America (America album)
America is the eponymous debut album by America, released in 1971. It was initially released without A Horse with No Name, which was released as a single in late 1971, when A Horse with No Name became a worldwide hit in early 1972, the album was re-released with that track. The album went to No.1 on the Billboard album chart in the United States, several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including Sandman and Three Roses. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of one million units in the U. S. In his Allmusic review, music critic David Cleary called the debut album a folk-pop classic and concluded, In spite of its flaws. Singles Credits are per back cover of 1972 vinyl issue
George Adams (musician)
George Rufus Adams was an American jazz musician who played tenor saxophone and bass clarinet. He is best known for his work with Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Roy Haynes and in the quartet he co-led with pianist Don Pullen, featuring bassist Cameron Brown and he was known for his idiosyncratic singing. George Adams was born in Covington, Georgia on April 29,1940 and he first started playing piano at the age of eleven and switched to tenor saxophone in high school. Later on, he went study at the Clark College and got lessons on flute by Wayman Carver, as a teenager, George Adams frequently gained performance experience by playing with local funk bands. In 1961, he accompanied singer Sam Cooke on a tour, at this point, Adams was based out of Cleveland where he spent a great deal of time studying and working with organ trios alongside pianist and organist Bill Doggett. The two men played a form of music that rhythm and blues with jazz. In 1968, he decided to expand his career and move to New York City to participate in the growing jazz scene.
A year later, George Adams toured with Roy Haynes, playing with him until 1973, shortly after, he performed with Art Blakey before joining Charles Mingus band. His partnership with Mingus would last until 1976, George Adams first appearance with Mingus was on Mingus Moves with Ronald Hampton, Dannie Richmond, and Don Pullen in 1973. Later on, Adams went to perform in Mingus at Carnegie Hall, Changes One and he appeared in Mingus Whee and other albums. 1975, while touring Europe with Mingus, he made his first recordings under his own name with Don Pullen, Dannie Richmond, Adams began a working relationship with Gil Evans that lasted until 1978 that same year. Adams first appearance with Evans was on his album The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix, the album features orchestral versions of songs such as Angel, Castles Made of Sand and Voodoo Child. George Adams continued to record with Gil Evans throughout 1975 by contributing to his album There Comes a Time, in 1976, Adams began to performing on and off with pianist McCoy Tyner until the late 1980s.
The following year, George performed with trumpeter Marvin Hannibal Peterson at the Antibes Jazz Festival in Antibes and he appeared on Tyners album The Greeting in 1978 alongside bassist Charles Fambrough and drummer Sonship. In 1979, Adams and Pullen began to co-lead a quartet with Dannie Richmond, in December 1979, George recorded the album Paradise Space Shuttle with his personal quintet that featured pianist Ron Burton, drummer Al Foster, bassist Don Pate and percussionist Azzedin Weston. Adams contributions to his ensemble were best heard on Paradise Space Shuttles title track, after a brief introduction, he enters the arrangement playing a disjointed and primal melody. He plays a more traditional bebop figure before supplementing it with a strident motive and he continues to utilize several different textures throughout the song, such as multiphonics, blues riffs and phrased melodic devices. The result of all this is a performance that includes a multitude of saxophone history into four, in 1980, Adams and Dannie Richmond recorded the album Hand to Hand for the Soul Note label
America: Freedom to Fascism
America, Freedom to Fascism is a 2006 film by filmmaker and activist Aaron Russo, covering a variety of subjects that Russo contends are detrimental to Americans. The film has been criticized for its promotion of conspiracy theories, its copious factual errors, the film examines the genesis and functions of the Federal Reserve System. The film refers to the fact that the United States dollar is not backed by gold, the film states that Federal Reserve Notes represent debt instead of wealth. The film says that this process of creating new money and adding it to the supply is known as debasement and is a cause of inflation. In this way, the film concludes that the Federal Reserve System simultaneously controls the supply of money, the film asserts that the private interests are controlling the Federal Reserve System, and have been for generations. The film proposes that most Americans are kept ignorant of how the Federal Reserve operates through actions of corrupt politicians, interviews are conducted with several organizations and elected legislators who support these views.
