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Maxwell rodeo rides in Saturday - TMCnet
May 13, 2009 (Colusa County Sun-Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The day in May where thousands converge on the small Colusa County town of Maxwell is Saturday, and organizers say they're "riding fine" to rope in another...
Maxwell pleads guilty to OA embezzlement - Log Cabin Democrat
By JOE LAMB Vicki Renae Maxwell, the 44-year-old Sherwood woman charged last year with embezzling almost $100000 from the University of Central Arkansas-based Oxford American magazine while working as an office manager there, has pleaded guilty to...
All About Maxwell - About - News & Issues
Do you know what Neo-Soul singer Maxwell's last name is? Or what city he's from? Do you know about the personal tragedy that he suffered at the age of 3 that would ultimately affect his life and music. If not, you may want to check out the About...
Gas prices top $2 in Jersey, but relax, it's only seasonal - The Star-Ledger -
The recent price increase was predictable and seasonal: As the weather gets hotter, gas prices rise with demand, more people get inspired to go out for a spin, said John Maxwell, associate director of the New Jersey Petroleum Council....
Wholesale Prices in US Probably Rose in April on Oil Costs - Bloomberg
“It's impossible to see how deflation can persist given the amount of liquidity in the system,” said Maxwell Clarke, chief US economist at in New York. “With oil moving back up, the thought in people's minds becomes that inflation could...
Ne Yo, Maxwell Confirmed For BET Awards 09 Performances - Singersroom News
R&B singers Ne-Yo and Maxwell have signed on for this year's anticipated BET Awards ! Ne-Yo, coming off the Platinum selling album "The Year of the Gentleman," will reportedly join Maxwell and several soon to be announced performers set to take the...
1 dead after deputy-involved shooting - Greensboro News Record
The NC Department of Justice identified the dead man as 51-year-old Maxwell Jackson Ellison of Asheboro. The Department of Justice identified Chad Randall Oates, 34, as the deputy involved in the shooting. The Randolph County Sheriff's Office said at...
Hansen: Drake rides Maxwell's tough decisions to prosperity -
by MARC HANSEN • • May 12, 2009 David Maxwell arrived at Drake University 10 years ago this month. It didn't take long for the critics to start yapping. Two years after becoming school president, Maxwell was known around the nation...
Arundel teachers rally for lighter workload, respect - Arundel Muckraker
Teachers also want Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell to focus on reducing their workload, something school officials agreed to do when they signed their current agreement with the union almost three years ago. The schools chief has been pushing for more...
Maxwells appear in court - News 10 Now
OSWEGO COUNTY, NY -- A Palermo town judge will decide whether to allow certain physical evidence at the trial of Erin Maxwell's father and step-mother. Lindsay and Lynn Maxwell appeared in court Monday. They're charged with endangering the welfare of...


Maxwell's is a music club in Hoboken, New Jersey that also has a restaurant and bar. The intimate, cozy venue often attracts a wide variety of acts looking for a change from the New York City concert spaces across the river.

The club was opened in 1978 by Steve Fallon. When the Fallon family bought the corner building in uptown Hoboken with its street-level tavern, Steve's sister Anne and brother-in-law Mario were interested in turning the factory workers' tavern (General Foods' Maxwell House Coffee factory was a block away on the Hudson River) into more of a restaurant. The Hoboken band "a" (featuring Glenn Morrow, Richard Barone, Frank Giannini, and Rob Norris) asked if they could rehearse in an unused back room and play a few gigs in the front for the restaurant's patrons. The live music quickly caught on and Steve started booking bands into the back room. Over time, Steve's booking taste, freewheeling personality and respectful treatment towards musicians made Maxwell's and Hoboken a looked-forward-to stop on many bands' tours. By making the blue-collar mile-square city with a rough-and-tumble reputation a cultural gathering place, Maxwell's was instrumental in sparking Hoboken's first wave of early 1980s gentrification — the artists and musicians. In that light, it is also believed that Anne and Mario may have offered the first successful Sunday brunch in Hoboken.

At a time when one of the Fallon siblings wanted to divest of their interest in the business, Peter Buck (Guitarist for R.E.M.) bought their piece to help his friend Steve Fallon keep it open as a resource for enthusiasts of new music. Later, Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü, Sugar and a solo career bought out Buck's ownership for the same reasons.

