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Hendrix Voted Greatest Guitarist Ever

Rolling Stone panel puts legendary axeman at top of best 100 list

(Newser) - Rolling Stone assembled a team of top guitarists and industry experts to vote on the greatest 100 guitarists of all time and few will be surprised to find '60s legend Jimi Hendrix topping the list. Eric Clapton came second and Jimmy Page third, with Keith Richards and Jeff Beck...

NYC's Storied Chelsea Hotel Closes Doors

Guests barred in landmark that once housed legends like Dylan and Hendrix

(Newser) - It looks as though rock and roll could lose one of its most storied landmarks. The Chelsea Hotel in New York City will be closed to guests for an indefinite period of time, reports the New York Times . A developer is set to spend $80 million on the dingy throwback...

'Yakety Yak' Singer Carl Gardner Dead at 83

Coasters lead singer was rock 'n' roll, R&B pioneer

(Newser) - Pioneering rocker Carl Gardner has died after more than a half-century of doo-wopping. Gardner, lead singer of the Coasters and the only surviving member from the group's heyday, died in Florida after a long illness, reports the AP . He was 83. The Coasters shot to fame in the late...

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

Van Halen's Sammy Hagar: Aliens Uploaded My Brain

Has he ever been abducted by aliens? 'I think I have'

(Newser) - Sammy Hagar has had his brain "uploaded" by aliens in a "download situation," and he wants to talk about it. The former Van Halen frontman describes his close encounters in his new autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, and expounds upon them in an interview with...

Where Are All the Male Groupies?

Female rockers don't get much action on tour, they say

(Newser) - Male rock stars are notorious for their groupie magnetism—but the same just isn’t true for female rockers, Salon finds. “Ladies in bands don’t get ANY action,” Neko Case tweeted last weekend, prompting a flurry of agreement from fellow women in rock. (Case made clear later...

Chuck Berry Collapses at Concert
Chuck Berry
Collapses at Concert

Chuck Berry Collapses at Concert

He tells fans he has no strength to continue

(Newser) - Rock-and-roll king Chuck Berry collapsed at a Chicago concert Saturday night and had to be helped off stage. Berry suddenly slumped head-first onto his keyboard mid-performance and didn't move for several minutes. Promoters said he was suffering from nothing more than exhaustion, but the rocker is pushing 85. The author...

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...

Rock Photog Jim Marshall Dies at 74
 Rock Photog 
 Jim Marshall 
 Dies at 74 
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Rock Photog Jim Marshall Dies at 74

Captured Hendrix, Dylan, Joplin, many more

(Newser) - Jim Marshall, whose iconic photography captured many of the stars of rock and roll’s 1960s heyday, died in his sleep last night at 74, Rolling Stone reports; cause of death is still unknown. Marshall shot everyone from Bob Dylan to Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis to the Beatles, Janis Joplin...

Don't Sprint to See The Runaways
 Don't Sprint 
 to See The Runaways 
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Don't Sprint to See The Runaways

Dakota Fanning-Kristen Stewart vehicle divides critics

(Newser) - Critics praise the performances in The Runaways, about Joan Jett's seminal '70s band, but whether the flick succeeds is up for debate. Some takes:
  • "Say what you will about the Runaways," Peter Travers writes in Rolling Stone , but "they never played it safe. The movie does."
...

ABBA, Stooges, Genesis Enter Rock Hall of Fame

Star-studded NYC bash also honors Jimmy Cliff, Stooges

(Newser) - ABBA, the Stooges, the Hollies, Genesis, and Jimmy Cliff made their way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night. "I'm very angry that Madonna got in before us," joked ABBA’s Anni-Frid Lyngstad; she and ex-husband Benny Andersson attended the New York ceremony while their...

Pirate Radio Rocks on Good Tunes, Cast
 Pirate Radio Rocks 
 on Good Tunes, Cast 
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Pirate Radio Rocks on Good Tunes, Cast

Playful 60s love/music comedy is more party than plot

(Newser) - Critics agree that the soundtrack of Pirate Radio can't be beat, and the top-notch cast is a joy. So when it comes to the shaky plot and pacing, some can turn a blind eye:
  • "There’s no denying the comic energy of the cast," Peter Travers writes in
...

Santa Cruz Seeks Deadhead Archivist

UC offers $70K for job made in hippie heaven

(Newser) - Far out. The University of Santa Cruz is seeking an archivist to help handle its horde of Grateful Dead material—for a very un-hippie-like $70,000 salary, plus benefits. The school is seeking a "creative" professional with a master's degree, and preferably "expert knowledge" of the "history...

Steven Tyler Quits Aerosmith: Band
 Steven Tyler Quits 
 Aerosmith: Band 
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Steven Tyler Quits Aerosmith: Band

Move follows missed tour dates and apparent dissension

(Newser) - Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has left the band, according to rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford and lead guitarist Joe Perry, who have suggested that they're looking for a new singer. The news comes after a disastrous summer tour in which Tyler broke his shoulder in a stage fall and canceled many...

Rock Legend Chuck Berry, Top-Notch Short Story Writer

"Memphis, Tennessee" shows Berry's sociological side: Klinkenborg

(Newser) - The original Chuck Berry version of “Memphis, Tennessee” isn't as well known as some others—by Johnny Rivers, say, or Buck Owens. But the real star is the tune, first released in 1959, which Verlyn Klinkenborg suspects is the “best short story in the form of a song...

Pearl Jam Via Target? It's a Brave New World

'The Fixer' is their best song in years, however you come by it

(Newser) - Pearl Jam has been proudly iconoclastic for years—releasing records on vinyl, eschewing music videos, “bootlegging” concerts, and fighting Ticketmaster—but they’re getting old. So it surprises Jonah Weiner that The Fixer, the single from the band’s new album Backspacer, is “by far the most exciting...

San Fran Returns to Its Psychedelic Roots

Not that any band there would say they knew of a scene

(Newser) - San Francisco seems to have had something of a psychedelic rock resurgence, though don’t ask any of the bands involved to identify themselves that way. “People are so aware of everything and don't really separate it that much,” a man whose band has the telltale brooding drones...

Cops Take Another Look at Rolling Stone Jones' Death

Hundreds of pages of new evidence dug up by journalist

(Newser) - It’s been 40 years since Brian Jones’ body was discovered in a swimming pool—but police are reviewing the death of the Rolling Stones' co-founder in the wake of “new evidence” that he was murdered, the Daily Mail reports. An investigative journalist provided police some 600 pages of...

Woodstock Not Worth the Trip
 Woodstock Not Worth the Trip 
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Woodstock Not Worth the Trip

Mixed reviews for 1960s coming-of-age flick

(Newser) - Taking Woodstock isn’t really about the music: it’s more about coming of age on the outskirts of the festival. Critics are lukewarm about Ang Lee's latest effort:
  • “You can’t deny the smiling mood that wafts through the film like incense,” admits Anthony Lane of the
...

Arctic Monkeys Go Darker, Show Staying Power
 Arctic Monkeys Go Darker, 
 Show Staying Power 
album review

Arctic Monkeys Go Darker, Show Staying Power

Album maintains the 'good stuff,' tries something new

(Newser) - With their latest album, Britain’s Arctic Monkeys show they haven’t let the media hype get the better of them. Alex Turner and Co. try some new directions without abandoning the “good stuff” from “their usual territory,” writes Joe Tangari for Pitchfork. Humbug is “their...

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