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Eric Idle is still lookin' on the bright side

Published November 26, 2018 at 10:01 AM PST
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Former Monty Python member Eric Idle has written a memoir, of sorts.
Former Monty Python member Eric Idle has written a memoir, of sorts.

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Eric Idle’s comedy career has run for decades. He started the British comedy troupe, Monty Python, in 1969 with Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Jones. Their TV show, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” evolved into a string of hit movies and comedy albums, later becoming the basis for the broadway musical, “Spamalot.” Idle’s new autobiography, “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life,” details his career and collaborations — including his close friendship with George Harrison, who helped fund the 1979 film, “Life of Brian.”

Luciana Souza speaks, and sings, the language of the soul

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When Brazilian singer Luciana Souza moved to the U.S. in the early 1980s, she didn’t speak much English. At first, she developed a virtuosic style of wordless music and Brazilian jazz. Later, her catalogue expanded to include experimental jazz, classical and chamber music. In 2007, she won a Grammy for her participation in Herbie Hancock's album, "River: The Joni Letters." Now, she applies her wide musical palette to adapting poems to original melodies. Her latest album, “The Book of Longing,” is dedicated mainly to the poems of Leonard Cohen, who was also a close family friend.

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