History Adventures – Spencer Striker

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History Adventures

The Stories of People in Time, Connected by Eternity

Spencer Striker

Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Publish Date: December 12, 2018

Publisher: Spencer Striker, PhD

Seller: Spencer Striker


History Adventures is a next gen digital book application I am developing in association with top level mobile animators, artists, and designers–as well as some of the world’s leading historians. This fully enhanced, interactive history book represents a game-changing digital learning experience for 21st Century students.  History Adventures combines the latest innovations in mobile entertainment design technology–including motion, cinematics, animation, music, and sound fx; with the powerful storytelling device of narrativizing the life stories of peoples who lived in past centuries, in different epochs and locations around the globe; with an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to history: to create a revolutionary interactive learning experience that will enhance student appreciation for the relevance and fascination of the past. Original interaction design demonstrates how data visualization, interactive maps of time, musical scoring, branching paths, and documentary-inspired visualizations can bring the pages of history to life.

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History of World Philosophy – Michael Gertelman

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History of World Philosophy

Michael Gertelman

Genre: Graphic Novels

Publish Date: January 21, 2012

Publisher: Supergatari Press

Seller: Michael Gertelman


История мировой философии в пересказе Супергатари. В книге принимают участие: древнегреческие философы: Лао Цзы, Конфуций, Пифагор,  Протагор, Демокрит, Диоген, Сократ, Эпикур, Аристотель и другие; средневековые философы: Блаженный Августин, Боэций, Фома Аквинский, Авиценна, Николай Кузанский и другие; философы Возрождения, а также великое множество современных философов, логиков, литераторов и мыслителей:  Вольтер, Мишель Монтень, Спиноза, Дэвид Юм, Жан-Жак Руссо, Иммануил Кант, Эдмунд Бёрк, Джереми Бентам, Готлиб Фихте, Фридрих Шлегель, Георг Гегель, Артур Шопенгауэр, Людвиг Фейербах, Джон Милль, Сёрен Кьеркегор, Карл Маркс, Чарльз Сандерс Пирс, Вильям Джеймс, Фридрих Ницще, Фердинанд де Соссюр, Эдмунд Гуссерль, Анри Бергсон, Мартин Хайдеггер, Альбер Камю, Мишель Фуко, Жак Деррида и многие, многие другие.

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Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (Unabridged) – George R.R. Martin

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Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (Unabridged)

George R.R. Martin

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 35.95

Publish Date: November 20, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 Random House Audio

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Repeating History – Amarionette


Repeating History
Amarionette

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Total Songs:
13

Genre:
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Price:
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℗ 2016 Esque Records


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How the 2018 Latin American Music Awards Made History With More Girl Power Than Ever

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1. The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and
is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a
heroic couple.

2. Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise
Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.

3. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were to 2 singers of the
Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing two cats backward and declared, “a horse divided against itself can not
stand.” Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.

4. Abraham Lincoln was America’s greatest precedent. Lincoln’s mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own
hands. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation. On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got
shot in his seat by one of the actors in the moving picture show. They believe the assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a suposingly insane actor. This
ruined Booth’s career.

5. Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most
famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English. He was very large.

6. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling
for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died from this.

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Live from New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests (Unabridged) – James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales

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Live from New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests (Unabridged)

James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 32.95

Publish Date: June 27, 2017

© ℗ © 2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books

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Sex Toy Patents Reveal History, Evolution of Pleasure Products

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Music History: History of Music: From Prehistoric Sounds to Classical Music, Jazz, Rock Music, Pop Music, and Electronic Music (Unabridged) – Andrew Sullivan

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Music History: History of Music: From Prehistoric Sounds to Classical Music, Jazz, Rock Music, Pop Music, and Electronic Music (Unabridged)

Andrew Sullivan

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 5.95

Publish Date: October 30, 2017

© ℗ © 2017 Andrew Sullivan

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Teaching Music History with iPad – Art Brownlow

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Teaching Music History with iPad

Art Brownlow

Genre: Music

Publish Date: October 22, 2015

Publisher: Art Brownlow

Seller: James A. Brownlow Jr.


The traditional lecture style of teaching undergraduate music history classes tends to leave little time for practical application. This guidebook shows college and university music educators how to design “hybrid” classes with iPad and iTunes U, and in the process create exciting collaborative and project-based learning experiences for their students. With this method, music history, and other college music classes, can be transformed from passive and tedious to engaging and rewarding learning environments.

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The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy (Unabridged) – Kliph Nesteroff

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The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy (Unabridged)

Kliph Nesteroff

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 25.95

Publish Date: April 11, 2017

© ℗ © 2017 Audible Studios

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Howard Zinn: A People’s History of the United States – Part 1: Bread and Roses – Olivier Azam

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Howard Zinn: A People’s History of the United States – Part 1: Bread and Roses

Olivier Azam

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 4.99

Rental Price: $ 0.99

Release Date: October 9, 2017


Between 1900 and 1920, like Howard Zinn's parents, more than 14 million immigrants arrived in the United States. They came fleeing poverty or war, racism or religious persecution. They dreamed of a promised land, of wealth, or simply of a better life. The New World opened its arms wide to the poor and huddled masses of the Old: its unwanted, its fugitives, and even a few utopians… After all, the rapidly expanding industries of the time required cheap labor, and immigrant workers – men, women and children – were easy to exploit. But the same period also saw the birth of organized labor, with its strikes and conflicts, and the appearance of great figures like Emma Goldman, Mother Jones, Eugene Debs and the Wobblies.

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The History of Classical Music (Unabridged) – Richard Fawkes

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The History of Classical Music (Unabridged)

Richard Fawkes

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 14.95

Publish Date: January 1, 1997

© ℗ © 1997 Naxos AudioBooks

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Tweet of the Day (Original Recording)

BBC Natural History Radio

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Price: $ 15.95

Publish Date: July 5, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 BBC Digital Audio

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The Ricky Gervais Guide to… NATURAL HISTORY (Unabridged) – Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant & Karl Pilkington

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The Ricky Gervais Guide to… NATURAL HISTORY (Unabridged)

Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant & Karl Pilkington

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Publish Date: January 20, 2009

© ℗ © 2009 Glyn Hughes

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Game of Thrones: A Family History, Volume II (Unabridged) – History of Thrones

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Game of Thrones: A Family History, Volume II (Unabridged)

History of Thrones

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 5.95

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© ℗ © 2016 Brian Green

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Is Genesis History? – Thomas Purifoy, Jr.

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Is Genesis History?

Thomas Purifoy, Jr.

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 7.99

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Release Date: February 23, 2017


IS GENESIS HISTORY? is a fascinating new look at the biblical, historical, and scientific evidence for Creation and the Flood. Learn from more than a dozen scientists and scholars as they explore the world around us in light of Genesis.

© © 2017 Genesis History Movie, LLC

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Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th – Part 1 – Daniel Farrands

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Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th – Part 1

Daniel Farrands

Genre: Horror

Price: $ 4.99

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Release Date: January 1, 2013


Inspired by the critically-acclaimed book, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH takes viewers behind the mask on an epic journey into the making of the landmark horror franchise-from its humble beginnings in 1980 at a New Jersey summer camp to the blockbuster release of its 2009 "reboot."

