Time of Death by Mark Bingham

I would like to read Time of Death by MarkBingham. It tells the harrowing story of Bingham who was an American public relations executive and was a passenger on board the ill fated United Airlines Flight 93 travelling to San Francisco Prior to the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks. On this infamous day hijackers crashed a Commercial Airline into the Pentagon. They also crashed American Airline Flight 11 into The World Trade Centre North Tower and Fifteen minutes later, at 9:03 am, crashed United Flight 175 into the South Tower.

Meanwhile United 93 was climbing to cruising altitude, heading west over New Jersey and into Pennsylvania. At 9:25 am, Flight 93 was above eastern Ohio, and pilots Jason Dahl and LeRoy Homer received an alert, “beware of cockpit intrusion,” on the cockpit computer device ACARS (Aircraft Communications and Reporting System).Three minutes later, Cleveland controllers could hear screams over the cockpit’s open microphone. Moments later, the hijackers, led by the Lebanese Ziad Samir Jarrah, took over the plane’s controls, disengaged the autopilot, and told passengers, “Keep remaining sitting. We have a bomb board”.

Bingham and the other passengers were herded into the back of the plane. The curtain between first class and second class had been drawn, at which point the pilot and co-pilot were seen lying dead on the floor just outside the curtain, their throats having been cut. Within six minutes, the plane changed course and headed towardsWashington, D.C. Several of the passengers made phone calls to loved ones, who informed them about the two planes that had crashed into the World Trade Center. Bingham phoned his mother, reporting that his plane had been hijacked and relaying his love for her.

After the hijackers veered the plane sharply south, the passengers decided to act.Bingham, along with Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick formed a plan to take the plane back from the hijackers. They were joined by other passengers, including Lou Nacke, Rich Guadagno, Alan Beaven, Honor Elizabeth Wainio, Linda Gronlund, and William Cashman, along with flight attendants Sandra Bradshaw and Cee Cee Ross-Lyles, and decided to storm the cockpit and take back the plane. Led by Bingham Passengers managed to invade the cockpit and At 10:02 am, the plane ploughed into an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 580 miles an hour, thwarting the hijackers plan to crash the plane into a building in Washington, D.C. Such as the U.S. Capitol Building or the White House. Bingham’s name is located on Panel S-67 of the National September 11 Memorial’s South Pool, along with those of other passengers of Flight 93. His story of courage and bravery has also been remembered in numerous posthumous awards and honours.

John Cale OBE (Velvet Underground)

Velvet_Underground_and_NicoMost famous for being a member of the Velvet Underground, John Cale OBE Was born 9 March 1942. the Velvet Underground formed in NewYork City performing from 1964 to 1973, its best-known members were Lou Reed and John Cale, who both went on to find success as solo artists. Although experiencing little commercial success while together, the band is often cited by many critics as one of the most important and influential groups of the 1960s. In a 1982 interview Brian Eno made the often repeated statement that while the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.

Although The Velvet Underground were considered a commercial failure in the late 1960s, they have gained a considerable cult following and have gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era.As the Velvet Underground’s principal songwriter, Lou Reed wrote about subjects of personal experience that rarely had been examined so openly in rock and roll, including sexuality and drug culture. Although the Velvet Underground never achieved great commercial success, their idosyncratic combination of harsh guitars and smooth melodies sung by Reed or the German model Nico proved enduring” Andy Warhol also incorporated the Velvet Underground’s music into his Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia events. As a songwriter, Reed broke new ground by writing songs about taboo subjects as S&M, transvestites and transsexuals, prostitution and drug addiction.

The Velvet Underground have long been recognizsd as a major musical influence on punk and art rock, as reflected in a quote often attributed to musician Brian Eno: “The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band. Andy Warhol managed the Velvet Underground and it was the house band at his studio, theFactory, and his Exploding Plastic Inevitable events. The provocative lyrics of some of the band’s songs gave a nihilistic outlook to some of their music. Their 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (which featured German singer Nico, with whom the band collaborated), was named the 13th Greatest Album of All Time, and the “most prophetic rock album ever made” by Rolling Stone in 2003. In 2004,Rolling Stone ranked the band No. 19 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, by Patti Smith.