Larry Knechtel, Bread memberDeaths elsewhere | - CharlotteObserver.com
Larry Knechtel, a member of the '70s soft-rock group Bread who had a wide-ranging career as a studio musician, died Thursday at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Wash. He was 69.
A hospital official would not give a cause of death, but a report in the Yakima Herald-Republic said he apparently had a heart attack.
Knechtel played keyboards, bass guitar and harmonica in the Wrecking Crew, a group of Los Angeles studio musicians whose members included future headliners Glen Campbell and Leon Russell.
Knechtel played with Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, The Mamas & the Papas and many others. He won a Grammy in 1970 for best arrangement accompanying vocalists for “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel.
In 1971, he joined Bread after its second album.
Knechtel played on the Dixie Chicks' “Taking the Long Way” album and toured with the group in 2006.
Gordon Woods, cloning scientist
Gordon Woods, a veterinary scientist who helped create Idaho Gem, the world's first cloned mule, has died unexpectedly at 57. No cause of death was released.
“He was a brilliant scientist,” said Dirk Vanderwall, who worked with Woods on the mule-cloning project at the University of Idaho. “Over the last 30 years he's conducted groundbreaking research in several different areas.”
In 2003, Woods, Vanderwall and Ken White of Utah State University led a team that cloned Idaho Gem as part of a project to aid understanding of human diseases.
The mule, one of three produced at the university, went on do well on the mule-racing circuit in Nevada and California. Associated Press
John E. Carter, R&B singer
Lead tenor John E. Carter performed with two important R&B groups: the Flamingos and the Dells.
Because of that, he, along with such luminaries as John Lennon, is one of the few artists who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Carter, 75 – best known for the Dells' hit “Oh, What A Night” – died of lung cancer Thursday at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Ill., according to his family.
Carter first found fame with the Flamingos, a doo-wop group he formed at age 18 in 1952.
The group eventually had nine national hits.
In 1960 he joined the Dells. The group's breakthrough came a year later when it was hired as a backup band for Dinah Washington, with whom it toured for two years.
“Oh, What A Night” was inspired by a party thrown for the band and was originally recorded in 1956, before Carter joined. Re-released in 1969 with him singing back-up vocals, it hit the top of the R&B charts and the top 10 on the Billboard singles chart, selling over 1 million copies.
The Dells inspired the 1999 film “The Five Heartbeats,” and continued to perform until last summer, when Carter's cancer was diagnosed, said his daughter, Jewel Carter. Chicago Tribune
August 24, 2009
BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Keyboardist Larry Knechtel dies
Keyboardist Larry Knechtel dies
Grammy award-winning keyboardist Larry Knechtel, who performed with the likes of Elvis Presley and the Dixie Chicks, has died at the age of 69.
Knechtel died in a US hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack.
His death was confirmed by a spokesman for Valley Hills Funeral Home in Yakima, Washington.
"Larry's resume is a history lesson in great American music all unto itself," country music band Dixie Chicks wrote on their website.
Knechtel was born in Bell, California, and went on to perform live and record with artists including Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, Hank Williams Jr and Elvis Costello.
Dixie Chicks tour
He won a Grammy award for his arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water.
He also played keyboard on the Dixie Chicks' Grammy award-winning album Take The Long Way and performed on the Hammond organ on the tour of the same name.
Blues singer and guitarist player Wayman Chapman, a friend and fellow performer, said Knechtel had appeared to be in good health following a recent holiday to Italy.
"He told me in 2003 that he needed to think about retiring, but since then he'd been going like gangbusters," Chapman said.
Knechtel's family are planning a private memorial gathering for family and close friends, but the date and the location are yet to be announced.
Brett-Livingstone Strong's Rare Portrait Of Michael Jackson May Be Up For Sale (PHOTOS)Read More: Brett Livingstone Strong, Brett Livingstone-Strong, Brett-Livingstone Strong, Dancy-Power Automotive, John Gentilly, Marty Abrams, Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson Art, Michael Jackson Dead, Michael Jackson Harlem, Michael Jackson News, Michael Jackson Painting, Michael Jackson Portrait, Michael Jackson The Book, Slidepoll, Slideshow, The Book Painting, New York News
The cashing in on the death of Michael Jackson simply won't quit.
