Lord & Taylor Launches Exclusive Limited-Edition Holiday Sweater Collection By Whoopi Goldberg

Lord & Taylor will spread holiday cheer with the launch of an exclusive sweater collection designed by Whoopi Goldberg. The limited-edition capsule collection arrives at Lord & Taylor on November 1st just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Goldberg, who loves the holidays, has a family tradition of donning kitschy or ‘ugly’ holiday sweaters each year. The sweaters incorporate her whimsical, humorous take on the holidays and are crafted with luxe fabrications not commonly seen in a novelty sweater, such as alpaca, wool and cashmere.

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I wanted my love of the holidays to come to life with this ‘ugly’ sweater collection,” stated Goldberg. “There’s no better way to celebrate the season than by wearing or giving an ‘ugly’ holiday sweater and spending time with family and friends, which is really what it’s all about.”

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Lord & Taylor celebrates the holiday season unlike any other retailer – from our iconic windows to the ever-growing gifting shops,” stated Liz Rodbell, President of Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor. “The collection fit seamlessly into our plans for this year’s ‘Happy Christmas’ gifting shop, which will feature a variety of novelty items. We are thrilled to include Whoopi in our holiday traditions; we know it will surprise and delight our customers during this special time of year.

To celebrate the launch of the Whoopi Goldberg sweater collection, Lord & Taylor‘s Fifth Avenue flagship will dedicate one of its iconic windows to the collection with a special installation. Goldberg will join Lord & Taylor on Tuesday, November 15 to unveil the window for New Yorkers and tourists alike to enjoy through the Thanksgiving holiday.

The eight limited-edition styles will be available for purchase at 37 Lord & Taylor stores as well as on www.lordandtaylor.com; all sweaters retail for $139.

“Hope I die before I get old…” The Who’s My Generation Celebrates Half a Century Anniversary

Super Deluxe Edition featuring unreleased songs, demos, mixes, remasters, new notes from Pete Townshend, 80-page book, rare memorabilia and much more

5CD Box Set Will Be Released November 18

3 x LP* and 2 x LP* E-Commerce Exclusive Will Be Released February 10*

In the half century since its release, The Who‘s debut album My Generation hasn’t lost any of its raw, visceral power and still stands as the ultimate musical declaration of teenage rebellion. The title track alone has been covered innumerable times by the likes of Oasis, Green Day, Patti Smith, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden amongst many more.


The Who ‘My Generation’ Super Deluxe Edition (5CD Box Set) To Be Released November 18 (PRNewsFoto/UMe)

Back in 1965, the band was considered to be so dangerous that the tailors tasked with turning a Union Jack into a pop art mod jacket for the cover feared that they would be jailed for desecration of the nation’s flag.

The Who’s surly demeanour that day in 1965 at Surrey Docks and the brazen appropriation of the symbol of state is the best advert possible for My Generation. It’s an album that sounds like it looks: terse, confrontational and full of youthful angst and energy.

Brunswick Records first issued My Generation in the UK in December 1965, and later in the U.S. under the title The Who Sings My Generation in April 1966, and was produced by Shel Talmy who shot to fame with his work with The Kinks, a group that the teenage Pete Townshend admired greatly.

During a break in touring in 2015 Townshend discovered tapes in his audio archive featuring previously unheard demos for the album which also included three totally unreleased songs that The Who hadn’t ever revisited “The Girls I Could Have Had,” “As Children We Grew” and “My Own Love.”

The spectacular 79-track, five-disc super-deluxe edition of My Generation features these unheard songs as well as unreleased demos, unreleased alternate mixes, new remasters and a stereo remix which was created using new overdubs from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. For this mix Townshend used the same exact guitars and amps as the original album with Roger using same type of microphone.

The super-deluxe edition also features a stunning 80-page color book with many rare and unseen period photos, candid and insightful new notes from Townshend and period memorabilia.

Of the super-deluxe box set Townshend commented “Gathering these demos for this collection has been enjoyable; it’s wonderful for me to have these tapes made fifty-two years ago to listen to. I hope you enjoy them. They have a naiveté and innocence, a simplicity and directness, and an ingenuousness that reveals me as a young man struggling to keep up with the more mature and developed men around me. What an incredible group of strong, talented, young and engaging men they were!


CD1: Original album (mono mixes)

  • Originally released 1965
  • Re-mastered 2016

CD2: Original album (new stereo mixes)

  • Previously unreleased on CD or vinyl. Released on iTunes 2014.
  • Remixed by the band in 2014 – Pete Townshend used the exactly same guitars and amps as the original album and Roger used the same type of microphone.
  • Recorded at Pete Townshend’s home studio and Yellowfish Studio.

CD3: Mono mixes – bonus tracks

  • Tracks 1–12 originally released 1965-1966. Reissued 2002.
  • Tracks 13-23 remixed in 2000, previously unreleased
  • Re-mastered 2016

CD4: Stereo mixes – bonus tracks

  • Tracks 1-17 previously unreleased on CD or vinyl. Released on iTunes 2014.
  • Tracks 18-21 previously unreleased.
  • Re-mastered 2016

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National Museum of American History To Examine Religion in America

New Curatorial Position, Exhibition and Programs To Focus on Religious History

The role of religion in the formation and development of the United States is at the heart of a new multi-year initiative launching at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History November 5. Beginning with a program series on sacred music in American life, this comprehensive religion initiative will be led by Peter Manseau who has been named the museum’s Lilly Endowment Curator of American Religious History. It will include collecting, researching, documenting and exhibiting materials as well as presenting programs reflective of the country’s diverse religious traditions.

Lilly Endowment Curator of American Religious History

An author and historian, Peter Manseau earned his doctorate in religion from Georgetown University. His books include One Nation, Under Gods, a history of religious diversity in America; Vows, a memoir chronicling 20th-century Catholicism in the U.S.; the National Jewish Book Award-winning novel, Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter; and the travelogue Rag and Bone, which examines the use of relics in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. He is the author of the upcoming companion book to the museum’s religion exhibition, Objects of Devotion, which will be published in spring 2017.



The exhibition “Religion in Early America” which will open June 28, 2017, will focus on the themes of religious diversity, freedom and growth as it explores the role of religion in America from the colonial era thorough the 1840s. Some of the featured artifacts will be national treasures from the museum’s own collection, including George Washington’s christening robe from 1732, Thomas Jefferson’s The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, which is also known as “The Jefferson Bible,” Wampum beads and the cloak worn by abolitionist Quaker minister Lucretia Mott. Other objects will be on loan from other museums, institutions and private individuals from across the nation. Among these are Massachusetts Bay Colony-founder John Winthrop’s communion cup, circa 1630; a Torah scroll on loan from New York’s Congregation Shearith Israel, founded in 1654; a chalice used by John Carroll, the first Roman Catholic bishop in the U.S. and founder of Georgetown University; and a first edition of the Book of Mormon. The objects will represent the diverse range of Christian, Native American and African traditions as well as Mormonism, Islam and Judaism that wove through American life during this era. Continue reading