Adam Clayton
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Adam Clayton
Adam Charles Clayton is a musician, best known as the bassist of the Irish rock band U2. Clayton has resided in County Dublin since the time his family moved to Malahide when he was five years old in 1965. Clayton is well known for his bass playing on songs such as "New Year's Day", "Bullet the Blue Sky", "With or Without You", "Mysterious Ways", "Get on Your Boots", and "Magnificent". His work on No Line on the Horizon has been cited as his best bass playing.
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New Year's Resolutions You'll Actually Want to Keep
Huffington Post - about 1 month
By A. E. Colas, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, January 9, 2017 New Year's resolutions are a great idea. You say to yourself, "It's going to be different this year -- I'm ready for a change!" We're now a week into the new year and you're finding yourself falling back into old patterns and nothing new is happening. Well ZEALnyc understands your dilemma and we're offering some very simple ideas that can still get your 2017 off to a terrific start. Resolution 1: In 2017, I'd like to dress better. Head on over to The Museum at FIT (the downtown fashion institute) and see Black Fashion Designers, an exhibit that will give you just the inspiration you need. This exhibition, which is curated by Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way, may also keep you from making some mistakes in judgement before hitting the post holiday sales. The exhibition runs through May 16th. For more information click here. Resolution 2: This year, I should really learn something more about New York City. T ...
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How An Upper East Side Republican Became PR's 'Mayor Of Harlem'
Huffington Post - 5 months
You take a guy -- a white guy, an Irish guy, born in Seattle, a longtime Upper East Sider, a Trump voter, no less. You stick him in an apartment north of 125th St. And less than a year later he's going around unironically calling himself the Mayor of Harlem. Sounds like all you need to complete the recipe is an industrial-sized can of whup-ass courtesy of longtime residents, right? Well, you may be underestimating Harlem and the folks who live there. And you're sure as hell underestimating James Monahan, the publicist whose quest for world domination starts with the hottest new spots on Frederick Douglass Boulevard's Restaurant Row. Our story begins in an intensive care unit in Houston. Well, sort of. To give you a little background first, Monahan moved to New York in 2003 and worked as a publicist for Moet-Hennessy before striking out on his own with Monahan PR, which represented clients including Bar & Books on the Upper East Side, Heering liqueurs, and celeb chef David ...
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I Wish It Were True, Stacey Dash
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Stacey Dash, I listened to your comments that you made on Fox News and in all honesty, I wish what you had said would be absolutely true. You stated that "We have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration, and if we don't want segregation, then we have to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you're only awarded if you're black...If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It's a double standard." You have also stated that "There shouldn't be a Black History Month. We're Americans, period. That's it." [1] Ms. Dash, I truly wish your statement could be true; I truly wish that the United States of America would truly adhere to its principles that make us the greatest country in the world. I wish that the United States of America just recognizes all races that were born, migrated and raised in this country as Americans. I wish that the United States of America would adhere to the principle that "we hold t ...
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Dr. King, Is this Our United States of America?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"If you can't fly, then run, if you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward"--Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all These aforementioned words speak so many volumes to me being a proud American citizen and a proud African-American man. I have to say that I am beyond proud to be an American, I love the United States of America, I love the people of this great land, the land of the people of all nations and races; this is the land of those who inspire and aspire to not only dream but do the impossible. The United States is just that, united. Land where my fathers died, land where my ancestors sacrificed their lives, identities and even their freedom to strive to live and be the American dream. This land is truly made for you and me. On January 18, 20 ...
