Following the Civil War, black Americans, through employment as musicians playing European music in military bands, developed new musical styles such as ragtime and what would become known as jazz. In developing this latter musical form, African Americans contributed knowledge of the sophisticated polyrhythmic structure of the dance and folk music of peoples across western and sub-Saharan Africa. Together, these musical forms had a wide-ranging and profound influence over the development of music within the United States and around the world during the 20th century.
Remembering the influence of black artists in American music.
Barefoot and oh so cute
“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it."
- Robin Williams [July 29th 1951 - August 11th 2014]
Helen Mirren poses for James Mason / Michael Powell’s Age of Consent (1969)
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
(Dead Poets Society, 1989)
Brigitte Bardot worships the sun in 1963’s Contempt. Darling, that’s not quite how you read a book…
It truly is an art form
Eva Green at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, May 17, 2014
Vintage 1973 Tits Lunchbox
" won’t you be the talk of school cafeteria at lunchtime "