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4K Google Guitar Tunes Posted to YouTube

Bonus: Google will leave Doodle up one more day

(Newser) - Got your guitar out? No, not your Stratocaster, but your Google guitar? Stretch your finger, because the Christian Science Monitor and several other sites are posting directions for and YouTube demos of some of the top songs tech-strummers are playing on the Google Doodle posted yesterday to honor guitar innovator'...

Artist Has Birds Rocking at London Gallery
 Artist Has 
 Birds Rocking 
 at London Gallery 
play 'free bird'!

Artist Has Birds Rocking at London Gallery

Public split on whether sound is avant garde or out of tune

(Newser) - Rock music has gone to the birds at a London art gallery—literally. An installation by French artist Celeste Boursier-Mougenot pairs 40 zebra finches with Les Paul electric guitar resting places and cymbal feeders, and invites visitors to hear the result. “What you hear could be an experimental rock...

Pissed Airline Passenger Back on YouTube

Glossier United Breaks Guitars: Song 2 is follow-up to viral hit

(Newser) - Dave Carroll, who so memorably commemorated his terrible experience with United Airlines in the YouTube sensation United Breaks Guitars is at it again, Consumerist reports. The singer/songwriter/guitar-rights activist has released a more ambitious video cleverly titled United Breaks Guitars: Song 2, with a slightly more conciliatory tone. And don’t...

Les Paul's Genius Will Be Missed
 Les Paul's 
 Will Be 

Les Paul's Genius Will Be Missed

(Newser) - Les Paul's death today at age 94 has the accolades pouring in:
  • Lou Carlozo, True/Slant: "The solid-body Les Paul guitar that Lester developed with Gibson in the early 1950s is rock and roll. Like the Fender Stratocaster, its shape is so synonymous with the genre that any musician can

Music Legend Les Paul Dead at 94
 Music Legend  
 Les Paul Dead at 94 

Music Legend Les Paul Dead at 94

Inventor, guitarist 'changed the course of 20th-century popular music'

(Newser) - Musical innovator and guitar legend Les Paul died today in White Plains, NY. He was 94. A “virtuoso guitarist” himself, in the early 1940s Paul pioneered the “log” guitar, “probably the first solid-body electric guitar," writes Jon Pareles of the New York Times. His popular Gibson...

Happy 100th to the Man Who Changed Rock
 Happy 100th to the 
 Man Who Changed Rock 

Happy 100th to the Man Who Changed Rock

Leo Fender, inventor of the Stratocaster, born Aug. 10, 1909

(Newser) - Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of a man who forever changed rock and roll—even though he couldn’t play the instrument inextricably associated with his name. Leo Fender designed guitars and amplifiers that have endured for decades, including the legendary Fender Stratocaster, played by Jimi Hendrix,...

NYC's Naked Cowboy to Run for Mayor

(Newser) - Robert Burck, the “Naked Cowboy” who strolls New York’s Times Square, is planning a run for mayor there, WABC-TV reports. The guitar slinger in underpants will challenge Mayor Michael Bloomberg by “bringing transparency to a whole new level.” Burck says he’ll also run on his...

Singer's Complaint vs. United Proves Power of YouTube

(Newser) - When United Airlines baggage handlers broke Dave Carroll’s $1,200 guitar, he didn’t get mad—he got famous. Carroll and his band slapped together a $130 YouTube video titled United Breaks Guitars, which became so popular Oprah mentioned it. United eventually relented, donating $3,000 in Carroll’s...

Dylan's Favorite Songwriters

What do Warren Zevon, Jimmy Buffet and Gordon Lightfoot all have in common?

(Newser) - Bob Dylan is one of the most widely influential living songwriters—but who has influenced him? Bill Flanagan got Dylan to dish on some of his favorite songwriters for the Huffington Post. The winners? Jimmy Buffett, Gordon Lightfoot, Randy Newman, John Prine, and Guy Clark all got nods. Though Dylan’...

Michelle Gives Carla a Guitar
 Michelle Gives Carla a Guitar 

Michelle Gives Carla a Guitar

(Newser) - Michelle Obama presented her new amie Carla Bruni with a hard-rockin', all-American gift today: a Gibson guitar, People reports. The two first ladies, who first met yesterday, kissed hello and held hands briefly during a tour of a cathedral and museum in Strasbourg. Obama also agreed to help the...

