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Naming for Power by Naseem Javed – dedication

In Business, History & Culture, Psychology on September 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

Naseem Javed dedicated his book “Naming for Power” (an exploration of branding and brand names) ~

“This book is dedicated
to my mother, Amtul,
my wife, Lucie,
my son, Tashi.

Also, to the twenty-six
letters of the alphabet,
especially the letters
A, B, and C, which
taught me a great deal.”

Five Minds for the Future

In Books, Business, Psychology on September 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

Harvard’s Project Zero launched a brand new field of study into human creativity, psychology and the arts. Founder Dr Howard Gardner — and his wife and research collaborator Ellen — analyze how children absorb music and art, and how babies’ brains begin to bubble with ideas.

Howard dedicated his 2006 book “Five Minds for the Future” —

For Oscar Bernard Gardner
Who embodies our futures

Oscar is Howard and Ellen’s grandson.

Read the story of Ellen and Howard!

The Music Lesson by Victor L Wooten – Warning

In Black Authors, Books, Psychology on September 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Happy 46th Birthday to five-time Grammy winner Victor L. Wooten, who played bass for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and as a child toured with The Wooten Brothers Band supporting Curtis Mayfield.

Victor Wooten’s 2007 book The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music, shows you the world of writing, recording and performing through the life of Bass Magazine’s 3-time Bassist of the Year. Unlike most musical autobiographers, Victor doesn’t just drop names. He digs deep into individual notes and takes you behind the scenes of his best jam sessions.

Versus a traditional book dedication, he wrote this ~


Everything in this vook

may be

all wrong.

But if so,


all right!

Nice use of line breaks ~ very Nikki Giovanni.

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The Roots: Things Fall Apart – Dedication

In Music on September 9, 2010 at 9:21 pm

The Roots’ 1999 album Things Fall Apart features long heartfelt dedications from each member to Allah, family, their crews in NY / LA / Virginia / Atlanta / Philly, the Godfather of Noyze and more. Today we’re featuring the very last dedication in the album’s awesome artwork:

“This album is dedicated to the forgotten artists, the fallen artists, and the true artists.”


Life and Death of Classical Music by Norman Lebrecht

In Books, History & Culture on September 9, 2010 at 11:20 am

The Life! The Death. Norman Lebrecht analyzes classical music’s maestros in eight chapters of Ms: Matinee, Middlemen, Midpoint, Millionaires, Miracles on Miracles, Madness, Melton and Post Mortem.

Norman’s book dedication ~

In memory of

Klaus Tennstedt (1926 – 1998)

a studio nightmare

Norman Lebrecht co-authored Klaus’s obituary.

Klaus Tennstedt achieved fame all over Europe conducting and interpreting classical music. In 1971, he broke out of East Germany thanks to an error in his exit visa. Klaus then enjoyed a new career conducting in New York, Toronto, Boston and London before his death from cancer in 1998.

According to Norman’s obituary, the sudden fame overwhelmed Tennstedt:

Whirling around the hemisphere of world-class orchestras, he was ravaged by self-doubt: who am I to direct musicians accustomed only to the greatest? At his first rehearsal in Philadelphia he related, tears coursing down his cheeks, how in the Hitler era he had crawled with his gramophone beneath an eiderdown to listen reverently to their forbidden recordings with Stokowoski.

Read more about him in Norman Lebrecht’s other books >>

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The World in Six Songs by Daniel J Levitin – Dedication

In Books, Psychology on September 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Neurology, Biology and Ani DiFranco perform together as subjects in Daniel J Levitin’s book The World in Six Songs. He analyzes our “musical brains,” uncovering the social and evolutionary triggers at work in songs like “War, What Is It Good For?”

Here’s the book’s dedication ~

To K.Z.

who always knows what music I’ll like

and for L.R.G.

who put the kibosh on that whole llama farm thing

Joni Mitchell gave Levitin this awesome quote for The World in Six Songs ~

“This is the worst idea for a book I’ve ever heard – it makes me want to vomit. The idea encapsulates the very worst part of Western thought. It makes a purely Socratic distinction about something that isn’t intellectualizable.” [One week later:] “I take it back – I’m sorry! This is great!”
— Joni Mitchell

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