November 23, 2019

Godmother of Rock and Roll

Rock-n-Roll was invented by a queer Black woman born in 1915 Arkansas. Your disordered hardcore punk rock was sanctioned by a kinky-haired Black girl born to two cotton pickers in the Jim Crow South. The electric guitar was first played in ways very few people could have ever imagined by a woman who wasn’t even allowed to play at music venues around the country. The Patron Saint of rock music is Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The original punk rebel from which we were all born, SRT is muva.
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posted by peeedro at 10:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Love of music showed in everything we heard

The Lost Chord, a song written by Andrew Sullivan (of "Gilbert &" fame) in 1877 (sung here by Caruso) inspired Jimmy Durante to write I'm The Guy Who Found The Lost Chord for a 1947 film, which was inexplicably released as a single in 1964, which inspired the title of The Moody Blues' 1968 album In Search Of The Lost Chord. A prog/symphonic album all about striving and searching, it remains one of the strongest of its era. Side A: Departure; Ride My See-Saw; Dr. Livingingstone, I Presume; House Of Four Doors; Legend Of A Mind; House Of Four Doors (Part Two) [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 7:33 PM PST - 16 comments

The Writer as Influencer

But the image management that once seemed incidental, or at least parallel, to the literary profession seems now one of its most necessary, integral functions. In the age of Twitter and Instagram, an online presence, which is necessarily public and necessarily consumable, seems all but mandatory for a writer who reaches (or hopes to reach) a certain level of renown, especially for anyone dealing in personal essays or cultural criticism. In the way that the influencer uses her image to sell her swag, the writer leverages her life to sell her work, to editors and audiences.
posted by storytam at 6:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Cat (Con)Fusion

Snapchat dog filter on a cat.
Snapchat people filter on a cat.
Snapchat cat filter on their owner's face: Twitter | Threadreader
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:14 PM PST - 7 comments

I Wanna Be Sedated

with a dulcimer. [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow at 3:20 PM PST - 26 comments

It Takes a Lot to Know a Man

Damien Rice & Cantus Domus One on One in Berlin, during Michelberger Music: The organizers 'kidnapped' a person in the audience between shows and took them to a secret room where the artists were waiting. Lyrics.
posted by doggod at 2:23 PM PST - 1 comments

Get treatment or keep your kids? It shouldn't be a choice

Mothers who want to get off drugs usually have to give up their children in order to get treatment, but a residential addiction treatment program in Quebec lets mothers live with their children so that they can build their confidence and skills as a parent while getting clean. (Podcast.) It turns out that it's good for newborns with addicted mothers, too: skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding can be as effective as drugs in combating infants' withdrawal symptoms. (Podcast.)
posted by clawsoon at 10:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Disney Disclaimers

Disney’s new streaming service has added a disclaimer to "Dumbo," “Peter Pan” and other classics because they depict racist stereotypes, underscoring a challenge media companies face when they resurrect older movies in modern times.
Song of the South: the difficult legacy of Disney's most shocking movie
Disney Plus adds disclaimer about racist movie stereotypes
posted by beesbees at 8:28 AM PST - 84 comments

E-scooters, the modern day velocipedes

From the very beginning, though, riders were also mocked as fops pursuing a ludicrous pastime. Pedestrians back then were the prime users of roads and sidewalks, so cycles seemed like dangerous interlopers. A Baltimore newspaper called the bicycle “a curious two-wheeled device...which is propelled by jackasses instead of horses.” One New Haven, Connecticut, newspaper editorial even encouraged people to “seize, break, destroy, or convert to their own use as good prize, all such machines found running on the sidewalks.” What the Fight Over Scooters Has in Common With the 19th-Century Battle Over Bicycles -- The two-wheelers revolutionized personal transport—and led to surprising societal changes [Smithsonian Magazine] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:09 AM PST - 75 comments


“Flirting should start out feeling like warm, friendly conversation. Like you put a hot mug of tea in their hands in a cold day, or a cool refreshing iced tea in summer. It shouldn’t veer toward sex unless that’s a mutual agreement ... Flirting is, in part, the art of, for a second or a longer span of time, making the other person feel like you are a breath of fresh air giving them safety. Like they are the only person in the world.” A twitter thread, by @genderqueerwolf, where flirtation and flirting, why and how to and how not to, is described.
posted by Wordshore at 5:23 AM PST - 47 comments

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