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It’s VMA Week at BookTrib with Awesome Reads, Articles and Giveaways!

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On August 27, 2017, MTV will air its 34th Annual Video Music Awards or what we of the MTV generation affectionately refer to as the “VMAs.”  This year’s show will be hosted by Katy Perry and will feature performances by Miley Cyrus, Fifth Harmony and Kendrick Lamar, who is this year’s most nominated artist for his video, “Humble.” Host Katy Perry and artist/producer The Weeknd are tied for second place behind Lamar, each with five VMA nominations to their credit. This year’s VMAs are just as monumental as ever, marking two firsts in the show’s history. First, MTV has eliminated all gendered categories in favor of combining the best male and best female categories into one Artist of the Year category…

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Leon Wildes Answers One Question About ‘John Lennon vs. The U.S.A.’

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John Lennon was and continues to be an icon in music, counterculture, popular culture, fashion, and self-expression. But would you guess that he was also the face of the most high-profile deportation case in U.S. history? Yep, me neither. The Nixon administration hated the countercultural movement, or as WASPs called them: “hippies.” In Tricky Dick’s cloud of paranoia, he sought out anyone who could bring about an upheaval. John Lennon was foreign, anti-war, had a large platform with his music and wasn’t afraid to speak out. A dangerous combination. Nixon saw him as Public Enemy No. 1 and tried to kick him out of the country. Leon Wildes intimately knows the case because he was Lennon’s lawyer! Finally giving his…

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Imagine the USA without John Lennon

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Since immigration is on the tip of every politician’s tongue in the United States and abroad, making headlines on a daily basis, a book about the most influential and bitterly contested deportation case in U.S. history is timely to say the least. Though the case about the attempted deportation of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the new book, John Lennon vs. The USA (Ankerwycke Books, August 7, 2016) took place with the expected media fanfare over 40 years ago when President Richard Nixon wanted them out of the country due to their politics, it is still relevant today. Immigration has become a political football between U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump, who wants to build a wall to prevent undocumented Mexican…

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A May Playlist: Music To Make You Happy!

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The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and it’s finally time to put away those black pants and break out the colorful skirts (or shorts)! I don’t know about you, but once the time has come that I can open up my sunroof, I also need to have the perfect music to sing along to while the sun shines down into my car. There really is no better feeling. Whether you’re spring cleaning that dusty book shelf of yours, hiking the Appalachian Trail or simply relaxing in the warm sun with a good book, these songs will make you happy and get you in the springtime spirit.

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An April Showers Playlist to Brighten Your Day!

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You’re sitting by the window in your living room and it’s raining outside. Such a bummer. You had all of these plans to fix up the yard, clean the gutters, maybe go for a jog, but now you’re stuck inside. The only good thing? You have an excuse to get started on that novel your friend lent you or a book you got for Christmas six years ago. Spring showers really are the perfect reading days and to make that experience even more enjoyable, here’s our April playlist. It has a little bit of everything. From epic slow jams such as Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” to modern classics like Pentatonix’s “Can’t Sleep Love,” our April playlist will help you…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Chris Pan Launois and L’Americain: A Photojournalist’s Life

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Chris Pan Launois, son of John Launois, one of the top international photojournalists in the l960s, joins BookTrib for an exciting, entertaining and insightful Live Chat. Before television, the great picture magazines captured world events for millions of readers. They sent correspondents and photojournalists to the ends of the earth to record history in the making. Among this elite was the photographer, John Launois. During the 1960s and 1970s, the final decades of the “golden age of photojournalism,” John Launois blossomed as one of the most resourceful, inventive, prolific, highly paid, and widely traveled photojournalists at work during that period. Launois made himself the master of the deeply researched photo essay, and his published work appeared in Life, The Saturday…

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