SOURCE: CHICAGO TRIBUNE “6 Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because of racist imagery”

Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said Tuesday.

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” it said.

The other books affected are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”

The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company told AP.

“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” it said.

Books by Dr. Seuss — who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904 —- have been translated into dozens of languages as well as in braille and are sold in more than 100 countries. He died in 1991.

A copy of the book "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," by Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the business that preserves and protects the author and illustrator's legacy, announced that it would cease publication of several children's titles including this one.
A copy of the book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” by Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the business that preserves and protects the author and illustrator’s legacy, announced that it would cease publication of several children’s titles including this one. (Steven Senne/AP)

He remains popular, earning an estimated $33 million before taxes in 2020, up from just $9.5 million five years ago, the company said. Forbes listed him No. 2 on its highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020, behind only the late pop star Michael Jackson.

As adored as Dr. Seuss is by millions around the world for the positive values in many of his works, including environmentalism and tolerance, there has been increasing criticism in recent years over the way Blacks, Asians and others are drawn in some of his most beloved children’s books, as well as in his earlier advertising and propaganda illustrations.

The National Education Association, which founded Read Across America Day in 1998 and deliberately aligned it with Geisel’s birthday, has for several years deemphasized Seuss and encouraged a more diverse reading list for children.[

School districts across the country have also moved away from Dr. Seuss, prompting Loudoun County, Virginia, schools just outside Washington, D.C., to douse rumors last month that they were banning the books entirely.

“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss,” the school district said in a statement.

In 2017, a school librarian in Cambridge, Massachusetts, criticized a gift of 10 Seuss books from first lady Melania Trump, saying many of his works were “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”

In 2018, a Dr. Seuss museum in his hometown of Springfield removed a mural that included an Asian stereotype.

“The Cat in the Hat,” one of Seuss’ most popular books, has received criticism, too, but will continue to be published for now.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, however, said it is “committed to listening and learning and will continue to review our entire portfolio.”

Numerous other popular children’s series have been criticized in recent years for alleged racism.

In the 2007 book, “Should We Burn Babar?,” the author and educator Herbert R. Kohl contended that the “Babar the Elephant” books were celebrations of colonialism because of how the title character leaves the jungle and later returns to “civilize” his fellow animals.

One of the books, “Babar’s Travels,” was removed from the shelves of a British library in 2012 because of its alleged stereotypes of Africans. Critics also have faulted the “Curious George” books for their premise of a white man bringing home a monkey from Africa.

And Laura Ingalls Wilder’s portrayals of Native Americans in her “Little House On the Prairie” novels have been faulted so often that the American Library Association removed her name in 2018 from a lifetime achievement award it gives out each year.

AP National Writer Hillel Italie contributed from New York.

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All New MKULTRASOUND PodCast: Damon Christopher and Nichole Bodie of The Nichole Bodie Band

Nichole Bodie Band is a seasoned, Chicago based two-piece acoustic set playing all the music you love; hits from the 50’s through the 90’s, classic rock, blues, as well as their own works. Nichole Bodie sings lead vocals with her soulful, sultry tones. Damon Christopher has mastered the guitar with over 30 years of experience playing all over the United States. They play off of each other harmonizing and bringing you back to fun times we all remember.

On their second MKULTRASOUND appearance since 2019 we get a new song “Fabric” and an old favorite “The Mountain” and discuss the current state of cancel culture and have a helluva lot of fun.

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RAMMSTEIN Recorded New Studio Album During Pandemic

RAMMSTEIN keyboardist Christian “Flake” Lorenz has confirmed that the band has recorded a new studio album during the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to Motor.de, he said: “The fact that we couldn’t perform live increased our creativity. We had more time to think of new things and less distraction. As a result, we recorded an album that we hadn’t planned on.”

Last October, RAMMSTEIN revealed that it had returned to La Fabrique studios in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, in the south of France. At the time, the band wrote in a social media post: “Sadly no tour this year – but it’s great to be back in the studio!”

RAMMSTEIN‘s seventh, untitled album came out in May 2019 via UME/Spinefarm in Europe and Caroline Records in the U.S. The band’s first studio disc since 2009’s “Liebe Ist Für Alle Da” debuted at No. 1 on the album charts in 14 countries and was the band’s tenth No. 1 in Germany. The LP was produced by Olsen Involtini with RAMMSTEIN and was mixed at a Santa Monica, California studio with Rich Costey, an American producer who has previously worked with MUSERAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and FRANZ FERDINAND, among others.

