building

Bookcases are a great ice breaker for those who love to read. What relief those shelves offer ill-at ease partygoers... even when you don't know a soul in the room, there’s always a chance you’ll bond with a fellow guest over one of your hosts’ titles. Occupy yourself with a good browse whilst waiting for someone to take the bait. Now, with the aid of Dutch street artists Jan Is De Man and Deef Feed, some residents of Utrecht have turned their bookcases into street art, sparking conversation in...
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David Bowie Songs Reimagined as Pulp Fiction Book Covers: Space Oddity, Heroes, Life on Mars & More

In the last year, screenwriter Todd Alcott’s hobby has blown up into a legit side career. This Etsy seller isn’t peddling kombucha SCOBYs, letter pressing new baby announcements, or repurposing old barns for use as cutting boards. No, Alcott’s crafty fortunes fall squarely at the intersection of pulp fiction and rock and roll, with classic song titles, lyrics, and other cunning references replacing the cover text of pre-existing vintage paperbacks. David Bowie’s lifelong fascination with space ...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Music, Design, Etsy, College, New York City, David Bowie, Mars, Bowie, Facebook Twitter, Alcott, Ayun Halliday, Todd Alcott, Bob Dylan Radiohead As Alcott

“Odyssey of the Ear”: A Beautiful Animation Shows How Sounds Travel Into Our Ears and Become Thoughts in Our Brain

As all schoolchildren know, we hear with our ears. And as all schoolchildren also probably know, we hear with our brains — or if they don't know it, at least they must suspect it, given the way sounds around us seem to turn without effort into thoughts in our heads. But how? It's the interface between ear and brain where things get more complicated, but "Odyssey of the Ear," the six-minute video above, makes it much clearer just how sound gets through our ears and into our brains. Suitable ...
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The Origins of the “Amen Break,” The Most Sampled Piece of Recorded Music Ever

You may not find the reference easily in a Google search. But hang around electronic musicians, DJs, or producers long enough, and you’ll probably hear someone talk about an “Amen song.” They don't mean gospel, not directly, but the famed “Amen break,” a six-second drum loop sampled from a 1969 soul instrumental recording of the gospel song “Amen, Brother” from the B-Side of a Grammy-winning record by Washington, DC-based group The Winstons. Played by drummer G.C. Coleman, who died in 19...
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Watch a Towering Orchestral Tribute to Kate Bush: A 40th Anniversary Celebration of Her First Single, “Wuthering Heights”

Some Americans like their pop musicians to be more accessible, less theatrical, and eccentric—and generally more desperate for the approval of their audience. Kate Bush, thankfully, has never seemed bothered by this need. She could leave the spotlight when she needed to, or leave the music business altogether for a time, and yet remain a creative force to be reckoned with for four decades now. Her legacy has permeated contemporary music since she appeared in 1978, then retired from the stag...
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Scenes from Bohemian Rhapsody Compared to Real Life: A 21-Minute Compilation

Bohemian Rhapsody, the 2018 bio pic about the British rock band Queen, had its fair share of factual inaccuracies--all well documented by sites like The Wrap and ScreenCrush. But, here and there, the film paid attention to detail. Witness the scenes from Live Aid, and compare them to actual footage from 1985. Or simply start at the 9:20 mark of the lengthy compilation above, which dutifully juxtaposes scenes from the film with the real life events... Follow Open Culture on Facebook an...
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Philip Glass Finishes His David Bowie Trilogy, Debuting His Lodger Symphony

Sometimes I feel The need to move on So I pack a bag And move on Move on --David Bowie, “Move On” We might have been calling it the Lake Geneva Trilogy, given David Bowie’s recuperative sojourn in Switzerland after the emptiness he felt in L.A. The first album in the Berlin Trilogy, Low, was mostly recorded in France, and the last album of the trilogy, Lodger, in Montreaux in 1979. But they were almost all written in, around, and about Berlin, where Bowie found what he was looking for—a ...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, France, Berlin, Los Angeles, David Bowie, Switzerland, John Adams, Times, Gary Oldman, Low, Los Angeles Times, Philip Glass, Bowie

