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portola junior high school (former)

from creedence clearwater revival, john fogerty posted in music by pete_nice

Three members of Creedence Clearwater revival were born in 1945 and attended the Portola Junior High School in El Cerrito at the same time: singer/songwriter and lead guitarist John Fogerty, drummer Doug Clifford, and bassist Stu Cook.

Clifford first heard Fogerty playing piano in the music room of Portola (Mrs. Clark's music room, #508). Clifford recognized the Fats Domino and Little Richard tunes, and started a conversation with Fogerty. Fogerty said that he preferred to play guitar, and Clifford mentioned that he was a drummer. He also stated that his friend, Stu Cook, played piano and had a rumpus room they could use to practice.

According to Clifford, “I said this without having first talked with Stu or his dad. But I was wheeling and dealing back then."

The trio became a honky-tonk instrumental group called the Blue Velvets, and they played their first gig at a sock hop in the school's gym.

Note: now Fred T. Korematsu Middle School

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lakeview cemetery

from bruce lee, brandon lee posted in movies by crabapple

Both Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon Lee (The Crow), are buried in Lakeview Cemetery.

Bruce Lee died on July 20, 1973 of a cerebral edema (swelling of the brain) brought about by taking the medication Equagesic. He was 32 years old.

The martial arts icon was buried at lot 276 of Lakeview Cemetery. Pallbearers at his funeral on July 31, 1973 included Taky Kimura, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Chuck Norris, George Lazenby, Dan Inosanto, Peter Chin, and Lee's brother Robert.

Brandon Lee died of an accidental gunshot wound on March 31, 1993 in Wilmington, North Carolina, on the set of The Crow. He was 28 years old. The private funeral was held in Seattle on April 3, 1993.

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museo subacuático de arte

from dessa posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

Dessa, 1/7th of the Minneapolis hip hop collective Doomtree, filmed her video for "Sound the Bells," off her solo album Parts of Speech, underwater off the coast of Isla Mujeres. This "Island of Women" is located across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun.

Watch the video for "Sound the Bells"

The permanent, life-sized sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor are designed to promote coral life. You can read more about the underwater art museum here.

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the spiral (former)

from the strokes posted in music by donkeyoti

A bar/music venue in the 90s and early 00s, The Spiral had the following write-up in the NY Times:

The Spiral's circular theme (curlicue above the door, concrete guitar sculpture just inside with an indented spiral at the center) is actually secondary to its industrial theme. The walls are painted a heavy stone-gray; the tables and chairs are shiny black, and the only light comes from behind metal sconces arranged in a neat line on the wall opposite the bar.

The Strokes played one of their (if not their first) bar gig at Spiral on Sept. 14, 1999. Bassist Nikolai Fraiture recalls:

"It was one of our first shows. There were about five people there. I don't even know if they had much of a PA, it was a crap place." (nme.com)

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edison technical school (former)

from bruce lee posted in movies by crabapple

On Sept 3, 1959, Bruce Lee enrolled at the Edison Technical School to complete his high school equivalency. He graduated on December 2, 1960.

Today, the location is part of Seattle Central College.

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