Remembering Sublime’s Bradley Nowell On The 20th Anniversary Of His Passing

first_imgForever tied to the sunny shores of California, the music of Sublime has inspired a generation of artists and listeners since its release throughout the 1990s. The band only existed for a short time, but their music lives far beyond its time, powered by the iconic vocals and guitar playing of the late great Bradley Nowell.Nowell was primarily responsible for bringing the reggae/ska influences to band members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh during the band’s formative years. Over years of organic growth, Sublime built a strong following in California. Their debut album release 40 Oz. To Freedom continued that trend, and local radio station KROQ picked up the song “Date Rape” to give the band their widest reach yet.While the band’s experimental second album, Robbin’ The Hood, was a commercial flop, the work done for the album cemented their fusion sound. With elements of rock and rap infused in their reggae sound, the Sublime phenomenon would soon take hold nationwide. Though they were invited on Van’s Warped Tour, the group was kicked off after a week for their unruly behavior.Still, the group was pressured into putting out a new studio album. In early 1996, the band began recording what would be their third studio album. The self-titled work has become their most identifiable, despite its tragic ending. On May 25th, 1996, Bradley Nowell succumbed to a heroin overdose and passed away at the age of 28.With the material recorded for the album, Sublime was released posthumously, and has since gone platinum five times over. It won the band national, and international, recognition, and propelled Sublime into the spotlight. With songs like “What I Got,” “Santeria,” “Wrong Way,” “April 29, 1992 (Miami),” and more, it’s no surprise that Sublime was destined for greatness. It’s tempting to speculate as to where Sublime would have gone had Nowell survived, but the pages of rock and roll history have unfortunately already been written.It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since Bradley Nowell left this Earth. In honor of the late legend, you can enjoy the band’s classic Sublime album, and watch some interview footage of the whole group just months before Nowell’s death. RIP Bradley Nowell.last_img read more

Safe in September

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaTo help celebrate National Food Safety Education Month, the University of Georgia Extension Service and Publix supermarkets are teaming up on three Saturdays in September to help shoppers serve safer food.”Many cases of foodborne illness are caused by improper handling of food between the grocery store and the table,” said Judy Harrison, a UGA Extension Service food safety expert.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 76 million U.S. cases of foodborne illness each year. Of those, 325,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die.The food safety festivals will be at featured Atlanta-area Publix stores Sept. 11, 18 and 25. The program, provided by UGA Extension Service food safety specialists, aims to help prevent foodborne illness by teaching safe handling practices.The activities will include taste testing, quick-and-easy recipe ideas, games and prizes for adults and kids. Local 4-H’ers will offer food-safety demonstrations and advice on safe snacks and lunches.The Georgia 5 A Day Coalition will be promoting healthy eating. This is part of a national (www.5aday.com) nutrition program to get more people to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day. September is “National 5 A Day Month.”Only one out of five children eats the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, experts say. Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other substances, they say, that are important for good health.The events start at 10 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m., with a break from noon to 1:30 p.m., on these dates at these Publix stores: Sept. 11: Rose Creek Shopping Center, 4403 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock; and Towne Lake Center, 1430 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock.Sept. 18: Centre at Woodstock, 12165 Highway 92, Woodstock; and King Plaza, 885 Woodstock Road, Roswell.Sept. 25, the Centre at Panola, 3045 Panola Road, Lithonia; and Flat Shoals Crossing, 3649 Flakes Mill Road, Decatur.last_img read more

Church ‘does not own marriage’

first_img Share Lynne Featherstone said marriage was “owned by the people”The Church does not “own” marriage nor have the exclusive right to say who can marry, a government minister has said.Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone said the government was entitled to introduce same-sex marriages as a “change for the better”.The Liberal Democrat was responding to comments by Lord Carey, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, who said that “not even the Church” owns marriage.But Lord Carey accused her of putting an “unwarranted slant” on his words.Ms Featherstone’s comments come as ministers prepare to launch a public consultation on legalising gay marriage next month.Traditionalists want the law on marriage to remain unchanged.Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Ms Featherstone said: “Some believe the government has no right to change it (marriage) at all; they want to leave tradition alone.‘Reflect society’“I want to challenge that view – it is the government’s fundamental job to reflect society and to shape the future, not stay silent where it has the power to act and change things for the better.”Her comments came after Lord Carey, a critic of plans to legalise gay marriage, said “not even the Church” owns marriage.She said: “(Marriage) is owned by neither the state nor the Church, as the former Archbishop Lord Carey rightly said. “It is owned by the people.”But Lord Carey told the Telegraph: “When I said that not even the Church owns it (marriage), I meant that the Church has no authority to change the definition of marriage as far as Christian thinking is concerned – there is a givenness to it.“Lynne’s logic implies the will of the people is sovereign. “So let’s suppose that in 10 years’ time it is proposed that, as people are living in multiples of four, we may call that marriage also.”‘Polarise debate’Ms Featherstone also appealed to people not to “polarise” the debate about same-sex marriages.“This is not a battle between gay rights and religious beliefs,” she said.“This is about the underlying principles of family, society and personal freedoms.”Lord Carey held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002Civil partnerships give same-sex couples the right to the same legal treatment across a range of matters as married couples but the law does not allow such unions to be referred to as marriages.Earlier this month, Lord Carey said legalising gay marriage would be “an act of cultural and theological vandalism”.The Church of England said in December it would not allow its churches to be used for civil partnership ceremonies unless the full General Synod, the Church’s governing body, gave consent.It said it would not host them just as a “gentlemen’s outfitter is not required to supply women’s clothes”.The announcement came after a new law allowing civil partnership ceremonies to be conducted in places of worship in England and Wales comes into effect. The Roman Catholic bishops’ conference of England and Wales said this month that the government’s proposals to create civil partnerships for same-sex couples would “not promote the common good”, and that it strongly opposes them.The government will open a consultation on the issue of same-sex marriages – as opposed to civil partnerships – next month.Mike Judge, of the Coalition for Marriage, a campaign group which is against the government’s changes, said the Church “does not have the monopoly on marriage” but the government “does not own marriage” either. “I don’t think Lynne Featherstone should be bulldozing ahead with plans to redefine it,” he told the BBC News Channel.He added that it appeared the government’s consultation was “just going to be about how we redefine marriage, not whether we redefine marriage”. BBC News Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet FaithLifestyleRelationships Church ‘does not own marriage’ by: – February 25, 2012 36 Views   no discussionslast_img read more