The Life You Give: Ian Anderson *VIII 10 1947

Born Ian Scott Anderson, August 10 1947 in Dunfermline, Scotland, Anderson was interested in music from a young age, gaining influence from his father James' record collection of big band and jazz, as well as early rock & roll by Elvis Presley. The Anderson family later relocated to Blackpool where Ian finished his studies. In… Continue reading The Life You Give: Ian Anderson *VIII 10 1947

Music versus Life

I remember very little of my childhood I can’t recall my parents ever touching meneither to caress, nor to punishI did not know anything about lovetenderness, contact, intimacy, warmthOnly through music did I have a chance to show my feelingsSometimes, when I lie awake at nightI wonder wether I have lived at allIs it the… Continue reading Music versus Life

La Vida Que Das / The Life You Give: Manitas de Plata *VIII 7 1921

When the guitarist Manitas de Plata became an international star in the 1960s, his was the name most widely associated with flamenco. At the time, music was classified as either popular or classical: the term “world music” had not been coined and the wizardry of the Gypsy from the south of France was regarded as… Continue reading La Vida Que Das / The Life You Give: Manitas de Plata *VIII 7 1921

The Life You Give: James Baldwin *VIII 2 1924

James Baldwin, born James Arthur Baldwin on August 2 1924 in New York, New York, is the essayist, novelist, and playwright whose eloquence and passion on the subject of race in America made him an important voice, particularly in the late 1950s and early 1960s, in the United States and, later, through much of western… Continue reading The Life You Give: James Baldwin *VIII 2 1924

Das Leben, das Du Gibst / The Life You Give: Ernst Jandl *VIII 1 1932

A biography in English is at the bottom Der österreichische Schriftsteller zählt zu den renommiertesten Repräsentanten der experimentellen Lyrik. Er hat sich vor allen Dingen einen Namen durch seine witzigen Sprachexperimente gemacht. Diesbezüglich ist seine Lyrik zu nennen, die durch die ausgesuchte Klangqualität an die dadaistische Strömung erinnern. Kennzeichnend für sein Schaffen waren die Experimente… Continue reading Das Leben, das Du Gibst / The Life You Give: Ernst Jandl *VIII 1 1932

The Life You Give: Geddy Lee *VII 29 1953

Few hard rock bassists have been as influential as Rush's Geddy Lee. Born Gary Weinrib on July 29, 1953, in Toronto, his parents migrated from Europe to Canada and got his nickname "Geddy" from when his mother would try to pronounce "Gary" in her accent. Taking up bass as a teenager and influenced by the… Continue reading The Life You Give: Geddy Lee *VII 29 1953