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Respectability Politics, Booker T. Washington, and the Black Social Gospel
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Black Lives Matter brilliantly chose a name that immediately conveys what needs to be said--that in much of white America, black lives have never mattered. The movement has also renewed a debate about something equally old that was named two decades ago, "the politics of respectability." This idea, contrary to its connotation, has a rich history in the very traditions of black church prophecy that protested for racial justice. The name comes from historian Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham's seminal book of 1993, Righteous Discontent, which described the founding and early history of the women's movement in the National Baptist Convention. Higginbotham was both admiring and critical, for the Woman's Convention was brave, creative, tough-minded, and sometimes militant, it supported Booker T. Washington during his heyday, and it was suffused with a churchy moralistic emphasis on being respectable. The idea goes back to early black church preaching and to the stump speeches of Booker Wash ...
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Respectability Politics, Booker T. Washington, and the Black Social Gospel
The Huffington Post - over 1 year
Black Lives Matter brilliantly chose a name that immediately conveys what needs to be said--that in much of white America, black lives have never mattered. The movement has also renewed a debate about something equally old that was named two decades ago, "the politics of respectability." This idea, contrary to its connotation, has a rich history in the very traditions of black church prophecy that protested for racial justice. The name comes from historian Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham's seminal book of 1993, Righteous Discontent, which described the founding and early history of the women's movement in the National Baptist Convention. Higginbotham was both admiring and critical, for the Woman's Convention was brave, creative, tough-minded, and sometimes militant, it supported Booker T. Washington during his heyday, and it was suffused with a churchy moralistic emphasis on being respectable. The idea goes back to early black church preaching and to the stump speeches of Booker Wash ...
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What Would King Say Today?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
This year, on Martin Luther King Sunday, my church did what thousands of other churches did, which was to retell the story of King's work and ministry and sacrifice in the Civil Rights movement. It's always moving and emotional. It's hard to believe that only one generation ago people were being shot, bombed, killed, hanged, arrested, tortured, threatened and beaten all because they believed in the dream that all God's children get a berth on the boat. It's a dream that all of us should have known and shared already, not one that some young black Southern preacher had to fight and die to tell us about. But every year when we put on that service, I wonder to myself where King would be today on some of the divisive and polarizing issues of our time. For example, in just the last few weeks the news has been full of stories about Federal Court decisions declaring that bans on same gender marriages are unconstitutional, and I've wondered where he would stand on that. What would King say ...
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Complete list of 2014 Oscar Nominations
Fox News - about 3 years
Complete list of 86th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday: 1. Best Picture: “American Hustle,” ”Captain Phillips,” ”Dallas Buyers Club,” ”Gravity,” ”Her,” ”Nebraska,” ”Philomena,” ”12 Years a Slave,” ”The Wolf of Wall Street.” 2. Actor: Christian Bale, “American Hustle”; Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”; Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”; Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”; Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club.” 3. Actress: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”; Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”; Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”; Judi Dench, “Philomena”; Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County.” 4. Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”; Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”; Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”; Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”; Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.” 5. Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”’; Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”; Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”; Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”; June Squibb, “Ne ...
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Oscar Nominations 2014: 'Gravity,' 'American Hustle,' '12 Years A Slave' Lead Nominees
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"Rush" star Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the 2014 Oscar nominations on Thursday morning from Los Angeles. The nods come in advance of the 86th annual Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. Ellen DeGeneres will emcee the event. "Gravity" and "American Hustle" scored 10 nominations each, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron and David O. Russell, respectively) and Best Actress (Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams, respectively). "12 Years A Slave" grabbed nine nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Steve McQueen), Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o). Other Best Picture nominees included "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." Many expected nominees were left without an honor ...
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JFK: Bawn in Boston
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Over the past weekend, I have been watching memorials to JFK on a regular basis. Several of them suggest that JFK had put "race" on the back burner -- Cuba and the Cold War with its nuclear threat seemed far more important, according to the documentaries I saw. I have a very different memory. I remember a grey October day in Harlem in 1960, when JFK, accompanied by Jackie, and introduced by Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., spoke before a sizable black crowd, eloquently condemned racial inequality. I will never forget the magnificent tone and the Boston accent as Kennedy opened his address, standing tall on a hastily constructed platform outside the Hotel Theresa. Pointing south he exclaimed "A boy bawn there will live til 70." Turning and pointing north he said, "A boy bawn there will die before he is 60." Kennedy continued pointing south and north each time emphasizing the gulf between the races. As he continued, the crowd joined in, chanting its agreement with him. It was a deeply affecti ...
