Saturday, December 15, 2012

VIDEO: 9:Las Vegas Tango Part One 1/2 by Soft Machine

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This is great - the early days of prog rock with Soft Machine? What do you think?

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Friday, December 14, 2012

VIDEO: The Beatles: The Long and Winding Road

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Time for another classic - but this time a remastered version. Enjoy!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

TRIBUTE: John Lennon: Watching The Wheels - Dec. 8: John Lennon Shot, Killed 1980

John Lennon
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Dec. 8: John Lennon Shot, Killed 1980

1980 John Lennon Killed

The Beatles‘ musician John Lennon was shot and killed outside of his New York City apartment on the night of Dec. 8, 1980. Lennon and wife Yoko Ono were returning from the recording studio to their home at The Dakota when 25-year-old crazed fan Mark David Chapman shot him at close range.

Earlier in the day Chapman had been hanging around The Dakota with other fans and asked Lennon for an autograph.

When The Beatles broke up in 1970, John Lennon focused on humanitarian and social activism. After the 1975 birth of his son Sean, John Lennon retreated from public eye to concentrate on his family. John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1980 “Double-Fantasy” album was planned to be his comeback in the music scene. Lennon was murdered just weeks after “Double-Fantasy” was released.

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2000 Mark David Chapman Interview
Twenty years after Lennon’s death, Barbara Walters revisited her 1992 interview with Mark David Chapman. This was the killer’s first televised interview.

Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life for killing Lennon and is serving his time at New York’s Attica Prison. He is one of the many infamous killers said to have carried a copy of J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” with him.

When Barbara Walters asked why he did it, Chapman replied with a straight face, “I thought by killing him, I would acquire his fame.”
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Beatles Continue To Revolutionize Music

Publicity photo of the Beatles with producer G...
Publicity photo of the Beatles with producer George Martin in the studio at Abbey Road. Only John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney are pictured (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by Al A' Din

Each decade there comes radical changes in popular culture that define generations. The 70's saw Disco, the 80's saw the rise of hard rock and the 90's saw Grunge.

In the 60's there was one band that defined the music of that decade.

The Beatles took the budding genre of Rock'n'Roll and turned it on it's head, introducing the world to a fresh new sound that saw an evolution throughout their career.

They introduced a new live sound to the pop-rock genre and developed some of the earliest known prog-rock sounds, which saw them create something new and exciting that really drew people to their music.

The band began at a school in London when a young musician by the name of John Lennon was looking to start a music group. Lennon quickly became friends with a young Paul McCartney and the two began to play music together.

A little while later a friend of Lennon's, George Harrison was invited to some watch the group perform a gig. Eventually Harrison auditioned to play lead guitar. After a lot of consideration he joined the group in 1959. As they got booked to play more and more they realized that they were without a steady drummer.

A few of Lennon's art school friends would sit in from time to time, but eventually they brought in a young man by the name of Ringo Starr. The band recorded their first demo together in 1962 at Abby Road Studios in London. 'Love Me Do', 'Please Please Me' were among the first tracks recorded and they eventually became two of the most popular songs of the Beatlemania era.

After residencies in Hamburg and a growing popularity in London it was time for the Beatles to take their act across the pond to the United States. With some of their music having already made it over to the States, it was only a matter of time before their popularity took off.

When they arrived pandemonium is not even an appropriate word to describe the scene. Thousands of fans arrived at the airport along with them and Beatlemania officially began. The next night they made their first nationally televised appearance in front of over 70 million people. The Beatles had arrived in a very, very big way.

From the moment they arrived The Beatles began to change the face of rock music. As their career progressed so did their musical styles, lyrical content and personalities. They evolved a genre over the course of an entire decade.

Pop songs, love songs, progressive rock style instrumentation were all represented. Album after album, hit after hit they built a legacy that has stood the test of time. It was as if they created their own musical revolution that moved millions of people.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

NEWS: Jimi Hendrix’s Favorite Guitar Auctioned in London

The Cry of Love
The Cry of Love (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by Henne Music:

Jimi Hendrix’s favorite guitar was auctioned in London Tuesday, on what would have been the music icon’s 70th birthday.

The Daily Mail reports Jimi’s black Fender Stratocaster - famously played at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967 - sold at auction for £205,000 pounds, but with all the fees added on the overall price paid for it was £237,000 (approx $380,000 US).

Hendrix made headlines at Monterey when he performed a wild, 9-song set that concluded with Jimi setting his guitar on fire during the finale of “Wild Thing.”

Jimi played the black Strat for the first 8 songs in the show, but it was so good that he couldn't bring himself to burn it. Instead, he switched it for a lesser model for the final song, which he doused in lighter fluid to mark the end of his set.

The Strat was later given to his record company Anim Limited, where it fell into the hands of James ‘Tappy’ Wright, a manager at the firm.

Mr Wright, 69, from Newcastle, decided to sell it to help fund his retirement in Florida.

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