BETTE DAVIS EYES

Forty years ago today, Kim Carnes’ version of “Bette Davis Eyes” won the Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. It also spent nine non-consecutive weeks on top of the US Billboard Hot 100 and became Billboard’s biggest hit of 1981.

THE MURDER OF MALCOLM X

56 years ago today, Malcolm X is assassinated by rival Black Muslims while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity in Washington Heights.

HUCK FINN, RACISM, RELIGION

136 years ago today, Mark Twain publishes his famous—and famously controversial—novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (US version).

MATT BERNINGER: BLOODBUZZ 5-0

The oaken baritone singer of The National, one of my most admired singers from this era, a Cary Grant interpretation of Leonard Cohen, the Neil Diamond of indie rock, hit the big 5-0 today.

REMEMBERING LEE

Eleven years ago today, “the hooligan of British fashion”, Aexander McQueen, CBE, one of the most celebrated designers of our time, committed suicide. However, his work and vision still inspire the fashion world to create revolutionary, avant-garde, out of this world creations.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF RICHEY EDWARDS

26 years ago today, Richey Edwards of Manic Street Preachers vanished leaving no clues to his whereabouts. He left The Embassy Hotel in London, England, at 7am. Edwards & James Dean Bradfield (lead singer and lead guitarist of Manics) were due to fly to the United States on a promotional tour. His car was found on the Severn Bridge—a notorious suicide spot—16 days later.

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