July 4, 1968 -- Bill Graham stages first concert at Fillmore West (Van Ness & Market), San Francisco, California.
July 4, 1978 -- Joan Baez concert in Leningrad with Santana & The Beach Boys is abruptly cancelled without explanation by Soviet officials. Baez heads to Moscow, meets dissidents, including Andrei Sakharov & Yelena Bonner, bringing messages & gifts from friends & relatives in the U.S.
July 5, 1687 -- Isaac Newton's Principia published by Royal Society in England.
July 5, 1880 ~ George Bernard Shaw, 23, leaves his job with the Edison Telephone Company.
"You must not suppose, because I am a
man of letters, that I never tried to earn
an honest living."~ G.B. Shaw
July 5, 1958 -- Beatster Jack Kerouac does an interview about the Beat Generation with Lucien Carr for the UPI wire service.
July 5, 1968 -- John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce.
July 6, 1935 Dalai Lama spiritual leader of Tibet exiled
July 6, 1911 ~ Joe Hill's song "The Preacher & the Slave" first appears in the Little Red Song Book
Long-haired preachers come out every night,
Try to tell you what's wrong & what's right,
But when asked about something to eat,
They will answer in voices so sweet:-
You will eat bye & bye,
In that glorious land above the sky.
Work & pray, (work & pray),
Live on hay, (live on hay),
You'll get Pie in the Sky,
When you die, (that's a lie!)
July 6, 1957 ~ John Lennon meets Paul McCartney at a church picnic in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool. In the church basement between sets, 14 year old McCartney teaches a 16 year old Lennon Eddie Cochran's, "Twenty Flight Rock" & Gene Vincent's "Be-Bop-A-Lula."
July 6, 1963~ At some personal risk & his own expense, Dylan joins other folk singers to play at a voter registration rally in Greenwood, Mississippi. During this month his album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" is released.
July 17, 1966
Allen Ginsberg read poetry and Sopwith Camel performed in concert at the Fillmore, to Benefit for Artist Reorganization Throughout San Francisco A.R.T.S.
Gary Goodrow of The Committee emceed.
Artist: Wes Wilson
July 23, 1967
Neal Cassady in performance with "Straight Theatre Rap" at the Straight Theatre.
July 24, 1966
The American Theatre
Micheal McClure's The Beard
Andy Warhol, Michael McClure
and The Beard
July 26, 1875 ~ Black Bart, a poet with a fondness for Wells Fargo, robs his first stagecoach, the Sonora to Milton stage, in Calaveras County, California —the same stage line he targets in his last heist (his 29th) in 1883. Black Bart, California's infamous Stage Robber
"I've labored long & hard for bread, For honor & for riches, But on my corns too long you've tred, You fine-haired sons of bitches."
July 1, 1804 ~French Romantic writer,
George Sand was born in Paris. Her name a Pseudonym of Amandine-Aurore-Lucile Dudevant. She was noted also for her numerous love affairs with such prominent artists as Prosper Merimée, Alfred de Musset, Frédéric Chopin, & others.
July 2, 1923 ~ Wisława Szymborska-Włodek was a Polish poet and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature "for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality." Read "Children of Our Age" Wisława Szymborska-Włodek was described as a "Mozart of Poetry".
July 2, 1877 ~ German poet, novelist and artist, Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) is born near the Black Forest. His best known works include Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, Demian, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister Lud,all of which explore an individual's search for spirituality.
Brief Autobiography Hermann Heese (wikipedia)
July 4, 1804 ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne, an American novelist and short story writer whose themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity. At his funeral, his Pallbearers included Longfellow and Emerson. (d. – May 19, 1864)
July 4, 1985, Happy Birthday, Carla Badillo Coronado
July 12, 1817, born in Concord, Mass., Henry David Thoreau, author, poet, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist, He was best known for his book Walden, and his essay, Civil Disobedience. The Thoreau Reader (many of his writings that can be read online
July 12, 1895- born, .Buckminster Fuller (New Yorker, 8 Jan 1966) Bucky was born in Milton, Mass.
"Let architects sing of aesthetics that bring Rich clients in hordes to their knees;"
Just give me a home, in a great circle dome
Where stresses and strains are at ease". Bucky Fuller
July 12, 1904~Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto was born, in Chile. He wrote his first poet at age 11. His father greatly disapproved of his desire to be a poet. In 1949, He chose his pen name after Czech poet Jan Neruda.. Pablo Neruda won the Nobel Prize in Literature in1971. When Neruda returned to Chile after his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Allende invited him to read at the Estadio Nacional before 70,000 people.