Sadly, when Steve wanted completely out, he and his partners sold Maxwell's to someone who failed to turn it into a brewpub. Booker Todd Abramson, Steve Shelley (drummer of Sonic Youth) and Dave Post of Swingadelic arranged to bring Maxwell's back, and re-opened on July 26th, 1998. While some longtime patrons miss the more free-wheeling Steve Fallon days, Maxwell's is now as vital a part of the indie music community as it was in the 80s and 90s.

The first band to play at Maxwell's was "a," which included three future members of The Bongos (Richard Barone, Rob Norris, and Frank Giannini, who was Maxwells' cook and devised their first menu), fronted by Glenn Morrow (later of The Individuals and founder of Bar/None Records). The Bongos were the first band from the 80s Hoboken scene to be signed to a major label, RCA, after a series of British singles and tours. In the mid-1980s R.E.M. played there on a frequent basis. The club was important to emerging trends as diverse as Punk and Grunge and Indie-Rock of the 1980s/ early '90s. Bands like Husker Du, fIREHOSE, the Meat Puppets, Sonic Youth, Fugazi, Archers of Loaf, Cynics, Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, The Neutral Milk Hotel, The Juliana Theory, Mudhoney, Fire in Cairo, Tad, The Melvins, Mod Fun, Mystic Eyes, Nirvana, Hole, the Afghan Whigs, and G Love and Special Sauce all have played there. Buzzcocks, The Fall, The Minutemen, The Mess Around, Robyn Hitchcock, Katrina & the Waves, Flipper, Rain Parade, The Cowsills, Wire, The Pogues, PYLON, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, John Cale, Snakefinger, David Byrne, The Slits, The Stations, Electric Six and The Ataris also made appearances on stage at Maxwells. The Bongos, The Cyclones, Individuals and the dBs were mainstays in the beginning with the Feelies playing frequently towards the later half of the eighties. They continue this tradition today with bands like the Dirtbombs, the Crooked Fingers, and the Montreal-based band Stars.

Parts of the music video for Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" were filmed at Maxwell's on May 28, 1985. Directed by Hoboken resident John Sayles.

In the early 1990s Maxwell's was voted the "Best Club In New York — Even Though It's In New Jersey" by the New Yorker Magazine.

New Order played one of their first American concerts at Maxwell's. Depending on who you talk to, either it was a shambles with the band not so ready to play after the demise of Ian Curtis from Joy Division, or it was a fantastic show, according to Tony Wilson, Factory Records chief in UK music mag Uncut July 2006 issue.

The inside photos of Nirvana's debut album Bleach were taken at Maxwell's. The picture of frontman Kurt Cobain has since been used in dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites before and after his death.

The video for the song "Away" by The Feelies, directed by Jonathan Demme was recorded at Maxwell's in 1988.

Several bands have recorded live albums at the venue, including The Reigning Sound ("Live at Maxwells"), The Meat Puppets ("Live at Maxwell's 2.08.01"), and My Chemical Romance ("The Black Parade Is Dead!").

In addition to serving as a concert venue, Maxwell's offers monthly swing music by owner Dave Post's accomplished band Swingadelic, provides a forum for local musicians (with its free "New Jersey Songwriters in the Round" concerts), and opens itself up to weekly Tuesday DJ nights. Maxwell's also sponsors monthly art exhibits on its walls, with supporting opening events.

The legendary indie rock band Yo La Tengo rents out the club for the 8 nights of Hanukah every year, though not in 2006.

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Robert Maxwell (songwriter)

He was born in New York City. Neither of his parents had been involved in music, but at age 10 he began playing the harp. In high school, he won a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music. At age 17, he became the youngest member of the National Symphony Orchestra. He also gave solo performances in both New York and Los Angeles. Among the conductors he performed under were Arturo Toscanini and Serge Koussevitsky.

He eventually found himself in the United States Coast Guard in a unit commanded by Rudy Vallee, giving him the opportunity to play the harp in a popular music context. Vallee arranged tours where he performed for servicemen, and he developed a talent for playing in a more down-to-earth style.

He entered a contest on radio station KFI in Los Angeles, failing to make the finals but gaining second prize. This led to many appearances on radio, television, and the movies, including one summer as replacement for Frank Sinatra on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) network.