The New York Times reports that the owners of the famous Brett-Livingstone Strong portrait of Jackson, believed to be the only portrait for which he actually posed for, are trying to sell it while the market is hot.
According to the Times:The portrait depicts Mr. Jackson dressed in red velvet holding a journal of thoughts and sketches. "We called it, 'The Book,'" Mr. Strong said. 'What are you going to put in 'The Book' today, Michael?'" The backdrop is Neverland, with an image of Tinkerbell. The painting has touches of Vermeer, as that was one of Mr. Jackson's favorite painters, Mr. Strong said.
The 40-inch by 50-inch painting was last sold for $2.1 million in 1990, and was later acquired by toy inventors Marty Abrams and John Gentilly.
The portrait is currently on display in the showroom of the Dancy-Power Automotive Group, a luxury car dealership in Harlem.
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August 3, 2009, 4:00 pmIn Michael Jackson Painting, He Wore Red Velvet - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com
In Michael Jackson Painting, He Wore Red VelvetBy Jennifer 8. Lee
The owners of a long-hidden painting of Michael Jackson, reputed to be the only portrait he ever posed for, say they are trying to sell it amid the renewed interest after his death. The painting, last sold in 1990 for $2.1 million, was brought out of storage at New Jersey warehouse recently and put on display in a Harlem car showroom.
The 50-by-40-inch painting, called “The Book,” was done in 1990 by an Australian artist, Brett-Livingstone Strong, who was a close friend of Mr. Jackson and shared his taste for slightly fantastical style of life and dress.
The portrait depicts Mr. Jackson dressed in red velvet holding a journal of thoughts and sketches. “We called it, ‘The Book,’” Mr. Strong said. ‘What are you going to put in ‘The Book’ today, Michael?’” The backdrop is Neverland, with an image of Tinkerbell. The painting has touches of Vermeer, as that was one of Mr. Jackson’s favorite painters, Mr. Strong said.
The painting is owned by two toy inventors, Marty Abrams and John Gentilly, who received the painting in 1992 from a Japanese businessman who had bought it to make good on a debt he owed the inventors.
“If someone came with a legitimate offer, I’d probably sell it,” said Mr. Abrams, who lives in Great Neck. He tried selling it when he first took possession of it in 1992, but couldn’t find any good offers.
“I couldn’t get anyone at that time interested in the painting,” said Mr. Abrams. “I put it in storage for 17 years, and it has been there for 17 years.”
They never displayed it in their own homes. “It’s so expensive that the insurance was too expensive,” Mr. Abrams said. “I have prints for $600. I might have a sketch for $1,000. But to put a $2 million painting in the middle of all that would be a little bit overwhelming.”
They were inspired to bring the painting out of storage after Mr. Jackson’s death in June, in part because Mr. Abrams saw a news story about a sketch portrait of Michael Jackson by Andy Warhol that was being put up for auction.
Mr. Strong and Mr. Jackson formed an art business partnership, the Jackson-Strong Alliance, around 1989 and 1990 to display their art work, which included this portrait. The two were brainstorming how to raise money for charity when Mr. Strong mentioned that a Japanese businessman, Hiromichi Saeki, had offered millions of dollars for a portrait of Mr. Jackson.
Mr. Jackson said he would sit for it if the buyer agreed to pay a world record — ultimately $2.1 million, then reported as the highest amount ever paid for a living person. “Sometime later he told me he would have made $5 million for it,” Mr. Strong said. The businessman later went bankrupt and gave the painting to Mr. Abrams.
Mr. Strong still has a number of drawings done by Mr. Jackson as part of the partnership. “These drawings are really interesting. Some of the are really fantastic. They have been in a drawer for 17 years.” He is hoping to hold an exhibit of the art.
A limited, autographed set of lithographs was created based on “The Book.” Around 375 of them were numbered and some have made their way onto eBay and Craigslist.
