Fred Burks served for eighteen years as a high level translator for several American Presidential administrations specializing in Indonesian and Mandarin Chinese. Following 9/11 and the advent of the global War on Terror he became recognized as a crucial asset in the Bush administrations’ dealings with Indonesia, the worlds’ most populous Muslim country.
In today’s highly competitive job market, with an excess of capable candidates, people tend to turn to experts for advice on how to nail a job interview or how to be a good team leader. Hardly anyone could be a better expert in the field than a person who has gone from zero to hero. One of them is Ivelina Georgieva from Bulgaria, who studied in the United States and now resides and works in Prague.
It’s no longer so easy to impress the crowd with just ordinary paintings or sculptures. Show me something different. If you haven’t seen these seemingly impossible to create carvings on the graphite of a pencil yet, then right now you have a perfect chance to finally be impressed by something extraordinary.
Kevin Murphy is known to many as a crazy hesher with long hair, the drummer from Headset, the guitarist for 411 and, of course, Farside. Living most of his life in Southern California, he attended San Diego State University to please his parents, graduating with a degree in US History with a minor in Comparative Religion. At 8 he got terrified by Gene Simmons from Kiss at his first concert, and when he was 11, the 1984 Black Flag show changed his life. After 5 lessons from a guy at the guitar store he started to master his guitar skills and eventually figured out drums. Practice teaching killed the ambition to become a teacher, and an unconscious drive to be in the New Wave, combined with the influence of his elder uncle, took over his life. Preferring to create rather than learning the music of others, he became an influential character in the history of the underground music scene of the ‘80s and ‘90s in America. Let’s see what he has to tell about his long experience in music, after numerous changes in his life.