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Keith Richards Demonstrates His Famous 5-String Technique (Used on Classic Stones Songs Like “Start Me Up,” “Honky Tonk Women” & More)

For the guitarist, alternate tunings expand the sonic possibilities of the instrument. But where, say, a progressive metal player will add a seventh or eighth string, pitch everything down, and get technical, the opposite is the case with “open” tunings in folk and blues. They are an ideal basis for slide guitar and three-chord, 12-bar vamps, and became the perfect platform for Keith Richards, giving him the room he needed to translate the music of his folk heroes into the gritty, distor...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Chicago, Rolling Stone, Keith Richards, Huffington Post, Thompson, Ry Cooder, Keith, Martin, Zeppelin, Richards, Keef, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow


The Story of the Rolling Stones: A Selection of Documentaries on the Quintessential Rock-and-Roll Band

The Rolling Stones define the rock-and-roll band, as they have for nearly six decades now. Exactly how they’ve done so is thoroughly documented, not least by the band’s own expansive and still-growing catalog of songs and albums (all of which I happen to have spent the last few months listening through). But the story of the Stones continues to compel, told and re-told as it is in every form of media produced by each era through which the band has passed: books, articles, podcasts, and a...
Tags: Facebook, Music, London, College, Beach Boys, History, Mick Jagger, Kent, Seoul, Keith Richards, Jagger, Watts, Andrew Loog Oldham, Richards, Rolling Stones, Brian Jones


Los Angeles Boys & Girls Clubs to staff LAUSD afterschool programs

The Los Angeles Unified School District will receive some much-needed help as students return to campuses after more than a year of coronavirus-induced distance-learning. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles County has partnered with LAUSD elementary and middle schools to provide support services for students and families as in-person learning resumes, the organization announced this week. Eight Boys & Girls Clubs chapters — Burbank, Carson, Los Angeles Harbor, Metro Los Angeles, Santa Monica, ...
Tags: News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eastside, Los Angeles County, Richards, Kim Richards, Los Angeles Unified School District, West Valley, Boys & Girls Club, Girls Clubs, Boys Girls Clubs, The Boys Girls Clubs


Hear Marianne Faithfull’s Three Versions of “As Tears Go By,” Each Recorded at a Different Stage of Life (1965, 1987 & 2018)

When a 17-year-old Marianne Faithfull finished the final take of her 1965 hit “As Tears Go By” — penned by a young duo of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as one of their first original songs — Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham “came and gave me a big hug,” she recalled “‘Congratulations darling. You’ve got yourself a number six,’ he said.” Richards remembered the song in his autobiography as “a terrible piece of tripe” and “money for old rope,” but it actually peaked at number 22 ...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Keith Richards, Nico, Jagger, Keith, Andrew Loog Oldham, Facebook Twitter, Mick, Richards, Jean Luc Godard, Josh Jones


The Rolling Stones Release a Long Lost Track Featuring Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page

The Rolling Stones are readying a re-release of their 1973 album Goats Head Soup in September, featuring demos and rarities and all sorts of goodies. Yesterday, they dropped the above song: “Scarlet.” Never bootlegged before, this firecracker of a track features Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page on guitar. The recording happened in October 1974, long, long after the recording of the Goats Head Soup tracks in Jamaica at Dynamic Sound Studios. In fact, they’d also finished recording It’s Only Rock...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Jamaica, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Page, Jimmy Page, Jagger, Keith, Zeppelin, Mott, Facebook Twitter, Richards, Mick Taylor


Watch Florian Schneider (RIP) in Classic Early Kraftwerk Performances

The seventies, am I right….? Not that I can claim to have experienced it firsthand. But if I could have been a witness to any period in pop history it would have been the decade in which experimental fusion movements invaded rock and roll. There was Miles Davis and his protegees, of course. But there was much more besides: The Wailers’ fusion of rock, reggae, and soul; Fela Kuti’s fusion of Ghanaian high life, James Brown funk, and Nigerian jazz; Ryuchi Sakamoto’s fusion of indigenous, c...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Pink Floyd, James Brown, Dusseldorf, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Kraftwerk, Rolling Stone, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Bowie, Jagger, Facebook Twitter, Schneider, Nagoya Japan


The Rolling Stones Release a Timely Track, “Living in a Ghost Town”: Their First New Music in Eight Years

If there were ever a time to rush a pandemic-themed project to market, this is it. The move can seem well-intentioned, generous, or cynical, depending on the artist and the audience. The Rolling Stones proofed themselves against the latter criticism ages ago by building cynicism into their brand. They know what their audience wants, and they consistently deliver, decade after decade, playing the hits. When vague social commentary slips into a Stones tune, it vibrates at the same frequenc...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Mick Jagger, Apple Music, Zane Lowe, Jagger, Lowe, Facebook Twitter, Mick, Richards, Josh Jones, Altamont, Durham NC Follow, Alexis Petridies


Covering Robert Johnson’s Blues Became a Rite of Rock ‘n’ Roll Passage: Hear Covers by The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Howlin’ Wolf, Lucinda Williams & More

American rock and roll originated from all corners of the country in the 1940s and 50s: from the exuberant gospel of the south, rollicking western swing of Texas, lean electric blues of Chicago, fast-paced Chicano music of L.A…. Truly a cultural melting pot, it represented the U.S to itself, amplifying and intensifying contemporary trends that continued right alongside the upstart new genre. But along with the deaths, arrests, and army stints of the music’s most famous stars at the e...
Tags: Google, Music, Texas, Mississippi, College, Chicago, New York Times, Bob Marley, Johnson, Richard, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Wolf, Madison Square Garden, Facebook Twitter, Clapton


