Rudyard Kipling

rikki-tikki-taviEnglish short-story writer, poet, and novelist Joseph Rudyard Kipling Was born 30 December 1865 in Bombay. However He moved to London, England when he was five years old. In 1891, Kipling visited South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and India. However, he cut short his visit and returned to London where his first novel was published. Kipling is best known for his works of fiction, including The Jungle Book (a collection of stories which includes “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”), Just So Stories (1902), Kim (1901) (a tale of adventure), many short stories, including “The Man Who Would Be King” (1888); and his poems, including “Mandalay” (1890), “Gunga Din” (1890), “The White Man’s Burden” (1899), and “If—” (1910).

He was also acquainted with British writer Arthur Conan Doyle, who brought his golf-clubs, stayed for two days, and gave Kipling an extended golf lesson which he enjoyed. Kipling also loved the outdoors especially Autumn in Vermont, describing how a Maple began changing colour, flaming blood-red of a sudden against the dark green of a pine-belt. Next morning there was an answering signal from the swamp and Three days later, the hill-sides as fast as the eye could range were afire, and the roads paved, with crimson and gold. Then a wet wind blew, until nothing remained but pencil-shadings of bare boughs, and one could see into the most private heart of the woods. Sadly On a visit to the United States in 1899, Kipling and Josephine developed pneumonia, from which she eventually died. Kipling began collecting material for another of his children’s classics, Just So Stories for Little Children, this was published in 1902, the year after Kim. In 1906 Kipling wrote the song “Land of our Birth, We Pledge to Thee” and two science fiction short stories, With the Night Mail (1905) and As Easy As A. B. C (1912), both set in the 21st century in Kipling’s Aerial Board of Control universe.

the_jungle_book_poster_a_pIn 1907 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature then In 1907, he published two connected poetry and story collections: Puck of Pook’s Hill (1906), and Rewards and Fairies (1910). Whoch contained the poem “If”. During the First World War Kipling was an active patriot and wrote political pamphlets and poems which enthusiastically supported the UK’s war aims of restoring Belgium after being occupied by Germany. He also actively encouraged his young son John to go to war. Tragically Though John was killed in the First World War, at the Battle of Loos in September 1915, at age 18. After having been rejected twice And only managed to enlist due to the intervention of Lord Roberts, commander-in-chief of the British Army, and colonel of the Irish Guards, with whom Rudyard had been friends and his body was not found until 1992. In September 1914, Kipling was asked by the British government to write propaganda, an offer that he immediately accepted. Kipling’s pamphlets and stories were very popular with the British people during the war with his major themes being glorifying the British military as the place for heroic men to be, German atrocities against Belgian civilians and the stories of women being brutalized by a horrific war unleashed by Germany, yet surviving and triumphing in spite of their suffering. Kipling was enraged by reports of the Rape of Belgium together with the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in 1915, which he saw as a deeply inhumane act, which led him to see the war as a crusade for civilization against barbarism. Kipling was deeply critical of the British Army as opposed to the war itself, which he ardently supported, complaining as early as October 1914 that Germany should have been defeated by now, and something must be wrong with the British Army. he was also appalled by the heavy losses, blaming the entire pre-war generation of British politicians, for not learning lessons from the Boer war, resulting in heavy casualties in France and Belgium

JUNGLE BOOK http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hQS8ihf2rds

After the first world war, Kipling remained skeptical about the Fourteen Points and the League of Nations, but he admired Theodore Roosevelt and hoped that the post-war world would be dominated by an Anglo-French-American alliance, but was saddened by Roosevelt’s death in 1919. Kipling joined Sir Fabian Ware’s Imperial War Graves Commission (now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission), who were responsible for the garden like British War Graves dotted along the Western Front. He also chose the biblical phrases “Their Name Liveth For Evermore” (Ecclesiasticus 44.14, KJV) found on the Stones of Remembrance in larger war graves, “Known unto God” for the gravestones of unidentified servicemen and “The Glorious Dead” on the Cenotaph, Whitehall, London. In 1923 he published a two-volume history of the Irish Guards, which is considered to be one of the finest examples of regimental history. He also published the moving short story, “The Gardener”, which depicts visits to the war cemeteries, and the poem “The King’s Pilgrimage” (1922) about King George V’s, tour of the cemeteries and memorials belonging to the Imperial War Graves Commission.