An argument made in the film is there is no reason why the Federal Reserve System should have a monopoly on the U. S. money supply. The film asserts that America got along just fine before the Federal Reserve came into existence and this leads the film to the question of why the Federal Reserve System was created. The film contends that the U. S. Congress has no control or oversight over the Fed, the film argues that Congressional control over the value of money is required by Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution. The phrase in question states that the United States Congress shall have the power To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, the film includes a call to action to abolish the Federal Reserve. One of the stars of the film, Irwin Schiff, was sentenced on February 24,2006 to 13 years and 7 months in prison for tax evasion. In pre-sentencing documents filed with the court, Schiffs lawyers had argued that he had a mental disorder related to his beliefs about taxation, the film portrays Schiff as a tax expert, though his qualifications and those of many other individuals in the film are not mentioned.
Later in the film, Russo reveals that Schiff has been imprisoned, Schiff appears in the film for another reason as well. The filmmaker lampoons Judge Kent Dawsons reaction to Schiffs defense, the film alleges that the judge denied Irwin the ability to prove to a jury that there was no law requiring Americans to file an income tax return. He denied Irwin the right to attempt to prove to a jury there was no law, by stating, I will not allow the law in my courtroom. At 0,48,28 of the film, Russo introduces the judge, under the U. S. legal system, the general rule is that neither side in a civil or criminal case is allowed to try to prove to the jury what the law is. For example, in a case the defendant is not generally allowed to persuade the jury that there is no law against murder. Likewise, the prosecution is not allowed to try to persuade the jury about what the law is, disagreements about what the law is are argued by both sides before the judge, who makes a ruling
Untitled Nas album
The untitled ninth studio album by American rapper Nas was released by Def Jam Recordings and Columbia Records on July 15,2008 in the United States, with earlier dates in some other countries. Its original title, was changed due to controversy surrounding the racial epithet, the album is distinguished for its political content, diverse sources of production and provocative subject matter. The album debuted at one on the US Billboard 200 chart. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics, it holds an aggregate score of 71/100 from Metacritic. Def Jam made no comment on the title and this was similar to attempts to name his 2006 album, eventually titled Hip Hop Is Dead, to both Nigga and Hip Hop Is Dead. On May 19,2008, it was confirmed that Nas changed the name of the album to a one, stating that the people will always know what the real title of this album is. The cover of the shows the back of a shirtless Nas with flagellation scars forming the shape of the letter N. L. A.
Reid, chairman of Def Jam at the time, confirmed that the label fully backed Nas and his decision on naming his album. The albums original title received support from Ice Cube, Jay-Z, Bishop Lamont, Alicia Keys, LL Cool J, Rev Run, Akon, Method Man, Lupe Fiasco, David Banner, GZA, and Melle Mel. The title Nigger came under fire from 50 Cent, Will Smith, Al Sharpton, Bill OReilly, Oprah Winfrey, Reverend Jesse Jackson, early reports of production mentioned that No I. D. DJ Khalil, Jermaine Dupri, Chris Webber and The Hitmen were contributing tracks, DJ Premier stated in a recent interview with HipHopDX that he sent in a beat for Nas that Nas did not end up using on this album. Guest artists featured on the album are Busta Rhymes, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, The Last Poets, Eban Thomas, although Jay Electronica produced the introductory track, he does not have a verse on the album, as previously stated by Nas. Nas released a mixtape with DJ Green Lantern titled The Nigger Tape on June 9,2008, the mixtape, which was released through NasIndependenceDay. com, features three songs that were included on the album, as well as various unreleased tracks.
