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Books

August 2016 Book of the Month: Real Life Rock

Don’t miss this compilation of insightful columns by legendary music critic Greil Marcus.

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Education

Rock Star Michael Franti Teaches Peace, Love, and Social Justice

Blending funk reggae, jazz, folk, and rock, Michael Franti’s album, “All People,” inspires audiences around the world to jump, sing, and dance the night away.

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Empowerment

Meet the Leader of the Band: In Memoriam to the Beloved Kathi Kamen Goldmark

“There’s no such thing as having too much fun,” insists author, singer, and entrepreneur Kathi Kamen Goldmark — the woman who in 1991 founded the infamous writer rock band, the Rock Bottom Remainders. “Fun is good for you. So get out there and start playing.”

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Finance

How Did the Music Get Free?

Stephen Witt’s masterfully reported book tells the story of exactly how music piracy worked in the ‘00s.

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Fine Art

Fine Artist of the Month: Dive Inside Michael Gibbs' "Blue Moons, Yellow Cows, Green Tambourines"

Since 2006, illustrator Michael Gibbs has been making handmade books. “It’s a passion of mine, something that let’s me take my creativity to a new level,” says the award-winning artist.

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History

Who Was "The First Emancipator"?

Long before the Civil War, one Revolutionary Era gentleman broke with his peers by arranging the freedom of his nearly 500 slaves. This is music to our ears.

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Leadership

The Business of Rock: Insights from the Byrds' Roger McGuinn

What does it take to sustain a career in rock and roll for more than five decades? The Byrds founder Roger McGuinn, and his wife and business partner Camilla, show us the way.

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Music

Which Founding Father Played a Musical Instrument?

Actually, the question is which Founding Father didn’t play an instrument. Learn why the Colonials were mad about music.

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Nonprofits

Nonprofit of the Month: Girls Make Beats

Tiffany Miranda’s Girls Make Beats empowers girls 7 and up to make it in the music industry by exposing them to DJs, producers, and audio engineers at seminars, summer camp, and networking events. Go Tiffany!

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Quotes

28 Quotes About the Magic of Music

“If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.” ― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

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Research

Does Making Music Really Make You Smarter?

Music training not only helps children develop fine motor skills, but aids emotional and behavioral maturation as well, according to researchers.

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Inkandescent TV

Grateful American™ Kids Rock: The Music Video

David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American™ Foundation is proud to release the official music video for its new project, Grateful American™ Kids: “Grateful American™ Kids Rock!,” which stars 30 students from The Steward School in Richmond, VA.

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