redemption-song

  • Redemption song Nouv.

    Début des années 80, Biscuit a dix-huit ans, un jeune frère et une soeur cadette et il est orphelin de père. Il traficote et se débrouille pour ramener de quoi compléter le maigre salaire de femme de ménage de sa mère. « Dangereux et sans avenir » selon sa petite amie, mais comment s'en sortir quand on a quitté l'école, qu'on est noir et qu'on vit à Brixton, le ghetto noir de Londres ? Il pourrait écouter Jah Nelson, le vieux rasta qui répète que la clef pour s'en sortir est l'éducation. Mais en 1981, Brixton est en colère, trop de flics, de bavures, de racisme, le moment n'est pas idéal pour « s'intégrer ». C'est dans un climat de violence que Biscuit doit faire les choix qui orienteront sa vie.
    Une des périodes les plus explosives que Londres ait connu, la réalité sociale catastrophique des années Thatcher, constitue la toile de fond de ce roman fortement autobiographique qui nous immerge dans le Brixton de l'époque, dans une langue musicale aux accents de reggae.


  • The definitive biography of Joe Strummer, released with a new epilogue to mark the 60th anniversary of his birth.
    Chris Salewicz was an intimate friend of Strummer's for over 25 years. Drawing on more than 300 interviews with family, friends and associates, this is a comprehensive, compelling insight into the man behind The Clash.

  • Owner of a small African-American bookshop, Miss Cozy has an unique gift: Customers who walk through her door rarely leave without a book that speaks directly to their life. But when Josephine--"Fina"--and Ross arrive in search of an obscure, unpublished manuscript written by a slave woman, Miss Cozy knows that all her visions have been leading her to this magical day.
    Yet Miss Cozy has no intention of selling the manuscript--no matter the price. So she offers Fina and Ross an alternative. They can read it together at the store. It was not what they hoped for, but their interest in the extraordinary love story is about as strong as their uncanny attraction for one another . . . one they both sense runs much deeper than a kiss. In the course of a few days, Fina and Ross realize that this powerful book has special meaning for the two of them--and that the path to their shared future may be linked to something that happened more than a century ago. . . .
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • The Dred Scott case is the most notorious example of slaves suing for freedom. Most examinations of the case focus on its notorious verdict, and the repercussions that the decision set off-especially the worsening of the sectional crisis that would eventually lead to the Civil War-were extreme. In conventional assessment, a slave losing a lawsuit against his master seems unremarkable. But in fact, that case was just one of many freedom suits brought by slaves in the antebellum period; an example of slaves working within the confines of the U.S. legal system (and defying their masters in the process) in an attempt to win the ultimate prize: their freedom. And until Dred Scott, the St. Louis courts adhered to the rule of law to serve justice by recognizing the legal rights of the least well-off. For over a decade, legal scholar Lea VanderVelde has been building and examining a collection of more than 300 newly discovered freedom suits in St. Louis. In Redemption Songs, VanderVelde describes twelve of these never-before analyzed cases in close detail. Through these remarkable accounts, she takes readers beyond the narrative of the Dred Scott case to weave a diverse tapestry of freedom suits and slave lives on the frontier. By grounding this research in St. Louis, a city defined by the Antebellum frontier, VanderVelde reveals the unique circumstances surrounding the institution of slavery in westward expansion. Her investigation shows the enormous degree of variation among the individual litigants in the lives that lead to their decision to file suit for freedom. Although Dred Scotts loss is the most widely remembered, over 100 of the 300 St. Louis cases that went to court resulted in the plaintiffs emancipation. Beyond the successful outcomes, the very existence of these freedom suits helped to reshape the parameters of American slavery in the nations expansion. Thanks to VanderVeldes thorough and original research, we can hear for the first time the vivid stories of a seemingly powerless group who chose to use a legal system that was so often arrayed against them in their fight for freedom from slavery.

