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A Brief History of Rock and Pop Music

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You may be wondering when exactly did rock/pop music begin? There’s no clear answer to this. Some might say that it started with the advent of rock n roll with Bill Haley and the Comets in 1952. Others would say Elvis, although not the first but surely the original truly global superstar. Yet none of these were really the first. Rock n roll has its roots in blues which has its roots back to the 19th century with black immigrants trying to escape from their slave driven lives. Fast forward to the early 20th. century and some of the earliest recordings on 78 began to appear. Players from this time such as Bobby Jo and Robert Johnson helped to form the structure of early blues

Robert Johnson had recorded only thirty songs during his short life as he was prevented from achieving true fame while alive by being poisoned by a jealous husband. He died shortly before he was being sought to appear at the ‘Spirituals To Swing’ concert in 1938 by record producer John Hammond. As a result, his reputation only took off after Hammond released an album of his recordings for Columbia in the early sixties. Later blues exponents like Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton admitted borrowing heavily from these early stalwarts.

In the 50’s, artists took the basic blues style and used electric guitars, drums and double bass for the first time creating early rock n roll, later known as rockabilly. Stalwarts like Chuck Berry, Buddy Hollie and Jerry Lee Lewis were the most famous protagonists here. Later Elvis in the US and to a lesser extent, Cliff Richard (later leading the Shadows) in the UK brought rock n roll to a truly worldwide audience. This paved the way for the 60’s beat era which could be considered the true beginning of pop music as we know it today, certainly as far as bands were concerned.

In the 50’s and early 60’s, it was mostly lead solo artists with just a backing band. With the advent of the beat era, bands dominated with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys from the US taking the world by storm. Even so, The Beatles later admitted being heavily influenced by those earlier rock n roll and blues artists. They mostly played rock n roll and blues covers at their pre-fame Hamburg concerts. in the early 60’s. The Beatles however, were the first band to successfully blend classical music textures with rock n roll to form perfectly crafted pop songs. While bands like The Rolling Stones continued with the mainly rock n roll theme,

The Beatles took their finely crafted style further in the seminal album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ in 1967 by utilizing new studio techniques and instruments never used before. They used a new instrument called ‘the Melotron’ This was basically a keyboard which played looped tape recordings. of real instruments. The most famous sound from this was probably the flute used on the ‘Strawberry Fields’ single recorded at the same time but later dropped from the album. The Melotron though, was cumbersome and unreliable and had a rather grainy sound. Even so It was regarded as the forerunner of the electronic sampler, invented nearly 20 years later. Infinitely more flexible than the Melotron, the sampler helped build the framework for modern pop,dance and R&B music.

The Beatles ‘Sgt.. Pepper’ album with its groundbreaking recording techniques was preceded the year before by their ‘Revolver’ album. These LP’s helped popularize a new wave in music known as psychedelic or acid rock, named after the mind bending effects of LSD drugs. Pink Floyd also recorded their debut album ‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ in the studio next door at the same time that The Beatles recorded Sgt. Pepper. It was reported that Pink Floyd were a direct influence to The Beatles as a result. This new style incorporated new guitar effects like Fuzz, flanger anger and delays. These were used along side the earliest portable synthesizers such as the therein and mini Moog. invented by Bob Moog.

In America, the Beach boys responded with the ‘Pet sounds’ LP in 1966 and later that year released the first big psychedelic hit ‘Good Vibrations’. About this time, the band ‘Jefferson Airplane’ recorded their debut album which was also the first LP to come out of the new San Franciscan music scene. This got the record industry’s attention and they had two of the earliest psychedelic hits ‘White Rabbit’ and ‘Somebody to Love’ in 1967.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Jim Morrison joined with members of The Psychedelic Rangers and Rick and the Ravens to form ‘The Doors’ They were initially turned down by Columbia but were signed to Electra Records and released their self titled debut LP in 1967. The album included the 7 minute long hit single ‘Light my Fire’ one of the first to break the typical three minute pop and rock song barrier.