In July 2008, it was announced that apparel company Fila will be providing support for the albums marketing for one year. In exchange, Nas will wear Fila sneakers at his shows, prior to the release of the untitled album, Nas released a music video for Be a Nigger Too, a song rumored to be the first single. In late June, Nas told Billboard magazine that Be a Nigger Too would not even be on the album because of sample clearance issues, during the same week, Nas released Hero, the albums first official single. The song features a chorus sung by Keri Hilson, a beat produced by Polow da Don, the Game announced on BETs 106 & Park that Make the World Go Round is the next single of the album, which was debuted in November 2008. Nas has released videos for Sly Fox and Yall My Niggas, upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 71/100 from Metacritic
America (Neil Diamond song)
America is the name of a patriotic song written and originally recorded by Neil Diamond, released in 1980 as part of The Jazz Singer soundtrack album. The song was a hit single in the United States in 1981, Billboard rated it as the #62 pop single overall for 1981. Although the single version was a recording, it sounds live because of crowd overdubs in the song. The songs theme is an interpretation of the history of immigration to the United States. Combining Diamonds typically powerful melody, dynamic arrangement, and bombastic vocal, it ends with an interpolation of the patriotic song My Country. The song has been used in a number of contexts, including as a song for Michael Dukakiss 1988 presidential campaign. Diamond sang it at the rededication of the Statue of Liberty. Shortly after the September 11,2001 attacks, Diamond modified the lyrics to America slightly during live performances, instead of Theyre comin to America, towards the end, it became Stand up for America. Despite the songs message, it was included on a memorandum listing songs deemed inappropriate by Clear Channel Communications following the September 11 attacks.
It was the song played on WHTZ New York. Also featured in Born in East L. A. in the scene where dozens of immigrants storm the Mexico-U. S. Border and get past the Border Patrol, successfully making it into the U. S. New-age pianist David Lanz performed a cover of song for his album Finding Paradise
Amerika, known as The Man Who Disappeared and as The Missing Person, is the incomplete first novel of author Franz Kafka, written between 1911 and 1914 and published posthumously in 1927. The novel originally began as a story titled The Stoker. The novel incorporates many details of the experiences of his relatives who had emigrated to the United States, the first chapter of this novel is a short story titled The Stoker. The story describes the bizarre wanderings of sixteen-year-old European immigrant Karl Roßmann, as the ship arrives in the United States, he becomes friends with a stoker who is about to be dismissed from his job. Karl identifies with the stoker and decides to help him, together they go to see the captain of the ship, in a surreal turn of events, Karls uncle, Senator Jacob, is in a meeting with the captain. Karl does not know that Senator Jacob is his uncle, but Mr. Jacob recognizes him, Karl stays with his uncle for some time but is abandoned by him after making a visit to his uncles friend without his uncles full approval.
Wandering aimlessly, he becomes friends with two drifters named Robinson and Delamarche and they promise to find him a job, but they sell his suit without permission, eat his food in front of him without offering him any, and ransack his belongings. Finally, Karl departs from them on bad terms after hes offered a job by a manageress at Hotel Occidental and he works there as a lift-boy. One day Robinson shows up drunk at his work asking him for money, being dismissed for leaving his post, Karl agrees not only to pay for Robinsons taxi, but joins him. Delamarche is now staying with a wealthy and obese lady named Brunelda and she wants to take in Karl as her servant. Karl refuses, but Delamarche physically forces him to stay and he is imprisoned in her apartment and he tries to break out, but is beaten by Delamarche and Robinson. On the balcony, he chats with a student who tells him he should stay, one day he sees an advertisement for the Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, which is looking for employees.
The theatre promises to find employment for everyone, Karl applies for a job and gets engaged as a technical worker. He is sent to Oklahoma by train and is welcomed by the vastness of the valleys and adopts the name Negro as his own. In conversations Kafka used to refer to this book as his American novel, he called it simply The Stoker, after the title of the first chapter, Kafkas working title was The Man Who Disappeared. The title Amerika was chosen by Kafkas literary executor, Max Brod, Brod donated the manuscript to the University of Oxford. Kafka broke off his work on this novel with unexpected suddenness, the parts of the narrative immediately preceding this chapter are incomplete. Two large fragments, describing Karls service with Brunelda, are extant, only the first six chapters were divided and given titles by Kafka
Leaves of Grass
Leaves of Grass is a poetry collection by the American poet Walt Whitman. Though the first edition was published in 1855, Whitman spent most of his life writing and re-writing Leaves of Grass. This resulted in different editions over four decades—the first a small book of twelve poems. The poems of Leaves of Grass are loosely connected, with each representing Whitmans celebration of his philosophy of life and this book is notable for its discussion of delight in sensual pleasures during a time when such candid displays were considered immoral. Where much previous poetry, especially English, relied on symbolism and meditation on the religious and spiritual, Leaves of Grass exalted the body and the material world. Influenced by Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Transcendentalist movement, itself an offshoot of Romanticism, Whitmans poetry praises nature and the individual humans role in it. However, much like Emerson, Whitman does not diminish the role of the mind or the spirit, rather, he elevates the human form, with one exception, the poems do not rhyme or follow standard rules for meter and line length.
