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Philip Munger

About Me:
musician, composer, educator, environmental and community planning activist
 
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About Me:
musician, composer, educator, environmental and community planning activist

Saturday Art – Sila: Breath of the World, by John Luther Adams

By: Saturday September 20, 2014 6:40 pm

This year’s Pulitzer Prize for Musical Composition was awarded to my longtime friend and colleague, John Luther Adams. The award was specifically for a spacious new orchestral work of his, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Become Ocean. But the prize for Adams, as is the case with others so honored, also reflects upon the Alaska master’s record of unique achievement over the decades.

The composer has long, at least up until recently, suffered having his name in the shadow of San Francisco-based composer, John Adams, with John Luther Adams often being called “the OTHER John Adams.” I’ve long referred to JLA as “the REAL John Adams.”

Two Interviews With Max Blumenthal From Yafa-Tel Aviv and Ramallah

By: Saturday August 16, 2014 5:13 pm

In the aftermath of the month-long Gaza slaughter, author and journalist Max Blumenthal is in Israel and Palestine. Two videos have been posted on Youtube within the past few days which are important documents for at least a few reasons.

Longtime Firedoglake readers are probably aware that I have been following Blumenthal’s progress since he showed up at our door in September, 2008, looking for a Wasilla, Alaska base from which to investigate aspects of Sarah Palin’s Fundamentalist Christianist beliefs.

The Upcoming Alaska Primary

By: Friday August 15, 2014 3:30 pm

On Tuesday, Alaskan super voters will go to the polls to decide a few important contests. The two most important for the future of the state are the GOP three-way contest to oppose Sen. (D) Mark Begich’s US Senate seat in November, and a voters’ referendum on Alaska’s tax structure for the oil industry.

Unprecedented amounts of money are pouring into our state, which, after decades of GOP and Democratic Party neo-Liberal governance, may be about to enter a huge economic and financial tailspin.

Saturday Art: My Poem for Gaza

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00 pm

Almost 40 years ago, after showing my girlfriend (now my wife) my latest poem, she diplomatically told me that poetry was perhaps “the least of my many artistic talents.” Since then, I haven’t written many verses, though I’ve set over 50 by others to song.

However, the ongoing Gaza butchery has shaken me to the core. I am not alone. This has been a pivotal event for many others.

Metropolitan Opera Censors Masterpiece by Renowned Composer John Adams

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 6:10 pm

Every serious list of America’s greatest living composers has neo-Romantic post-Minimalist composer John Adams at or near the top. His 2002 commemoration to victims of September 11th, 2001, On the Transmigration of Souls, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for musical composition. He has won five Grammies for recordings of his work. His most important orchestral works, Short Ride on a Fast Machine, Harmonielehre, The Chairman Dances and Tromba Lontana are performed on a weekly basis all around the planet by the world’s top orchestras. His three full-scale operas and four other opera-like works are regarded as the most significant contribution to that genre by any American.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Doug Fine, Hemp Bound: Dispatches From The Front Lines Of The Next Agricultural Evolution

By: Sunday June 1, 2014 1:59 pm

Three of Doug Fine’s four books address aspects of agriculture. Farewell My Subaru introduces us to his Funky Butte Ranch in rural New Mexico, where he begins to learn to ranch and farm, to power his life with renewable energy, waste oil and homegrown food. Too High to Fail followed the odyssey of a cannabis plant to be used for a medical marijuana patient, from cloning to ingestion.

Hemp Bound introduces us to the renewed interest in industrial hemp agriculture, at the moment of its rebirth.

Book Salon Preview: Doug Fine Discusses His Book, Hemp Bound, at The Booksmith, in Haight-Ashbury

By: Sunday June 1, 2014 8:46 am

Sunday afternoon, I will be hosting author Doug Fine here at the Firedoglake Book Salon. We will be asking him questions about the subject matter of Hemp Bound: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution.  Last year, we had him here to discuss the paperback edition of his book on the medical cannabis growing scene in California, Too High to Fail.

Netanyahu, Pissed at the Pope for Praying at the Apartheid Wall, Attempts to Humiliate Francis. Twice.

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 7:24 pm

A pontiff who appears to be the most humble in generations might be hard, almost impossible to humiliate. That didn’t keep the first foreign leader to star in political ads opposing a sitting American President’s re-election efforts from trying, though.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ali Abunimah, The Battle for Justice in Palestine

By: Sunday May 18, 2014 1:59 pm

I’ve been predicting since late 2013 that 2014 would turn out to be a watershed year for the advancement of Palestinian rights, and for a deeper understanding of the reality of the inevitability of the single-state solution to the Palestine-Israel dilemma. This book, more than any other yet published, puts a humane and achievable face on that goal.

Firedoglake Book Salon Preview: The Battle for Justice in Palestine by Ali Abunimah

By: Sunday May 18, 2014 9:45 am

2014 is a year seeing rapid changes in how the world views and reacts to relations between Israel and Israelis, and their co-inhabitants, in the so-called “Land Between the River and the Sea.” Terms used to describe Israeli policies and laws, words such as “racist” or “apartheid,” for instance, are quickly gaining more currency, more acceptance. Pushback against use of such terms by ardent Zionists seems to get less traction in the public at large by the day.

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