On this day, June 17th in 1967, John Coltrane died at the of 40 from liver cancer at a hospital on Long Island.
His death took many in the musical community by surprise as Coltrane kept his health condition private. Miles Davis said that “Coltrane’s death shocked everyone, took everyone by surprise. I knew he hadn’t looked too good. But I didn’t know he was that sick or even sick at all.”
Coltrane’s funeral service was opened by the Albert Ayler Quartet and closed by the Ornette Coleman Quartet.
American Temples, a photo exhibit by Daniel Humphries-Russ
Over the past year, people pledged over £22 million to Kickstarter projects in the UK. That’s £43 per minute! More stats from Kickstarter’s first year in the UK right here.
Snaps by the Bay.
A photography book chronicling four years of public protests and social movements in the San Francisco Bay Area, Bay Area Underground just launched last week. The book is available now in local bookstores and from Thought Publishing online.
John and Yoko on the end of an era.
The Smith Tapes is an archive containing hundreds of long-lost interviews with the cultural figures that defined the end of the ’60s.
The creators just announced that Collection 2 is now live on iTunes, featuring never-before-heard interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda, Jim Morrison, Dick Gregory, and more.
With government financing ruled out, Ms. Suteu and her associates did what everyone does these days: they began a Kickstarter campaign that raised $22,000 from some 300 people.
—New York Times (“Shake Up in Romania Changes a Film Festival in New York”)
You’re invited to the Nile.
The Nile Project is a cross-cultural initiative designed to foster community throughout the longest river in the world.
The creators turned to Kickstarter to raise funds for a pilot project, which will bring together participants from all seven countries that share the river to collaborate at a five-day gathering and share music with one another and the world.
After successfully funding the project, the duo has just announced details of the inaugural events and an open call for participants. Entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, engineers, documentarians, community organizers, and more are encouraged to apply to join in the first Nile Workshop, which will be held in January in Aswan, Egypt.