Thursday, September 15, 2011

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Bonhams sells late Richard Hamilton's '$31,653' Rolling Stones drug bust art

His iconic work 'Release' shows singer Mick Jagger and Hamilton's art dealer handcuffed together...

One of the iconic images of the Swinging Sixties by the artist Richard Hamilton, who died yesterday, is for sale at Bonhams Print Sale in London on November 29.

'Release' shows Mick Jagger and Hamilton's art dealer Robert Fraser handcuffed together in the back of a police car shielding their faces from photographers after being arrested for possession of drugs in 1967.

The arrest followed a raid earlier in the year on a notorious party at 'Redlands', the house of Keith Richards.

Jagger was sentenced to three months imprisonment for possession of 4 amphetamine tablets. This prompted a famous editorial in 'The Times' under the title, "Who Breaks a Butterfly Upon a Wheel?' protesting at the harshness of the sentence.

The sentence was subsequently reduced to a conditional discharge on appeal.

Mick Jagger and Hamilton's art dealer Robert Fraser, painted by Hamilton

The print, which was executed in 1972, is based on a photograph of the two men taken at the time. It was produced to benefit an organisation called Release which helped people who had run into trouble with the police.

It will auction estimated at £15,000-20,000 ($31,653).

The unfortunate death of an artist always increases interest in their works - and this piece will undoubtedly benefit from collectors' desires to preserve Richard Hamilton's legacy.

But that's not all... The piece will also benefit from representing a famous and controversial episode from the Rolling Stones' career.

You don't need to be a musicologist to know that the Stones are near the very top of the rock pantheon.

Not surprisingly, their legend has resulted in much activity on the auction markets. Rolling Stones signed photographs have grown in value by 498% over the last 10 years (according to the industry's PFC40 Autograph Index).

This rare EP cover signed by all five original Rolling Stones band members is presently for sale on the markets.  Consequently, Rolling Stones group autographs  like the above pictured example for sale - are among the most coveted collectible items on the markets.

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found this interesting, love her or hate her, yoko has kept lennon's legacy alive and well:

A Conversation With Yoko Ono

The artist and activist talks with Patch about music, art and an exhibit of John Lennon's art that's coming to Princeton.

By Anthony Stoeckert

When asked if John Lennon scheduled time to work on his drawings and artwork, Yoko Ono is quick to say no.

“He was not a scheduled person,” Ono says. Rather than specifying a time to draw, the music legend would start creating whenever he felt like it, she says.

“It was great that he had this talent of doing artwork because when we were in a conference with all the lawyers, and maybe 20 lawyers together, it’s so boring,” she says. “And he would just start to do drawing. He would never sort of waste any time, he was like that.”

Drawings, sketches and poetry by Lennon will be on view in “Gimme Some Truth — The Artwork of John Lennon,” at Palmer Square in Princeton, Sept. 16-18.

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not impressed with this album cover at all, kind of bland:

ANIMALS AS LEADERS: 'Weightless' Cover Art Unveiled

Progressive instrumentalists ANIMALS AS LEADERS will release their second full-length album, "Weightless", in North America on November 8, in mainland Europe on November 4 and in the U.K. on November 7 via Prosthetic Records. The CD was produced by drummer Navene Koperweis and his bandmates, and was mixed by guitarist Javier Reyes. The album marks the recording debut of Koperweis and Reyes with ANIMALS AS LEADERS.


01. An Infinite Regression
02. Odessa
03. Somnarium
04. Earth Departure
05. Isolated Incidents
06. Do Not Go Gently
07. New Eden
08. Cylindrical Sea
09. Espera
10. To Lead You To An Overwhelming Question
11. Weightless
12. David

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good reading:

SLASH Talks About Making Of GUNS N' ROSES' 'Use Your Illusion' Albums

Legendary guitarist Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) spoke to about the 20th anniversary of GUNS N' ROSES' "Use Your Illusion" albums.

"I don't know which one I prefer," he said. "I haven't listened to the 'Use Your Illusion' albums for so long, I don't even know what's on each. I know people like the blue one over the red one… Or maybe it's the other way around."

"I was just totally obsessed with the creation of the 'Illusion' records and when I got into that studio, I was completely absorbed with everything to do with them, all the time. Because it had been so long.

