The immortal tale of the evil of vengeance and the power of nature is published in NY on Nov. 14. Its fictional ship Pequot is modelled on the real whaleship Essex, sunk by a whale in 1820. There was actually an albino sperm whale called Mocha Dick, named for the island off Chile. ( Melville fansite )
Based in a similar novel by Melville, the opera Billy Budd by English composer Benjamin Britten debuts in London’s Royal Opera House on Dec. 1, 1951; there are 17 curtain calls. Mutiny scene ▷MusicWeb: Britten▹
The screenplay for the 1956 film adaptation of Moby Dick, directed by John Huston, is written by Ray Bradbury (‘his Fahrenheit 451‘ appeared in 1953). The association with Huston is not a pleasant experience for Bradbury. Likewise for Gregory Peck, who plays Ahab; later he says that Huston should have played Ahab. Huston commissions French-British violist, composer Philip Sainton (*) to write the filmscore. Film
The personal gadget slowly becomes a fad, growing up with rock’n’roll. You can take it to the beach! By the early 60s owning a ‘transistor’ (sold for $10 or less), like the much later iPod, is a must for many.
MP3: How transistors revolutionized music
Roger McGuinn’s TR-1