Imagine this: You’re a college student, and you write a letter to your favorite rock hero asking to interview him for your school paper. It’s a long shot, but you’re young, you’re hopeful, and you have nothing to lose. But the response is better than your wildest dreams. Not only does the rock star agree, but he invites you over to his house to hang out for the day! It sounds like pure fantasy, but it actually came true for Maurice Hindle. Oh yeah, and the rock hero in question happens to be John Lennon.
Pharrell Williams became the talk of the Grammys last month with his, errr, “distinctive” Vivian Westwood “mounties” hat. And now on the biggest night in film, Pharrell made headlines once again by auctioning off the hat on eBay. That’s right: you had the chance to be the owner of this historic/hilarious headgear…provided you were willing to shell out a truly bonkers amount of money.
For many, the sixties began on February 7th 1964, when four British kids with pudding basin haircuts exited their Pan Am jet at New York’s JFK Airport and received a rapturous welcome into the hearts of a generation. Footage of the Beatles‘ American arrival is among the most enduring pieces of film in history, and Albert Maysles was the man behind the camera. Exactly fifty years later, the filmmaker reflects on what it was like to capture the start of a cultural love affair that continues to this day.
Rock ‘n’ roll originally had a reputation as “the devil’s music,” but these folks took it a little too literally! Since the late ’60s, rumors have run rampant that famous bands are hiding secret Satanic messages in their music, played backward so it can sneak into our subconscious mind unnoticed! From classic groups like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, through to the metal boom of the ’80s and even to today, the stories are endless! Sometimes it’s clearly unintentional, and occasionally musicians are just having a bit of fun at the expense of their fans. But then sometimes, the words are a little too clear…It’s spooky!
Is there some truth to these mysterious messages, or do some people just have way too much free time on their hands. Read on, give a listen, and decide for yourself!
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! It was fifty years ago today! For those of you who don’t know, the Beatles are our favorite band in the history of sound, and this is a very special day for any Beatlemaniac. It was exactly a half century ago that the Fab Four made their iconic debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, giving Americans their first chance to truly meet the Beatles! These past few weeks the internet has been flooded with are a wealth of wonderfully-written articles detailing exactly why the John, Paul, George and Ringo were so incredible. Obviously we share the same sentiment, but we’d like to offer a little something different to the mix. As the Beatles’ beloved songs have influenced generations of songwriters, we’ve decided to celebrate this special day by taking a look at the songs that influenced them. Read on for some of the band’s favorite songs, which actually inspired some of their most famous classics. Merry Beat-mas, one and all!
As we discussed earlier this week, first impressions are crucial…even in music! Like a well-written story, a good song always has a killer line to hook you in, set the mood, and get your imagination going. Some are funny, others are sad, some are mysterious, and then there are those that are straight up sexy. Whatever the case, a fantastic opening lyric is sometimes all you need to make a track unforgettable.
We rarely get things right the first time, but the same can’t be said for these stellar artists. They came fresh out of the recording studio gate with unforgettable songs that still have us talking even after all this time! A musician’s first single is like their mission statement to the world, offering the words and style that best define them…in three minutes or less. These debut tracks often give us our very first taste of a fresh new sound, or the first impression of a future legend.
Bruno Mars may have been the true winner of last night’s Super Bowl, but Bob Dylan wins the award for blowing the most minds. The quintessential rock ‘n’ roll rebel stunned fans by appearing in a commercial for Detroit’s own Chrysler, urging folks to ”Let Germany brew your beer, let Switzerland make your watch, let Asia assemble your phone…We will build your car.” The ad is not the first time that Dylan has appeared in a commercial (check 2004′s Victoria’s Secret spot), or even the first time he’s schilled cars (try 2007′s Chrysler Escalade ad), but most fans still found it pretty surprising. The craziest part? That wasn’t even his only ad of the night! Read on to see 15 of the most shocking rock stars-turned-pitchmen of all time!
Hollywood pulled out all the stops for The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles, netting music’s best and brightest to come out and pay tribute to the 50-years of the Fab Four by playing some of their most iconic songs. Although the telecast doesn’t air until February 9th (a half-century after they famously made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show), the show taped last night at the LA Convention Center. If the guest list and photos are any indication, it’s going to be an historic night of television jam packed with unmissable performances!
February 7th marks 50 years since the historic day when the a Pan Am jet touched down at New York’s JFK airport, bringing the Beatles to America for the very first time. The 2014 Grammy Awards celebrated half a century of Beatlemania by reuniting Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr onstage for the first time in nearly five years…along with a little help from artists they helped to inspire!