Pete - Barnes and Noble connection
brianinatlanta2001 at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 25 06:45:43 CST 2007
>From the Sunday New York Times:
A STAR IS BORN Shoppers browsing at the Barnes & Noble store near Lincoln Center in Manhattan on Monday were in for a treat. Rachel Fuller, the British singer, performed several of her recent recordings.
Why at a bookstore? Because the songs were based on the poetry of Melissa Riggio, the 18-year-old daughter of Barnes & Nobles chief executive, Steve Riggio, and his wife, Laura. Melissa has Down syndrome, and her work is being featured in a series of storytime events, including the one with Ms. Fuller, at Barnes & Noble stores.
Ms. Fuller came to know Melissas poems through her friendship with the Riggios. Her partner, Pete Townshend, lead guitarist of the Who, met and befriended Steve Riggio at a concert by Taj Mahal and Dave Van Ronk in 1993.
Mr. Townshend said Melissa Riggio has a lovely voice of her own.
As a producer, he added, I cant see any reason why with a bit of time, she couldnt make an album utterly of her own right.
That is music to Steve Riggios ears. He said he and his wife are big advocates of including children with Down syndrome in regular schools and activities. JANE L. LEVERE
-Brian in Atlanta
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