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Patti Smith

Patricia Lee Smith is an American singer-songwriter, musician and poet who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Called the "punk poet laureate," Smith fused poetry in her work, her most known song is "Because the Night,", co-written with Bruce Springsteen. It reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978 and number five in the U. K. In 2005, Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2007, she was inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame. On November 17, 2010, Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids; the book fulfilled a promise she had made to her former long-time roommate and partner, Robert Mapplethorpe. She placed 47th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Artists published in December 2010 and was a recipient of the 2011 Polar Music Prize. Patricia Lee Smith was born in Chicago to Beverly Smith, a jazz singer turned waitress, Grant Smith, who worked as a machinist at a Honeywell plant.

The family was of part-Irish ancestry and Patti was the eldest of four children, with siblings Linda and Todd. At the age of 4, Smith's family moved from Chicago to Germantown, before heading to Pitman, New Jersey and to The Woodbury Gardens section of Deptford Township, New Jersey. At this early age Smith was exposed to her first records, including Shrimp Boats by Harry Belafonte and Prudence's The Money Tree, Another Side of Bob Dylan, which her mother gave to her. Smith went to work in a factory, she gave birth to her first child, a daughter, on April 26, 1967, chose to place her for adoption. In 1967, she moved to New York City's Manhattan, she met photographer Robert Mapplethorpe there while working at a bookstore with friend and poet Janet Hamill. She and Mapplethorpe had an intense romantic relationship, tumultuous as the pair struggled with times of poverty, Mapplethorpe with his own sexuality. Smith considers Mapplethorpe to be one of the most important people in her life, in her book Just Kids refers to him as "the artist of my life."

Mapplethorpe's photographs of her became the covers for the Patti Smith Group albums, they remained lifelong friends until Mapplethorpe's death in 1989. Her book and album The Coral Sea would be an homage to the life of Mapplethorpe and Just Kids would tell the story of their relationship, she would write essays for several of Mapplethorpe's books, starting from one, at his request, for his posthumous Flowers. She went to Paris with her sister in 1969, started busking and doing performance art; when Smith returned to Manhattan, she lived in the Hotel Chelsea with Mapplethorpe. Smith provided the spoken word soundtrack for Sandy Daley's art film Robert Having His Nipple Pierced, starring Mapplethorpe; the same year Smith appeared with Wayne County in Jackie Curtis's play Femme Fatale. Afterward, she starred in Tony Ingrassia's play Island; as a member of the St. Mark's Poetry Project, she spent the early 1970s painting and performing. In 1971 she performed – for one night only – in Cowboy Mouth, a play that she co-wrote with Sam Shepard.

She wrote several poems, "for sam shepard" and "Sam Shepard: 9 Random Years" about her relationship with Shepard. Smith was considered for the lead singer position in Blue Öyster Cult, she contributed lyrics to several of the band's songs, including "Debbie Denise", "Baby Ice Dog", "Career of Evil", "Fire of Unknown Origin", "The Revenge of Vera Gemini", "Shooting Shark". She was romantically involved at the time with Allen Lanier. During these years, Smith wrote rock journalism pieces, some of which were published in Rolling Stone and Creem. By 1974, Patti Smith was performing rock music with guitarist and rock archivist Lenny Kaye, with a full band comprising Kaye, Ivan Kral on guitar and bass, Jay Dee Daugherty on drums and Richard Sohl on piano. Kral was a refugee from Czechoslovakia who had moved to the United States in 1966 with his parents, who were diplomats. After the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, he decided not to return. Financed by Sam Wagstaff, the band recorded a first single, "Hey Joe / Piss Factory", in 1974.

