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[url=http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-32747861]BB King, the King of Blues, dies at 89[/url]

Back when I was a teenager taking guitar lessons, I would get my teacher to teach me "B.B. King-style" guitar licks. B.B. King's playing was, and still is, a high standard to aspire to.

[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6gDeGdQ3rM]B. B. King & Eric Clapton - The Thrill Is Gone[/url]

I came acrosss this live version of 'Thrill is Gone' back in 2007, and it's been a favourite of mine ever since. B.B. King and Eric Clapton's duet at the end is absolutely classic. Though B.B. King is no longer with us, as long as I can still watch this, the thrill will never be gone. Rest in peace!

Slumberjack

Left Turn wrote:
B.B. King's playing was, and still is, a high standard to aspire to.

Vey much so.  He is listed at #6 on Rolling Stone's greatest guitarists of all time.

lagatta

Very sad to hear this, but not terribly surprised. He had been ill for a long time, and I was pleased that he lived and worked as long as he did.

Perhaps all the "King Streets" here and there should be renamed "BB King"?

Remember that he grew up in the peonage that followed chattel slavery, as a sharecropper.

sherpa-finn

Michael Barratt Brown - a familiar name to anyone dabbling in alternative (socialist) economics in the 70s and 80s, - or engaged in the worker control / industrial democracy movements of the day.  

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/26/michael-barratt-brown

 

 

sherpa-finn

Ronnie Gilbert, singer, song writer and activist - best known as a member of the classic folk band The Weavers.  

Obit with embedded video clip here: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/06/08/passing-ronnie-gilbert

bekayne
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laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Big hit on the music front with BB King, Ronnie Gilbrert and Ornette Coleman. At least they were not young deaths.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

The thing to remember is, new songs will always be made...by those whose names we do not yet know, and in places we may not expect.  We just need to be open to whatever song may rise.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Ronnie spent a considerable period of time in her post-Weavers years living in B.C., from what I've heard.

Here's my favorite vocal performances of hers(in duet with Holly Near) :

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqGOZm9qJOo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVPbxqqNZk0

(on edit)

And here's a collection of short films from 1951 in which The Weavers perform several of their best-known songs(right before blacklisting ended their commercial music career, other than in a series of reunion concerts) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HCsW0xh1Mk

Unionist

A great man has left us, much too soon.

[url=http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/former-montreal-mayor-jean-do... Montreal mayor Jean Doré dead at 70[/url]

sherpa-finn

With a great set of archival photos attached, including early MCM days. Thanks!

lagatta

Thanks. I've had a rush of work and didn't even listen to the news at 6 p.m. I knew him - not "well" but as a colleague, and the initial election of the RCM was such a thrill - I remember the party at l'Union française (an old hall for the "Français de France" community, beautiful but somewhat rundown, very close to the old headquarters of the CSN). And the acrimony over Overdale.

While I won't let any municipal party, not the RCM or Projet Montréal, take the credit for things community associations have fought for, whether bicycle paths, bus lanes or social housing, they did implement a lot of our demands that the Drapeau administration had refused (and jailed some of us for). And the commitment to fighting complicity with Apartheid and miitarism was very real, culminating in Nelson Mandela's visit here.

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Comedian Rick Ducommun(from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, as it turns out), age 62:

 

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/18/entertainment/feat-rick-ducommun-obit-thr/...

bekayne

Patrick Macnee:

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/jun/25/avengers-star-patric...

Macnee nearly lost the role of bowler-hatted Steed because of his aversion to violence. In a 1997 interview he recalled being told by producers that he would have to use a gun on the show.

“I said, ‘No, I don’t. I’ve been in World War II for five years and I’ve seen most of my friends blown to bits and I’m not going to carry a gun.’ They said: ‘What are you going to carry?’ I thought frantically and said: ‘An umbrella.’”

 

lagatta

I LOVED that show when I was a girl. Indeed, it was one of the few shows were women were something other than decorations. Yes, they were stylish and attractive, but so were the men.

NDPP

Omar Sharif, 83

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-33483877

RIP (quite a bridge player too)

Unionist

Great novelist and progressive:

[url=http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/books/el-doctorow-author-of-historical.... L. Doctorow Dies at 84; Literary Time Traveler Stirred Past Into Fiction[/url]

josh

Theodore Bickel,actor, musician, and fighter for social
justice to the end. As witnessed by his support of Jewish Voice for Peace.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/theater/theodore-bikel-master-of-ve...

sherpa-finn

I suspect many Babblers are disinclined to acknowledge the passing of Conservatives with any measure of regret, - but Flora MacDonald was one of the few good'uns, championing and defending the 'progressive' in Progressive Conservative. And a bit of a pioneer for women in politics, too. RIP. 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/flora-macdonald-longtime-politicia...

 

Unionist

Theodore Bikel, Flora MacDonald, two long-time heroes in my personal pantheon (though in rather different sections thereof). I sincerely wish we look upon their like again.

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Thanks for that NYT obituary of Theodore Bikel, josh.

