By Doug Merlino
Combined martial arts is America's fastest-growing sport-around the rustic, new gyms open their doorways as enthusiastic audience music in to UFC suits. even supposing a few push aside it as brutal strive against, its warring parties are one of the such a lot committed athletes in any area. yet MMA additionally takes a heavy toll at the physique, and it's an extraordinary fighter who can make money within the sport's best ranks.
Beast follows 4 high-level warring parties at one of many sport's elite gyms, Florida's American most sensible group. Doug Merlino had exceptional entry, education along the boys for 2 years, touring to their fits, and consuming of their houses. Mirsad Bektic, a tender Bosnian refugee who began in karate as a boy in Nebraska, desires of stardom. Jeff Monson, a battered veteran at 41, is an outspoken, tattooed anarchist having fun with a weird and wonderful burst of megastar in Russia. Steve Mocco is a newcomer-a former Olympic wrestler from a close-knit, highbrow relatives. ultimately, there's Daniel Straus, who, from a lifestyles brief on chance, fights his method as much as name rivalry. All will event electrifying highs and profession lows, and Merlino takes us alongside each step of how whereas additionally analyzing the heritage, tradition, company, and which means cage scuffling with. A e-book for either the uninitiated and the hard-core fan, Beast deals a desirable trip into a regularly misunderstood global.
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51 52 NINA SIMONE While Simone was back performing in Philadelphia that fall, Fields set up several shows for her in New York City, Upstate New York, and the popular off-Broadway town of New Hope, Pennsylvania. The gig at New Hope’s Bucks County Playhouse Inn, brought on two unexpected and highly significant events: Simone met and played with another musician who was remarkably in sync with her, and she recorded the demo tape that would lead to her first record deal. A NEW DIRECTION At her gig at the Playhouse Inn, a guitarist named Al Schackman approached Simone and told her he’d heard some positive things about her and her music.
Simone later wrote, “If I didn’t feel a great deal of passion for him it was nice to wake up in his arms rather than on my own in a cold room. . ” (I Put a Spell on You, 56) That summer, Simone also met Jerry Fields, an agent from New York City who had taken an interest in her music. On the same night they were introduced, Simone later wrote, Fields promised to find her jobs in New York that would pay more money than she had been offered by anyone else. Fields went on to become Simone’s sole agent for the next five years.
It was their intention that Eunice Waymon become a concert pianist—the first AfricanAmerican concert pianist. Mary Kate and Mis Mazzy had a particular plan: Eunice would attend Juilliard and then take the scholarship examination for the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Although Eunice had spent hours and hours of her life playing the piano, preparing to become a classical pianist, she was reluctant to leave Edney behind. Around this time, Simone wrote, “Edney said ‘If you go to New York you won’t ever come back, we both know that.