The Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions Read by Bob Dylan

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From 2006 to 2009, Bob Dylan hosted the Theme Time Radio Hour on Sirius Satellite Radio. Each show featured “an eclectic mix of songs, from a wide variety of musical genres, …


The Ramones Play New Year’s Eve Concert in London, 1977

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Before the Clash, before the Sex Pistols, there were the Ramones. The motley group from Forest Hills, Queens ignited the punk movement, first in New York and later in London, with an image and sound that cut to the core of rock and roll: jeans and leather jackets and two-minute songs played one after another at breakneck speed.


Charles and Ray Eames’ Powers of Ten: The Classic Film Re-Imagined By 40 Artists

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Thinkers, creators, and imaginers of all kinds love Powers of Ten, with good cause. If you’ve never seen Charles and Ray Eames’ still-influential film on all the various scales at which one can view the universe, take nine minutes and watch it free online.


J.R.R. Tolkien, Using a Tape Recorder for the First Time, Reads from The Hobbit for 30 Minutes (1952)

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Having not seen the first installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, I am required to withhold judgment. As a Tolkien reader from the first time I could struggle through the prose, I’ll admit, I’ve been on tenterhooks (and not all reviews fill me with hope).


Richard Feynman’s Ode to a Flower: A Short Animation

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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but couldn’t one’s appreciation of that aroma get a boost from understanding the science behind its existence? So theoretical physicist Richard Feynman argues from beyond the grave in ‘Ode to a Flower’, a short animation by Fraser Davidson.


The Recycled Orchestra: Paraguayan Youth Play Mozart with Instruments Cleverly Made Out of Trash

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“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” — it’s a saying they’re taking to heart in Cateura, Paraguay, a small town where impoverished families live along a vast landfill. Cateura’s residents can’t afford many things that American families often take for granted, and that includes buying new musical instruments for their kids.


Microscopic Battlefield: Watch as a Killer T Cell Attacks a Cancer Cell

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Every day, inside our body, there is a war going on. Microscopic invaders of one kind or another try to make a meal of us, and our immune system fights back, seeking out the invaders and destroying them.


Richard Pryor Does Early Stand-Up Comedy Routine in New York, 1964

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Yesterday we featured one of the final performances of Lenny Bruce, the so-called “sick comedian” who was hounded out of work in the mid-sixties for his supposed obscenity.


Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen Take Phone Calls on New York Cable TV (1978)

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I don’t know about you, but when I think of Sid Vicious, I picture a young Gary Oldman.


Stevie Ray Vaughan at the Montreux Jazz Festival, 1985: The Concert Film

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In the 1980s, Stevie Ray Vaughan tore through the international music scene like a Texas tornado. His amazingly fluid and dexterous guitar playing on a series of platinum albums established Vaughan as a household name and helped spark a blues revival.


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