Back in Britain, radio broadcasting was very limited because the BBC were the only organization allowed to broadcast on the mainland and had just two pop music shows The Saturday club and Easy Beat Radio Luxembourg partially filled the gap but it was left to pirate radio, broadcast from ships out at sea with DJ John Peel’ which enabled the new style to reach a mass audience, often eclipsing the BBC in popularity. The BBC responded in the end with the advent of Radio 1 in June 1967. With the existing labor government making pirate radio illegal in Britain several months later, Du’s like John Peel rather than risk arrest joined radio 1 which had a much more informal and relaxed style as opposed to the staid and conservative approach favored by the BBC until then. This perfectly suited psychedelic pop and rock and John Peel championed this in his late night shows. playing new genres of music and introducing new and unsigned bands in the Peel sessions. He did this for nearly four decades until his death in 2004.

By the end of the 60’s after the break up of the beatles, mainstream music was about to change direction yet again both in style and fashion.

Analysis of the Writings of Kurt Vonnegut

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Kurt Vonnegut is an American writer-famous for his novel-Slaughter House. He belongs to the generation of modern novelists.

Where We Live

In the narrative ‘where we live’, the writer introduces us to the rustic village called Cod Bay. There is an old library there and a salesman tells the librarian that the Britannica volume is worn out, an old one belonging to the era of 1938. He urges them to purchase a new one.

Harrison Bergson

Harrison Bergson is a writing piece about two people watching television-Hazel and her father Harry. Bergson had been out of prison. The people in the narrative are very emotional and get to talk about the mundane things of life.

Who am I this time?

The author has to take up the role of a theatre director. He discusses with the actors about real life situations which they could adapt in the play. The language that is used is the one of minimalism.

Welcome to the Monkey House

There is a discussion about birth control and ethical suicide as the population of the world is burgeoning. The writ-up is highly exaggerated and too difficult to believe.

Long walk to forever

In this article there is a description of a man and woman who had grown up together. They later meet and the man who is in the army comes to know that the woman is getting married. They have a walk and sort out issues and become reunited as a happy couple.

The Foster Portfolio

In the Foster Portfolio, the protagonist is an avid stock broker and he strikes a deal with a rich buyer named Henry. He is convincing and persuasive and he strikes a ton of a deal.

Miss Temptation

Miss temptation is a description of a voluptuous lady Susana. There are many lechers who stalk her. The story describes the beauty of the woman in ironic humor.

All the King’s Horses

All the King’s Horses is a story of an imprisoned American colonel and his wife. The enemy’s lieutenant engages in a sadistic conversation. He has got an inflated ego and hatred for the Yankees.

Tom Edison’s Shaggy Dog

Tom Edison’s shaggy dog is a writing that focuses on a Labrador. The dog is sensitive and intelligent and the dog always hangs his wet nose on the owner’s ankles. The narrator thinks that the dog had taught him a trick or two about casting winning lots in the stock market.

New Dictionary

In the New Dictionary, the author narrates his fascination about searching for new words in the lexicon. He favors the unabridged one over the abridged one. Dirty words are a treat for the author, a surreal divine forest.

Next Door

Next door is meat that describes a wall separating the dwellings of two families. There is a meek description of family life.

More Stately Mansions

More Stately mansions are a frigid narrative about the life of an aristocratic people. There is a lot of telling about the dwellings in the mansion, its decorations, and its furniture. One can’t be too impressed with the writing.

The Hyannis Port Story

The Hyannis Port Story is a literature in which the protagonist encounters a Commodore. Daily life is thumbed in vigorous prose.

DP

DP is a moving tale that describes an orphanage run by nuns. The children there come from all nationalities. Many of the children are going through an identity crises. They feel the loss of having been abandoned by their parents.

The Barn House Effect

In the Barn House Effect, the author describes the powers of the mind which he defines as dynamo-psychism. The powers of the mind like clairvoyance, telepathy and exist as a hypothetical conjecture.

Architecture Schools – Gaining an Accredited Education

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When looking to pursue a career involving architecture, students can begin gaining the accredited education they need by enrolling in an architecture school or college. Training in this field will allow students to obtain the degree they desire and specialize in certain areas of the field. Receiving an accredited education in architecture will open numerous opportunities for those who wish to gain the skills and knowledge for a successful career. Students have several degree options to choose from and can start the process by learning more about gaining an architectural education.

