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At Yard Sale: McCartney Letter Seeking New Beatle

Now at Christie's; may fetch $11K

(Newser) - Looks like the stars were aligned for Ringo. A 1960 letter written by Paul McCartney sought a drummer for the Beatles two years before Starr joined the Fab Four. The note was discovered folded into a book at a Liverpool yard sale, the AP reports. It was a response to...

REM: Behind the Breakup
 REM: Behind 
 the Breakup 

REM: Behind the Breakup

'We're doing this for good reasons'

(Newser) - After 31 years, what makes a band decide to go separate ways ? For REM, it’s pretty simple. “We're happy. But we're done,” bassist Mike Mills tells Rolling Stone . Or, as singer Michael Stipe put it: “A wise man once said, ‘The skill...

Warrant Singer Dead: Jani Lane Found in LA Motel
 Warrant's Jani Lane Dead at 47 

Warrant's Jani Lane Dead at 47

Glam-metal singer found dead in LA hotel

(Newser) - Jani Lane, frontman of '80s hair-metal kings Warrant, has been found dead in a Los Angeles-area hotel. No cause of death has been established for the 47-year-old singer, who had a history of problems with alcohol, TMZ reports. Lane, who left the band in 2004 and returned for a...

Clemons, Bruce Bridged Rock's Racial Divide

E Street Band opposites overcame a segregated genre

(Newser) - When America lost Clarence Clemons, it "lost an ideal." In the pairing of "Southern Baptist black" with "Jersey Shore white," Bruce Springsteen and Clemons gave life to "a cultural example of how the divides of race can come together over music," writes Timothy...

Colbert, Jack White Release Single

All part of Stephen's weeklong 'music festival'

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert continues to bolster his rock-star credentials: After having performed with Jimmy Fallon and Alicia Keys, he’s now releasing a single with the help of Jack White. Colbert performed “Charlene II (I’m Over You),” a comedy rock tune about a stalker, last night as part...

Jethro Tull Frontman: Aqualung Flawed

Band takes classic album on 40th anniversary 15-city tour

(Newser) - Jethro Tull’s 1971 album Aqualung may be a certified classic, but the band’s frontman calls it flawed. “It wasn’t a great sounding album,” Ian Anderson tells Bloomberg . The church-turned-studio where it was recorded was “big, echoey, daunting and rather dark,” he notes. “...

Judges Really Like to Quote Bob Dylan

Even Chief Justice Roberts has cited his lyrics

(Newser) - When judges want to give their opinions a lyrical flourish, many turn first to Bob Dylan. He’s the most-cited musician in court opinions and briefs, experts tell the Los Angeles Times . That’s because his early songs give voice to political and legal concerns—and they emerged when today’...

Walker Brothers Singer John Walker Dead at 67
 1960s Singer 
 John Walker 
 Dead at 67 

1960s Singer John Walker Dead at 67

Walker Brothers guitarist was hitmaker in Britain

(Newser) - John Walker, a founding member of 1960s pop trio the Walker Brothers, died Saturday in Los Angeles after battling liver cancer, the Guardian reports. He was 67. The American singer, songwriter, and guitarist helped the UK-based band score big hits, including “Make It Easy on Yourself” and “The...

Heavy Metal Speaks the Truth
 Heavy Metal 
 Speaks the Truth 

Heavy Metal Speaks the Truth

And in a world of fiction, it's due for a resurgence

(Newser) - Heavy metal is outlandish, it’s ridiculous, it’s frightening—and it relates fundamental truths about the dark side of human nature, writes James Parker in the Atlantic . Indeed, its dark lyrics echo the writings of mythographer Sir James George Frazier: “We seem to move on a thin crust...

Bob Dylan Gets First Gig in Vietnam

Legend expected to sell out 8,000-seat venue

(Newser) - Decades after making his name with Vietnam-era antiwar songs, Bob Dylan is set to perform in Vietnam for the first time, the AP reports. He’ll play in an 8,000-seat university stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, and planners expect the show to sell out. “Bob Dylan is...

