By Tim McFarlin, Elon University In the days following Chuck Berry’s death, commentators have trampled over each other in a race to honor him as the “Father of Rock and Roll,” …..
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In the 19th century, critics and audiences thought blacks were incapable of singing as well as their white, European counterparts. Greenfield forced them to reconcile their ears with their racism.
While the current leader of the Catholic Church has been a metaphorical rock star since his election, he’s now a literal one. With the release of Wake Up, a multi-lingual recording …..
Well, heck, watch this video of Ann and Nancy Wilson performing “Stairway to Heaven,” and you’ll probably cry, too.
Jazz great Dave Brubeck has died from heart failure, a day before his 92nd birthday.
At the American Music Awards Jenny McCarthy clutched Justin Bieber as if she needed his life essence to stay young.
Maybe you’ve seen the Bob Dylan “screen test” film by Andy Warhol. If not, Who2 will save you the trouble. We’ll also try to find out if Bob Dylan hated Andy Warhol.
The Toy Story composer goes back to his cynical roots with a song for Campaign 2012.
Watch Montreal’s Colin Stetson play “Judges,” an incredible performance on the bass sax.
If you ever wished the Lizard King would sing the Reading Rainbow theme…
Jazz great Eric Dolphy was born 20 June 1928. He died in 1964, nine days after his 36th birthday. Listen to some music and see a photo gallery.
How a self-made man can make himself crazy.
While I was sleeping last night, Drake threw bottles and punches at Chris Brown in a bar fight over Rihanna. What did I miss?
Who’s Reggie Watts? Find out!
Kanye West turns 35 years old on June 8th. To celebrate, here’s our gallery of Kanye stickers by KanyePDX, a sticker graffitt artist — slaptagger — from the Pacific Northwest.
Cyril Lance shows you how to tickle your plastic laptop keys like a pro.
Loretta Lynn is three years older than we all thought she was, according to the Associated Press.
Chuck Brown is being hailed and mourned as everyone’s favorite dance music hero. So how come I’ve never heard of him?
In honor of the passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch, we’ve gathered a few choice Beastie Boys videos and put them in one spot.
Will it be an obscure salute to Harry Truman and 1948?
A simple gallery of some musical greats, from the book Hip Hop Immortals: The Remix.
Yay! Beyoncé’s on the internet! Here are six great photos of B. from her very own Tumblr (and one more, just because it’s cool).
Jim Marshall, the man behind rock music’s biggest, loudest amplifiers, has died at the age of 88.
From History Today, a list of famous bands named for historical people or events.
Just because… it’s a great video, and a catchy song.
Davy Jones, the lead singer of The Monkees, is dead at the age of 66.
In honor of the late Don Cornelius: Great moments from the Soul Train dance line.
1970s rock icon Peter Frampton has been reunited with his favorite guitar after 30 years. He thought it had burned up in a plane crash, but it hadn’t.
Oscar winner Jeff Bridges turned 62, yesterday. And we missed it. So happy belated birthday, with a few photos.
Where do Keith Richards, Ayn Rand, and the blues come together? In exasperation, that’s where.
The coroner has ruled that Amy Winehouse drank herself to death. But there could be a little more to the story.
An auction at Christie’s this week brought in $936,438 for actor Richard Gere. He says he’ll give the money to charity. Apparently Gere no longer needed a million dollars worth of guitars.
William Rhoden remembers the football-playing years of Clarence “Big Man” Clemons.
Singer and model Nico died on this day in 1988. She was only 49 years old when she died. Nico was made famous in the late 1960s, thanks to her association with Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground.She was riding a bike on the island of Ibiza when she had a heart problem that caused her to fall and hit her head. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage. That’s what got Franklin D. Roosevelt, Marcus Garvey and WIlla Cather.
Today is singer Linda Ronstadt’s birthday. She is 65 years old.
She has a great voice. I’ve liked some of her songs over the years, but her career has never quite been on my radar screen. I know that Philip K. Dick thought she was the cat’s pajamas.
Here she is with the Stone Poneys, singing “Different Drum” in 1967:
Congratulations to YouTube user OHADI22 for this edit of the song “Paranoid Android” by the U.K. band Radiohead:
What kind of world is it that won’t let me see what some people consider the worst music video in the world?
Today is the birthday of O’Shea Jackson, the man also known as Ice Cube. Mr. Cube turns 42 years old today.
So let’s listen to one of my favorite Ice Cube songs:
Anybody can have a YouTube channel. Even singer Paul McCartney, who was once a member of the group The Beatles, and who has since been crowned a Lord High Bannister Earl of The Court Order for the Empire (by Queen Elizabeth himself). So now we call him Sir Paul McCartney.
“The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.The revolution will not make you look five pounds thinner,Because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.”Gil Scott-Heron has died at age 62. The news came out today via a tweet from his publisher, Jamie Byng. No cause of death was announced.
Both heard voices.In Joan of Arc’s case it was the voice of God, telling her to save France from English domination. In Peter Tork’s case, the voice told him to get out of Greenwich Village:
Richard Melville Hall released the album Play in 1999. He sold millions of records, and there for a while it seemed like you couldn’t avoid hearing snatches of that record. The album made his stage name, Moby — a household word.
Yesterday on a walk through downtown Portland, Oregon I came upon this poster for an upcoming music show:
Today would have been the birthday of Dusty Springfield, who died in 1999 at the age of 59. The singer’s real name was Mary O’Brien. Here she is singing her biggest hit, “Son of a Preacher Man.”
Check out those groovy hand motions.
Yesterday was the anniversary of the discovery of Kurt Cobain’s body, in 1994. He’d been dead a few days, due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound (they say).
Kurt Cobain and Nirvana were at the height of rock and roll success at the time. Then Kurt was dead and we were left with his grievous widow, Courtney Love, some poorly-recorded live performances and an eternity of the Cult of Kurt Cobain.
Today is the 69th birthday of pop and soul singer Aretha Franklin.
Legendary producer Quincy Jones on recording with Michael Jackson:Q: …I was just watching a clip on YouTube where you’re sitting on a couch with Michael and he’s petting a snake the whole time.A: Oh, I remember that. Yeah, that was Muscles.Q: Muscles?