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Nirvana sued over thirty-year-old t-shirt design featuring a 1949 illustration

Back in 1989, I purchased a Nirvana t-shirt emblazoned with a map of Upper Hell as described in Dante's Inferno. (The back of the shirt reads: "fudge packin crack smokin satan worshippin mother fucker") Now, the granddaughter of C.W. Scott-Giles, who created that hell illustration for a 1949 translation of Dante's Inferno, is suing Nirvana LLC for copyright infringement. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Music, News, Copyright, Nirvana, Dante, T-shirts, Scott Giles, Here We Are Now Entertain US, Nirvana LLC


Nirvana sued over t-shirt artwork dating back to 1989

Back in 1989, I purchased a Nirvana t-shirt emblazoned with a map of Upper Hell as described in Dante's Inferno. (The back of the shirt reads: "fudge packin crack smokin satan worshippin mother fucker") Now, the granddaughter of C.W. Scott-Giles, who created that hell illustration for a 1949 translation of Dante's Inferno, is suing Nirvana LLC for copyright infringement. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Music, News, Copyright, Nirvana, Dante, T-shirts, Scott Giles, Here We Are Now Entertain US, Nirvana LLC


‘10,000 tiny instruments’: how Lego made the experimental album of 2021

With the soothing noise of its bricks clicking against one another, Lego White Noise joins the ranks of great musique concrète – and documents a potentially doomed soundOut of my headphones comes a flow of odd, weirdly tactile sound: what could be an army of ants marching across a plain of contact mics, a landslide of scree recorded from a mile away, or perhaps the first field recording taken from Ingenuity, the tiny robotic helicopter currently flying sorties above the Martian landscape. Delica...
Tags: Toys, Music, Life and style, Lego, Culture, Experimental music, LEGO White Noise, The Wire magazine


A tiny, invasive bug and the climate crisis are changing how guitars are made, and shifting the course of music history

Fender; Marianne Ayala/Insider Swamp ash is a wood prized by guitar makers and musicians for its light weight and resonant sound. But flooding, and a tiny bug, threaten the wood and the sound that is synonymous with rock music. Fender is phasing out ash after 70 years of use, and ash trees could soon disappear altogether. See more stories on Insider's business page. In 1970, when Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page recorded the iconic solo on "Stairway to Heaven," he was playing a 1959 Fend...
Tags: Music, Florida, Texas, Science, Mississippi, Entertainment, Climate Change, China, Trees, US, America, Trends, Jimi Hendrix, Canada, United States, Portland


Ziggy Marley talks new children’s books, pandemic lockdown and ‘More Family Time’

Like most parents last year, Ziggy Marley found himself hunkered down at home with his wife Orly Agai and experiencing the world of virtual learning with his youngest children. While he lives in Toluca Lake, Marley, a father of seven and the son of late reggae legend Bob Marley, has spent the majority of his life touring and performing for audiences around the world. But with COVID-19 bringing the live events industry to a halt in March 2020, Marley took advantage of the extra time with his broo...
Tags: Books, Music, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bob Dylan, Philip Roth, Streaming, Jamaica, Richard Thompson, Marley, Bob Marley, Southern California, Ziggy Marley, Rage Against The Machine


Richard Thompson describes how Bob Dylan and the Band inspired Fairport Convention

Singer-songwriter Richard Thompson says he resisted the idea of a memoir for years, but once he decided to write one he found his objections soon drifted away. “I think I was reluctant until I got started,” Thompson says during a phone call about his just-published “Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice: 1967-1975.” “And then I realized that I actually enjoyed the process. It was fun to write, especially, you know, the anecdotal stuff. That was easy. “So having embarked on it, it was rewa...
Tags: Europe, Books, Music, London, California, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Ap, Things To Do, Soccer, Bob Dylan, New Jersey, New Orleans, Philip Roth


Rehabilitating the sacred side of Arthur Sullivan, Britain’s most performed composer