Kipling also became a motoring correspondent for the British press, and wrote enthusiastically of his trips around England and abroad, despite usually being driven by a chauffeur. In 1920 Kipling co-founded the Liberty League with Haggard and Lord Sydenham. promoting classic liberal ideals in response to the rising power of Communist tendencies within Great Britain. In 1922 Kipling, Was asked to assist University of Toronto civil engineering professorHerbert E. T. Haultain to develop a dignified obligation and ceremony for graduating engineering students an produced “The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer”. Today, engineering graduates all across Canada are presented with an iron ring at the ceremony as a reminder of their obligation to society. In 1922 Kipling also became Lord Rector of St Andrews University in Scotland, a three-year position. Kipling argued very strongly for an Anglo-French alliance to uphold the peace, and repeatedly warned against revising the Treaty of Versailles in Germany’s favour, predicting it would lead to a new world war, arguing that Germany’s larger economy and birthrate had made that country stronger than France, that with much of France was devastated by the war and the French suffering heavy losses that the low French birthrate would have trouble replacing while Germany was mostly undamaged and with a higher birth rate, Kipling opposed the Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald as “Bolshevism without bullets”, and believed that Labour was a Communist front organisation which took instructions from Moscow. Atfirst Kipling’s admired Benito Mussolini to a certain extent but was against fascism, writing that Sir Oswald Mosley was “a bounder and an arriviste”, But by 1935 he was calling Mussolini a deranged and dangerous egomaniac writing that “The Hitlerites are out for blood”.In 1934 he published a short story in Strand Magazine, “Proofs of Holy Writ”, which postulated that William Shakespeare had helped to polish the prose of the King James Bible Less than one year before his death And gave a speech (titled “An Undefended Island”) toThe Royal Society of St George on 6 May 1935 warning of the danger which Nazi Germany posed to Britain.

Kipling sadly passed away 18 January 1936 at the age of 70 after Suffering a haemorrhage in his small intestine after having recently undergone surgery, for a perforated duodenal ulcer. Phenomenon died two days before King George V. And was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium, northwest London, and his ashes were buried in Poets’ Corner, part of the South Transept of Westminster Abbey, next to the graves of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy.

Sister Bliss (Faithless)

British classically trained pianist, keyboardist record producer, DJ, composer and songwriter Sister Bliss (Ayalah Bentovim),Was born 30 December 1970). she is best known for her work with Rollo Armstrong, particularly as part of Faithless.she has also Worked With a number of collaborators over the years including Zoë Johnston and, frequently, Rollo’s sister Dido, who began her musical career providing backing vocals for the band. Faithless toured extensively, and while Rollo preferred to stay in the studio, Sister Bliss could be seen on stage with Maxi Jazz. Faithless enjoyed a 17-year career, that included 7 albums, including two number ones, and six top 10 singles. To date, Faithless have sold in excess of 15 million records worldwide and have played live to millions across the world.She released a two-disc compilation entitled Headliners: 02 in 2001.On 10 September 2006 she gave birth to a baby boy named Nate. The track “Nate’s Tune” on the Faithless album To All New Arrivals is dedicated to him. Later on, Faithless founded their own record label called Nate’s Tunes.She released Nightmoves on 14 July 2008.