Architecture

Gaining an education in architecture will allow students to prepare for the career they desire by providing numerous levels of training. Studies can be completed at the bachelor or master degree level. Training will last four years for a bachelor degree, six years for a master degree and will include various topics of study. Coursework may consist of computer aided drafting (CAD), lighting, design drawing, illumination, history of architecture and much more. Training in this area of the field will open numerous career options such as working for:

  • design firms
  • engineering firms
  • commercial builders

…and more. Students can begin the process by enrolling in an accredited facility.

Drafting and Architecture

Enrollment in an accredited school or college will allow students to gain an education in drafting and architecture. Opportunities in this area are available at the associate, bachelor, and master degree levels. Training can require two years for an associate degree, fours years for a bachelor degree, and six years of accredited study for a master degree, and will include the study of various subjects. Training can include courses in technical writing, estimating, computer aided drafting (CAD) and many other relevant subjects. Receiving training in these areas will help student to seek employment with:

  • architect and design firms
  • private companies

…and more. Students who enroll in an architectural training program can prepare for a successful future.

Landscape Architecture

When looking to gain an accredited education in landscape architecture, students can complete the degree program that fits their individual needs and goals. Training is available at the bachelor and master level which can take four to six years for completion. Coursework will vary but may include studies for land surveying, landscaping, vegetation, landscape ecology and much more. Training will prepare students for employment with:

  • businesses
  • design firms
  • individuals

…and much more. Students can begin training today to start the path to an exciting new career in landscape architecture.

Accredited architecture schools and colleges can offer students the best quality education available to them. Numerous accrediting agencies like the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology ( http://www.abet.org/ ) are approved to provide full accreditation to educational training programs that meet certain criteria and requirements. Students can learn more by researching programs and requesting more information in order to find the one that is right for them. Start the path to an exciting and successful career by enrolling in a program and obtaining an accredited degree.

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Rashaad Penny Should Be an NFL First Round Draft Pick

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I recently researched the NFL draft prospects of San Diego State senior running back Rashaad Penny and was shocked by what I found. One writer thought Penny might be a fifth round pick or lower and criticized his speed and power. Others called him a “fringe player” at best. I watched Penny both last year and this year and I also had season tickets during Marshall Faulk’s three seasons at SDSU. They were both great college running backs, but Faulk was a number two overall NFL draft pick and had a Hall of Fame NFL career. Many people don’t think Penny is in the same conversation as Faulk, but Penny has accomplished some things during his college career that Faulk never did. To make my point that Penny should be a number one pick, let me first recount his accomplishments in college to make my case.

To begin with, Penny was NOT a starting running back until his senior season. That may seem like a knock, but the reason why is because the Aztecs number one back for several seasons was the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher, Donnel Pumphrey. Despite that fact that he was the backup runner to Pumphrey in 2016, Penny still gained over 1,000 rushing while Pumphrey gained over 2,000 yards. No NCAA team had ever had both a 2,000 and 1,000 yard rusher on the same team before. Then this season the Aztecs became the only team to have to have two consecutive 2,000 rushing performances by two different players when Penny rushed for 2,295 yards. In his senior year Penny led the nation in rushing, total yards (2,974), and came in second in touchdowns (28). He won multiple honors for Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week as well as Special Teams POW. More honors have rolled in as he has been named to several All-American teams. Anyone can argue that Penny is not a great running back and I would go toe-to-toe with someone on that. However, if you try to argue that he’s not a great returner, don’t even start. Currently Penny is the co-holder for the most kickoff returns for a touchdown in NCAA history. He has seven overall (two this season) and the first time his head coach, Rocky Long, decided to use him as a punt returner Penny took that one to the house. Twice during his senior season Penny had a game when he scored three different ways. From short distance or 100 yards away, Penny finds a way to get into the end zone.

Penny’s last game in an Aztecs uniform came in the Armed Forces Bowl and he didn’t disappoint. Despite the fact that Army’s national leading running attack chewed up most of the clock, Penny made the most of his few chances. On his first official carry of the game he went 81 yards for a touchdown. After seven touches he broke that bowl game’s rushing record. After ten touches he surpassed over 200 yards rushing for the fifth straight time. On his 14th carry he collected his fourth touchdown of the game. However, one of his best plays was when he didn’t even touch the ball. On a short kickoff Penny’s teammate, Juwan Washington, was returning the kick when Penny flattened one of the Army’s finest with a devastating block. He continued to block another cadet into the end zone as Washington scored. Yeah, he can block.