November 2018 saw the release of the first ever professional recording of Arthur Sullivan’s oratorio, The Light of The World, based on Biblical texts and focused on the life and teaching of Jesus. Reviewers focused as much on the piece as on the performance. The critical reaction to this work, which had been largely ignored and rarely performed for over 140 years, was extraordinary. Classical music magazines and websites hailed a revelatory discovery, with music of an engaging freshness and dire...
Tags: Books, Music, London, Featured, Religion, Britain, United States, United Kingdom, Jesus, Noël, Chapel Royal, Antioch, Sullivan, Brahms, Arthur Sullivan, Handel


Moby on fame and regret: ‘I was an out-of-control, utterly entitled drink and drug addict’

He declared his intention to go away for a while after pointed criticism of his second memoir. But now the musician is back with a new album - and a visceral documentaryMoby is considering the question he is often asked in interviews: “Do I think I’ve been treated unfairly?” muses the 55-year-old musician, who, let’s face it, is hardly a stranger to terrible press. “Honestly, I don’t think I have been. I’m sure there are times when I’ve been portrayed badly and it was accurate. And even with som...
Tags: Books, Music, Life and style, Culture, Natalie Portman, Herman Melville, Moby


Moby: ‘In my books, the only person who ever gets thrown under the bus is me’

He declared his intention to go away for a while after pointed criticism of his second memoir. But now the musician is back with a new album - and a visceral documentaryMoby is considering the question he is often asked in interviews: “Do I think I’ve been treated unfairly?” muses the 55-year-old musician, who, let’s face it, is hardly a stranger to terrible press. “Honestly, I don’t think I have been. I’m sure there are times when I’ve been portrayed badly and it was accurate. And even with som...
Tags: Books, Music, Life and style, Culture, Natalie Portman, Herman Melville, Moby


Rickie Lee Jones talks ‘Last Chance Texaco’ and tales of music, heartache, addiction and family

Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones says she decided to write her life story for one simple reason. The material was just so good. “I know I have great stories to tell,” she says recently by phone from her home in New Orleans. “I’ve told a few to audiences in live shows, and told them to friends, and watched them play in my head again and again.” Readers can now get the chance to experience these tales themselves in Jones’s memoir, “Last Chance Texaco,” which hit stores on April 6. She recounts t...
Tags: Books, Music, Bruce Springsteen, California, Washington, Robin Williams, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Tom Waits, Things To Do, Soccer, Ireland, Bob Dylan, Arizona


Dave Grohl to publish memoir, The Storyteller

First autobiography from Foo Fighters and Nirvana musician will chart ‘all the experiences I’ve had in my life – incredible, difficult, funny and emotional’Dave Grohl has announced the publication of his first memoir, entitled The Storyteller.The Foo Fighters frontman and Nirvana drummer wrote the book during the pandemic when his band were unable to tour, and after he began posting short stories from his career on Instagram. “I soon found that the reward I felt every time I posted a story was t...
Tags: Books, Music, Instagram, Foo Fighters, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Dave Grohl, Autobiography and memoir, Nirvana, Grohl


How 1974-era LA transformed music, movies and pop culture in ‘Rock Me On The Water’

Writer Ronald Brownstein had a pop culture epiphany while driving home from a political gathering at producer Norman Lear‘s house. It struck Brownstein that Lear’s groundbreaking shows like “All in the Family” arrived on TV just as movie classics “The Godfather” and “Chinatown” hit theaters and the Los Angeles music scene of Joni Mitchell and the Eagles flourished on the radio and in record stores. It was all here in one place, at one moment. “I remember thinking on the way home, like, wait a mi...
Tags: Books, Music, TV, Hollywood, Movies, Jack Nicholson, La, Norman Lear, Los Angeles, Sport, Cnn, Things To Do, Atlantic, Soccer, Warren Beatty, Nashville


My rock’n’roll friendship with Lindy Morrison

She was in the Go-Betweens, Tracey Thorn was in the Marine Girls, their 30-year friendship enhanced both their livesOn 31 March 1983, she burst into my dressing room, asking at the top of her voice, “Has anyone here got a lipstick I can borrow?” I looked up to see a tall woman in a Lurex dress, with a mass of blonde hair. Our two bands, Marine Girls and the Go-Betweens, were on the same bill at the Lyceum in London. I was 20, and she was 31. I was a tentative singer, she was a loud, outspoken dr...
Tags: Psychology, Europe, Books, Music, Science, London, Friendship, Women, Life and style, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Paris, Roger Moore, Brisbane Australia, Tracey Thorn, Shakespeare and Co


If you enjoyed that, you will like this: but can we break free from the algorithms' grip?