The owners have received calls from as far away as Dubai after Mr. Jackson’s death from people who knew they owned the painting. “Up to this point we’ve been very skittish,” Mr. Abrams said. They have reached out to Phillips De Pury auction house to get an assessment. “I am not an art expert. I don’t understand the art market,” he said. “We have no idea what it’s worth. Is it worth $1 million? Is it worth $10 million?”
Currently, the painting is being displayed at the Dancy-Power Automotive at Lenox Avenue and West 129th in Harlem, chosen in part because it is owned by a friend of Mr. Abrams and also because it is near the Apollo Theater, where the Jackson 5 won an amateur night competition in 1967.
It hasn’t drawn huge crowds, Mr. Abrams said, in part because “we don’t put a big sign in the window, ‘Michael Jackson Painting Here.’”
Constitutional Plaque Initiative
Constitutional Plaque Initiative
Leaving the Constitution and its Bill of Rights in the Schools
While educating and inspiring American students about the cornerstone of their rights and freedoms is the principal purpose of the Spirit of Freedom Tour it also presents a vehicle by which schools can permanently place bronze plaque replicas of the US Constitution and its Bill of Rights in their institutions. This will be accomplished through our Constitution Plaque Initiative.
Constitutional Plaque Initiative
Through the Constitution Plaque Initiative schools may acquire plaques identical to those displayed in the Entrance Hall and Rotunda of the Spirit Pavilion. The Tour’s outreach program provides students, teachers, and administrators with collateral material and local fund raising programs to assist each school with their efforts in obtaining the five-plaque set. The ultimate goal is to place these plaques in every school across America. Currently, Garfield High School in Los Angeles is the only school proudly displaying a set of plaques of the U S Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The educators at Garfield High continue to praise the significance of these plaques and the meaningful impact they have had on their children’s lives through out the years.
History of the Plaques
For the first time in history, full size replicas of the Constitution and its Bill of Rights were created in a permanent form by casting bronze plaques that are true to the original documents down to the ink blots made by those who signed the parchment over 230 years ago.
The Constitution and the Bill of Rights plaques consist of a complete set of solid bronze etchings. Each set contains five bronze plaques, four of the Constitution representing its four separate pages and one of the Bills of Rights. The plaques of the Constitution measure 25 ¾” wide by 32 ¾” high weighing 42 pounds. The plaque of the Bill Of Rights measures 29 ¾” wide by 35 ¾” high and weighs 52 pounds.
These plaque sets were officially dedicated by Chief Justice Warren Burger and President Ronald Reagan on September 17, 1987 and were created by renowned artist Brett Livingstone Strong, the same artist that sculpted the National Monument to the US Constitution and the US Presidency Monument.Sponsor Grant Program
The Sponsor Grant Program has been developed to enable schools with smaller student bodies to participate in the Constitutional Plaque Initiative. Grant amounts are contributed to these schools once they reach a specified level of fund raising. A portion of our sponsorship fees from national and local sponsors is contributed to this program to help achieve the goal of eventually placing a full set of p
The Beatles had a gift. They could craft music that became timeless. Creative. Brilliant. They were unmatched.
Van Gogh had a gift. He could compose art so abstract. Mysterious. Profound. He was unmatched.
I have a gift. I can write blog posts so repulsive. Off-putting. Asinine.
Try matching this.
I’ve been on Twitter since February and have carefully digested the personalities of tweeters. Processed them. And now.
Now it’s time to rip on them.
If you’re on Twitter, you might be one of the following.
1. The Woman Who Thanks Her Tweeps Every Thirty Seconds.
For some reason, this lady feels a strange affinity for her followers. So instead of tweeting anything valuable, she’ll just thank them for still following her.
Hey good morning tweeps! I’m so lucky to have great tweeps following me!
Thanks for keeping me busy tweople! I’m going to get some shut-eye.
You guys are so twiendly! *giggle* Thanks tweeps!
In her mind, she thinks her followers enjoy this. But in reality, every time she tweets, a tiny piece of them dies.
2. The Chick Who Still Thinks She’s On MySpace.
There is a growing faction of girls on Twitter who try to recreate the MySpace environment. They do this by flirting and fighting, only resting to comment on the new Lady Gaga album. You can find them by their profile images which are quite provocative.
