What’s in a name? A whole bunch, that’s for sure! Even though it might not change one note of the music, a rock band’s name can be crucial to their success. Like changing the cover of a classic album, it’s pretty weird to think of an alternate musical universe where band’s went with their early choice for a name. Can you image running out to buy the latest hit record from Pen Cap Chew, Mookie Blaylock, or On A Friday? Well, that wasn’t far from reality!
Author Mark Lewisohn knows more about the Beatles than John, Paul, George and Ringo themselves. Blasphemy? Perhaps. But he has the footnotes to prove it! Lewisohn’s immaculately researched books have been hailed as Beatle Bibles, and now there’s a new gospel according to Mark. The long-awaited All These Years: Tune In is available at last, presenting the band’s story in a way it’s never been seen before: truthfully and completely.
Rock ‘n’ roll has a long and storied history as “the Devil’s music”, rotting away teenage morals and shocking decent upright citizens who have no sense of rhythm. With a rep like that, it’s inevitable that some songs are going to ruffle feathers every now and then. But we’re still pretty amazed that the censors found fault with these seemingly inoffensive classics!
John Lennon was always a man who broke new ground, so we like to think he’d be a fan of John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes, a cutting-edge interactive iPhone app that blends music, game play, documentary film, and charity work in a way that has never been done before! Released today, the app allows us to hear rare Lennon acoustic demos for the very first time, and lets us learn about the near-death experience that inspired his final album, Double Fantasy.
Listen up, rock fans: The DVD of Eric Clapton‘s 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival is going to drop on November 19th (that’s soon)! Held only every three years, Crossroads is like a rock ‘n’ roll Olympics, chock full of the world’s greatest six-string virtuosos and axe shredders. In celebration of this impending release, VH1 Classic will be broadcasting a marathon of the 2004, 2007 and 2010 Crossroads concerts this Sunday, November 17th at 3pm.
With the appropriately-titled ARTPOP, Lady Gaga became the latest rock star to tap an acclaimed mega-famous fine artist to design her record cover. The world-renowned Jeff Koons (of balloon sculpture fame) created the unforgettable image, featuring a statue of Mother Monster apparently giving birth to a large shiny bowling ball. Yeah, we were a little confused too, but this guy is kind of a big deal. Just yesterday, one of his sculptures sold for a record breaking $58.4 million -the highest price ever paid for a work by a living artist!
Rock clubs are frequently noisy, smelly, dark and cramped…and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Music history is born out of these crowded and smokey venues, where tomorrow’s megastars are today’s opening act, struggling to be heard over a drunk dude’s repeated request for “Free Bird.” The recent film CBGB paid tribute to the eponymous NYC rock spot, which gave us dozens of timeless bands before closing in 2006. This got us thinking of some other incredible joints that have earned their spot in rock mythology. Read on to see our picks for the 10 most legendary rock clubs of all time!
There have been plenty of creepy songs over the last thousand or so years. (Mozart‘s Requiem anybody? Well everybody, eventually.) We’ve decided to compile The 88 Creepiest Song Titles Of All Time. To be fair, we left out pretty much every death metal title because, frankly, they’re all pretty creepy.
Music fans often put their faith in professional critics to decide which records are worth precious time on their private stereo or iPod. These influential word-slingers serve as tastemakers for an extremely wide audience, but sometimes their judgement can be a little questionable. Need proof? Just look at these 20 classic MONSTER records that critics originally ripped apart the first time around!