Lin-Manuel Miranda Lin-Manuel Miranda revolutionized American culture, but specifically theater, music, and entertainment. Lin-Manuel was born January 16th, 1980 in Manhattan, New York. In the 1980’s, musicals and theater were very popular, but the idea of hip-hop music in them was not even thought about. However, Lin-Manuel Miranda changed that dramatically, and as a result, we have some very great works like Hamilton, and In The Heights that Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote. Some of the reasons Lin-Manuel Miranda revolutionized American Culture are because he was very brave, because he revolutionized the way Americans thought about American history with one of his most famous works Hamilton, and because he brought people closer together by combining
To Pimp a Butterfly, doesn’t explicitly bill itself as a movie like good kid, m.A.A.d city (Lamar’s first mainstream album) did, but the network of interlocking dramas explored here feels like a movie nonetheless, and a variety of characters appear across the album’s expanse. To Pimp a Butterfly, loosely follows the same formula, but with an added level of creative madness, the album is more intense, more bizarre, more profound and more controversial. Kendrick Lamar has stated that Tupac Shakur is his biggest influence, and has influenced his music as well as his day-to-day lifestyle. “To Pimp a Butterfly”, incorporates elements of funk, jazz, soul and spoken word poetry.
The fact that he has consistently had at least on show running on Broadway since 1979 is an incredible feat in itself. Many composers are lucky to have just one or two shows run. We do not know what is yet to come from the brilliant Andrew Lloyd Webber, but if it is anything like his past productions, I do not think we will be
Today’s music industry is plastered with voice editing and modification, gaudy outfits and flashy character personas. Everything is over the top, and the competition is so extreme that it makes it nearly impossible for one artist to dominate the music scene. However, there is a timeless artist who not only dominated the industry many years ago, but whose music still resonates with todays’ culture. This artist is none other than the Frank Sinatra.
His ability to demonstrate multiple extraordinary talents in a single performance made him a huge hit, and anyone he performed with was no doubt a hit themselves. Along with his many other innovations, Armstrong even created his own style of singing, scat. This was another improvisational method. With this he was able to make almost anything he performed his own(aside from what actually was his own). What was even more amazing was that Armstrong's career lasted from the thirties until the year before his
Both created a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, initiating what to be considered the “golden age” of musical theatre. Rodgers was composing the music and Hammerstein was writing the lyrics, five of their Broadway shows, “ Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music, were outstanding successes, as was the television broadcast of Cinderella. “ The King and I” opened on Broadway on March 29, 1951. The idea of the Broadway came from a film in 1956 with Brynner re-creating his role opposite Deborah Kerr. “ The Sound of Music” were Rodgers and Hammerstein las work together, the play told the story of the von Trapp family.
One of the most audacious Hollywood films of the late 1970s was ‘All That Jazz’ and the music to match was just as cheeky. Music used throughout the film in ‘All That Jazz’, some of the songs had a very 80 's beat, which of course was en vogue when it was made. It combined musical theatre and elaborate flights of fancy to enthralling effect, employing a wide range of musical styles and compositions in the process. The music style used divides its time between jazzy pop classics ("Everything Old Is New Again" and "On Broadway") and a combination of classics handled by composer/arranger Ralph Burns. The jazzy pop songs made for fun listening from classical music, lushly-orchestrated pop classics to easy listening styled songs.
The Twentieth Century gave birth to many new forms of music. The world saw music transformation from the creations of Chopin to Rock and Roll, Rap, Heavy Metal, and Grunge. While there are many artist and groups who performed new musical styles, none did more for them then the five bands we will discuss here. These groups not only shaped the music we listen to, they also shaped our culture. From the King of Rock, to the original British boy band, a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, the band that introduced 90’s to grunge rock, and finally the original gangster rappers.
Immigrant, politician, and lyrical genius are three attributes that describe Alexander Hamilton. Many people know that Alexander Hamilton’s story transformed into a hit musical, but he was so much more. As a well known founding father, Alexander Hamilton showed Americans that they should stand for the change they believe in.
Guitarists Oliver Geibig and Stephan Karut shine throughout, elevating their playing well above the usual gallop and crash of the genre, delivering some outstanding solo-work and moody noodling along with the required bruising riffage. There’s quite a bit of diversity musically and longtime fans will do double-takes on multiple tracks. Shakespeare’s King Lear is a very ambitious outing for Rebellion, and they pull it off far better than I expected when I snagged this from the promo sump, cackling sardonically over the comedic gold this misbegotten concept would provide. Alas, all that glitters is not sump gold, and I’ve been deprived of a chance to properly savage this album.
Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez, also known as Richard Ramirez was an American serial killer, rapist and burglar whose killing spree took place between June 1984 until August 1985. He was dubbed “The Night Stalker” by the media as he gravitated towards shadows purposefully, exploited the night and wrapped it around himself clad in all black attire. He was also a self-declared Satanist, leaving signs and markings at scenes of crimes and on bodies of victims. Following his capture, he was initially charged with 14 murders, and 30 other felony counts related to his rape, robbery and killing spree. Prior to his court pleading Ramirez had confessed while in custody and in San Quentin State Prison, but retracted his confession claiming a case of mistaken identity and stood trial pleading innocence.