© © 2013 1428 Films LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th – Part 2 – Daniel Farrands

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Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th – Part 2

Daniel Farrands

Genre: Horror

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Inspired by the critically-acclaimed book, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH takes viewers behind the mask on an epic journey into the making of the landmark horror franchise-from its humble beginnings in 1980 at a New Jersey summer camp to the blockbuster release of its 2009 "reboot."

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Jennifer Williams Says Ex Tim Norman Has History of Violence

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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War – Max Brooks

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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Max Brooks

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 17.95

Publish Date: August 30, 2006

© ℗ © 2006 Random House Audio

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New Sentences: From ‘Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968’

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Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk (Unabridged) – Tom DeSavia & John Doe

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Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk (Unabridged)

Tom DeSavia & John Doe

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 23.95

Publish Date: April 26, 2016

© ℗ © 2016 Random House Audio

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CEO Talks: Chaumet’s Jean-Marc Mansvelt on Pushing History Forward

PARIS – Jean-Marc Mansvelt is the archetype of a French luxury executive.
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Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2 – Work Projects Administration

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Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2

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Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: February 8, 2010

Publisher: Public Domain

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The slave narrative is a literary form that grew out of the written accounts of enslaved Africans in Britain and its colonies, including the later United States, Canada and Caribbean nations. Some six thousand former slaves from North America and the Caribbean gave accounts of their lives during the 18th and 19th centuries, with about 150 narratives published as separate books or pamphlets. In the 1930s in the United States, during the Great Depression, more than 2300 additional oral histories on life during slavery were collected by writers sponsored and published by the Works Progress Administration[1] (WPA) of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration. Most of the 26 audio-recorded interviews are held by the Library of Congress.

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Breve historia del arte [Brief history of art] (Unabridged) – Carlos Javier Taranilla de la Varga

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Breve historia del arte [Brief history of art] (Unabridged)

Carlos Javier Taranilla de la Varga

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 21.95

Publish Date: January 23, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 Audible Studios

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Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction (Unabridged) – Grady Hendrix & Will Errickson – contributor

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Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction (Unabridged)

Grady Hendrix & Will Errickson – contributor

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 11.95

Publish Date: January 9, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Leonardo da Vinci: A Life From Beginning to End – Hourly History

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Leonardo da Vinci: A Life From Beginning to End

Hourly History

Genre: Art History

Publish Date: September 8, 2016

Publisher: Hourly History

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Creativity is in our bones. It is found in our very DNA, something not known to Leonardo da Vinci or anyone else who lived in his day and time. All he did was to uncover the hidden genius which lay within himself, and he used that inner genius to the very best of his abilities.  Leonardo da Vinci is best known for some of the world's most masterful paintings, but he was so much more than merely another artist with paints and brushes. Born to a peasant woman in 1452, Leonardo would go on to astound the world he lived in with his artistry and his inventions. Inside you will read about… ✓ Early Beginnings and the Italian Renaissance ✓ Leonardo's Personal Life ✓ Leonardo's Artistic Beginnings ✓ Early Paintings 1480s-1490s ✓ Paintings of the 16th Century ✓ Scientific Studies and Anatomy ✓ Engineering Inventions ✓ Later Life and Old Age ✓ Facts about Leonardo da Vinci In this eBook, discover for yourself the brilliance of da Vinci. Uncover some of his best works of art, including the Mona Lisa, and see why he kept so many notebooks and observations about everything under the sun. See where his far-reaching talents led him, and how you can be more like Leonardo da Vinci than you ever thought possible.

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The History of the Illustrious Images Modeling Troupe, Inc. – Amyre Dysard

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The History of the Illustrious Images Modeling Troupe, Inc.

Amyre Dysard

Genre: Photography

Publish Date: November 1, 2017

Publisher: Images Modeling Troupe, Inc.

Seller: Patricia Dysard


This book explains the history of Images Modeling Troupe, Inc.

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The Hip-Hop Love Blueprint Celebrates Rich History Of The Culture

Hip-Hop has been in existence for over four decades and its rich history is deserving of continual examination and reverence. UK-based art and design studio Dorothy has unveiled its new Hip-Hop Love Blueprint that pays homage to founding fathers DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, while also honoring current culture leaders Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar among several dozen others, all using the circuit diagram of the turntable.

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Our Hip-Hop Love Blueprint celebrates over 700 MCs, DJs, producers, turntablists, musicians, graffiti artists, b-boys and b-girls who (in our opinion) have been pivotal to the evolution of hip-hop, from pioneers such as DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash to present day superstars such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar.

The prints pays homage to the godfathers of hip-hop (Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets) but takes its starting point as DJ Kool Herc’s Back to School Jam in the Bronx, New York in August 1973 – the party that is widely regarded as the birthplace of hip-hop.

The print weaves it way through many different scenes and record labels including early old-school innovators (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Cold Crush Brothers), golden age heroes (Run–DMC, Beastie Boys, KRS-One, Eric B. & Rakim), hip-hop collective Native Tongues (De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, Monie Love), politically charged hip-hop (Public Enemy, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Lauryn Hill), legendary East Coast artists (The Notorious B.I.G, Nas), legendary West Coast artists (Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre), gangsta rap (Ice-T, N.W.A, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg), hardcore (Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep), Southern rap (Lil Wayne, T.I., Outkast) underground hip-hop (Company Flow, MF Doom, Aesop Rock), turntablism (Invisibl Scratch Piklz, The X-Ecutioners), trip-hop (Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead), UK grime (Wiley, Skepta and Stormzy) and legendary producers (DJ Premier, J Dilla, Madlib).

Also honored in the blueprint are b-boy and b-girl crews like the New York City Breakers and Rock Steady Crew. Graffiti writers also get props such as Lady Pink and Futura 2000.

The blueprint is screen printed metallic gold with a cobalt blue background. Check out the piece in full by following this link.

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Jewish Comedy: A Serious History (Unabridged) – Jeremy Dauber

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Jewish Comedy: A Serious History (Unabridged)

Jeremy Dauber

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 14.95

Publish Date: October 31, 2017

© ℗ © 2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Chess History and Reminiscences – Henry Edward Bird

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Chess History and Reminiscences

Henry Edward Bird

Genre: Games

Publish Date: December 31, 1907

Publisher: Public Domain

Seller: Public Domain


Of all the claims which have been advanced to the invention and origin of chess, that of the Hindu Game the Chaturanga is the most ancient, and its accounts contain the earliest allusion worthy of serious notice to anything partaking of the principles and form of chess.

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A Text-Book of the History of Architecture – Alfred Dwight Foster Hamlin

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A Text-Book of the History of Architecture

Alfred Dwight Foster Hamlin

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: January 1, 1926

Publisher: Public Domain

Seller: Public Domain


The aim of this work has been to sketch the various periods and styles of architecture with the broadest possible strokes, and to mention, with such brief characterization as seemed permissible or necessary, the most important works of each period or style. Extreme condensation in presenting the leading facts of architectural history has been necessary, and much that would rightly claim place in a larger work has been omitted here.

