The Mamas and the Papas: A Look Behind the Curtains

Michelle Phillips, John Phillips, Mama Cass, and Denny Doherty. Photo by Globe Photos / Mediapunch / Shutterstock

(via musicoholics) By Alva Yaffe

The folk-rock classic group, The Mamas & the Papas, provided a delightful soundtrack to the decade of the 1960s with their catchy tunes “California Dreamin’” and “Monday, Monday.” John Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Denny Doherty, and Cass Elliot hit their peak of fame in the ’60s and ultimately helped to define the music scene of American counterculture during that time.

Although they reached major success during their career together, life behind the scenes wasn’t always smooth sailing. The seemingly “groovy” era of free love and the sea of drugs that came with it took a toll on the band, both as a unit and individually. The drama that occurred during the mere five years of working together was enough to last a lifetime. With all the affairs, parties, drug abuse, break-ups and reunions, the drama had lasting effects that are still felt to this day. Even Frank Sinatra used his Mafia connections to send one of the members a special “warning.”

See what really happened with this bizarre yet talented group, whose music is undeniably worth listening to…

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How Eddie Van Halen’s Uncredited Guitar Solo on Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ Came to Be

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(via ET) By Meredith B. Kile‍

Following Eddie Van Halen’s death on Tuesday from a lengthy battle with cancer, the late rocker’s friends and fellow musicians took to social media to remember the legendary musician and Van Halen founder.

Van Halen, who founded his iconic eponymous rock group with brother Alex in 1972, is widely regarded as one of the most talented guitarists in rock history and was a consistent presence in the group through several hiatuses and lineup shifts.

However, something casual fans might not know is that one of Van Halen’s most memorable contributions to music history didn’t have his name on it at all. The guitarist played an unpaid, initially uncredited solo on one of the biggest pop songs of all time: Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”

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Video of the Week: Leonid & Friends–The Story So Far

How the Loss of Justice Ginsburg Impacts Music Creators

(via Advocacy)

As the music world mourns the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of its biggest copyright champions, it also looks to the short-term and long-term battles ahead

On Sept. 18, the music community lost a huge advocate in Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Aside from her years of work as a trailblazer for equality and nearly three decades on the Supreme Court of the United States, RBG was known as a pro-copyright jurist who routinely found herself aligned with music creators…

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Video of the Week: (I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long – Leonid & Friends

Video of the Week: Barry Gibb–The Last Bee Gee

Songs You May Have Missed #669

BØRNS: “10,000 Emerald Pools” (2015)

Originally featured on his 2014 four-song EP, then anchoring his full-length debut Dopamine a year later, the psychedelically sweet “10,000 Emerald Pools” helped propel singer-songwriter and Michigan native Garrett Borns onto US rock and alternative charts.

While fans of MGMT and Lana Del Rey will probably take to the trippy, falsetto-driven psych pop sound, those old enough to know who T. Rex is might hear enough glam touches to pique interest too.

That said, an appreciation of melodic pop wrapped in glittery production is your only pre-qualification to take this musical plunge.

Rush’s Geddy Lee Appears as Cardboard Cutout at Blue Jays Game

(via Ultimate Classic Rock)

Geddy Lee was recently spotted at Toronto Blue Jays home games. The Rush frontman is among the cardboard cutouts found in the stands at baseball games these days. The coronavirus pandemic has kept people from attending sporting events in person, so many teams have placed cutouts of fans in the stadium’s seats…

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Songs You May Have Missed #668

Deep Purple: “Anthem” (1968)

From their 1968 sophomore LP The Book of Taliesyn. On later albums Ritchie Blackmore and company would certainly rock harder. But they were arguably most interesting in their progressive rock infancy, as this track attests.

To any fan of classic-era Moody Blues, this one will sound like musical comfort food.

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