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HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER)

Posted by Billyjam, December 23, 2007 09:32am | Post a Comment





War Is Over...if you want it
"War is over!" If only those three simple words were true. If only this current senseless war in Iraq, and the pending one in Iran  along with every other (inevitable) future war between nations was over and done with. If only there truly could be peace on earth forever. And why is this such a far-fetched idea? Why, in this current so-called progressive, high-technology, information age, where we should have learned long ago from history's mistakes (i.e., war is bad because war kills humans), are we still waging wars on one another?

The answer, I believe, lies in John Lennon's lyrics to this timeless anti-war song: war is over if you want it and I strongly believe that the reason we still have wars is because voters (especially in the USA) don't care enough to keep fighting for peace and not allowing administration after administration to trick us into thinking mass murder is justified because it is done in the name of fighting for our freedom. If we really, really wanted the war to bewar is over john lennon yoko ono over, it could be.

The above video collage set to John Lennon and Yoko Ono/The Plastic Ono Band's classic Happy Xmas (War Is Over) is put together by YouTuber Sakitamasao. The song itself was recorded 36 years ago at the Record Plant Studios in New York City with the help of producer Phil Spector. The children singing in the background, who really add to the overall beauty and power of this song and who were fully credited on the single's sleeve and even pictured on its cover (above), were from the Harlem Community Choir and would all be in their forties now, having lived through many more US wars since the Vietnam War -- which was what the song was recorded in protest of at its recording back in November, 1971. 

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Best Of 2007, Part 7 - Even More Ideas For Christmas Gifts

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 23, 2007 02:39am | Post a Comment
os mutantes
Veterans Sounding Like New

Caetano Veloso-
Bad Brains- Build a Nation
Os Mutantes- Live at the Barbican Theatre 2006



Dios Mio! Finally a New Release By These Artists!
Café Tacvba-Si
Manu Chao-La Radiolina
Tinariwen- Aman Iman: Water is Life



Hip Hop From Around The World

Calle 13- Residente o Visitante (Puerto Rico)
Mala Rodriguez –Malamarismo (Spain)
Tego Calderon –Contraataca (Puerto Rico)
Orishas –Antidiotico (Cuba)
Mokobe -Mon Afrique (France/Senegal)
Marcelo D2-Perfil (Brazil)
Bocafloja- El Manual De La Otredad (Mexico)
tipica 73



Best of the Re-Issues
Johnny Ray (Johnny Zamot) -Las Estrellas De Nueva York: Camino De Fama (Walk Of Fame)
Héctor Lavoe -A Man And His Music - La Voz
Orlando Julius -Super Afro Soul
Bobby Valentin- Soy Boricua
Fania All-Stars- Latin Soul Rock
Tipica 73- Orquesta
Bembeya Jazz National -The Syliphone Years
Jorge Ben - Força Bruta


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Signs

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 22, 2007 10:20pm | Post a Comment
Take a break from the holiday madness and check out this fine collection of sign shaped stickers...

Starting off with a couple of soulful street signs from duos McFadden & Whitehead as well as Ashford & Simpson...










Now a couple of very similar highway signs from fairly dissimilar acts...







This Ramones sticker is actually kinda rare and it fits into a couple of other categories which I'm working on right now...movie tie-ins and collectible stickers....



The Invincible Armor

Posted by phil blankenship, December 22, 2007 09:40pm | Post a Comment
 



TransWorld Entertainment #15012

La Vie En Rose: Not So Rosy

Posted by Miss Ess, December 22, 2007 03:32pm | Post a Comment
Rough:  That's the only way to describe Edith Piaf's life.

edith piaf

La Vie En Rose, a recent film about her life, is kind of tough to watch in parts.  Edith lived with so much edith piafpain!  The woman who plays her, Marion Cotillard, truly becomes Edith and is likely to garner an Oscar nomination for her acting skills.  I liked how the film flashes between Edith's life at all different stages and ages-- it's not a linear narrative and that makes it all the more compelling.  In rapid succession we see both what Edith becomes and why she became that way, where she has come from.


Piaf's childhood alone is riddled with more drama than most people experience in an entire lifetime:  Edith was born in Paris, ditched by her mom and then her dad.  The film shows how she lived for a time in a brothel and was cared for by the prostitutes there.  She goes through a period of being blind due to ill health.  One day her father comes back for her and takes her off on the road with (of course!) the circus, where he is a contortionist.  When pops quits the circus, he is forced to perform in the streets for change, and one day he pushes Edith out and tells her to "Do something", so she opens her mouth and sings.  With her warbley voice and energetic charisma, she's a hit from the get-go.



edith piafFrom there Edith's life takes off in many different directions and she eventually became the singer we have all enjoyed.  She's got such a dramatic and intense personality and it bleeds right into her performances!  Before watching this film I really had no idea about her back story, other than (of course) that she was French and called "The Sparrow."  Her life was full of roughness and not much love, except  when she was on stage performing.  The film does a good job of showing how Edith becomes addicted to many things, but especially to performing on stage.  It's the one place she can feel flawless.  Her life shifts quickly and often between the highest highs and the lowest lows.  It's both compelling and painful to watch.

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