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Most memorable moments in Beatles history

Sixty years ago, on October 18, 1957, Paul McCartney performed for the first time ever with the Quarrymen, John Lennon's band. It was the first time Lennon and McCartney shared the stage, clearly making this one of the most important moments in Beatles history. In celebration of this significant event, here are 25 other memorable moments.
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Jazz: A History of America’s Music

Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 9.95

Publish Date: November 1, 2000

© ℗ © 2000 Random House AudioBooks

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History and Practice of the Art of Photography – Henry Hunt Snelling

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History and Practice of the Art of Photography

Henry Hunt Snelling

Genre: Photography

Publish Date: June 23, 1897

Publisher: Public Domain

Seller: Public Domain


Containing all the instructions necessary for the complete practice of the daguerrean and photogenic art, both on metalic plates and on paper.

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Evelina, Or, the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World

Fanny Burney

Genre: Theater

Publish Date: June 19, 2012

Publisher: Public Domain

Seller: Public Domain


Evelina is a country girl who comes to the big city and makes every possible faux pas. Along the way she faces near incest, a bitch of a grandmother, other embarrassing relatives, near rape, clinging prostitutes, and a mischievous monkey. Evelina learns how to navigate the complex layers of 18th century society and earn the love of a distinguished nobleman.

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Game of Thrones: A Family History: Book of Thrones, Book 2 (Unabridged) – Book of Thrones

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Game of Thrones: A Family History: Book of Thrones, Book 2 (Unabridged)

Book of Thrones

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 3.95

Publish Date: December 2, 2016

© ℗ © 2016 Two Sovereigns Publishing

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The History Behind Assassin’s Creed III – Peter Chapman

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The History Behind Assassin’s Creed III

Peter Chapman

Genre: Games

Publish Date: July 26, 2012

Publisher: TheSixthAxis

Seller: Peter Chapman


A look at the situations, people and places behind the setting of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III

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The Daily Show (the AudioBook): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests (Unabridged) – Jon Stewart – foreword & Chris Smith

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The Daily Show (the AudioBook): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests (Unabridged)

Jon Stewart – foreword & Chris Smith

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 25.95

Publish Date: November 22, 2016

© ℗ © 2016 Hachette Audio

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Barack Obama’s Charlottesville Response Is The Most-Liked Tweet In History

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The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe

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The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

From the Quarto of 1616

Christopher Marlowe

Genre: Theater

Publish Date: January 2, 2015

Publisher: Project Gutenberg

Seller: Public Domain


CHORUS. Not marching in the fields of Thrasymene, Where Mars did mate the warlike Carthagens; 1 Nor sporting in the dalliance of love, In courts of kings where state is overturn’d; Nor in the pomp of proud audacious deeds, Intends our Muse to vaunt her 2 heavenly verse: Only this, gentles,—we must now perform The form of Faustus’ fortunes, good or bad: And now to patient judgments we appeal, And speak for Faustus in his infancy. Now is he born of parents base of stock, In Germany, within a town call’d Rhodes: At riper years, to Wittenberg he went, Whereas his kinsmen chiefly brought him up. So much he profits in divinity, That shortly he was grac’d with doctor’s name, Excelling all, and sweetly can dispute In th’ heavenly matters of theology; Till swoln with cunning, of 3 a self-conceit, His waxen wings did mount above his reach, And, melting, heavens conspir’d his overthrow; For, falling to a devilish exercise, And glutted now with learning’s golden gifts, He surfeits upon 4 cursed necromancy; Nothing so sweet as magic is to him, Which he prefers before his chiefest bliss: And this the man that in his study sits.

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World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War – Max Brooks

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World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

Max Brooks

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 23.95

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Celebrity Deaths That Changed Music History

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A History of Art for Beginners and Students – Clara Erskine Clement Waters

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A History of Art for Beginners and Students

Painting, Sculpture, Architecture

Clara Erskine Clement Waters

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: December 31, 1915

Publisher: Public Domain

Seller: Public Domain


This is an ancient history of art The buildings and the ruins which still remain from these ancient times are in Egypt, Assyria, Persia, Judea, Asia Minor, Greece, Etruria, and Rome. Many of these have been excavated or uncovered, as, during the ages that have passed since their erection, they had been buried away from sight by the accumulation of earth about them.

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‘Skunk in the outfield’: How the most epic trick play in history broke baseball

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Game of Thrones: A Family History, Volume I (Unabridged) – History of Thrones

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Game of Thrones: A Family History, Volume I (Unabridged)

History of Thrones

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 3.95

Publish Date: August 23, 2016

© ℗ © 2016 Brian Green

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Game of Thrones: A Family History: Book of Thrones, Volume 1 (Unabridged) – Two Sovereigns Publishing

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Game of Thrones: A Family History: Book of Thrones, Volume 1 (Unabridged)

Two Sovereigns Publishing

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Game of Thrones: 3 Book Series (Unabridged) – History of Thrones

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Game of Thrones: 3 Book Series (Unabridged)

History of Thrones

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The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (Unabridged) – George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson

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The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (Unabridged)

George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

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‘Detroit’ Forces Audiences to Look at an Ugly Moment of History


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So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley (Unabridged) – Roger Steffens & Linton Kwesi Johnson

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So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley (Unabridged)

Roger Steffens & Linton Kwesi Johnson

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A Short History of Nearly Everything (Unabridged) – Bill Bryson

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Bill Bryson

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Mark Frost

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© ℗ © 2016 Macmillan Audio

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Paul McCartney Met John Lennon on This Day 60 Years Ago: Friends Recount the Ordinary Meeting Which Changed History

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Barneys Hosts U.S. Government Officials for Discussion on Women’s History

POWER ON: Barneys New York welcomed three government officials at its Madison Avenue flagship Monday, who participated in a panel discussion in celebration of the International Day of the Girl. The retailer, in collaboration with women’s empowerment council Girls’ Lounge, has rolled out a national campaign called #GirlPossible in support of the honorary holiday — forging a social media campaign, window displays at 15 stores and specially-created online content.
At Monday’s discussion Rosa “Rosie” Rios, the U.S. Treasurer; Megan Smith, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, and Payton Iheme, a senior White House policy adviser for the Office of Science and Technology, were joined by Girls’ Lounge founder Shelley Zalis and filmmaker Dyllan McGee to discuss how women often lose their place in history storytelling, and what can be done to reverse such oversights.
Rios, who has spearheaded the government’s current crowdsourcing campaign to find a woman to front the new $ 10 note, said the only women to be previously featured in U.S. currency notes were Pocahontas and Martha Washington, who were both depicted in group imagery alongside men. Rios, as a result, has repeatedly lobbied for the figures featured on U.S. currency to be more reflective of the country’s overall population. “It’s not a

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POWER ON: Barneys New York welcomed three government officials at its Madison Avenue flagship Monday, who participated in a panel discussion in celebration of the International Day of the Girl. The retailer, in collaboration with women’s empowerment council Girls’ Lounge, has rolled out a national campaign called #GirlPossible in support of the honorary holiday — forging a social media campaign, window displays at 15 stores and specially-created online content.
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In Drinking in America, Susan Cheever Puts the Bottle Back in the History Books

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Any kid who made it through high school in the States probably knows something about the history of alcohol in America. Like the fact that General Ulysses S. Grant was a bit of a lush, or that the original settlers drank a lot of beer, or that Prohibition was a miserable failure that gave rise to bathtub gin and organized crime and the current scourge of speakeasy-inspired cocktail bars.

