Tag Archives: World War II

15 FUNKY MUSIC BIOPICS – honorable mentions, dream ‘pics & conflicts

15 FUNKY MUSIC BIOPICS – honorable mentions, dream ‘pics & conflicts

As music fans, lovers and aficionados are perched and waiting for “Get On Up” and “Jimi: All Is by My Side,” one can’t help but think of musical biopics that have been previously released.  This blog was prompted and inspired by a chat with, and query from my wife, as to how many films of this nature have been done — there are numerous.  While many are excited for the lives of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix to grace the silver screen, the lives of other music icons have been brilliantly depicted.  (click on photo above for full view)

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The FUNKIN’ Coen Brothers

The FUNKIN’ Coen Brothers

The Coen Brothers have gone from Funky Indy filmmakers to mainstream Hollywood since they first arrived in 1984.  A follower of their work since “Blood Simple,” which I saw at The Quad theater in NYC’s Village area, I’m looking forward to their new film “Inside Llewyn Davis.”  Starring Justin Timberlake, the film also more than solidifies the singer’s place as an A-List movie actor.

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A Blast From The Past: Sugar Ray Robinson Comic circa 1952

A Blast From The Past: Sugar Ray Robinson Comic circa 1952

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.

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A Blast From The Past: Joe Louis Comic circa 1952

A Blast From The Past: Joe Louis Comic circa 1952

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.

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A Blast From The Past: Jesse Owens Comic circa 1952

A Blast From The Past: Jesse Owens Comic circa 1952

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.

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Montford Point Marines Commemorative Bronze Medal

Montford Point Marines Commemorative Bronze Medal

A Congressional Gold Medal was collectively awarded to the Montford Point Marines in recognition of their personal sacrifice and service to their country during World War II as the first Black Marines.

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Tuskegee Redtails Animation Project

Tuskegee Redtails Animation Project

The Tuskegee airmen were so called because most of the Black pilots were trained at Tuskegee University in Alabama during the 1940s. Through their bravery and actions, the Tuskegee airmen joined the ranks of other patriotic Americans who defended the United States of America against the Axis military powers during World War 2.

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