Or twitter search “OMG You Guys”.
It’s like a net.
3. The People Who Live For The Ranking Some Random Website That Was Just Created Two Weeks Ago Gives Them.
Have you heard of ReTweetRankIndexGrade?
These people have.
Each day, they scour the Internet to find some new website that grades them as a tweeter and then battle other nerds to be listed in the Top 10. They do this by furiously shrinking URLs, scheduling tweets in some script, and then pumping out Mashable and TechCrunch links.
If they could, they’d put their Twitter grade on their resume.
See. You read that line above and smiled.
They read that line above and said one day.
4. The People Who Feel They Can Solve Complex Political Problems In 140 Characters Or Less.
Each day these people will shower your stream with links to political blogs. If you disagree with them, they’ll @reply you with thousands of reasons why you’re wrong until you lay defeated and weak and just want to look at LolCats images and cry all over yourself.
Even though democracy was built on dialogue, debate and process, these individuals have found a way to fit the solution into 140 characters.
And they’re never wrong.
5. The Twitter Account That’s Supposed To Tweet About One Thing But Then Randomly Tells Us Something Creepy About Their Own Personal Life.
A couple months ago, I started following an account that was supposed to be about silver bullion.
I’m not sure why I followed it. I think it’s because I like saying the word ‘bullion’ in my mind.
See? Tell me that’s not fun.
Basically, the account just tweeted about silver prices across the world.
Except one day, I saw this array of tweets:
Price of silver on the metal markets seem to be on the rise.
Has silver bottomed out? http://bit.ly/fU8IE
Metal markets down, silver showing signs of a Monday bounce.
I guess that’s what you get when you trust women who are liars. I hate my life.
Reading: Silver nearing less than 2% of the price of gold.
6. The Guys You Know Were Nerds All Their Lives Until Social Media Came Along.
Let’s start with a confession.
I’ve been a nerd all my life. A big one.
Then social media came along. And now?
Still a nerd.
Not these guys. These are the guys that you see with thousands and thousands of followers reading every nerdy link they tweet. They jetset across the world to attend tweetups and podcamps. Twitter chicks offer them their super hot bodies while I sit in my wife-beater with weird soya sauce stains and watch Golden Girls reruns at home.
Thanks a lot.
Although I won’t lie, Rose is starting to look hot.
7. The Woman Who Thinks Her Twitter Friends Are Real.
There’s nothing more fun than watching someone who thinks her Twitter followers are actually her friends. She’ll #FollowFriday people and describe them like this:
She’s the most caring person I’ve ever met. She’s always been there for me.
Then, because I’m hilariously unemployed, I investigate and discover they know each other only through Twitter.
Always been there for you?
Lady. It’s twitter. These are anonymous Internet people.
If you have a major personal problem what are you going to do?
DM her for advice?
What’s she going to do?
Send you a bit.ly link?
8. The People Who Think They’re The Forefathers Of Twitter Because They’ve Been Scripting Followers 2 Years Before You Got Here.
There’s this pack of individuals on Twitter that have 90 zillion followers and follow everyone of them back.
You know exactly who I’m talking about.
They get annoying when they advise their following on how they should tweet.
Really dude? You’ve used programs to get all of your followers over the last two years. I have to sit here and actually have a personality.
You know how exhausting having a personality is?
That was actually a question. I don’t really know.
9. The People Who Are So Worried They’ll Lose Followers They Apologize After Every Tweet.
Hey guys, here’s an article from “Tremendous News” it’s a little racy and snarky, but made me laugh a bit! http://bit.ly/ds28J
Guys just be warned that last article has strong language.
Guys I’m sorry if anyone was offended! I think I lost a few people because of that!
Then they immediately figure out who unfollowed them and annoy them until they refollow them back.
10. The Spambot You Wish Were Real.
This girl followed me 89 times. I consider that intercourse.
11. The Chick Who Still Hasn’t Figured Out Twitter Even Though She Has 1072 Updates.
OMG you guys! What’s a “hashtag”?
Really? Because it’s not gene splicing, sweetheart.
12. The Chick Who, If You Piss Off, 700 Of Her Yenta Followers Will Tweet You Until You Cry.
Trust me. I learned the hard way.
