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Richey Edwards, An Intellectual In A Rock Band

Richey Edwards, a lyricist and rhythm guitarist of a Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers, disappeared on 1 February 1995, aged 27, on the day when he and lead singer - guitarist James Dean Bradfield were due to fly to the US on a promotional tour.
On 23 November 2008, Richey was officially declared dead (in absentia). Richey's younger sister, Rachel said:
“I had to go into the solicitors’ and put my hand on the Bible and declare that I believed he was dead.
“That was surreal. I didn’t really think that. You presume the death to wind up their financial affairs. I hope people don’t think we have given up on him because we haven’t.”

Richey was born in December 1967 and grew up in Blackwood, Wales. He went to the local comprehensive school and then attended Swansea University, graduated with a 2:1 degree in political history.

Richey and bassist Nicky Wire were Manics main spokesman. Although Richey showed little musical talent, his real contribution to Manics was in the design. An…

Wuthering Heights: The Ghostly Atmosphere of Kate Bush Biggest Hit

On 5 January 1978, Kate Bush released her debut single, a phenomenal song that become her biggest hit: "Wuthering Heights". The song appears on her debut album, The Kick Inside.
It became a number-one hit on the UK Singles Chart, stayed at the position for four weeks. It made her the first female artist to have a self-penned number one hit in the UK.
"Wuthering Heights" also hit number one in Ireland and Italy. Reached the top ten in Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. "Wuthering Heights" proved to be successful in New Zealand, where it spent five weeks at number one, and Australia, where it stayed at the top of the charts for three consecutive weeks.
"Wuthering Heights"was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry, denoting sales of over half a million.

__________________________ The teenage Kate Bush had written over 100 songs when she was discovered by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, who recommended her to EM…

Seberkas Sinar: Nike Ardilla Dalam Musik New Wave

Nike Ardilla terkenal sebagai Lady Rocker Indonesia karena menyanyikan lagu lagu slow rock yang menjadi hits. Meskipun pada tahun 1995 Nike meninggal dunia di usia 19 tahun, para fans nya tetap setia dan selalu memperingati hari kematian Nike setiap tanggal 19 Maret. Sedangkan lagu-lagu hits nya tetap didengar, bahkan oleh remaja sekarang.
Tapi, sebenarnya Nike juga piawai menyanyikan lagu dalam genre pop, bossa nova, dan new wave dengan tipe suara alto.
Saat usianya 11 tahun, Nike mulai terjun ke industri musik dengan nama Nike Astrina. Ia pertama kali merekam suaranya untuk lagu rock berjudul "Lupa Diri". Lagu tersebut terdapat dalam album kompilasi berjudul Bandung Rock Power yang dirilis tahun 1987. Selanjutnya, untuk soundtrack film Gadis Foto Model pada tahun 1988, Nike menyanyikan lagu pop berjudul "Dia Idolaku".
Di tahun 1988 Nike juga melakukan rekaman untuk album pertamanya, dengan label JK Records yang berjudul Hanya Satu Nama. Namun, saat itu Nike dian…

Rich and Strong Formula in The Works of Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro has directed a wide variety of fantasy films (some of them are R-Rated), which encompass history, politics, literature, science, architecture, and medicine.
He demonstrates the energizing effects of cross-pollination among genres, categories, and disciplines with commentaries about the social, psychological, and spiritual power of objects.
The characters in Del Toro's films meet their destinies via the objects or artifacts from a variety of cultural traditions. The objects have existential value. Often present in static conditions, forcing characters to react to them.

The objects have very strong visual presence in Del Toro’s films: a child's shoe, conventional paintings, photographs, stacks of specimen jars, books, rows of statuary.....
The violence in Del Toro's films are shocking. Someone gets severe injuries or cut very quickly. The characters struggles against death in spectacular form, with anxieties that are endemic to the human condition.
Del Toro…