January 31, 2006
The State of the Rialto Address
My fellow 'merkans...
January 20, 2006
Avenged Sevenfold Photo Highlight
The weird thing is, we don't even sell Heineken.
January 18, 2006
Avenged Sevenfold: SOLD OUT??
Yes, Avenged Sevenfold is SOLD OUT.
January 12, 2006
Fake Writer Day!
To that end, we're celebrating "Fake Writer Day" on Friday, January 20th, by inviting a real writer of a real book that deals with the extraordinary impact of the Appalachian region of the United States on our collective culture.
Jeff Biggers' The United States of Appalachia "...should be a bestseller immediately. It is a 'how-to' book -- how to assert your fundamental rights and how to speak out in the manner of the American Revolution footsloggers, whose descendants they are. Read it and your faltering hopes will rise."
Or at least that's what literary giant Studs Terkel thinks.
Over the course of the evening, Biggers and his musical confreres Lisa Otey, Tom Walbank and Tim Wiedenkeller will trace the multifarious influence of Appalachia on jazz, blues, gospel, and country music, a smorgasbord of deeply American idioms if ever there was one.
"An Evening At the Appalachian Vanguard" will trace jazz as embodied by Nina Simone; the blues through the timeless sounds of WC Handy and Bessie Smith, and the origins of gospel, country, and bluegrass through the oeuvres of the Carter and Stanley families. This fecund region's sounds will be spotlighted by the performances of Otey, Walbank and Wiedenkeller, and of course via the vigorous prose of Jeff Biggers' book.
If you prefer fake writers such as James Frey and JT Leroy, this event might not be for you. But for those looking for beautifully illustrated insights into our shared cultural histories, "An Evening at the Appalachian Vanguard" will not disappoint.
Is this man lying, or merely contemplating a lie?