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One week after the untimely passing of Prince Rodgers Nelson, we took a look back at his extraordinary career and impact on his musical peers. Plus, we'll look back at the best and worst films of the Spring movie season as we prepare to launch the Summer movie season next week. In addition, we'll have entertainment news and review of the latest films, including Keanu all on Episode 289 of Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon.
Each semester Norfolk State's Honors College selects a topic for its seminars/discussions and fillm series during that semester. For spring 2016, the topic is Shakespeare and Race. On this segment of Spartan Life Radio for WNSB Hot 91.1 FM, we're talking with the Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Page Laws. This year also represents the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. NSU's Honors College offers students with higher GPAs a challenging and rigorous program of study with engaging activities both in the classroom and in the community.
Welcome the extrodinary Randy Hansen to NWP!
Francis Ford Coppola personally called Randy Hansen in 1979 to compose music for his upcoming fillm, Apocalypse Now. Randy accepted and composed the first 17 minutes of the soundtrack that won the Academy Award for Best Soundtrack in 1980 and remains a cult classic today.
Born December 8, 1954 in Seattle, Washington Randy is a U.S. guitarist, best known for his emulation of Jimi Hendrix. He clearly has a bit of physical resemblance to Hendrix in his facial features, and carries that resemblance further by emulating such signatures of Hendrix's style as playing a guitar with his teeth or behind his back. Randy is one of only a couple guitarist offically endorsed by the Hendrix family.
Hansen's high energy guitar work has earned praise from fellow Dutch-American, legendary guitarist, Eddie Van Halen (in Guitar Player magazine), among others. He also was a good friend of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan (writing a song about him called "Texas Twister" from his Old Dogs New Tricks CD). He has toured and played with literally hundreds of famous musicians and groups.
I talk to Randy about "the call" from Coppola, his career and all the amazing artists he has worked with over his career. PLUS lets hear more stories from the rock & roll road!
In the second half of my show, I welcome Caspian Coberly. Caspian is the Jr. High guitar phenom heading out on tour with some of the biggest names in rock and roll!
On the latest episode of the show, we sit down with the originators of Hip-Hop when Wonder Mike and The Master Gee of the original Sugar Hill Gang now known as Rapper's Delight, discuss their upcoming documentary, I Want My Name Back. The two legends discuss their groundbreaking song as well as their unforgettable experience of the past three decades all on the latest episode of Conversations.
We are broadcastinglive from the NetrootsNation conventioninSan Jose California. Wewill be interviewing activists and poliitcal acors. But we don't forget it is Music Friday when we interview musicians and fillm makers. In segment 1 we interview Tobias Lindholm, director of the new film A Hijacking, released nationwide today.
A new concept in the opinion-driven world of talk radio, Fairness Radio is a daily one-hour on-line and on-air radio show featuring liberal Patrick O'Heffernan interviewing national guests from across the political spectrum. Patrick talks with everyone from conservative Senator Jim DeMint to former Democratic Party Chairman Governor Howard Dean to explore news, politics and culture from all sides in a civil conversation that focuses on idea, not gotcha’s. With an international team experts from all sides of the political spectrum Fairness Radio covers the events of the world like no one else.
Since leaving Blue Cross, Carolyn Banks wrote, directed and produced INVICTA, a feature-length movie that will be distributed by Indieflix and KPOW, a sitcom for the web now in post-production.. Two offbeat Christmas stories Banks produced will be shown at the Off Kilter Xmas Fillm Fest in Bastrop December 12. These are You Say, directed by Sidney Brammer and “A Child’s Christmas in Texas, directed by Jessica Gardner,. Banks is currently executive director of a nonprofit media arts organization, Upstart, and in that capacity has done direct mail and frontline fundraising, as well as grant writing. She initiated a capital campaign for Upstart, and has secured grants from Texas Commission on the Arts. In addition to her other professional credits, Banks’ career includes twelve published novels, plus short stories and non-fiction books. Her work in these fields has earned her international acclaim, especially for her literary novel, THE TURTLE’S VOICE. Her work has been published in translation in England, France, Italy, Sweden and Denmark. Her comic mystery series, initially published by Fawcett, has now been reprinted by Amber Quill Press. The books in the series are MURDER WELL BRED, DEATH BY DRESSAGE, GROOMED FOR DEATH, DEATH ON THE DIAGONAL, and A HORSE TO DIE FOR. Banks’ articles and essays have appeared in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, AMERICAN EDUCATION, REDBOOK and other national publications. She has written book reviews for the WASHINGTON POST, the NEW YORK TIMES, the LOS ANGELES TIMES and other newspapers. Her feature articles have appeared in the WASHINGTON POST.
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