Two new subscription services are aiming to restore serendipity to our cultural habitsAre you reading this by pure chance? Or are you on the lookout for articles about the value of serendipity and random encounters?In an age of online shopping, commercial algorithms and streamed entertainment, most of us are rarely confronted by things that have not been digitally matched to our previous interests or prejudices. Few will have avoided the suggestion “if you’ve enjoyed X, then you’ll like Y and Z”...
Tags: Books, Music, Media, Newspapers & magazines, Radio, Culture, Magazines, Digital Media, Television & radio, Trade magazines


Winner of Grove Music’s 2021 spoof article contest

It’s April Fool’s Day, which means the time has come to reveal the winner of the 20th anniversary edition of Grove Music Online’s Spoof Article Contest.This year’s expert judges include:Deane Root, Editor in Chief of Grove Music Online, and Professor of Music emeritus, Director and Fletcher Hodges, Jr. Curator of the Center for American Music, University of Pittsburgh, has been immersed in Grove style since he worked under Stanley Sadie on the first New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.Mu...
Tags: Europe, Books, Music, Usa, London, Featured, Gmo, Britain, Italy, Bmw, North America, Vikings, University Of Leeds, New York University, Editor's Picks, St Paul


And the brand played on: Bob Dylan at 80

With a slew of books to mark the songwriter’s birthday due, we look at the industry that has grown up around the man who forced academia to take pop seriouslyScroll down for Q&As with the authors of four new Dylan books“It’s gonna take a hundred years before they understand me!” Bob Dylan once claimed, “they” being the cohorts of fans, critics and Dylanologists who have dogged his tracks ever since Robert Zimmerman, chippy teen of Hibbing, Minnesota, became Bob Dylan, world-famous singer, songwr...
Tags: Books, Music, Culture, Bob Dylan, Folk Music, James Joyce, Dylan, Joyce, ROBERT ZIMMERMAN, University of Tulsa, Hibbing Minnesota, Biography books, Sean Latham, Bob Dylan Studies


Family secrets and the demise of Erard pianos and harps

Musicians from Haydn to Liszt were captivated by the rich tone and mechanical refinement of the pianos and harps invented by Sébastien Erard, whose firm dominated nineteenth-century musical life. Erard was the first piano builder in France to prioritise the grand piano model, a crucial step towards creating a modern pianistic sonority. His 1822 invention of the double-escapement action allowed pianists to repeat notes more rapidly and improved the instrument’s response while at the same time pro...
Tags: Europe, Books, Music, Featured, France, History, Paris, Camille, Pierre, Haydn, Sebastien, Jean Baptiste, Arts & Humanities, Erard, Steinway, Subtopics


When you're a Jet and a Shark: West Side Story's George Chakiris

The Oscar-winning star portrayed rival gang leaders in the stage and screen versions of the classic musical. He remembers dancing with Marilyn Monroe, playing Dracula and his role as a trombone“I don’t think I was good enough,” confesses George Chakiris. “I was too nervous.” Zooming from Los Angeles, the 86-year-old star is not appraising his Oscar-winning role in West Side Story or his stints as a chorus dancer in golden age musicals with Marilyn Monroe and Cyd Charisse. He is recalling appeari...
Tags: Books, Music, Television, Film, Theatre, Los Angeles, Dance, Culture, Television & radio, Stephen Sondheim, Stage, Ballet, Oscar, Broadway, US theater, Marilyn Monroe