Did I mention that he also caught two passes for TDs as well? Penny may not be ambidextrous, he just looks like it. In the game against Nevada he took a pitch going to his left, stopped, and started to throw a pass left-handed. The receiver was covered so he decided to run instead (for a TD). In the game against Air Force he was running a crossing route from left to right when his quarterback threw the ball high and behind Penny. He just reached back with his right hand and snared the ball one-handed. Yeah, he has great hands.

I wondered what the knock on Penny was and why he was projected to go so low in the draft. One evaluation didn’t even have him in the top 20 rated backs in college. The argument that most would present is competition. The Mountain West Conference had some teams that were terrible at stopping the run. Penny did play against two PAC-12 teams this season and had over 100 yards against both Arizona State and Stanford. However, in both Aztec losses this season Penny failed to rush for over 100 yards. The two sub-par performances were due to poor blocking as there was also bad pass protection in those games as well. In fact, the Aztecs offensive line was young and inexperienced as only one senior was a starter and he missed several games with an injury. I think that it’s actually a tribute to Penny that he gained over 2,000 yards with such an inexperienced line. One other thing: There were several games when Penny was pulled in the third or fourth quarter because the Aztecs were so far ahead. Coach Long doesn’t care about stats during the games. He just wants to win and keep his number one back fresh for the next game. An example would be the San Jose State game when the Aztecs rushed for over 500 yards as a team. Penny only touched the ball once in the second half, which resulted in a long touchdown run that put him over the 200 yard mark. By that time the Aztecs were ahead by 35 points so there was no need to use Penny any more. If he had got the majority of carries in the second half, he might have rushed for 300, maybe 400 yards or more, and got more Heisman attention.

Now to address some other criticisms of Penny: Speed and power. There have been several times this season when Penny broke into the clear and it was a footrace between him and some defensive back. No matter what kind of angle the defender took, Penny outran him to the end zone. During the entire season Penny was only caught from behind once on an ankle tackle in the last game of the regular season. On one kickoff return I thought he would pause and pick up the blocker that was in front of him, but he simply ran by him and the defenders who were nearby. As for Penny power, after some encouragement from his coaches, Penny started turning opposing players into pancakes as well as dragging a linebacker about ten yards on one play. He’s a bull who can fly and that’s a rare combo.

One of the main reasons I think Penny should be a number one pick is that he answers two needs at the same time. Any team that needs a running back and a kickoff returner can get a two-for-one deal and that makes him extremely valuable. Kick returning seems to be a lost art in the NFL as most teams struggle to get returns to the 25 yard line. Penny could change all that for some team next season.

I’ve seen a lot of football in my time and I’ve seen some great backs. I’ve seen LT play for the Chargers. I’ve seen Faulk play for the Aztecs. Penny is as good as those guys and may even be better because he returns kicks and they didn’t. Anyone who saw Penny’s performance against Nevada this season should be convinced of Penny’s potential greatness and how special he is. In that game he had a 70 yard TD run called back for a penalty. Even without that run Penny finished with over 200 yards rushing, over 400 total yards, two TDs on kick returns and four TDs overall. If Penny isn’t a first round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, then some team is going to get an absolute steal when they draft him. If he’s lucky enough to play for a team with a good offensive line, he could become the NFL’s next offensive rookie of the year.

How To Be Famous?

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Wealth and fame compose the temporary axis on which the materialistic sections of the globe revolve. One need not read up on voluminous texts or sign up for prosaic discourses to learn how to be famous. Those with a knack for business have acknowledged the increasing pool of people who want their share of the spotlight, and have constructed routes to being famous.

Before advancing the question of how to be famous? contemplate and decide as to the manner of fame you want. Whether you want short-term fame or long lasting fame, and finalize on your definitions of both. The most obvious path to being famous is to keep doing what you do best. Just as Shakespeare Sigmund Freud, Einstein and Elvis Presley are famous even for decades after mortally quitting the world, people like Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, JK Rowling, Dan Brown, Akon and Shakira will remain in the echelons of the famous for a long time to come. Being capable of composing songs and creating fictional worlds is not a pre-requisite for being famous, having an eye for art and being able to accurately evaluate products and services will also do. Roger Ebert is today a renowned figure because of his ability to critique films.

