The music of Athens, Georgia includes a wide variety of popular music, and
was an important part of the early evolution of alternative rock and New
Wave. The city is well known as the home of chart-topping bands like R.E.M.
and The B-52's, and several long-time indie rock groups. Athens hosts the
Athens Symphony Orchestra and other music institutions, as well as prominent
local music media, such as the college radio station WUOG. Much of the
modern Athens music scene is based around students from the large University
of Georgia campus in the city. The University sponsors Western classical
performances and groups specializing in other styles. Athens became a center
for music in the region during the American Civil War, and gained further
fame in the early 20th century with the foundation of the Morton Theatre,
which was a major touring destination for African American performers. The
city's local rock music scene can be traced to the 1970s, with international
attention coming in the following decade when R.E.M. and The B-52's released
best-selling recordings. Athens-based rock bands have performed in a wide
array of styles, and the city has never had a characteristic style of rock;
most of the bands have been united only in their quirky and iconoclastic
Read the rest of this article:
Today's selected anniversaries:
English Civil War: King Charles I was beheaded for high treason in front of
the Banqueting House in London.
The Menai Suspension Bridge, connecting the island of Anglesey and the
mainland of Wales, one of the world's first modern suspension bridges,
Nathuram Godse fatally shot Mahatma Gandhi, political and spiritual leader
of India and the Indian independence movement, at Birla House in Delhi.
Vietnam War: Forces of the Viet Cong and the Vietnam People's Army launched
the Tết Offensive to strike military and civilian command and control
centers throughout South Vietnam.
Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake discovered Comet Hyakutake
(pictured), which eventually became one of the closest cometary approaches
to the Earth in the last 200 years.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(archaic) gentleness, meekness
Wikiquote quote of the day:
We do not see faith, hope, and charity as unattainable ideals, but we use
them as stout supports of a nation fighting the fight for freedom in a
Faith — in the soundness of democracy in the midst of dictatorships.
Hope — renewed because we know so well the progress we have made.
Charity — in the true spirit of that grand old word. For charity literally
translated from the original means love, the love that understands, that
does not merely share the wealth of the giver, but in true sympathy and
wisdom helps men to help themselves. --Franklin D. Roosevelt
Show replies by date