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Renewed Relevancy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speeches & The Music They Inspired

Posted by Billyjam, January 16, 2017 02:11pm | Post a Comment
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"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character"
- MLK

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." - MLK


These two above famous American history quotes, each from the same speech from 54 years ago, take on a renewed relevancy in January 2017 on this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the current uncertain political climate. No doubt the 1963 March On Washington, at which MLK gave his famous speech to a sea of peaceful protesters, will be in the minds of those participating in this weeks Women's March on Washington.

Taking place on Saturday January 21st 2017, the post inauguration day protest organizers announced that, due to the swelling number of confirmed participants, that they are now expecting 200,000 people at this weekend's march which is the same number that marched back in 1963 when MLK spoke. Similarly with the 1963 March on Washington, which King stressed was about equality for all, the message of the Women's March is about rights for all with the motto is "The RIse of the Woman = The Rise of the Nation."

At Amoeba's three stores you'll find various collections of speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. And / or visit the online store's Martin Luther King Jr. section where you'll find such collections as In Search Of Freedom (9 track CD includes "I Have A Dream" and "Police Brutality Will Backfire"), the Wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr.  2 CD set, and The Martin Luther King Jr Tapes that is another collection that includes the historic "I Have A Dream" speech from August 28th, 1963. Also found at Amoeba are artists who either dedicated music to the legacy of MLK or artists who sampled his speeches in their music. Besides the content of his speeches, as a great orator who spoke in perfect rhythm, makes for a perfect speechmaker to sample over beats.

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Essential Records: 'Electric Ladyland' by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Posted by Amoebite, June 13, 2016 04:24pm | Post a Comment

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Somewhere between the murky, secluded sixth and seventh grades, I saw a TV spot for an upcoming magic special in which a then unknown young man performed a card trick straight towards the camera. Not only did he know what card I had seen in his deck but he changed another card into that same card right before my eyes. The young man's name was David Blaine, and the special was called Street Magic. By now we're probably all familiar with David Blaine, and his deadpan style of magic and physical feats, but something that people probably don't remember about his first couple of TV specials is how great the music was. Let me tell ya, it was really good. My oncoming obsession with the David Blaine specials (I recorded them live on VHS, and watched them over and over again) was also my introduction to Dr. John, Sly & The Family Stone, Innervisions-era Stevie Wonder, and, most importantly, Jimi Hendrix.

Sure, I had heard Hendrix before; I vaguely knew "Purple Haze" and "Foxey Lady," and I knew he was considered a legend; but it wasn't until I watched David Blaine walking out of a tunnel in New York City to the wah-wah-ed intro to "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" that I really heard Jimi Hendrix. Now I'm sure to those folks who were musically aware pre-Street Magic this introduction might not garner major record store cred, but to my twelve-year-old self, this combination of sound and image was monumentally cool.

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Essential Records: Stevie Wonder's 'Songs In The Key of Life'

Posted by Amoebite, December 1, 2014 02:22pm | Post a Comment

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Songs In The Key Of Life is hailed by many as one of the greatest albums ever recorded. Music industry icons like Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, Elton John and Mariah Carey all sing its praises. By the time Stevie Wonder gifted the world his magnum opus - at just 25 years old - he had already released 21 albums under the famed Motown label. Amazing!  

Stevie Wonder Where I'm Coming FromOne month before his 21st birthday in 1971, Stevie Wonder released Where I'm Coming From, a definitive production that gave way to a new aesthetic, style, and sound not aligned with the polished, clean, stand up image Motown championed for its artists. In essence, Wonder was shedding his "Little Stevie Wonder" persona and declaring his musical independence. Armed with a new recording contract giving him artistic control, Wonder co-wrote the album with then girlfriend and former Motown secretary, Syreeta Wright. Together the two penned songs that showcased a new, funkier style Wonder was developing outside the confines of Motown. Digging deeper to perfect his new sound, Stevie followed with Music Of My Mind in 1972, the precursor to what became his unrivaled golden era of output. Music Of My Mind was entirely written, produced, and performed by Wonder (with the exception of a single part in two songs) masterfully utilizing Arp synthesizers, Moog keyboards, and live instrumentation. This was Wonder's first truly cohesive effort realized all on his own. The transformation from "Little Stevie Wonder" to bonafide one man production powerhouse was complete.

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WONDER-FULL SF X: 10 Years Celebrating the Wonder of Stevie this Saturday

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 5, 2013 03:16pm | Post a Comment

The annual Stevie Wonder tribute WONDER-Full SF starring DJ Spinna (NYC) celebrates its ten-year wonder-full stevie wonderanniversary in San Francisco on December 7th at Mezzanine.

WONDER-Full is a dance party of epic proportions dedicated to Stevie Wonder’s essential compositions, covers, and goodies. WONDER-Full debuted in San Francisco in 2003 and its ten-year run, Stevie fans from across the Bay Area and beyond have embraced the event with beautiful energy, diversity and love that has made WONDER-Full SF one of the most anticipated events of the year! 

One of the most sought after dance floor magicians DJ Spinna headlines with support from Hakobo (fresco), Proof (Massive Selector), and King Most (Society).

More details HERE! Advanced tickets have sold out, but tickets will be available at the door the night of the event.

WONDER-FULL SF 9: A Tribute to the Wonder of Stevie featuring DJ SPINNA

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 20, 2012 02:36pm | Post a Comment

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Bay Area, get ready for some kinda WONDER-full! KeiStar Productions, fresco, and Massive Selector present WONDER-Full SF 9: A TRIBUTE TO THE WONDERS OF STEVIE on Saturday, December 8th, 2012, at MEZZANINE (444 Jessie St, SF).

For the past nine years, Brooklyn's DJ SPINNA has blessed us with songs in the key of life. in return, stevie wonderwe've has embraced the event with beautiful energy and love that has made San Francisco’s WONDER-Full one of the best on the planet! Please join us for a special evening celebrating soulful music in all forms inspired by the genius of Stevie Wonder. If you've ever been to a WONDER-Full, you know it's more than just a party… It’s an experience!

Get your tickets HERE!

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