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nice review of a lovely album!

Sound Off | Marling’s latest full of smooth acoustics

By Gabriel Dunsmith Guest Columnist

On her junior release, British singer-songwriter Laura Marling explores new styles of music and shows a dark side of her that few have seen. Even the album artwork for A Creature I Don't Know is punctuated by shadow: Overtly sexual and raw, it reflects many of the songs on the album. "The album is all about tugging and churning with goodness and darkness," the singer said. Musically and emotionally, Creature reveals a vulnerable part of Marling to the world.

Many of Marling's songs feature just her voice and the guitar at her side. "Dad had taken the time to teach me guitar," she said about learning music in her childhood. "[He] gave me a real passion for guitar that I didn't quite realize until I got out into the big wide world."

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here's more info on the rolling stone's reissue i posted yesterday:

Rolling Stones Some Girls Deluxe Reissue

Press Release:

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14, 2011 -- Universal Music Group and The Rolling Stones are pleased to announce the release on November 21, 2011 of the re-mastered, expanded, Super-Deluxe, Deluxe and Digital editions of Some Girls, the groundbreaking album which introduced the music of the Rolling Stones to a whole new generation of fans.

Justly considered one of the finest works by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Ronnie Wood, Some Girls topped the US charts over three decades ago and remains the best selling album of their storied career. This new package will include some undiscovered gems that include tracks that have recently been unearthed from the Rolling Stones vaults by producer Don Was. Further details of the tracks will be unveiled at a later date.

Some Girls is the Rolling Stones' most direct and diverse collection of material, from Mick Jagger's irresistible falsetto on the four-on-the-floor filler Miss You, their eighth US number one, to the country-flavoured Far Away Eyes via the Chuck Berry meets punk snarl of Respectable. And let's not forget the sensuous, Beast Of Burden, one of Keith Richards' finest tunes, which reached number 8 on the US singles chart, the garage rock of Shattered, the album's third US Top 40 entry, and the soulful swagger of the group's version of The Temptations' Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me), another timeless offering in their canon of classic Stones Motown covers.

Following the critical praise and commercial success afforded the re-mastered, expanded editions of Exile On Main Street, which matched the chart performance of the epochal 1972 album, and returned the Rolling Stones to their rightful place at the top of the British charts in 2010, the extensive reissue of Some Girls constitutes the next step in the band's ongoing relationship with Universal Music Group. This started in April 2008 with Shine A Light, the soundtrack from the stunning concert film directed by Martin Scorsese, and has encompassed the reissues of the Rolling Stones re-mastered, post-1971 studio albums, several live albums and classic compilations, and the exhaustive box-set Singles 1971-2006 earlier this year.

Some Girls holds a special place in the history of the Rolling Stones and demonstrates why they remain one of the most thrilling and influential bands of all time. The 1978 album features a Keith Richards' classic Before They Make Me Run, a signature song he stills performs defiantly to this day. Some Girls documented Mick Jagger's love of 70's funk reflected in Miss You, the dance track that wrongfooted many people, made the club and black charts, and made it okay for other mainstream acts at the time to 'go disco'.

The 1978 album courted controversy because of Jagger's tongue-in-cheek lyrics on the title track, on Miss You and on Respectable, perceived as a retort to the punk and new wave groups who had borrowed so much attitude and copped so many anti-establishment moves from the Rolling Stones. Ironically, the furore around the elaborate Some Girls package, designed by Peter Corriston and featuring the band members in drag – a nod in the direction of the picture on their 1966 single Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? – and likenesses of Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Raquel Welch, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe that hadn't been legally cleared, necessitating a swift withdrawal and rethink.

Some Girls demonstrated the distinctive and definitive riffing from Keith Richards, with its abundance of unstoppable licks and majestic power chords driving the band into its brand new musical direction. This album not only defined him and his playing, but also defined a new era for the Rolling Stones, which Richards since described as a 'sense of renewal'. Some Girls marks the only other time since recording Satisfaction where Richards used an effects pedal to 'elevate' the sound.