I think you'll find many Babblers, leftists and other progressive Canadians will be saddened by the loss of Flora MacDonald, sherpa-finn. I knew of many of her accomplishments but I hadn't realized that she had campaigned against the Free Trade Agreement in 1988 (heard a clip of an interview on yesterday evening's "World at Six".

quizzical

sherpa-finn wrote:
I suspect many Babblers are disinclined to acknowledge the passing of Conservatives with any measure of regret, - but Flora MacDonald was one of the few good'uns, championing and defending the 'progressive' in Progressive Conservative. And a bit of a pioneer for women in politics, too.
RIP. 

 

 

had not heard of her until yesterday when my mom cried over her death. said she looked up to her as a teen and young woman. sometimes it seems there's no one on my age group who warrants such regard.

quizzical

Christopher Hyndman. 1965-2015

i'm very sad. started watching Steven and Chris as a teenager when it was Design Rivals. one of the only damn channels we got here in the mountains.

i'll miss you.

 

eta. condolences to Steven, family and friends

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

laine lowe wrote:

Thanks for that NYT obituary of Theodore Bikel, josh.

I think you'll find many Babblers, leftists and other progressive Canadians will be saddened by the loss of Flora MacDonald, sherpa-finn. I knew of many of her accomplishments but I hadn't realized that she had campaigned against the Free Trade Agreement in 1988 (heard a clip of an interview on yesterday evening's "World at Six".

She voted NDP in her later years.

bekayne

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadian-doctor-who-kept-th...

Frances Kelsey, the Canadian doctor whose unyielding vigilance spared the United States from one of the worst drug disasters in history, died on Friday morning. She was 101.

Dr. Kelsey is regarded as a heroine for her role in the early 1960s opposing thalidomide, a teratogenic drug heavily promoted by its boosters as a safe sedative for pregnant women, but which caused an epidemic of birth defects around the world, including Canada.

Dr. Kelsey died less than 24 hours after receiving the insignia of Member of  the Order of Canada for her role in stopping thalidomide, a belated gesture of recognition by her native country announced in July. Dr. Kelsey’s family requested that the ceremony be moved up as Dr. Kelsey’s health declined.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/frances-oldham-kel...

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

I was born in December, 1960...without fin hands or flipper legs.  Thank you, Dr Kelsey.

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You were born in the United States?

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

I've always told everyone here I'm a Yank.  I post here out of internationalism and a sincere interest in the Canadian left.

6079_Smith_W

Frances Wasserlein. Former colleague and great person, way too soon.

http://www.straight.com/arts/517096/arts-and-human-rights-advocate-franc...

 

lagatta

I'm very sorry to hear that. I think I might have met her at the Abortion Caravan.

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Oliver Sacks

NY Times wrote:
Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and acclaimed author who explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” using his patients’ disorders as starting points for eloquent meditations on consciousness and the human condition, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 82.

mark_alfred
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Identical Twins Separated At Birth: The Jew and the Nazi

http://www.unz.com/isteve/identical-twins-separated-near-birth-the-jew-a...

Jack Yufe dies at 82

Slumberjack
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bekayne wrote:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadian-doctor-who-kept-th...

Frances Kelsey, the Canadian doctor whose unyielding vigilance spared the United States from one of the worst drug disasters in history, died on Friday morning. She was 101.

Dr. Kelsey is regarded as a heroine for her role in the early 1960s opposing thalidomide, a teratogenic drug heavily promoted by its boosters as a safe sedative for pregnant women, but which caused an epidemic of birth defects around the world, including Canada.

Dr. Kelsey died less than 24 hours after receiving the insignia of Member of  the Order of Canada for her role in stopping thalidomide, a belated gesture of recognition by her native country announced in July. Dr. Kelsey’s family requested that the ceremony be moved up as Dr. Kelsey’s health declined.

 

There is at least one school named after her .. in Mill Bay on Vancouver Island.

Mill Bay is close to Cobble Hill where Dr. Kelsey was born.

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"The last participant in the storming of the Reichstag, veteran Nikolai Belyaev, died today in St Petersburg. 


During the Great Patriotic War, Lieutenant Belyaev was a Komsomol leader of the legendary 756-th Regiment, that took the Reichstag in 1945. "

Nikolai Belyaev, THE LAST OF THOSE WHO STORMED THE REICHSTAG, has left us ...

lagatta

Thanks for that. I assume he wasn't the lad who raised the flag in the famous photo?

I can't find anything more about him. My searches for that name turn up someone much older, who died in 1966.

Most of our living memories of that dark time have passed on. I have ONE resistance fighter friend (in Normandy, as a very young man) who is still alive and lucid, though very, very sad. Even my dear friend V, who was had to wear a yellow star as a Jewish child in occupied Paris and whose Italian-Jewish family were saved by a fascist functionary delivering them a bogus "certificate of Aryanity" is getting up there.

Both of these people live in Paris, by the way.

6079_Smith_W
Unionist

Oh my god, I only ever knew pieces of this story. Thanks so much for posting this. May he rest in peace and may his people overcome.

 

NDPP
quizzical

Unionist wrote:
6079_Smith_W wrote:
John Trudell

">http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/john-trudell-dies-at-69-1.3356642

Oh my god, I only ever knew pieces of this story. Thanks so much for posting this. May he rest in peace and may his people overcome.

i never knew anything. his family died the year i was born.

thank you John Trudell for leading the way....