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25 John Lennon Fans Sing His First Post-Beatles Album, Working Class Hero, Word for Word, and Note for Note

A working class hero is something to be If you want to be a hero well just follow me - John Lennon, “Working Class Hero” Artist Candice Breitz knows that a true fan’s connection to a beloved musical artist is a source of power, however lopsided the “relationship” may be. Favorite albums are touchstones that get […] 25 John Lennon Fans... go to Article >

The First Faked Photograph (1840)

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The photograph was invented in the early 19th century, but who invented it? Histories of photography point to several different independent inventors, most of them French: Nicéphore Niépce, for example, who in 1826 made the first work... read more

The Story of Ziggy Stardust Gets Chronicled in a New Graphic Novel, Featuring a Forward by Neil Gaiman

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Film has always been a medium that seeks to entertain as well as edify, framing thrills and chills for profit, and framing compositions deserving of the label of “art.” Very often it has done both at the same time. Every casual student of the... read more

The Best of the Edward Gorey Envelope Art Contest

1 Day ago Culture Source: Openculture.com

What a delight it must have been to have been one of Edward Gorey’s correspondents, or even a postal worker charged with handling his outgoing mail. The late author and illustrator had a penchant for embellishing envelopes with the hairy beasts,... read more

Meet Viola Smith, the World’s Oldest Drummer: Her Career Started in the 1930s, and She’s Still Playing at 106

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She may be the most famous jazz drummer you’ve never heard of. Viola Smith played with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, performed for Harry Truman’s inauguration in 1949, and played in the Kit-Kat Band (see them below on I've Got a Secret), in the... read more

The Internet Archive Makes 2,500 More Classic MS-DOS Video Games Free to Play Online: Alone in the Dark, Doom, Microsoft Adventure, and Others

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Back in 2015 we let you know that the Internet Archive made 2,400 computer games from the era of MS-DOS free to play online: titles like Commander Keen, Scorched Earth, and Prince of Persia may have brought back fond 1990s gaming memories, as... read more

Martin Luther King Jr. Explains the Importance of Jazz: Hear the Speech He Gave at the First Berlin Jazz Festival (1964)

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of full inclusion for Black Americans still seems painfully unreal fifty years after his death. By most significant measures, the U.S. has regressed. De facto housing and school segregation are entrenched (and... read more

Watch Teenage Kurt Cobain and Friends’ Horror Movie from 1984

4 Days ago Culture Source: Openculture.com

Because Kurt Cobain died so young (and some would say so mysteriously) his pre-Nirvana works can be over-examined as harbingers of his fate. Maybe death was always riding hard on his tail, these works can tell us, though any number of... read more

Chill Out to 70 Hours of Oceanscape Nature Videos Filmed by BBC Earth

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Those who harbor a deep-seated fear of the water may want to look for other methods of stress relief than BBC Earth’s relaxing 10-hour video loops, but everyone else is encouraged to take a dip in these stunning natural worlds, presented without... read more

Banksy Launches a New Online Store: Make Purchases Through October 28

4 Days ago Culture Source: Openculture.com

Has Banksy sold out? Fans and critics alike of the street-art provocateur-turned-globally recognizable brand can argue that question endlessly. But we do know, at least, that Banksy sells: earlier this month he broke his own record when his 2009... read more

How to Paint Like Willem De Kooning: Watch Visual Primers from the Museum of Modern Art

5 Days ago Culture Source: Openculture.com

Before you learn how to paint like Dutch American Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning, you might ask, why should you paint like Willem De Kooning? Shouldn’t every artist have his or her own inimitable personal style? We might ask, why learn... read more

The Politics & Philosophy of the Bauhaus Design Movement: A Short Introduction

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This year marks the centennial of the Bauhaus, the German art-and-design school and movement whose influence now makes itself felt all over the world. The clean lines and clarity of function exhibited by Bauhaus buildings, imagery, and objects —... read more