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December 16, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Sound Different

Today the Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Door has done yet another version of Apple’s Think Different commercial. This time under the heading ‘klink anders’ (Sound Different): what are the real innovators in popular music. After two weeks of regular updates by various music professionals and journalists, this is the final list:
Kraftwerk, Michael Jackson, Elvis, Ramones, David Bowie, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Prince, Little Richard, The Beatles

Here is the final commercial (not yet on YouTube, so I cannot embed).

Let’s see how many of these we can find in Europeana:
[Michael Jackson, 30 ans de carrière]
Elvis Presley
Nouveau Bowie
Bob Marley - Rasta- Locken, drealocks
[Jimi Hendrix]
Ray Charles à Juan-les-Pins

The Early Years
Led Zeppelin: The Classic Interview - Robert Plant
Musique : biographie des Rolling Stones
Tutti Frutti

Very interesting stuff, expecially all of those wondeful videos from INA. Through the video archives, Europeana still has a lot of material covering 20th century popular culture.
Only two I could not find (yet) anything for the Ramones and for Prince – he may be in there, but of course he has a very generic name 🙂

December 15, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Пушкинский дом (Pushkin House) opens in St. Petersburg

On the 15th of December –

the Pushkin House opens in 1905, commemorating and preserving the legacy of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Pushkin House is the Russian state institute for literature. It is not the same as the Pushkin museum, which is an art museum and has nothing to do with the poet.

Here is some Pushkin in Europeana, ranging from a portrait, to literature history to music inspired by his work to commemorative coins – take your pick:

December 14, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Roald Amundsen and his team reach the South Pole

On the 14th of December –

In the middle of the Arctic summer, In 1910 Roald Amundsen and his team (Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting) reach the geographic South Pole. In collective memory, his competitor Scott usually gets more recognition. Scott reached the pole a few weeks later, and died on his way back to the Antarctic coast. Amundsen’s expidition was later criticized for just getting to the pole and back, rather than doing extensive surveying, as Scott did. I find this an interesting way of looking at the world: focus and success appear to be worth less than fuzziness and failure.

Here are some images of Amundsen and his expedition:

This is the iconic photograph of Amundsen and his team looking at the Norwegian flag at the South Pole:
Roald Amundsen (geheel links) en enkele leden van zijn expeditie hebben voor het eerst in de geschiedenis van de mensheid de Zuidpool bereikt en groeten de Noorse vlag die in de barre ijswind wappert


Amundsen’s ship the Fram:
Colin Archer-skøyta "Fram" ved Baalerud

One of Amundsen’s expedition team members, Oscar Wisting:

An English translation of Amundsens own account of the expedition:
The South pole; an account of the Norwegian Antarctic expedition in the "Fram," 1910-1912, by Roald Amundsen; tr. from the Norwegian by A.G. Chater. With maps and numerous illustrations. Volume 1

December 13, 2011 / jmeuropeana

University of Leipzig is founded

On the 2nd of December –

in 1409 (!) the Universität Leipzig is founded, so today it celebrates it 602nd birthday, or Dies Natalis as academics are wont to call that.

In 1909 they celebrated their 500th anniversary, and we have the pictures to prove it:

December 13, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Ice cream cone machine is invented

On the 13th of December –

In 1903 Italo Marcioni from Hoboken, New Jersey takes out a patent for a machine to produce edible ice cream cones:
Painting - Artwork for a postcard.

some more ice cream in Europeana:

December 12, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Mona Lisa recovered

On the 12th of December –

in 1913 Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa (la Joconde) was recovered in Florence, after being stolen two years earlier. Believe it or not, both Appolinaire and Pablo Picasso were brought in and questioned in relation to the theft. In fact it was stolen by an Italian Louvre employe by the name of Vincenzo Peruggia from a mixture of patrotic and monetary motives. He was caught when he tried to sell the painting to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence – not the brightest kid on the block, this Peruggia. The story of the kidnapping of the painting did much to strengthen its public appeal.

Here are some of the many, many images, renditions, parodies and detailed photographs in all manner of spectra we have in Europeana for the Monal Lisa:

December 11, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Herculaneum rediscovered

On the 11th of December –

In 1738 the inscriptions at the entrance of the theatre in Herculaneum were discovered, confirming that there was indeed a substantial city buried beneth the rubble there. The excavations that followed were an inspiration for much of neo-classicism.

Here are some objects from Herculaneum, and some art and books inspired by the finds, in Europeana:

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