Bliss formed Faithless in 1995 with Rollo, Jamie Catto and vocalist Maxi Jazz, constructing most of the music herself electronically, and also played the piano, violin, and saxophone while Rollo  produces the band. Faithless Albums include Reverence, Sunday 8PM, Outrospective and No Roots and a greatest hits compilation album. The first four studio albums included a subsequent bonus disc of remixes. Their fifth album, To All New Arrivals, was released in 2006, the next album The Dance, was released on 16 May 2010, The band also work on other musicians’ work, Including the long running Back to Mine sessions as well as The Bedroom Sessions and more recently theRenaissance 3D music project, in conjunction with the Renaissance nightclub. In 2006 Faithless released the controversial single Bombs” from their album To All New Arrivals and In October 2007 they played alongside Talib Kweli and Ozomatli and one of China’s earliest music festivals, Yue, organised by Split Works In 2009, they released dub mix of the track “Sun to Me” from their latest studio album, The Dance, and in 2010 the single Not Going Home was released. Since 2009, their track “Drifting Away” has been the theme tune for the BBC Television’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show website. In 2010, they returned to the Glastonbury Festival after eight years, playing on the Pyramid Stage, performing “Insomnia”, “God is a DJ”, and “We Come 1″. In 2011, Maxi Jazz announced that Faithless would cease to be. They played two nights at Brixton Academy on 7 and 8 April 2011, which were transmitted live via satellite to cinemas across Europe. However, the Faithless Sound System (a stripped down version of Faithless consisting of Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Sudha Kheterpal) gave final shows on 22 July 2011 at the Tomorrowland festival in Belgium, at the Waterford Music Fest in Ireland on 30 July and in Split at the Riva Discothèque on 12 August. Despite the announcement of their retirement, they currently – albeit only occasionally – continue to perform in the form of the stripped-down Faithless Sound System or via live PA and DJ sets incorporating Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss only. Following Faithless’ retirement from touring in April 2011, Bliss Now presents a weekly show on Ministry of Sound Radio at 7pm on Friday evenings.

SisterBliss has collaborated with Dido, Boy George, Cat Power, Robert Smith (The Cure), The Temper Trap and Example amongst others and has written music for film, TV and theatre. Credits include 2012ʼs film Knife Fight starring Rob Lowe, and directed by 2-times Oscar winner, Bill Guttentag, commissions for Sex & The City 2, Danny Boyleʼs The Beach, acclaimed British film The Hide, Crossing The Line and popular TV drama Life Begins. For theatre, Bliss has written music for The Black Album, The Emperor Jones at The National Theatre in London and an original piece for the London Sinfonietta, which was performed at Fuse Festival, UK.Inspired by her love for discovering new music through her radio show and DJ sets,

In 2013 Sister Bliss launched her own label: Junkdog Records for her solo singles and as an outlet for signing new music she believes in. Junkdog already has a busy schedule of new artists and exclusive originals from the lady herself.The ‘Faithless Sound System’ – a stripped down live act featuring a live PA from Maxi Jazz, DJ set from Bliss and percussion – has appeared at a number of festivals worldwide since Faithless split. She has occasionally appeared at medium-sized clubs in the UK, as a headline DJ act playing sets of house Records, her remixes and also independent artists. On 31 May 2013, she reunited with Maxi Jazz for a Faithless live PA and DJ set at the Electric Brixton nightclub in London, held in aid of the youth academy for Crystal Palace football club. Bliss and Maxi Jazz also performed Faithless songs at a festival in the United States. As well as her own albums, Sister Bliss is a prominent dance DJ and has for a long time toured the circuit on her own, remixed others’ albums and even appeared in music videos, such as Paul Oakenfold’s “Weekend”.

Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra)

Elo_logoThe English songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Jeffrey “Jeff” Lynne Was born 30 December 1947. He was originally a member of the band The Move and Formed British Rock Group  Electric Light Orchestra with Roy Wood and Bev Bevan around a fusion of rock and classical music, with the original idea of both The Move and ELO existing in tandem. Roy Wood left in 1972, following the band’s debut record, So Lynne wrote arranged and Produced everything himself. They became enormously successful in the United States, and were billed as “The English guys with the big fiddles”, incorporating complex and unique pop-rock sound mixed with studio strings, layered vocals, and tight, catchy pop singles. In 1973 they released ELO 2 and On the Third Day, in 1974’s Eldorado and Face the Music in 1975. By 1976’s A New World Record. This was followed by The 1977 double album Out of the Blue. The band’s 1978 world tour featured an elaborate “space ship” set and laser light show. In order to recreate the complex instrumental textures of their albums, the band used pre-recorded supplemental backing tracks in live performances. The mid-1970s, they had become one of the biggest-selling acts in music. From 1971 to 1986They released eleven studio albums and another album in 2001 &accumulated 27 Top-40 hit singles in both the UK and the US, with 20 Top 20 UK singles and 15 Top-20 US singles (as charted by Billboard magazine). The band also holds the record for having the most Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits of any group in US chart history without ever having a number one single.ELO collected 19 CRIA, 21 RIAA and 38 BPI awards, and sold over 50 million records worldwide.

In 1979, Lynne followed up the success of Out of the Blue with Discovery, containing the songs (“Shine a Little Love” Don’t Bring me Down and “Last Train to London”) and The title’s a play on “disco” and “very”.In 1979, Lynne rejected an offer for ELO to headline the Knebworth Concert in the UK, allowing Led Zeppelin to headline instead. Lynne contributed five tracks to the soundtrack for the 1980 film musicalXanadu. Containing the songs: I’m Alive (UK No. 20), All Over The World (UK No. 11), and the title track Xanadu, which reached number one in the UK. he Rerecorded Xanadu(with his lead vocal) for the 2000 box set Flashback which was loosely adapted into a successful Broadway musical, incorporating almost all of the songs from the original film, and also using two other ELO hits: “Strange Magic” and “Evil Woman”. ln 1981, Lynne took the band in a somewhat different direction with the science-fiction themed album Time, The strings were still featured, but with heavily synthesised textures. Lynne kept this general approach with 1983’s Secret Messages and a final contractually-obligated ELO album Balance of Power in 1986.

ELO now had only three remaining official members (Lynne, Bevan and Tandy), and Lynne began devoting more time to producing. During his time in the Electric Light Orchestra, Lynne released a few solo singles and In 1976, Lynne covered the Beatles songs “With a Little Help from My Friends” and “Nowhere Man” for All This and World War II. In 1977, Lynne released his first solo single, the disco-flavoured “Doin’ That Crazy Thing”/”Goin’ Down to Rio”. Lynne and ELO keyboardist Richard Tandy also contributed two original songs “Video!” and “Let It Run” to the film Electric Dreams . Lynne also wrote the song “The Story of Me,”which was recorded by the Everly Brothers on their comeback album EB84. Lynne began focusing almost exclusively on studio production work and produced and wrote the 1983 top-40 hit “Slipping Away” for Dave Edmunds and played on sessions (with Richard Tandy) for Edmunds’ album, Information. Lynne also produced six tracks on Edmunds’ follow-up album in 1984, Riff Raff.

Lynne’s influence by the Beatles was clearly evident in his ELO work and the connection to the Beatles was strengthened when Lynne produced George Harrison’s Cloud Nine, in 1987, featuring the songs “Got My Mind Set on You”, “When We Was Fab”(featuring Lynne on violin), and “This Is Love”. Lynne’s association with Harrison led to the 1988 formation of the Traveling Wilburys, a studio “supergroup” that included George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison as well as Lynne himself, and resulted in two albums (Vol. 1 and Vol. 3), both co-produced by Lynne. In 1988 Lynne worked on three tracks for Roy Orbison’s album Mystery Girl including “You Got It”. Lynne also co-wrote “Walk Away” on Del Shannon’s final album “Rock On!” And co-produced Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty, which included the hit singles “Free Fallin’”, “I Won’t Back Down”, and “Runnin’ Down a Dream”, all co-written by Lynne. Full Moon Fever and Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 both received nominations for theGrammy Award for Best Album of the Year in 1989. The Traveling Wilburys won a Grammy for “Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal” that year. Lynne’s song “One Way Love” was released as a single by Agnetha Faltskog and appeared on her second post-ABBA album, Eyes of a Woman. Lynne co-wrote and produced the track “Let It Shine” for Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson’s first solo album in 1988 and also contributed three tracks to an album by Duane Eddy and “Falling in Love” on Land of Dreams for Randy Newman.

