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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Woodstock will never get old…it will just keep getting better.

If any of you old-time rockers haven’t found out yet, the folks handling the original recordings of the Woodstock performances have recently released entire sets of certain bands. Those lucky few bands include Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Johnny Winter.

I just got my hands on a copy of the entire Santana set, and boy, am I glad I spent that 20 bucks. The band, virtually unknown before their famous performance in White Lake, New York, completely kills it in this live album. It’s full of strong, funky, latin drum beats, blaring guitars and organs, and a flavor unlike any other band that played at Woodstock. But would we expect any less?

The sound makes it pretty close to impossible for you to stand still. I keep listening to the cd over and over again, and always find at least some part of my body moving and grooving along with Santana’s charm.

Drummer Michael Shrieve, who happened to be the youngest (and maybe the best?) drummer at Woodstock, is one of the main driving forces that makes this performance so powerful. His beats, along with the addition of the congos and bongos, make the entire set sound so intense that it’s almost tribal. And of course, where would we be without Carlos Santana, the lead singer and guitarist? His latin flavor brings even more authenticity and spark into the music.

Here’s a list of the tracks on the Woodstock Experience:

  • Waiting
  • Evil Ways
  • You Just Don’t Care
  • Savor
  • Jingo
  • Persuasion
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Fried Neckbones and Some Home Fries

 If you’re any kind of Santana fan, you might want to consider picking yourself up a copy of this cd. It comes packaged with the band’s album “Santana” and also a poster capturing them onstage at Woodstock. Also, each one is individually numbered, so you can feel like you’ve really got something special there.

If you’ve never been a Santana fan before, but are considering giving them a go, start with this cd. It is one of their best.

 On a side note, I still can’t believe Carlos Santana was on mescaline for this whole performance. Imagine that.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

My latest and greatest read left me feeling somewhat satisfied, but also somewhat agitated, too. Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica was a strange little diddy, and mostly a diary for a stressed out waiter’s thoughts. I could probably write a book detailing all of my complaints, too.

I went into reading this book with the impression that it would be a laugh and a half. I had heard a lot of great things about it — mainly from people who work in the restaurant business. Parts of it were funny, but some of it bored me to death, too. Perhaps you have to work in a restaurant to get it?

I found the author repeating himself several times. Things got redundant. Then again, some things were just obvious. You don’t need to point out things that are obvious — that makes the reader feel insulted. And some of the conversation felt forced. It’s like he was trying to tell a story through conversation, but some of it just ended up sounding cheesy.

Towards the end of the book, things started to get real negative. All Dublanica does is piss and moan about how much he hates his job at the restaurant and how he is afraid of failing. I understand his need to illustrate what made him leave the business, but the way that he tells the story is, at times, uninteresting.

But I don’t want to make it sound like it was all bad. It was worth the read, definitely. I did enjoy some of his anecdotes from working at The Bistro, a high class restaurant in New York. Some of his patrons are real idiots. They seem to prey on their waiters, making arrogance and personal attacks on the staff a normal thing. And those usually are the regular customers.

I did find some of the book interesting, too. It’s nice to have an insider’s look at a restaurant because then you know what the kitchen and wait staff might be thinking about you while you’re dining. I had no idea that some restaurants actually keep a record of their regular customers, classifying them as an “asshole” or a “good tipper.”

All in all, I would say that people who work in restaurants might get a kick out of this book more than people who don’t.  It’s worth your time to read, but don’t expect a barrel of laughs out of this one.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

A smallish chalk, ink, and pen drawing has been quite the topic of conversation in the art world lately. Back in January, the painting was sold at an art auction at Christie’s in New York. It was titled “a Young Girl in Profile in Renaissance Dress.” It’s value was labeled at anywhere between $12,000 and $16,000.
The newly discovered painting. Photo from dwworld.com.

The newly discovered painting. Photo from dwworld.com.

But then the dealer who purchased the painting, Kate Ganz, suggested that perhaps it was based off of a Leonardo Da Vinci type of design. Since then, the painting’s value has been upped to $160 million.

According to dw world.com, art sleuths then had to determine it’s authenticity. “The painting was photographed using a multi-spectral camera developed by the Lumiere Technology company in Paris.

Then Peter Paul Biro, a Montreal-based forensic art expert, examined the images of the drawing and identified a fingerprint near the top left of the art work which matched that of the index or middle-finger of Leonardo da Vinci. The Lumiere process enables the pigments mixtures and pigments of each pixel to be identified without having to damage the drawing by taking a physical sample.

Professor Kemp originally code-named the painting La Bella Milanese, and then later re-named it to La Bella Principessa after he identified her, by what he called a process of elimination, as Bianca Sforza, the daughter of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan and his mistress Bernardina de Corradis.

The vellum of the painting was also subjected to a Carbon-14 analysis at the Institute for Particle Physics in Zurich which gave the painting a date in the range of 1452 to 1508.”

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Yesterday, the National Geographic Society announced that it will begin to release and sell some of its unseen photographs. Those pictures will come from a collection of work from the 20th century, ranging from people to animals to landscape designs.

One of the many photographs National Geographic has released. Photo from nytimes.com.

One of the many photographs National Geographic has released. Photo from nytimes.com.

For right now, all the photographs being released will be black and white. After they’ve focused on those prints, they will begin to release color pictures as well.

William Bonner, the Society’s archivist, thinks it’s a shame that so many beautiful pictures have gone unseen by the public. Most were never published in National Geographic Magazine.

View the slideshow of some of the newly released photographs.

Unfortunately, for those of us who are counting the change in our pockets, most of the photographs’ prices will be anywhere between $3,000 and over $10,000.

Perhaps part of the reason for this is that many of the photographs the Society has are the originals — that means only one copy. Obviously, prints will be made for selling, but in the art world, there’s nothing like jacking up the price of a work of art.

The new photographs from the National Geographic Society will be put on display in the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea, NY. The artwork will premiere on September 17, 2009 and will feature 150 vintage prints.

Still want to find out more? Read the full New York Times article ‘Treasures from an Underground Trove.’

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