Author Archive | Tim Neufeld

What do smart college students listen to? U2!

A music news website, Consequence Of Sound, has just reported on a study involving colleges and universities. In the article “Smart people listen to Radiohead and dumb people listen to Beyoncé, according to study,” Alex Young reviews the data gleaned by the “Music That Makes You Dumb” project in which SAT scores from 1,352 institutions of […]

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Bono turns up on old Orbison demo

Roy Orbison’s Mystery Girl is being rereleased with bonus material in celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary. Orbison died of a heart attack just days after finishing studio work on this highly-praised record, so the celebration is even more meaningful. One of the anniversary package’s bonus features includes a previously unreleased demo of Orbison working on […]

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What are the odds Bono could be Pope?

With stunning news out of Rome this morning that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning, the oddsmakers are already taking wages on who the next Pope will be. Paddy Power, a bookmaker in Ireland, has issued a list of potential candidates. Concluding the list is Bono, with a 1000 to 1 odds against him! The world […]

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Bono praises Cohen's "Hallelujah"

Bono says that Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is the “most perfect song in the world.” In The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah,” a recent book by Alan Light, Bono lauds the song that first appeared on Cohen’s album Various Positions in 1984. The tune has been wildly popular, being covered […]

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World AIDS Day, December 1

Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day. It’s a good time to remind ourselves that is working diligently for and with the poorest of the poor in the fight against AIDS. These are perilous days for international aid programs as governments around the world consider austerity plans, which usually include a reduction of foreign […]

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Bono's TEDTalks Playlist

I’m a fan of TEDTalks and one of my favorite is Bono’s talk, “Action for Africa.” In it, he recalls his initial foray into activism through Live Aid, his work in Ethopia with Ali, and his journey into becoming “a rock star with a cause.” It’s a beautiful and timely speech from February 2005. It […]

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Coldplay on Bono, Bono on Bruce Cockburn

Here’s a couple of quick news items. Some of you (like me) probably hit, or will hit, a Coldplay concert. In a recent interview, Lead singer Chris Martin kidded about Bono creating havoc with their gear at a show. He quickly added, “We’re joking, by the way. They’re [U2] the best band on the planet.”  Here is […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi: "Walk On"

This past weekend, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), an opposition party to the ruling junta in Burma (officially known as Myanmar by the government there) won an astonishing 43 out of 45 seats up for grabs in a general election. Suu Kyi herself will now sit in one of the parliamentary […]

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