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John Lennon Finally Meets & Jams with His Hero, Chuck Berry (1972)

“If you had tried to give rock and roll another name, you would call it Chuck Berry,” says John Lennon by way of introduction to his hero in the clip above from The Mike Douglas Show. The two perform Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee” and “Johnny B. Goode” (with Lennon’s backing band, Elephant’s Memory, and unwelcome discordant backing vocals from Yoko). The moment was a major highlight of Lennon’s post-Beatles’ career. The year was 1972, and Lennon and Yoko Ono had taken over Douglas’ show fo...
Tags: Facebook, Music, California, College, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Ronald Reagan, Paul Mccartney, Elvis Presley, John, Keith Richards, Beatles, Mccartney, Lennon, Douglas, PAUL


A Sneak Peek of Peter Jackson’s New Beatles Documentary Get Back: Watch the New Trailer

In much the same way David Lynch gave us way more Twin Peaks than we’d ever hoped for in 2017, Peter Jackson and the Beatles are giving us nothing like the little seen and quickly shelved Let It Be documentary from 1970, but a full six hours of the final musical works of the Beatles. Premiering on Disney Plus (yes, I know, you gotta pay money to the Mouse) over three days after Thanksgiving, this six-hour series is the big one fans of the various remasters, repackages, and remixes have b...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, US, Yoko Ono, Jackson, David Lynch, Peter Jackson, Beatles, Phil Spector, PAUL, GQ Magazine, KCRW, Abbey Road, Ted Mills, Allen Klein


What Makes a “Cult” Band? Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #107

https://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_107_9-22-21.mp3 What makes for a “cult band”? Not just a small audience, because Grateful Dead fans are an archetypical cult. Not just a devoted, emotionally invested audience; no volume of Swifties make Taylor Swift qualify as a cult act. Does the music have to be somehow inaccessible, or the fans snobby? Your host Mark Linsenmayer and three other musicians try to figure it out: Tim Quirk, frontman of...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Music, Taylor Swift, Podcasts, College, America, David Bowie, Borat, Sean Kelly, Mark, Tom, Wayne, Murphy, Aaron, PMP


Dave Grohl Falls Offstage & Breaks His Leg, Then Continues the Show as The Foo Fighters Play Queen’s “Under Pressure” (2015)

How do you make the show go on after a broken leg? The blessing we give performers before they go onstage isn’t something we actually want to see happen. Nonetheless, stage injuries occur frequently, and in some cases, severely, as when Patti Smith fell 15 feet into a concrete orchestra pit in 1977 and broke several vertebrae in her back. “I felt like an asshole,” she told Circus magazine, “but my doctor told me not to worry, it happens to everybody.” Maybe not everybody, but when th...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Washington Dc, Dave Grohl, Patti Smith, Ac Dc, Entertainment Weekly, Kurt Cobain, Bowie, Grohl, Gothenburg Sweden, Josh Jones, Brian Johnson, Durham NC Follow, First Foo Fighters Demo Recordings


Watch Jaco Pastorius: The Lost Tapes Documentary, the Fan-Made Film on the Most Innovative Bass Player of All Time

People do not understand how hard a jazz musician works for a living. I’m not putting nobody down, but I’m telling you nobody understands how hard jazz musicians work. Jazz is not big in the US, because the States are too worried about Pac-Man and The Police. — Jaco When Jaco Pastorius uttered the quote above in a typically entertaining and insightful interview with Guitar World from 1983, I’m sure he meant no disrespect to the members of The Police. It may be safe to say that Jaco signi...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Music, Japan, College, France, US, Jazz, States, Warner Bros, Montreal, Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorius, Jacó, Hendrix, Josh Jones


Ohio State Marching Band Plays Tribute to Rush: “2112,” “YYZ,” “Tom Sawyer” & “Limelight”

It all took place at this weekend’s Ohio State-Maryland game. Enjoy…. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best free cultural and educational materials to learners everywhere. Also consider following Open Culture on Facebook and   Twitter and  sharing intelligent media with your friends. Or sign up for our daily email and g...
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A Guitarist Rocks Out on Guitars Made from Shovels, Cigar Boxes, Oil Cans & Whisky Barrels

