John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme came out in 1964, an “album-long hymn of praise,” writes Rolling Stone, “transcendent music perfect for the high point of the civil rights movement” and Coltrane’s growing spiritual awakening after kicking his heroin habit.[...]
Avant-garde composer John Cage started out as a disciple of Arnold Schoenberg. He greatly looked up to the exiled Austrian as a model of how a true artist ought to live. Cage, in turn, inspired generations of artists and composers both through his work – which incorporated elements of chance into his music – and through his teaching.[...]
Blank on Blank is back with another animated video. This one animates a long lost interview with the great Johnny Cash. Interviewed by Barney Hoskyns back in 1996, Cash talked about music as a religious calling. Playing music was akin to preaching the gospel, and he knew he’d continue making music until his final days.[...]
Back in 1998, the Beatles producer, George Martin, produced an album called In My Life. It’s probably not an LP that ever made it into your record collection, unless you’re a fan of middling covers of Beatles songs.[...]
Those of you deeply into both jazz violin and progressive rock no doubt jumped right on the play button above. Quite a few more will listen — so experience has taught me — purely out of interest in anything and everything Pink Floyd has done.[...]
As they say, the show must go on….
Writes the LA Philharmonic on their Youtube Channel:
On March 28, 2014 at 9:09pm, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Philharmonic was six minutes into a performance of Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloé” with guest conductor Charles Dutoit when the quake hit.
John Cage was born in 1915 and died in 1992. During that intervening time, he changed the face of avant-garde music and art.
An early disciple of Arnold Schoenberg, Cage made his biggest creative breakthrough by studying the I Ching, Zen Buddhism and the art of Marcel Duchamp. The composer decided to let elements of chance into his work.
There are few things more fraught for a writer or artist than approaching a subject that has already passed into popular legend and myth. This is surely the case with Kurt Cobain, who—deservedly or not—attained a status as cultural icon unsurpassed by any member of his generation.[...]
Anyone who’s suffered through the hell of growing out a short style or spent a pre-awards show afternoon getting sewn into extensions will appreciate the brisk pace of London-based illustrator Gary Card‘s “Prince Hair Chart” slideshow.[...]
The first part of this 1966 Oscar winning animated short is so utterly charming, I’m surprised it hasn’t spawned a contemporary remake.[...]