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The Does and Don’ts of Putting on a Prison Concert: Johnny Cash, BB King, the Grateful Dead, Bonnie Tyler & The Cramps

The prison gig has been a staple of live performance since Johnny Cash played Folsom in 1968, with variations on the theme like the Cramps’ legendary performance at a California Psychiatric Hospital (revisited in the documentary We Were There to Be There). Some bands who play institutions may not be far away from inhabiting them. When the Sex Pistols played Chelmsford Prison, it was not the first time guitarist Steve Jones had been inside, what with his 14 criminal convictions. In fact, ...
Tags: Facebook, Music, England, Mississippi, College, Fugazi, Janis Joplin, Folsom, Jones, Bonnie Tyler, Steve Jones, Johnny Cash, Thornton, Tyler, Chelmsford, Josh Jones


Demystifying Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Red Right Hand,” and How It Was Inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost

Youtuber Polyphonic has done a good job of looking at some hoary old classics of ‘60s rock, but he doesn’t always dip his toe in taking on contemporary music, or even considering a modern canon. Pronouncing what is essential listening of the last few decades is a minefield, especially among the ranks of Commentus YouTubus. So their choice to explore Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Red Right Hand” is a deft one. It’s not Cave’s most well-known song—-that would be “The Mercy Seat”—-but it’s ...
Tags: Facebook, New York Post, Music, College, Peaky Blinders, Snoop Dogg, Nick Cave, Milton, KCRW, Red Right Hand, Ted Mills, Cave, Tom Waits Nick Cave, Danny Devito Zach Galifianakis, Mick Harvey, Nick Sometimes


50 Extremely Cute Fall Nail Trends to Try This Year

These cute fall nail trends will help you step up your manicure game.
Tags: Featured, College, Nail Art, Nail Polish, Beauty & Hair, Fall Trends


Mozart Sonatas Can Help Treat Epilepsy: A New Study from Dartmouth

Many and bold are the claims made for the power of classical music: not just that it can enrich your aesthetic sensibility, but that it can do everything from deter juvenile delinquency to boost infant intelligence. Making claims for the latter are CDs with titles like Baby Mozart: Music to Stimulate Your Baby’s Brain, a case of trading on the name of one of the most beloved composers in music history. Alas, the proposition that classical music in general can make anyone smarter has yet ...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Neuroscience, Dartmouth, Seoul, Mozart, Wagner, Antonio Salieri, Colin Marshall, My Modern Met, 21st Century Los Angeles, Film Square, Baby Mozart, Dartmouth College 's Bregman Music, Mozart K448 Effect


When Salvador Dali Viewed Joseph Cornell’s Surrealist Film, Became Enraged & Shouted: “He Stole It from My Subconscious!” (1936)

Did Salvador Dalí meet the diagnostic criteria for a personality disorder and maybe, also, a form of psychosis, as some have alleged? Maybe, but there’s no real way to know. “You can’t diagnose psychiatric illnesses without doing a face to face psychiatric examination,” Dutch psychiatrist Walter van den Broek writes, and it’s possible Dali “consciously created an ‘artistic’ personality… for the money or in order to succeed.” No doubt Dalí was a tireless self-promoter who marketed his wor...
Tags: Art, Facebook, New York, Hollywood, Film, College, America, Brazil, Salvador Dalí, Museum of Modern Art, Cornell, Freud, Moma, Mike Wallace, Dali, Josh Jones


The Beautifully Illustrated Atlas of Mushrooms: Edible, Suspect and Poisonous (1827)

Two centuries ago, Haiti, “then known as Saint-Domingue, was a sugar powerhouse that stood at the center of world trading networks,” writes Philippe Girard in his history of the Haitian war for independence. “Saint-Domingue was the perle de Antilles… the largest exporter of tropical products in the world.” The island colony was also at the center of the trade in plants that drove the scientific revolution of the time, and many a naturalist profited from the trade in slaves and sugar, as did pla...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Books, College, France, History, Emily Dickinson, Haiti, Caribbean, Napoleon, Flores, Port Au Prince, Domingue, Flora, Josh Jones, Jean Jacques Dessalines


Fed Up Workers and Supply Woes: What's Next for Dollar Stores?