13. The People Who Think The Two Nerds Who Created Twitter Are TwitJesus.
Then they’ll return to tweet their experience.
Yeah hi. They’re two dudes, people. What do they have that I don’t have?
An apartment that isn’t their parents basement.
But besides that?
There you have it. 13 Twitter personalities. You can probably add some of your own.
I’m late for a Golden Girls rerun.
Want to read about 8 more personalities? Click here.
Thinking of following me on Twitter? Don’t. Here’s 5 reasons why.
If you were featured in this article and are pissed off, you can send your hate via email.
For my Twitter Avatar Roast, click here.
For my Twitter Celebrity Roast, click here.The 13 Types Of Tweeters. Which One Are You?
5 Reasons To Never Join Twitter. - Tremendous News!Posted by Tremendous in Featured Articles, Life., Nerdynessdom, Opinion., Technology., Twitter. on 08 18th, 2009 | 52 Comments
Let’s pilot through my e-mail.
Stop boring us with Twitter articles.
Your Twitter posts aren’t edgy.
Why don’t you just call yourself Twittermendous News?
And there they are.
But this time, they have a point.
Here at Tremendous News, I’ve been crafting a lot of Twitter-related posts. It’s been turning off a segment of my core audience that couldn’t care less about Twitter.
And this article right here?
This one’s for them.
Even though I’m on Twitter doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes find it a nauseatingly bad experience.
There’s things I don’t like.
So if you’re sick of all the media attention on Twitter. Sick of people telling you to join it.
Five Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Join Twitter.
1. It Could Be A Passing Fad.
Imagine it’s 2013 and everyone is on a new service called Plip. Instead of 140 characters, it’s just one.
We all just send each other one word.
Mine would be “vulvaface”.
But then people will look back at those who were so hardcore into Twitter and laugh.
They would point at them and say Ha! Remember when you were on Twitter and screaming about how great it was? Then Plip was invented and everyone plopped instead of tweeted! Boy you look dumb.
And you would. Because you’d still be tweeting. Tweeting to nobody.
You were such a vulvaface.
2. You Have To Learn How To Condense.
Look at this article.
It’s all texty and gross right? I mean I crow barred in a couple random pictures that I could find on the Internet to engage you, but it’s really just me writing. Talking. Yenta-ing.
Basically, I’m an electrical yenta.
But on Twitter, I have to condense this scintillating charm and super hotness into 140 characters.
It almost never works.
When I condense, I carve away my pleasantness, and leave just the raw douche concentrate.
You will too.
3. It Goes Down Like Every Thirty Seconds.
I swear. Just when you’re like hey, I wonder what Dave Coulier from Full House is doing. As soon as I get to his page?
Boom. Twitter dies.
And then you have to spend the entire afternoon not knowing what Dave Coulier from Full House is doing.
That’s not a life I want to live.
4. The “Celebrities” That Aren’t Even Really Celebrities.
I saw a DJ from Toronto get on Twitter. He had 4 followers. Then he tweeted
where u at peoples! it’s go time! go go go!
He did that every day.
Over and over.
And then a few days later, I swear this is true, he tweeted this.
glad i can connect with my fans. gonna try 2 tweet more so u know what im up 2.
2 people unfollowed him.
Half of his fans.
But in his mind, he’s a celebrity.
Now think about him and multiply by infinity plus one.
5. You Have To Deal With Intense, In-Your-Face Disgusting Vanity.
If I could explain Twitter in one sentence it would be this:
Millions of people yelling over millions of other people waiting for some type of validation.
That’s it. It really is.
I was told it was about connecting.
I was told it was about creating relationships.
It’s an electronic pissing contest.
Take the Twitter yodas.
These people have only been on Twitter a year before you arrived. Yet, they have 900 billion people following them.
They’ve used super-nerdy programs to create that massive following. It’s just thousands of spam acc–
You wouldn’t understand that. You’re not on Twitter.
These people cheat the system into making it look like they have friends. Kind of like that geeky dude in high school that would tell us that he spent the weekend with friends from the other high school down the road. Yet we all know he just spent it alone, crying in his room while listening to Ace of Base.
