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R.I.P. Etta James

Etta James

“A lot of people think the blues is depressing, but that’s not the blues I’m singing. When I’m singing blues, I’m singing life. People that can’t stand to listen to the blues, they’ve got to be phonies.” — Etta James, Los Angeles Times(1992).

“…[O]ne of the great voices in American popular music, with a huge range, a multiplicity of tones and vast reserves of volume.” — John Pareles, New York Times (1990)

NYTimes obituary here.

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SOPA and PIPA Are Pulled (For Now)

SOPA Resistance Day!

“After Wednesday’s all-day protest of SOPA and PIPA, the bills that want to censor your internet, both bills have been shelved for further consideration, and will not be voted on as scheduled. Rep. Lamar Smith, the sponsor of SOPA, said he’s still committed to fighting piracy, but that this legislation isn’t the way to do it…” (via Lifehacker).