He went on to devising his own arrangements, and composed the three songs which gave him the biggest fame. "Ebb Tide" (1953) is a perennial favorite. "Shangri-La" hit #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964. Previously, Maxwell had scored a hit with "Little Dipper" under the name The Mickey Mozart Quintet, which peaked at #30 in 1959.

Another of his songs, "Solfeggio", performed by Maxwell's orchestra and the Ray Charles Singers, gained unexpected fame as the theme for Ernie Kovacs' regular comedy skit called The Nairobi Trio.

Mr. Maxwell was born Robert Rosen and later changed his name for professional reasons. He and his two brothers, Abe Rosen and Myor Rosen, all played the harp professionally. Abe Rosen was known for his work playing in New York shows and Myor Rosen was the principal harpist for the New York Philharmonic for thirty years.

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Maxwell Street

Maxwell Street is an east-west street in Chicago, Illinois that intersects with Halsted Street just south of Roosevelt Road. It runs at 1330 South in the numbering system running from 500 West to 1126 West. The Maxwell Street neighborhood is considered part of the Near West Side and is one of the city's oldest residential districts. It is notable as the location of the celebrated Maxwell Street Market and the birthplace of Chicago Blues and the "Maxwell Street Polish (sausage sandwich)." A large portion of the area is now the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), as well as a new private housing development sponsored by the university.

Maxwell Street first appears on a Chicago map in 1847. It was named for Dr. Philip Maxwell. It was originally a wooden plank road that ran from the south branch of the Chicago River west to Blue Island Avenue. The earliest housing there was built by and for Irish immigrants who were brought to Chicago to construct the first railroads there. It continued to be a "gateway" neighborhood for immigrants, including Greeks, Bohemians, Russians, Germans, Italians, African-Americans and Mexicans.

Hull House, the largest and most famous of the 19th Century settlement houses, established by Jane Addams, began here to help immigrants transition to their lives in Chicago. The Great Chicago Fire, of 1871, started only a few blocks away but burned north and east, sparing Maxwell Street and the rest of the Near West Side.

A few blocks north of the Maxwell Street neighborhood are the city's historic Greek and Italian communities. Taylor Street is Chicago's Little Italy and one can still find Italian cuisine, pastries and lemon ice. Pilsen, the neighborhood to the south, was originally Bohemian (i.e., Czech) and today is Mexican.

The neighborhood's historic church is St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis has evolved through the years with the surrounding community. It originally started as German Catholic, then Italian, and now is Mexican, with almost all of the masses in Spanish.

Beginning in the 1880s, "Russian" (i.e., Eastern European) Jews became the dominant ethnic group in the Maxwell Street neighborhood, which remained predominantly Jewish until the 1920s. This was the heyday of the open-air pushcart market for which the neighborhood is most famous.

After 1920, most of the residents were African-Americans from the Mississippi Delta, who came in the Great Migration (African American), but most of the businesses continued to be Jewish-owned. During and after the period of Jewish predominance, the area was colloquially known as "Jew Town." In the 1980s and 1990s, both the neighborhood and market became predominantly Mexican-American. Most of the older Jewish merchant families had gathered wealth and moved to the suburbs but the area was still widely known as Jew Town.

During the period when the neighborhood was predominantly Black, and especially in the decades following World War II, it became famous for its street musicians, mostly performing Blues, but also Gospel and other styles.

In Maxwell Street, by Ira Berkow, the author heads each chapter, from 1905 onward, with a newspaper quotation showing a prevailing belief at the time that the city was about to abolish the Maxwell market. The street itself began to shrink in 1926 when the Chicago River was straightened and new railroad tracks on its west bank pushed the eastern end of Maxwell Street further west. The 1957 construction of the Dan Ryan Expressway cut Maxwell Street in two and pushed the market west of Union Street. In 1967, UIC started to expand south of Roosevelt Road, into the Maxwell Street neighborhood. A few years later, a subsidized housing development called the Barbara Jean Wright Courts Apartments chopped off Maxwell's western end at Morgan Street (1000 west).

In October 2008, Maxwell Street Market moved to the intersection of Roosevelt Rd. and S. Des Plaines Avenue.

Although there were many fine stationary department stores located in it, the area's most notable feature was its open air market, precursor to the flea market scene in Chicago. One could almost buy anything there, legal and illegal, even though the old Chicago Police Academy on O'Brien Street was adjacent to it.