The “David Bowie Is” Exhibition Is Now Available as an Augmented Reality Mobile App That’s Narrated by Gary Oldman: For David Bowie’s Birthday Today

Maybe it’s too soon to divide pop music history into “Before David Bowie” and “After David Bowie,” but two years after Bowie’s death, it’s impossible to imagine pop music history without him. Yet, if there ever did come a time when future generations did not know who David Bowie is, they could do far worse than hear Gary Oldman tell the story. Luckily for them, and us, Oldman narrates the new David Bowie augmented reality app, which launches today on what would have been the legend’s 72n...
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Where Did the Monk’s Haircut Come From? A New Vox Video Explains the Rich and Contentious History of the Tonsure

One might assume from a modern viewpoint that the hairstyles worn by monks arose to deal with male pattern baldness anxiety. As in the school uniform approach, you can’t single out one person’s baldness when everyone is bald. But this, again, would be a modern view, full of the vanity the tonsured—those with religiously shaven heads—ostensibly vowed to renounce. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the tonsure (from the Latin verb for “to shear”) began as a “badge of slavery” among Gr...
Tags: Google, College, Religion, History, Rome, Britain, Ireland, David Bowie, Catholic Church, Vox, Baltimore, Mccarthy, Facebook Twitter, Pauline, Trinity College Dublin, Josh Jones

David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy” Gets Psychedelically Covered by The Flaming Lips

By now, you've hopefully seen David Bowie and Bing Crosby's unlikely encounter in 1977, where they sang a hastily prepared medley of "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy." It's a curious Christmas classic, and now the subject of a tribute by The Flaming Lips. Above, watch their psychedelic take on the mashup. And if you need to revisit the original, just head here. Follow Open Culture on Facebook and   Twitter and  share intelligent media with your friends. Or better yet, sign up f...
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Lin-Manuel Miranda & Emily Blunt Take You Through 22 Classic Musicals in 12 Minutes

Watching James Corden, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Emily Blunt donning bad wigs to mug their way through a 12-minute salute to 22 movie musical “classics” is a bit reminiscent of watching the three most popular counselors ham it up during an overlong summer camp skit. Their one-take performance was part of Role Call, a regular feature of the Late Late Show with James Corden. Usually, this fan favorite is an excuse for Corden and a megastar guest—Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Samuel L. Jackson—to...
Tags: Google, Music, Comedy, Film, College, White House, New York City, Theatre, George Orwell, David Bowie, Broadway, Marilyn Monroe, John, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Dick Van Dyke

Historic Console Used to Record “Stairway to Heaven” and Other Rock Classics Goes Up for Auction Today

The amount of money one is willing to spend—should one have amounts of money—for a vintage recording console will vary greatly depending on who one is. The average person will see an enormous, heavy, wonky, wood and metal space hog with no apparent purpose. The musician, engineer, producer, or studio owner, on the other hand, will see a finely-tuned instrument, whose preamps, EQs, compressors, meters, and circuitry promise worlds of sonic warmth and depth. In the case of one particular recordin...
Tags: Google, Music, Technology, London, College, Pink Floyd, Britain, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Bob Marley, Rolling Stone, Brian Eno, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones

Introducing the Mellotron: A Groovy 1965 Demonstration of the “Musical Computer” Used by The Beatles, Moody Blues & Other Psychedelic Pop Artists

With a name like a laid back 60s robot, the Mellotron has been most closely associated with psychedelic pop like The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever,” the Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin,” and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” But the early sampling keyboard, an electro-acoustic device that used pre-recorded tape strips mounted inside an organ-like keyboard, was first marketed, Gordon Reid writes at Sound on Sound, to “old-time/modern/Latin dance audiences.” It was supposed to convinc...
Tags: Google, Music, College, David Bowie, Mccartney, Nixon, Robinson, Facebook Twitter, Lawrence Welk, Reid, Nord, Josh Jones, Moody Blues, Lennon McCartney, Rick Wakeman, Gordon Reid