How an Art Conservator Completely Restores a Damaged Painting: A Short, Meditative Documentary

We here at Open Culture take great pleasure in soup to nuts documentaries of master craftspeople at work, particularly when the narration has been left out deliberately. The meditative effect is more powerful that way, as is our wonderment. We can always go rabbiting after the technical specs of the trade being plied if we're not entirely sure what we're seeing. For instance, those tiny strands conservationist Julian Baumgartner of Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration places ever so carefull...
Tags: Google, Art, Science, NYC, College, Chicago, Facebook Twitter, Richards, WBEZ, Baumgartner, Hitchcock, Julian Baumgartner, Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration, Emma Gaggiotti Richards, Jack Brandtman, Brantman


On Its 25th Anniversary, Hear Liz Phair’s Groundbreaking Exile in Guyville Juxtaposed Song-By-Song With the Album That Inspired It, the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street

Images via Wikimedia Commons. Liz Phair left, Mick Jagger right In 1971, post-Altamont fiasco, the Rolling Stones went into exile... not on some dusty small town drag, but on the French Riviera, where the band decamped for purposes of tax evasion and began recording in Keith Richards’ rented villa near Nice. Everyone knows what happened next—a sloppy, soupy, ragged, glorious hash of country, blues, and country-blues, filtered through a haze of booze and heroin and the Stones’ devotion to rock a...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, Atlantic, Mick Jagger, Npr, Rolling Stone, Chrissie Hynde, Keith Richards, The Washington Post, Liz Phair, Stewart, Facebook Twitter, Richards, Rolling Stones


Photos of 19th-Century Black Women Activists Digitized and Put Online by The Library of Congress

A couple days ago, a visually compelling thread on Twitter exploded with thousands of shares and likes and dozens of users submitting their own contributions. The thread (a series of connected tweets for the Twitter uninitiated) has become an evolving photo essay of women activists standing up to walls of militarized riot police and mobs of angry bigots. The photos feature subjects like Tess Asplund, Leshia Evans, and Saffiyah Khan, and historical inspirations like Gloria Richardson and Bernad...
Tags: Google, Photography, Texas, Congress, College, History, Library Of Congress, Facebook Twitter, Westbrook, Gloria Richardson, Richards, Meier, Josh Jones, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Hyperallergic


Chuck Berry Jams Out “Johnny B. Goode” with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, John Lennon & Bruce Springsteen

The King of Rock and Roll is dead, and, no, I don’t mean Elvis, but Chuck Berry, who proclaimed himself at every opportunity the rightful sovereign. Next to Berry (according to Berry) every other hip-swiveling, duck-walking, pompadour-combing jackelope was nothing but a lowdown pretender, even those who only bore the faintest resemblance to the above. See, for example, his take on punk rock—so clearly derivative of his work that he can’t help taking credit for most of it. To people r...
Tags: Google, Music, Bruce Springsteen, College, John Lennon, Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Elvis, Lennon, Eric Clapton, Marty Mcfly, National Review, Ac, Berry, Springsteen


The Velvet Underground & Andy Warhol Stage Proto-Punk Performance Art: Discover the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966)

Punk rock, an artless proletarian sneer, a working-class revolt against bourgeois tastes, good manners, and corrupt systems of consumption. Right? Sure… and also pure performance art. Or do we forget that its forebears were avant-garde fringe artists: whether Iggy Pop onstage fighting a vacuum cleaner and blender and smearing peanut butter on himself, or Patti Smith reading her Rimbaud-inspired poetry at CBGB’s. And before rock critic Dave Marsh first used the word “Punk” (to describe Quest...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, New York, London, College, Chicago, Jimi Hendrix, Paris, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Patti Smith, Shakespeare, Lou Reed, Velvet Underground, Andy


Hear 280 Blues, Country, Reggae & Rock Songs Keith Richards Namechecks in His Memoir, Life

Image by Machocarioca, via Wikimedia Commons You don’t have to, like, stretch your brain or anything to rattle off a list of Keith Richards’ influences. If you’ve ever heard a Rolling Stones song, you’ve heard him pull out his Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry riffs, and he’s never been shy about supporting and naming his idols. He’s played with Waters, Berry, and many more blues and early rock and roll greats, and after borrowing heavily from them, the Stones gave back by promoting and touring with...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Netflix, Keith Richards, Jagger, Berry, Facebook Twitter, Richards, Rolling Stones, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, Josh Jones, Michiko Kakutani, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Cliff


The Haunting Background Vocals on The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter:” Merry Clayton Recalls How They Came to Be

The question of what an artist is willing to give up for her art is unanswerable until the moment of sacrifice arrives, and she must make a choice—safety, comfort, family, etc, or the leap into a creative endeavor whose outcome is uncertain? Then there are those artists—often just as talented and ambitious—who make these choices for other people’s art: the pop star’s dance troupe, the Broadway chorus members, and the rock and roll back-up singers, some of whom we got to know in the 2014 ...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Los Angeles, Mick Jagger, Broadway, Times, Martin Luther King Jr, Ray Charles, Jagger, Facebook Twitter, Richards, Rolling Stones, Brian Jones, Clayton, Kennedys



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