Posted by: ccclib | May 25, 2011

Biography Reference Bank



Happy 70th Birthday, Bob Dylan

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota on May 24, 1941, Bob Dylan is one of the most revered and influential music artists of the 20th century. Biography Reference Bank (and Biography Reference Bank Select) features no fewer than five profiles of Dylan, from• Biography Reference Bank
• Current Biography
• World Musicians; Current Biography)
• American Songwriters
Popular American Composers 1st Supplement
This spread of coverage takes in almost Dylan’s entire career to date and allows you to see how Dylan was regarded during the early years of his career, when his writing style is described as “a country-style vernacular”. At this stage, Dylan still “accompanies himself with an unembellished guitar style, punctuating his verses with harmonica interludes.”A search for Dylan, Bob on Biography Index Retrospective returns citations to 85 articles about Dylan, many of them dealing with his influence on modern culture, his attitude to religion, and his music, dating back to 1963.

The Cannes Film Festival

The cover profile on Current Biography, May 2011, gives details of the life and work of 1999 Palme d’Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. These Belgian film writers and directors are, according to the Guardiannewspaper: “cinema’s “brothers grim”, professional doom-mongers who trade in harsh, social-realist studies of the Belgian underclass.” They are also among the most critically respected filmmakers working in Europe today.As a reminder all of Current Biography is in Biography Reference Bank (and Biography Reference Bank Select).
Profile of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
If you are looking for more information on winners of the Cannes Film Festival’s main prize, a search in Biography Reference Bank (and Select) for Palme d’Or, (remember to check the Also search the text of biographiesbox on the Advanced Search page) returns 70 records, including reliable and trustworthy profiles of such prominent film-makers as:           • Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni
           • American actor Nicolas Cage
           • Chinese director Chen Kaige
           • French actress Catherine Deneuve
           • Japanese writer Akira Yoshimura

These notable filmmakers are also featured in Cinema Image Gallery, where you’ll not only find high-quality images from the work of Antonioni, Cage, Kaige, and Deneuve, but also a record for every winner of the Palme d’Or since 1946, and images from almost all the winners.

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Also in the most recent issue of Current Biography…
The May issue of Current Biography also features profiles of college basketball coach Jim Calhoun, singer, songwriter, and music producer Bruno Mars, and artist director of the Joffrey Ballet, Ashley C. Wheater.

Nobel laureate Richard F. Heck is featured on
our website

Click here to seeour detailed profile of Heck, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for Chemistry together with Akira Suzuki and Ei-Nichi Negishi for their work with carbon atoms.  Biography Reference Bank search tip: Did you know that Nobel Laureates for Chemistry is an indexed Profession/activity in Biography Reference Bank? If you want to search within this profession, just start typing Nobel to return results for
           • Chemistry (159 records)
           • Economics (67 records)
           • Literature (107 records)
           • Peace (102 records)
           • Physics (191 records)
           • Physiology or medicine (195 records)
           • Or general Nobel laureates (819 records)

Abolitionist and feminist
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Centenaries and bicentenaries this monthLooking for ideas for projects, articles, or homework assignments? Biography Reference Bank (and Select) has detailed profiles of all these notable individuals who have important anniversaries in June 2011, including:
  • W. V. Awdry—the writer of the popular Thomas the Tank Engine books was born June 15, 1911. We have two profiles of him in Biography Reference Bank.
  • King George V—king of the UK and emperor of the British Empire was crowned on June 22, 1911. We have a profile of him in Biography Reference Bank.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe—the writer of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and well-known abolitionist was born on June 14, 1811. We have seven profiles of this remarkable woman in Biography Reference Bank.
  • William James Mayo—American surgeon and co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, who was born on June 29, 1861 and has a profile in Biography Reference Bank.
New additions to Biography Reference Bank
Hockey player Daniel Alfredsson Human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi (update) Singer Erykah Badu Senator Dan Coats Hockey player Rick DiPietro Ballet dancers Megan Fairchild and Robert Fairchild Writer Mary Gaitskill Congressman Vicky Hartzler Baseball player Ubaldo Jimenez Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard (update) Filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha Writer Christopher Moore Venezuelan politician Carlos Andres Perez (obituary) Congressman Tim Scott Actor Owen Wilson
…and many more!
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