The A-side was a version of the rock standard with the addition of a spoken word piece about fugitive heiress Patty Hearst. A court heard that Hearst had been confined against her will, had been threatened with execution and raped; the B-side describes the helpless anger Smith had felt while working on a factory assembly line and the salvation she discovered in the form of a shoplifted book, the 19th century French poet Arthur Rimbaud's Illuminations. In a 1996 interview which discusses artistic influences during her younger years, Smith said, "I had devoted so much of my girlish daydreams to Rimbaud. Rimbaud was like my boyfriend." That same year, she performed spoken poetry on "I Wake Up Screaming" from Ray Manzarek's The Whole Thing Started with Rock & Roll Now It's Out of Control album. The Patti Smith Group was signed by Clive Davis of Arista Records, in 1975 recorded their first album, pro

LPG (Dutch band)

LPG is a Dutch indie-pop band, signed on Excelsior Recordings/V2 Records. In April 2005, their critically acclaimed debut album I fear no foe was released in the Netherlands, receiving positive reviews from established magazines and websites, such as Oor, VPRO 3voor12 and Volkskrant. There were few negative reviews, which struggled with the applause in the opening track Speech, the diversity of the band. Shortlty after releasing the debut album, the band released a homemade music video to the song Sparrow, which consisted out of more than 1500 separate photos, resulting in an artistic animation. All in their early twenties, the band toured the Netherlands and supported such acts as The Cribs and Zita Swoon. In January 2006, the band announced the song Belly Rollercoaster from their debut album I fear no foe was to be used in a worldwide TV commercial for the Nokia 6280 mobile phone; the music video to this song proved a struggle to make, was released several months after its premature release party.

In 2002 Anne van Wieren and Arend-Jan - two friends from high-school - decided to start a band and record a demo on their own. They both had been in bands before, but wanted to take a fresh and new approach to music, one without concessions, they record their first demo at home in Hoogezand-Sappemeer, a small municipality in Groningen. After sending the demo to several friends and people in the record industry, they receive positive feedback and decide to form a band. Gerald Kooistra, Christiaan Nijburg and Rob van Essen join in and the basement of Christiaan's parents house is turned into the band's recording and practicing room; the first gigs were either good or bad. One of the most talked about gigs in the early years is to be played in Volta, where a girl takes place on a bar stool behind a microphone stand, only to drink wine and smoke cigarettes. In 2003, VPRO 3voor12 and Excelsior Recordings discover the band. On 3voor12 several items about the band are placed in one of which Niels Aalbert praises the band for their ambition and commitment, comparing the band to The Lemonheads and Guided by Voices, yet he feels the band would be better at place at a smaller label such as Konkurrent or Excelsior Recordings.

The latter take on the challenge, give the band the gigs and time they need to grow before they can record their debut album. As a taste, the band release a handmade 7" vinyl split-single featuring the demo version of Sparrow, with the unreleased Spinvis song Goochelaars en geesten as the B-Side. In 2004, Rob decides to leave the band and focus on college before the band started recording in the studio. A replacement is and found: Martien ter Veen. In several sessions LPG record their debut album at the SSE studios in Weesp, with Frans Hagenaars as their producer, they finish recording at the end of 2004, after which the tracks are being mastered in the Wisseloord Studios by Darius van Helfteren. The band find themselves a manager in Sander Zuidema and prepare themselves for the release of their debut album by performing on both the Eurosonic and Noorderslag festival in January 2005. On April 4, 2005, the band release. With positive reviews coming in from several established magazines and websites, they find themselves a booking agency in Mana Music.

An intensive tour through the Netherlands follows. The band shares the stage with such acts as The Cribs, The Dears and Zita Swoon. Peter Weening of VERA - a famous club for the international pop underground - asks the band to perform on his 25th anniversary of this award-winning venue. Spinvis asks the band to join them, supporting his sold-out club-tour throughout the Netherlands. Throughout the year the gets a good name in the media, steals the hearts of many die -hard music fans, yet fails to take the next step in becoming a mainstream act with international fame. In 2006, after a wild and successful year, the band start with more good news just before their second appearance on Eurosonic. Thanks to Massive Music the band get the attention of Grey advertising and Nokia, who select the song Belly Rollercoaster to be used in a worldwide TV and Radio campaign to introduce their new Nokia 6280 cellphones; this news alone gets the band a lot of international attention in the media, with several appearances on TV and Radio as a result.

