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Music critic Lester Bangs

Music Friday: Lester Bangs and Writing About Music

December 14, 2018

Lester Bangs was born on December 14, 1948. Bangs wrote about popular music, and he was one of the most influential music critics of the 1970s. He wrote for Rolling Stone, Creem, The Village Voice, and a variety of other magazines.

Portrait of Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz

A Week to Remember: Naguib Mahfouz

December 10, 2018

Naguib Mahfouz was born on December 11, 1911. Mahfouz was an Egyptian novelist who was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first (and still only) Arab writer to receive that honor.

Close-up of Sammy Davis, Jr. performing

Music Friday: Sammy Davis, Jr.

December 07, 2018

Sammy Davis, Jr. was born on December 8, 1925. Davis was a singer, dancer, and actor whose show business career spanned most of the 20th century.

Collage of cookies

A Week to Remember: National Cookie Day

December 03, 2018

December 4 is National Cookie Day.

Collage of Pink Floyd's album The Wall

Music Friday: Pink Floyd's The Wall

November 30, 2018

Pink Floyd's concept album/rock opera The Wall was released on November 30, 1979. It was an enormous success; it spent 15 weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts, and it was the best-selling album of 1980.

Kings playing hockey, 1964

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, National Hockey League!

November 26, 2018

The National Hockey League was formed on November 26, 1917. The "National" was originally a reference to Canada, where the first organized hockey leagues were created in the 1880s.

Spanish composer Manuel de Falla

Music Friday: Manuel de Falla

November 23, 2018

Manuel de Falla was born on November 23, 1876. Falla was one of the most important Spanish composers of the early 20th century. His music was strongly influenced by flamenco and other music of Andalusia, the region of southern Spain where Falla was born.

Graphic collage of Abraham Lincoln and his written copy of the Gettysburg Address

A Week to Remember: The Gettysburg Address

November 19, 2018

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a brief speech at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Gettysburg Address has become one of the best-known speeches in American history.

Singer/songwriter Gordon Lighfoot with his guitar

Music Friday: Happy Birthday, Gordon Lightfoot!

November 16, 2018

Gordon Lightfoot was born on November 17, 1938. Lightfoot is a Canadian singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, and who is best known for a string of hit records in the 1970s.

Graphic illustration of the great white whale, Moby Dick

A Week to Remember: Moby Dick

November 11, 2018

On November 14, 1851, Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick was first published in the United States.