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whaleallright
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Re: Passages

#8651 Post by whaleallright » Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:33 pm

I had almost forgotten this but Toots & The Maytals played the "spring fling" at my smallish New England college campus in the '90s. He toured constantly in those days, and for all I know recently as well. A genuine legend; The Maytals were pioneers of ska when Hibbert was only in his teens.

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hearthesilence
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#8652 Post by hearthesilence » Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:06 pm

He's been doing annual benefit shows for his foundation at the Brooklyn Bowl. For various reasons, I was never able to go until last year when I saw him at the very last one, and I even got there incredibly early just to be in front. He gave fist-bumps to all of us hanging on the edge of the stage. One of my favorites, I heard he was improving - he had been placed in a medically-induced coma over a week ago so I thought by now he had weathered the worst of it - so this is a gut-punch.

Those sound like awesome shows, Lemmy. And Toots in Memphis is a great album - I think there was even a write-up on it in a Memphis paper recently. (It came up when I was searching for news on Toots this past week - except for the Jamaican press, there was very little written about him here in the U.S.) I first heard about it through an old edition of The Rolling Stone Album Guide, probably the 1992 edition, and it seemed appropriate since I came across a lot of critics who thought of him as the reggae equivalent of Otis Redding, but comparisons like that are only helpful to a point. He was absolutely marvelous, and there is a double-CD anthology that does an excellent job of summing up his career up to the '90s - it's out-of-print but like many CD's it's become very inexpensive to get.

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#8653 Post by Lemmy Caution » Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:10 pm

It was really great catching Toots & the Maytals in a small bar venue like the Lone Star cafe, which in the mid-80's was a great place to catch soul and blues acts (James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Buddy Guy & Jr Wells, etc). Toots' energy really shone is such tight quarters. I actually won free tickets to that show off the radio. We were late and the bar was packed so they had stopped letting people in when I got there, but my name was on the guest list for two, so we were escorted in. The first set was already in progress.

Between The Lone Star Cafe and Sweet Basil's (for jazz) that was really a golden age for great older music in NYC. With honorable mention to The Bottom Line.

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Never Cursed
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Re: Passages

#8654 Post by Never Cursed » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:38 pm


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ando
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#8655 Post by ando » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:59 pm

Never Cursed wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:38 pm
Stanley Crouch
Oh no. Opinionated but funny, astute and decidedly unacademic social/cultural/history commentator. His particular take on just about anything will be missed. R.I.P.

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hearthesilence
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#8656 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:06 pm

ando wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:59 pm
Never Cursed wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:38 pm
Stanley Crouch
Oh no. Opinionated but funny, astute and decidedly unacademic social/cultural/history commentator. His particular take on just about anything will be missed. R.I.P.
Ethan Iverson's excellent tribute. I remember he had COVID-19 months ago, but I figured he had bounced back. (No idea if it was still a factor in his death.)

I can't deny that Wynton Marsalis made some wonderful albums under Crouch's influence, even if I don't share their views about so much of the best an most vital jazz made since 1960. It's so unusual for a prominent artist and critic to have a relationship like that, and you couldn't find a better match.

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Mr Sausage
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#8657 Post by Mr Sausage » Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:33 pm

Tim Wilkinson. A real blow for Hungarian literature in translation. I owe Wilkinson for the opportunity to read the great and sadly unknown Hungarian modernist, Miklós Szentkuthy. It's sad that we won't get the second half of Prae translated now. What a shame. If you want to read something truly original, check out Wilkinson's translations of Towards the One and Only Metaphor and Marginalia on Casanova.

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jazzo
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#8658 Post by jazzo » Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:51 am

L.A. wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:34 pm
Toots Hibbert.
Little anecdote:

Back in the mid-2000's I was manager of Library Services for alternative/art comic book store, The Beguiling, here in Toronto. It used to be located in the heart of Mirvish Village, one of the last residential/retail neighbourhoods with any personality in our downtown core (before the condo developers took over everything), right next to discount superstore, Honest Ed's, and a half-block away from historic club venue, Lee’s Palace (geographical context for all you film aficionados, both are very specific Scott Pilgrim locations).

Thanks to store owner, Peter’s, constant rotation of classic ska and reggae CDs in the store, I'd become a huge fan of Toots and the Maytals during my first year as manager, and one 2005 summer evening, the band were going to play a show at Lee’s. My plan was, work until closing, grab some dinner, then head over to the club for the show. Around 4 pm, I headed out for my afternoon coffee and passed Lee’s Palace along the way. Parked out front of the club was a huge tour bus. Leaning against that tour bus, rooting through his pockets like a fiend, was the man, himself, Toots Hibbert. He noticed me passing, hailed me down, and asked me if I had a light. I apologized and informed him that I didn’t smoke.

