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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, 1942-2018

August 17, 2018

When I heard the news this morning that Aretha Franklin had died at the age of 76, it occurred to me that she was the most universally loved singer I could think of.


Photo of  Walter Dean Myers and collage of his books

A Week to Remember: Walter Dean Myers

August 14, 2018

Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937. For more than forty years, Myers wrote books for children and young adults, usually centered on the lives of young African Americans.


Pop-art photo illustration of Madonna

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Madonna!

August 13, 2018

Madonna was born on August 16, 1958. She's the most successful female pop star ever, a dominant presence in American music and culture for almost forty years.


Andy Warhol photo collage

A Week to Remember: Andy Warhol

August 07, 2018

Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928. Warhol was a leading figure in the pop art movement of the 1960s. His work explored the boundaries between art, celebrity, and commerce.


Photo illustration of the Ramones

Music Monday: The Ramones

August 06, 2018

On August 6, 1996, The Ramones performed their final concert, at The Palace in Los Angeles. For more than twenty years, The Ramones had been pioneers of punk rock. They were never a large commercial success, but their influence on punk and rock was enormous.


Painting of Emily Bronte and a collage of film/movie adaptations of her book Wuthering Heights

A Week to Remember: Emily Brontë and Wuthering Heights

July 31, 2018

Emily Brontë was born on July 30, 1818. Brontë was not a prolific author, writing only a handful of poems and one novel, but that novel has become one of the classics of English literature – Wuthering Heights.


Photo of Louis Armstrong receives certificate from Los Angeles Councilman Billy G. Mills

Music Monday: Louis Armstrong

July 30, 2018

Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901. Armstrong was one of the most influential musicians in jazz history, acclaimed for his trumpet playing and his distinctive gravely singing voice.


Photograph of Raymond Chandler and his black cat

A Week to Remember: Raymond Chandler

July 24, 2018

Raymond Chandler was born on July 23, 1888. Chandler was one of the innovators who created the American hard-boiled detective story; his detective, Philip Marlowe, starred in Chandler's seven novels and several short stories.


Leon Fleisher's album cover Piano Works for the Left Hand

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Leon Fleisher!

July 23, 2018

Leon Fleisher was born on July 23, 1928. Fleisher is a pianist who specialized for many years in music written to be played using only the left hand.


Ernest Hemingway Writing at Campsite in Kenya

A Week to Remember: Ernest Hemingway

July 17, 2018

Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899. Hemingway was one of the great novelists of the 20th century, and his terse style has been imitated for decades.


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