Canadian doc Rumble exposes unheralded influence of Native American musicians

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The song kicks off the documentary “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World,” from Montreal-based filmmakers Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana, which has its world premiere Sunday in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and will air on The Movie Network later this year. “That’s the secret sauce, this hidden gem of a story,” Bainbridge said of how “these incredible icons” inspired so many famous performers seen in the documentary. Many of them agreed to appear in “Rumble” because of their friendship with the film’s executive producer, guitarist Stevie Salas. “Where in this day and age can you find things that are hidden?” said Bainbridge, whose award-winning documentary “Reel Injun” explored the portrayal of Native Americans in movies and on TV. Having seen “Reel Injun,” Salas approached Rezolution Pictures — which was founded by Bainbridge and her husband Ernest Webb — about using the Smithsonian exhibit as an inspiration for a documentary. Through archival footage and powerful performances, indigenous artists are acknowledged as influences by more than three dozen marquee performers, including crooner Tony Bennett, funk father George Clinton, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and proto-punk legend Iggy Pop. The documentary explores the often-unheralded contributions of Native Americans in shaping popular song. Wray was a Shawnee Native American but few people were aware of his background. Like him, many of the musicians profiled in “Rumble” either kept their heritage secret or downplayed it, fearing racist backlash. Advertisement Whether the musicians in “Rumble” talked about their backgrounds or not, their heritage influenced the work, including 1920s Delta bluesman Charley Patton, “Queen of Swing” Mildred Bailey, rock legend Jimi Hendrix and guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, who worked with blues musician Taj Mahal, John Lennon and the Rolling Stones. Salas said he had no idea there were so many Native musicians until he was interviewed by Canadian writer Brian Wright-McLeod for his 2004 book “The Encyclopedia of Native Music.” Facebook “It was a learning experience for many,” Salas said. “When I was a kid, my first band was (playing with) Rod Stewart, just out of high school. I didn’t look like everybody else. I’m an Apache Indian. I was looking around, how come there’s no Indians playing rock ‘n’ roll?” “I knew nothing about Link Wray and the influence that he had,” said Bainbridge. “Musicians know these people and how influential they are. It’s time other people knew.” They were the power chords that sparked a musical revolution: three growling, fuzzy blasts that made Link Wray’s 1958 banned-by-radio instrumental “Rumble” a rule-breaking inspiration for rock guitarists who followed. Salas teamed with Tim Johnson (also an executive producer on “Rumble”) to create “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture,” an exhibit for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. It was named for the 1982 hit song co-written by Canadian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, who also appears in “Rumble.” Twitter Login/Register With: Guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson of the Band shares childhood memories of time he spent on the Brantford, Ont.-area Six Nations of the Grand River reserve with his mother’s family. He was advised: “Be proud you are Indian; but be careful who you tell.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Lisa Gersh Named COO and President of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

first_imgGersh is also expected to join the board of directors in the “near future”. In addition to Gersh’s hire, Blackstone Advisory Partners have been retained to “review and respond” to companies interested in investing and/or partnering with MSLO, as well as “exploring other opportunities”, according to a company release. Of this decision, Martha Stewart says, “As the founder and largest stockholder, I fully support this initiative to take our business and iconic brand to the next level.” In 2009, Wenda Harris Millard stepped down from her role as co-CEO, where she worked in tandem with Robin Marino. Until Gersh, there was no replacement named. Lisa Gersh has been tapped as president and chief operating officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO), effective June 6.Gersh will report to Charles Koppelman, executive chairman and principal executive officer, and will be in charge of day-to-day business operations. A succession plan has also been put in place, with Gersh being integrated into the company and set to become CEO within 12-20 months of her hire.center_img MSLO also announced today that Martha Stewart herself is slated to rejoin the board of directors in the third quarter of 2011. After being convicted in 2004 and a settlement of charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2006, Stewart was barred from being a director or officer in the public company for five years. In other MSLO news, Patsy Pollack has been named senior executive vice president, in charge of lead merchandising business, succeeding Marino. Pollack has been with the company since 2008; before this, she was CEO of Donna Karan Home. In the first quarter of 2011, MSLO publishing revenue was up to $34.66 million from $31.36 in the first quarter of 2010. However, broadcasting fell for to $7.76 million in first quarter 2011 from $12.09 million in first quarter 2010.Update – On May 25, the day Gersh’s hire was announced, MSLO stock was up by 90 cents (+23 percent) to $4.67 per share. Currently, MSLO stock is down 1.5 percent, at $4.60 per share.last_img read more