In 1990, Lynne collaborated on the Wilburys’ follow up Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 and  released his first solo album Armchair Theatre,with old friends George Harrison and Richard Tandy featuring the singles “Every Little Thing” and “Lift Me Up”. Lynne also provided the song “Wild Times” to the motion picture soundtrack Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in 1991 and returned to the studio with Petty, co-writing and producing the album Into the Great Wide Open for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which featured the singles “Learning to Fly” and “Into the Great Wide Open”. In 1992 he produced Roy Orbison’s posthumous album King of Hearts, featuring the single “I Drove All Night” and in February 1994, Lynne worked with the three surviving Beatles on the Anthology album series, and at George Harrison’s request Lynne was brought in to assist on the songs “Free as a Bird”and “Real Love”, Lynne has also produced records for Ringo Starr and worked on Paul McCartney’s Grammy nominated album Flaming Pie.

Lynne’s also Produced the 1993 album Something Peculiar for singer/songwriter Julianna Raye, and contributed To albums by Roger McGuinn (Back from Rio), Joe Cocker (Night Calls),Aerosmith (Lizard Love), Tom Jones (Lift me Up), Bonnie Tyler (Time Mends a Broken Heart), the film Still Crazy, Hank Marvin(Wonderful Land and Nivram), Et Moi (Drole De Vie) and the Tandy Morgan Band (Action). In 1996, Lynne was officially recognised by his peers when he was awarded the Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Contributions to British Music” for a second time.

JayKay (Jamiroquai)

Best known as the lead singer of the British funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai, The Grammy Award-winning English musician Jay Kay ( Jason Luís Cheetham) Was born 30 December 1969.Kay formed Jamiroquai with members Toby Smith (keyboards), Stuart Zender (bass), Nick Van Gelder (drums) and Wallis Buchanan (didgeridoo) together with guest appearances by Gavin Dodds (guitar), Maurizio Ravelico (percussion) and Johnny Thirkell (horns) amongst others, both on the band’s debut

Jamiroquai’s first single, When You Gonna Learn was a huge success and was followed by their first album Emergency on Planet Earth. Kay stated that he would like his band to continue writing music for 15–20 years The band name is a mix of “jam session” and “iroquai”, based on the Iroquois, a Native American tribe The original band was Jay Kay (vocals), Toby Smith (keyboard), Stuart Zender (bass), Nick Van Gelder (drums), Wallis Buchanan (didgeridoo) and Alec Moran. These are the founding members of Jamiroquai and were involved in the writing and production of the first album. The lineup of the band has changed several times, and the longest serving and now core members of the band are lead singer and songwriter Jason “Jay” Kay, percussionist Sola Akingbola (since 1994), and drummer Derrick McKenzie (since 1994).

Kay formed Jamiroquai, after an unsuccessful audition to become the singer of the Brand New Heavies.Jamiroquai’s first single, “When You Gonna Learn”, was released in 1992 on the Acid Jazz label. Following its success, Kay signed an eight-album record deal with Sony Music Entertainment. The first Sony album, Emergency on Planet Earth was released in 1993. It was followed in 1994 by The Return of the Space Cowboy. The single “Space Cowboy” helped Jamiroquai gain popularity in the UK, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, although they remained relatively unknown to U.S and other international audiences. The band’s American breakthrough came with the third album, Travelling Without Moving in 1996, which yielded two big hits, “Virtual Insanity” and “Cosmic Girl”. The success of “Virtual Insanity” was due in part to its Jonathan Glazer-directed video, which featured Kay’s dance moves and some physics-defying images. At the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, the creative music video for “Virtual Insanity” won four awards; Best Video, Best Special Effects, Best Cinematography, and Breakthrough Video, and the band performed the song at the ceremony.

