The Coming Death of Just About Every Rock Legend

(via The Week) by Damon Linker August 31, 2019

Rock music isn’t dead, but it’s barely hanging on.

This is true in at least two senses.

Though popular music sales in general have plummeted since their peak around the turn of the millennium, certain genres continue to generate commercial excitement: pop, rap, hip-hop, country. But rock — amplified and often distorted electric guitars, bass, drums, melodic if frequently abrasive lead vocals, with songs usually penned exclusively by the members of the band — barely registers on the charts. There are still important rock musicians making music in a range of styles — Canada’s Big Wreck excels at sophisticated progressive hard rock, for example, while the more subdued American band Dawes artfully expands on the soulful songwriting that thrived in California during the 1970s. But these groups often toil in relative obscurity, selling a few thousand records at a time, performing to modest-sized crowds in clubs and theaters…

Read more: https://theweek.com/articles/861750/coming-death-just-about-every-rock-legend

Baby Hold On: Why Eddie Money Was the Patron Saint of Rock Uncool

CIRCA 1985: Eddie Money poses for a portrait circa 1985. (Photo by Richard McCaffrey/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

(via Rolling Stone) by David Browne

As he himself would have admitted, Eddie Money was no one’s idea of a conventional rock star. His stage moves were always a little gawky and spasmodic, his borderline hoarse voice in need of a lozenge or two. Emerging during the punk era though never part of it, he preferred the stadium-friendly shout-along choruses of mainstream rock and adopted the suit-and-tie New Wave look while keeping his hair unfashionably long. He was even an NYPD cop — a career move that, while utterly honorable, didn’t jibe with the traditional, anti-establishment rock & roll handbook...

Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/eddie-money-appreciation-884179/

 

The Muse Behind the Music: Meet the People Who Inspired Some of the Best Songs in History

Sometimes we are so moved by our favorite songs that we feel as though the lyrics were written especially for us. Unfortunately, in reality, you are one of a million that feels that way. But that is what makes a good song; when audiences across the world deeply identify with its message. This notion raises the question; how were some of the most successful musicians able to write songs so relatable and meaningful? What happened in their own lives that pulled on their heartstrings and inspired them to write those poetic lyrics that so deeply speak to the masses.

As you may have guessed, most of these songs do actually have real life backstories, and many times the inspiration behind the lyrics are people that have somehow influenced the artist’s lives. These people might be old girlfriends, personal heroes, or random chance encounters. Here are the inspirations behind some of the most beautiful songs today. You might just recognize some of these names…

Read more: https://populareverything.com/the-muse-behind-the-music-meet-the-people-who-inspired-the-best-songs-in-history/?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=pix&utm_campaign=songinspration_A2_ZS&fbclid=IwAR2JllsPgn8I9uD2PFFhUeaCY29x2XD9xm4E2bi2f5JLJfN6dNIeOdU0tX4

 

Quora: What Beatles song do you think was the pinnacle of their career and why?

(via Quora) Written by Mark Anater

For most bands this is an easy question. It’s their first hit, or their biggest hit, the one that gets the most airplay on radio or the most downloads. If you know that song, you pretty well know the band. For the Rolling Stones it’s Satisfaction. For the Who it’s My Generation. For Led Zeppelin it’s Stairway to Heaven.

But for the Beatles it’s not so easy. Maybe it’s I Want to Hold Your Hand, which started Beatlemania in the US and most of the rest of the world. Maybe it’s Yesterday, the first indication that they had larger artistic ambitions. Maybe it’s Strawberry Fields Forever, startlingly innovative and a huge departure from their previous sound…

Read more: https://www.quora.com/What-Beatles-song-do-you-think-was-the-pinnacle-of-their-career-and-why

 

The Other ’69 Music Festival

Procol Harum at the Atlantic City Pop Festival in August 1969. PeterStupar.com

By Jonathan Takiff FOR THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

ifty years ago this August, tens of thousands flocked to a makeshift concert site for three days of peace, love, and their new music. Uh-oh, is this another story about the Woodstock Art and Music Festival turning 50?

Not really.

We’re talking about the Atlantic City Pop Festival, a smaller but significant gathering of the hippie tribes at the Atlantic City Race Track in Mays Landing, N.J., held Aug. 1-3, 1969. An event that predated that infamous Upstate New York festival by two weeks and arguably influenced how the latter would come to pass and be remembered.

But A.C. Pop is rarely noted in the same breath as Woodstock…

Read more: https://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/PhiladelphiaInquirerNJ/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=PHQN%2F2019%2F07%2F28&entity=Ar06900&sk=C0B586C7&mode=text#

 

2008 Universal Studios fire destroyed up to 500,000 original master recordings, according to magazine report


(Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times)

(via Los Angeles Daily News Business) by City News Service

SANTA MONICA — The Universal Music Group is pushing back on a New York Times Magazine report that, contrary to official statements made more than a decade ago, a 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood destroyed a staggering number of original master recordings stored there.

The devastation, which company executives downplayed or dismissed outright after the fire was extinguished 11 years ago this month, is breathtaking in scope, amounting to what the new report describes as “the biggest disaster in the history of the music industry.”

Read more: https://www.dailynews.com/2019/06/12/2008-universal-studios-fire-destroyed-up-to-500000-original-master-recordings-according-to-magazine-report/

(AP Photo/Ric Francis, file)

Quora: Was Bob Dylan jealous of the mass appeal of the Beatles? (Part 2)

(via Quora) Written by Tony Sienzent

While I agree that Dylan was a restless artist following his own muse, there is no denying that he was totally captivated by The Beatles breakthrough hits in America, listening attentively to “I Want To Hold Your Hand” & “She Loves You (Yeah Yeah Yeah).”

Even though most of his purist folkie friends at Gerde’s Folk City club & The Gaslight & similar locations held their noses at this seemingly meaningless teenie-pop, with the exception of Roger McGuinn who went on to form the ‘American Beatles’ band The Byrds, Dylan privately said that The Beatles harmonies were outrageous & their chords made it all valid. He was very attentive & interested in the Beatlemania phenomena & resisted meeting them until Time Magazine gave him a cover, as they did The Beatles previously, so he would be accepted as an equal (and/or better)…

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