What you might not know is just how indelibly drinking—and opposition to drinking—has touched some of the most important moments in our country’s timeline. And for that we have Susan Cheever’s Drinking in America: Our Secret History, a look at how alcohol and alcoholism has played into 14 major chapters of American life. “The interesting truth, untaught in most schools and unacknowledged in most written history,” writes Cheever in her prologue, “is that a glass of beer, a bottle of rum, a keg of hard cider, a flask of whiskey, or even a dry martini was often the silent, powerful third party to many decisions that shaped the American story from the 17th century to the present.”

It’s Cheever’s goal to reinsert those tipples back into the history from which they’ve been excised. A perfect image for that mission: a Currier & Ives print from 1848 of George Washington standing in front of his troops with a glass of madeira in hand and a bottle of refills on the table. That engraving was later amended in the early years of the temperance movement, reimagined sans glass and with the bottle morphed into a tricorne hat.

From the moment the Mayflower Pilgrims, wanting for beer, decided to land on Cape Cod rather than their chartered destination in northern Virginia, our national obsession with alcohol was born, argues Cheever. “The decision to land illegally on Cape Cod had a huge effect on the later fate of the Pilgrims and the way in which the American character was formed. An illegal landing in a hostile place, partially caused by a shortage of beer, was not an auspicious beginning.”

Since then, our country’s tolerance for drinking and drunkenness has swung back and forth between periods of massive, near-ubiquitous indulgence—the 1830s and the mid-20th century were particularly sodden ages—and periods of crackdown. In the early 18th century, the American colonies became world famous for their drinking, both in terms of quantity—the average colonist, Cheever cites, spent a quarter of his income on booze—and in terms of prevalence: Everyone drank, from toddlers up. By 1820, drinking peaked, with the average American consuming more than triple what we do today.

But soon, that excess created a backlash: By 1834 there were roughly 5,000 nationwide temperance societies (most famously the Washingtonians), claiming 11 million members. With the rise of industrialization, the realization that drunk workers were not ideal, and the simultaneous rise of the women’s suffrage movement, national attitudes toward drinking began to shift. A century later the country had gone whole hog in the opposite direction, passing the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act and launching Prohibition in 1920. It was an attempt to legislate against drinking that had the opposite effect, giving birth to another hedonistic era in the decades that followed. Our association of writing with alcoholism, a topic that has sparked several books, is a direct result of Prohibition, Cheever argues: an extrapolation based on a handful of examples of prominent hard-drinking, mid-century writers whose behavior was a reaction to their experience of that dry decade. But though Prohibition is largely regarded as a miserable failure, Cheever detects that the country may be swinging back in that direction again: Our increasingly health-and-longevity-focused society, she concludes, may soon lead to another misguided attempt to legislate against alcohol addiction.

Cheever uses these sociological and historical trends to create a loose architecture for her book, but she’s best when writing about the way alcohol—its abuse and its rejection—affected personal lives, and when she digs up fascinating historical nuggets. Like the fact that George Washington lost his first election to the Virginia assembly in 1755, and then won two years later after he delivered 144 gallons of booze to the polls. Or the fact that early physician and Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Rush believed in both the disease theory of alcoholism and in the lurking danger of spontaneous combustion.

Alcoholism haunts American history, and has shaped it, for better or worse. The Adams line may have boasted two presidents, but the family was also plagued by what must have been the alcoholism gene: Two of John and Abigail’s sons and two of their grandsons died tragically in early alcohol-related deaths. Ulysses S. Grant is criticized for his drinking, but perhaps, Cheever speculates, it was his drunken bravado that actually led to his success in the Civil War. (Lincoln, a famous nondrinker, seemed to think so.) Meriwether Lewis, the man responsible for opening up the American West, descended into alcoholism upon his return from his famous expedition to find a water route to the Pacific. But the West, Cheever argues, was won at least in part by teetotalers, like Wyatt Earp, who had a terribly adverse reaction to alcohol and may have used his sobriety to his advantage in running gambling games, investing in silver mines, and shaping his own legacy in Hollywood.

More recently, Senator Joe McCarthy’s anti-communist reign of terror may have succeeded for the time it did only because the Internet wasn’t available to disseminate images or videos of his belligerent antics—including physically assaulting a Washington Post columnist in public—which were, at least in part, spurred on by the alcoholism that eventually killed him. (“Kiss my ass” was McCarthy’s response to a friend who pleaded with him to cut out the drinking mere months before he kicked the bucket.) The gunman who killed JFK may have had an unwitting assist from Kennedy’s secret-service agents, many of whom were hungover and slow to react after a late night of knocking back booze. And when, in 1969, a TWA flight was hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and diverted to Syria, a very drunk Nixon, partying with friends in Florida, repeatedly instructed Henry Kissinger by phone to bomb the Syrian airport. In the morning, writes Cheever, the president had no memory of the incident. And many of us have no memory that Nixon, who started drinking only in adulthood and whose tolerance was unusually low, was likely an alcoholic.

It’s clear when I get on the phone with Cheever that she feels empathy for the people about whom she writes, even the ones—Nixon, McCarthy—whose behavior and politics have been judged harshly by the history books. After all, she’s been there herself. Drinking in America is something of a passion project for Cheever, who is a recovering alcoholic (she’s been sober more than 20 years), a memoirist about her addiction (Note Found in a Bottle), and the daughter of John Cheever, one of the 20th century’s more famous alcoholics. Cheever references her family history at various points in the book, something she initially intended to avoid but added at the insistence of her editor. Now she’s glad she did. “The history books that we revere, you never know who the writer is, where he—or Doris [Kearns Goodwin],” she jokes, “is coming from. They don’t reveal their own biases. History is deeply biased. If you don’t reveal your biases, it’s hard for me to connect in the same way. I want to know where the writer is standing.”

Read on for more from Cheever about the boozy tidbits that most surprised her, why alcohol gets written out of the history books, and whether the beer-swigging Pilgrims were severely dehydrated.



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What’s the origin story of this project?
It’s a work in progress, the origin story. I’ve always been obsessed with American history, New England history. I wrote a book about Concord, Massachusetts. I wrote a biography of Louisa May Alcott. I wrote a biography of E. E. Cummings. And of course for decades I’ve been fascinated by addiction and recovery and how they work, starting with my own experience as a child. So those two things were going on separate tracks. And they just collided and made this explosion. As soon as I had this idea, I knew it had to be a book. There’s usually a long agonizing run-up to me deciding what to write about. Not this time. It was really like, Oh! Then I read Daniel Okrent’s wonderful book Last Call! The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. In his prologue there’s a little bit about drinking in American history. I emailed him, and he very sweetly sent me to Eric Burns, who had written a book called Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol, about American history and alcoholism, mostly focusing on the 19th century. I was off to the races.

