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Vanilla Ice

Robert Matthew Van Winkle, known professionally as Vanilla Ice, is an American rapper and television host. Born in South Dallas, raised in Texas and South Florida, Ice released his debut album, Hooked, in 1989 on Ichiban Records, before signing a contract with SBK Records, a record label of the EMI Group, which released a reformatted version of the album in 1990 under the title To the Extreme, which contained Ice's best-known hits: "Ice Ice Baby" and a cover of "Play That Funky Music". "Ice Ice Baby" was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts. Although he was successful, Ice regretted his business arrangements with SBK, which had paid him to adopt a more commercial appearance to appeal to a mass audience and published fabricated biographical information without his knowledge. After surviving a suicide attempt, Ice changed his musical lifestyle. While his less mainstream albums failed to chart or receive much radio airplay, Ice has had an underground following. In 2009, Ice began hosting The Vanilla Ice Project on DIY Network.

His latest album, WTF – Wisdom, Tenacity & Focus, was released in August 2011. After that, Ice signed to Psychopathic Records. Robert Matthew Van Winkle was born in Dallas, Texas, on October 31, 1967. Van Winkle has never known his biological father; when Van Winkle was four, his mother divorced. Afterward, he grew up moving between Dallas and Miami, where his new stepfather worked at a car dealership. Van Winkle was affected by hip hop at an early age, saying "It's a big passion of mine because I love poetry. I was just influenced by that whole movement and it's molded me into who I am today." Between the ages of 13 and 14, Van Winkle practiced breakdancing, which led to his friends nicknaming him "Vanilla", as he was the only one in the group, not black. Although he disliked the nickname, it stuck. Shortly afterward, Van Winkle started battle rapping at parties and because of his rhymes, his friends started calling him "MC Vanilla". However, when he became a member of a breakdance troupe, Van Winkle's stage name was "Vanilla Ice" combining his nickname "Vanilla" with one of his breakdance moves.

When Ice's stepfather was offered a better job in Carrollton, Texas, he moved back to Texas with his mother. When Ice was not learning to ride motorbikes, he was dancing as a street performer with his breakdancing group, now called The Vanilla Ice Posse. Ice wrote "Ice Ice Baby" at the age of 16, basing its lyrics on a weekend he had with friend and disc jockey D-Shay in South Florida; the lyrics describe Ice and Shay on a drug run that ends in a drive-by shooting while praising Ice's rhyming skills. In 1985, he was focusing all of his energy on motocross. After breaking his ankle during a race, Ice was not interested in racing professionally for some time, using his spare time to perfect his dance moves and creating his own while his ankle was healing. Ice used his beatboxing and breakdancing skills as a street performer with his friends at local malls during this time. One evening he visited City Lights, a South Dallas nightclub, where he was dared to go on stage by his friend Squirrel during an open-mic.

He won the crowd over and was asked by City Lights manager John Bush if he wanted to perform which he accepted. Ice would be joined on stage with his disc jockey D-Shay and Zero as well as Earthquake, the local disc jockey at City Lights; the Vanilla Ice Posse or The V. I. P. would perform with Ice on stage. As a performer for City Lights, Ice opened up for N. W. A, Public Enemy, The D. O. C. Tone Lōc, 2 Live Crew, Paula Abdul, Sinbad and MC Hammer. In January 1987, Ice was stabbed five times during a scuffle outside of City Lights. After spending ten days at the hospital, Ice signed a contract with the owner of City Lights, Tommy Quon and his management company, Ultrax. Two years Ice would open for EPMD, Ice-T, Sir Mix-A-Lot on the Stop the Violence Tour. Quon saw commercial potential in Ice's dancing skills. Buying studio time with Quon's earnings from City Lights, they recorded songs, perfected on stage by Ice and his acquaintances with various producers, including Khayree; the two year production was distributed by an independent record company called Ichiban Records in 1989.

"Play That Funky Music" was released as the album's first single, with "Ice Ice Baby" appearing as the B-side. Tommy Quon sent out the single to various radio stations around the US, but the single was played and when it was, it did not get the reaction Quon was hoping for; when disc jockey Darrell Jaye in Georgia played "Ice Ice Baby" instead of the single's A-side, the song gained a quick fanbase and other radio stations followed suit. Quon financed $8,000 for the production of a music video for "Ice Ice Baby", which received heavy airplay by The Box, increasing public interest in the song. Following the success of "Ice Ice Baby", record producer Suge Knight and two bodyguards arrived at The Palm in West Hollywood, where Ice was eating. After shoving Ice's bodyguards aside and his own bodyguards sat down in front of Ice, staring at him before asking "How you doin'?" Similar incidents were repeated on several occasions. Knight showed up at Ice's hotel suite on the fifteenth floor of the Bel Age Hotel, accompanied by a member of the Los Angeles Raiders football team.

According to Ice, Knight took him out on the balcony by himself, implied that he would throw him off the balcony unless he signed the publishing rights to the song over to Knight. On the basis of Ice's good looks and dance moves, Public Enemy tried

Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection

The Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection is an art museum in Berlin. Its collection of paintings and sculptures, spanning the period from French Romanticism to Surrealism, is housed in former rooms of the Egyptian Museum in Charlottenburg on a ten-year loan, it was founded in 2008, is part of the National Gallery of Berlin. The works on display are owned by the Foundation of the Dieter Scharf Collection in Remembrance of Otto Gerstenberg. Gerstenberg was an early 20th-century Berlin art collector, whose collection was destroyed and seized as plunder during the war. After Gerstenberg's death in 1935, his paintings went to his daughter, Margarete Scharf, who stored most in the bunker of the Nationalgalerie in Berlin during the war; these were taken to the Soviet Union. But some were burned in an air raid; the surviving artworks remained in family ownership and were inherited by his grandson, Dieter Scharf. This collection of graphics was to be the foundation of Scharf's own acquisitions, in 2000 Scharf's collection was put on display in Berlin under the name "Surreal Worlds".