(d.Sept. 23, 1973) We Are Many by Neruda
July 14, 1912~ born on this day in Okemah, Oklahoma, Woody Guthrie was an extremely prolific musician and artist who composed thousands of songs during his lifetime. His songs were about the real experiences of the American disfranchised and uprooted.
Woody Guthrie Website
July 14, 1918 ~ Swedish movie and theatre director, playwright, screenwriter Ingmar Bergman was born in Uppsala, Sweden.
During a long and productive career, he made more than 50 films, some of them longer versions for television, and directed more than 200 plays and operas.
July 15, 1606 Dutch painter and print maker, Rembrandt Van Rijn born in Leiden,Netherlands. He was a master of light and shadow and his paintings, drawings, and etchings made him one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history. Rembrandt Website
July 19, 1834 ~ Artist, Edgar Degas, born in Paris, France. Best known for his paintings, pastels and drawings, Degas also did engravings and sculpture. He described himself as being "the classical painter of modern life".
July 20 1947 ~ Happy Birthday Carlos Santana
July 21, 1899 ~ Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois.In the nearly sixty two years of his life that followed he forged a literary reputation unsurpassed in the twentieth century. In doing so, he also created a mythological hero in himself that captivated (and at times confounded) not only serious literary critics but the average man as well. In a word, he was a star.
(see more at the Ernest Hemingway Resource Center )
The Age Demanded
The age demanded that we sing
And cut away our tongue.
The age demanded that we flow
And hammered in the bung.
The age demanded that we dance
And jammed us into iron pants.
And in the end the age was handed
The sort of shit that it demanded.
by Ernest M. Hemingway
July 24, 1802 ~ Alexandre Dumas born in the a village northeast of Paris, France.
He is best known for his historical adventure novels,The Count of Monte Cristo,The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After and The Vicomte de Bragelonne. He also wrote plays and contributed to La Mode, which became the voice of an aristocratic and wordily tout-Paris. His writings earned him a lot of money, but he was most often broke and in debt, due to his lavish spending on women and his enjoyment of living large.
"A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it. "
July 25 , 1870 ~ American painter and illustrator Maxfield Parrish (1870 - 1966) , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Parrish developed his own original and individual style and
his work helped shape the Golden Age of illustration and the future of American
visual arts. His career lasted more than half a century and he was able to continue painting until he was about 90 years old. He died at age 96. Maxwell Parrish (wikipedia)
"The hard part is how to plan a picture so as to give to others what has happened to you. To render in paint an experience, to suggest the sense of light and color, of air and space." -Maxfield Parrish
July 24, 1895 born, Robert von Ranke Graves, in Wimbledo. English poet, translator and novelist.wikipedia
“There's no money in poetry, but there's no poetry in money, either.― Robert Graves
July 26. 1856 ~ Irish author and playright, George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, the son of a civil servant. He valued socialism and women's rights. He is the only person to have been awarded both the Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion.
July 26, 1875 ~ Carl Jung was born in Kesswil, Switzerland..
In 1913. during a difficult period of "creative illness", or what he called his confrontation with the unconscious, Jung began to write, first in small black journal., For the next 16 years he was on a personal journey exploring his own unconscious mind through what he termed' active imaginings. Eventually his writing and images was bound and put aside until at last revealed publicly his Liber Novus, the “New Book”, known now as The Red Book. Jung developed his theories of archetypes, collective unconscious, and individuation. His work Jung's work is a challenge to Sigmund Freud's isolated world view.
YouVideo by Professor Sonu Shamdasani (editor of The Red Book)
Library of Congress Exhibition
July 28, 1866 ~ Beatrix Potter was born in London to nouveau riche parents who had no little interest in spending time with their children. She was a lonely child who spent most of her time on the third floor of their Kensington home, cared for by nannies and governesses. She was not allowed to go out to school and was under the care of her strict nannies and tutors. Beatrice Potter amused herself by keeping a journal which she wrote in code and by drawing and painting the rabbits and other little animals she saw during summers in the countryside. More Than Just Bunnies: The Legacy of Beatrix Potter
Beatrice Potter ~ Mycologist