Amsterdam is the story of a euthanasia pact between two friends, a composer and a newspaper editor, whose relationship spins into disaster.
The book begins with the funeral of artist Molly Lane. Guests at the funeral include British Foreign Secretary Julian Garmony, newspaper editor Vernon Halliday, and composer Clive Linley. The three share certain attributes: each has a very high opinion of himself, each was at some time Molly's lover, and each regards the dead woman's husband, George, with a mixture of amusement and contempt.
Clive and Vernon muse upon Molly's death. It seems she had some kind of rapid-onset brain disease (not specified) that left her helpless and mad. Neither man can understand her attraction to Julian Garmony, the right-wing Foreign Secretary who is about to challenge his party's leadership.
Clive returns home to continue work on a symphony he has been commissioned to write for the forthcoming millennium. Much of the work is complete, save the crucial signature melody. He resolves to go walking in the Lake District, as this tends to inspire him.
Brel worked on the song at his house overlooking the Mediterranean at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, the house he shared with Sylvie Rivet, a publicist for Philips; a place she had introduced him to in 1960. "It was the ideal place for him to create, and to indulge his passion for boats and planes. One morning at six o'clock he read the words of Amsterdam to Fernand, a restaurateur who was about to set off fishing for scorpion fish and conger eels for the bouillabaisse. Overcome, Fernand broke out in sobs and cut open some sea urchins to help control his emotion."
UMG, which is being spun-off by France's Vivendi (VIV.PA), will complete its planned Euronext Amsterdam listing in late September, the media group said. Tontine said it will distribute UMG shares to its shareholders only after the completion of listing.
UMG, which is being spun-off by France’s Vivendi, will complete its planned Euronext Amsterdam listing in late September, the media group said. Tontine said it will distribute UMG shares to its shareholders only after the completion of listing.
UMG, which is being spun off by French parent company Vivendi, still plans to list on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange in late September, the company said. Ackman’s SPAC said it will distribute UMG shares to shareholders “promptly following the completion of the ...
Activist fund Bluebell CapitalPartners had already questioned Vivendi's plan to cash in on its prize asset - the music label behind artists such as Lady Gaga - through a distribution-in-kind to shareholders. The deal - through which Vivendi aims to list Universal in Amsterdam...
Bollore is Vivendi's top shareholder with a 27% stake in the company ... read more ... read more. Glass Lewis and ISS have recommended Vivendi shareholders vote in favour of the spin-off plans, which would see Universal being listed in Amsterdam. The deal includes the distribution of 60% of Universal's shares to Vivendi shareholders ... Our Standards.
Bollore is Vivendi’s top shareholder with a 27% stake in the company ... Subscribe. ... Glass Lewis and ISS have recommended Vivendi shareholders vote in favour of the spin-off plans, which would see Universal being listed in Amsterdam. The deal includes the distribution of 60% of Universal’s shares to Vivendi shareholders ... ($1 = 0.8218 euros) ... .
Vivendi has talked of distributing 60% of Universal Music shares to its ... Vivendi plans to list shares of Universal Music on Euronext Amsterdam later this year and Pershing said Friday that it would distribute the acquired Universal Music shares to its stockholders at that point.
Read full article ... Vivendi has talked of distributing 60 percent of Universal Music shares to its stockholders as part of any spinoff ... Vivendi plans to list shares of Universal Music on Euronext Amsterdam later this year and Pershing said Friday that it would distribute the acquired Universal Music shares to its stockholders at that point. Also See ... 1.
Vivendi plans to distribute 60 per cent of the music business to its shareholders later this year and list it in Amsterdam... Read More ...Smaller independent companies are luring artists away from the big majors by offering them distribution, marketing and rights management services deals, while allowing the musicians to keep control over their output. .
A Barron’s cover story detailed how his SPAC differed in terms from other special purpose acquisition companies ... Ackman’s SPAC, (ticker ... Instead, Pershing Square Tontine will distribute the newly acquired, Amsterdam-listed UMG stock to its shareholders, while Ackman will continue to pursue another deal with the blank-check company’s remaining cash ... .
AMSTERDAM LISTING ... It has already sold chunks of Universal Music to a consortium led by Chinese giant Tencent, and plans to list Universal in Amsterdam by September as part of a two-step transaction to distribute 60% of the label to existing investors.