Among the poems in the collection are Song of Myself, I Sing the Body Electric, editions included Whitmans elegy to the assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomd. Leaves of Grass was highly controversial during its time for its sexual imagery. Over time, the collection has infiltrated popular culture and been recognized as one of the works of American poetry. Whitman, reading the essay, consciously set out to answer Emersons call as he work on the first edition of Leaves of Grass. Whitman, downplayed Emersons influence, stating, I was simmering, simmering, on May 15,1855, Whitman registered the title Leaves of Grass with the clerk of the United States District Court, Southern District of New Jersey, and received its copyright. The first edition was published in Brooklyn at the shop of two Scottish immigrants and Andrew Rome, whom Whitman had known since the 1840s. The shop was located at Fulton Street and Cranberry Street, now the site of apartment buildings that bear Whitmans name, Whitman paid for and did much of the typesetting for the first edition himself.
The book did not include the name, instead offering an engraving by Samuel Hollyer depicting Whitman in work clothes. Early advertisements for the first edition appealed to lovers of literary curiosities as an oddity, sales on the book were few but Whitman was not discouraged. The first edition was small, collecting only twelve unnamed poems in 95 pages. Whitman once said he intended the book to be enough to be carried in a pocket
America (Judge Dredd story)
America was a Judge Dredd story published in the Judge Dredd Megazine in 1990. Told in flashbacks, the concerns the character America Jara, her friend Bennett Beeny. As Bennett Beeny grows up to reap the benefits of Mega City One, becoming a singer and comedian. She becomes a democracy activist and a terrorist, the story is grounded in the conflict between the Democracy movement and Mega City Ones fascist police state, and is one of the most political Judge Dredd stories ever told. Writer John Wagner has said that America is his favourite Judge Dredd story, the story introduced the terrorist group Total War, which became significant in stories. America begins as a story, told from the point of view of Bennett Beeny. As they grow up together, America becomes disillusioned with the Judges dictatorial rule over Mega-City One, and becomes a campaigner for the restoration of democracy. Beeny, on the hand, is too afraid of the Judges to stand up to them. As they are about to graduate high school, Beeny confesses his deep love for America.
She leaves him to go to university with her boyfriend Doody, while Beeny becomes a singer of comedic songs. Over time their correspondence dwindles to nothing, some years Beeny, still pining for his lost love, has resorted to seeking the services of prostitutes, having failed to establish a long-term relationship with anyone else. By complete chance, one night the prostitute he approaches transpires to be America, before either of them can react to their unexpected reacquaintance, two judges arrive, and America and her terrorist comrades shoot them both dead. As they are about to flee from the scene of the crime, one of the terrorists, sees Beeny and, ignoring Americas protests, shoots Beeny in the throat, so as not to leave any witnesses. Miraculously however, Beeny survives and is rushed to hospital, where he is interrogated by Judge Dredd, Beeny covers for America, and lies to conceal her involvement. Afterwards Beeny receives an electronic throat implant which enables him to speak again, on his discharge from hospital, Beeny returns home, where he is soon visited by America, ostensibly to apologise for what happened, and to thank him for not informing on her.
