“What A Wonderful World” Bernard Fowler Tack>>Head Covers In Black 2011 ((( song)))
— The Beatles The White Album
1967 — The Beatles were living in a Yellow Submarine, in the sky with Lucy and her diamonds. They were working on what would become The White Album, a message of hope and light, as the world slipped into the darkness of 1968. A year of War, Assassination, and reaching The Dark Side Of The Moon.
“Shit, the Beatles were so high, they let Ringo sing a couple of tunes.”
“A Whiter Shade Of Pale” “In The White Room” (Song) The Red Violin (Instrument Through Time) (Instrument Of Change) Gold Top Gibson Les Paul (Guitar) Earl Klugh, Vernon Reid, Captain Kirk Deep Purple (Band) Black Sabbath (Band) Pink Floyd (Band) King Crimson (Band) Agent Orange (Band) Green Day (Band) Blue Cheer (Band) Black Flag (Band) Tangerine Dream (Band) “Deep Purple” (Song) “Artificial Red” (Song) “Blue Sky” (Song) — The Allman Brothers “Yellow Submarine” (Song) “Mellow Yellow” (Song) “Green Tamborine” (Song) “Tangerine” (Song) “Back In Black” (Song)
“Tomorrow Never Knows” Living Colour CollideOscope 2003 ((( song)))
September 24, 2016 — The speech Barack Obama delivered to open the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, was one of the last monumental messages he delivered while president of The United States. Following Obama’s dedication, the celebration continued with Freedom Sounds, the music program that featured an eclectic group of mostly black musicians, of all musical genres and cultures, and spread out on a number of stages set all along the (Washington D.C.) Mall.
Living Colour, Public Enemy, and The Roots closed the show, playing in the shadow of the Washington Monument, next to the new museum, in which all three bands were subjects of exhibitions inside.
“In its own way, Vivid is an open letter to rock & roll itself, a demand for equal time and respect from a music that is Living Colour’s birthright. “Vivid will not change the world single-handedly, but it’s a timely reminder of why it’s always worth trying.” — David FrickeRolling Stone
Vivid is one of the finest hard rock albums of the ’80s – and for that matter, all time.” — Greg Prato for AllMusic.
“The notion of four black musicians playing heavy metal made Vivid newsworthy, and while the black-rock trend was never totally realized, Living Colour made its mark with its music, not its race. Vivid’s fusion of Hardcore, Funk, and Avant-Jazz is a landmark recording regardless of the band being black.” — Michael AzerradBlender
1965 — The BeatlesRubber Soul 1966 — Yardbirds, 1967 — The Rolling Stones “She’s A Rainbow” Their Satanic Majesties Request 1968 — Apollo 8, Earthrise, Dark Side Of The Moon 1969 — Vietnam, Woodstock, Apollo 11, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, 1970 — Bitches Brew, Allman Brothers, Deep Purple In Rock 1971 — Vanishing Point, “Mississippi Queen” 1972 — Machine Head, Steely Dan 1973 — Spectrum Billy Cobham 1974 — “Cosmik Debris” Frank Zappa 1975 — Blow By Blow Jeff Beck 1976 — Cosmic MessengerJean-Luc Ponty Zoot Allures Frank Zappa 1977 — 1978— Saturday Night Fever, Bee Gees (Miami/Tom Dowd), Disco, Punk, and Funk in the middle, “Flashlight” and The Landing of the P-Funk Mothership. Rick James (Dave Chappelle‘s “Bitch”) v. Ron Carter (The Distinguished Gentleman) 1979 — Hip-Hop Happens FM China Syndrome, NO NUKES The Police @ Tomorrowland (Disney), Tom Petty @ UF Homecoming. “The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks””The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks” … Downtown NYC Where the “Jazz” is “Free.” 1980— “Back In Black“(AC/DC) Dec. 8, 1980 — The Day the Music Died Again The Assassination of John Lennon 1981 — 1982— Bad Brains Live @ CBGB 1983 —Herbie Hancock Future Shock 1984 —Blanc Like Me (Keith, Keith, Keith) Leblanc, “No Sell Out” with Betty Shabazz’ blessing, vs. Sugar Hill. 1985—A Band Grows In Brooklyn.
Stepping out of the shadows of Downtown New York City, Vernon Reid and his band, Living Colour, rode a Rock N Roll rocket into the outer limits of musical space.
MTV, Saturday Night Live,Rolling Stones, Steel Wheels, Lollapalooza …
The band burned bright, and travelled into every corner of the musical World … Electronic, Ambient, Punk, Funk, Hard Rock, Metal, Fusion, and Funk … No Sound was out of the Living Colour realm. JAZZIZ? 1986— Major Malfunction
2000— New Millennium Reunion, together again. 2001— In the “Post-Apocalyptic” Area. After 9-11, a recently reunited Living Colour, with renewed verve, and a sharpened edge, Vernon and the band set out to express their point of view. The Honest Truth … Politically, Socially, Musically, and Unapologetically. And then came Fox News and Donald Trump, leading his own White Nationalist “Cult of Personality.”
