Notes from the Publisher - Pamela Hulse Andrews
Creating a cultural icon out of someone who goes, ‘I’m stupid, isn’t it cute?’ makes me want to throw daggers. I want to say to them, ‘My grandma did not fight for what she fought for just so you can start telling women it’s fun to be stupid. Saying that to young women, little girls, my daughter? It’s not OK.’
~ Reese Witherspoon (American Actress, b.1976)
You can quote them in an instant. You know them by just one name. You can dress like them on Halloween. Something they said or did not only changed your life, but affected American life as a whole. Who are they?
The 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons include Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Bill Clinton, James Dean, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Frank Sinatra, Ellen Degeneres, Katie Couric, Jay Leno, John F. Kennedy, Hemmingway, Johnny Carson, Elvis Presley and, yes, Hugh Hefner. The divas, the visionaries, the sex symbols, the shocking and divine influence what we eat, the way we dress, think and react.
VH1 developed the list based on their view of America’s most outstanding and outrageous personalities -- the individuals who have significantly inspired and impacted American society.
These representatives of popular culture have the power to captivate our imagination: music we listen to, movies we watch, books we read. The internet has made it possible for one person to have a farther reaching impact than the days before such extensive cyberspace connections.
They’ve not only affected people personally, but also have mass societal impact, affecting millions of people around the world. They’re part of a universal vocabulary. They’ve become brands in their own right... great writers, dazzling filmmakers and musicians, brilliant philosophers and scientists, influential political leaders.
Alone or surrounded in love on Valentine’s Day it’s essential (well, at least appealing) to make a list of your all time favorite love songs. They might just inspire your inner romantic. L-O-V-E is still the most popular subject title for songs and lyrics, so it’s fairly easy to pick out a handful of tunes to put together your Valentine’s Day Playlist.
In a quick survey of a few savvy, sentimental friends, at the top of the list is Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley who recorded the song first in 1956. The song puts new words to the music of the Civil War song Aura Lee, published in 1861 with music by George R. Poulton and words by W. W. Fosdick. Elvis performed Love Me Tender on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956, shortly before the single’s release and about a month before the movie, Love Me Tender opened. On the following day, RCA received one million advance orders, making it a gold record before it was even released.
Many love songs are crafted with such intense emotion, you know the songwriters knew exactly was they were writing about such as When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge, also Michael Bolton. Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright wrote the song recorded by Percy in 1966. It made number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts. It was listed 54th in the list of Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 greatest songs of all time.
If you want sexually suggestive lyrics you can’t beat Marvin Gaye’s plea to Let’s Get It On. Quite possibly the granddaddy of all songs for lovers the world over.
Some songs you can get very messy over: Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers. Crazy by Patsy Cline (written by Willie Nelson) and The First Time I Ever Saw your Face by Roberta Flack.
Kenny Rogers forgets his country roots for a few minutes to deliver an impressively soulful vocal with Lady written by Lionel Richie. Willie Nelson inspires us with Valentine and To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before written by Hal David and Albert Hammond. Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson made it famous in their 1984 recording.
Lost love fills these remorseful songs: What’s Love Got to Do with It by Tina Turner (originally written for Cliff Richard), Why Do Fools Fall in Love by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers in 1956 and Stuck Like Glue by Sugarland and performed by the supremely talented Jennifer Nettles.
Performance art is a diverse and experimental art form that is not easily defined and may even actively attempt to subvert or resist its own definitions. Marina Abramović New York-based performance artist who hung naked on a wall and carved into her own stomach with a razor and describes herself as the grandmother of performance art.
From the great cities of our universe such as...New York, Paris, London, Barcelona, Chicago, Rome...we read about performance art: a strange ruse of interdisciplinary concepts that will incorporate a myriad of elements of time, space and the performer’s body forging a relationship between performer and audience. These variables are extremely flexible and do not adhere to strict rules -- nudity and bodily harm can be involved.
Over the years it has taken art to a whole new dimension, often raising the question whether it is actually art or just the shear thrill of shock.
It is differentiated from visual arts such as painting and sculpture as it’s the creation of an event rather than a physical art object.
It is differentiated from the performing arts such as theatre in that it is not a space of make believe. In the theatre, a knife is fake and the blood it draws is fake. In performance art, the knife is real and the blood is real.
The primary medium used in performance art is the human body whereby the ‘artist’ conceives a situation and enacts it before a live audience. In Central Oregon, unless you’re traveling to a great city, we are more likely to read about it or view it on the internet rather than experience it in person.