Were you surprised to discover how little this history had been written about?
I was so surprised. The whole time I was writing, I was going, “What? Really?” Mark Twain said no discovery for the writer, no discovery for the reader. It was really a voyage of discovery. And I thought I knew a lot about these two subjects, but it turned out that the presence of alcohol, either from the point of view of temperance or from the point of view of drunkenness, has had a huge effect on our history. And I was constantly surprised. I thought I knew a lot about Abraham Lincoln. I know the difference between the first Inaugural Address and the second. I’ve read a million biographies. I had no idea that his mother had made him promise not to drink on her deathbed. I had no idea that he had lectured to the Washingtonians, that he was a temperance man. And I really had no idea that he was one of these rare individuals that didn’t drink and didn’t judge. When they came to him and complained that Ulysses S. Grant was drinking too much, Lincoln said, “Bring me some barrels of what he’s drinking so I can give it to my other generals.” He was such a pragmatist. I already knew I admired Lincoln, but that’s a rare person, who can not drink because of whatever’s happened in their family, what they’ve seen drinking can do, but also not judge people who do drink. What a guy!

What’s your theory on why alcoholism has been ignored by history? Is it because it was taken for granted and so never noted? Or is it a form of patriotism to ignore drinking, to avoid revealing the private behavior of our national heroes?
One of the rants that I have is how much of current events is controlled by drinking and it never gets reported. Donald Trump is a very good example. Donald Trump’s brother died of alcoholism. Donald Trump has talked about this quite a lot. Donald Trump as a result never drinks, hates drinking, won’t let his children drink. This is a big deal and it doesn’t get reported. Just the way that whatever was the real story with George [W.] Bush’s drinking didn’t get reported. I trained my kids to read the Times and go: Where is the drink in this story?

But the second part of the answer is that we like our history in a certain way. There’s a kind of gravitas that we really like. Because it isn’t just the drinking that gets left out: the sex gets left out, the food gets left out, the clothes get left out. All the things I’m interested in, they get left out. When I wrote American Bloomsbury, I was writing about Emerson and Thoreau, and Longfellow and the Alcotts, I included the women, and when you include the women you get the clothes and the food. I don’t know if you want to call it the underbelly of daily living. I don’t really care so much about the constitutional amendments, although I had to learn about them. I cared about what people were eating. Or drinking. Or who they were. I like to know about the texture of life. And I think when it comes to American history, a lot of that doesn’t get reported.

Like, for instance, Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts: no sex and no drinking. I mean, this is a family that’s been dogged by mental illness and alcoholism from the beginning. Not there! Eleanor’s love affair with Lorena Hickok. Not there! And people loved that. I don’t know whether it’s because we feel it’s disrespectful to admit that our leaders were human or what. But we do like history written in this very high-minded way.



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Here’s an example: Until I read your book, I didn’t know that Richard Nixon was a drunk. I’m 31. Is that because I didn’t live through that history? Or is it not widely known?
I didn’t, either! I was surprised. I lived right through it. I thought he was creepy. I knew he was a crook. But I didn’t know he was a drunk. The first hint I had of it was in Frost/Nixon. There’s that scene where he drunk-dials. And I thought, Ohhh. But I didn’t really think twice about it until I was writing this book and people would say to me, Nixon, Nixon, Nixon. Then I read a bunch of biographies and there it was.

Do you think the reason we didn’t know that was because his alcoholism wasn’t typical? He seemed high-functioning?
It wasn’t high-functioning when it wasn’t. But yes. Someone was asking what is the answer to our addiction and alcohol problem. The answer is education. We’re not very well educated about the different forms alcoholism can take. We still have a tendency to think of it as somebody who drinks too much too often. Nixon drank too much too often, but for him too much was not very much. And he didn’t drink at all until he was an adult. Alcoholism is actually mysterious. It’s clearly genetic. On the other hand, it’s not as if it’s sitting right there in front of us and we’re not understanding it. It’s hard to understand.

But with Nixon: Yes, his alcoholism looked very different. Well, actually, it looked a lot like Ulysses S. Grant’s alcoholism. But it looked different from William Faulkner’s alcoholism. And I think that made it harder to believe or harder to pick up. But I do think that we actually have a public-health crisis when it comes to education about addiction in this country. And there’s still not the understanding of it that we need to have in order to effectively deal with it. But I also think that the people who understand alcoholism the best are the Alcoholics Anonymous people. And they’re like: You’re an alcoholic if you say you are. Meaning, it’s pretty mysterious who’s an alcoholic and who’s not. They say it’s a self-diagnosed disease. That’s a fairly aggravating definition.

You said that you’re interested in studying women’s lives to get at the texture of history. But this is mostly a book about men. Did you choose to focus on men because you wanted to get at the most seminal events in American history, and that’s who was involved? Or was it just too difficult to find examples of women and alcoholism throughout American history? Maybe that’s your next book?
I think both of those things are true. In other words: They don’t write a lot about drinking men; they certainly don’t write about drinking women. But in the temperance part of the book, there are a lot of women, the way that the temperance movement and women’s suffrage came to the surface together. I was trying to think of essays to write, and it occurred to me I could have done more with Abigail Adams. This was a woman who knew she had brought alcoholism into the family. Can you imagine?

Did she feel guilt?
I don’t know if she felt guilt or fear. She wrote about it very obliquely. But she and her sisters knew their brother was an alcoholic who died of it. And she saw two of her sons die of it and two of her grandsons. There wasn’t anybody dying of it in the Adams line before she married John Adams. She didn’t say, “I brought this into my own family and caused tremendous heartbreak because I’m a carrier.” But I wonder what that must have been like. I always liked her, but it really made me have so much respect for her. To have one child die of alcoholism is an unimaginable tragedy. To have two? And two grandchildren?

And John Quincy Adams—ever since that, he acted like he drank sulfuric acid. Well, no wonder? Two brothers, two sons. And they didn’t know what it was. They called it the scourge. They knew it was bad. But they didn’t really understand even as well as we do now.

I wished there were more women. I wasn’t so aware until I finished. One of my favorite books that I’ve written was American Bloomsbury, and the whole formula for that book was that I took Concord, Massachusetts, in the 19th century and added the women. The revelation for me was when I found that Louisa May Alcott had lived across the street from Emerson, and had based Laurie [in Little Women] on Henry David Thoreau. I didn’t even realize they were in the same town. I had studied Emerson, I had studied Thoreau. Nobody had ever told me Louisa May Alcott was the little babysitter girl. And Margaret Fuller. The women in that equation were tremendously powerful and interesting. But with this book it was hard to find women.

There were women who came into the chapter about alcoholic writers, which is an interesting chapter for a lot of reasons. It felt to me sort of like a little self-contained section, where you focused on culture instead of politics and sociology. Why?
You make a good point. That didn’t occur to me. And you’re absolutely right. I just was plowing along, and Olivia Laing’s book The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking came out. I read  it and thought, Wait a minute, this isn’t right. Because I was deep in the 19th century at this point. I thought, Wait a minute, [the equation of writers with alcoholism] didn’t start until the 1930s. Like everybody who writes that book—and there are many—they  all use the same five writers, because that’s all there are. It’s not happening now. Our writers now are not drunks. I just went, “Wow! This whole myth about writing and drinking is actually restricted to two generations.” And I got so excited about that. But you’re right, I didn’t notice that it completely changed the tone of the book—that it wasn’t about politics, that it was about culture. Sorry!