• The Stoned Age (1994) Bus Boys “There Goes The Neighborhood”Eddie Murphy “48 Hours” Rage Against The Machine Red Hot Chili Peppers Faith No More King’s X — Woodstock ’94 / John Stewart David Sanborn Night Music
I Am The Walrus Corey Glover w/ Galactic (200.) ((( song)))
Did I leave a cigarette lit? Bill Hicks Arizona Bay (1993) ((( opinion)))
A Band Grows In Brooklyn 1985 — A Band Grows In Brooklyn. Out of Downtown New York City’s darkest shadows, Vernon Reid and his band Living Colour attracted the attention of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, who punched Living Colour’s E-Ticket to ride.
Living Colour Vernon Reid Corey Glover Will Calhoun Muzz Skillings
Henry Rollins (Black Flag)
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Ice-T (Body Count)
Red Hot Chili Peppers
1992 — Doug Wimbish joins the band. Sugar Hill (Original) Tack>>Head Mick Jagger Joe Satriani Jeff Beck Carly Simon Annie Lennox Madonna … One week in 1992, Doug received call from Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and Seal, all asking Doug to play bass in their bands. Doug said “no” to all, choosing to stay with Living Colour, the band he had recently joined, and begun work on its third record, Stain. Doug’s darker, all-frequency, exploration takes the band in a harder rock direction. Looking back, Doug’s influence could be toward the Grunge that was emanating from Seattle, as Jimi Hendrix did 25 years before.
Despite its virtuosity and critical acclaim, Stain failed to reach the attractive quality of Vivid and Time’s Up, and Vernon decided to dissolve Living Colour, and work on his first solo record, Mistaken Identity. (1996)
2003 — CollideOscope, first Living Colour studio album since the band’s dissolution after Stain (1993)
2000 — After a seven-year hiatus, Living Colour reunited, and prepared to enter the New Millennium, together again.
2001 — In the “Post-Apocalyptic” Area. Living Colour never had more to say after 9-11. With renewed verve and a sharpened edge, Vernon and the band set out to express its opinion, musically, socially, and politically. And then came Fox News and Donald Trump, the anti-American “Cult of Personality.”
Nirvana (Kurt Cobain) Alice In Chains Candlebox Foo Fighters Green River Mad Season “Artificial Red” Melvins Mother Love Bone Mudhoney Pearl Jam Screaming Trees Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun” Temple Of The Dog Singles (The Movie) 1992
Moved by the alarming frequency of gun violence in America, and it so often being against young, unarmed black men by an overly militarized police force, Living Colour released “Who Shot Ya?,” a Biggie Smalls cover, recorded for its (yet-to-be-released) Shade.
And Now? Post-Obama? After-Trump? … Living Colour’s first shot across the right-wing bow was the release of Shade. in 2017.his time the band’s own “Freedom of Expression” is a vociferous fight to defend another (1st) Amendment to the United States Constitution that finds itself under a relentless, “Make America Great Again,” sanctimonious attack.
IN THE BEST OF WAYS, Living Colour is the same kick-ass, rock n roll band from New York City, it was when, with a little help from friend and fan Mick Jagger, it exploded onto the world stage in 1989. The same aggressive band that’s never been shy about howling at the establishment moon.
Paul McCartney has revealed who was cut from the iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ eighth full-length album and acts as one of the best-selling albums of all time.
The album cover featured a wide range of famous faces, including Fred Astaire, Edgar Allan Poe, Bob Dylan, Oscar Wilde, Shirley Temple and Marlon Brando.
While most of these celebrities were happy to appear on the cover for free, McCartney says that there was one actor who wanted a fee.
“We all had a list of favourites. George put in an Indian guru, that’s Yogananda. And Babaji is in there. So we just each put people in that we admired through history, so that was the idea,” he said in a new interview on PaulMcCartney.com.
“There were certain ones we all liked, like Oscar Wilde. Max Miller was a British comedian. And then there’s Stuart [Sutcliffe], who had been our old bass player, who died. Aubrey Beardsley, the artist,” he added.
He then reveals that one of the Bowery Boys “who wouldn’t do it.”
“One of them wanted money for it,” he continued.
“We just wrote to everyone and said, ‘Do you mind?’ Well, at first we didn’t. But the head of EMI, Sir Joseph Lockwood came to my house and complained! He said, ‘This is going to be a nightmare. There are going to be legal battles!’ I said, ‘No, no, no. People are gonna love it! They’re all on the Beatles cover, you know! It’ll be a laugh, they’ll understand.’ He said, ‘No, you’ve got to write to them all.’”
“So we did. We got a letter out: ‘We are planning to do this using your image. Do you mind? Is it okay? Please give us the okay.’ And all of them did, except for one of the Bowery Boys who wanted to cut a deal,” he explained. “And we thought, ‘You know what, we’ve got enough people on here!’”
Where can we find light / In this never-ending shade?
— Amanda Gorman National Youth Poet Laureate reading at President Barack Obama’s second inaugural.
— Amanda Gorman
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