And with the depth of soul that only a true poet can muster, Toots replied, simply, “Fucking Canadians.”

He will be missed, but at least we have a wonderful five decade legacy of beautiful, beautiful music.

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#8659 Post by therewillbeblus » Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:44 pm


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Re: Passages

#8660 Post by domino harvey » Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:08 pm

Well great

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Never Cursed
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#8661 Post by Never Cursed » Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:16 pm

Awful, both in terms of the loss and in terms of the bitter conflict that will arise from it. Thanks, 2020.

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Re: Passages

#8662 Post by ando » Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:05 pm

Quite. R.I.P.

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hearthesilence
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#8663 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:27 am

Remembered by her fellow justices.

She was reportedly close to Scalia but she was probably close to many of them. I don't doubt the sincerity of Thomas's words. Ideologically they may be very distant from one another, but the warmth (not to mention lack of personal rancor) is bittersweet for how it will contrast with the coming months. Maybe it's against decorum, but if things get bad enough, I wonder if the justices of the Court would ever issue a united statement pleading for not just civility but an uncorrupted process? It would seem like a pat, network dramedy scenario, but I'd prefer it to our current, horrid reality TV atmosphere.

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Re: Passages

#8664 Post by L.A. » Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:16 pm


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#8665 Post by Rayon Vert » Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:19 pm

For a second there that read to me like a shocking double whammy: Ozzy Osbourne + Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake

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JSC
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#8667 Post by JSC » Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:59 am

Michel Lonsdale
Another Michel who seemed to pop up in every European production since the late sixties. Always a fascinating
actor to watch. His bit in Bunuel's The Phantom of Liberty is great.

Also liked him in The Bride Wore Black, Out 1, and Day of the Jackal

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Red Screamer
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Re: Passages

#8668 Post by Red Screamer » Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:58 pm

One of those actors you're always glad to see. His performance in Out 1 is an all timer.

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#8669 Post by MichaelB » Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:00 pm

Production designer Ron Cobb - if you don't know the name, you'll certainly know the work.

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Donald Trampoline
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#8670 Post by Donald Trampoline » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:25 pm

Red Screamer wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:58 pm
One of those actors you're always glad to see. His performance in Out 1 is an all timer.
For sure. He committed hard to that insane experiment. He's not the only one, but he big part of keeping it afloat and helping me make it all the way through!

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#8671 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:42 pm

JSC wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:59 am
Michel Lonsdale
Another Michel who seemed to pop up in every European production since the late sixties. Always a fascinatingactor to watch. His bit in Bunuel's The Phantom of Liberty is great. Also liked him in The Bride Wore Black, Out 1, and Day of the Jackal
It was fun on revisiting Ronin recently to see him turn up for a cameo in the 'explanation of the terms ronin and seppuku' scene!

So many interesting film roles, everything from the big bad guy in Moonraker and the Abbot in the Jean-Jacques Annaud version of The Name of the Rose, to supporting roles in everything from The Remains of the Day to Jefferson In Paris and Alejandro Amenábar's underrated Agora (though I am biased as somebody who took Library Studies at University to be partial towards anything that features a librarian as a heroic lead character!). He's also in François Ozon's 5x2, Catherine Breillat's The Last Mistress and perhaps most prominently recently in Of Gods And Men.

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#8672 Post by therewillbeblus » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:56 pm

CJG wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:46 am
Michel Lonsdale
So prolific, with many roles that stand out, though I always think of him first from his dry dictation in Eustache’s Une sale histoire

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#8673 Post by okcmaxk » Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:02 pm


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#8674 Post by hearthesilence » Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:05 pm

okcmaxk wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:02 pm
Michael Chapman
A few months ago, I stumbled on to a lengthy series of video interviews Chapman gave on his entire career. He seemed to do many of those in his retirement (and is essentially the most valuable bonus feature on Indicator's BD release of The Last Detail). Most amusing was his recollections on The Fugitive, which surprisingly earned him his only Oscar nomination outside of Raging Bull - he has spoken much about his other work, but this was the first time I'm ever heard him talk about The Fugitive and it feels like a sad portrait of how different it was to work in Hollywood in 1993 versus 1980.

Taxi Driver and Raging Bull alone earns him a place among the immortals, and his resume as a camera operator is similarly impressive (The Landlord, Husbands, Klute, The Godfather, Jaws - he had no problem jumping back and forth between DP and camera operator gigs, to him it was steady work). He even has a memorable cameo in The Last Detail as the cab driver who tells them about the brothel.


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