She reveals the reason why she has turned from peaceful protest to violent methods, during the ensuing violence, her boyfriend Doody was killed and America – pregnant by Doody at the time – was seriously injured. While serving her sentence in custody, the judges scheduled her child for mandatory abortion due to genetic mutation, on her eventual release, she was consumed with bitterness and hatred for the judges, and she joined the violent anti-judge organisation Total War. After telling Beeny her tragic story, America unexpectedly makes love to him, the next morning America asks Beeny for a large donation of money to fund Total Wars next operation
Rebecca St. James
Rebecca Jean Fink, known professionally as Rebecca Jean or Rebecca St. James is an Australian Christian pop rock singer, musician and actress. She began performing in Australia in the late 1980s and released her first full-length studio album in 1991 and she was signed to ForeFront Records in 1993 and released her major label debut the following year. St. James rose to fame in the late 1990s with her RIAA certified Gold albums God and Pray, the albums spawned multiple singles, including God and Yes, I Believe in God. Staple songs such as Wait for Me, Song of Love, I Thank You and she has sold two million albums since starting her career. St. James is an author and actress. To date, she has released nine published books and starred in five films, a stage show. Her ninth book, What Is He Thinking. was released on 26 September 2011 and she has starred in the films Unidentified, Sarahs Choice, Rising Stars, The Frontier Boys, Suing the Devil, A Strange Brand of Happy, and Faith of Our Fathers. Rebecca St.
James was born Rebecca Jean Smallbone on 26 July 1977 in Sydney, Australia to parents David and Helen Smallbone. She moved to Nashville, after her fathers job relocation, in 1991, where she was raised with a sister and five brothers, Dan, Joel and Luke. In 1990, at years of age, St. James opened shows for CCM artist Carman during his Australian tour. The following year she released an independent album, Refresh My Heart, soon after its release, her family moved to the United States where her father received a job offer. She signed with ForeFront Records and took her name at the labels request. In 1994 she released her major label debut titled Rebecca St. James and she released an EP titled Rebecca St. James, Extended Play Remixes in 1995. On 25 June 1996, St. James released her second major album God, the album took her music in a new direction, focusing more on rock. It debuted to positive reviews and debuted at 200, and peaked at 168 on the Billboard 200 and it charted at No.10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and No.6 on Billboards Contemporary Christian chart.
In 1997, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album for God, to promote the album, St. James released a devotion book titled 40 Days with God, A Devotional Journey in 1996. In 1997, St. James released the sequel to her devotional book, on 7 October of the same year, she released her first holiday album, simply titled Christmas. The album charted at No.12 on Billboards Top Heatseekers chart, on 20 October 1998 St. James released her third studio album, which debuted to mixed reviews
America (Dan Deacon album)
America is the sixth studio album by American electronic musician Dan Deacon, released August 27,2012 on Domino Records. The album cover is a photo of Lake Placid, America was recorded using both electronic sounds and live recordings. An anechoic chamber was built in Baltimore to record the orchestral track Rail, because he wanted the album to sound more like a rock record than an electronic one, Deacon enlisted King Crimson engineer Simon Heyworth to master the album. However, Deacon said that he did not want the political nature to be overt, Rail was inspired by an empty train ride Deacon was on while traveling from Seattle to New York City. Rail was inspired by an orchestral work Deacon wrote for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, manifest was about figuring out where I fit in regards to the way my mind perceives me, while True Thrush was about confusion and loss of self and the homogenization of culture. The track USA I, Is A Monster took its name from the rock band The USA Is a Monster, the first song from the album, was uploaded to Soundcloud by Domino Records on May 29,2012.
A second song, True Thrush, was released on July 10,2012, on July 18,2012, a music video for True Thrush was released. The music video, directed by Ben O Brien and Deacon, on August 21,2012, the album was streamed in its entirety on The Guardian. Music from this album was used in the Adult Swim television series Off the Air for a special entitled Dan Deacon, America has received mostly positive reviews. On the review site Metacritic, the album has a score of 82 out of 100, club gave the album a grade of A-, calling it one of the more thoughtful and complex albums so far this year. Mincher continued, America ultimately embraces splendor and nobility, even as it acknowledges personal and social anxiety, nMEs John Calvert called America a profound statement, writing Deacon proves once and for all that there’s nothing wrong with being cool, as long as you’re awesome. Adam Kivel of Consequence of Sound gave the album a grade of 8 out of 10, writing After taking in an album like this, there should only be reveling in the achievement, the artistic growth, and the pleasure of the experience.
This is a representation of the grandeur of America as it stands. Not all reviews were entirely positive, rolling Stones Jon Dolan gave the album a mixed review, writing, he most enjoyable bits here are the least grandiose, like the zippy, pastoral True Thrush