Although not universally popular, a number of scientists, filmmakers, sociologists, musicians, researchers, naturalists, wine tasters and travel writers attain fame within their niche, and are appreciated. The managing and editorial teams of magazines and TV shows, and the crews of multi-million-dollar films are all famous in their own way. Entertainers like stand-up comedian Russell Peters and sports persons are all people who are famous for their immense talent and potential.

There are, however, tickets to overnight fame. Reality TV, as any self-respecting citizen of the globe (those sections with access to technology, at least) will tell you, is among the most accepted routes to instantaneous game. American Idols Kelly Clarkson, Britain's Got Talent, Susan Boyle and Big Brother's Jade Goody (and her tiff with Indian actress Shilpa Shetty) are all living examples of the power of reality TV. Innumerable reality shows that encourage talent and intellect have been designed in countries across that globe, and the participants of these shows become household names who never need to wonder how to be famous?

Other method of becoming famous is by inventing something irrefutably unique and catchy. Inventors and researchers who make a path-breaking discovery are all also famous, albeit in comparatively smaller circles. But if you have with you a product of your design that can evoke interest in millions, then you are definitely on your way to being famous.

Social media is a tool that helps people propel themselves to the corridors of fame. Attracting traffic to blogs and making your Facebook and Twitter pages the subject of discussion are fail proof techniques of attaining fame. You will need to be aware of various marketing strategies to market yourself and your page, and once you attract considering traffic, there is no turning back.

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How To Be Famous?

A different point of view

Wealth and fame compose the temporary axis on which the materialistic sections of the globe revolve. One need not read up on voluminous texts or sign up for prosaic discourses to learn how to be famous. Those with a knack for business have acknowledged the increasing pool of people who want their share of the spotlight, and have constructed routes to being famous.

Before advancing the question of how to be famous? contemplate and decide as to the manner of fame you want. Whether you want short-term fame or long lasting fame, and finalize on your definitions of both. The most obvious path to being famous is to keep doing what you do best. Just as Shakespeare Sigmund Freud, Einstein and Elvis Presley are famous even for decades after mortally quitting the world, people like Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, JK Rowling, Dan Brown, Akon and Shakira will remain in the echelons of the famous for a long time to come. Being capable of composing songs and creating fictional worlds is not a pre-requisite for being famous, having an eye for art and being able to accurately evaluate products and services will also do. Roger Ebert is today a renowned figure because of his ability to critique films.

Although not universally popular, a number of scientists, filmmakers, sociologists, musicians, researchers, naturalists, wine tasters and travel writers attain fame within their niche, and are appreciated. The managing and editorial teams of magazines and TV shows, and the crews of multi-million-dollar films are all famous in their own way. Entertainers like stand-up comedian Russell Peters and sports persons are all people who are famous for their immense talent and potential.

There are, however, tickets to overnight fame. Reality TV, as any self-respecting citizen of the globe (those sections with access to technology, at least) will tell you, is among the most accepted routes to instantaneous game. American Idols Kelly Clarkson, Britain's Got Talent, Susan Boyle and Big Brother's Jade Goody (and her tiff with Indian actress Shilpa Shetty) are all living examples of the power of reality TV. Innumerable reality shows that encourage talent and intellect have been designed in countries across that globe, and the participants of these shows become household names who never need to wonder how to be famous?

Other method of becoming famous is by inventing something irrefutably unique and catchy. Inventors and researchers who make a path-breaking discovery are all also famous, albeit in comparatively smaller circles. But if you have with you a product of your design that can evoke interest in millions, then you are definitely on your way to being famous.

Social media is a tool that helps people propel themselves to the corridors of fame. Attracting traffic to blogs and making your Facebook and Twitter pages the subject of discussion are fail proof techniques of attaining fame. You will need to be aware of various marketing strategies to market yourself and your page, and once you attract considering traffic, there is no turning back.

If you would like to find out how I made my fortune and became famous CLICK HERE .