How Nicolas Roeg (RIP) Used David Bowie, Mick Jagger & Art Garfunkel in His Mind-Bending Films

Critics have applauded Bradley Cooper for the bold move of casting Lady Gaga in his new remake of A Star Is Born, and as its titular star at that. As much cinematic daring as it takes to cast a high-profile musician in their first starring role in the movies, the act has its precedents, thanks not least to filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, who died last week. Having started out at the bottom of the British film industry, serving tea at London's Marylebone Studios the year after World War II ended,...
Tags: Google, Music, London, Film, College, Earth, David, Vienna, New York Times, Bradley Cooper, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Lady Gaga, Nikola Tesla

Watch David Bowie Take MTV to Task for Failing to Play Music Videos by Black Artists (1983)

The old vaudeville phrase “Will it play in Peoria?” has its roots in the late 19th century, specifically in Horatio Alger’s novel Five Hundred Dollars; Or Jacob Marlowe’s Secret. Like all of the books Alger wrote extolling the virtues of thrift, study, grooming, industry, etc., this one articulates a middle American bootstraps philosophy and rags-to-riches mythology, while giving the entertainment industry a colorful way to sum up the small-town audiences who embraced Alger’s straight-la...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, Television, College, America, Los Angeles, Mtv, David Bowie, Cher, Michael Jackson, Swann, Midwest, Bowie, Poughkeepsie, Tulsa

Classic Radiohead Songs Re-Imagined as a Sci-Fi Book, Pulp Fiction Magazine & Other Nostalgic Artifacts

When we with artist and screenwriter Todd Alcott, he was immortalizing the work of stars who hit their stride in the 70s and 80s, as highly convincing pulp novel and magazine covers inspired by their most famous songs and lyrics. David Bowie’s “Young Americans” yields an East of Eden-like blonde couple reclining in the grass. Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” becomes an erotically violent, or violently erotic, magazine that ain’t fooling around. Next, we took a look at Alcott’s series of p...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, Etsy, College, Radiohead, Creativity, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Ikea, Prince, PJ Harvey, Michael Crichton, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Fiona Apple

A Map of the U.S. Created Out of 1,000 Song Titles That Reference Cities, States, Landmarks & More

According to Leonard Cohen, songwriting is a lonely business, but there’s nothing for it, he sings in “Tower of Song,” when you’re “born with the gift of a golden voice" and when “twenty-seven angels from the Great Beyond” tie you to a table and make you write. Just where is Cohen’s tower? Maybe Montreal, his hometown, or his adopted city of L.A.? He doesn’t tell us, though we do know Hank Williams lives 100 floors above, so there's a good chance that it's not a place on earth. Cohen the poet h...
Tags: Google, Music, Florida, Maps, College, Chicago, David Bowie, Pasadena, Dorothy, Leonard Cohen, Cohen, Facebook Twitter, Sutter, Hank Williams, Mark Knopfler, Nazareth

Hear How Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” Would Sound If Sung by Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Frank Sinatra & 38 Other Artists

I consider Freddy Mercury and Michael Jackson as the greatest performers of all time. Their vocal abilities are what I look up to as a vocalist.  - Anthony Vincent Anthony Vincent, the creator of Ten Second Songs, has a flowing mane, a lean physique, and the cocksure manner of a 20th century rock god. He also spends hours in his home studio, peering at a computer monitor through reading glasses. His latest effort, above, Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the style of 42 other artists, could...
Tags: Google, Music, Comedy, Technology, College, Aretha Franklin, Daft Punk, Creativity, Ozzy Osbourne, David Bowie, Kendrick Lamar, Elvis Presley, Bruno Mars, Muse, Michael Jackson, Janis Joplin

Haruki Murakami Became a DJ on a Japanese Radio Station for One Night: Hear the Music He Played for Delighted Listeners