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American Promise
Huffington Post - over 3 years
On Friday, November 22, 2013, Americans will pause to reflect on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago on November 22, 1963. I, like many throughout the world, can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when news of the president reach us. I was just a kid, but like so many other kids throughout the nation, our home was one that had an actual oil painting of the president hanging in our living room. Like so many others, I remember the shock and sadness I felt when we realized that the president was dead. That sadness, that feeling of loss was in large measure due to the fact that even as a young elementary school kid, I felt the hope and promise of a future. I felt the passion of many Americans in the promised change that the nation was embarked upon. It was a time in this nation's history when there were so many who really were profiles in courage. Who were people defining an era, defining progress, defining a belief that America could live up ...
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U2 shooting for new album in early 2014
USA Today - over 3 years
Bassist Adam Clayton says band hopes "to have it finished very, very soon"
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U2's Adam Clayton ties the knot in Dublin
USA Today - over 3 years
Bassist wed Brazilian model in Dublin on Wednesday.
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Black Church's Civil Rights Movement Legacy Is Both A Blessing And A Curse
Huffington Post - over 3 years
For the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, the civil rights movement is not a period of time that only exists in history books; the movement runs deep in his veins -- literally. With a mother who was a secretary for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and a father who was an early organizer for the movement, an active minister and regional director for the SCLC, both of whom were eventually married to each other by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. himself, Moss has deeply rooted ties to the history of social activism. As close family friends of not only the Kings, but also other noteworthy individuals like Fannie Lou Hamer, Ralph David Abernathy and Andrew Young, Moss’ parents created an environment where spirituality and social responsibility were tied to one another. “This was a part of my development,” Moss told The Huffington Post. “It was really how I became engaged not only in social justice activity, but I was nurtured and educated in a church that said that l ...
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Pastors Endorse Spitzer
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Eliot Spitzer gained an unlikely group of endorsees Thursday in his run for New York City comptroller: Dozens of city pastors, most of whom represent churches with minority congregations, expressed support for Spitzer, who resigned as the governor of New York in 2009 amid a prostitution scandal. The pastors--who joined the candidate at a press conference at the First Baptist Church in Crown Heights--emphasized the importance of forgiveness in Christianity, and decried negative attacks by Spitzer's opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. “The road to redemption is paved with forgiveness,” said Reverend Daryl Bloodsaw, according to Politicker. “He’s come back to say he has unfinished business.” Rev. Monte Witherspoon-Brown went after Stringer for focusing on Spitzer's past. "Mr. Stringer's attacks aren't doing a thing to help our communities, and he seems to be focused on things that not only don't mean very much to us, but are turning us off," Withe ...
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Xaque Gruber: The Many Faces of Harry Lennix
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Harry Lennix is an actor's actor, and 2013 is proving to be a banner year with a string of starring roles including NBC's highly anticipated new series The Blacklist alongside James Spader. This summer alone, Lennix has appeared as General Swanwick in the blockbuster, Man Of Steel, as well as in the soon-to-be-released suspenseful found footage feature, Evidence, and on September 6th, Mr. Sophistication, a film he executive produces/stars as fictitious comedy legend, Ron Waters -- in a tour de force performance that's sexy, subtle and commanding. Danny Green, director of Mr. Sophistication calls Lennix, "one of the most consummate artists we have in America today. He becomes the characters he's playing." And what a pantheon of characters it is. I've been a huge fan of Lennix ever since his robust, should've-been-Oscar nominated performance as Aaron The Moor in Titus, Julie Taymor's edgy 1999 big screen adaptation of Titus Andronicus, one of Shakespeare's most cont ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Adam Clayton
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    On 4 September 2013, Clayton married former human rights lawyer Mariana Teixeira de Carvalho in a ceremony in Dublin.