The album cemented the position of guitarist Ronnie Wood, who had joined in 1975, and added his trademark slide and pedal steel playing to several of the album's most memorable tracks, including When The Whip Comes Down and Shattered. He also co-wrote the Shattered B-side Everything Is Turning To Gold. Some Girls also marked a move to the Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris for the Glimmer Twins production team of Jagger and Richards. These factors helped what is arguably the group's most focused and dynamic album, driven by the sans pareil rhythm section of drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman. Some Girls featured fewer guest musicians than any Rolling Stones albums since 1971, but the contributions keyboard-player Ian McLagan, Wood's bandmate in The Faces, saxophone-player Mel Collins, and harmonica-player Sugar Blue – discovered busking on the Paris metro – made Miss You in particular sound brighter than ever.

Amongst many eagerly-awaited extras, the Super-Deluxe edition of Some Girls will include a stunning, previously unseen Helmut Newton photo session from 1978, an essay by esteemed author and journalist Anthony DeCurtis putting the album in its cultural context, a 7" single of Beast Of Burden/When The Whip Comes Down in its banned sleeve.

Thirty-three years on from its original release, the re-mastered, expanded, Super-Deluxe, Deluxe and Digital editions of Some Girls show why the 1978 album has often been hailed as the equal of Exile On Main Street. Some Girls is both a time capsule and a timeless listen. It features the band at their tightest and toughest, at their most vibrant and vital. It's an all-killer, no-filler, must-have album. It still packs a punch.

SOME GIRLS - now bigger, brighter and better than ever.


Legacy Recordings and Kickstart Holiday Gift Giving With the New Lineup of the Complete Albums Collections


PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is giving music fans early inspiration for the holiday shopping season this year, announcing a great assortment of iconic jazz, pop, rock, blues and soul artists to be showcased in the next round of The Complete Albums Collections, a new product line for serious listeners offering new releases throughout the year available exclusively through Newly designed box sets containing the original album catalogs of Sony Music Artists have been created especially for The Complete Albums Collections line and will be available starting September 13, just in time for the 2011 holiday season. The diverse lineup of artists being featured includes: ELO, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, Nina Simone, Paul Desmond, Billie Holiday, Judas Priest, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Harry Nilsson, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report and Taj Mahal.

Each of the sets offers music fans and collectors the chance to own complete official discographies of classic albums on CD (with many out of print and rare titles finally available). Individual discs come sleeved in 5x5 mini-jacket reproductions of the original album cover art alongside a stand-alone booklet with discographic information and photos, all housed in a beautifully packaged clamshell box. The Complete Albums Collections will showcase a diverse selection of iconic artists each month, offering fans and collectors a rare opportunity to own complete classic discographies on CD (with bonus tracks and rarities).

The Complete Albums Collections are available exclusively on, the first online daily deals site created for music fans by Sony Music Entertainment. PopMarket offers the hottest daily deals on premium music, rare collectible albums, boxed sets and memorabilia. Free membership gives music fans unprecedented access to hot deals on the coolest music.

SEPTEMBER 13 - ELO — The Classic Albums Collection $79.99

England's Electric Light Orchestra, better known to its fans as ELO, went from cult status to arena-level superstardom in the 1970s, evolving from eclectic classically-influenced prog-rockers to state-of-the-art hitmakers. At the peak of their popularity, they were one of the world's biggest-selling recording acts, and also one of the most unusual. Combining rock instrumentation with a full string section, ELO couldn't help but stand out, both musically and visually. Each album features rare bonus tracks, including numerous alternate versions and unreleased tracks, and includes such enduring ELO hits as "Can't Get It Out of My Head," "Evil Woman," "Telephone Line," "Livin' Thing," "Sweet Talkin' Woman," "Mr. Blue Sky," "Don't Bring Me Down" and "Hold on Tight."

SEPTEMBER 13 - EARTH, WIND & FIRE — The Columbia Masters (15 CDs) $119.99

15 newly mastered CD encompassing their astonishing recording career on Columbia Records plus a bonus disc of rarities, instrumentals and unreleased tracks supervised by EW&F's founder and spiritual guide Maurice White. Earth, Wind & Fire's horn-powered hit machine represents the best in pop melodies, harmonizing voices, funky syncopation and rhythms of the world. The set includes: 15 of the band's classic albums, newly mastered for superior sound, original LP jackets, meticulously reproduced, a 40-page booklet with photos and commentary by Maurice White. The Columbia Masters also features a newly compiled bonus disk with two unreleased tracks from the Touch the World sessions, two scintillating live performances ("Getaway" and "In the Stone") recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 1980 and rare instrumental versions of "Let's Groove" and "Boogie Wonderland" (with The Emotions).

