30 NYC Buskers Cover Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind

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  The Film In the art book The Noise Beneath the Apple, author Heather Jacks tells the story of 35 NYC buskers over the course of 200 pages of words and photographs. And now, as a followup and fundraiser, she has teamed with producer/musician Keaton Simons and brought together 30 performers featured in the book to record a special rendition of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which…

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Sweet Music, Sweet Karma and Sweet Relief

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We are preparing to release our music single, New York State of Mind as done by New York City Street Musicians with next week. We need your help to get as many ears on the music as we can, and create some good Karma along the way! Some years ago, I had a fortuitous stroke of luck. I signed up for a Learning Exchange class in SoHo; the class was a bust, so I headed to the train. I stopped at Starbucks on the way,…

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Rockwood Music Hall, Live Review: Cole Williams


It was close to midnight, and Cole Williams appeared, like the midnight fairy, wearing a long purple and yellow shawl, which wove itself around her shoulders and flowed around her in a diaphanous way–no one could have chosen anything to read better against the deep red lighting of Rockwood Music Hall. Her fey scarf contrasted beautifully with the striking fishnet pattern of her tights, and the two together evoked images of Old New York and the Burlesque scene, of which…

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Film Screening & Music Release of 30 NYC Buskers & New York State of Mind


Take 30 NYC Buskers; add an award winning music producer, one iconic song and ten hours in a recording studio and magic is created, in the short documentary film and music of From Street to Studio. Award winning author, Heather Jacks and highly acclaimed performing artist/musician, Keaton Simons will be hosting an intimate evening of film and music in the East Village of New York City at the beautifully restored speakeasy, The William Barnacle Tavern: 80 St. Marks Place, New…

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Foreword Reviews Announces Winners of the 2013 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards


“June 27, 2014—The Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Awards, judged by a select group of librarians and booksellers from around the country, were announced this evening at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  Representing hundreds of independent and university presses of all sizes, winners were selected after months of editorial deliberation over more than 1,500 entries in 60 categories. This year’s list of winners includes Garrison Keillor, Barry Lopez, Harvard Business Review, Georgia Museum of Art, B&H Publishing, Rizzoli…

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Our 1st Year @TNBTA


It was brought to my attention that our book was released ONE year ago today at The Martin Lawrence Gallery in SoHo! Wow! Time flies. So, I started thinking about the past year. Most of the time, culture moves forward on the basis of a simple question: “Do people like me do/need/buy something like this?” If the answer is ‘no’, most of us wait. And so, new fashions (of all sorts) come from unexpected places, not from the arbiters of…

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The Noise Beneath the Apple Book, Music & Film

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The Noise Beneath the Apple® is an Award Winning Limited-Edition, 200-page deluxe collector’s edition art-style book, that focuses on the history, culture and evolution of busking–performing on street corners in exchange for money. It measures 12″ x 12″ and weighs in at a whopping 8 lbs.! It is full of high quality photographs and intimate stories from 35 groundbreaking musicians in New York City’s underground music scene. It also comes with a very special eleven track vinyl record, which features the original…

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Help Us Raise $ With the SFGiants

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Help Us Raise $ With the SFGiants By Rocking A Record     And we will give $10.00 to Bryan Stow as part of our Gamer Babes Fundraising effort. If you don’t know the unbelievably tragic story and senseless violence that befell Bryan Stow, here it is in a nutshell. Bryan Stow, is an SF Giants fan, who was severely beaten and attacked as he and three other Giants fans, all Bay Area paramedics, walked through the parking lot after the Dodgers’…

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Rock A Record, Rock Art for the Hip at Heart


I am a professional writer, based in the magnificent city by the Bay; San Francisco! But, I’m an ’80′s kid in heart and soul; not as in, “I was born in the eighties”, but as in I was donning the fashions, shaving the head, coloring what hair was left, cutting fingers off perfectly decent pairs of gloves, rocking the blue eye shadow and hitting the dance hall floors with synth music, The Purple One and New Wave! Rock A Record…

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Our 1st Television Appearance!

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We Need Your Help!Last week we went to Los Angeles, where I filmed an interview for a new show called TREASURES. I chatted about busking and street performance, the process of creating our Award Winning Book and shared stories of the amazing performers from within the pages of that book. It went really well and was great fun.The ½ hour segment will be aired 3x this weekend online at Film On TV. Friday: 6:30p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday: 6:30p.m. – 7:00…

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