    More Details Hide Details Originally from Brazil, Mariana now works as a director at a leading contemporary art gallery, Michael Werner in London and New York. In 2009 the High Court ordered the assets of Clayton's former housekeeper and PA be frozen after it was reported that she misappropriated funds of €1.8 million. At the subsequent trial that figure was stated to be €2.8 million. The PA denied the charges but in 2012 was convicted by a jury of 181 counts of theft and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment. As a bass player, Adam Clayton's most recognizable basslines include "New Year's Day", which evolved out of an attempt to play Visage's song "Fade to Grey", and "With or Without You". His style includes Motown and reggae influences, and cites artists such as Paul Simonon of The Clash as influences on his musical style. When Clayton first joined the fledgling U2, he did not have formal training in the bass. In the band's early years, he generally played simple parts in 4/4 time. Bono said of Clayton's early bass playing, "Adam used to pretend he could play bass. He came round and started using words like 'action' and 'fret' and he had us baffled. He had the only amplifier, so we never argued with him. We thought this guy must be a musician; he knows what he's talking about. And then one day, we discovered he wasn't playing the right notes.
    Clayton remained a bachelor for several decades until his marriage in 2013.
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  • 2011
    In 2011 Clayton became an ambassador for the Dublin-based St. Patrick's Hospital's Mental Health Service 'Walk in My Shoes' facility.
    More Details Hide Details Clayton and U2 have won numerous awards in their career, including 22 Grammy awards, including those for Best Rock Duo or Group seven times, Album of the Year twice, Record of the Year twice, Song of the Year twice, and Best Rock Album twice.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    He also had a long-standing relationship with Suzanne "Susie" Smith, a former assistant to Paul McGuinness; they were engaged in 2006, but the pair broke up in February 2007.
    More Details Hide Details According to the Sunday Independent, he fathered a son in 2010. This was confirmed by Bono while introducing his bandmate during their 360 tour.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    He also featured on Little Steven's 1999 album Born Again Savage.
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  • 1997
    The "Theme from Mission: Impossible" was nominated for the "Best Pop Instrumental Performance" Grammy in 1997, also reaching #7 on the US Billboard chart.
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  • 1994
    In 1994, Clayton played bass along with bandmate Larry Mullen Jr. on Nanci Griffith's album Flyer, playing on the songs "These Days in an Open Book", "Don't Forget About Me", "On Grafton Street" and "This Heart".
    More Details Hide Details Clayton and Mullen also re-recorded the Theme from Mission: Impossible for the Mission: Impossible soundtrack. The song became a top ten hit in the U.S., reaching No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. They recorded the soundtrack while both Mullen and Clayton were in New York City for musical training.
  • 1991
    Clayton played on the song "The Marguerita Suite" on Sharon Shannon's self-titled debut album which was released in October 1991.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    He joined U2 producer Daniel Lanois and bandmate Larry Mullen Jr. on Lanois's 1989 album Acadie, playing the bass on the songs "Still Water" and "Jolie Louise".
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  • 1987
    Clayton has worked on several side projects throughout his career. He played (along with the other members of U2) on Robbie Robertson's self-titled album from 1987, and has also performed with Maria McKee.
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  • 1983
    Clayton also sang backup vocals on "I Will Follow" during live performances in 1983 and 1984.
