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10 Classical Music Concerts to See in NYC This Weekend - New York Times

Facts about Betty Kresin, Eminems grandmother


Betty Kresin, Eminem's grandmother from the maternal side , got married at the age of 14. She got six children from 3 different marriages. She first married Bob Nelson. She gave birth to her daughter Debbie in 1955.She accuses her first husband, Bob Nelson, of being verbally abusive. Both moved to Warren, Michigan, to be closer to Betty's stepmother .Despite the problems the couple esperienced, she gave Bob two more sons, Todd and Steven.They divorced in the early 60's and Betty came back to her hometown St Joseph, where she met Ron Gilpin, her second husband.She had two more children with him. One of them is Betti Schmitt (Eminem's aunt and Debbie's half sister), who is still in touch and in good terms with Eminem. Ron Gilpin was an alcoholic who used to beat up his whole family. Violence was part of their daily life. Ron left his family in 1968.Dramas surrounded Betty's family. In 1991, Todd Nelson killed his brother-in-law, Mike Harris in self defense case. He was sentenced to jail for 8 years.Betty 's sixth child from a third marriage, Ronnie Polkingharn , was Eminem's uncle and closest friend. He committed suicide in 1991.

Eminem grew up for a while at his grandmom's home. She talks about his harsh conditions of living in Detroit :

It was a poor school and they wanted his shoes. He was one of the only white children going to this segregated school. And one time they took the shoes off his feet and he had to come home in a snowstorm with no shoes on. But the story people keep asking me - "he was unconscious and almost died and all these doctors...", now I know nothing about this and I'm his grandmother.

People should think twice before calling Marshall a racist.

Betty was angry with Marshall because he never attended to Ronnie's funeral. In fact, Marshall went depressive and swallowed a bottle of Tylenol and survived to another suicide attempt. He was unable to go to Ronnie's funeral, his pain was too immense.But Betty didn't know what happened during this period.


"I was kind of bitter about him writing about my dead son, because the last five years of my deceased boy, Marshall had not even seen him. Marshall - Eminem - and my son Ronnie were very close. He idolised Ronnie and Ronnie loved him. He never even came to Ronnie's funeral and he has never put the first flower on Ronnie's grave. He doesn't do anything - he won't go near the grave. The chain that Marshall wears around his neck, the dog-tag - that was Ronnie's. I gave him the dog-tag, he makes duplicates, he sells them now, and that really broke my heart because this is something sacred to me that I gave the boy. If my son could speak to you today from the grave he would say, "Marshall stop some of the garbage, make up with your family, life's too short"."

Marshall had a good relationship to his granny until he wanted to use Ronnie's voice on a tape. He intented to do this as a tribute to his deceased uncle, but Betty thought he was disrespectful towards her son. In 2002 , both reconciled. Betty Kresin is currently writing a book on her grandson which shall be entitled The Tie That Binds .

Betty says she's proud of her grandson and that she stands on his side.


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10 Classical Music Concerts to See in NYC This Weekend
New York Times
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has done a better job of venturing into the music of our own time in recent years, and does so again here, with William Bolcom's Piano Quintet No. 1. Mozart's Piano Quartet in E flat and Dvorak's String ...


YouTube's latest partnership shows how it's had to learn to play a different game to win in the music business - Business Insider

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YouTube's latest partnership shows how it's had to learn to play a different game to win in the music business
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YouTube is flexing its muscle in the music business, but it's learning how to use its power as an enticement — and not a threat — to the artists and labels in the industry. The video site's new partnership with Eventbrite, the event and ticketing ...
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New Music Friday For Oct. 19: 8 Albums You Should Hear Now - NPR

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New Music Friday For Oct. 19: 8 Albums You Should Hear Now
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On this week's sprint through the best new releases we've got irresistible earworms from Peter Bjorn & John, the deep soul of PHONY PPL, Esperanza Spalding's mind-bending songcraft and more. All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR ...

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'Believe' turns 20: How Cher's Auto-Tuned hit changed music forever - USA TODAY

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'Believe' turns 20: How Cher's Auto-Tuned hit changed music forever
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Cher's "Believe," her megahit that turns 20 on Monday, changed the way modern music is made, an amusing distinction for a song with vocals that bear more than a passing resemblance to Kermit the Frog. Yet, that doesn't mean the distinction isn't deserved.

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Yoko Ono: Warzone review – name another 85-year-old making music this combative - The Guardian

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Yoko Ono: Warzone review – name another 85-year-old making music this combative
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But if Yes, I'm a Witch was about acceptance – parading the fact that John Lennon's unwavering belief his partner's music would have its day had been proved right – then Warzone is a noticeably more difficult and combative beast. Reworkings of what you ...

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Electric Factory has a new name: Franklin Music Hall - Philly.com

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Electric Factory has a new name: Franklin Music Hall
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North Seventh, the music venue formerly known as the Electric Factory, has a permanent new name. The concert site at 421 N. Seventh St. will now be known as Franklin Music Hall, new owner Bowery Presents announced Thursday. The name was selected ...
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Isaac Gracie makes music that taps into the deepest wells of songcraft - Telegraph.co.uk

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Isaac Gracie makes music that taps into the deepest wells of songcraft
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Guests at his Telegraph Music Session were fortunate enough to witness this first hand when Gracie played a simple but mesmerising 40-minute set at the Scotch of St James Club in London. This was an exclusive event sponsored by Mastercard, with all ...


November 2018 New Music Releases - Ultimate Classic Rock

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November 2018 New Music Releases
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Record Store Day's Black Friday edition will get all of the headlines, but this list of November 2018 New Music Releases has plenty of other things going for it. The month's big trend is expanded reissues, including key albums by the Beatles, Jimi ...


Zobrist mourns season in Instagram music video - MLB.com

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Zobrist mourns season in Instagram music video
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Ben Zobrist expressed his frustrations in a clever music video that included a note to fans. "It always takes me a few weeks to process the season and begin the offseason," Zobrist said in an Instagram post. "Here are my thoughts ... along with a ...

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Lil Wayne Links With Swizz Beatz to Drop the Music Video for "Uproar" - Complex

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Lil Wayne Links With Swizz Beatz to Drop the Music Video for "Uproar"
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Lil Wayne has returned with the music video for his Carter V track "Uproar" and it features a few cameos. The clip, which was directed by Mills Miller, boasts appearances from Fatboy SSE, Shiggy, Kid Pat, and Swizz Beatz—the track's producer. Watch ...
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