“In the early to mid-nineteen-sixties, both before and after the Surgeon General issued his famous report on the dangers of tobacco, Mad took on the industry more than any ‘respectable’ magazine. Free from any dependency on advertising, Mad could be fearless, and it was. Its campaign of ridicule was unrelenting.”
“I suspect that lack of critical coverage is one reason why free is treated with suspicion. Free seldom gets reviewed.”
“The removal of a work permit requirement for foreign musical acts, part of the government’s overhaul of the controversial temporary foreign worker program, went largely unnoticed amid a spate of other measures announced last week.”
“Hollywood has a long record of crimes committed against Broadway shows.”
The study finds that, when the pressure is on, worry appears to be a motivating force for neurotic people. “Higher levels of intrinsic motivation in turn predict greater flexibility in idea generation,” the researchers add in the journal Emotion.
Scotland is obviously an enjoyable place to be an artist. You can play in three bands, teach at Glasgow School of Art and show your prints in a pub. Maybe that is, to quote the tattoo Ross Sinclair showed me on his back, “Real Life”. But real art happens when the pubs have closed and someone with the serious mind of a Christine Borland or a Douglas Gordon looks into the bottom of a glass stained with terrible thoughts.
Could authors and publishers be starting to run out of titles? It can look that way…
“Today’s innovations demand that we design with the unknown, the conjectural and the hypothetical in mind. Think about it: even the more complex interactions and interfaces made possible by mobile in recent years focus largely on real-time moments; one frame in the movie of someone’s life. But as personalization and predictive analytics work to anticipate what’s next, the emerging ecosystem will extend into the user’s future.”
“Regional theatres are being targeted by a new live broadcasting scheme that will transmit shows from outside London to cinemas across the UK.” Organizer Quantum Digital “estimates that venues taking part in the programme could expect to earn up to £30,000 per broadcast.”
“As the daughter of a famous musical theatre composer (Richard Rodgers), a musical theatre successful composer herself (Once Upon a Mattress) and the mother of a musical theatre composer (Adam Guettel), [she] held a singular place in the history of the American theatre.”
“Spain returned 691 artefacts, spanning nearly 3,000 years of history, to Colombia on Tuesday. The pieces were recovered by Spanish police during a drug trafficking and money laundering investigation in 2003. Since then, the works have been kept for conservation in Madrid’s Museum of the Americas, where 885 recovered pieces were studied.”
“The average pay of a sample of US orchestras in 2013 and 2014 makes jaw-dropping reading for anyone in a British orchestra.” Tom Service argues that the problem is not that U.S. musicians are overpaid.
For 25 years, Peter Richard Conte has playued two 45-minute recitals a day on the Grand Court Organ (said to be the largest musical instrument on Earth) in the old John Wanamaker department store, now a Macy’s, in center city Philadelphia.
The legislation – actually nicknamed the “Anti-Amazon Law” by the French media and lawmakers, and intended to protect the country’s many independent bookstores – forbids any bookseller from offering free shipping along with a 5% discount, already the maximum allowable in France.
“Mr. Rudel was the maestro and the impresario, the principal conductor and the director of City Opera for 22 years (1957-79), working in the orchestra pit while running the company on shoestring budgets, signing contracts, casting productions and nurturing young singers like José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes and Beverly Sills.”
“The number of people using websites and apps to find out about the news has overtaken the number reading printed newspapers for the same purpose in the UK, according to the country’s media watchdog.”
Whatever the reason, the “Macdonald” viola — a rare Stradivari viola once owned and played by Peter Schidlof of the Amadeus Quartet — failed to attract a buyer when a sealed-bid sale came to an end on Wednesday and no one had offered to pay the record $45 million asking price.
Music, like much else, has become globalised, drawing from different times and places. As Bryce Dessner puts it, “You can’t really say, that’s a guy from a rock band who writes classical music. You should say the opposite: Jonny Greenwood was a classical violist who became a guitarist with Radiohead.”
“In a case with far-reaching implications for the entertainment and technology business, the United States Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that Aereo, a television streaming service, had violated copyright laws by capturing broadcast signals on miniature antennas and delivering them to subscribers for a fee.”