Van Halen: Roth Reunion Solid, New Music on Way
Van Halen: Roth Reunion Solid, New Music on Way

Van Halen: Roth Reunion Solid, New Music on Way

(Newser) - After grossing $93 million on tour with former frontman David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen tells Rolling Stone he wants the band back together permanently: “Dave was a blast. And next time we go out, we’re going to have some new stuff, too.” He plans a summer...

Winehouse's Guitars Stolen in $21K Home Burglary

British singer's home robbed while she's away in Caribbean

(Newser) - Thieves kicked in a padlocked front door at Amy Winehouse’s London home yesterday while the troubled singer was on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia kicking yet another habit, the Sun reports. Police were called to the address to reports of two men forcing entry, but the bandits made...

It Might Get Loud Hits Guitar Hero Trifecta

Jimmy Page, U2's Edge and Jack White get their axe grind on in new documentary

(Newser) - There's no Behind the Music-style debauchery to be found in It Might Get Loud, Rolling Stone reports. Rather, the documentary more resembles “having three carpenters talk about a radial-arm saw,” quips Jack White, who along with the Edge (of U2) and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), form the heart...

Guitar Whiz Has Underage Blues
 Guitar Whiz Has Underage Blues

Guitar Whiz Has Underage Blues

Club gigs violate child labor laws, state officials say

(Newser) - An 8-year-old guitar prodigy's nightclub gigs have put him on the wrong side of the law in Wisconsin. Officials were alerted to Tallan "T-Man" Latz's child-labor-law-breaking performances by an anonymous email—perhaps from a jealous older musician—and barred him from clubs, reports the AP. But Latz, who has...

M&M's Maker Countersues Naked Cowboy

NYC tourist fave can't own topless look, company says

(Newser) - The maker of M&M's isn’t sitting still while the Naked Cowboy tries to serenade his way into its corporate pocketbook, the New York Post reports. Yesterday Mars Inc. fired a copyright-infringement suit at the musical cowpoke, a fixture at Times Square who had sued Mars, saying the company...

Rolling Stone's Top Guitar Classics

The greatest riffs, from Bill Haley to Metallica

(Newser) - There are those tunes driven by the rhythm section, but nothing lights a fire in the blood quite like the power of the perfect guitar riff. Thus, Rolling Stone suggests its favorite guitar anthems, hitting all stops between BB King and King Crimson. The top five:
  1. Johnny B. Goode: Chuck

Sibling Rivalry Still Driving Van Halen

Eddie and Alex started young, and still finding ways to hold it together on tour

(Newser) - Eddie Van Halen took time out from touring to ruminate on the band and his guitar virtuosity with Rolling Stone. Turns out, the Van Halen brothers actually started out on opposite instruments: “I bought myself a drum kit, and my mom convinced my brother Alex to take flamenco-guitar lessons....

Smells Like Teen Nostalgia
Smells Like
Teen Nostalgia

Smells Like Teen Nostalgia

As baby boomer baubles grow less desirable, collectors turn to Nirvana, G N' R

(Newser) - Grunge is passé, but the market for its collectibles isn’t, reports Portfolio. Nostalgia plays a big role in determining what's hot, and prices on items of baby boomer vintage, even from the likes of the Fab Four, are starting to drop. Meanwhile, the demand for Gen X artifacts—skateboards,...

New Gadget Strikes a Chord
 New Gadget 
 Strikes a Chord 

New Gadget Strikes a Chord

Tuning electric guitar becomes hands-off job

(Newser) - One less thing is standing between you and a perfect jam session: tuning your electric guitar. A newly launched battery-powered compact device that mounts on the instrument's body is accurate to within 2% of a note, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "It's just a dream, being able to pick up...

Blind Guitarist Healey Dead at 41
Blind Guitarist Healey Dead at 41

Blind Guitarist Healey Dead at 41

Celebrated Canadian musician recalled for versatility

(Newser) - Acclaimed guitarist Jeff Healey died of cancer at 41 yesterday after battling the disease throughout his life, the Globe and Mail reports. Healey, who lost his eyesight as a child to retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer, sold more than a million albums in the US, racking up hits such...

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