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15 Famous Figures' Last Meals Revealed

Humankind is naturally curious about the lives and deaths of the famous, be it actors, musicians, politicians, or activists. An oddly fascinating detail of these notable figures’ deaths are the final meals that historians and the media have discovered they ate. Whether they dined at their favorite restaurant or ate at home with a loved one, most of these household names ate meals indicative of their personalities and passions before their death. Abraham Lincoln He had a hearty meal before he died. | Rischgitz/Getty ImagesAbraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, while watching the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater. According to Andrew Caldwell, author of Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals, Lincoln dined on mock turtle soup, roast Virginia fowl with chestnut stuffing, baked yams, and cauliflower with cheese sauce. For Lincoln, a typically “sparing” eater, this meal sounds uncharacteristically hearty. reports t..

Richard Perry, lover of the big band era, reminisces on the days where music...

Richard ‘Dick’ Perry, a supporter and friend of the big band era, playing one of his vintage instruments as he reminisces on the days where music was real. (Spenser Hasak) LYNN — The sounds of the big band era are alive and well in the memories and vintage instruments of a Lynn man. Whether it’s the famous musicians who swept through the North Shore or the first time he heard swing music, Richard ‘Dick’ Perry remembers it all. “The ’30s, ’40s, and early ’50s is where all the big bands had their own style and their own different arrangements,” said Perry. “That’s what made them different.” Born in an orphanage in Maine, the swing era aficionado was then adopted by his family and raised in Lynn. Growing up, Perry and his family all loved music, but the first time he heard swing music on the radio he felt something completely different. “I remember one night when I was a kid, I think it was in the 1940s, I was sitting in my papa’s truck and I heard Harry James on the radio for the first t..

Musicians in the Rear View

Johnny Archer No matter how the year panned out for you from a personal angle, one thing becomes clear when reminiscing about 2017 — it was a damn good year for live music in Bend. After a couple year's hiatus, I returned to writing about music for The Source, giving me an awesome vantage point when observing and partaking in the live music scene. You guys. I talked to James Mercer, lead singer of The Shins, about one of my favorite movies of all time, "Garden State!" Talk about a dream come true. Enjoy a few of my favorite quotes from throughout the year. Musicians in this town banded together to raise funds for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, for local children in music programs and they all sharpened their skills to increase the level of talent in the Bend music scene. If you thought 2017 brought a wealth of talented musicians to Central Oregon, you haven't seen anything yet! Anna Rose - April 2017 - Volcanic Theatre Pub "The thing I love the most about being a per..

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YouTube has plan to make musicians rich

LOS ANGELES—The music executives hobnobbing with Ed Sheeran and Selena Gomez at an industry party one recent November night knew the enemy was in their midst. Susan Wojcicki runs YouTube, the site that has let millions of fans listen to their favourite songs without paying a dime. But Wojcicki, a 49-year-old Silicon Valley insider, was at the soiree to extend an olive branch. Escorting her around the room and introducing her to Mary J. Blige and Camila Cabello was her guide, the man YouTube has entrusted with mending its ties to record labels and artists: veteran label executive and manager Lyor Cohen. Weeks later, YouTube had new revenue-sharing agreements with the two biggest labels, deals it needed to launch a subscription music service in 2018 to compete with Spotify and Apple Inc. Negotiations had been underway for months, but Cohen felt Wojcicki’s presence in Los Angeles would underscore YouTube’s commitment to the music industry. “Trying to bring the bosses, the key stakeholders..

