July 21, 2011 |
A beautifully structured and photographed film, John Turturro's rapturous "Passione" offers a vibrant exploration and celebration of Neapolitan music in all its grit and glory, presenting 23 musical numbers that encompass a millennium's worth of influences. Turturro observes that Naples has been invaded by Arabs, Normans, France, Spain and the U.S. and points out that it has survived volcanic eruptions, wars, crime, poverty and neglect. For Turturro the place and the music are one, and he embraces both with love and respect.
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January 6, 2011 |
James M. Humes, appointed a top staff member Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, is a lawyer who established a reputation in the attorney general's office as an affable, loyal and decisive manager who protected Brown but was not afraid to disagree with him. Brown named Humes executive secretary for administration, legal affairs and policy at a salary of $175,000 a year. The job, akin to a chief of staff, does not need Senate confirmation. Humes ran the attorney general's office under Brown, overseeing a staff of 5,300, including 1,100 lawyers, and gave up a likely judicial appointment to continue to serve his old boss.
March 23, 2010 |
"The T.A.M.I. Show," the fabled film document of an equally legendary 1964 concert in Santa Monica with the Rolling Stones, James Brown, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, Chuck Berry and a half-dozen other acts, has a back story that reads like the inspiration for the Stones' observation years later about getting what you need even when you don't get what you want. As originally planned, "The T.A.M.I. Show" was supposed to be considerably more than a concert film featuring several of the day's hottest pop-music acts.
January 20, 2009 |
If there was still skepticism six months ago that an African American could be elected president of the United States, imagine how unlikely the prospect felt to Nat King Cole a half-century ago when he recorded the song "We Are Americans Too." Cole's recording session came just one month after some white supremacists assaulted him on stage during a concert in April 1956 in Montgomery, Ala. He never performed another concert in the South.
November 26, 2008 |
A new trustee was appointed Tuesday in the fight over James Brown's estate, a move attorneys involved in the dispute say puts them a step closer to a settlement after two years of litigation. South Carolina Judge Jack Earlier said the new trustee, accountant Russell Bauknight, will review a proposed settlement over how to parcel out the late soul singer's estate and trust, then recommend whether the judge should approve it. -- ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 29, 2008 |
On April 5, 1968, James Brown stood as a voice of reason and restraint in a city on the edge of rampage. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated the day before in Memphis, Tenn., and the sense of outrage and hurt in African American communities led to rioting in more than 100 U.S. cities. Boston might have joined that list except for the heroics of Brown.
January 3, 2008 |
The legal feud over the estate of James Brown is stalling the release of the soul legend's final recordings, his longtime advisor said. Brown cut an album the summer before he died in December 2006, but the songs are not being released because of courtroom disputes about who should benefit from his legacy and music royalties, said attorney Buddy Dallas. There are also between 50 and 60 other previously recorded songs in vaults, Dallas said. Brown's fourth son, Daryl, is one of five heirs trying to have their father's will voided because they say his former advisors -- including Dallas -- used undue influence to get the singer to create charitable trusts from which the advisors would profit.