Revolution in the air

Digging 50 years of Beatlemania in North America helps to unearth a Canadian cultural treasure in Allison Crowe’s home province on the Atlantic. The Beatles landing at New York City’s JFK International in February 1964 was emblematic of the new – the “jet set” – a revolution in air travel that made it possible for jet planes to cross the Atlantic in record times. In the era of propeller planes and the refuelling stop-overs needed to make the trip between Europe and the USA, the key North American terminal – GIA – was located in Gander, Newfoundland.

Gander International’s VIP Lounge played host to Albert Einstein, Marlene Dietrich, Fidel Castro, Frank Sinatra, Winston Churchill and Jackie O., among countless others, during those years GIA was popularly known as the “Crossroads of the World”.

Then a thriving global hub, in 1959 a new terminal opened and its construction and furniture featured creativity of leading designers – including chairs by Charles and Ray Eames -http://eamesoffice.com/charles-and-ray , “Primasteel” seating by Robin Bush, and a six-foot mural painted by Kenneth Lochhead – http://www.kennethlochhead.com

Gander International Airport – departure lounge photographed by Zach Bonnell

The advent of jet travel, however, soon redirected the flow of international air travel. With Gander facilities no longer bustling, it’s uniquely preserved a “time capsule” quality. Today, GIA is viewed as a marvel by art historians, architects and design aficionados – ”It’s still one of the most beautiful, most important Modernist rooms in the country, if not the most important,” says Alan C. Elder, Curator, Canadian Crafts and Design, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. (Recently renamed, the Canadian Museum of History is this nation’s most-visited museum).

Gander, and such nearby communities as Lewisporte, Twillingate and more, earned international renown in 2001 as GIA became haven for dozens of international aircraft grounded when airspace was shut-down in the wake of the 9/11 NYC attacks. The character of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians opening their hearts and homes to thousands of people – flight passengers and crew – during the crisis is legend – http://www.snopes.com/rumors/gander.asp#smvFTOCIkq43PMEj.99

Less-known, across even its home and native land, is how Gander long-served as “Crossroads of the World”. Awareness of GIA’s style is enjoying a renaissance in our internet age – with features in The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/20/travel/tmagazine/20TGANDER.html , Institute http://www.instituteartist.com/feature-Gander-Airport-Simon-Norfolk , “dwell” magazine – http://www.dwell.com/rewind/article/aviation-preservation – and more – http://itraveltree.com/virgin-atlantic-welcome-to-um-gander-canada

Most recently, Bloomberg’s high-end “Pursuits”, (a publication “for the world’s richest people”) put Gander International on its cover, with a fashion shoot – http://ca.zinio.com/reader.jsp?issue=416276333&WT.mc_id=PUB_COM_DISC_GLOBAL_082813_Pursuits_Fall13 – calling it “the world’s coolest airport”.

GIA image – showing mural – from series by Zach Bonnell on flickr

In a fab, 18-photo, flickr gallery, Zach Bonnell of St. John’s, NL is our guide on a magical mystery tour of GIA @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/zachbonnell/sets/72157623762605690

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“Imagine” peace again – and again

Among her interpretations of songs by the Beatles, during the group’s collective and solo years, chanting the mantra – peace and love – here’s “Imagine” performed “Live at Wood Hall” by Canadian musician Allison Crowe.
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Gerry Deiter, assigned by ‘Life‘ magazine, was the only photographer present for the entire eight-day Bed-In staged by John Lennon and Yoko Ono at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel in 1969. His collection of images from that happening come together in the book “Give Peace a Chance: John & Yoko’s Bed-In for Peace” – compiled by Joan Athey and edited by Paul McGrath.
And Joan Athey’s graciously allowed Gerry Deiter’s photographs to accompany the music to make this video.
Since it’s Groundhog Day leading us into the week celebrating 50 years of Beatlemania in North America+ – here’s an encore version of “Imagine” recorded by Allison at home – with peace signs courtesy of Top Pun.
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In My Life + Imagine – Allison Crowe’s “Tidings Concert” (encore songs 1 + 2)

In My Life“, penned by John Lennon and fellow Beatle Paul McCartney, the first encore song of “Tidings Concert“, performed by Allison Crowe.
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A double reality of “John” songs – here’s “Imagine“, by John Lennon, performed by Allison as the next encore.