  • In little more than four years, Barack Obama rose from political obscurity to become the 44th president of the United States. His election win in November 2008 was a moment of enormous historical magnitude, greeted with an outpouring of emotion in the US and around the world. However, on taking office, Obama was faced with unparalleled challenges as the global economy plunged ever-deeper into crisis and the US struggled with the two wars in which it was enmeshed.In Redemption Song, Niall Stanage tells the extraordinary tale of Obama's journey from community organiser in Chicago to leader of the free world through exclusive interviews with some of the new president's oldest friends and closest advisors. He explores the then-senator's long and acrimonious tussle with Hillary Clinton, sheds new light on his battle with John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin, and hears from the members of the grassroots movement that carried Obama all the way to the Oval Office.He also provides an intimate account of the first phase of the Obama presidency, reporting from within the White House walls on the new Administration's first tests, triumphs and tribulations.

  • - I had a dream where every time I ever did anything or went anywhere or said anything, people would say: 'Someone else just did that, you're just copying them aren't you?' Turns out I never had a single original thought my whole life. How scary is that?- That's funny. I had that dream too.In the city, there is who we are and who we want to be. Five desperate people make life-changing decisions to rescue themselves - and each other - through random acts of kindness.An urban fairytale of house wine, home porn, maps, cats and heavy metal, Songs of Grace and Redemption premiered at Theatre 503, London, in October 2007 in a production by Liminal Theatre.

  • The Dred Scott case is the most notorious example of slaves suing for freedom. Most examinations of the case focus on its notorious verdict, and the repercussions that the decision set off-especially the worsening of the sectional crisis that would eventually lead to the Civil War-were extreme. In conventional assessment, a slave losing a lawsuit against his master seems unremarkable. But in fact, that case was just one of many freedom suits brought by slaves in the antebellum period; an example of slaves working within the confines of the U.S. legal system (and defying their masters in the process) in an attempt to win the ultimate prize: their freedom. And until Dred Scott, the St. Louis courts adhered to the rule of law to serve justice by recognizing the legal rights of the least well-off. For over a decade, legal scholar Lea VanderVelde has been building and examining a collection of more than 300 newly discovered freedom suits in St. Louis. In Redemption Songs, VanderVelde describes twelve of these never-before analyzed cases in close detail. Through these remarkable accounts, she takes readers beyond the narrative of the Dred Scott case to weave a diverse tapestry of freedom suits and slave lives on the frontier. By grounding this research in St. Louis, a city defined by the Antebellum frontier, VanderVelde reveals the unique circumstances surrounding the institution of slavery in westward expansion. Her investigation shows the enormous degree of variation among the individual litigants in the lives that lead to their decision to file suit for freedom. Although Dred Scotts loss is the most widely remembered, over 100 of the 300 St. Louis cases that went to court resulted in the plaintiffs emancipation. Beyond the successful outcomes, the very existence of these freedom suits helped to reshape the parameters of American slavery in the nations expansion. Thanks to VanderVeldes thorough and original research, we can hear for the first time the vivid stories of a seemingly powerless group who chose to use a legal system that was so often arrayed against them in their fight for freedom from slavery.

  • C'est l'histoire de gens qui se débattent pour trouver un sens à leurs vies. Ils vont de déceptions en grandes aspirations. Ils évoluent dans la solitude ou vivent des amours désabusés ou impossibles. Ils veulent que leur passage sur terre signifie quelque chose et les amène à un bonheur dont ils rêvent, chacun à leur manière. Ils sont des images surgies des chansons donnant leur titre à chaque nouvelle. Qu'ils soient musiciens ou fuyards, mariés ou parents, vivants ou agonisants, ils racontent leurs frissons et leurs espoirs ténus, leurs attentes fébriles, composant ainsi une mélodie inquiète, ironique, lucide, cynique, désabusée ou romantique, la musique chaotique de leurs existences.

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  • Written by close friend Chris Salewicz, with full approval and cooperation from family and fellow musicians, this is the definitive account of British rock 'n' roll's most fascinating of idols. Leader of The Clash and inspiration to the likes of U2 and Manic Street Preachers, Joe Strummer was the musical and political pioneer of his generation.

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