SEPTEMBER 13 - The Complete Dexter Gordon Columbia Albums Collection (7 CDs) $55.99

"There are no second acts in American lives" wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, a man who never would have put those words to paper had he lived to see Dexter Gordon's triumphant late career revival. Actually, the great tenor saxophonist had a number of "second acts" during his lifetime. Yet the late 1980's flourish that found Gordon (1923-1990) an international star and an Oscar nominee could hardly be topped for a dramatic finale. With a remarkable career spanning over five decades, Gordon may have come of age in the Swing Era, but he made his mark during the subsequent rise of bebop, translating Charlie Parker's revolutionary rhythmic and harmonic language to the tenor saxophone. In 1976, Gordon was signed by Columbia Records following several years in Europe, who documented him on the celebratory Homecoming: Live At The Village Vanguard. Gordon's ultra hip manner and regal bearing made him a natural for films, and in 1986, he starred in Round Midnight in a role loosely based on both Bud Powell and Lester Young, ultimately garnering a deserving Academy Award nomination.

SEPTEMBER 13 - The Complete Woody Shaw Columbia Albums Collection (6 CDs) $55.99

Encountering the name Woody Shaw (1944-1989) in print or conversation, it's not uncommon for a phrase much like " the last original trumpet voice" to follow. For Shaw was just such a player: a daring horn stylist with an utterly personal and technically advanced approach that has yet to be matched since his untimely death. After a memorable stint with the hard bop maestro, Horace Silver, Shaw leaped head first towards the post bop firmament, collaborating with such visionary player/composers as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, and Larry Young. On such landmark Columbia albums as Woody lll and For Sure! -- projects that represented a career peak for Shaw in terms of both personal creativity and commercial exposure -- his impressive compositions and arranging skills for expanded ensembles are brought to the fore. Let Miles Davis have the last word about Shaw: "Now there's a great trumpet player. He can play different from all of them."

SEPTEMBER 22- The Complete Nina Simone RCA Albums Collection (9 CDs) $71.99

As unclassifiable as she was forthright, Nina Simone (1933-2003) went her own way; it was up to her devoted audience to keep pace with her stylistic wanderings. Defiantly outspoken and willfully eclectic in her music, Simone electrified listeners with artfully intense performances.

SEPTEMBER 27 - The Complete Paul Desmond RCA Albums Collection (6 CDS) $55.99

For the bulk of the 1950s and 60's, Paul Desmond had one of the sweetest gigs in jazz history. As the featured alto saxophonist in the Dave Brubeck quartet, Desmond was a central figure in the most commercially successful jazz ensemble of the time. The sole horn in the group, Desmond attracted considerable critical and public acclaim for his supremely lyrical, sublimely melodic playing. His dulcet phrases couched in what he himself dubbed a "dry martini" tone, Desmond's alto was a defining sound of the era.

NOVEMBER 22 - The Complete Weather Report / The Jaco Years Columbia Albums Collection (6 CDs) $55.99

Rarely has an individual player so radically transformed an already established band as Jaco Pastorius (1951-1987) did upon joining Weather Report in 1976. Not only did the electric bassist set a new direction for the band, leading it to unprecedented commercial success, he also rewrote the rules for his instrument. His work with Weather Report is among the very finest of his truncated career. It may be a long while before we encounter the likes of a musical unit such as Weather Report, or an audaciously brilliant player akin to Pastorius, again.

NOVEMBER 22- The Complete Original Mahavishnu Orchestra Columbia Albums Collection (5 CDs)$44.99

The Mahavishnu Orchestra, in its original incarnation, lasted just four years, but in that brief time, the pioneering quintet set both the template and the high-water mark for fusion music. No band ever rocked as hard in a jazzy place as guitarist John McLaughlin's charging ensemble.