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Imagine

Imagine“, composed by John Lennon, performed live by Allison Crowe.

More than forty years ago today, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a Bed In for Peace at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel. The couple held the eight-day event – from May 25 to June 1, 1969 – to protest civil unrest and the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war.

“We’re going to sell peace the way other people sell soap”, Lennon told a young photo-journalist Gerry Deiter. Assigned by Life Magazine to document the happening in the hotel suite, Deiter was the only photographer there the entire 8 days. He captured hundreds of images of the couple singing, composing, visiting with friends and talking to the media. Lennon and Ono spoke to some 150 journalists during the press conferences they held daily from their bed. June 1 was the culmination – the recording of Give Peace A Chance.

Now these images come together in the book “Give Peace a Chance: John & Yoko’s Bed-In for Peace“. Photography by Gerry Deiter. Compiled by Joan Athey. Edited by Paul McGrath.

Joan Athey has graciously allowed these images to accompany a live performance of “Imagine” by Canadian musician Allison Crowe.

Give Peace A Chance

War is over if you want it

Imagine peace

http://www.peaceworksnow.com

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‘Cover Me’ Premieres “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” & 1 Heck of a Guy, MTV and more dig it

Cover Me” blog’s Editor-in-Chief Ray Padgett, (SPIN, Consequence of Sound, Mashable and more), premieres Allison Crowe’s take on Annie Lennox & Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” @ http://www.covermesongs.com/2010/11/allison-crowe-shows-us-what-sweet-dreams-are-made-of.html

In the accompanying article, “Allison Crowe Shows Us What ‘Sweet Dreams‘ Are Made Of (Cover Me Premiere)”, writer Eric Garneau says of Crowe’s bare take on the song:”She delivers a reading on this ’80s mainstay at once beautifully melodious and ferociously in-your-face.”

Allison Crowe being a rock musician – well, what was called rock in the ’60s – she really enjoys, but doesn’t replicate, the sounds of the original’s pop sensibility. She strips things to their emotional core.

1 Heck of a Guy, a blog renowned for its reportage on Leonard Cohen and broomcorn lore and much, much more, shines a light on Allison Crowe’s “alchemy” in covering songs – http://1heckofaguy.com/2010/11/09/allison-crowe-renews-eurythmics-sweet-dreams – saying:

“Allison, whose covers include not only outstanding versions of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River‘ and ‘A Case of You,’ Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah,’ ‘The Beatles’ ‘In My Life‘ and ‘Let It Be,’ Lennon’s ‘Imagine,’ and Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time After Time,’ but also the most provocative and seductive (forgive me, Aretha) take I’ve heard on Ronnie Shannon’s ‘I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You).’ And, I stand by my conviction that Allison Crowe is the best thing to happen to ‘Me And Bobby McGee‘ since Janis Joplin changed Kristofferson’s lyrics.”

This fun, naturally, arises from the premiere of Allison’s take on Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart – The Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” on the “Cover Me” blog.

This music news has now spread to the MTV blog: “Allison Crowe Strips Down Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams‘ ” – http://blog.mtvmusic.com/2010/11/09/allison-crowe-strips-down-eurythmics-sweet-dreams – and the site which has been serving ‘Sweet Dreams’ to devoted Eurythmics fans since 1999 – ethrillnet – http://ethrill.net/2010/11/09/listen-allison-crowe-covering-eurythmics-sweet-dreams

1 Heck of a Guy includes a link to this YouTube audio with pic:

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When the makers of Hollywood movie “Sucker Punch” were looking for ideas on how to approach the song, they called on Allison Crowe. For the 2011 blockbuster from director Zack Snyder, actress Emily Browning performs the song as a production number that opens what promises to be an exciting, visceral, film ride.

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