Jimi Hendrix - 1,690 words
On November 27, 1942, Jimi Hendrix was born as John Allen Hendrix in Washington at Seattle General Hospital. His childhood was not a privileged one, however, he did indulge himself in one particular way: Jimi loved to play the guitar. At first he played an old acoustic, and later a cheap Silvertone electric, which were both strung for a lefty on a right-handed guitar, one of the defining Hendrix traits (Murray 34- 5) . As a teenager, young Jimi listened to the music which affected his music so greatly later: everyone from Buddy Holly to Muddy Waters and through Chuck Berry way back to Eddie Cochrane (Wilmer 38). He played in a few bands in high school, but then dropped out before his senior ...
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Jimi Hendrix - 1,671 words
... he commercial appeal, but plus the real Hendrix that gave him his true appeal. The next album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience was titled Electric Ladyland, which Hendrix said was a reference to ...groupies, but I prefer the term Electric Ladies. My whole Electric Ladyland album is about them (Fairchild, Electric Ladyland 5). Some of the songs on Electric Ladyland, such as Crosstown Traffic and the cover of Bob Dylans song All Along the Watchtower, mark a departure from the Jimi Hendrix established by Axis: Bold As Love. Crosstown Traffic is more along the vein of songs included in Are You Experienced? and Hendrix was frustrated that it was released as a single. See, that LP was in certain ...
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Bordom - 563 words
It's 1990 and many people say punk is dead. Others say punk is still dying. Still others say the story of rock and roll is nearly over. Such people have at least learned one thing from punk: they have adopted the same blind pessimism that caused so many bands to burn out so quickly. Many believers of this theory often see only the superficial qualities of the subculture made visible through the mass media. The fashion and the well-publicized scandals of Sid Vicious and friends were as far as most people saw from outside the subculture. In Facing The Music edited by Simon Frith, Mary Harron reduced the meaning of punk to "the spectacle of middle-class children dressing up in a fantasy of prol ...
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Not Fade Away - 824 words
The music, and namely three characters, Joshua, Donna, and the ghost in Not Fade Away, are the most important elements to the book. The title alone is a song by the Grateful Dead, and throughout the entire book, music is present. George Gastin is out on the road the entire book, just like a "rolling stone," and the music is what keeps him upbeat and going. Whether George was chilling out listening to his bud Big Red Loco play the saxophone, or dancing in the car to Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, or Buddy Holly, the music was what made George feel good. George got into the music after a plane crash that claimed the lives of Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and the Big Bopper, J.P. Richardson. He b ...
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Why I Perform - 641 words
When I was in eighth grade, I first heard Bob Dylan on the radio. While randomly switching stations, I came across Like A Rolling Stone playing loud and clear. Instantly, I was a fan. I began to collect everything I could. My father, seeing my new found interest, decided it would be the fatherly thing to do to support me. So for my fifteenth birthday, he bought me two tickets to see Bob Dylan in concert when he came through Austin. I couldnt believe it. I was so excited to go, I had forgotten the general audience Dylan attracts. Due to Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, many Dylan fans have associated his entire career with some kind of drug use. Luckily, my sister Sarah was thinking clearly at the t ...
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Rap - 1,408 words
... commitment to the black community, thus serving as a shining example of the lessons of his music. Brown's message of change by improving currently existing systems was conservative in comparison to some more radical artists. These artists, like the Last Poets, belived that change would only come around through a revolution. The Last Poets who use a combination of spoken word and music in their song "Niggers Are Scared of Revolution" exemplify this. The song addresses apathy in the black community about black revolution and the lack of participation in the movement (Last Poets). Gil Scott Heron is an artist with a similar message. His work "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" discuss th ...
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Music And Cesorship - 1,837 words
In our society today, some musicians and their music drain and plague the moral and spiritual well-being of the people. Censorship offers the necessary action that we must take to keep the world from becoming corrupt. The musicians lives are not examples for the children or the adults. The lyrics of many songs are not suitable for anyone. All types of music need some kind of censorship. Censorship makes a person realize that music is good for the heart. Censorship makes people act better, and when thinking better, this provides for a better society. The lives of some musicians contain types of anarchy and pleasure-seeking. Once the musicians realize that people not only want not their music ...
