1,000 Musicians Play Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Live, at the Same Time

In July of 2015, 1,000 musicians gathered together in Cesena, Italy and performed in unison a rollicking version of the Foo Fighters' song "Learn to Fly."

Now, they're back and playing the best-known song from Dave Grohl's earlier band. We're talking, of course, about Nirvana's hit, "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Here we are now. Entertain us. Ladies and gentlemen, the world's largest rock band.

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Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Audio Books, Online Courses & More

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Santa left a new KindleiPad, Kindle Fire or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we'll do ours. We'll tell you how to fill those devices with free intelligent media -- great books, movies, courses, and all of the rest. And if you didn't get a new gadget, fear not. You can access all of these materials right on a computer. Here we go:

Free eBooks: You have always wanted to read the great works. And now is your chance. When you dive into our Free eBooks collection you will find 800 great works by some classic writers (Dickens, Dostoevsky, Austen, Shakespeare and Tolstoy) and contemporary writers (Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and Kurt Vonnegut). The collection also gives you access to the 51-volume Harvard Classics.




If you’re an iPad/iPhone user, the download process is super easy. Just click the “iPad/iPhone” links and you’re good to go. Kindle and Nook users will generally want to click the “Kindle + Other Formats links” to download ebook files, but we’d suggest watching these instructional videos (Kindle – Nook) beforehand.

Free Audio Books: What better way to spend your free time than listening to some of the greatest books ever written? This page contains a vast number of free audio books -- 700 works in total -- including texts by Arthur Conan Doyle, James Joyce, Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, George Orwell and more recent writers -- Italo Calvino, Vladimir Nabokov, Raymond Carver, etc. You can download these classic books straight to your gadgets, then listen as you go.

[Note: If you're looking for a contemporary book, you can download one free audio book from Audible.com. Find details on Audible's no-strings-attached deal here.]

Free Online Courses: This list brings together over 1150 free online courses from leading universities, including Stanford, Yale, MIT, UC Berkeley, Oxford and beyond.

These full-fledged courses range across all disciplines -- historyphysicsphilosophypsychology, business, and beyond. Most all of these courses are available in audio, and roughly 75% are available in video. You can't receive credits or certificates for these courses (click here for courses that do offer certificates). But the amount of personal enrichment you will derive is immeasurable.

Free Movies: With a click of a mouse, or a tap of your touch screen, you will have access to 725 great movies. The collection hosts many classics, westerns, indies, documentaries, silent films and film noir favorites. It features work by some of our great directors (Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Andrei Tarkovsky and more) and performances by cinema legends: John Wayne, Jack Nicholson, Audrey Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, and beyond. On this one page, you will find thousands of hours of cinema bliss.

Free Language Lessons: Perhaps learning a new language is high on your list of New Year's resolutions. Well, here is a great way to do it. Take your pick of 46 languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, English, Russian, Dutch, even Finnish, Yiddish and Esperanto. These lessons are all free and ready to download.

Free Textbooks: And one last item for the lifelong learners among you. We have scoured the web and pulled together a list of 200 Free Textbooks. It's a great resource particularly if you're looking to learn math, computer science or physics on your own. There might be a diamond in the rough here for you.

Thank Santa, maybe thank us, and enjoy that new device....

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You Can Now Get a Master’s Degree in Samuel Beckett: Here’s How to Apply, and Maybe Get a Scholarship

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FYI: The University of Reading now offers students the chance to enroll in a new Master's degree program focusing on the work of the avant-garde novelist, playwright, theater director & poet Samuel Beckett. He's been the subject of many past posts here on Open Culture.

Here's what the program has to offer:

This innovative new taught MA programme on the work of Samuel Beckett is taught by world leading experts on his work: Professor Jonathan Bignell, Professor Anna McMullan, Theatre & Television and Professor Steven Matthews, Dr Mark Nixon and Dr Conor Carville in English. Here you will engage in advanced archival research techniques using the extensive holdings of the university's world leading Samuel Beckett Collection, applying these skills to the analysis of Beckett's writing and performance work. The MA will also provide the opportunity to explore the complex and fascinating interdisciplinary relationship Beckett demonstrated in his lifetime through his work in a variety of multimedia including film, theatre, television and radio.

You can find more information on the program here, including details on application process and the scholarship that's being offered for the 206-2017 academic year. If you're looking to get better acquainted with Beckett's work, don't miss the items in the Relateds below.

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Free Entertainment for Cats and Dogs: Videos of Birds, Squirrels & Other Thrills

Before Friday, we had never managed to cover NASCAR, but we crossed that off the list when we featured Terry Gilliam's mockumentary The Legend of Hallowdega. And now today we have another Open Culture first: yes, an archive of free, entertaining videos for cats and dogs.

Over the past 6 years, Paul Dinning has created a YouTube channel packed with over 400 videos featuring the wildlife of Cornwall, England. And, from that footage, he has cobbled together playlists designed to delight all cats and dogs with access to the internet. And, apparently cats and dogs are watching. The first video above, called "Squirrel and Bird Fun," has clocked some 863,000 views over the past year. And the next video, "The Ultimate Videos of Birds for Cats To Watch," has 946,000 views since January. I showed the videos to my cat Cocco [sic] and, I kid you not, he was transfixed.

A longer playlist of videos for cats and dogs can be viewed here.

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Brooklyn–Based Makers of Artisanal Water Let You Sip From America’s Great Cultural Waters

The Timmy Brothers, based in Brooklyn, create handcrafted water. It's not just any water. It's water that lets you travel to different cultural times and places. Want to drink water that evokes memories of Mark Twain's Mississippi River? Or the great jazz that came out of New Orleans? Well, the Timmy Brothers have just the product for you.

If you're in Brooklyn, also consider making a side trip to Beacon, NY where David Rees lovingly creates artisanal handcrafted pencils. You'll never look at pencils the same way again. :-)

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New Animation: Hunter S. Thompson Talks with Studs Terkel About the Hell’s Angels & The Outlaw Life

Blank on Blank returns with an animation of another lost interview from the Studs Terkel Radio Archive. This time, they're breathing new life into a conversation Terkel had with Hunter S. Thompson in 1967 -- soon after HST published his groundbreaking piece of Gonzo journalism: Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. The book, built upon the foundations of a 1965 article Thompson wrote for The Nation (read it online here) gave us a glimpse inside "a world most of us would never dare encounter," wrote The New York Times in its original review. Thompson tells Terkel what he learned from that (sometimes harrowing) experience above. You can hear the complete Terkel-Thompson interview here.

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Life and Death of an Espresso Shot: Choose Your Soundtrack

Some YouTuber posted online a pretty nice clip of an espresso shot being pulled from a La Marzocco FB80 espresso machine at 120 frames per second. They recommend muting the sound, then putting on your own music. I gave it a quick shot with the famous soundtrack for Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. And I'll be damned, it syncs up pretty well. Have a better soundtrack to recommend? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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