January 29, 2014 |
Pete Seeger was best known as a folk singer, an archivist and writer, and the purveyor of such beamed-from-the-heavens standards as "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn. " But among the musician's most important roles was one that's often overlooked: that of an American citizen who understood the power of song to serve as messenger, as Trojan horse, as lightning rod. It's hard to imagine a song steering and stirring more than "We Shall Overcome. " The work long ago became less the domain of Seeger, who helped popularize it when he published it in "People's Songs," than a sacred text owned by anyone longing for justice.
January 28, 2014 |
Pete Seeger, the singer, songwriter and social activist who died Monday at age 94, didn't have much of a movie career, making his mark with music instead. But the troubadour did pop up on screen from time to time, in documentaries, concert footage, his own TV series and even the odd comedy. Here's a look at some of Seeger's work on the big and small screens. "To Hear Your Banjo Play" (1947) In 1947, a young Seeger appeared in and narrated this 16-minute survey of folk music in the U.S. written by musicologist Alan Lomax.
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January 24, 2014 |
Courtney Love, known for her brash behavior and four-letter words, won a landmark Twitter libel case Friday in which a Los Angeles jury determined the musician did not defame her former attorney in a tweet. Wearing a black dress, a cream cardigan and a string of pearls, Love was ecstatic outside the courthouse and kissed and hugged her attorneys. "It was a really great learning experience," she said, adding that she had avoided Twitter during the trial out of respect for the case.
January 18, 2014 |
When Esperanza Spalding was named best new artist at the 2011 Grammys, not even the most ardent jazz fan dared believe this would usher in a new era for a marginalized genre long left out of the major award categories. Still, there was hope. Beyond the pop cultural footprint generated by Spalding's memorable coif, numerous high-profile performances and cover-ready good looks, there were acres of talent. FOR THE RECORD: Grammy jazz categories: An article about the Grammy Awards' jazz categories in the Jan. 19 Arts & Books section gave 1930s singer-trumpeter Valaida Snow's last name as Smith.
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January 16, 2014 |
Ron Galloway, 63, stared at the smoldering remains of a guest house at the historic Singer mansion on Kregmont Drive, where he has lived for four years. Spanish-style arches were all that remained standing in front of piles of broken roof tiles and the smoking rubble of the property. The skeleton of his burned out 1978 Toyota MR2, tire rims melted on the ground, rested in the courtyard nearby as firefighters continued mopping up the area. “I lost everything, how am I going to survive?
January 15, 2014 |
Trace Adkins is reportedly headed back to rehab - after more than a decade of sobriety. The "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" singer and Grammy nominee, who was headlining a seven-day country music cruise heading out of Miami, on Monday night found himself intoxicated in an onboard bar scrapping physically with a Trace Adkins impersonator who'd been singing karaoke, TMZ first reported Wednesday. When the ship arrived at its first destination, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Adkins got off and headed to a rehab facility, a spokesperson confirmed to People . The ship was also scheduled to stop in George Town, Grand Cayman, and in Cozumel, Mexico.