Muhammad Ali: The Greatest of All Time

 

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest of All Time, Rolling Stone July 01, 2016

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“You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.” Ali standing over Sonny Liston

“I strongly object, Ali said, ‘to the fact that so many newspapers have given the American public and the world the impression that I have only two alternatives in taking this stand–either I go to jail or go to the army. There is another alternative, and that alternative is justice.”

“I represent truth. The world is full of oppressed people, poverty people. They for me. They not for the system. All the black militants…all your hippies, all your draft resisters, they all want me to be the victor.”

Charles P Pierce: “Ali was a better American citizen than were the people who denigrated him for his brashness, who spat on his religion, who called him a coward because he wouldn’t be an accessory to mindless slaughter.”

From the Los Angeles Times June 15, 2016

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Dudamel makes Mozart and Arvo Pärt a matter of life and death

“Dudamel led “Miserere” pitilessly. He took nothing for granted, refused to soften what is hard and required each sound to undergo the test of time. He gave Mozart’s Requiem operatic expression but again little comfort. Mozart’s Dies Irae needed a rage to match Pärt, and that meant that everything else had to be raised to that kind of emotional level as well. With Pärt setting the stage, Dudamel’s grim yet profound acceptance of the implications the Requiem ultimately proved vivid illustration of what made Mozart Mozart, and hence what makes each thing itself.”