Posts Tagged ‘artists’

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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Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas by Maya Angelou – Dedication

In Adventure, Biography, Black Authors, Books on July 14, 2010 at 8:48 am

Maya Angelou’s third autobiography Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas is dedicated ~

For MARTHA and LILLIAN, NED and BEY, for

the laughter, the love and the music

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – Dedication

In Biography, Black Authors, Books, Classics on July 13, 2010 at 9:38 am

Maya Angelou dedicated her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ~

This book is dedicated to My Son,


and all the Strong Black Birds of Promise

Who Defy the Odds and Gods

and Sing Their Songs