Last May, RAMMSTEIN postponed its 2020 North American stadium tour due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. The tour will now begin on August 22, 2021 in Montreal and end on October 1, 2021 in Mexico City. The band also announced the rescheduled dates for its European stadium tour.

The 25th-anniversary edition of RAMMSTEIN‘s debut album, “Herzeleid”, was made available in December via Vertigo/UMe“Herzeleid (XXV Anniversary Edition – Remastered)” features the album’s original track listing on a single CD, housed in a lavish, cross-shaped digipak with deluxe slipcase, and, for the first time ever, the remastered album with HD sound was made available digitally. In addition, there was a 2LP version with a slipcase containing two 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl discs with blue splatter effect. The creator of the original artwork, Dirk Rudolph, was also responsible for the “Anniversary Edition” packaging. The booklets also contain the original band portraits shot by Praler. Both the CD and vinyl editions are strictly limited.

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CHEAP TRICK’s RICK NIELSEN: ‘We’re Too Dumb To Quit’

Rick Nielsen spoke to Terrie Carr of the Morristown, New Jersey radio station 105.5 WDHA about CHEAP TRICK‘s upcoming 20th studio album, “In Another World”, which is due on April 9 via BMG. Asked how long it took for him and his bandmates to complete the effort, the guitarist said: “It was supposed to have been out a year ago. We finished it, but then, of course, all the crap happened, so [everything] got delayed — our tours got delayed, the record got delayed. So we did it probably a year and a half ago — something like that. I don’t think we really put the final touches on it until about a month ago, actually. ‘Cause in the meantime, we recorded this, that and the other. We’d done [a cover of David Bowie‘s] ‘Rebel Rebel’ with [producer] Jack Douglas. We did [a cover of THE BEATLES‘] ‘She Said She Said’ for Howard Stern [referring to Howard‘s tribute to the 50th anniversary of THE BEATLES‘ ‘Revolver’ album]. We had Joe Perry [of AEROSMITH guesting on it]. We were at Johnny Depp‘s studio doing that. And then we did a [Harry Nilsson] song for another kind of tribute record. So it just seemed like we just kept recording. So now it’s time for this. I mean, we only finished the cover and all that stuff, really, about a month and a half ago.”

Nielsen also talked about CHEAP TRICK‘s longevity and enduring influence, saying: “I don’t mean to be extra humble, ‘Oh, gee,’ but we do what we like, and we’re lucky that we had any success, and we’re lucky that we had any fans, but we’ve got a lot of fans, and we like what we do. We’re too dumb to quit, and our mistakes are real. And we’re just a good band. I don’t think we’ve ever progressed — really. I mean, we never tried to be something that we weren’t. We never tried to be, ‘All right, now we’re gonna do this.’ It’s just, like, no, that’s phony.”

“In Another World” was produced by CHEAP TRICK‘s longtime associate Julian Raymond. The LP marks CHEAP TRICK‘s first new LP since 2017’s double-header of “We’re All Alright!” and “Christmas Christmas”.

CHEAP TRICK‘s current lineup includes three of its original members: Nielsen, singer Robin Zander and bassist Tom Petersson. Drummer Bun E. Carlos stopped touring with the band in 2010 and was replaced by Nielsen‘s son Daxx.

Founded in 1974, CHEAP TRICK is an indisputable American institution, beloved around the globe for its instantly identifiable, hugely influential, brand of pop rock ‘n’ roll. The bandmembers are true pioneers with an unparalleled streak of certifiably classic tunes, from “He’s A Whore”“California Man” and “Dream Police” to “Surrender”“I Want You To Want Me” and the worldwide #1 hit single “The Flame”. 2016 saw CHEAP TRICK inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, a long-overdue acknowledgement of a nearly five-decade career that has earned them more than 40 international gold and platinum certifications, myriad awards and industry honors, featured appearances on over 20 movie soundtracks, and total record sales well in excess of 20 million.

Last September, CHEAP TRICK released the aforementioned cover version of “Rebel Rebel”. Back in 2018, CHEAP TRICK recorded a single called “The Summer Looks Good On You” and followed it up with 2019 updates of Harry Nilsson‘s “Ambush” and John Lennon‘s “Gimme Some Truth”.

