Stevie Wonder is taking “Songs in the Key of Life” on the road! He initially announced the tour about a year ago, but dates for the road trip, hit the Internet just last month. I got the news via http://insideplaya.wordpress.com about a week or so ago! I didn’t recall having heard about it before – then I spoke to a fellow Wonder lovers, and they too said they hadn’t heard yet either. I am generally the one to hear about major music events among my immediate family and friends — then our cousin Stevie told us that he wanted to write something for The Museum of UnCut Funk. His inspiration, to talk about his memories connected to the album, made me begin to think of mine…
I was a huge boxing fan at one point in my life so I guess I am what you would call a “retro” boxing fan. I watched all of the Ali / Foreman / Norton bouts during the 1970’s. Followed Sugar Ray Leonard from the Olympics through all of his title bouts in the 1980’s. And of course there’s Mike Tyson. I followed him both in and out of the ring into the 1990’s. I have to admit that after Tyson boxing lost it’s appeal for me. After all of Tyson’s antics he also fell off my radar, until recently.
Bill Stern was a radio and a TV sportscaster from the 1920’s-1960’s. In the 1950’s, Ziff-Davis published Bill Stern’s sports stories in the form of a comic book series entitled Bill Stern’s Sports Book. Volume 2 #2, published in the winter of 1952, contained a story featuring ‘Sugar’ Ray Robinson, whom many consider to have been the greatest boxer of his time. You can read this comic below.
Bill Stern was a radio and a TV sportscaster from the 1920’s-1960’s. In the 1950’s, Ziff-Davis published Bill Stern’s sports stories in the form of a comic book series entitled Bill Stern’s Sports Book. Volume 2 # 2, published in the winter of 1952, contained a story featuring Joe Louis and Jack Dempsey. You can read this comic below.
Treasure Chest Comic vol. 7, #20, June 5, 1952, featured a biography of Jesse Owens in which his undermining of Aryan supremacy in Hitler’s Germany at the Berlin Olympics of 1936 is recounted, as is his subsequent recognition by post-Nazi Germany.
The Joe Louis Champion of Champions #2 comic book was published in the early 1950’s by Fawcett publishing. This was Fawcett’s way of breaking into the Black comic book market. You can read this comic below.
Joe Frazier’s life, in and out of the ring, was indelibly tied to the man with whom he had an often poisoned relationship – Muhammad Ali.
Ali and Frazier, who on Monday, November 7, 2011 lost his toughest fight of all to liver cancer aged 67, were at the vanguard of the heavyweight division’s heyday throughout the 1970s.
Ronald “Butch” Lewis, known in the fight industry for tenaciously landing his light heavyweight champion Michael Spinks a massive $13.5 million purse for what turned out to be a brutal, one round KO at the hands of Iron Mike Tyson, apprently suffered a massive heart attack. Lewis, age 65 and more active in recent years in the music and TV fields than in boxing, was in or around his stately home in Delaware when he went into cardiac arrest.
I’m not really a huge fan of comic books but I do realize the importance of preserving history and documenting pop culture. Most museums have archives that are centrally based on art, social and political history and current events. The Museum of UnCut Funk collects material that is relevent to the history of The Greatest Decade Ever…the 1970’s, in which the lives of Black folks was more defined and forever altered.
I co-owned an art gallery for 4 years and I had the privilege to meet some fascinating collectors, dealers and celebrity artists. They all had their opinions as to what art meant to them. In my mind if I liked what I saw and could identify with the images I made my purchase.