No, I think it’s fascinating.
I mean, I was so interested. Because everybody thinks it’s all writers who drink. But in fact no writers drink now. You can’t name me one! And it was the same in the 1800s. Maybe Poe. But Emerson, Thoreau, Longfellow, Dickinson? None, zero, not even a ghost of a problem. Whitman was a temperance guy. The Alcotts, they just didn’t drink. It wasn’t on their menu, so to speak. I got very excited. Because for obvious reasons I don’t like the idea that writers have to drink. As a writer who doesn’t drink, I just got very excited about it and tore through the chapter without noticing that it doesn’t really belong in the book. Maybe no one else will notice?

Well, I wouldn’t say it doesn’t belong in the book. I would just say, to me, it felt meaningful that you wanted to include it. It’s not the only place that you reference your family history, your father’s history. You weave that throughout. Did you learn anything about your family that you didn’t already know writing about them here?
I pretty much had it. I’ve been criticized a lot for writing about myself and my family when, according to critics, it wasn’t necessary. So my original intention was not to put any of us in this book at all. But my editor, I think very wisely, said we need a Cheever thread. And it’s true that when I read a history book, I want to know who the writer is. So I did put in a Cheever thread. History is not monolithic; it’s as personal as memoir. It really is. I’m reading [David] McCullough’s Wright brothers book, and it’s fascinating, but it’s all about the engineering. That’s not the book I would have written. It’s great that he wrote  the book he wrote. But I have to guess about his fascination with engineering and his lack of interest in food, sex, and drinking. I don’t want to guess. I like to have a sense of who the writer is. I want to say to the reader: “This is who I am. This is a recovering alcoholic writing about alcoholism. You might need to know that.”

Before I let you go, can I ask you a question that’s been bugging me? You write about how the Mayflower Pilgrims drank beer instead of water, because drinking water was far more dangerous. But were they just horribly dehydrated at all times? How do you survive on no water?
Well, it’s very hard. I don’t think it’s good for you. But If you can’t drink the water . . . You’re just thirsty all the time. And it was 6 percent beer. I thought maybe it was 2 percent, maybe it was near beer, right? Nuh-uh. It was real beer. But they didn’t survive; half of them died that first winter. Half! The starving time. So it’s not a good recipe for good health.

 

This interview has been condensed and edited.

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Ireland’s Hidden Gay History: ‘The Outing’ Grows as LGBT Rights Go Mainstream

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Karel (far right) and Eddie McGuinness (center) lead off a group of GLBT media figures from across the globe to begin The Outing in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, Ireland Photo: Failte Ireland

They say love can be found in the most unlikely of places; well, if that’s the case, then Ireland has a festival for you if you happen to be a member of the LGBT community. Called The Outing, this music and matchmaking festival in the Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, in the West of Ireland, a town of 800, and it is the last place one would expect to find gay men, women, trans, drag queens — all sorts of people from all around the world having a ball and looking to fall in love.

Yet that’s exactly where I found myself Oct. 2-4 with a group of other members of the international LGBT press for what is quickly becoming one of the most offbeat, and festive, LGBT events in the world. Started by entrepreneur, PR maven, chat-show host, presenter, and publisher (yes, he’s done it all) Eddie McGuinness, along with Rory O’Neill (the European drag sensation known as Panti) it’s quickly become the place to be for single people from all over the world looking for love. So, how, exactly, did we end up here marching down the street with a 10′ rainbow flag?

Well prior to getting to the West, we began in California; myself and my two-man film crew of Brandon Riley Miller and Steven Lynn. We will be filming the premiere episode of Season Two of my Free Speech TV show Karel: Life In Segments.

This trip begins as any other, trying desperately to fit broadcast and play clothes into one bag, one carry-on and one personal item since airlines now think we should be naked everywhere we go or buy stuff when we arrive. I even have a hand-held baggage scale so there’s no $ 100 or more surprises at the airport for an overweight item.

It’s United from LAX to SFO, a quick and easy enough flight, and then Aer Lingus from SFO all the way to Dublin nonstop. It’s a 10-hour hop, and while the airline does what it can, or at least the staff, let’s be real, anything other than Business or First Class is steerage these days on almost any airline: the seats are always too small, there’s never enough overhead space or legroom, the person in front is too close… very few airlines care about the true comfort of their coach passengers anymore and most treat them almost like a bother. Aer Lingus is a little better than many, the food is nicely presented, the entertainment options varied, the staff courteous and it maintains affordable pricing, but space is what most people need more of in coach — not ginger ale — and no airline, save Virgin (which is premium) really provides it. It’s the price we pay for the experience, the journey. And the price we pay for not demanding better from all air carriers, who all seem to be on an austerity package these days; life behind the most classist curtain in the world, the one that separates the nice part from the rest, is now just something to endure as best as one can no matter the airline.

But it doesn’t matter, because you’re going to Ireland and once there the 10 hours is quickly forgotten, wiped away by one of the most welcoming cultures and beautiful islands in the world.

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A Group of LGBT media figures from around the world arrive in Dublin for a historic walking tour, starting at the monument to Oscar Wilde. Photo: Failte Ireland

We land in Dublin and are whisked to the Morgan Hotel in the Temple Bar. It’s a lovely boutique style hotel, right in the thick of the party. Now, if you like being right in the thick of the party, this is the place; the rooms are elegantly appointed, the breakfast / bar dining area trendy but beautiful, it’s almost like a modern art museum that functions as a hotel.

Temple Bar is the place for drinking and dining, definitely the most popular in Dublin. I tend to visit once or twice while in town but stay out of it for the most part. I’m 52 now, and drinking age starts at 18 in Ireland; don’t get me wrong, I can club with the best of them, but this is the place youth from all over Europe come to watch a match, have a pint or four, and be in Ireland. It gets crazy beyond belief, while just around the edges are other hotels, eateries and pubs that still have the feel but not quite the crowd. Even Bono co-owns one right across the River Liffey, The Clarence Hotel, and we were taken to it for the Liquor Rooms, a downstairs speakeasy-type bar one would expect Bono to co-own.

Avenue is the latest restaurant from Nick Munier. Mr. Munier is co-presenter of Master Chef Ireland as well as one of the stars of Hell’s Kitchen in the UK. The food is presented like it’s right off of television, yet affordably priced for the quality and style of the cuisine. And the waiters are easy on the eye as well.

Panti joined us at dinner to discuss the Outing and what we could expect in the West.

“Lisdoonvarna has been doing the matchmaking festival for, well, forever,” he laughed. “People would come down from the surrounding hills or in from the other counties in the west each year for a matchmaking festival that lasts six weeks. Well, three years ago Eddie (McGuinness) and a few others decided it’s time to take over the last weekend and focus on matching up members of the LGBT community!”

That’s a big jump for the West and big jump for a country that just decriminalized homosexuality in 1993. Since then, there’s been the marriage referendum, in which McGuinness and Panti would play an enormous part, where the country voted and became the first in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by such a vote.

In fact, Ireland’s gay history is a violent one, plagued with violence against members of the LGBT community; it’s a story that’s played out in country after country, and one activist Tonie Walsh witnessed firsthand.

