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What It's Like to Hear the Desert in Music - New York Times

Facts about Betty Kresin, Eminems grandmother

Betty Kresin, Eminem's grandmother from the maternal side , got married at the age of 14. She got six children from 3 different marriages. She first married Bob Nelson. She gave birth to her daughter Debbie in 1955.She accuses her first husband, Bob Nelson, of being verbally abusive. Both moved to Warren, Michigan, to be closer to Betty's stepmother .Despite the problems the couple esperienced, she gave Bob two more sons, Todd and Steven.They divorced in the early 60's and Betty came back to her hometown St Joseph, where she met Ron Gilpin, her second husband.She had two more children with him. One of them is Betti Schmitt (Eminem's aunt and Debbie's half sister), who is still in touch and in good terms with Eminem. Ron Gilpin was an alcoholic who used to beat up his whole family. Violence was part of their daily life. Ron left his family in 1968.Dramas surrounded Betty's family. In 1991, Todd Nelson killed his brother-in-law, Mike Harris in self defense case. He was sentenced to jail for 8 years.Betty 's sixth child from a third marriage, Ronnie Polkingharn , was Eminem's uncle and closest friend. He committed suicide in 1991.

Eminem grew up for a while at his grandmom's home. She talks about his harsh conditions of living in Detroit :

It was a poor school and they wanted his shoes. He was one of the only white children going to this segregated school. And one time they took the shoes off his feet and he had to come home in a snowstorm with no shoes on. But the story people keep asking me - "he was unconscious and almost died and all these doctors...", now I know nothing about this and I'm his grandmother.

People should think twice before calling Marshall a racist.

Betty was angry with Marshall because he never attended to Ronnie's funeral. In fact, Marshall went depressive and swallowed a bottle of Tylenol and survived to another suicide attempt. He was unable to go to Ronnie's funeral, his pain was too immense.But Betty didn't know what happened during this period.

"I was kind of bitter about him writing about my dead son, because the last five years of my deceased boy, Marshall had not even seen him. Marshall - Eminem - and my son Ronnie were very close. He idolised Ronnie and Ronnie loved him. He never even came to Ronnie's funeral and he has never put the first flower on Ronnie's grave. He doesn't do anything - he won't go near the grave. The chain that Marshall wears around his neck, the dog-tag - that was Ronnie's. I gave him the dog-tag, he makes duplicates, he sells them now, and that really broke my heart because this is something sacred to me that I gave the boy. If my son could speak to you today from the grave he would say, "Marshall stop some of the garbage, make up with your family, life's too short"."

Marshall had a good relationship to his granny until he wanted to use Ronnie's voice on a tape. He intented to do this as a tribute to his deceased uncle, but Betty thought he was disrespectful towards her son. In 2002 , both reconciled. Betty Kresin is currently writing a book on her grandson which shall be entitled The Tie That Binds .

Betty says she's proud of her grandson and that she stands on his side.

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What It's Like to Hear the Desert in Music
New York Times
The composer John Luther Adams won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 for “Become Ocean,” a lushly tidal, terrifyingly immersive evocation of nature. “The music is not only a description of the sea — it behaves like it,” Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim wrote in ...

Spring music preview: Coachella, Kacey Musgraves and everything else worth lending your ears - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Spring music preview: Coachella, Kacey Musgraves and everything else worth lending your ears
Los Angeles Times
Kacey Musgraves' new album, "Golden Hour," is due March 30. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times). For years, springtime in Southern California has meant one thing for music lovers: the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which once again will ...

New Music Friday: March 23 - NPR


New Music Friday: March 23
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Lars Gotrich, Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the essential albums landing today, including Jack White's sprawling, completely bonkers Boarding House Reach; Americana from Courtney Marie ...

Spotify Saved Music. Can It Save Itself? - Bloomberg


Spotify Saved Music. Can It Save Itself?
Ek, 35, started Spotify in 2006 because he thought he could stamp out the piracy that had ravaged the music business. He was right. Total global music sales have grown three straight years after a 15-year decline. More than 70 million people now pay ...

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Hazel Smith, 83, Matriarch of Country Music, Is Dead - New York Times

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Hazel Smith, 83, Matriarch of Country Music, Is Dead
New York Times
NASHVILLE — Hazel Smith, the Nashville music industry matriarch credited with coining the phrase “outlaw country” to describe the unvarnished alternative to mainstream country music, died here on Sunday. She was 83. Her death, at Skyline Medical ...

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This New Music App Wants To Help You Manage Your Mental Health - Forbes


This New Music App Wants To Help You Manage Your Mental Health
Yu partnered with board-certified music therapists and music producers to create Hummly's meditations, which address specific issues like social anxiety, workplace burnout and sleep problems. In the episode on public speaking anxiety, calming music ...

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6 Classical Music Concerts to See in NYC This Weekend - New York Times

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6 Classical Music Concerts to See in NYC This Weekend
New York Times
Our guide to the city's best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead. BAYERISCHES STAATSORCHESTER at Carnegie Hall (March 28, 8 p.m.; March 29, 7 p.m.). Surely the highlight of this spring's classical music schedule is ...

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US Music Revenue Rises, Boosted by Streaming Services -

US Music Revenue Rises, Boosted by Streaming Services
As with 2016, last year's music revenue rise can be attributed to streaming music platforms, which represented the majority of revenue. The category includes revenue from premium subscription services offered by companies such as Spotify, Amazon, Tidal ...
US music subscriptions equal the entire population of Canada nowCNET
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Music and Poetry of the Kesh - Pitchfork


Music and Poetry of the Kesh
Music and Poetry of the Kesh, her collaborative album with composer and analog synthesist Todd Barton, was first issued on cassette in 1985, bundled with Le Guin's novel Always Coming Home, a dark-horse favorite among her readers. It's an expansive ...

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Step inside New York's Carnegie Hall, where beautiful music and stirring history ring out - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Step inside New York's Carnegie Hall, where beautiful music and stirring history ring out
Los Angeles Times
Sites and Sounds: This is the first in a series of occasional articles exploring great music venues of America. Tine Thing Helseth, a 30-year-old Norwegian trumpeter, had just made her Carnegie Hall main stage debut with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra ...

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Music for Cross Cultural Accelerated Learning
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