Decline of Western Civilization
atane:

Mary Lou Williams on how Thelonious Monk’s playing style, and even his image was stolen.
"I considered myself lucky having men like Monk and Bud playing me the things they had composed. And I have always upheld and had faith in the boppers, for they originated something but looked like losing credit for it. Too often have I seen people being chummy with creative musicians, then — when the people have dug what is happening — put down the creators and proclaim themselves king of jazz, swing or whatever. So the boppers worked out a music that was hard to steal. I’ll say this for the ‘leeches’, though: they tried. I’ve seen them in Minton’s busily writing on their shirt cuffs or scribbling on the tablecloth. And even our own guys, I’m afraid, did not give Monk the credit he had coming. Why, they even stole his idea of the beret and bop glasses."
Pictured is Mary Lou Williams and Thelonious Monk. On the far left is Marian McPartland. The picture was taken at the gathering for the ‘A Great Day in Harlem' photo by Art Kane.
The quote is from a transcribed Mary Lou Williams interview from Melody Maker in 1954. It’s well worth the read. (Source)

atane:

Mary Lou Williams on how Thelonious Monk’s playing style, and even his image was stolen.

"I considered myself lucky having men like Monk and Bud playing me the things they had composed. And I have always upheld and had faith in the boppers, for they originated something but looked like losing credit for it. Too often have I seen people being chummy with creative musicians, then — when the people have dug what is happening — put down the creators and proclaim themselves king of jazz, swing or whatever. So the boppers worked out a music that was hard to steal. I’ll say this for the ‘leeches’, though: they tried. I’ve seen them in Minton’s busily writing on their shirt cuffs or scribbling on the tablecloth. And even our own guys, I’m afraid, did not give Monk the credit he had coming. Why, they even stole his idea of the beret and bop glasses."

Pictured is Mary Lou Williams and Thelonious Monk. On the far left is Marian McPartland. The picture was taken at the gathering for the ‘A Great Day in Harlem' photo by Art Kane.

The quote is from a transcribed Mary Lou Williams interview from Melody Maker in 1954. It’s well worth the read. (Source)

(via notyourbatmans)

historicaltimes:

November 9, 1989, Thousands of East Germans moved into West Berlin. A view of the traffic jam near Brandenburg Gate.

historicaltimes:

November 9, 1989, Thousands of East Germans moved into West Berlin. A view of the traffic jam near Brandenburg Gate.

newyorker:

From our New York City Collection, Joseph Mitchell’s classic 1940 story about McSorley’s, the oldest saloon in the city: http://nyr.kr/1nSwpVL

“In other saloons if a man tells a story, good or bad, the man next to him laughs perfunctorily and immediately tries to tell a better one. It is possible to relax in McSorley’s. For one thing, it is dark and gloomy, and repose comes easy in a gloomy place.”

newyorker:

From our New York City Collection, Joseph Mitchell’s classic 1940 story about McSorley’s, the oldest saloon in the city: http://nyr.kr/1nSwpVL

“In other saloons if a man tells a story, good or bad, the man next to him laughs perfunctorily and immediately tries to tell a better one. It is possible to relax in McSorley’s. For one thing, it is dark and gloomy, and repose comes easy in a gloomy place.”

(Source: newyorker.com)

historicaltimes:

The Smoking Lounge aboard the Hindenburg separated from the rest of the passenger section by a double-door airlock.

historicaltimes:

The Smoking Lounge aboard the Hindenburg separated from the rest of the passenger section by a double-door airlock.

beerstudio:

A brewery employee stops in for a pint at the end of his shift which started at 4am. Along with their salary, brewery staff get ten chits per week which they can exchange for pints at the Mawson Arms, the brewery’s home pub.

beerstudio:

A brewery employee stops in for a pint at the end of his shift which started at 4am. Along with their salary, brewery staff get ten chits per week which they can exchange for pints at the Mawson Arms, the brewery’s home pub.

demons:

Prisoners of war watching a boxing match at Stalag Luft III POW camp, scene of the ‘Great Escape’ in 1944.

demons:

Prisoners of war watching a boxing match at Stalag Luft III POW camp, scene of the ‘Great Escape’ in 1944.

(Source: iwm.org.uk)

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