Willy Shih discusses how higher costs, shipping delays, and worker shortages are casting shadows over ubiquitous dollar stores ahead of the critical holiday shopping season. [Author: by Christine Pazzanese, Harvard Gazette]
Tags: College, Harvard Gazette, Willy Shih, by Christine Pazzanese, Christine Pazzanese Harvard Gazette


Criterion Collection Flash Sale: Get 50% Off In-Stock Blu Rays & DVDs

FYI. For the next 22 hours, the Criterion Collection is running a flash sale (click here), giving you a chance to purchase “all in-stock Blu-rays & DVDs at 50% off.” Head over to the Criterion site and get classic films by Hitchcock, Lynch, Welles, Kubrick, the Coen Brothers, and many others. The sale ends on October 20, 2021. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us ...
Tags: Deals, Facebook, College, Coen Brothers, Hitchcock Lynch Welles Kubrick


Nick Cave’s Online Store: Pencils Adorned with Lyrics, Mugs, Polaroids & More

I’m sitting on the balcony Reading Flannery O’Connor With a pencil and a plan – Nick Cave, Carnage Access to technology has transformed the creative process, and many artists who’ve come to depend on it have long ceased to marvel at the labor and time saved, seething with resentment when devices and digital access fails. Musician Nick Cave, founder and frontman of The Bad Seeds, is one who hasn’t abandoned his analog ways, whether he’s in the act of generating new songs, or seeking respite from...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Design, Instagram, Writing, College, Creativity, Vikings, Polaroid, Staffordshire, Nick Cave, Bic, Wim Wenders, Warren Ellis, Flannery O'Connor, Ayun Halliday


The Best White Elephant Gifts for 2021

Going to a white elephant gift exchange? Here are the best gift ideas to bring this year!
Tags: Holiday Shopping, Holidays, Shopping, College, Gifts, Christmas Gifts, Gift Ideas


A Beautifully Illustrated Edition of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, the Bestselling Book by Historian Timothy Snyder

For all its talk of liberty, the US government has practiced dehumanizing authoritarianism and mass murder since its founding. And since the rise of fascism in the early 20th century, it has never been self-evident that it cannot happen here. On the contrary — wrote Yale historian Timothy Snyder before and throughout the Trump presidency — it happened here first, though many would like us to forget. The histories of southern slavocracy and manifest destiny directly informed Hitler’s plans for t...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Books, Politics, College, Africa, US, History, Current Affairs, Yale, The New York Times, Hitler, Stalin, The New Yorker, Rick Steves, Trump


A 13th-Century Cookbook Featuring 475 Recipes from Moorish Spain Gets Published in a New Translated Edition

Some of the distinctiveness of Spain as we know it today comes as a legacy of the period from 700 to 1200, when most of it was under Muslim rule. The culture of Al-Andalus, as the Islamic states of modern-day Spain and Portugal were then called, survives most visibly in architecture. But it also had its own cuisine, developed by not just Muslims, but by Christians and Jews as well. Whatever the dietary restrictions they individually worked under, “cooks from all three religions enjoyed many ing...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Japan, College, Spain, History, Food & Drink, Portugal, Seoul, Tunis, Atlas Obscura, Colin Marshall, Maghrib, Al Andalus, Strait of Gibraltar, Nawal Nasrallah


The Downfall of Oscar Wilde: An Animated Video Tells How Wilde Quickly Went from Celebrity Playwright to Prisoner

Oscar Wilde left a body of literature that continues to entertain generation after generation of readers, but for many of his fans his life leads to his work, not the other way around. Its latest retelling, Oscar Wilde: A Life by Matthew Sturgis, came out in the United States just this past week. “Universally heralded as a genius” when his play The Importance of Being Earnest premiered in London in 1895, he was just a few months later “bankrupt and about to be imprisoned. His reputation ...
Tags: Facebook, London, College, History, United States, United Kingdom, Literature, Seoul, Oscar Wilde, Alain De Botton, Queensbury, Wilde, Alfred Douglas, de Botton, Colin Marshall, De Profundis


33 Gifts for Your Boyfriend’s Mom That She’ll Adore

Finding the perfect gift for your significant other's mom can be hard, so we're here to help with our ultimate gift guide!
Tags: Holiday Shopping, Gift Guide, Holidays, Shopping, College, Christmas, Gifts, Christmas Gifts, Gift Ideas


A 110-Year-Old Book Illustrated with Photos of Kittens & Cats Taught Kids How to Read