That kid was me.
And I’m actually fine with these people, because hey, they gamed the system and have thousands of followers. The only problem is, they try to preach to you.
If you don’t engage, you’re doing it wrong.
Share, create relationships.
Give to Twitter to be truly rewarded.
After reading this, don’t you feel like you’d rather cry in your room while listening to Ace Of Base?
There you have it. If you’re not on Twitter you don’t need to be.
In fact, if you don’t believe me, just read the comments below. It will be full of Twitter yodas or people who take Twitter too seriously.
They’ll be angered.
And I’ll see you on Plip.
You vulva face.
MICHAEL JACKSON SIGNED Lithograph THE BOOK Sepia *RARE* - eBay (item 170375494873 end time Sep-03-09 11:36:46 PDT)
MICHAEL JACKSON SIGNED Lithograph THE BOOK Sepia *RARE* - eBay (item 170375494873 end time Sep-03-09 11:36:46 PDT)
MICHAEL JACKSON SIGNED Lithograph THE BOOK Sepia Monochrome VERY RARE
The last copy we had sold for $24,000. The price has been reduced as a special offer only.
Signed Michael Jackson Sepia Monochrome Lithograph "The Book" By Artist Brett Livingstone Strong. This is an Extremely Rare Limited Edition 50 ever made! The Portrait is Signed by both Michael Jackson and by artist Brett Livingstone Strong, who was Michael's personal portrait artist. The title "The Book" is also handwritten by Brett. The piece is in EXCELLENT near perfect condition, and the dimensions of the print are roughly 25.5 W x 35 H (Inches). It has never been framed, but can be at the buyer's request/expense. The original painting sold in 1990 for 2.1 Million Dollars, making it the most money ever paid to a living artist for a portrait. The sepia monochrome studio proof lithographs are the first of the sepia monochrome prints, making them by far the most rare and valuable of its family. Authenticity is 100% guaranteed with a signed Certificate of Authenticity by both Brett and Michael. This piece was acquired personally from the artist. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the ultimate Michael Jackson fan and/or fine art collector. The pictures of this piece do not do enough justice. You will not be disappointed. Buyer assumes responsibility for shipping.
Facts about the artist:
Brett-Livingstone Strong is an Australian born artist (b. 1954) best known for his philanthropic spirit and eccentric nature. He is an architect, sculptor and painter and has been called a modern day Michelangelo because of his work in both mediums (sculpting and painting).
In 1972, he was commissioned to paint the royal invitation for the opening of the Sydney Opera House by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
In 1977, he carved John Wayne’s face in a 116-ton rock that fell onto Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. It sold in 1979 for US$1.1 million to an Arizona company, and currently resides in the libra ry of Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas.
Strong created a life size bronze statue of John Lennon, entitled Imagine. He began work on the sculpture as a tribute to Lennon six months before the celebrated musician’s untimely death in 1980. Originally unveiled in New York City by Andy Warhol, it currently is in the possession of a private collector.
Strong painted portrait of Michael Jackson entitled The Book which sold for $2.1 million to a Japanese businessman in 1990, making it the most money every paid20to a living artist for the sale of a portrait. This rare piece was the only portrait that Michael Jackson sat for an artist's rendering and made its first appearance since 1992 on Thursday July 2, 2009. It was displayed for public viewing in Harlem NY near the Apollo Theatre to honor Michael Jackson.