Boy on Fire by Mark Mordue review – Nick Cave's pre-fame years

This thorough portrait of the artist as an adolescent uncovers the passions and environmental factors that shaped the rock great’s singular style At 63, the singer-songwriter Nick Cave cuts an urbane, almost sanctified figure. Currently based in Brighton, this erudite career artist’s recurring preoccupation, since the 2015 death of Arthur, one of his teenage sons, has been transmuting profound grief into beauty.For many decades, though, Cave fronted a series of bands whose confrontational perfor...
Tags: Books, Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Brighton, Nick Cave, Arthur, Biography books, Mark Mordue


On my radar: Aidan Moffat's cultural highlights

The Arab Strap vocalist on late-night horror chats with his mum, spending time with Alan Partridge, and bingeing on SuccessionBorn in Falkirk, Scotland, in 1973, Aidan Moffat is the vocalist of indie rock band Arab Strap, which he founded in 1995 with Malcolm Middleton. Characterised by Moffat’s half-spoken vocals over lo-fi instrumentation, the band gained international acclaim with 1996 single The First Big Weekend; they went on to release six studio albums before splitting in 2006 and reformi...
Tags: Books, Music, Television, Podcasts, Film, Culture, Television & radio, Indie, Comics and graphic novels, Mogwai, Manga, Alan Partridge, Pierre, Moffat, Aidan Moffat, Arab Strap


From Soul Train to Beyoncé: the joy of black performance in America

In A Little Devil in America, Hanif Abdurraqib set out to celebrate black artists across music, dance, comedy and more, who succeeded even when their own country refused to honour themWhen I began A Little Devil in America, I was thinking about Josephine Baker. The title of the book comes from Baker, from her speech at the March on Washington in 1963. It is a speech that is often overlooked. The legacy of the march so often centres on its male speakers (Martin Luther King Jr, A Philip Randolph),...
Tags: Books, Music, Beyonce, Washington, France, Poetry, Race, US, America, US news, Soul, Culture, Essays, Baker, Josephine, Josephine Baker


Winston Marshall on break from Mumford & Sons after praising rightwing writer

Marshall said he would ‘examine my blindspots’ after endorsing a book by controversial US commentator Andy NgoWinston Marshall, the banjo player and lead guitarist with Mumford & Sons, has said he is “taking time away from the band” after his praise for far-right agitator Andy Ngo prompted a backlash.On 7 March, Marshall tweeted of Ngo’s book Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy: “Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man.” The tweet was soon del...
Tags: Books, Music, US, Culture, US politics, Pop and rock, NGO, Marshall, Mumford, Winston Marshall, Mumford & Sons, Politics books, Andy Ngô, Andy NgoWinston Marshall


Winston Marshall on break from Mumford and Sons after praising rightwing writer

Marshall said he would ‘examine my blindspots’ after endorsing a book by controversial US commentator Andy NgoWinston Marshall, the banjo player and lead guitarist with Mumford and Sons, has said he is “taking time away from the band” after his praise for far-right agitator Andy Ngo prompted a backlash.On 7 March, Marshall tweeted of Ngo’s book Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy: “Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man.” The tweet was soon d...
Tags: Books, Music, US, Culture, US politics, Pop and rock, NGO, Marshall, Mumford, Winston Marshall, Mumford & Sons, Politics books, Andy Ngô, Andy NgoWinston Marshall


'It’s devastating': Margaret Atwood on a musical project honouring women killed by partners

In 2015, Nathalie Warmerdam was killed by an ex-partner. Now her brother Joshua Hopkins has teamed up with the author to write a song cycle highlighting such everyday atrocitiesFive years ago, Nathalie Warmerdam was murdered by her ex-partner in one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Canadian history. The 48-year-old was Basil Borutski’s third victim that day; he also killed two other former partners, Anastasia Kuzyk and Carol Culleton. Boruktski was found guilty and sentenced to life in...
Tags: Books, Music, Poetry, Women, World news, Domestic Violence, Culture, Canada, Margaret Atwood, Opera, International Women's Day, Ottawa, Anastasia Kuzyk, Warmerdam, Joshua Hopkins, Nathalie Warmerdam