In need of jobs and quick cash, fledgling entrepreneurs came to Maxwell Street – many say it was the largest open-air market in the country – to earn their livelihood. From clothes, to produce, to cars, appliances, tools, and virtually anything anyone might want, Maxwell Street offered discount items to consumers and was an economic hub for poor people looking to get ahead. This milieu of culture and ethnicity was a distinctly American phenomenon; Maxwell Street has been called the Ellis Island of the Midwest.

In 1994, the Maxwell Street Market was moved by the City of Chicago to accommodate expansion of the University of Illinois at Chicago. It was relocated a few blocks east to Canal Street and renamed the New Maxwell Street Market. It has now moved to Desplaines Avenue since September, 2008.

Emmy Award-nominated producer, Phil Ranstrom created, "Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street," over the course of 12 years, and it is narrated by actor and former Chicagoan, Joe Mantegna. Regarded as the most comprehensive of all films made about the legendary Maxwell Street, this documentary was first shown at the Chicago International Documentary Festival, in April, 2007. "Cheat You Fair" examines the history of the market, the development of the electric, urban blues and the gentrification that happened in the Maxwell Street neighborhood.

Currently the documentary is being shown around the country at film festivals and universities. More information can be found about this film at the, "Cheat you at the fair" movie site. A derivative, short film was also created by Ranstrom called, "Electrified: The Story of the Electric, Urban Blues," which will premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah.

In the 1930s and '40s, when many black musicians came to Chicago from the segregated South, they brought with them outdoor music.

This amplified, new sound was different from the acoustic country blues played in the South. It was popularized by Blues giants such as Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Bo Diddley and Howlin Wolf and evolved into rock & roll. From the first, the Blues signified a lament or elegy for hard times, though it outgrew that limitation. When economic decline in the American South after World War I caused many Delta Blues and Jazz musicians - notably Louis Armstrong - to migrate north to Chicago, the first economically secure class willing to help them was the mostly Jewish merchants of the area around Maxwell Street, who by that time were able to rent or own store buildings. These merchants encouraged Blues players to set up near their storefronts and provided them with electric extension cords to run the new high-tech instruments. Shoppers lured by the chance to hear Blues music could be grabbed and hauled into the store where they were sold a suit of clothes, shoes, etc.

The last Blues performances on Maxwell Street occurred in 1999-2000, on a bandstand erected by Frank "Little Sonny" Scott, Jr., near the north-east corner of Maxwell and Halsted Streets, on land recently vacated by the perfidious demolition of a historic building. The extension cord ran from the last remaining building in use, the Maxworks Cooperative headquarters, 300 feet (91 m) east, at 716 Maxwell Street. One day a University crew arrived and erected a chain-link fence between the bandstand and the sidewalk, effectively banning the performances though they continued a few weeks longer on the too-narrow sidewalk.

The University of Illinois at Chicago was established at the Harrison/Halsted area in 1965, the location chosen by Mayor Richard J. Daley. This was especially unpopular with the locals, who had been promised more low-income housing by the city, and there were numerous protests, especially by the Italian-American and Mexican-American communities. The University had little interaction with the surrounding community and decided against keeping local businesses in its plans for expansion in the 1980s. The university slowly began buying land in the Maxwell area and demolishing the buildings . It had been rumored that the University never officially announced their plans in the '80s, but circulated speculation that they were going to exercise eminent domain, which was in fact backed by state legislation. This strategy may have saved the school millions of dollars, not only because people slowly moved out and did not have to be compensated, but also because real estate prices continued to drop in the area through the '80s and early '90s, because of the rumors. When the school finally made public its' plans to move the Maxwell Street Market and demolish the buildings, the community tried to petition to designate the Maxwell Street Market area a National Historic District, in 1994, and again in 2000. The proposal was eventually turned down due to the efforts of the University, backed by Mayor Richard M. Daley (son of Richard J.).

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Ian Maxwell

Ian Maxwell is a British businessman, and the son of the media mogul, the late Robert Maxwell.

Ian Maxwell was educated at Marlborough College and Oxford University. His first involvement in his father's business was at Pergamon Press from 1978 to 1983. After a short time at the Prince's Charitable Trust, he rejoined the Maxwell business, this time at British Printing and Communications Corporation (later renamed Maxwell Communications Corporation).

He has been involved with Maximov publications and MicMacMusic Ltd in recent years.

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Source : Wikipedia