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A Bookstore Caturday

As our semester draws to a close, we have more time to continue processing the massive, multi-year donation of our friend and benefactor Jerry Buff, and as we do, we keep pulling out one small treasure after another. We’ll be sure to showcase some of these throughout the summer.

One of those small treasures is a thin, hand-bound printing of a short story by Jim Burns entitled The Five Senses, printed in 1999 by Graham Moss and Kathy Whalen at their Incline Press in Oldham, England, in an edition of 200 copies. The story concerns Malcolm, the slightly-hapless owner of a bookshop called “The Five Senses” (”He didn’t know why the shop was called that. The name had been there when he bought the business, and it didn’t seem important to change it.”). His bookstore cat, Hadrian, is a peripheral character in the story, but serves as a central and powerful metaphor of constancy and respect for the comfort of tradition. There are only three illustrations in the book, wood engravings by Geri Waddington, and they are all of Hadrian. It becomes clear in the story that it is Hadrian who understands intuitively what is right and proper: “Any human can tell you all about the five senses, but it takes a cat to know the sixth.”

The book was printed on acid-free Zerkall paper in Ehrhardt type, with the title page set appropriately in Hadriano. Our copy is signed by Graham Moss and Geri Waddington.

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On this day in music history: July 25, 1966 - “Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil ‘66”, the debut album by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 is released. Produced by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, it is recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA from May - June 1966. Having originally set his sights on becoming a classical pianist, musician Sergio Mendes begins playing jazz in nightclubs in and around Rio De Janeiro in the late 50’s. While playing these clubs, Mendes meets Antônio Carlos Jobim, regarded by many as one of the fathers of bossa nova. Jobim takes the young musician under his wing. Soon after, Mendes travels to the US in 1962 to play with American jazz musicians and further his own career. After meeting his future attorney and manager Richard Adler, Sergio forms Brasil '65, recording three albums for Atlantic and one for Capitol, all sell poorly. Adler suggests that Mendes put together a new band with two female vocalists singing in both English and Portuguese. While touring in late 1965, Sergio is in Chicago, when he encounters a young singer performing in a coffee house. Lani Hall impresses Mendes so much that he invites her to move to Los Angeles to join his new band. Soon after, he finds singer Bibi Vogel to sing with Hall, as well as musicians Bob Matthews (bass), José Soares (percussion) and João Palma (drums). The new band dubbed Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, audition for various labels, and are turned down by all of them. While holding another audition, A&M Records co-founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss walk in. Alpert is immediately blown away by the band and offer to sign them. After Atlantic releases Mendes from his contract, Brasil '66 begin recording their first album in the Spring of 1966. With Hall nor Vogel actually able to speak Portuguese, Mendes teaches them how to sing in his native language phonetically. A perfect balance of pop and bossa nova songs by prominent American (Henry Mancini, Norman Gimbel), British songwriters (Lennon-McCartney, Newley & Bricusse) and Brazilian composers like Jobim, Baden Powell and Vinícius de Moraes put to Mendes’ arrangements, it does not take long to find an audience. Led by their cover of Jorge Ben’s infectious “Mas Que Nada” (#47 Pop, #4 AC), they become a worldwide sensation. Like iconic bossa nova albums like Stan Getz’s “Getz/Gilberto”, “Jazz Samba” and Antônio Carlos Jobim’s “The Composer of Desafinado, Plays” before it, “Brasil '66” further popularizes the genre. It is the first of eight best selling albums the band release over the next four and a half years. Originally released on CD in 1989, it is remastered and reissued in 2006. The album is also inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2011. “Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66” peaks at number seven on the Billboard Top 200, number two on the Jazz album chart, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

After signing a $1 million dollar contract (approx 19 million in 2017) with“First National” he built his own studio, breaking ground in Autumn 1917, fully completed in 1919

All films from “A Dog’s Life” 1918 through“Limelight” 1952 were produced there. 

Studio still stands today, now “Jim Henson Studios” - 1416 N. La Brea Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

In February 1969, Chaplin Studios were designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The famous 1985 song/video “We Are the World” was recorded there - at that time owned by Music Moguls Herp Albert & Jerry Moss (A&M Records), they helped facilitate the dedication.

NFL Q’s (Revised)

1: What is/are your favorite team(s)?

2: Which is the most intriguing rivalry?

3: Have you ever been to a game?

4: Have you ever met a player?

5: Do you have a favorite picture or video of your team(s)?  Why is this one your favorite?

6: What is your favorite postseason moment?

7: Who is the funniest player?

8: Who is the best coach?

9: Who is the most annoying commentator?

10: Who is your favorite commentator?

11: Which team(s) has/have the most creative mascot?  What makes it so unique?

12: Tom Brady or Peyton Manning?

13: Barry Sanders or Walter Payton?

14: Randy Moss or Jerry Rice?

15: If you could determine a theme or hype song for your team(s), what would it/they be, and why would you choose that particular one?

16: What is the worst decision your franchise has made yet this season?

17: If you could swap lives with one player for a day, who would you choose?

18: If the Super Bowl were taking place today, who do you think would be playing?  Who would win, and why do you think so?

19: Do you prefer Monday, Thursday, or Sunday games?  If Sunday, is there an optimal time?

20: What is your opinion on players requesting their release or to be traded?

21: Name one player who you feel is overrated?

22: Name one player who you feel is underrated?

23: One player that you would trade away from your team(s)?  This is supposed to be difficult.

24: What is your opinion on “shipping” players (referring to the idealism of characters or celebrities as a pair), and do you have any favorite bromances?  List and describe them.