Suze Rotolo: Bob Dylan's Muse Dead at 67
 Bob Dylan's Muse Dead at 67 

Bob Dylan's Muse Dead at 67

Suze Rotolo inspired classic songs

(Newser) - Suze Rotolo, the inspiration behind many of Bob Dylan’s early songs and his girlfriend in New York during the early 1960s, died last week at 67 following a long illness. Rotolo appeared on the cover of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan; their relationship led Dylan to pen classics like “...

Radiohead's 'Genius' Again on Display in King of Limbs

Album comes out a day in advance

(Newser) - Radiohead’s new album, The King of Limbs, has appeared a day early—and the reviews are already pouring in. Here’s what critics have to say:
  • “The angst has gone,” writes Lucy Jones in the Telegraph . “There’s none of the anger of Hail to The

Teen Scares Off Wolves With ... Song by Creed

Oh so appropriately, the song "Overcome" persuades pack to depart

(Newser) - A Norwegian teen has hard-rockers Creed to thank for saving his life. The 13-year-old says he was walking from school and headed to his family's farmhouse on Monday when he stumbled upon four wolves. "I was afraid they would attack me," Walter Eikrem says, but instead of fleeing,...

Charlie Crist to Pardon Jim Morrison?

Door's open: 'anything possible' before Crist leaves office

(Newser) - His Senate bid may have failed, but outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist may still make his mark ... on rock and roll history: He’s considering pardoning Jim Morrison for indecent exposure charges at a 1969 concert. “It's something I’m willing to look into in the time I have...

Rod Stewart on Daughter He Gave Away: 'I'm Trying'

Child was put up for adoption in Stewart's late teens

(Newser) - Rod Stewart got personal on last night’s episode of the Joy Behar Show, discussing the daughter put up for adoption when he was a teenager. “She was put up for adoption when I was 17 or 18, I think. I was absolutely stone broke,” the singer said....

Danger Mouse Producing Next U2 Album

Group has three in the works after Bono's surgery

(Newser) - Instead of shutting him down, Bono’s recent emergency surgery has prompted a creative burst: U2 is planning three new albums, including one produced by pop guru Danger Mouse, reports Australia's the Age . “We have about 12 songs with him," the singer says. "At the moment that...

Lynyrd Skynyrd Namesake Dies at 77 in Fla.

Leonard Skinner most known for giving band members detention

(Newser) - Leonard Skinner, the basketball coach and gym teacher who inspired the name of the rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd, died today in Florida at the age of 77, the AP reports. Skinner, who was suffering from Alzheimer's died in his sleep in an assisted living facility, his daughter said. Nearly 50...

Band Sets the Stage for Afghan Rock Scene

Kabul Pride is first post-Taliban indie rock group

(Newser) - When Afghanistan was under Taliban rule, playing rock music would have assured you some quality time in jail, but now the the country's first indie rock band is booking gigs and preparing to launch its first album, the AP reports. "We want to show the world that Afghanistan has...

Your Fave Band's Fave Band Was Probably Big Star
Your Fave Band's Fave Band Was Probably Big Star

Your Fave Band's Fave Band Was Probably Big Star

Alex Chilton: Not a commercial success, but hugely influential

(Newser) - Critics mourn Alex Chilton, who might not even have been on your radar before his death yesterday. But the Big Star frontman—whose songs have been covered by everyone from Elliott Smith to Wilco—will be now, and for good reason. Some takes on his legacy:
  • Chilton "pretty much

Rocker Alex Chilton Dead at 59
 Rocker Alex Chilton Dead at 59 

Rocker Alex Chilton Dead at 59

Heart attack likely fells singer of Box Tops, Big Star

(Newser) - Alex Chilton, the singer and guitarist known for his vocals on the Box Tops’ 1967 hit The Letter and a cult favorite to many of the past two decades' musicians, died today at 59. A heart attack is believed to the culprit, the Commercial Appeal of Chilton’s native Memphis...

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