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Reimagine Music owner Jim Sampas has assisted The Merrimack Repertory Theatre in creating a play based on Jack Kerouac’s lost novel entitled 'The Haunted Life’ which runs March 20th through April 14th and Kerouac’s hometown of Lowell.
WBUR recently described the project as follows:
"Jack Kerouac is regarded as the leader of the beat poets and writers who changed the American literary landscape in the 1950s and influenced the decade to come...Before all that, though, in 1944, he wrote “The Haunted Life.” It was his first novel, unfinished and lost for 58 years before finally being published in 2014. The story is set in 1941 before America’s entry into World War II and then in 1942, after the Pearl Harbor attack [set in Lowell]...The Great Depression is still lingering and jobs are scarce. One of the key conflicts Peter has is with his conservative father, Joe (Joel Colodner), who fears he is losing his business."
For tickets please visit: The Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Individually, the members of Leaders of The Shift (formerly theSHIFT) are highly sought-after musicians who’ve recorded and toured the world with music royalty. Together, John Shannon (vocals/guitar), MJ Lambert (drums) and Ben Geis (bass) craft music that the Huffington Post describes as "elements of psychedelic rock, pop rock and new wave." With Reimagining The Police we find Leaders of The Shift adeptly reconstructing The Police. You’ll experience reinventions that breath new life, and find new meaning, in pop gems by one of the most influential recording artists of the 80s. And if you find yourself forgetting that you're listening to tracks you've heard before, then as band sees it, their work has paid off.
Please allow us to introduce you to Beth Porter and Ben Please, of The Bookshop Band, who have a unique approach to songwriting and a fascinating story behind it. It all began in late 2010 as a collaboration between three songwriters, including their original third member Poppy Pitt, and their local independent bookshop - Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, in Bath, England. To inject some music into a bookshop’s author events, the band would read a visiting author’s novel and then write a song inspired by their response to it. Then they would play it back to the author and audience in this intimate setting.
As word spread they began to be asked to play in other bookshops as well, culminating in three years of touring all over the UK, Ireland, and Europe garnering great support and praise along the way.
Reimagine Music is proud to present their latest The Bookshop Band Plays Stay Sharp and Stay Alive: Songs Inspired by American Authors. It includes songs inspired by the work of acclaimed American authors John Green, Paula McLain, Patrick Ness, Amanda Foreman, Ben Fountain, and Armistead Maupin.
The New York Times best selling author David Mitchell calls their work “Enchanting” while author Ben Fountain writes "The Bookshop Band are doing great things for writers, readers, and books.”
Check out this review in The Soundboard
"I don't see much difference between Revolver and Rubber Soul. To me, they could be Volume One and Volume Two" - George Harrison
There has been no band so rapturous nor so crucial as The Beatles. In the mid-1960s, The Beatles released Rubber Soul and Revolver, tight bundles of songs whose impact was immediate. An impressive roster of indie rock artists have gathered to pay homage to these two albums into creations of their own.
The Cure’s vision has been masterful from the very start, and the band’s melodic, mournful pop has become a musical right of passage to the world of rock n roll. Since their emergence in the late 1970s, The Cure has created music that has both given form to and disintegrated genre.
Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, Stereogum, Cover Me Songs, and so many others, are writing about Love Cats: A Tribute to The Cure, a new collection of recordings featuring a select few of the best in indie rock including Tancred, The Crookes, Minipop, Canopy Climbers, Sealions, Hayley Richman, Dowsing, Worm Is Green, Grace Kelly, The Hotelier, Woodpigeon, and The Guessing Game.
Listen to album on Spotify at reimagine.us
John Vanderslice, continuously deemed as one of indie and experimental rock’s elite, has covered Bowie’s seminal album Diamond Dogs an album inspired by George Orwell's novel 1984. Pitchfork writes that Vanderslice "takes the hits and turns them on their heads" while best selling author Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket) calls it "an album of covers of dreams of songs from an album that covers a book that dreams of a future that is now the past.”
Preview and purchase John Vanderslice Plays David Bowie's Diamond Dogs and everywhere digital music is sold!
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"surprisingly satisfying results...the overall effect is simply to show the diversity of a catalogue in ways that have rarely been explored before" - Pop Matters