In the 1980's, Strong also completed work on the very impressive U.S. Presidentcy Monument and :The National Monument to the U.S. Constitution both commissioned by former Chief Justice Warren Burger. The monument was to have been dedicated by President George W. Bush and placed on the grounds of the White House. Currently these two monuments are part of an unprecedented nationwide educational program entitled "The Spirit of Freedom Tour" scheduled to launch in the fall of 2010 and tour 70 cities nationwide designed to heighten America's students about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. For more information on the Spirit of Freedom Tour see www.spiritoffreedomtour.org
Strong created NASA’s National Space Exploration Monument for display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. On July 16, 1994, Vice President Al Gore announced this monument honoring the men and women of the United States Space Program and celebrating the anniversary of man’s landing on the moon. In the late 1990s Strong proposed the City of Angels Monument project designed to create a symbol for Los Angeles along the lines of New York’s Statue of Liberty or Paris’ Eiffel Tower. The $4 billion development was to cover 122 acres (0.49 km2) in downtown Los Angeles with the central focus being a 750-foot (230 m) tower as the base for a 350-foot (110 m) female angel, wings spread, holding a sword of light above her head. Some people criticized the angel as being a symbol of violence, but the artist’s intention was for her to be a symbol of light cutting through the darkness. The project was to have honored the arts and entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Strong had backers who secured loans for some of the land, but didn’t obtain enough donors for the project. Ultimately, an eminent domain action filed by the Los Angeles Unified School District brought an end to the project.
In 2000 Strong leveraged his largest and most valuable Fine Art collection appraised by the Bank of NY at $112,000,000 in order to finance the seed capital for his "City of Angels" Monument. The collection included many originals, Limited Edition prints and two notable sculptures exhibited in galleries and museums called "Formation of Life" and "Visions of Heaven on Earth" each appraised at approximately $4,000,000 each.
In 2005 the Bank of NY sold their $36,000,000 security note to GMAC.
In 2007 GMAC sold the collection to Liquid Brick, Inc (www.liquidbrick.com) a private investment co in New York for an undisclosed amount.
In Jan, 2009 Liquid Brick, Inc has made a short video about Strong and his art at www.fineartinvestors.com.
This portrait of Michael Jackson is reminiscent of fifteenth century portraits. The piece is Strong's "tribute to the creative genius of Michael Jackson." Brett-Livingstone Strong painted the portrait with a combination of symbolism with technique in order to make the painting both powerful yet sensitive. "In this work, a 'veil has been lifted to reveal Jackson, wearing a smile reminiscent of the Mona Lisa, as a contemporary Renaissance man, at peace with himself.'" This painting was the first portrait Michael Jackson ever sat for. Michael Jackson himself referred to Brett-Livingstone as the "modern day Michelangelo."
The Artist – Brett-Livingstone Strong
If you have not done so, please take time to briefly surf the internet and learn about this amazing artist called by some the modern day Michelangelo. Read at www.fineartinvestments.com about the following: “ Your timing could not be better in that Brett is close to making a major announcement that could skyrocket the value of his already world renowned art collections to even higher levels.”
This world renowned artist has been commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II, President Ronald Reagan, Prince Charles, Elizabeth Taylor and others.
Again, Strong’s original painting of The Book sold for $2.1 million to a Japanese businessman in 1990. It is claimed that that is the most money ever paid to a living artist for the sale of a portrait. This piece also was the only portrait that Michael Jackson sat for an artist's rendering.
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You’ve been sent here in one of two ways.
One. You read the headline and said to yourself: yeah dumb people who insult Michael Jackson! Shame on you for being such dolts. He was a magnana…he was a mangninama…he was that word that sounds cool and means he’s awesome.
Two. You’re someone who just insulted Michael Jackson and a friend wants to punish you.
With my electronical wrath.
It’s okay if you insulted him. Everyone is dopey once in a while. I mean I’m a big fat dope sometimes too! Remember when Farrah Fawcett died?
I know right?
Seems like so long ago.
Farrah Fawcett fans are probably like, yeah thanks. The same day? That’s the lottery we wanted to win.
As soon as I found out about Farrah Fawcett, I immediately informed my girlfriend. I told her Sarah Fawcett died. The chick from I Dream Of Genie.
Also, she wasn’t really my girlfriend.
Just a fat chick standing in line at the ATM.
Michael Jackson has died. That’s devastating . It really is. I’m going to explain why in a few quick bullet points. Clearly, you need to be educated.
Whatever. I don’t need music lessons from some dude with a shitty blog. I can say whatever I want about him.
Really? Because that’s hurtful. You don’t think I know it’s a shitty blog? I designed it in Microsoft Word, dude. The lesson is simple. Michael Jackson was an icon. He did more for the world of music than you’ll ever do for the world of douchebaggyness.
Although you might surprise me.
