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Excerpt: John Taylor on socialism and French philosophy

The Icarians, a French socialist group, established a commune in Nauvoo after the departure of the saints. On his mission to France, John Taylor discussed the gospel with one of their leaders and took a rather dim view of both socialism and French philosophy in general. 755 more words

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KICKSTARTER AND AUTHORS FIGHTING BACK? - THE PHOENIX ARK CULTURAL ESSAY

THE LESSONS OF CROWD FUNDING AND FIGHTING THROUGH THE NOISE OF THE INTERNET

Any value to this article comes out of direct experience of trying to fund a book project on… 2,432 more words

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Today in Duran History

For today’s historical point of interest, we are going way…way back. To last year!  Anybody remember 2013?!?

On this date in 2013, John Taylor appeared at a book signing for… 10 more words

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誰是Rio?

聰叔叔:  聰叔叔與炯叔叔温叔叔識於微時,一起吃喝玩樂多年。中學後分道揚鑣勇闖美國加拿大英國,廿年後再聚首一堂。喜歡懷舊,但也樂於接受新事物;喜歡80年代音樂,但也不抗拒新時代音樂,因為不想變成一件老餅。

Rio是巴西城市里約熱內盧(Rio de Janeiro)之簡稱。

對足球迷來說,Rio是曼聯球星里奧費迪南(Rio Ferdinand)。

對手遊迷來說,Rio是Angry Birds Rio。

對動畫迷來說,Rio是”奇鸚嘉年華” 。

對AV迷來說,Rio是女優柚木天娜。

而對Duran Duran來說,Rio其實是指美國。

1982年推出的Rio是英國樂隊Duran Duran的同名專輯裏的第四張single,是他們其中一首早期大熱的作品。

Rio的歌詞裏所講的表面上是對一個名叫Rio的女孩的迷戀,其實內裏想表達的是他們對美國的鍾情,和希望征服這個龐大巿場的渴求。

當年很多西方音樂人、歌手、樂隊組合都視打進美國市場為終極目標。無論他們在祖家有多厲害、有多受歡迎、有多呼風喚雨,一日不能成功攻佔美國市場,他們都不會被視為真正成功。強如The Beatles都是因為歌曲能夠踏足美國國土才能真真正正成為巨星。當年二十出頭的Duran Duran成員就有此宏願。

細心看看歌詞便會發現玄機處處:

“From mountains in the North down to the Rio Grande” – Rio Grande是分隔美國和墨西哥的一條河。所以,歌詞中描述由北部的山脈至Rio Grande所指的地方正是美國。 123 more words

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Today in Duran History - John Taylor in Tokyo

On this date in 2001, John Taylor did promo work in Tokyo…and since I don’t have any other exciting information to add to that (if anyone else does, send it in!), I’ll also add that on this date in 2011, the band played the Fox Theater in Pomona California as part of their All You Need is Now Tour!   131 more words

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Today in Duran History - I Do What I Do and American Top 40

On this date in 1986, American Top 40 featured John Taylor’s I Do What I Do.  In the past, when we have mentioned how certain songs were featured, people weren’t sure what we meant.   164 more words

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B. H. Roberts reviews John Taylor's "Mediation and Atonement"

B. H. Roberts’ The Life of John Taylor, which we just released, contains this discussion of Taylor’s An Examination Into and an Elucidation of the Great Principle of the  436 more words

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