Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Night to Remember

100 years ago, on the evening of April 14, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. It sank a few hours later with the loss of over 1500 lives.

To commemorate the anniversary, you could watch James Cameron’s Titanic one more time, in 3-D, or you could check out this newly acquired title:

The Band That Played On: the Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic by Steve Turner

When the Titanic collided with the iceberg, the eight members of the band put on their overcoats and played in the ship’s lounge, and later on the deck of the sinking ship, to calm the passengers and lift their spirits. Survivors claim they heard music playing until the very end. Their bravery became an instant legend but until this time, little had been written about the lives of these men. The author presents a portrait of eight unique individuals and takes on the controversy of the last song played by the musicians (was it "Nearer, My God, to Thee" or "Autumn"?)

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