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16 candidates in final poll fray for Darjeeling

first_imgDarjeeling: The final tally of candidates in the poll fray from the Darjeeling constituency now stands at 16. Owing to the number of candidates, two balloting units of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) have to be placed in each polling booth of the constituency.21 persons had filed their nominations for the Darjeeling constituency seat. During scrutiny, the candidature of Maheswari Barman and Wajed Ali, both independent candidates, was rejected. While Barman did not deposit DCR cash, Ali’s papers were incomplete. Meanwhile, three candidates, namely Pawan Agarwal, R B Rai and Swaraj Thapa, have withdrawn their nominations. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We have 16 candidates in this constituency and hence two balloting units will be provided in each booth,” stated Joyoshi Das Gupta, District Election Officer and District Magistrate. There are 1,899 booths in the constituency. Election symbols for the candidates were also allotted on Friday. The day also saw CPRM candidate RB Rai and independent candidate Swaraj Thapa withdrawing their nominations. While talking to media persons, Thapa stated: “My nomination was a symbolic protest against the idea of repeatedly foisting outsiders for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe added that after he had filed his candidature, he had taken up the exercise to unite the Hill regional parties and decide on a consensus candidate from the candidates who were in the poll fray. “I had approached all regional parties along with the Congress and CPI(M). However, owing to time constraint, this could not materialise,” said Thapa. Nearly a month ago, the CPRM, while still in the exercise to unite the Hill regional parties and field a consensus candidate, had unilaterally announced the name of R B Rai. “Just to save a fractured mandate we withdrew our candidate. We are holding dialogues with national parties and regional parties. In the next few days we will announce our support to a party or coalition,” stated Govind Chettri, CPRM spokesperson.last_img read more

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The November 2018 release of Visual Studio code v130 is now available

first_imgThe November 2018 release of Visual Studio code (version 1.30) is now available. This version has multiline search improvements, custom tile bars for Linux, a simplified debug configuration and other changes. We take a look at the major updates in the November 2018 of Visual studio code. Multiline search input In the October release, support for multiline search was added. Now, the search UX has been improved for easier usage. Users can search with multiline text without writing a regular expression. Press Shift+Enter in the search box to insert a newline. The search box will grow to show the full multiline query. Users can also copy paste multiple lines from the editor into the search box. Custom title and menu bar on Linux by default The accessibility and themability of menus has been improving over the past releases on Windows through the custom title and menu bar. This was optionally available on Linux, it will now be enabled by default. You can use the native title bar by setting the window.titleBarStyle to native. References view The References view has moved out of preview and is now available generally. There are two commands: Find All References: Opens the References view. Peek References: Opens references in a Peek view. Hidden on startup, the References view will remain visible once it has been used. When all search results are cleared, a history of previous searches is shown. Snippet comment variables New snippet variables are available that insert line or block comments to honor the current language. BLOCK_COMMENT_START and BLOCK_COMMENT_END for using block comments and LINE_COMMENT for lines. JavaScript and TypeScript callbacks look better Any JavaScript and TypeScript anonymous callbacks were previously labeled as . This was in the Outline view, breadcrumbs view, and document symbol list. Due to this, it was impossible to tell which function a developer was really after. TypeScript 3.2+ allows VS Code to display more context for callback functions, so now they can be differentiated from one another. Markdown elements in JSDoc comments are highlighted Fenced code blocks and other Markdown elements within JSDoc blocks are now syntax-highlighted. Initial debug configuration is simplified In this release, an area of improvement was to simplify the generated launch.json file for the most popular debug extensions. The goal was to encourage users to start and configure debugging. Unnecessary launch configuration attributes were hidden. Using the Quick Pick UI for better user interaction while generating the initial launch.json was also a part of this. Run on folder open A task that users always run on opening a folder can now be configured to run automatically. This can be done by configuring its “runOn” property when that folder is opened. This was done to make sure no one breaks the new strict null checks in the VS Code repository. On adding “runOn”: “folderOpen”, everyone who allows tasks to be run automatically will get markers the strict null check is violated. Install previous versions A previous version of an extension can be used if the current version has problems. An Install Another Version action is provided on an installed extension, on clicking it, a dropdown of available versions is shown. Preview Features HTML custom tags / attributes support is added which allows developers to specify a list of tags and attributes that VS Code loads during startup. Network proxy support for extensions for enabling network proxy support for all extensions by using Http: Proxy Support. Read next Code completion suggestions via IntelliCode comes to C++ in Visual Studio 2019 Microsoft Connect(); 2018 Azure updates: Azure Pipelines extension for Visual Studio Code, GitHub releases and much more! Neuron: An all-inclusive data science extension for Visual Studiolast_img read more

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The ITU has released a new recommendation that it

first_imgThe ITU has released a new recommendation that it says will serve as the basis for a standard for ultra high-definition television (UHDTV).The draft standard, developed by the ITU Radiocommunications Sector’s Study Group 6, has been submitted to ITU administrations for approval. The recommendation lays out a two-step process for the development of UHDTV. The first level of UHDTV picture levels has the equivalent of about 8 megapixels (3 840 x 2 160 image system), more commonly known as 4K, and the next level comes with the equivalent of about 32 megapixels (7 680 x 4 320 image system), more commonly known as 8K.ITU secretary-general Hamadoun Touré said: “UHDTV is an earth-shaking development in the world of television,” Dr Touré said. “Watching UHDTV in the near future will be a breath taking experience, and I look forward to it.”David Wood, chairman of ITU-R Working Party 6C (WP 6C), which developed the draft new recommendation, said: “This is the dawn of a new age for television that will bring unprecedented levels of realism and viewer enjoyment. It’s a historic moment.  Some years will pass before we see these systems in our homes, but come they will.  The die is now cast, thanks to the untiring efforts of the international experts participating in WP6C.”last_img read more

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