  Unlike our 21st-century cat memes and other such online feline-based entertainments, children’s author Eulalie Osgood Grover’s 1911 work, Kittens and Cats: A First Reader was intended to educate. Its related poems will almost certainly strike those of us whose understanding of feline attitude has been shaped by LOLCats, Grumpy Cat, the existential Henri, Talking Kitty Cat’s acerbic Sylvester, and the mordant 1970s TV spokescat Morris as sweet to the point of sickly. But it boasts six hundred...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Photography, Education, College, K-12, Internet Archive, Sylvester, Morris, Beatrix Potter, Eliot, Grover, Ayun Halliday, Tom Kitten, Public Domain Review Related Content, Secret Lives of Outdoor Cats


John Lennon Finally Meets & Jams with His Hero, Chuck Berry (1972)

“If you had tried to give rock and roll another name, you would call it Chuck Berry,” says John Lennon by way of introduction to his hero in the clip above from The Mike Douglas Show. The two perform Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee” and “Johnny B. Goode” (with Lennon’s backing band, Elephant’s Memory, and unwelcome discordant backing vocals from Yoko). The moment was a major highlight of Lennon’s post-Beatles’ career. The year was 1972, and Lennon and Yoko Ono had taken over Douglas’ show fo...
Tags: Facebook, Music, California, College, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Ronald Reagan, Paul Mccartney, Elvis Presley, John, Keith Richards, Beatles, Mccartney, Lennon, Douglas, PAUL




Weekend Sale Guide: Windsor, Revolve, AEO, & More!

Here are the best weekend sales from all your favorite stores.
Tags: Deals, Shopping, College, Windsor Revolve AEO


A Sneak Peek of Peter Jackson’s New Beatles Documentary Get Back: Watch the New Trailer

In much the same way David Lynch gave us way more Twin Peaks than we’d ever hoped for in 2017, Peter Jackson and the Beatles are giving us nothing like the little seen and quickly shelved Let It Be documentary from 1970, but a full six hours of the final musical works of the Beatles. Premiering on Disney Plus (yes, I know, you gotta pay money to the Mouse) over three days after Thanksgiving, this six-hour series is the big one fans of the various remasters, repackages, and remixes have b...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, US, Yoko Ono, Jackson, David Lynch, Peter Jackson, Beatles, Phil Spector, PAUL, GQ Magazine, KCRW, Abbey Road, Ted Mills, Allen Klein


The Bombing of Pompeii During World War II

In 79 AD, 17-year-old Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, known as Pliny the Younger, gazed across the Bay of Naples from his vacation home in Misenum and watched Mount Vesuvius erupt. “Darkness fell, not the dark of a moonless or cloudy night,” Pliny wrote in his eyewitness account — the only surviving such document — “but as if the lamp had been put out in a dark room.” Unbeknownst to Pliny and his famous uncle, Pliny the Elder, admiral of the Roman navy and revered naturalist, hundreds ...
Tags: Facebook, College, History, Getty, Pliny the Elder, National Geographic, Pliny, Pompeii, Bay Of Naples, Josh Jones, Goethe, Getty Museum, Mount Vesuvius, Durham NC Follow, Mount Vesuvius Re Created, Edward Bulwer Lytton


The Little-Known Bombing of Pompeii During World War II

In 79 AD, 17-year-old Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, known as Pliny the Younger, gazed across the Bay of Naples from his vacation home in Misenum and watched Mount Vesuvius erupt. “Darkness fell, not the dark of a moonless or cloudy night,” Pliny wrote in his eyewitness account — the only surviving such document — “but as if the lamp had been put out in a dark room.” Unbeknownst to Pliny and his famous uncle, Pliny the Elder, admiral of the Roman navy and revered naturalist, hundreds ...
Tags: Facebook, College, History, Getty, Pliny the Elder, National Geographic, Pliny, Pompeii, Bay Of Naples, Josh Jones, Goethe, Getty Museum, Mount Vesuvius, Durham NC Follow, Mount Vesuvius Re Created, Edward Bulwer Lytton


William Shatner in Tears After Becoming the Oldest Person in Space: ‘I’m So Filled with Emotion … I Hope I Never Recover from This”