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Tabbaco - 694 words
Tobacco Advertising and its dangerous effects on young people. Tobacco Advertising Makes Young People Their Chief Target Everyday 3,000 children start smoking, most them between the ages of 10 and 18. These kids account for 90 percent of all new smokers. In fact, 90 percent of all adult smokers said that they first lit up as teenagers (Roberts). These statistics clearly show that young people are the prime target in the tobacco wars. The cigarette manufacturers may deny it, but advertising and promotion play a vital part in making these facts a reality The kings of these media ploys are Marlboro and Camel. Marlboro uses a fictional western character called The Marlboro Man, while Camel uses ...
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The History Of Bob Marley - 737 words
Bob Marley lived by his beliefs and was considered a prophet by many. Marley preached his message of equality, anti racism, and freedom from oppression on every continent during his nineteen year career. His great lyrics and reggae beat sent a powerful message in the turbulent 60s and 70s. During his career, Bob Marley released more than 25 albums and hundreds of singles. Bob Marley captured audiences with a new type of music: a blend of African beats, American rhythm-and-blues, and soul, known as reggae. Marley was responsible for bringing this new music from the Caribbean Island of Jamaica to international Though he stood only 5-foot four inches in height, Marley was larger than life. Roll ...
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Farley - 981 words
"Dear Lord, as I stumble through this life help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more happiness than gloom, spread more cheer than despair. Never let me become so blase that I fail to see the wonder in the eyes of a child, or a twinkle in the eyes of the aged. "Never let me forget my work is to cheer people, make them happy, make them laugh, make them forget at least for a moment the unpleasantness in their life. Never let me acquire success to the point that I discontinue calling on my Creator in the hour of need, acknowledging and thanking Him in the hour of plenty. And in my final moment may I hear You whisper, 'When you made my people smile, you made Me smile." This prayer ...
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Anna Pictou - 1,864 words
Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, a Micmac Indian rights activist, was born on March 27, 1945 in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, the third daughter of Mary Ellen Pictou and Francis Thomas Levi. In 1949 her mother married Noel Sapier, the son and brother of traditional Micmac chiefs, and the family moved to Pictou's Landing where the family was raised in poverty. Anna lived in a house with no heat, water, or electricity and subsisted largely on the wild turnips and potatoes harvested by her family. Although Anna's stepfather was unable to improve his daughters' financial lot, he provided them with other resources that Anna would treasure for the rest of her life. He taught the girls to value discipline and, ...
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Anna Pictou - 1,862 words
... ae Pictou Aquash, a Micmac Indian rights activist, was born on March 27, 1945 in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, the third daughter of Mary Ellen Pictou and Francis Thomas Levi. In 1949 her mother married Noel Sapier, the son and brother of traditional Micmac chiefs, and the family moved to Pictou's Landing where the family was raised in poverty. Anna lived in a house with no heat, water, or electricity and subsisted largely on the wild turnips and potatoes harvested by her family. Although Anna's stepfather was unable to improve his daughters' financial lot, he provided them with other resources that Anna would treasure for the rest of her life. He taught the girls to value discipline and, m ...
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President Kennedy - 722 words
The debate about Kennedys assassination has been mixed by emotional arguments array of conspiracy theories that try to explain why a popular president was shot. I believe that President John F. Kennedys assassination in Dallas, Texas was a conspiracy. The U.S. Government has admitted that the American people have not been told the truth about the assassination. The Committee on Assassinations believes that on the basis of evidence available to it, that President JFK was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The committee also stated that is was unable to identify "the other gunman" implying that the first gunman was Oswald, but they never verified him as one. One reason the exte ...