    More Details Hide Details He also spoke the last verse of "Your Blue Room". Clayton can be heard speaking on "Tomorrow ('96 Version)" (a rerecording of "Tomorrow" that he arranged) a song from U2's 1981 album October. He plays the guitar on a few occasions, most notably the song "40", where he and guitarist The Edge switch instruments. He also plays the keyboards on "City of Blinding Lights" and "Iris (Hold Me Close)". Throughout his career, Clayton has used both Fender Precision and Jazz basses. His first bass, however, was a dark brown Ibanez. Two years later, at the age of 16, Clayton got his first Precision, as he felt he needed a better guitar to master the instrument, and asked his father to purchase a second-hand Precision for him when Brian Clayton travelled to New York. He previously used Ashdown amplifiers before switching to Aguilar Amplifiers. Clayton's Precision basses are modified with a Fender Jazz neck; in an interview with Bass Player magazine, he said that he prefers the Jazz bass neck because it is more "lady-like" and is a better fit in his left hand. I had no idea what I was supposed to do with it. Absolutely none. Not a clue. It just sounded good to me.
    Clayton has sung on some occasions, including on the song "Endless Deep", the B-side to the single "Two Hearts Beat As One" from 1983.
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  • 1981
    In 1981, around the time of U2's second, spiritually charged album, October, a rift was created in the band between Clayton and McGuinness, and the three other band members.
    More Details Hide Details Bono, The Edge, and Mullen had joined a Christian group, and were questioning the compatibility of rock music with their spirituality. I don't really like that kind of intensity, I don't like that sort of activity, so whilst I was able to go along with it, I wasn't really in control, it would be fair to say. Every night was a party, but I don't think I felt much contentment or peace, that's for sure. I'd be fine during the day, I'd be fine for the gig but afterwards it was too easy to go out all night or just keep drinking in your room. I was beginning to realize that every time I drank, I couldn't really be sure of the result. And it always made the next day worse. However, he avoided conviction by making a large donation to charity, and has later been regretful, saying "It was my own fault. And I'm sure I was out of my head – emotionally apart from anything else. But it is serious because it is illegal." Clayton has also had alcohol problems, which came to a head on 26 November 1993 when he was so hung over that he was unable to play that night's show in Sydney, the dress rehearsal for their Zoo TV concert film. Bass duties had to be fulfilled by Clayton's technician Stuart Morgan. After that incident, however, he gave up alcohol.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Clayton stood in as the nearest thing that the band had to a manager in its early life, handing over the duties to Paul McGuinness in May 1978.
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  • 1976
    In September 1976 Mullen put an advert onto the school's bulletin board seeking other musicians to form a band; Clayton showed up for the first meeting and practise, so did David Evans with his older brother Richard ("Dik"), Paul Hewson, and Ivan McCormick and Peter Martin who were two of Mullen's friends.
    More Details Hide Details McCormick and Martin left the band soon after its inception. While the band was a five-piece (consisting of Bono, The Edge, Mullen, Dik Evans, and Clayton) it was known as "Feedback". The name was subsequently changed to "The Hype", but changed to "U2" soon after Dik Evans left.
  • OTHER
  • 1965
    In 1965 the family moved to Malahide, County Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, where Clayton's brother Sebastian was born.
    More Details Hide Details The Clayton family became friends with the Evans family (including their son David Evans, who would later become a fellow band-member with Clayton in U2). When he was eight years old he was sent to the private junior boarding Castle Park School in Dalkey, Dublin. He did not enjoy or respond well to its ethos not being particularly sports orientated, and found it difficult to settle socially there, and although he was interested in music the pupils were not allowed to listen to pop music or watch television. He joined the School's 'Gramphone Society', which met to listen to classical music. He also took piano lessons for a short time. His introduction to the world of popular music was around the age of 10, listening to rock operas such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair, and other material that was midway between classical and popular music.
  • 1960
    Adam Charles Clayton is the oldest child of Brian and Jo Clayton, born on 13 March 1960 in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, England.
    More Details Hide Details His father was a pilot with the Royal Air Force, who moved into civil aviation, and his mother was a former airline stewardess. When he was 4 years old his father worked in Kenya as a pilot with East African Airways, the family being resident in Nairobi (Clayton regards this as the happiest period of his childhood).
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