Video of the Week: Ian Anderson 1982 Interview with David Letterman

Ian Anderson, who just celebrated his 70th birthday, gives a candid, revealing and humorous interview with talk host David Letterman in 1982.

Video of the Week: Interview with Alice Cooper on Late Musician Glen Campbell

Video of the Week: Glen Campbell–A Better Place

With no more income from album sales, a 69-year-old rock legend has to go back on tour

(via Quartz) by Amy X. Wang

For musicians, it’s the best of times and it’s the worst of times. Streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify are booming, helping the long-suffering music industry grow for the first time in decades.

But these new services make very little money for artists, with ephemeral streams paying out only a fraction of the revenue of actual album sales and downloads. Beyoncé, the highest-paid artist of last year, made the bulk of her money from a world tour. So did Guns N’ Roses, the second name on that list, and that band hasn’t even released a new album in a decade.

Another sign of the times is Donald Fagen, the 69-year-old cofounder of rock band Steely Dan, who has just announced a new tour in the US and Japan with an entirely new backup band called the Nightflyers. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal (paywall), Fagen’s explanation for the new tour was decisively blunt

Read more: https://qz.com/1041397/steely-dans-donald-fagen-is-back-on-tour-the-result-of-nobody-buying-music-albums-anymore/

Songs You May Have Missed #616

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: “Find Yourself” (2017)

Self-described “cowboy hippie surf rocker” Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real have frequently opened for Lukas’ father Willie Nelson, and Lukas follows his own live set by playing in dad’s band.

Here he duets with none other than Lady Gaga on the roots rocker “Find Yourself”, with Gaga channeling Bonnie Raitt to deliver exactly the type of muscular performance the song requires.

On a personal note, this song, like others I’ve posted here, came to me at the exact moment–literally the very hour–when its message was most pertinent in my life:

I know the love that I deserve

I hope you find yourself before I find somebody else to be my lover

The Ridiculous Idea Behind Elton John’s Best Album

(via Music Aficionado) by Jim Farber

Here’s the unlikely story of how Elton John came to create ‘Tumbleweed’ and why—Jim Farber argues—it ended up being the best album of his career.

The best album of Elton John’s entire career is based on a ridiculous notion. On , he and co-writer Bernie Taupin, tried to capture the grit and violence of the American West: to nail, in words and music, the outlaw spirit of the U.S. in the 1800s. In other words, they tried to be The Band.

One problem: Neither Elton nor Bernie had ever set foot on U.S. soil when they created their masterwork. More, they had just come off recording an album, () whose twee harpsichords and austere cellos couldn’t have sounded more European.

Here’s the unlikely story of how Elton John came to create ‘Tumbleweed’ and why—against all odds—it ended up being the best album of his career…

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History Of Rock Written By The Losers

(via The Onion)

BOSTON—Fifty years after its inception, rock ‘n’ roll music remains popular due to the ardor of its fans and the hard work of musicians, producers, and concert promoters. But in the vast universe of popular music, there exists an oft-overlooked group of dedicated individuals who devote their ample free time to collecting, debating, and publishing the minutiae of the rock genre. They are the losers who write rock’s rich and storied history.

“The city of Boston is about more than just Mission Of Burma or Galaxie 500, and it’s certainly about more than Boston or The Cars,” said 28-year-old Dana Harris, a rock historian. “The scene in Boston is full of history, but it’s also vibrant right now. Someone needs to record all the amazing things going on here, even if it means that person will never have a social life.”

Read more: http://www.theonion.com/article/history-of-rock-written-by-the-losers-736?utm_content=Main&utm_campaign=SF&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMarketing

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