In 1998, Jamiroquai released “Deeper Underground”, the first single from their fourth studio album, Synkronized, which also appeared in the soundtrack for the 1998 movie Godzilla. The acid jazz flavours and ethnic influences of the first three albums continued with the release of Synkronized, and Jay Kay’s interest in funk and disco music were shifting the band’s directions towards such. By their fifth album, A Funk Odyssey (2001), they had evolved so drastically, that some critics and listeners would remark they lost the ‘Jamiroquai sound’. With the departure of more and more original band members, including Wallis Buchanan and his didgeridoo, Jamiroquai had become a very different band from that of 1992. In spite of the changes, the fifth album’s first single, “Little L”, reached #1 in many charts worldwide becoming their best dance hit.In 2003, Jamiroquai compiled and mixed a DJ mix album for the Late Night Tales series for Azuli Records. The track selection shows some of the band’s soul, funk and disco influences, including tracks from The Pointer Sisters, The Commodores, Johnny “Hammond” Smith and Johnny “Guitar” Watson.

Their sixth album, titled Dynamite was released In 2005 featuring the single, “Feels Just Like It Should” “Seven Days in Sunny June” & “(Don’t) Give Hate A Chance” In November 2006 Jamiroquai released a greatest hits collection,High Times: Singles 1992-2006, which featured two new tracks, “Runaway” and “Radio”. In May 2006 Jamiroquai performed during the Laureus Sports Awards inBarcelon. In October 2006, Jamiroquai recorded a live session for Live from Abbey Road at Abbey Road Studios, alongside Damien Rice and the Goo Goo Dolls. During February in 2007 Jamiroquai performed the record breaking Gig in the Sky in association with Sony Ericsson.

In 2007 the band performed at the World Stage of the Rock in Rio — Madrid festival, being held in Arganda del Rey, Madrid In February 2008, Jamiroquai performed at the Khodynka Arena in Moscow, Russia at the launch of the new Audi A4 car. On 22 June 2008, Jamiroquai performed at the Wianki Festival in Kraków, Poland. On 4 July 2008, the band performed in front of a 75,000-people audience in the Rock in Rio Madrid festival. On 5 April 2009, Jamiroquai performed at the closing concert of Malaysian F1 Grand Prix in Sepang International Circuit Malaysia, and on 9 April Jamiroquai played at the Sentul International Convention Centre in Jakarta, Indonesia.On 24 August 2009, On 24 June 2010, the band played a warm-up gig at Debut London to a small crowd. The new album saw a return to their earlier, less pop-like sound & featured the singles, Blue Skies and White Knuckle Ride .On 9 June 2011, the band released a new track called “Smile” for free download on their Soundcloud site “  and in April 2012, Jamiroquai released their long anticipated seventh album, Rock Dust Light Star, after a 2-year delay, received its American release in a double vinyl LP/CD bundle.For the 20th Anniversary of Jamiroquai. In 2013, they released ‘reissues’ of their 1st 3 studio albums, 1993’s ‘Emergency On Planet Earth’, 1994’s ‘Return Of The Space Cowboy’ & 1996’s ‘Travelling Without Moving’, which featured complete ‘remasterings’ of each album and a bonus CD with all the ‘B-Side material, live material & rarities’ of each album era of the band plus expanded ‘digipack artwork packaging’ and a new 2000 word essay written by Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay with reminisces of the band’s past, present & future.

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