Category Archives: Music

Happy Public Domain Day Eve

Way back in 1998 Congress passed the Copyright Term Extension Act extending US copyrights by 20 years to life-plus-70 for human authors and 95 years total for corporate authors. The extension was retrospective, so works in the public domain went … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Books, Film, movies, Music, USA, Writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

the gods wait to delight in you

It should come as no surprise to any one that the poet Charles Bukowski was an inspiration and muse for the great Tom Waits. I am always moved by the short Bukowski poem “The Laughing Heart” so I love the … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Film, Music, USA, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

…but then you read

Inspired by James Baldwin’s powerful 1963 book The Fire Next Time, musician and poet Meshell Ndegeocello created this intriguing short film based on Baldwin’s writing.

Posted in Animation, Art, Books, Music, USA, Writing | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Born to Read

Tonight, you can celebrate the poetic genius of Bruce Springsteen and  also support the Book Industry Charitable Foundation by attending a the Crowdcast event “Born to Read–Booksellers Talk Bruce Springsteen. Through five decades, Springsteen has been as a cultural touchstone … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Music, USA, Writing | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Pulp Fiction Fictions

Screenwriter Todd Alcott, creates these wonderful digital mashups  that combine the language of pop music and the visual language of 20th century pulp fiction paperbacks. While Alcott finds many of his vintage book covers online, he still discovers a few … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Books, Music, USA, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

These songs of freedom

Paris-based Mathematic Studio produced this wonderful animation for Bob Marley’s timeless “Redemption Song.” Directed by Octave Marsal and Théo de Gueltzl, the video draws heavily on imagery and iconography surrounding the Rastafarian movement.

Posted in Africa, Animation, Art, Film, movies, Music, Writing | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Lowdown in Sweden

Perspicacious followers of TBTP may recall a short story from a while back about the World’s Smallest Bookstore. Now the folks from the aptly named AnonyMouse street art collective have returned with the World’s Smallest Record Shop. Located in the … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Bookstore Tourism, Europe, Music | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

It’s really about the coffee

These days I spend an inordinate amount of time on my coffee roasting obsession. When I’m not researching green beans to buy, I’m looking for books and articles on coffee in general. I recently stumbled on this unusual artist book … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Books, Music, USA, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

I am not a Luddite

Over the years, I have bored many a TBTP reader with my mini-rants promoting print travel guidebooks. And while I still always travel with the old school guides, I also am a fan of travel apps, ebooks, and travel podcasts. … Continue reading

Posted in apps, Europe, Museums, Music, Restaurants, Tech, Theater, Tourism | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Magical Mystery Tour

Vanity Fair magazine commissioned the marvelous video below guaranteed to warm the heart of any Beatles fan. It’s a 12 minute tour around the world using Google Maps, highlighting locations mentioned in the Beatles lyrics, from Liverpool to the Black … Continue reading

Posted in Air Travel, Asia, Europe, Film, Maps, Music, Photography, USA | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment