Thursday Open Thread ~ Storytelling for Social Change

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Herbie Hancock is an internationally famous American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. As part of Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet, he was one of the primary creators of the “post-bop” sound. Hancock has combined a unique blend of jazz, blues, modern classical music (like Debussy and Ravel), and sheer funk.

Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable sound through a career that spans five decades and includes 14 Grammy® Awards, including 2008 Album of the Year, River: The Joni Letters.

Hancock’s best-known solo works include “Cantaloupe Island”, “Watermelon Man” (later performed by dozens of musicians, including bandleader Mongo Santamaría), “Maiden Voyage”, “Chameleon”, and the singles “I Thought It Was You” and “Rockit”. Recently Hancock was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of Intercultural Dialogue. In 2013 he joined the University of California, Los Angeles faculty as a professor in the UCLA music department where he teaches jazz music.

A Conversation With Herbie Hancock

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QMS's picture

with Tal Wilkenfeld on bass
at Montreux ~ 2013
Chameleon

Intercultural Dialogue indeed!

Thanks philly!

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enhydra lutris's picture

@QMS

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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"Rockit" caused quite a bit of confusion when it came out, relatively early in the MTV/music video era. Wildly creative.

Go Tal! And thanks as well, Philly!

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Twice bitten, permanently shy.

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@usefewersyllables

mechanical instrumental interpretation
can see where linear thinkers may have some
confusion with that little screen play Wink

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@QMS

where mannequin A smacks mannequin B's face into his bowl at the table, over and over and OVER... And the toothpaste not quite going back into the tube...

Face-first into heavy rotation, with heavy-handed (almost brutal) jump-cut editing. I always believed that Hancock was sending a not-so-subtle message about pop culture with some of that imagery. Talk about social change!

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Twice bitten, permanently shy.

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@usefewersyllables

cracked me up too. An almost hurtful laugh at that.
Fun stuff!

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Dems give thumbs up for the idea.

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Raggedy Ann's picture

Let's all not become mentally ill. We all need to reject fear as a way of life, which is what tptb are instilling at every turn.

Enjoy the day! Pleasantry

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"The “jumpers” reminded us that one day we will all face only one choice and that is how we will die, not how we will live." Chris Hedges on 9/11

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2020: A PROPAGANDA MASTERPIECE, PART ONE

A Conversation with Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media Studies at New York University
June 10th, 2021 - Brooklyn, New York

Interviewed by John Kirby

Edited by Francis Karagodins

Researched by Evan Dominguez and Billy Miller

“Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government,” wrote Edward Bernays, the father of modern propaganda. In part one of Episode 17, Mark Crispin Miller, professor of Media Studies at New York University, discusses the propaganda onslaught that defined the year 2020, when what was dismissed one week is confirmed the next, and why questioning official narratives "necessarily means taking ‘conspiracy theory’ seriously."

2020: A PROPAGANDA MASTERPIECE, PART TWO - Divide & Conquer

A Conversation with Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media Studies at New York University
June 10th, 2021 - Brooklyn, New York

Interviewed by John Kirby

Researched and Edited by Francis Karagodins and Evan Dominguez

Illustrated through July 30th, 2021

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society,” wrote Edward Bernays, the father of modern propaganda. In Episode 18 of Perspectives on the Pandemic, “Divide and Conquer”, Professor Mark Crispin Miller discusses in-depth the media’s “conscious and intelligent manipulation” of major events arising after the COVID rollout in the West. From the corporate hijack of the Black Lives Matter movement, to the fraudulent suppression of life-saving Covid treatments, to the “coup” on January 6th, Miller makes the case that the establishment seeks to inflame a fractured country. Masked vs. unmasked, vaxxed vs. unvaxxed, Red vs. Blue: the ultimate losers of this pro-wrestling drama may be both democracy and science.

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be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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n/t

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mimi

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@mimi Well prayed

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Few are guilty, but all are responsible.”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Prophets