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Punk Rock - 583 words
The 1980s are mostly known for its cheesy new wave music, with keyboards and big hair. One of the turning points in music, punk rock, was also recognized in the early 80s. Though it was less popular then, punk rock has stuck around and managed to become a very well-known and popular music genre. Some of the very early bands of the 1970s helped to pave the way for punk rock bands. The Slits, The 101ers, Malcom McLauren, and the Raincoats were a few of the trend-setting bands. A UK feminist punk group called the The Slits were formed in the late 70s to early 80s. Their unorthodox tribal-influenced rhythms single them out as the more underrated units of the time. The 101ers were formed in Londo ...
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1991 A Disasterous Year - 1,296 words
circumstance across the country may not affect you personally, but it can affect your thoughts or views on a particular subject. No year is flawless, happy times and tragedies create a roller coaster in which the world has no choice but to ride out the twists and turns. But 1991 seemed to be a "plague" year, where the bad seemed to far outweigh the good in every possible way. The entire world was affected by tragedy but the United States seemed to be hit the hardest of all by mishaps. During the year of 1991, the United States felt the heart- ache of a war, became very aware of a deadly disease, heard accusations brought to a public official, saw exactly how gruesome some people in this worl ...
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Women Of Country Music - 1,257 words
... t in country music. She was born into an impoverished family in the Great Smoky Mountain Region of Tennessee. At 18, just out of high school, Dolly left her 11 siblings and moved to Nashville. Less than two years later Dumb Blond, hits the charts and climbs to No. 24 and her second Something Fishy reached No. 17. Later this year, 1967, Porter Wagoner hires her to replace his female singer on his television show. This was Dollys big break. The duets they sang routinely made the Top 10. In 1969, Dolly is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and in 1971 Joshua reaches No. 1, this was her first solo No. 1. Joshua was followed by a string of No. 1s: Jolene, Please Dont Stop Loving Me, Love is Lik ...
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Marijuana Plant - 1,209 words
Marijuana has had a relationship with mankind throughout history all over the world. The amazing plant has brought mankind food, clothing, fuel, medicine, building materials, and has the ability to affect our perception and views of the world. According to Rowan Robinson (1996), the marijuana plant, also called hemp, has been found in forms of rope and cloth in the oldest tombs, was written about as a healer in the earliest medical texts, was used for sails for the first explorers' ships, and was used to make the paper that the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence were written on. Today marijuana has the potential to lessen deforestation, can be used as a substitute for ...
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Lessonplan - 711 words
PROJECT 2 PLAN A COMMUNICATIVE ACTIVITY FOR A SECONDARY LEVEL CLASS UNIVERSITE DU QUEBEC A MONTRAL THE ESSENTIAL RECORDINGS OF THE 90s This activity is based on an article published in the Rolling Stone magazine of May 13, 1999. This article is about the 150 best recordings of nineties. It consists of a short resume of each record describing its musical influence on the decade and on its listeners. For the fallowing activity, this text as been reduced to 20 recordings ( instead of a 150) that are directly related to the youth of today ( the article is about the music that most of the students have listened to, or are still listening), making this article more appropriate and interesting for ...
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The Power Of Trl - 1,227 words
Within our generation music has become an essential part of our daily lives. Established favorites ranging from 2PAC to Pearl Jam have touched the lives of many. But today we walk through the record stores seeing more and more new faces among the top ten artists. A wave of boy bands and blondes with beautiful faces are rising out of the woodwork and selling more albums than many established artists of the past. Their faces and voices flood our minds through the television and the radio as many become just as successful as the campaigns that promote then. Today advertising and MTV are working with the music industry to help launch new bands and artists to heights never imagined. MTVs Total Re ...
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Kurt Cobain - 1,078 words
On April 9th the world woke up to the news of Kurt Cobain's suicide. Those who followed the grundge music of Cobain's band, Nirvana, were angry, but not surprised. With songs such as "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" and constant references to suicide and drugs, suicide was the obvious explanation for his death. Kurt put it best when he said, "I'm thought of as this pissy, complaining, freaked-out schizophrenic who wants to kill himself all the time." (Bozza) To many people, Cobain just joined the club of rock stars who self-destructed. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Brian Jones set the precedent. The Seattle Police Department confirmed the conclusion everyone had already made; ...
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