SOURCE Legacy Recordings


VH1 Classic Presents the World Premiere of "Nirvana: Live At The Paramount" Friday, September 23 at 11 PM ET/PT

The Historic, First-Time-Televised Concert Will Simulcast On VH1 Classic, VH1 And Palladia

PRNewswire/ -- Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's genre-defining second album Nevermind, VH1 Classic will televise a special, never-before-seen concert "Nirvana: Live At The Paramount" Friday, September 23 at 11 PM ET/PT. The 60-minute, hometown concert will also be simulcast on VH1 and Palladia, MTV Networks' high-definition music channel.

Shot at Seattle's Paramount Theater on Halloween night in 1991, the historic and riveting concert will remind viewers how one band changed the music scene with an inspirational bounty of seminal songs including their 90's anthem "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Launching the 11 song set with a brilliant cover of the Vaselines' "Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam," the band tears through Nevermind hits including "Lithium" and "Breed," plus other favorites including "Aneurysm," "Polly," "Sliver," "On A Plain," Blew," "Territorial Pissings" and "Endless, Nameless."

Twenty years since Nirvana's groundbreaking 1991 album Nevermind was released, VH1 Classic is celebrating and honoring the punk trio Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl on Friday, September 23 at 11 pm ET/PT. Tune in to VH1 Classic for a front row seat to "Nirvana: Live At The Paramount" and witness how an alt-rock trio from Seattle became one of the most renowned rock bands in history. To learn more about Nirvana please visit their official Web site at

About VH1 Classic:

Launched in May 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that presents videos, concerts and music specials all day long, featuring the best of rock, soul and pop artists from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston, Madonna, and U2. Learn more at

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and in music history for september 15th:

In 1956, Elvis Presley was presented with a Gold record for "Don't Be Cruel", which has just taken over from "Hound Dog" as the best selling single in the US. When the song was recorded on July 2nd, Elvis, along with Scotty Moore, Bill Black, D.J. Fontana and The Jordanaires ran through 28 takes of "Don't Be Cruel" before he was satisfied.

In 1961, a group from Hawthorne, California, called The Pendletones attend their first real recording session at Hite Morgan's studio in Los Angeles. The band recorded “Surfin’,” a song that would help shape their career as The Beach Boys.

In 1962, the Four Seasons had their first number 1 hit when "Sherry" reached the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Best Sellers list. The song was originally titled "Terry", but after considering other names, including "Jackie", after Jackie Kennedy, the group changed the lyrics to "Sherry" after Cheri Spector, the daughter of one of Bob Crewe's best friends. Over their career the Seasons would add three more chart toppers, "Rag Doll", "Walk Like a Man" and "Big Girls Don't Cry" to their list of eleven Top 10 hits.

In 1962, the Beatles were called "a nothing group" after an interview with Peter Jones of the "London Daily Mirror." DUH!

Also in 1962, a Chinese newspaper reports what it calls "ugly displays", as teens have been seen dancing the twist in Maoming Cultural Park

In 1964, the Beatles were ordered off the stage at Cleveland's Public auditorium so the screaming crowd could calm down.

In 1965, the Ford Motor Company becomes the first auto maker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles. Tapes were initially only available at auto parts stores, as home 8-track equipment was still a year away.

In 1968, NBC-TV aired a new music program called Soul, a completely Black production both in front of and behind the cameras. Featured guests were Lou Rawls and Martha And The Vandellas.

In 1969, Ed Sullivan released his first and only Rock 'n' Roll record, "The Sulli-Gulli", credited to The Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra. The single failed to crack the Billboard Top 40.

In 1969, Deep Purple performed "Concerto for Rock Band and Orchestra" with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London's Royal Albert Hall.

In 1970, US Vice-President Spiro Agnew says the youth of America are being "brainwashed into a drug culture" by Rock music, movies, books and underground newspapers.

In 1973, Helen Reddy reached the top spot on the Billboard Pop chart for the second time with "Delta Dawn". Her recording beat out a rendition by Bette Midler that was released at the same time and an earlier version by country singer Tanya Tucker, who took the song to number 72.

In 1974, Gary Thain (Uriah Heep) was nearly electrocuted on stage during a show in Dallas. He survives, but says that the other band members didn't show enough concern over the accident and leaves the group soon after.

