Recent Posts in music history
December 11, 2012
Rush at Barclays Center, October 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
In a just-held ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. that was hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were announced after nominees surfaced a short two months ago. Among this year's class are Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Heart, Albert King and the long-snubbed Rush, along with receipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.
Reportedly, Rush was the clear beneficiary of the recently instituted popular vote, and the band had the following comment:
"We are honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 3 of us are especially appreciative of our loyal fans whose support and dedication has gone a long way to making this possible. P.S. And special thanks to our moms for voting 6000 times!" - Alex, Geddy, & NeilThe induction takes place in April 2013, followed by a telecast of the ceremony on HBO. Congrats guys!
November 26, 2012
Chris Stamp, Pete Townsend and Kit Lambert (L to R)
On stage at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night, The Who's Roger Daltrey saluted Chris Stamp -- one of the two early managers that launched the group's success -- as a man "without whom we wouldn't be the band we were."Besides The Who's crucial earlier days, Stamp's Track Records is responsible for the release of of the landmark The Jimi Hendrix Experience LP Are You Experienced?, Thunderclap Newman's Hollywood Dream, the self-titled debut from The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and more. He leaves behind a wife of 22 years, two married daughters and grandchildren. (His brother is actor Terrence Stamp.) Goodbye Chris Stamp, you left an indelible mark of rock as we know it.
Stamp -- who not only co-managed The Who with the late Kit Lambert but also co-founded the group's Track Records label and executive produced most of its albums and film projects starting in 1968, died from cancer on Saturday at the age of 70 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. -[Billboard]
October 8, 2012
Howard Scott (R) with the great Aaron Copland
Howard H. Scott, known by some as the godfather of the LP, and others as a classical composer and producer, passed away last month in Reading, PA at the age of 92 after a fight with cancer.
In 1946, Mr. Scott was 26 and just discharged from the Army when he got a job at Columbia Masterworks, the label's classical division. He was soon assigned to Columbia's top-secret project: developing a long-playing record to replace the 78 r.p.m. disc, which could hold only about four minutes of music on each brittle shellac side.He went on to produce many classical records with symphonies in Boston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and the New York Philharmonic among many many others, eventually winning a Grammy in 1966 for his production on Charles Ives's Symphony No. 1, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The project had begun in 1940 and was nearing completion. But its engineers needed someone with musical training -- particularly the ability to read orchestral scores -- to help transfer recordings from 78s to the new discs, which played at 3 31/3 r.p.m., could hold about 22 minutes a side and were made of more durable vinyl.
Howard Hillison Scott fit the bill. -[NY Times]
R.I.P. Mr Scott, your lasting contributions to both music and technology will be felt for generations to come.
March 2, 2012
by Bill Pearis
Rob Sacher had a hand in three iconic New York rock clubs in the in the last three decades: Sanctuary (1981-1986), Mission (1988-1993), and Luna Lounge (1995-2008). He's written about those experiences and more in a new self-published memoir titled Wake Me When It's Over which just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign. Here's more from Sacher himself:
I grew up in Brooklyn. Raised on the girl groups, I discovered The Beatles on the first day their first single was radio played in New York. Rocked at the age of eleven when I first heard an electric twelve string guitar, it was then that I knew that I would be a musician, spend my time around music, and live my life among friends who played and made music too.Luna Lounge opened the same year I moved to New York and I probably spent more time there (1995 - 2005) than just about any other single venue (maybe even bar) in the city. (Admittedly, I had good friends who played in bands there often, but still.) I said in the piece I wrote about Lotion's reunion show last year, that "What there was of a [mid/late '90s indie rock] scene, it mostly happened at Luna Lounge" and I stand by that.
This is my story, a musician and entrepreneur who created and co-owned nightclubs, now part of the history of music and nightlife in New York City. Starting with my first club, Sanctuary, and continuing with Mission in Manhattan's East Village and ending with the highly regarded Luna Lounge, this is the first book to cover a part of the New York rock music scene that came after punk, new wave, and no wave.
Cake Like, Lotion, Muckafurgason, and Space Needle may have played Brownies just as many times (not to mention Coney Island High) but Luna Lounge was free, and that front room with the couches and foosball was a real hangout. If you had nothing else to do, you could always see who was at Luna Lounge. No doubt Rob has some stories from that time.
