Drummer Kenny Aronoff Returns With a Show, a Talk, and a Book

BY PETER DORFMAN November 11 will mark a homecoming for a Bloomington music icon when the Buskirk-Chumley Theater hosts “An Evening With Kenny Aronoff.” The one-man show is part performance and part meditation on personal and professional success. Best known for his 17 years with the John Mellencamp Band, Aronoff, 63, has worked with most of rock’s aristocracy, including the two remaining Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. He has continuing commitments to several bands and performers, including the BoDeans, John Fogerty, and Supersonic Blues Machine, and owns a recording studio in Los Angeles. Mentoring is an increasingly passionate interest for Aronoff, too. His autobiography, Sex, Drums, Rock ’n’ Roll! The Hardest-Hitting Man in Show Business, hits bookstores in November. […]

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Indelible Images: 10 Years of Bloom Magazine Photography (Cover Story)

We at Bloom love photography, and over the past 10 years, we’ve published more than 6,000 images, most taken by local photographers. We know that you, our readers, also appreciate good photography — you tell us so when we meet around town and in the letters and emails you send to us. In the following pages, we present some of our favorite pictures from the past decade. We hope that we’ve selected some of your favorites as well. Bloom has been fortunate, as an unusual number of talented photographers reside in our city. A fair number have passed through as well. The supremely gifted Steve Raymer, who worked for National Geographic for 25 years, took many of our favorites during […]

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Lynn Coyne: Community Leader

BY MIKE LEONARD Lynn Coyne can pinpoint a transformational day in his life in the summer of 1958. He was 14 years old, and his father, a Westinghouse manager, had recently been transferred and had moved the family from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Bloomington. “It was a beautiful, sunny day, and I was walking on the [downtown] Square, on the east side, heading south,” Coyne remembers. “A man in a suit and tie looked over at me and said, ‘How ya doing?’” The incoming high school freshman was stunned. “I’d never had a strange adult speak to me in my life,” he says. “In Pittsburgh, people averted their eyes when you encountered them on the street. I thought, ‘This must be some […]

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Anke Birkenmaier: Latin America Scholar

BY CARMEN SIERING Anke Birkenmaier, who was named director of the Indiana University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in July, laughs when asked how a German national ends up in the United States to study Latin American literature. “It’s not surprising,” says Birkenmaier, who graduated from the University of Tübingen near the Black Forest in Germany. “I came for my doctorate.” She says Latin American studies was a marginal field in Germany. “And I wanted to study Cuba,” she says. “A lot of Cuban Studies are done in the United States.” The recent thaw in U.S.–Cuban relations has been a boon for Birkenmaier. She’s part of the initiative called for by IU President Michael A. McRobbie to promote […]

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