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Tonie Walsh gives visiting media figures a historic GLBT history tour of Dublin. Photo: Brandon Riley Miller

“I think the thing that perhaps is closest to your Stonewall would be the Declan Flynn murder in September of 1982,” Walsh told the group of journalists as we walked around Dublin on a LGBT walking tour headed by Walsh. “He was brutally murdered and the defense of the assailants was basically we were doing the city a favor by cleaning up the perverts from the park,” he went on, the pain of the memory evident. “The judge accepted the defense, issued suspended manslaughter sentences and in response, we had a rally, The Fairview Park Protest March on March 19th, 1983, the following year, one of the first of its kind; this march is where we rallied through the streets, right past the assailants, to show our outrage. That incident sparked, and continued to fan the flames that had been burning and helped lead up to the decriminalization, after over 330 years, of being gay in Ireland finally in 1993.”

Walsh was quick to point out another friend, Charles Self, an RTE Employee, was also stabbed to death in 1981; his murder is unresolved to this day but led to the founding of the Dublin Lesbian and Gay Men’s Collective.

Walsh is a survivor of the movement, someone who, along with a small group of others, helped start community centers, helped raise awareness and helped begin showing to Ireland, and the world, that there is a heritage, a GLBT heritage in Ireland, of Irish gay men, women, trans and more.

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Tonie Walsh with Karel in background in Dublin on the GLBT Historic walking tour. Photo Brandon Riley Miller

“The idea that we are going out West tomorrow to the Outing, well, it’s just incredible,” Walsh continued. “Before, you just weren’t visible in rural Ireland if you were gay. You just couldn’t be. You stayed hidden. This now gives those people a place to go, to be, to come out and to be recognized,” he added.

Our fight is like so many other in so many other countries, then, and now. And as Ireland begins to come into the new age of LGBT rights, we must remember those in Russia and other places that are still horribly oppressed, remember what it was like for us, here, and stretch out our hand in support, friendship and even in offers of asylum for those that need it based on gender or sexuality issues.

Yes, he still very much has a mission, this marvel of activism in Ireland.

Panti has opened a club on Capel St., so many go off for a night cap. My Day One ends with the crew and I checking in and calling it a night. In the morning, it’s on the coach to Lisdoonvarna and The Outing, with a few sights along the way.

I sit at the Morgan and reflect on all Walsh, McGuinness and Panti have told us just in one day. I look at Dublin, a city I’ve seen 13 times over 20 years, and I think, right under my nose, as I was coming here, this place changed greatly, quickly, positively for the GLBT community. As the Pope is meeting with Kim Davis in my country, the sign of bigotry, in my country, here, the spirit of welcome has been sent to the world’s gay community, and a sense of home and acceptance is being felt by the members of Ireland’s GLBT community because of all this movement. It’s a miraculous thing to be not only a witness to history, but to be experiencing it firsthand.

I turn on the TV and hear all the news America isn’t: How we are basically responsible for the refugee crisis in Syria and Afghanistan that Europe is facing, how our Middle East Policy has failed and how the “era of American exceptionalism” is coming to an end. I hear bewilderment about our gun laws as they report on yet another mass shooting in my nation and I turn it off, knowing all those topics will be there later.

But tomorrow, it’s going to be #AllAboutLove and one crazy bus trip to the West.

Next: The Celtic Rider to the West and Lisdoonvarna’s The Outing !

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Janet Jackson Makes History With Seventh No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

Janet Jackson returned to the greatness she was accustomed to last week when she released her eleventh studio album, the Hip-Hop boosted Unbreakable.

The release has now become her seventh No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and puts her in the distinction of having a top album in each of the last four decades.

Reports Billboard:

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Oct. 24-dated chart (where Jackson is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s Web sites on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Unbreakable — which was released on Oct. 2 — arrives atop the chart with 116,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, the set sold 109,000 in pure album sales.

Unbreakable is Jackson’s first studio album since 2008’s Discipline, which also debuted at No. 1. Jackson previously led the list with All For You (2001), The Velvet Rope (1997), janet. (1993), Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) and Control (1986).

Among women with the most No. 1 albums, Jackson has the third-most leaders. Only Barbra Streisand (with 10) and Madonna (eight) have more.

Streisand and Jackson are also in rare company: along with Bruce Springsteen, the three performers are the only acts with No. 1 albums in the last four decades: ’10s, ’00s, ‘90s and ’80s.

Unbreakable is also Jackson’s first independently distributed album, and it was released on her own Rhythm Nation label through BMG. The set also starts at No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart.

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Drake & Future’s ‘WATTBA’ Suffers One Of The Worst Sales Drops In Hip Hop History

(AllHipHop News) It appears all the hype over Drake and Future’s collaborative project What A Time To Be Alive is waning. Drizzy Hendrix had the internet going crazy as speculation something big was coming from the two stars, and when WATTBA finally hit iTunes fans gave the project one of the biggest sales weeks of the year (334,000 pure albums).

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However, week 2 was not as big for Drake and Future. The project pushed just 65,000 copies in its sophomore week. That accounts for an 81% drop in sales, one of the worst declines for a #1 album from a debut week to a second week in Hip Hop history.

Other top-selling albums to see a significant fall in sales its next week are Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park (83% –  144,000 to 25,000), Kanye West’s Yeezus (80% – 327,000 to 65,000), Jay Z’s Kingdom Come (79% – 680,000 to 140,000), and Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (78% – 496,000 to 108,000).

Drake and Future were able to remain in the Top 5 in their second week. Thanks in part to streaming totals, What A Time landed at #2. Fetty Wap’s self-titled album is currently at #1.

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Rhiannon Giddens Pieces Together History In Her New Video

The Carolina Chocolate Drops singer and multi-instrumentalist transforms an old folk song into something intriguing, infectious and downright sexy.

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The History Behind Assassin’s Creed III – Peter Chapman

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The History Behind Assassin’s Creed III

Peter Chapman

Genre: Games

Publish Date: July 26, 2012

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How LGBT History Can Inspire Hope, Support Health, and Even Prevent HIV

“A people deserves a history.”

That’s how Larry Kramer–Tony and Emmy-winning playwright, author, and America’s best-known HIV/AIDS activist–spoke about the just-released first volume of his two-volume novel The American People. Kramer has labored over the book for decades, fine-tuning his sometimes fanciful American history from a gay point of view.

“I want every gay person to be aware of our history,” Kramer told me, “whether or not I’ve fictionalized it.”

He added, “You should know your history. I want gay history taught in schools. And they don’t teach it.”

I interviewed Kramer in his Manhattan apartment on July 29 for the Los Angeles Review of Books and for my forthcoming book about building gay men’s resilience.

Being familiar with, and drawing inspiration from, our history as LGBT people can contribute tremendously to our personal resilience.

We are heirs of what I call “LGBT America’s heroic legacy,” the acts and words of men and women who chose to stand up for their humanity, integrity, and fully equal American citizenship–rather than accept the shame and silence they were told was their lot in life for being “different.”

They often paid a steep price: Diagnosed by psychiatrists as mentally ill because they weren’t heterosexual. Condemned by religious institutions. Disowned by families. Even left to fend for themselves in the face of a terrifying new disease called AIDS.