YouTube's Lyor Cohen Promises To Make Musicians “Rich And Famous”

YouTube's often controversial Head Of Music Lyor Cohen says in a profile for AdAge that he's developed a simple sales pitch for meetings with artists, managers and labels executives skeptical of the music streamer: "We're going to make you rich and famous." It's the kind of bold claim that Cohen, who once ran Warner Music Group, is known for. As the internet's most popular video site, YouTube has come under fire for not returning enough revenue to artists and labels for plays on its ad supported service. Exact number aren't available, but all advertising-supported music streaming combined, including YouTube and Spotify's free service, accounts for less than 7% of U.S. music industry revenue. By contrast, paid music streaming like Apple Music and Spotify Premium account for another 53% or more. Cohen's plan to turnaround that discrepancy - which Cohen has argued is exaggerated - is centered around getting millions of free users to pay up. Despite..

Luxury Living: Homes of famous musicians

This secluded retreat on the slopes of Diamond Head, near Waikiki Beach, is the private residence of John McVie, the bassist of Fleetwood Mac. The luxurious 9,000-square-foot home offers five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and elegant living and entertaining spaces with views of the Pacific Ocean and the Honolulu skyline. The tropical grounds include a courtyard with a resort-style pool, a barbecue area, covered patios, and lush landscaping for added privacy. The Tuscan wine estate of Sting, the 16-time Grammy Award–winning musician, is situated just outside the historic town of Figline e Incisa Valdarno, between Florence and Arezzo. This idyllic property commands nearly 65 acres, composed of mature vineyards and olive groves, woodland, natural springs, a private lake, and beautiful formal gardens with a swimming pool. The three-story main residence has been fully restored and is complemented by two farmhouses, a barn, and several outbuildings. Villa Jasmine is the former home of Spanish re..

Venezuela’s Famous Youth Orchestra Faces Tough Times

In 1975, Venezuelan musician Jose Antonio Abreu created a network of music education programs for children. It became known as El Sistema. As the director of El Sistema, Abreu was able to gain government support for the network, and turn it into one of Venezuela’s model programs. Abreu died March 24 at age 78. Now, El Sistema’s new director, Eduardo Mendez, promises to continue the program's tradition of musical excellence and social service. Mendez said the program must overcome Venezuela’s severe economic crisis. The crisis has forced hundreds of musicians to leave the country. El Sistema now includes about 300 community schools. The network has given children in poor neighborhoods a chance to study classical music. It has produced world-famous musicians, including the director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel. But Mendez says leading the orchestra network through Venezuela's social and economic crisis will not be easy. He says that 8 percent of the program..

Sound Observations: Reflecting on a year's worth of music columns

Dan Armonaitis Arts & Entertainment Writer @DanArmSHJ As 2017 winds to a close, it’s coming upon a year since I started this music column that I call “Sound Observations.” It’s been one of the bright spots of the year, offering me a space to write about whatever I want pretty much however I see fit. At the risk of coming across as self-centered, there’s something cool about getting to write in the first-person for a newspaper and sharing my own thoughts and personal experiences with readers on a weekly basis. That’s the good part. The bad part is that I “have to” come up with something every week, which isn’t always easy. I often tell people that I hate writing, which I’ll immediately follow up with “but I absolutely love having written.” What I enjoy most is the getting to talk with people, especially those involved in music, and experiencing things firsthand. I’ve received a good bit of feedback regarding my “Sound Observations” columns this year, which leads me to believe I m..

Arts and culture stars who died in 2017

Emmanuelle Riva There are so many high points in Emmanuelle Riva’s career that it can be easy to forget the actual number of roles she portrayed was quite small. Falling into acting merely because of an advertisement she saw for a drama school in a French newspaper, Riva went on to play the co-lead in the film that, as much as any, launched the French New Wave: Hiroshima, Mon Amour. A discursive, diary-like collage of passion, grief and remembrance, the film upended cinematic form every bit as much as The 400 Blows or Breathless. Riva’s artistic inquisitiveness took many forms: while making Hiroshima, Mon Amour she took photos of the first city devastated by nuclear war that would later form the basis of a photography exhibition she’d headline. But she’s best known for her acting, as someone who doesn’t really take charge of a film the way a Brando or Dean would but as someone who knew how to serve her character and the vision of the filmmaker – she worked with auteurs as different as ..

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