In his native Japan, Haruki Murakami has published not just fiction but all sorts of essays dealing with a variety of subjects, from travel to music to writing itself. One collection of these pieces came out under the title Murakami Radio, a possible inspiration for a broadcast of the same name this past summer on Tokyo FM. For its 55-minute duration, Murakami took the DJ's seat and spun records (or rather, files from several of his music-filled iPods) from his famously vast personal lib...
Tags: Google, Music, Japan, College, Radio, Daryl Hall, John Oates, David Bowie, Literature, Tokyo, Haruki Murakami, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, BBC Radio, Joey Ramone, Murakami

Brian Eno Reveals His Favorite Film Soundtracks

Think of “interviewing Brian Eno” (listen to it here) like a piece of his generative music. Yes, the man has no problems talking and actually encourages it. But input the same old questions about those same four albums (you know them, right?) and you get the same old answers as output. Feed in a completely different subject--like his favorite film soundtracks--and lo and behold, a very intriguing 80 minutes follows. That’s what happened when Hugh Cornwell (lead vocalist of The Stranglers...
Tags: Google, Music, College, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Brian, Miles Davis, Oklahoma, Brian Eno, Derek Jarman, Adam Curtis, Bush, Eno, Facebook Twitter, KCRW, Angelo Badalamenti

A History of Counterculture: Glam Rock

Explore the darker side of society through the decades.From poodle skirts to Instaglam, and cloche hats to bell bottoms, the history of mainstream fashion is well-known to the everyday fashionista. But not all aspects of fashion are mainstream. This semester, I'll be exploring the history of counterculture movements - and how they differ from the fashion history you already know. Last time, I discussed punks, a group that emerged in the 1970s whose fashion and lifestyle choices reflected a rebe...
Tags: College, Inspiration, America, Rock, David Bowie, Marilyn Manson, Fashion History, Instaglam

Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” Slowed Down to 33RPM Sounds Great and Takes on New, Unexpected Meanings

The Walrus is… Dolly Parton? Not every record yields gold when played backwards or spun more slowly than recommended, but a 45 of Parton’s 1973 hit “Jolene” played at 33RPM not only sounds wonderful, it also manages to reframe the narrative. As Andrea DenHoed notes in The New Yorker, “Slow Ass Jolene,” above, transforms Parton’s “baby-high soprano” into something deep, soulful and seemingly, male. In its original version, the much-covered “Jolene” is a straight up woman-to-woman ches...
Tags: Google, Gender, Music, Technology, NYC, College, Life, Radiohead, Dolly Parton, David Bowie, Npr, Roy Orbison, Facebook Twitter, Parton, Jolene, Ayun Halliday

Classic Songs by Bob Dylan Re-Imagined as Pulp Fiction Book Covers: “Like a Rolling Stone,” “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” & More

Screenwriter Todd Alcott has been very busy since . To restate what should be obvious from the second, if not first glance, none of Alcott’s titles are real. His aesthetically convincing mock-ups pay tribute to favorite songs by favorite artists: David Bowie, Talking Heads, Joy Division, Elvis Costello… The start of the school year finds him in a Dylan mood, rendering some of his best known hits in a variety of pulp genre formats: Bob Dylan is the perfect subject for this project, because his w...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Comedy, Design, Etsy, NYC, College, China, San Francisco, Bob Dylan, New York Times, David Bowie, Madonna, Warhol, Time Magazine

John Turturro Introduces America to the World Wide Web in 1999: Watch A Beginner’s Guide To The Internet

There are only two kinds of story, holds a quote often attributed to Leo Tolstoy: a man goes on a journey, or a stranger comes to town. When it set about producing A Beginner's Guide to the Internet, a "community service video" geared to viewers unfamiliar with the World Wide Web, internet portal company Lycos went with the latter. That stranger, a history teacher and aspiring comedian named Sam Levin, comes to a town named Tick Neck, Pennsylvania, his car having broken down early in a c...
Tags: Google, Film, College, America, History, United States, Web/Tech, David Bowie, Las Vegas, Telefonica, Seoul, Sam, Leo Tolstoy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Facebook Twitter