Reasons why Michael Jackson was amazing and why you’re a dummy for insulting him.
1. He was so talented, even as a kid.
At five years old, the dude had more talent than I’ll ever have in my entire life. At five. When I was five, I was just walking around trying not to pee all over myself. If I did that, it was a good day. If I didn’t? Well. Probably the reason why my mom told me maybe we’ll just keep with the diapers.
2. His celebrity and adoration were unfathomable.
At the apex of Michael’s career, heads of states wanted to meet him. Top artists imitated him. He was beloved by millions of people and still is today. Now think about how many people love you. You think the person who told you need to read this article really does?
3. You might not have understood him, but there’s no way you didn’t care.
Look, you think I understood the guy? No way. He was all eccentric and nutty, sure. But it was that element of him that made him interesting. But not just interesting in the way where you fart in front of your buddy and he’s like, “hey that’s a startling and interesting odor, dude. Egg McMuffin right?”
Greater than that.
Deeper than that.
He was captivating. He compelled you to pay attention. He held a profound mystique about him that we still won’t understand.
It’s why I called his death the 9/11 of Pop Culture.
And even during all this, you made fun of the guy.
Way to class it up.
Really? I have to write something here?
5. He Popularized The Moonwalk.
I’m a horrible dancer. I was actually told to leave salsa class by my instructor Hugo who was a huge pain in the ass. Hugo was like four apples high, but he spoke in that Brazilian accent that instantly made chicks want to jump him. Also he could dance exceptionally well. Meanwhile I’m standing there trying to perfect the first step, all creepy and terroristy-looking.
No chicks are looking for that.
So I know how hard it is to dance. Michael Jackson could not only dance, but he popularized a dance nobody can really do that well. He’s like Hugo. Times a million.
And less of a douche.
Hugo, if you’re reading this:
Thanks for making me cry.
Those are just five of the hundreds of reasons Michael Jackson was amazing and will be missed. I’m sure a few of you can help me out in the comments.
But yeah. Your Michael Jackson jokes are needed less now than ever.
But I just called his son Napkin. Get it? Because it’s really Blanket! That’s funny.
No. Wait. OK, just a little.
I’m offended at your moronic article. Michael was a creepy guy. His death won’t change that. And to tell me I can’t say that is stupid.
You can’t wait a bit? I mean, he just died. You really think people are looking to harvest your insight on the negative elements of Michael Jackson’s life?
Just read this. Sign below stating that you’ve completed your course on how to appreciate Michael Jackson.
P.S. Is it magnanimous? I feel like it’s magnanimous.
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Max Švabinský (1873-1962) was a Czech painter, draughtsman, graphic artist, and professor in Academy of Graphic Arts in Prague. Švabinský is considered one of the greatest personalities in the history of Czech painting and possibly the most significant of the first half of the 20th century. He was one of just a few representatives of modern art who was positively accepted by the communist regime.
Max Švabinský was born on September 17, 1873 in Kroměříž. Together with Jan Preisler, Antonín Slavíček, and Miloš Jiránek, he was one of the founders of Czech modern art. Early on, Švabinský exhibited period tendencies towards Plenérian Realism, Symbolism, and Art Nouveau. Some of his greatest early works were portraits or family-oriented paintings. Švabinský and his wife Ela often stayed with the Vejrych family in Kozlov near Česká Třebová. There he was inspired by the picturesque landscape. This is the period in which he painted some of his most famous "masterpieces."
In Kozlov, at the beginning of the century, he took up graphics systematically, especially etching and Mezzotint. On account of the high value of the graphic work, he was appointed a professor of the Prague Academy in 1910, and in the same years completed murals for the Municipal House in Prague. In the leaves of Paradisiacal Sonata in 1917, he extended his expression with wood engraving, at which time the importance of his graphic work started to prevail over the painter’s work. In the thirties, he got the opportunity to express himself in monumental forms. After the mosaics for the National Monument on Žižkov Hill, he painted boards for three coloured windows of the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague. At the same time and with the same intensive graphic interest, he was able to present a graphic miniature of a postage stamp. At the first session of the government in 1945, he was awarded the title of “National Artist”.
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