For almost five decades, photographer Annie Leibovitz has built a portfolio that could serve as a chronicle of American culture. She began her career in 1970 as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine and went on to shoot some of the most iconic portraits of our time. She earned a reputation as a relentless perfectionist by way of her stylized, high-concept settings. The Library of Congress in 2000 designated her a living legend. Leibovitz spoke with “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose about her her latest book of portraits, her life and her remarkable work.
Full Story: Photographer Annie Leibovitz reflects on legendary career, hardships and learning with age – CBS News
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I think it’s rather appalling that it takes a “movement” to have these writers included, I would have thought they were long ago. Great writing is great writing – no matter the ethnicity / religion of the author. Still, I’m glad to see the change is finally happening.
The University of Cambridge’s English faculty is taking steps to “decolonise” the curriculum in response to a student campaign.
Full Story: Cambridge University moves to ‘decolonise’ English literature curriculum | London Evening Standard
Art Toronto kicks off its 18th straight edition on Friday—but that’s not the only art-related news coming from Canada this week. ShowHamptons, the event producers formerly behind such fairs as ArtHamptons and the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, have announced that they will now be opening a new event in the northern nation: ArtMontreal.
Full Story: Montreal Will Host Its First Major International Art Fair Next Year | artnet News
In the 1930s, coal miners based out of Ashington, Northumberland, began an art appreciation class out of their local YMCA. The Ashington Group, as they called themselves, stuck to the philosophy “paint what you know,” and the group became a sensation, capturing a unique look at life in coal mines and coal towns. The life and times of the miners, dubbed the “Pitmen Painters” have been chronicled by art critic William Feaver and also adapted into a Broadway play. Now, reports Javier Pres at artnet News, their
Full Story: This Gallery Is Dedicated to Coal Miners’ Art | Smart News | Smithsonian
This should be an “interesting” watch, to say the least 😉
MGM Television has announced that it will be producing a television series based on the late Hunter S. Thompson’s life.The show will be called ‘Fear and Loathing’, after the writer’s 1971 novel, ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream’.
Full Story: There’s going to be a Hunter S. Thompson TV series – NME
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I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this yet. But definitely interesting.
On paper, BodyRocks founder Derek Albanese is a business savant. After graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Yale, he fast-tracked his way to Wall Street where he worked at J.P. Morgan and other private equity companies focused on banking and leveraged finance. Running a successful business is his knowhow. However, at heart, Albanese is a bona fide “music junkie”. As a kid, he was infatuated by music legends like Jimmie Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Rush. That
Read Full Story: BodyRocks: A New Way to Feel Music | HuffPost
Some really good tips in this article…
You might dread your next solo trip. Don’t. It could really be one of the most enjoyable experiences you ever have. Sure, it’s fun to make memories with your friends and family, but, solo travelers have plenty of fun too. You just need to have a positive attitude. And, it doesn’t hurt that technology has made the world a lot smaller than ever before.
Read Full Story: Ten Tips for Traveling Alone
All of which asks the question Reynolds posed to his young audience: “How is it that a kid like me, a kid who grew up reading no books, eventually became a man who writes books for y’all?”
The tale of Reynolds’s transformation from a non-reader living on the edge in Oxon Hill, Md., to a literary celebrity is the kind of relatable story he wished he’d read when he was a kid. “It’s hard to be what you can’t see,” he said in an interview in the District, where he lives part-time.
Full Story: Jason Reynolds on ‘Long Way Down’ and how he became a writer – The Washington Post
Last summer, The Dark Tower came and went at the box office. Unfortunately, the tepid response it received may have doomed plans to turn Stephen King‘s epic novel series into a multi-film franchise. However, there is still hope that The Dark Tower could live on as a television series. But if that happens, it’s going to get a fresh start.
Full Story: Stephen King Says THE DARK TOWER TV Series Will Be a Complete Reboot | Nerdist
I’ve spoken to musicians about this throughout 2017 and there is no question that music in 2017 is being shaped or at least affected by the political spectrum. Even if there hasn’t been the expected protest music, save for Eminem’s recent scathing verbal attack on Trump, which is up to 35,000,000 views on You Tube after a week, the effects are still strong.
Some artists, like Zedd and the Lumineers, who are coming of age socially, have held benefits for the causes they believe in this year. But even for those artists who choose to remain politically neutral publicly, the specter of the political divide is still readily apparent. Metallica’s Lars Ulrich says, “It’s kind of the white elephant in the room. Everybody is aware of it.”
Full Story: 12 Artists’ Thoughts On Touring And Making Music In 2017 America