Yesterday Star Trek‘s William Shatner, now 90 years old, finally became a Rocket Man, taking a trip to space. And upon his return he said: “I hope I never recover from this.” “I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary, extraordinary. It’s so much larger than me and life. It hasn’t got anything to do with the little green men and the blue orb. It has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death.” “To see the blue color whip b...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, College, Elton John, Venice, William Shatner


Hautelinks: Productivity Tips to Try, Comforting TV Shows, Cher Horowitz Hair, & More

Here's what we're reading on the internet right now.
Tags: News, College


Archaeologists Discover 1300-Year-Old Pair of Skis, the Best-Preserved Ancient Skis in Existence

Surfing is generally believed to have originated in Hawaii and will be forever associated with the Polynesian islands. Yet anthropologists have found evidence of something like surfing wherever humans have encountered a beach — on the coasts of West Africa, in the Caribbean, India, Syria, and Japan. Surfing historian Matt Warshaw sums up the problem with locating the origins of this human activity: “Riding waves simply for pleasure most likely developed in one form or another among any c...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Japan, College, China, Russia, Sports, History, Hawaii, New York Times, Smithsonian, West Africa, Norway, Josh Jones, Larsen, Kottke


I Dressed Like Veronica Mars for a Week & Here’s What Happened

Drawing fashion inspiration from my favorite TV show of all time.
Tags: TV, College, Inspiration, Veronica Mars, 2000s


136 Paintings by Gustav Klimt Now Online (Including 63 Paintings in an Immersive Augmented Reality Gallery)

At the end of World War II the Nazis burned an Austrian castle full of masterpieces, including three paintings by Gustav Klimt entitled Philosophy, Medicine, and Jurisprudence. Called the “Faculty Paintings,” these were commissioned by the University of Vienna for the ceiling of its Great Hall in 1900, then, upon completion seven years later, were deemed pornographic and never exhibited. Until now, they were preserved for posterity only in black and white photographs. Thanks to cutting edge art...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, Vienna, Venice, University of Vienna, Franz Josef, Josh Jones, Great Hall, Gustav Klimt, Ernst, Klimt, Ravenna, University of Munich, University of Applied Arts


Slot Machine Age: A 1964 British Newsreel Angsts Over Whether Automated Machines Will Displace People

When Americans hear the phrase “slot machine,” they think of pensioners compulsively pulling levers day and night in Las Vegas. But when the British hear it, a much less bleak vision comes to their minds: the automated dispensation of cigarettes, coffee, groceries, and even entire meals. Or at least such a vision came to the minds of Britons back in 1964, the year of the British Pathé newsreel above. With its brilliant colors and jazzy score, Slot Machine Age proudly displayed to the vie...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Film, College, Toronto, History, Las Vegas, Seoul, Alan Watts, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, France Poland San Francisco, Facebook Slot Machine


What Makes a “Cult” Band? Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #107

https://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_107_9-22-21.mp3 What makes for a “cult band”? Not just a small audience, because Grateful Dead fans are an archetypical cult. Not just a devoted, emotionally invested audience; no volume of Swifties make Taylor Swift qualify as a cult act. Does the music have to be somehow inaccessible, or the fans snobby? Your host Mark Linsenmayer and three other musicians try to figure it out: Tim Quirk, frontman of...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Music, Taylor Swift, Podcasts, College, America, David Bowie, Borat, Sean Kelly, Mark, Tom, Wayne, Murphy, Aaron, PMP


Reunited and It Feels (Not) So Good: Tips for Managing a Rocky Return

For many companies, returning to the office has felt like a rollercoaster of worry, excitement, and uncertainty. Members of the Harvard Business School faculty offer advice to help managers restore calm. [Author: by Kristen Senz]
Tags: College, Harvard Business School, by Kristen Senz, Kristen Senz


Behold the Photographs of John Thomson, the First Western Photographer to Travel Widely Through China (1870s)

In the early 1860s, a few Westerners had seen China — but nearly all of them had seen it for themselves. The still-new medium of photography had yet to make images of everywhere available to viewers everywhere else, which meant an opportunity for traveling practitioners like John Thomson. “The son of a tobacco spinner and shopkeeper,” says BBC.com, ” he was apprenticed to an Edinburgh optical and scientific instrument manufacturer where he learned the basics of photography.” In 1862 Thomson sa...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Asia, Photography, Japan, College, China, Singapore, History, Bbc, World, Britain, Cambodia, Edinburgh, Seoul, John Thomson