25: Which is more stressful: seeing your team on defense to begin an overtime period or critical, game-deciding, fourth-down attempts?

26: If you could change one rule, which would you choose and how would you change or adjust it?  Would you get rid or it completely?

27: What are your go-to snacks or meals on gameday?  Are there superstitions behind these?

28: If you could trade for any kicker, who would you choose, and why would you do so?

29: If you could trade for any quarterback, who would you choose, and why would you do so?

30: If you could trade for any defender, who would you choose, and why would you do so?

31: In your opinion, does the league hold bias against any one particular team?  If so, which team, and why do you think this is?

32: What is your opinion on the league’s new rule regarding touchbacks on kickoffs?  Does it really make the game safer?

33: What is your favorite pair of siblings currently in the league, and why?

34: Do you know anything about the CBA, and if so, what is your opinion on it?

35: Have you ever attended a postseason game or the Pro Bowl?  If so, how was it?

36: Would you say one conference is more dominant than the other?  If so, which has the advantage, and why do you think that it?

37: It’s obvious that some organizations interact more with fans than others.  In your opinion, which franchise is the most fan-friendly?

38: Do you have a favorite player on another/other team(s)?  If so, who is it, and why are you attracted to that particular player?

39: Do you receive criticism for liking the team(s) that you do.  If so, would you care to describe some of your experiences?

40: What is the best and worst thing about being a football fan?  Bonus: What is the best and worst thing about liking the team(s) that you do?

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Among the covers, “Something” has a particularly personal connection to Alpert. Though it was his partner Jerry Moss who signed George Harrison’s Dark Horse label to A&M for distribution, Alpert developed a friendship with the Beatle, particularly when both were working in the company’s recording studios.

“George was terrific. He was a real human being,” Alpert remembers. “He was a really sweet guy with a lot of talent, and we become friends. I think ‘Something’ is one of the most memorable Beatles songs. I love that melody.”

 - Herb Alpert in an article published today in Billboard. 

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Irving Azoff to Be Saluted at Pre-Grammy Gala
Music industry legend Irving Azoff will be honored at the 2016 Pre-Grammy Gala at the Beverly Hilton, organizers announced today.

Azoff, chairman and CEO Azoff MSG Entertainment, will be presented with the President’s Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and his numerous philanthropic endeavors.

Azoff will join previous recipients which include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Martin Bandier, Sir Richard Branson, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Lucian Grainge, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin, Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Clive Davis.

The action will take place at the 2016 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons event, which will again be presented by Davis and The Recording Academy on Feb. 14, 2016, a day before the 58th Grammy Awards. Sponsors of the invite-only VIP pre-Grammy party are Harman, Hilton, Hyundai and MasterCard.

Throughout his diverse career, Azoff has always been joined by, and continues to represent, the Eagles. And he’s a regular high-flier in the Billboard Power 100, topping the list in 2012 (when he was chairman/CEO Live Nation Entertainment and Front Line Management Group) and landing at No. 3 this year. “The first four decades of Irving Azoff’s career were marked by fearsome advocacy on behalf of his clients that did much to set the parameters of the music industry,” Billboard noted on his inclusion in the 2015 list.

Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy, echoes the sentiment. “This year,” he says in a statement, “we are proud to honor Irving Azoff — a visionary of our industry whose passion and innovation, combined with his championing some of the world’s greatest superstars, has helped to shape the musical landscape for decades.”

thanks for @the4almighty for the heads up

Love the tramp like expression on his face :)

Charlie Chaplin, after signing his $1 million (approx 13 million in 2014) contract with “First National” built his own studio, breaking ground in Autumn 1917, fully completed in 1919.

Studio still stands today,  though called “ Jim Henson Studios” - 1416 N. La Brea Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

In February 1969, Chaplin Studios were designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The famous 1985 song/video “We Are the World” was recorded there - at that time owned by Music Moguls Herp Albert & Jerry Moss (A&M Records)

All of his films from “A Dog’s Life” 1918 - “Limelight” 1952 were produced there. 

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On this day in music history: April 2, 1966 - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass make Billboard chart history when they become the first act to ever place four albums in the Top 10 simultaneously. “Going Places” is at number two, “Whipped Cream (And Other Delights)” is at number three, “South Of The Border” re-enters at number nine, and the TJB’s 1962 debut album “The Lonely Bull” holds at number ten for second week. Eight weeks later, the bands latest release “What Now My Love” tops the Top 200 for nine weeks (non-consecutive). Alpert has at least two or three albums residing in the top 10 simultaneously until January of 1967. The huge windfall these record sales bring allows A&M Records founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss to purchase Charlie Chaplin’s movie studio (built in 1917) at 1416 LaBrea Avenue (near Sunset Blvd) in Hollywood for one million dollars in cash, which become the companies headquarters from 1966 until 1999. The A&M Lot is declared a historic landmark in the city of Hollywood, and today currently operates as Henson Recording Studios, having been purchased by the Jim Henson Company.

Autumn 1917 - Charlie Chaplin breaks ground for Chaplin Studios, the corner of La Brea & De Longpre Avenue, Hollywood. Completion of studio took till 1919.  

Studio still stands today,  though called ” Jim Henson Studios” - 1416 N. La Brea Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

In February 1969, Chaplin Studios were designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.

The famous 1985 song/video “We Are the World” was recorded there - at that time owned by Music Moguls Herp Albert & Jerry Moss (A&M Records)

All of his films from “A Dog’s Life” 1918 - “Limelight” 1952 were produced there.