Also dead Is Italian composer Stelvio Cipriani , known for his original soundtracks for Italian films of the 1970s and 1980s.
In my universe, he is best known for writing the original soundtrack to The Laughing Woman, that strange BDSM fantasy drama [above].
Also dead is Jerry González (1949 – 2018) an American bandleader and trumpeter, known for his work with Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino, a band which only made two albums, both released on disco label Salsoul Records.
I give you “Anabacoa“, a track composed in 1949 but rendered here by Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino in 1975 which was featured on the compilation album Nu Yorica!.
RIP Charles Aznavour, 94, French-Armenian singer, best-known for “La Bohème” (1966), a song which is part of the Jahsonic 1000.
A re-interpretation of this song was done by Jahsonic fave Nicolas Jaar [above].
Researching Learning from Las Vegas occasioned by the death of Robert Venturi made me stumble upon God’s Own Junkyard [above].
Two pictures of that book are reproduced in Learning from Las Vegas.
God’s Own Junkyard is a work of cultural pessimism which laments the uglification of the United States landscape.
As happens so often, one man’s junk is another’s man treasure and the scenery decried in God’s Own Junkyard is glorified in Learning from Las Vegas.
A good friend of mine suggested we read Has the West Lost It? A Provocation (2018) by Kishore Mahbubani in order to discuss it.
I read it.
Mahbubani advocates a minimum of Western interventionism after what he sees as a period of Western arrogance in which the west humiliated both the Muslims and Russia. The book centers on the premise that economic growth will make everyone happier (except for the west which can no longer grow).
The book fails to mention the coming ecocalypse and does not seem to mind the violations of human rights.
In an astonishing case of academic incompetence, Mahbubani cites the “How does it feel?” Gabriel García Márquez hoax without acknowledging it as such:
Mahbubani had previously cited the hoax in his book Beyond the Age of Innocence (2005):
I might take some classes in geopolitics coming academic season.
Joseph Hoo Kim was a Jamaican reggae record producer best known for his productions in the 1970s at his Channel One Studios where albums such as Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (1981) [above] were produced.
Robert Venturi was an American architect, best known for his book Learning from Las Vegas (1972).
Learning from Las Vegas: the Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form (1972) [above] is a book by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour.
On the book’s cover was a billboard advertising “Tan Hawaiian with Tanya”.
The book had a major impact on the emergence of postmodernism.
Paul Virilio was a French theorist, urbanist, and aesthetic philosopher.
He is best known for his book Bunker Archeology (1975), a book I discovered one lonely night in Brussels spent with a young woman at her place. She had acquired it that same afternoon.
One of the bunkers of the Atlantic Wall was photographed by myself in 2007 .
I’v yet to hold a copy of this book in my hands.
Burt Reynolds was an American actor best known for his moustache, his sex appeal and (in my universe) his part in Deliverance (1972) [above].