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Is Rock Still Relevant In 2016?

by JM on 12/13/16

Billboard: Is Rock Still Relevant In 2016?

Great article from Billboard...

"So much of the major music news of 2016 involved death: David Bowie, Prince, George Martin and Leonard Cohen were among the legends on this year's grim roster. Is it time to add rock music itself?

The year was governed by coups in sound and form from the major pop names of the decade, such as Kanye West, Rihanna, Drake, Beyonce and Frank Ocean - non-rock artists who stir the kind of passion, debate and deconstruction today that once might have been spent on Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen. Dylan got his Nobel Prize and Springsteen wrote his memoir, and there were ¬≠comebacks from Metallica, Neil Young, Bon Jovi, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day and Blink-182 most of which topped the Billboard 200 (at least briefly). Guns N Roses got over their decades of in-fighting and sold out stadiums with their classic lineup, while the Desert Trip festival, widely known as Oldchella, found Young, Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and The Who combining forces for a $130 million haul over two weekends. Yet it also felt like a memorial service, a luxury keepsake and a last hurrah.

This year, America was a quarter century out from Nirvana's  Nevermind, the album that rescued rock from its early-1990's doldrums - as far off now as the releases of RevolverPet Sounds and Blonde on Blonde were then. By contrast, consider how few new rock artists of comparable staying power or cultural significance have emerged since that decade's alt-rock surge. Yes, there are well-regarded figures from the indie, emo and metal scenes. But few of them reach far beyond their niches -- witness the Who Is Arcade Fire? meme that erupted when that band won album of the year at the Grammys in 2011, and the utter lack of intrigue in the rock categories as we barrel toward awards season five years later."

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New Documentary Film on The Stooges

by JM on 11/06/16

Gimme Danger - The Stooges


Emerging from Ann Arbor Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges' powerful and aggressive style of rock and roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late sixties.The band planted the seeds for what would be called punk or alternative rock in the decades that followed. Jim Jarmusch's new film Gimme Danger chronicles the story of The Stooges, one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Detroit rock band The Stooges gave it their all, and in the process showed why rock could not survive in a safe corporate world: It needs more danger.




Inspiration or Theft?

by JM on 06/15/16

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are in a Los Angeles courtroom this week defending their most well known song "Stairway to Heaven" against charges of plagiarism from the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California. Led Zeppelin has been in this situation before, as have many other rock artists. Tim English has updated his book Sounds Like Teen Spirit, which provides examples of stolen melodies and riffs from recent plagiarism cases involving Robin Thicke, Sam Smith, and Coldplay along with famous cases like George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" vs The Chiffon's "He's So Fine", The Doors "Hello I Love You" vs The Kinks "All Day and All Night" and many more from throughout rock music history. A great discussion of the age old question - when is the line crossed from inspiration to outright theft?

Was 1971 Really The Best Year in Rock Music?

by JM on 05/04/16

Yet another book making a case for the best year in rock music. The Beatles broke up, but a surge in fine albums from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Rod Stewart, plus the solo Beatles albums made 1971 a fine year indeed! Enjoy the read with David Hepworth's new book 1971 - Never A Dull Moment. Click to read a review.


Check out Radiooooo - A New Streaming Service of Curated Music by Decade and Country

by JM on 03/31/16

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Radiooooo is a new music streaming service offering a curated selection of music submitted by fans from all over the world. Select a decade, a country, a mood and enjoy. Travel geographically and back through time musically.

Try It Out: Radiooooo

The Story Behind Rock Music's First #1 Hit - Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock"

by JM on 02/10/16

Bill Haley and His Comets


"Rock Around The Clock" recorded by Bill Haley and His Comets and released in May 1954 to modest sales, went on to become rock music's first #1 hit in both the US and UK in July 1955 after being used over the opening credits in the movie Blackboard Jungle. It would be a full ten months before rock music would have it's second #1 hit with "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley in April 1956. Read the full article from The Telegraph

The Most Revolutionary Year In Music: 1965

by JM on 11/13/15

Writer Andrew Jackson Grant argues for 1965 as the most revolutionary year in music. An interesting theory and entertaining read for any music fan.


Book - 1965 The Most Revolutionary Year In Music

Houston Press Series: Explaining Grownup Music to Kids

by JM on 10/28/15

Explaining Grownup Music to Kids

A great series of articles on popular music from writer Adam P. Newton of The Houston Press. Newton recently became a father for the first time, so he has decided to explain the entirety of post WWII western pop music to his new daughter. The series has great song selections, is well researched and includes YouTube links for each song. Here are links to the first six articles, with more yet to be published at Houston Press.

Explaining Grownup Music to Kids: Traditional Blues & Folk

Explaining Grownup Music to Kids: Big-Band Jazz & Swing

Explaining Grownup Music to Kids: Classic Country

Explaining Grownup Music to Kids: The Birth of Rock & Roll

Explaining Grownup Music to Kids: Motown & The Rise of '60s Soul

Explaining Grownup Music to Kids: The British Invasion & '60s Rock

Highly Recommended New History of Pop Music

by JM on 08/21/15

Author Bob Stanley


Bob Stanley's new book, "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce," like the song it takes its title from, is an exuberant celebration of the silly and the sublime. Stanley, a British music journalist and co-founder of the pop group Saint Etienne, loves pop and has a deep, knowing respect for it. His book is comprehensive - some 600 pages - yet nimble. He is pro-joy and anti-snobbery, his writing delights and surprises, and his description of the music makes you want to dance to it.

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Rock Music by Decade
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  - Top 100 Songs of the decade
  - Top 100 Albums of the decade
  - Top Artists of the decade
  - Music genres by decade

Yearly Music Timelines
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  - Key music events by Month/Year
   - Top Songs by Year
  - Top Albums by Year
  - Links to more detailed info
  - Links to #1 Songs US & UK
  - Links to #1 Albums US & UK

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