You can order Wake Me When Its Over directly from its website, where you can read excerpts as well.
December 5, 2011
Kurt Cobain in his homemade Flipper shirt vs Forever 21's version
Forever 21 is under fire... this time for selling a shirt designed by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.A video from that episode of SNL below...
No, Cobain wasn't much of a fashion designer. But he knew how to use a magic marker, which is how he made the noted Flipper band T-shirt he wore during a 1992 performance on "Saturday Night Live."
Earlier today, a replica of the shirt was retailing on Forever 21′s website for for $16.90. The shirt has since been pulled from the site, meaning Forever 21 might not be too keen on fighting legal battles over items that cost less than $20.-[SeattlePI]
January 14, 2009
January 14, 2009-New York - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation today announced its inductees for 2009. The induction ceremony on April 4, 2009 will take place in Cleveland for the first time since 1997, and will be broadcast live on Fuse TV in a new three-year broadcast deal between the Foundation and Fuse. The ceremony will be supported by a weeklong series of events. In addition, for the first time in its 24- year history, tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be accessible to the public.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently opened an annex of the museum in NYC. This year's full inductee list, and Cleveland ticket info, below...
"This year's class of inductees truly represents what the Hall of Fame is all about. From classic artists that began their careers in the 50's and 60's to those that have defined the modern sound of rock and roll," said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President & CEO Joel Peresman. "These artists demonstrate the rich diversity of rock and roll itself. We are proud to honor these artists and celebrate their contribution to rock and roll's place in our culture."
November 3, 2008
The Clash will be the first band in the spotlight at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in SoHo, which has moved up its grand opening date to November 24, according to the museum's new website.
The annex will house a hall of fame gallery, a theater, and roots and influences gallery and a New York Rocks gallery, featuring memorabilia from the likes of John Lennon and Billy Joel and an interactive map with locations such as CBGB and the Chelsea Hotel.
The special exhibit on The Clash will open December 1 and run through Spring.
Tickets, priced at $28.18 (plus $3 service fee for online and phone orders,) are pegged to a specific entry time. [NewYorkology]
October 29, 2008
Memorabilia from some of punk rock's biggest acts and seminal moments -- including a scrawled flier for one of the Clash's first shows and publicity photos signed by the Sex Pistols -- is headed for a Nov. 24 Christie's auction.The pictured Television/Ramones flyer is one of the items. Look through everything HERE.
The event, announced Tuesday, includes more than 120 records, photos and promotional pieces for such punk, garage rock and new wave legends as the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, the Ramones, David Bowie, Blondie, the Cure and the Smiths.
The auction is Christie's first to focus on punk mementos, signaling the collectible status of a brash, anti-authoritarian rock movement that largely thumbed its nose at posterity.
"We understand that tastes change, tastes mature," said Christie's pop-culture chief Simeon Lipman. "Ten years ago, punk memorabilia probably wouldn't be something we'd be auctioning here. But now, people of a certain age have a certain ability to splurge on this material." [AP]
September 11, 2008
Bowery Poetry Club, Sep 7 2008
As part of the 2008 Howl Festival in NYC's East Village, a panel discussion on the topic 'Unrest in the 70s - US vs UK' at Bowery Poetry Club, directly opposite the old CBGB premises, brought together a number of punk veterans from both sides of the pond.Punkcast taped the entertaining (especially Ari Up) panel - all 60 minutes of it, and uploaded it to YouTube. Check it out below....
Richard Lloyd (Television)
Ari Up (Slits)
Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras)
Judy Nylon (Snatch)
Walter Lure (Heartbreakers)
Arturo Vega (Ramones)
Steve Garvey (Buzzcocks)
Moderator: Mary Harron
September 3, 2008
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will pay tribute to the "father of the electric guitar" this fall.See Les Paul live every Monday night.
Les Paul will be honored at the annual American Music Masters series, a weeklong event that begins Nov. 10, Rock Hall officials said Tuesday. A tribute concert -- artists will be named later -- is scheduled Nov. 15 at Cleveland's State Theater.
Paul, 93, is hoping to attend, said Rock Hall President and CEO Terry Stewart. [AP]