When Keith Richards felt he’d gone as far as he could go with the six-string guitar, he took one string off and played five, a trick he learned from Ry Cooder. These days, the trend is to go in the opposite direction, up to seven or eight strings for highly technical progressive metal compositions and downtuned “djent.” Traditionalists may balk at this. A five-string, after all, is a modification easily accomplished with a pair of wire-cutters. But oddly shaped eight-string guitars seem ...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Design, College, George Harrison, Creativity, Johnson, Keith Richards, Ray Charles, Keith, Robert Johnson, Keef, Josh Jones, Justin Johnson, Durham NC Follow, Diddley Bow


Helpful Tips on How to Prepare Your Kids for College

There is no denying that kids grow up fast. One minute they are dependent on you for their every need, and the next, they are young adults starting on their journey to independence. When your kids reach the age when they go out into life alone and follow their own path, it can be tough on parents. Seeing your kids thrive is a great feeling, but this is usually coupled with worry about them being in the big wide world without you by their side. When your child heads off to college, it can be a ...
Tags: College, Jazz, Stephen Troese Jr


The Beach Boys’ Lost Concert: Watch the Band Perform Their Classics at Their Zenith (1964)

In early 1964, there could hardly have been an American teenager ignorant of the Beach Boys. Singing in immaculate harmonies about surfing, hot rods, girls, and root beer — as well as various combinations and permutations thereof — they soon found themselves riding an unprecedentedly high wave, so to speak, of postwar teen culture. On the other side of the pond, the Beatles had been hard at work playing to demographically similar, also-enraptured audiences. In February of 1964 the Fab Fo...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Washington, America, Paul Mccartney, Brian Wilson, Seoul, Dennis, Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike, Lesley Gore, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Doug Supernaw


The Medieval Ban Against the “Devil’s Tritone”: Debunking a Great Myth in Music Theory

Music lives deep within us, in the marrow of our evolutionary bones, tapping into “this very primitive system,” says British musicologist John Deathridge, “which identifies emotion on the basis of a violation of expectancy.” In other words, our brains are predisposed to hear certain combinations of sounds as soothing and others as disturbing. When we plot those sounds on a staff, we find one of the most dissonant, yet intriguing, combinations, what can be called an augmented 4th or dimin...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Ornette Coleman, Lucifer, Pearl Jam, Trinity College, Hartford Conn, James Bennett, WQXR, Camille Saint Saens, Durham NC Follow, Adam Neely, John Deathridge, Jerry Tachoir, Aristoxenus


DEVO Co-Founder Jerry Casale Muses on Songwriting & Social Protest: Stream the Nakedly Examined Music Interview Online

This week’s Nakedly Examined Music podcast features a discussion of songwriting and social protest with Jerry Casale, the co-frontman of Devo since its formation in 1973. https://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/partiallyexaminedlife/NEM_ep_157_8-25-21.mp3 Jerry developed the idea of “devolution” with his friend Bob Lewis in the late ’60s when attending Kent State University, and by his own account was radicalized to political action by the Kent State shootings in 1970...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Podcasts, College, Iraq, Alan Moore, America, Italy, Ohio, Napa, Mark, Kent State, Kent State University, Jerry, Rolling Stones, Devo


Encore! Encore! An Hour of the World’s Most Beautiful Classical Guitar

When it comes to encores, most musicians like to slate in a guaranteed crowdpleaser to send the audience out on a high. Conventional wisdom holds that an encore should be short, and change the mood created by the piece preceding it. Classical guitarist Ana Vidovi? takes a different approach. For the last few years, she has concluded most concerts by taking audience suggestions for the piece that will take it on home, viewing it as an opportunity to make an extra connection with fans: It’...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, San Francisco, Ukraine, Beijing, Richard, Omni, Asturias, San Francisco Bay Area, Johann Sebastian Bach, Bach, David Russell, St Mark, Corrente, Isaac Albeñiz


David Bowie’s Lost Album Toy Will Get an Official Release: Hear the First Track “You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving”