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ANGEL Prepares To Record New Album

ANGEL is preparing to enter the studio to begin recording its brand new album, to be released on Cleopatra Records. This will be ANGEL‘s second LP for Cleopatra and the follow-up to 2019’s “Risen”. Founding members Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino have been working with new partner and bandmember, guitarist Danny Farrow, to write and craft 13 tracks for the next LP.

“We’ve written some great songs and are excited for all you guys to hear,” says Meadows. “We’re recording our second album for Cleopatra Records and couldn’t be happier about it. They’re an awesome record company and we can’t wait to get started.” Farrow states: “We are all super excited to be working with Cleopatra Records again on a follow-up album to ‘Risen’. It will be great to get back in the studio again with the band as well as working on lots of positive things for the future of ANGEL.”

In 2020, ANGEL also signed with veteran artist manager Ron Rainey in Beverly Hills, California. “Ron is the real deal and has already done great things for us,” Punky says. The respect goes both ways, says Rainey. “I’m happy to be working with ANGEL again,” he states. “The group is sounding great live and they are prodigious writers, testified by the success of their 2019 Cleopatra album ‘Risen’. They are now writing songs for their next Cleopatra album and we at Ron Rainey Management are proud to be a part of their resurgence.”

Part of that resurgence will be the eventual return to touring, and Ron has already hired Mike Weinstein from American Artists Corporation to help bring ANGEL‘s show to fans across the USA.

Meadows says: “We have a great team now and are looking forward to an amazing year, and, of course, we’ll be back out on the road to blow the roof off in a town near you.”.

ANGEL is an American rock band from Washington, D.C. Discovered by Gene Simmons of KISS and then signed to Casablanca RecordsANGEL came to be known for its elaborate stage show and all-white costumes. For CasablancaANGEL released six albums and toured non-stop playing American arenas with such global superstars as AEROSMITHRUSHJOURNEYSTYXTED NUGENT and more. They even headlined two nights at Japan’s legendary Budokan. ANGEL appeared on the television shows “American Bandstand”“Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert”“The Midnight Special” and in the film “Foxes”.

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Canadian Metal Powerhouse LIVING DEAD GIRL Reveals Third Single and Video, “Escape,” from Upcoming Exorcism Debut

The third single from up-and-coming Canadian modern metal powerhouse LIVING DEAD GIRL’s upcoming Exorcism album, “Escape,” is available today.


“‘Escape’ is about leaving behind a place that was holding you back,” says vocalist Molly Rennick. “It’s about moving on to bigger and better things, rather than staying somewhere you feel no sense of belonging, and finding somewhere that you fit in to call home.”


LIVING DEAD GIRL has already released two singles and videos from Exorcism, the anthemic “Alive,” which received airplay on Toronto’s mainstream rock station 94.9 The Rock, 89.1 Max FM in Barrie, Orilia and the Muskokas, X92.9 Calgary, X100.7 – Red Deer’s Alternative and CBC Radio Canada online, and the title track.


Formed in 2017, LIVING DEAD GIRL’s style is a unique combination of goth-inspired heavy metal meets fellow Canadian frontwoman Avril Lavigne, possessing an amalgam of genres including rock, metal, industrial, goth, pop and punk rock. The music perfectly encapsulates Rennick’s personality, which she admits is a dichotomy of “one wears baby pink and Hello Kitty and listens to pop music, and the other a goth girl in fishnet stockings who listens to dark heavy metal.” The 21-year-old Rennick’s amazing vocal range sees her seamlessly switching from taunting, high-pitched croons, to menacing, harsh barks, to haunting growls with relative ease.


On 

Exorcism’s 11 banging tracks, Rennick channels her inner “goth girl gone bad” attitude. From the raging, down-tuned riffs of the title track and “Worship Me,” to the infectious, singalong chorus of “Villain,” to the enticing, taunting melodies of “Beautiful” and “Alive,” Rennick commands your full attention.


LIVING DEAD GIRL online:

www.livingdeadgirl.cawww.facebook.com/LIVINGDEADGIRLBAND

www.instagram.com/livingdeadgirlofficial/

www.youtube.com/channel/UCELYELo6t95V_mXNa4f3dXQ/videos?view_as=subscriber

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