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).
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.