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Prolific Poet/Songwriter Rod McKeun Leaves Behind Large Body Of Work

Posted by Billyjam, January 30, 2015 07:34am | Post a Comment

In honor of Oakland, CA born American poet/spoken word artist/songwriter Rod McKuen, who died yesterday at age 81 following weeks of been treated for pneumonia, I go digging at Amoeba Music for a sampling of the world's best selling poet's body of work.  Ever prolific, especially from the late sixties up until the beginning of the 80's when he took an extended sabbatical, McKuen was once a ubiquitous and seemingly unstoppable part of American popular culture.

As such the distinctively throaty sounding artist released an incredible number of albums (over 200 LPs of which many are still available at Amoeba - mostly in original vinyl format), wrote hundreds upon hundreds of poems, published dozens of books that would sell over sixty million copies (hence why he was the best selling poet ever), and a slew of songs that would be covered/interpreted by such high profile stars as Dolly Parton (they even collaborated in a music and poetry duo on the song "Feelings"), and Frank Sinatra ("Night," "If You Go Away" which was written with the Belgian composer Jacques Brel). In fact Ole Blue Eyes, who was a major fan of his work, even commissioned McKuen to pen content for A Man Alone: The Words and Music of Rod McKuen.

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Black History Month In The Bay Area

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 29, 2015 09:05pm | Post a Comment

Black History Month, San Francisco, Oakland, Bay Area

In honor of Black History Month, the Amoeblog is proud to provide this sampling of Bay Area events that are not to be missed. Watch this space for new additions.

Sunday, 2/1/2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Racism and all that Jazz

Like Traditional Negro Spirituals and the Blues, Jazz evolved in the United States to survive the horrors of racism. Join Renaissance woman Phavia Kujichagulia (Griot, educator, & activist) on this journey into Jazz from Africa to America. She has performed and lectured extensively throughout the continental USA, the Caribbean, and England.
Koret Auditorium
Main Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco

Friday, 2/6/2015, 12:00pm -1:00pm
2015 Black History Month Kickoff : A Century of Black Life, History and Culture in San Francisco

Presented by San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society (celebrating its 60th anniversary).
City Hall Rotunda
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco

Wednesday, 2/112015, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
African American Oakland: An Historical Overview

In this overview, Oakland History Room librarian Dorothy Lazard will share key and little-known stories of the social, cultural, economic and political contributions of African Americans in Oakland.
Main Library
Oakland History Room
125 14th Street
Oakland

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Noise Pop 2015: 2/20 - 3/1

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 26, 2015 03:37pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop 2015

Championing independent music and culture for 23 years now, Noise Pop Music Festival returns to venues all over San Francisco and Oakland from February 20 - March 1.

It's easy to see why Noise Pop is the Bay Area’s favorite indie music, arts, and film festival. Just check out this year's line-up! With musical acts like The New Pornographers (2/28, Fox Theater), Caribou (3/2, The Fillmore), Best Coast (2/24, Bottom of the Hill), and many more, consider the Bay rocked. The film programming also promises to be searing hot with screenings of Hardcore DEVO Live (2/20, Roxie Theater) and Lester Bangs: Immortal Volume (2/21, Swedish American Hall), just to name a few.

Check out the full schedule of events HERE, where you can get individual tickets, General Festival Badges, Super Fan Badges, and Film Badges!

Win a pair of festival passes! Enter HERE by February 16.

Get a taste of what you'll see at the Best Coast show by checking out their rockin performance at Amoeba Hollywood:

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New Life for Oakland's Continental Club

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 5, 2015 06:03pm | Post a Comment

Continental Club, OaklandBy Brent James

Nestled inconspicuously on 12th Street in West Oakland in a neighborhood known as Prescott (or the “Lower Bottoms” to the longtime residents of the area) is a quaint little building that you will probably miss if you blink. A structure of brick and hardwood and matted red carpets that haven’t been touched since the 1960s, the building standing at 1658 12th Street is the Continental Club – a once a mighty Jazz and Blues supper joint that helped Oakland and the East Bay Area garner the reputation of being the “Motown of the West.” Along with Slim Jenkins’ Supper Club, Esther’s Orbit Room, and dozens of other nightclubs that sprawled along 7th Street, the stages in these rooms once hosted the likes of Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Etta James, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Ike and Tina Turner, and even Jimi Hendrix. The list goes on and the stories are endless if you’re lucky enough to get some face time with the “old timers” of the area. In this neighborhood, people still say “good morning” and spend many a Summer night on their porches, so that’s pretty easy to do.

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Sam Vincent Foundation's Punk Rock Benefit Concert in Oakland, 7/26

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 9, 2014 07:19pm | Post a Comment

The Sam Vincent Foundation -- named in honor of Sam Vincent, a talented chef and musician who sam vincent foundationtragically passed in 2011 -- holds their 3rd Annual Punk Rock Benefit show on July 26th at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland. Join Amoeba and the SVF for an evening of live music with from Hank Wood & The Hammerheads (Brooklyn), Blazing Eye (Brooklyn), Lecherous Gaze (Oakland), Reckless (Oakland), Stay Scared (Oakland), Catastrophe (Ventura), and Dirt Flood (Colorado).

In addition to the full line-up of punk's finest, there will also be a raffle for amazing prizes. Admission at the door is just $10 and proceeds benefit the Sam Vincent Foundation, which carries on Sam's passion by working with at-risk youth in the culinary arts.

Doors: 7pm / Show: 8pm. 21+
Tickets $10

Eli’s Mile High Club
3629 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland

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