Before President Ronald Reagan’s health department in 1982 declared AIDS the nation’s “number one health priority,” Larry Kramer and five other gay men in New York began raising money for research and formed Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first–and still largest–organization to advocate and care for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Nursing homes, used to caring for elderly patients, were not prepared in the early eighties (or today) to care for young men in their twenties, thirties, and forties. So gay men and their friends created from scratch a parallel network of health care and social service organizations, like GMHC, to care for their own.

Back then advocacy included arguing with ambulance drivers to take deathly sick people with AIDS–mainly gay men–to the hospital. Care meant doing errands and arranging doctor visits for clients who were terminally ill, at some stage of cancer, dementia, or pneumocystis pneumonia.

By the end of 2011, HIV/AIDS had already killed an estimated 311,087 gay and bisexual American men. Fifty-seven percent of the estimated 500,022 persons living with an HIV diagnosis at the time were gay and bisexual men.

Two-thirds of all Americans living with HIV, and newly infected each year, are still gay and bisexual men–even though we account for only an estimated two percent of the population. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Black gay and bisexual men accounted for the largest number of new infections (10,600, or 36 percent) in 2010. Among them, young black males between age 13 to 24 made up nearly half the total–a 20 percent increase from 2008.

For any of us who lived through the dark years of the 1980s–and particularly for those of us living with HIV, including myself–despair can seem a natural response to numbers like these.

They certainly make one thing very clear: America is still failing to stop the spread of HIV and is far from achieving the ‘AIDS-free generation’ envisioned by the Obama administration.

As I examine HIV prevention education aimed at gay and bisexual men for my new book, one thing is clear: to work, prevention education must go beyond PrEP and condoms. It has to address the drivers of risk behavior–the feelings and needs in our hearts and minds that compel us to engage in sex the way we do, even to attribute meaning to particular sexual acts.

Earlier prevention efforts, growing out of a desperate wish to arrest the spread of HIV as quickly as possible, were based on a “deficit” model. They told us simply “use a condom every time.” No questions asked. They assumed we couldn’t be trusted to make healthy choices based on factual information, and frequently invoked fear to douse our libidos.

Newer efforts, in contrast, draw upon what is referred to as a “strength-based” or “resilience-based” model, aimed at strengthening our confidence, pride and resilience.

Starting from a place of respect and validation, these interventions work essentially to build hope. Their premise is simple, really: Men who are hopeful about their future will naturally want to protect themselves to be here for it and healthy enough to enjoy it.

“You’ve got to give them hope,” is how Harvey Milk, America’s first openly gay elected official, put it in a 1978 speech. Milk understood that inspiring hope in a gay boy’s heart could mean the difference between a happy future–and suicide.

In this LGBT History Month, claiming as our own the powerful legacy of people like Harvey Milk and Larry Kramer, who stood up and now stand out in our history, offers a powerful source of hope and resilience, a solid foundation for HIV prevention and for good health.

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Viola Davis Makes History, Tracy Morgan Makes His Return & ‘Bessie’ Wins At 2015 Emmy Awards (VIDEOS)

(AllHipHop News) It took 67 years, but finally an African-American woman was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The honor went to Viola Davis for her portrayal of Annalise Keating in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder.

[ALSO READ: Report: The Percentage Of Black Actors On ABC, NBC & Fox Is Higher Than The National Population]

“‘In my mind, I see a line, and over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.’ That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800’s,” said Davis during her acceptance speech. “And let me tell you something. The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

The night also saw the return to the Emmys for comedian/actor Tracy Morgan. The star of 30 Rock was involved in a serious car accident in 2014 where he suffered numerous injuries. Morgan took the stage at Microsoft Theater to hand out the award for Outstanding Drama Series.

“I missed you guys so much,” Morgan told the crowd as they gave him a standing ovation. “Thanks to my amazing doctors and the support of my family, my beautiful new wife, I’m here… standing on my own two feet.”

Other winners at the 67th annual Emmy Awards included Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Regina King (American Crime) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie, and Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards) for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

The HBO film Bessie starring Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique took home the award for Outstanding Television Movie. HBO also won the two biggest awards of the night. Game of Thrones received the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and Veep was awarded Outstanding Comedy Series.

[ALSO READ: Queen Latifah & Mo’Nique Receive Rave Reviews For HBO Biopic “Bessie”]

Watch Viola Davis’ acceptance speech and Tracy Morgan’s return in the videos below.


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History and Practice of the Art of Photography – Henry Hunt Snelling

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History and Practice of the Art of Photography

Henry Hunt Snelling

Genre: Photography

Publish Date: June 24, 1897

Publisher: Public Domain

Seller: Public Domain


Containing all the instructions necessary for the complete practice of the daguerrean and photogenic art, both on metalic plates and on paper.

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When Aaron Spelling Ruled Television: An Oral History of Entertainment’s Prolific, Populist Producer


No one made more of the small screen than this dirt-poor son of Jewish immigrants whose sense of glitz, glam and story spanned ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ ‘The Love Boat’ and ‘Dynasty’ (ABC was nicknamed “Aaron’s Broadcasting Company”) and is recalled here by family, stars and colleagues as a man who “rooted for the underdog.”

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H.I.T.M. – EP – History In The Making

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History In The Making

Genre: R&B/Soul

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Release Date: September 18, 2015

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The Ricky Gervais Guide to… NATURAL HISTORY (Unabridged) – Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant & Karl Pilkington

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The Ricky Gervais Guide to… NATURAL HISTORY (Unabridged)

Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant & Karl Pilkington

Genre: Comedy

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Publish Date: January 20, 2009

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History of Rap 6 Is Here! Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Are At It Again on The Tonight Show

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Sydney Pollack’s ‘Amazing Grace’: The Tortured 4-Decade History of the Film Aretha Franklin Wants to Stop


In 1972, the director spent two days in a Watts church filming Franklin recording her historic gospel album. But he forgot to sync the sound. Now, after 43 years, the film is finally ready to be seen — if Franklin’s lawsuit doesnt stop it.

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Evelina, Or, the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World – Fanny Burney

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Evelina, Or, the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World

Fanny Burney

Genre: Theater

Publish Date: June 19, 2012

Publisher: Public Domain

Seller: Public Domain


Evelina is a country girl who comes to the big city and makes every possible faux pas. Along the way she faces near incest, a bitch of a grandmother, other embarrassing relatives, near rape, clinging prostitutes, and a mischievous monkey. Evelina learns how to navigate the complex layers of 18th century society and earn the love of a distinguished nobleman.

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Lil Wayne In New Orleans: Hot Boys, History And Homecoming

The show was improbable and internal — a roster of cameos reflecting the city’s tradition of bounce music and Cash Money Records — and its ringleader was a local superstar happy to share the stage.

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As Much As I Can, As Black As I Am: The Queer History of Grace Jones

Grace Jones is perched on a ledge above the dancefloor of New York’s 12 West, the state-of-the-art, members-only gay disco, about to take the stage for one her first performances. The year is 1977, and no one is prepared for what’s about to hit them.

Tom Moulton, father of the dance mix and Jones’ early producer, describes the scene: “All of a sudden the spotlight hits her. She starts singing ‘I Need a Man’, and the place goes crazy. After she finishes, she goes, ‘I don’t know about you, honey, but I need a fucking man!’ Talk about a room-worker.Whatever it takes. She was so determined.”

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