Flickr user Harvezt brings you The Dark Side of the Covers
, which recreates 33 rock album covers as seen from the OPPPOSITE direction. Some of the covers are iconic, others are obscure, some of the interpretations are simple and obvious, others are creative and... interesting. (And some are NSFW, but then, some of the original covers were NSFW).
posted by oneswellfoop
on Apr 15, 2014 -
the former child star, who made his stage debut at the age of 18 months and was in show business for over 8 decades, died Sunday, aged 93.
He was known for his relationship with MGM where he played such roles as Andy Hardy
and starred in several pictures with Judy Garland
. For a period of two years, he was considered the top star in Hollywood. [more inside]
posted by inturnaround
on Apr 6, 2014 -
Peter Matthiessen’s Homegoing.
"He is the only writer ever to win the National Book Award for nonfiction and fiction, but it’s not just the writing: Born into the East Coast establishment, Matthiessen
ran from it, and in the running became a novelist, a C.I.A. agent, a founder of The Paris Review, author of more than 30 books, a naturalist, an activist and a master in one of the most respected lineages in Zen. As early as 1978, he was already being referred to, in a review in The New York Times, as a 'throwback,' because he has always seemed to be of a different, earlier era, with universal, spiritual and essentially timeless concerns." Peter Matthiessen, Lyrical Writer and Naturalist, Is Dead at 86
posted by homunculus
on Apr 5, 2014 -
"At that point when you say who were the people who stayed to the last, at that point I still had with me in Saigon, a couple of pretty determined and brawny types with whom I was able to get on the Embassy fence and we physically were lifting these people across. And we had a couple of military officers in the crowd with whom we had a deal that if they pick out of the crowd the people that we want, then in the end we will lift them in and they can go too. Well we did that. We made deals like that with the police all through the day. We were able to move people through the city of Saigon by making deals with police officers and saying, "Put your families in among these people and when we safely put them on the plane or safely put them on the bus then we are going to take you too. That worked very well." -- On Monday, The Washington Post published the obituary of Tom Polgar
, the last CIA head of station in Vietnam and linked to his memories of the years he spend in Vietnam and the final evacuation of Saigon
, written in 2013 for the Pushing on
blog, which is largely dedicated to the War on Vietnam and the fall of Saigon.
posted by MartinWisse
on Apr 3, 2014 -
It would be hard to find two more disparate and distinctive genres than the playful TV adventure shows of the 1960's and the paranoid conspiracy thrillers of the 1970's. Yet they both owe a great deal to the same man: Screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr.
, who not only had a hand in the "Batman" TV show but also penned "The Parallax View" and "Three Days of the Condor", died today at the age of 91
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI
on Mar 28, 2014 -
, singer, musician, songwriter, political activist for more than 7 decades died, age 94. As a song writer, he is best known
as the author or co-author of Where Have All the Flowers Gone
?, If I Had a Hammer
, and Turn, Turn, Turn! [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Jan 27, 2014 -
, one of the most influential of 20th century statisticians, passed away on December 14 at age 90. Lindley was a strong advocate for Bayesian statistics before it was widely popular.
What is Bayesian statistics and why was Dennis Lindley important? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike
on Dec 20, 2013 -
Judy Rodgers, whose deceptively simple and extraordinarily delicious roast chicken made San Francisco's Zuni Cafe famous, has died
. She was 57 and had been suffering from cancer for more than a year. [more inside]
posted by purpleclover
on Dec 3, 2013 -
The much-renowned and very influential singer, songwriter and bandleader Tabu Ley Rochereau
, the legendary pioneer of soukous, has died
. His music was characterized by his sweet, mellow voice, smoothly beautiful and quintessentially African vocal harmonies, and chiming, smooth-as-silk interwoven guitar melodies. Not to mention a steady, infectious beat that kept people moving on dance floors all across Africa for the past five decades. Here is but a small sampling, spanning from his very fruitful, prolific musical career: Mokolo Nakokufa
, Kaful Mayay
, Bania Irene
... and since the man is said to have written as many as 3000 songs, there's plenty more out there to discover. RIP Tabu Ley Rochereau.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Nov 30, 2013 -
Marcia Wallace, the Emmy-winning voice of Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons” and earlier Carol Kester, the receptionist on the 1970s sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show,” has died at 70
LAT [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive
on Oct 27, 2013 -
- "singer, writer, composer, punk rocker, poet, Radiator, Pogue"
- passed away from esophageal cancer on October 8th, far too young at only 56. He was most widely known as the Pogues’ rhythm guitarist, who penned
"Thousands Are Sailing
", a haunting ballad about Irish immigration to the USA that quickly became a live favourite (in later shows usually sung by Phil himself
). [more inside]
posted by Skybly
on Oct 18, 2013 -