A week the band perform in a sold out Paradiso together with Spinvis and broadcast by Fabchannel. It takes more than 4 months after that until the Nokia commercial first airs, the band release the music video to Belly Rollercoaster. In the mean time, the band focus on their performances and promotion on MySpace, attracting an increasing number of fans on the LPG MySpace profile In June 2006 the band announce a change of management. Sander Zuidema, who has managed the band from the start, is to focus more on internet promotion, whilst a new manager Maarten van der Helm, bass-player of Skik, is attracted in order to let the band take the next leap forward. During live performances the band start to play new songs and in the media they hint their next album might become a bit more consistent and up-tempo. In the summer they perform - and are to perform - on several festivals in the Netherlands, closing down with a theatre performance in their hometown Hoogezand-Sappemeer. In 2007 LPG record their new album, to be released in 2008, with Frans Hagenaars in the SSE studio's in Weesp.

In October 2007, they use 11.000 Tomato paste cans to recreate a band photo on the Spui square in The Hague. The resulting photo, taken from great height, will be used as their new album cover. Video f

Robert Martin Gumbura

Robert Martin Gumbura is the pastor of the RMG Independent End Time Message Church in Zimbabwe, a convicted rapist. Gumbura was convicted of four counts of one on possession of pornographic material, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison and is serving his sentence at Zimbabwe's notorious Chikurubi Prison. His church was suspended by Zimbabwe's religious body, ACCZ, for "Satanic practices" and for the child abuse allegations against Robert Gumbura. Parliament is seeking to permanently ban the church. Born in Kenzamba, Zimbabwe on the 29th of July 1956, he is alleged to have abused his congregants for over 30 years. Gumbura had given himself the authority to have sex with any female congregant of his choice in his church regardless of their marital status and could “loan” them out to their husbands, but still retain certain rights; these rights included him being able to continue to have sexual intercourse with any women, despite their marital status. Gumbura was viewed as God in the church and indoctrinated his followers into believing that God directly communicated with him and gave him authority to do as he pleased.

He said. Leaked WhatsApp messages between two women who consented to having sex with Gumbura, despite one of them being married, revealed that of all the countless women Gumbura had sex with, he only used a condom on just one woman, described as "very beautiful but risky" - whereas the rest "sampled his anaconda live and direct". According to the leaked WhatsApp chat a married woman and that woman's daughter once took turns to have sex with Gumbura, his span of control expanded all over Zimbabwe, in overseas countries such as the Leeds in the UK. On the 18th of March 2015, vice president and justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa told parliament that jailed RGM Independent End Time Message Church leader Robert Martin Gumbura —, serving a 40-year jail term for rape — was among over 100 inmates who planned the violent food riots that broke out at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison one Friday. Stating “Surprisingly Gumbura was chairing that conspiracy at the compound area where meals are served and the mutiny was over the issue of there being no meat in their relish.”

As a result of this Gumbura has since been moved to the'D' section of the prison, reserved for dangerous inmates. Http://www.herald.co.zw/breaking-news-gumbura-convicted/ https://www.newsday.co.zw/2014/02/03/breaking-gumbura-sentenced-40-years/ http://www.herald.co.zw/breaking-newsgumbura-sentenced-to-40-years/ http://www.zbc.co.zw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=41123:gumbura-sentenced-to-an-effective-40-years&catid=41:top-stories&Itemid=86 https://www.newsday.co.zw/2015/03/19/gumbura-behind-chikurubi-prison-riots-mnangagwa/ http://www.myzimbabwe.co.zw/news/2403-pastor-robert-gumbura-who-had-unprotected-sex-with-over-100-women-bounces-back.html