Posts Tagged ‘friends’

It’s About Time by Philip Paul – Dedication

In Music on January 25, 2011 at 11:55 am

Jazz drumming grandmaster Philip Paul recorded his solo CD “It’s About Time” after an impressive career performing with Lock-Jaw Davis, Hank Ballard, Buddy Johnson’s Big Bang and Count Basie’s saxophonist Frank Foster. Basie’s hit Shiny Stockings was named after Paul’s wife Juanita, who wore them to the Cotton Club where Foster and Paul performed.

Paul dedicated “It’s About Time:”

This CD is dedicated to my loving wife Juanita for 50 years of marital bliss. It is also dedicated to all of the wonderful musicians and friends who have helped me survive this monster called show business.”

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela ~ Dedication

In Biography, Black Authors, Books on August 30, 2010 at 10:00 am

Here’s a heartbreaking and inspiring one to start your week ~

I dedicate this book to my six children, Madiba and

Makaziwe (my first daughter), who are now deceased,

and to Makgatho, Makaziwe, Zenani, and Zindzi,

whose support and love I treasure; to my twenty-one

grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who give

me great pleasure; and to all my comrades, friends, and

fellow South Africans whom I serve and whose cour-

age, determination, and patriotism remain my source

of inspiration.

Sex and Drugs with Guns N’ Roses by Steven Adler

In Adventure, Books on August 4, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Steven Adler dedicated his awesome book “My Appetite for Destruction: Sex and Drugs and Guns N’ Roses” ~

To my grandmother “Big Lilly,”

my grandfather “Stormin’ Norman,”

and to my beloved wife, Carolina, whose

love and support made this book possible.

To the millions of faithful Guns N’ Roses

fans all over the world,

I thank you for your eternal devotion.

Special thanks to:

  • the Adler family,
  • the Ferreira family,
  • the Hudson family,
  • the Canter family,
  • Steve Sprite,
  • Dr. Drew Pinsky,
  • Dr. Charles Sophy,
  • Bob Forrest,
  • Ronald “Ronnie My Boy” Schneider,
  • Chris Green
  • Robert Espinoza,
  • James Vanderweilen, and
  • Brad Server.

And lastly to my dogs

Shadow, Midnight, and Chichi.

Their unconditional love saw me through.

A Model World by Michael Chabon – Dedication

In Books, Novels on July 22, 2010 at 8:41 am

“Chabon” is pronounced Shay-bun.

Michael Shaybun dedicated A Model World and Other Stories:

To the memory of Ernest Cohen

We googled Ernest Cohen, Michael Chabon and found only this:

Cohen may appera here with Michael Chabon in a Jewish prayer for the sick, under the name Yehuda Dov Ha’Cohen ben Malkah. Reply in the comments if you know any more about this special gentleman.

He also thanked Ms. Lollie Groth (his first wife), Ms. Mary Evans (his agent), Mr. Douglas Stumpf and Mr. Daniel Menaker – in third person, as usual.

All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou – Dedication

In Biography, Black Authors, Books on July 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

The penultimate novel in Maya Angelou’s amazing six-book autobiographical series has this dedication ~

This book is dedicated to

Julian and Malcolm and all the fallen ones

who were passionately and earnestly

looking for a home.

Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou – Dedication

In Biography, Black Authors, Books on July 14, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Maya Angelou’s fourth autobiography Heart of a Woman is dedicated to one man and fourteen women ~

I dedicate this book to my grandson,

Colin Ashanti Murphy-Johnson.

Special thanks to a few of the many

sister/friends whose love encourages

me to spell my name:


Doris Bullard

Rosa Guy

M.J. Hewitt

Ruth Love

Puale Marshall

Louise Merriwether

Dolly McPherson

Emalyn Rogers

Efuah Sutherland

Decca Treuhaft

Frances Williams

A.B. Williamson

Eleanor Traylor

Ruth Beckford

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

Gather Together In My Name by Maya Angelou – Dedication

In Adventure, Biography, Black Authors, Books on July 13, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Maya Angelou dedicated her second autobiography “Gather Together In My Name” ~

This book is dedicated to my blood brother


and to the other real brothers who encouraged me

to be bodacious enough to invent my own life daily:











A special thanks to my friend


Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling – Dedication

In Adventure, Books on July 4, 2010 at 9:08 am

Chamber of Secrets features the famous scene when Harry Potter and Ron Weasley drive a flying car. JK Rowling dedicated Chamber of Secrets to the man whose personality inspired Ron, and whose turquoise-and-white car inspired Harry’s flying vehicle.

For Sean P.F. Harris, getaway driver and foulweather friend

Thanks to MuggleNet for this one!

Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling – Dedication

In Adventure, Books on July 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Although she dedicated most of her books to her immediate family, JK Rowling chose her Portugal flatmates for Prisoner of Azkaban ~

“To Jill Prewett and Aine Kiely,
The godmothers of swing”

Jill, JK and Aine often went to a disco called Swing in Porto, Portugal. Molly Weasley (Ron Weasley’s mother) has the maiden name Prewett courtesy of Jill.  Thanks to Veritaserum for this one!