Pearl Jam: Home and Away – MoPoP Museum August 11th Opening

Pearl Jam: Home and Away – MoPOP Museum, Seattle, WA

Photo by Danny Clinch

Get a first-hand look at Pearl Jam’s journey from 1990 to the present and into the future through more than 200 artifacts directly from Pearl Jam band members and their Seattle warehouse, including instruments, stage props, original art, and a photo op featuring the towering letters from the front of Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten.

The exhibition opens Saturday, August 11 and is included with your MoPOP general admission.

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Music eBooks

I am considering a shift in the MusicOfOurHeart to focus exclusively on music books. I was asked for the first time to review a new music book by a leading publisher last month. They sent me the hard copy edition which I am reading and enjoying. I wonder how much closer I would be in completing this book review if I was reading the eBook edition on my iPad?

I have a couple of music book projects in development. The plan is to (self)publish these works as eBook titles with integrated Web linking. Everyone is reading more HTML5 content with Web eyeballs. That’s where my eBook content needs to be.

I work with eBooks every day in the technology curriculum I manage for my employer.  We are an eBook centrist learning institute, with VitalSource.

The WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg Editor is imminent which will make adding rich content for WordPress authors a simple and enjoyable taskPublishing an eBook on the WordPress platform is the likely route for me to pursue.

eBooks.com is a popular ebook retailer with a reputation for innovation, integrity, and independence. They sell ebooks direct to millions of consumers around the world, with five local sales portals in the US, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia.

eBooks

I like the fact that they sell 11,341 music eBooks. eBooks now serve as my primary music eBook resource.

I dislike the usability I encounter on their site. I can only display 11 music books at a time. This translates to over 1,000 screens to see all the music books they offer. I can use the subcategory feature to view Jazz books which are featured on 44 screens. Either way that’s a lot of clicking. It becomes an arduous task to build a music book wishlist on their site. I wish eBooks would redesign their Web site and increase the usability and user experience. I have been in contact with user support about this issue but they don’t design the site.

There are many eBook readers available. eBooks offer a guide to eBook readers.

Are you reading more eBooks than printed books? Let me know in your reply.

 

 

 

The Nicky Hopkins Memorial

Nicky Hopkins, the late respected session artist, will be honored with a memorial park bench in his hometown of Perivale, Ealing, London.

The bench, which will be located in Perivale Park, will be unveiled by his widow, Moira Hopkins in a ceremony on September 8th. To make the bench unique to Hopkins, the seat of the bench will look like a large piano keyboard while the backrest will feature display photographs of Nicky, his biography, the top 20 tracks he played on as chosen by his fans, as well as a quote from Bob Harris.

Nicky Hopkins Bench

Nicky recorded and performed with many of the top acts in rock from the 1960s to the 1990s, including the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald, Art Garfunkel, The Kinks, and The Who among numerous others.

Nicky Hopkins

Imagine Peace On Hiroshima Day By Yoko Ono

Imagine Peace

Believe in the power of goodness which we all have.

Be an oasis for people who are suffering from spiritual thirst.

Have a vision of a society that has ridden itself of social injustices.

Yoko Ono - Imagine Peace
Yoko Ono pays tribute and lays flowers at the Hiroshima Memorial, August 2011.

Dear Friends,

The 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were a tragedy of the greatest magnitude.

Even now, 73 years later, many victims of the violence of atomic weapons are still suffering, physically, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

People make a point of it. They don’t want us to forget. Of course, we are not forgetting.

But when you actually visit Hiroshima as I did in 2011, you will be totally surprised by what you see and experience. Hiroshima now is a beautiful shining city with healthy people and great food!

How did they do it?

“All that we are is the result of what we thought.” – Buddha

Yes. It’s the thoughts of the Hiroshima people who brought this incredible recovery.

Let’s start with having good thoughts – especially about ourselves.
Don’t waste time being angry at greed-ridden corporate guys and lying-through-the teeth politicians.

We have to focus on what we can do, and do it.

Believe in the power of goodness which we all have.
Be an oasis for people who are suffering from spiritual thirst.
Have a vision of a society that has ridden itself of social injustices.

This time, we are challenged to make a mass enlightenment.
It’s not any different from other challenges we have had to take care of.
We always did take care of them and came out of it.

The Human Race is a miracle race.
We can do anything we want.
Just focus on what to do, and how simple it is.

Look into people’s eyes.
They are your eyes.
They are beautiful.
They are smiling.

Let’s go!

I love you!

Yoko Ono
Hiroshima Day
6 August 2018

Wolf Bros.

Bob Weir will perform the Grateful Dead catalog as a new trio called Wolf Bros which includes Weir, RatDog drummer Jay Lane and bassist/producer Don Was. The announcement of this new project and tour come on the heels of the news that Dead & Company‘s upcoming performances at LOCKN’will be the band’s final shows of 2018.

Weir says, “Wolf Bros is something that really took its roots back in the spring of 2015 when Don Was came up to TRI and helped us piece together Dead & Company. For a while now I’ve been itchin’ to explore our songs in a trio setting. An upright bass, my acoustic or electric guitar and a drummer. We did some rehearsals this past spring and it was big fun—and that’s the whole idea. We were kickin’ around Dead songs as well as tunes from my back pages. I’m pretty sure we’re gonna have a big adventure with this…”

Wolf Bros Tour Dates

October 16 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort
October 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
October 20 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
October 22 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
October 23 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
October 24 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
October 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @
Delta Hall at Eccles Theater
October 27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
October 29 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
October 31 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
November 5 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
November 6 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
November 8 – Syracuse, NY @ Landmark Theatre
November 9 & 10 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
November 12 – Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theatre
November 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
November 16 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
November 18 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

The President Sang Amazing Grace

Yesterday I posted an animated video based on the Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song “Teach Your Children”. The video was animated by Jeff Scher.

When I looked further into who Jeff Scher is I learned he had previously captured a historic tribute in, “The President Sang Amazing Grace”. This moving tribute is performed by Joan Baez and written by Zoe Mulford. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.

“When Barack Obama sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at the service for the Charleston Church shooting victims, it was deeply moving,” Scher told The Atlantic. “Somehow Obama, with his humble singing voice, turned grief into grace. With humility, compassion, and a two-hundred-year-old hymn, he made us feel that the evil deeds of a sick individual could not shake the bonds of our common humanity.”

This video was produced by Rick Litvin and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. It is the first of a 10-part visual album in collaboration with NYU that coincides with each of the 10 songs on Baez’s new album, ‘Whistle Down The Wind’.

 

Teach Your Children Graham Nash (2018)

This video is a collaboration between Graham Nash and celebrated filmmaker and animator Jeff Scher. The imagery frames the youth-led liberal activism of 2018 against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement and Peace demonstrations of the 1960’s, providing a powerful visual aid to Graham Nash’s relevant-as-ever appeal to teach not only our children but also our parents well.

“I wrote Teach Your Children because we have much to teach them. Conversely, I believe we as parents have much to learn from them as well. I think that Jeff Scher did a wonderful job of animating my lyrics and positioning the song in a contemporary setting.” – Graham Nash (2018)