Einstürzende Neubauten is a German experimental music group formed in West Berlin in 1980. The group is composed of founder members Blixa Bargeld and N. U. Unruh, long-time contributor Alexander Hacke, plus Jochen Arbeit, Rudolf Moser, who both joined the line-up in 1997. One of their trademarks is the use of custom-built instruments, predominantly made out of scrap metal and building tools, noises, in addition to standard musical instruments, their early albums were unremittingly harsh, with Bargeld's vocals shouted and screamed above a din of banging and scraping metal percussion. Subsequent recordings found the group's sound growing somewhat more conventional, yet still containing many unorthodox elements. On 1st April 1980, Einstürzende Neubauten made its first appearance, at the Moon Club in West Berlin; this first lineup featured Beate Bartel and Gudrun Gut, Blixa Bargeld, N. U. Unruh; the two female members and Gut, left the band after a short period and founded Mania D. Shortly thereafter, Alexander Hacke, a sound technician and multi-instrumentalist, 15 years old at the time, joined the band and became a longtime member.
In 1981, the percussionist F. M. Einheit joined Einstürzende Neubauten and it released its first LP, Kollaps, a mixture of rough punk tunes and industrial noises; the industrial noises were obtained from self-made music machines and found objects such as metal plates. The live performances with Einheit in the 1980s included lots of metal banging and destruction on stage. During their first German tour, Mark Chung joined the group of musicians; this lineup lasted nearly 15 years. In 1983, Einstürzende Neubauten recorded its second album, Zeichnungen des Patienten O. T.. The title came from a 1974 book by Leo Navratil, it was a guest performer on Fad Gadget's "Collapsing New People" 7" single's B-side track'Spoil The Child', recorded at Hansa Tonstudio, Berlin in November 1983. In 1983, Bargeld joined the band The Birthday Party as a guitarist; that group soon disbanded, but Bargeld became a longtime member of one of the bands that sprang from it, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Bargeld remained a full-time member of both Einstürzende Neubauten and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds until 2003, when he quit the Bad Seeds in order to focus on Einstürzende Neubauten.
In 1984, Einstürzende Neubauten, with guests including Genesis P-Orridge, Stevo Pearce, Frank Tovey and others, played a show titled The Concerto for Voices and Machinery at the ICA in London. After 20 minutes the venue halted the show when the band began to dig through the venue's stage with drills and jackhammers. 1984 saw the first release of a best-of and rarities compilation, Strategies Against Architecture 80-83. The band's next album, Halber Mensch in 1985, may be seen as a developmental breakthrough. Musical structure became more evident, Bargeld's lyrics and his singing changed, he moved from shouted phrases toward organized, poetic melodies. The band played a show in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to kick off its third North American tour; the performance was sponsored by the German Goethe Institute as part of the German contribution to Expo 86. Scheduled to appear were Test Dept and Skinny Puppy, though not everyone was able to play. On the tour, the group's experimental and improvised live performance style caused difficulties with venue management and law enforcement.
A performance at The Palladium in Manhattan ended 30 minutes into the set after an improvised pyrotechnics display. The band ignited lighter fluid in a couple of metal pans, management stopped the performance and cleared the venue; the one-hour film Halber Mensch by Sōgo Ishii documents Einstürzende Neubauten's visit to Japan in 1985. The next two albums, Fünf auf der nach oben offenen Richterskala in 1987 and Haus der Lüge in 1989, were great successes in the United States and Japan. In 1990, the band tried something new, recording the soundtrack for East German playwright Heiner Müller's play Die Hamletmaschine for East German radio Rundfunk der DDR; the band image of Einstürzende Neubauten changed: Blixa Bargeld wearing punk/industrial style clothes, appeared at the live concerts in a suit. 1991 saw the release of the double album, a best-of and rarities album, Strategies Against Architecture II. This collection included a musical setting of Heiner Müller's piece "Bildbeschreibung". In Vienna, May 1992, Einstürzende Neubauten performed at The Academy of Fine Arts' 300th anniversary in a show by Erich Wonder, Das Auge des Taifun.
The next album, Tabula Rasa, was an important turning point in the band's history, the music becoming softer and containing more electronic sounds. In 1993, the band was booked to support U2 during the European leg of the Zoo TV Tour, but were thrown off the stage and off the tour when a band member threw an iron bar into the booing crowd. Mark Chung left the band in 1994 after the recording of Faustmusik for Werner Schwab's play, made a career in the music industry. F. M. Einheit, who contributed much to the music and sound of the band, left the band a short time
George Cain was an African-American author, renowned for writing Blueschild Baby, a semi-autobiographical novel published in 1970. The book is about the life of a drug user who overcomes his addiction. Cain was himself a drug user but, unlike the character in his novel, he never overcame his addiction nor went on to write another book. Born on October 27, 1943, as George Maurice Hopkins, he would adopt the pen name Africa Cain choosing to use his original first name, he grew up in Hell's Kitchen and moved with his family to Teaneck, New Jersey after graduating from the McBurney School, which he attended on scholarship. His basketball skills earned him a scholarship at Iona College, but he dropped out as a junior and headed to the American Southwest. While in Mexico he was charged and sentenced to six months in jail for possession of marijuana. After completing his sentence he started writing Blueschild Baby. George Cain's representative character in the book starts using drugs in high school, which starts his descent into the drug world, following the death of a favorite grandmother in a fire.
The George Cain in the book finds his way and stops using drugs, but Cain himself had his life destroyed by drugs. The book describes how Cain's middle-class parents moving to the suburbs only to find themselves "surrounded and harassed by the white mob". Reviewer Addison Gayle, Jr. of The New York Times called the book "the most important work of fiction by an Afro-American since Native Son", describing "a world that only black people can comprehend", written in "a language that abounds in colorful in-group symbols and metaphors". Despite favorable responses to the book, he never completed a planned sequel to his debut book and as described by his ex-wife Jo Lynne Pool he "had a lot of friends from the street, they were going down", he went down along with them, his life and family falling apart. Cain died at the age of 66 in Manhattan due to complications of kidney disease, he was survived by two daughters, a son and five grandchildren
John David Lumsdon is an English former footballer who played at right-back for Stoke City, Port Vale, Telford United in the 1970s. Lumsdon started his career with Stoke City, he made 13 appearances in the 1976–77 season as Tony Waddington's "Potters" suffered relegation. He played five Second Division games in the 1977–78 season, he was loaned to Potteries derby rivals Port Vale in March 1978, played five Third Division games for Bobby Smith's "Valiants" before returning to Victoria Ground at the end of the season. As of March 2017, he is the last player to have joined Port Vale on loan from Stoke City, he moved on to Southern League side Telford United. Source