'Love You Live' was released by the Rolling Stones in 1977.

In 1979, Bob Dylan released the album 'Slow Train Coming.' It was his first religiously themed album. A single called "Gotta Serve Somebody" won a Grammy Award, but the LP alienated many of his long time fans.

Also in 1979, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia", a Country / Rock tune by The Charlie Daniels Band peaks at #3 on the US Pop singles chart. The original line in the song "I done told you once, you son of a bitch, I'm the best that's ever been" was altered to "I done told you once, you son of a gun, I'm the best that's ever been" in order to gain radio air play.

The song is a narrative about the Devil, who comes to Georgia to procure souls. He has not obtained any recently, and is willing to "make a deal" out of desperation. He happens upon a young fiddle player named Johnny, who is minding his own business and playing impressively. The Devil approaches Johnny, and informs him that he, too, plays the fiddle. He then challenges Johnny to a fiddle-playing contest, confident that he is more skillful than the young boy. The terms of the duel are that should Johnny win, he will be given a fiddle made of solid gold, but should the Devil triumph, he gains Johnny's soul. Although he fears that taking the Devil's bet might be sinful, Johnny accepts the terms, proudly telling the Devil that the Devil will regret it as Johnny is "the best there's ever been". The duel commences, with the Devil performing a sinister and powerful piece with the backing of demon musicians. Despite this, the Devil is squarely defeated when Johnny takes his turn to perform. The Devil acknowledges being bested and, true to his word, the Devil presents Johnny with a beautiful golden fiddle. Johnny boastfully informs the Devil that he is welcome anytime to come back for a rematch.

In 1988, Mark Knopfler officially announced the break up of Dire Straits.

In 1990, Bruce Hornsby began playing with the Grateful Dead after the death Brent Mydland.

Also in 1990, the Steve Miller Band had a U.K. #1 with “The Joker,” 16 years after its first release. The track had been featured in TV ad for jeans.

Also in 1990, a trio called Wilson Phillips topped the Billboard singles chart for the second time with a self-penned song called "Release Me". The group is made up of Carnie and Wendy Wilson, the daughters of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson, along with Chynna Phillips, the daughter of Mamas and Papas founder, John Phillips.

In 1994, a reel to reel tape of The Quarry Men appearing at St Peter’s Parish Church garden party Liverpool in July, 1957, sold for $125,000 at a Sotheby’s auction.

'Mechanical Animals' was released by Marilyn Manson in 1998.

Metallica action figures went on sale in 2001.

In 2003, the legendary Johnny Cash was buried in Hendersonville, TN.

In 2004, Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) died in Los Angeles after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. He was a founding member of The Ramones, a major influence on many punk and ’90s bands. Scored the 1977 hit single “Sheena is a Punk Rocker.”

The biopic of Johnny Cash, I Walk the Line, premiered in Toronto, ON in 2005.

In 2006, the place where the Beatles played their first concert, The Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool, was giving protected status.

In 2008, Pink Floyd keyboard player and founder member Richard Wright died at age 65 from cancer. Wright appeared on the group's first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in 1967 alongside Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason. Wright wrote a number of songs for the band in their early years, including "Paint Box", "Remember A Day" and "Summer '68" and also contributed prominent vocals to the band's 1971 classic, "Echoes". He will be remembered primarily for "The Great Gig In The Sky", his stately song on 1973's million-selling "Dark Side Of The Moon". David Gilmour, who joined the band at the start of 1968, said: “He was such a lovely, gentle, genuine man and will be missed terribly by so many who loved him.”

In 2010, the New York Parole Board released the transcript of Mark David Chapman's parole hearing in which he told the board that he had also considered killing either Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor, but John Lennon was "top of the list" the day he gunned down the former Beatle. Chapman agreed with a parole board member that he did the killing for "instant notoriety." idiot.....

birthdays today (among others) include: Jimmy Gilmer (Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs) (71), Signe Toly Anderson (Jefferson Airplane) (70), Lee Dorman (Iron Butterfly) (69), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) (59), Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies, producer) (51), Jerry Dixon (Warrant) (44) and Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand) (35)

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