Shortly before his death in 2001 he transferred these works to the new Foundation. There is a ten-year loan agreement between this foundation and the Berlin State Museums, while the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation has allowed it the use of the East Stüler Building in Charlottenburg; the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection is located on Schloßstraße, opposite the present-day Berggruen Museum. Both buildings are separated from Charlottenburg Palace by the Spandau Dam, they originate from designs by the Prussian king Frederick William IV, implemented by the architect Friedrich August Stüler from 1851-59. Both the Stüler Buildings served as officer barracks for the Gardes du Corps regiment; the East Building is part of the old Marstall Building, together these two housed the Egyptian Museum between 1967 and 2005. From 2005-08 they were renovated for future use by the Scharf-Gerstenberg Museum, under the architectural direction of Gregor Sunder-Plassmann; the works inherited by Dieter Scharf from his grandfather's collection include graphics by Goya, Klinger, Manet and Piranesi.

The works by these artists formed the foundation on which Scharf built his own collection of symbolist and surrealist art. Besides paintings by Dalí, Ernst, Masson, Redon and Tanguy, as well as sculptures by Ernst, Lipchitz and Tàpies, the key works of the collection are graphics, following the example set by Gerstenberg. Other artists in the collection include Baumeister, Brauner, Éluard, Giacometti, Janssen, Klee, Léger, Miró, Oelze, Picasso, Seurat and Wols; the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection thematically complements the exhibition "Picasso and His Time" in the Berggruen Museum located opposite. Some artists, such as Picasso and Giacometti, are featured in both collections; the Kalabsha Gate and the columns from the ancient Sahure Temple, both owned by the Egyptian Museum, will be on display in the Scharf-Gerstenberg Museum until the completion of the Pergamon Museum's fourth exhibition wing. Karin Schick, Ulrich Luckhardt: Surreale Welten, Stiftung Sammlung Dieter Scharf zur Erinnerung an Otto Gerstenberg.

Milan, 2000, ISBN 88-8118-696-9. Melanie Franke, Silke Krohn and Dieter Scholz: Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg in Berlin. Prestel, Munich, 2008, ISBN 3-7913-4029-8. Melanie Franke, Dieter Scholz: Surreale Welten Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg. Nicolai, Berlin, 2008, ISBN 978-3-89479-499-6. Home page on the Berlin State Museums website

Floored Genius 3 – Julian Cope's Oddicon of Lost Rarities & Versions 1978–98

Floored Genius 3 – Julian Cope's Oddicon of Lost Rarities & Versions 1978–98 is a rarities compilation album by Julian Cope, released in 2000 on Cope's own Head Heritage label. It contains unreleased demos and live recordings, as well as a few released tracks, such as the two rare singles, "Competition" and "Propheteering". Many of the tracks were recorded during periods. All tracks are written except "Satisfaction" by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Adapted from the album's liner notes, except where noted. "Ascending" – Three recordings exists of this song. This is the most recent version from 1998, featuring Thighpaulsandra's string and flutes arrangement. "Conspiracist Blues" – Recorded live at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen during Cope's first Highlands & Islands Tour of Scotland, according to the album's liner notes, but is in fact a studio recording. "Propheteering" – 7" single released in 1997 as a limited edition. "Mighty Carl Jung" – Recorded soon after Island dropped Cope in November 1992.

It was forgotten until 1997. "Highway Blues" – Released in 1995 on The Big Issue South LP. Recorded soon after Island dropped Cope in November 1992. "Sqwubbsy Versus King Plank" – "A arch protometal version of this weird glam song," according to the album's liner notes. "You Can't Hurt Me Anymore" – Written for the E. Man Groovin' session with Hugoth and Tom Nicolson, Tim Bran and Gorby Butterworth; this is a version recorded in Liverpool. The Mellotron was overdubbed during Thigpaulsandra's 1997 remix. "Oh Yeah, but Never Like This Before" – Recorded by Cope with the band The Sons Of T. C. Lethbridge. "The One I Call My Own" – One of three recorded versions and attempted as a potential single dropped as being too long. The Mellotron was added during Thigpaulsandra's 1997 remix "Jellypop Perky Jean" – This new version was recorded in 1993, as several A&R men viewed it as a potential single. "Tighten-Up" – Recorded in two hours for a live mime on Japanese television. The audience was dubbed on by the TV company.

"Zabriskie Point" – A live recording. The studio version was lost when Cope moved to the West Country in 1992. "I Need Someone" and "Prince Varmint" – When I. R. S. Records showed interest in Cope, c. 1985, his manager paid for these two songs to be recorded along with several others, some of which are now lost. "Competition" – 7" single released in 1985 by Cope under the name Rabbi Joseph Gordan and limited to 2000 copies. Produced by Steve Lovell, credited as Bernard Gazda. "Satisfaction" – Recorded in June 1978 at Will Sergeant's home studio. It was the result of a collaboration between Sergeant and Paul Simpson's band Industrial Domestic and Cope. Credits adapted from the album's liner notes