Why the Flood of Musician Memoirs? An Exploration by Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #84

https://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_84_2-13-21.mp3 There’s been an explosion of rock and roll autobiographies in recent years, with pretty much every music legend (and many others) being invited by some publisher or other to write or dictate their story. What’s the particular appeal of this kind of recounting, what’s the connection between writing and reading these books on the one hand and producing and listening to the actual music on t...
Tags: Google, Books, Music, Podcasts, College, Chicago, Rolling Stone, Mark, Laura, Facebook Twitter, Debbie Harry, John Andrew Fredrick, Oakland Press, Andy Powell, Chris Frantz, Jim Peterik


A List of 132 Radical, Mind-Expanding Books from Rage Against the Machine

If you like Rage Against the Machine, but don’t like their “political bs,” you haven’t actually listened to Rage Against the Machine, whose entire raison d’être is contained within the name. What is “the Machine”? Let’s hear it from the band themselves. Singer Zack de la Rocha pointed out that the title of their second album, 1996’s Evil Empire, came from “Ronald Reagan’s slander of the Soviet Union in the eighties, which the band feels could just as easily apply to the United States.” The Mach...
Tags: Google, Books, Music, Politics, College, United States, Ronald Reagan, Mtv, Miles Davis, Billy Bragg, James Joyce, Henry Miller, Rage Against The Machine, Soviet Union, Facebook Twitter, Henry David Thoreau


14-string guitar in action

Ichika Nito shows how to play the 14-string guitar made for them by 10sguitars. Here's Ichika with a slightly less extremist 9-string axe: 9弦ギターをしばらく使ってみて出来たもの pic.twitter.com/D41F7fejx7— ichika nito (@ichika_mo) December 26, 2020
Tags: Video, Music, News, Guitars, Musical instruments, Ichika, Ichika Nito


Digging into the vaults of the unknown: the “Transcending Dystopia” research diaries

Research for Transcending Dystopia over the course of almost a decade was truly a journey, piecing together disparate snippets that have been transmitted in different repositories to gain insight into the musical practices and lives of Jews in postwar Germany. Among the 26 archives and private collections I consulted, two experiences stand out—the first being somewhat unusual, the second being quite extraordinary. The Stasi Archive During its 40-year existence, the East German Ministry for State...
Tags: Europe, Books, Music, New York, Milan, Featured, Germany, Massachusetts, Berlin, History, World, United States, Stasi, Wwii, Leipzig, James


Seven ways to cope until the end of lockdown

The end may now be in sight, but there are still frustrating months ahead. From new recipes to letter writing and Lego, writers including Matt Haig and Philippa Perry share their strategiesI always think it is interesting that arguably the most hopeful song of the 20th century – “Over the Rainbow” – arrived in arguably its darkest year. The Wizard of Oz, adapted from L Frank Baum’s novel, opened in cinemas on 25 August 1939, the day Hitler sent a telegram to Mussolini to tell him he was about to...
Tags: Europe, Books, Music, Life and style, Lego, Culture, Poland, Hitler, Mussolini, Matt Haig, Philippa Perry, Frank Baum, Coronavirus


Gardens and Music

  A Choral Feast: – At Christmas we went to a (socially distanced) concert in Hereford Cathedral. We are great fans of small choirs who sing Renaissance, Baroque and modern choral music: in this case it was Ex Cathedra. And part of the beauty of the experience is the places these choirs perform in, which are usually cathedrals. So, there is a combination of architectural delight, statues, memorials, history and glorious music. A saturation of pleasure and interest. Ex Cathedra at Hereford Cat...
Tags: Gardening, Music, Hereford, Cathedrals, Choral music, Monet, Carolyn, Hereford Cathedral, Tim Richardson, Carolyn Mullet, Ex Cathedra, Random Topics, Garden Visitors, Tewkesbury Abbey People



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