Hear the Original, Never-Heard Demo of John Lennon’s “Imagine”

Imagining a “brotherhood of man” sounds Pollyannaish and painfully naïve when even an “uneasy truce of man” seems hardly possible. But when John Lennon sings about it with conviction in “Imagine,” we sit up and listen. Such is the power of “Imagine”’s utopian vision, and Lennon later admitted it “should be credited as a Lennon/Ono song,” since “a lot of it—the lyric and the concept—came from Yoko,” specifically from Grapefruit, her little book of whimsical “instructions.” For decades the...
Tags: Google, Music, College, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Lennon, Jason Kottke, Facebook Twitter, Stevens, Josh Jones, Yoko, Ono, Kottke, Durham NC Follow, Phil McDonald

Songs by David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads & More Re-Imagined as Pulp Fiction Book Covers

As David Bowie himself implied in a 1975 interview, "Young Americans" doesn't have much of a narrative. Rather, it’s a portrait of ambivalence, viewed at some remove. The same cannot be said for Young Americans, the wholly imaginary midcentury pulp novel. One look at the lurid cover, above, and one can guess the sort of steamy passages contained within. Bowie’s sweaty palmed classmates at Bromley Technical High School could probably have recited them from memory! Ditto Alison. The tawdry paper...
Tags: Google, Books, Music, Design, Etsy, NYC, College, La, John Lennon, Creativity, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Bowie, Facebook Twitter, Alcott, Todd Alcott

David Bowie’s “Heroes” Delightfully Performed by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Cover tunes are not tribute bands. The best covers don't aim to be carbon copies. They expand our concept of the original with an unexpected element or fresh lens. Would you believe me if I told you that the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s take on David Bowie’s "Heroes"—the second most covered tune in the late rocker’s canon—is even sexier than the original? No? Good. Nothing ever will be. It is, however, a compelling case for the power of multiple ukuleles. A single uke could o...
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The Thin White Duke: A Close Study of David Bowie’s Darkest Character

Good thing social media wasn’t around in 1976 when David Bowie went through one of his darkest transformations--his career might not have survived it. A few months ago Kanye West started palling around with Trumpism, MAGA hats, and folks like Candace Owens, and Twitter went ballistic and West kind of retreated. But for a moment in 1976, as Polyphonic’s video essay reminds us, David Bowie toyed with actual fascism, saying in one interview: “You’ve got to have an extreme right-wing front c...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Berlin, Pink Floyd, Kanye West, David Bowie, Playboy, Nazi, Hitler, Nikola Tesla, Enoch Powell, Eric Clapton, Victoria Station, Nme

Weezer Covers Toto’s “Africa” & Makes a Young Fan’s Dream Come True: The Latest, Greatest Cover of the 1983 Song

Last month, rock band Weezer performed a remarkable bit of fan service: taking a request from a fan’s Twitter and granting it. A user called, appropriately, "Weezer Cover Africa by Toto," has been badgering the band since December of 2017 to do just that. The person behind the account is 15-year-old Mary from Ohio, who is both a serious fan of Weezer and of “Africa,” which she first heard on an episode of “Stranger Things.” Though the band decided to help Mary out, they had a little bit ...
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David Bowie Memorialized in Traditional Japanese Woodblock Prints

The East beckons me — Japan — but I’m a bit worried that I’ll get too Zen there and my writing will dry up. - David Bowie, 1980 David Bowie’s longstanding fascination with Japan pervaded his work, becoming the gateway through which many of his fans began to explore that country’s cultural traditions and aesthetics. Perhaps the entry point is designer Kansai Yamamoto’s Ziggy Stardust togs, Yukio Mishima’s 1963 novel The Sailor Who Fell from Grace from the Sea—one of Bowie’s top 100 books—or the ...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, Japan, College, Life, New York City, David Bowie, Tokyo, Shakespeare, Kyoto, Bowie, Lawrence, Facebook Twitter, Diamond Dogs, Kansai Yamamoto

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