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Remembering Rock & Roll Legend Fats Domino

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One of the architects of Rock & Roll has died. Fats Domino was instrumental in helping to shape Rock & Roll during its infancy is best known for songs like “Ain’t That a Shame,” and “Blueberry Hill.”  To honor the legend and his music, here are some documentaries, books and other ways to celebrate the life of a pioneer who inspired everyone from Elvis Presley to The Beatles to Stevie Wonder. The Big Beat: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock N’ Roll, Joe Lauro (Director) This documentary tells how Fats Domino came up through the New Orleans music scene at a time when black artists suffered great setbacks and degradation in the segregated south. The first documentary of its…

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‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’: Why We’re Mourning Tom Petty

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Legendary rocker Tom Petty died earlier this week of cardiac arrest at the age of 66. Since the ‘70s, Petty and his band The Heartbreakers have been putting their own unique spin on classic rock, producing hit after hit, including songs like Last Dance with Mary Jane and Into the Great Wide Open. Most of us have been moved by Petty’s music at some point in our lives. Just try and listen to Free Fallin’ without singing along to every line. Over the years he’s been writing and performing, Petty has cemented himself as one of the greatest rockers of his generation. We’re pretty devastated over the news of his death, though we’re trying to take comfort in the fact that…

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Take a Time Out: Happy National Dance Day!

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July 30 is National Dance Day! Instead of sitting on your bum and chillin’ on the couch, put that book to the side for just a few minutes and get in some good exercise — the fun way. Get down and boogie to celebrate this happiest of American holidays (which you probably didn’t hear about until right now). Whether your’re a jitterer, a gyrator, a ballerina, or a stand-with-your-hands-in-your-pockets-and-nod kind of dancer, everyone can crack a smile and do a little jig. Enjoy this fantastic high-energy playlist put together by the BookTrib writers for your dancing pleasure! Dance Move Examples:             Main Image: Courtesy ABC, via Bigstock.

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