To the serious Bowie fan, the unreleased self-covers album Toy is not a secret. This collection of reworked pre-“Space Oddity” songs recorded with his touring band from his 2000 Glastonbury appearance was bootlegged a year after it was shelved in 2001. And it has been re-pressed illegally nearly every year since, sometimes as Toy and sometimes as The Lost Album. Some of the fourteen cuts popped up as b-sides over the years, but the whole album? Maybe, fans thought…one day. Well, that one...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Beyonce, College, Radiohead, David Bowie, O'leary, Glastonbury, Pete Townshend, Bowie, EMI, KCRW, Davy Jones, William S Burroughs, Beeb, Ted Mills


Nirvana Refuses to Mime Along to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on Top of the Pops (1991)

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, first released on September 24, 1991, “the day,” writes Michael Tedder at Stereogum, “that college radio-nurtured types and arty hard rock officially became rebranded as Alternative Rock, and, according to legend, everything changed forever.” You might believe that legend even if you remember the reality. Yes, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was just as huge as everybody says — and, yes, you likely recall where you were when y...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Dave Grohl, Sinead O'connor, Morrissey, Kurt Cobain, Nme, Pearl Jam, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Kurt, Olympia Washington, Josh Jones, Soundgarden, Jim Morrison, Mark Beaumont


Why Scientists Can’t Recreate the Sound of Stradivarius Violins: The Mystery of Their Inimitable Sound

In his influential 1936 essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” critic Walter Benjamin used the word “aura” to describe an artwork’s “presence in time and space” — an explanation of the thrill, or chill, we get from standing before a Jackson Pollock, say, or a Michelangelo, rather than a photograph of the same. Writing in the age of radio, photography, and newspapers, Benjamin believed that aura could not be transmitted or copied: “Even the most perfect reproducti...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Europe, Music, Texas, College, Green, Italy, Jackson Pollock, Benjamin, Josh Jones, Francesco, Texas A M University, Walter Benjamin, Cremona Italy, Amati


Listen to Freddie Mercury & David Bowie on the Isolated Vocal Track for the Queen Hit ‘Under Pressure,’ 1981

In the summer of 1981, the British band Queen was recording tracks for their tenth studio album, Hot Space, at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland. As it happened, David Bowie had scheduled time at the same studio to record the title song for the movie Cat People. Before long, Bowie stopped by the Queen sessions and joined in. The original idea was that he would add backup vocals on the song “Cool Cat.” “David came in one night and we were playing other people’s songs for fun, just...
Tags: Facebook, Music, New York, College, David, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Vh1, Mercury, Power Station, Bowie, Brian May, Blake, Fred, Roger Taylor, Montreux Switzerland


Beethoven’s Unfinished Tenth Symphony Gets Completed by Artificial Intelligence: Hear How It Sounds

Few symphonies are as well-known as Beethoven’s Ninth, an assertion supported by the fact that it’s no doubt playing in your head even as you read this. Few symphonies are less well-known — at least by Beethoven’s standards — than his Tenth, primarily because he never actually got the thing finished. He did make a start on it, however, and at his death in 1827 left behind notes and drafts composed alongside the Ninth, which had also been commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society. Su...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Technology, College, Intel, Deutsche Telekom, Beethoven, Salzburg, Seoul, Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Bach, Colin Marshall, Bach Beethoven, Barry Cooper, Robert Levin


Hear the Brazilian Metal Band Singing in–and Trying to Save–Their Native Language of Tupi-Guarani

The indigenous languages spoken in Brazil number around 170, a testament to the survival of tribal communities nearly wiped out by colonialism and commerce. Yet 40 of those languages have fewer than 100 speakers, and many more are declining rapidly. For linguists, “it’s a fight against time,” Luisi Destri writes at Pesquisa. Researchers estimate most, if not all, of these languages could disappear within 50 to 100 years, and some believe 30 percent might fade in the next 15 years. “Knowl...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Language, Metallica, Brazil, Black Sabbath, BRASILIA, Josh Jones, Pagan, Aquino, Guarani, University of São Paulo, Durham NC Follow, Tocantins, Mongolia Plays Heavy Metal


Superstar Violinist Nigel Kennedy Reinvents Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”: Watch Two Dynamic Performances

Violinists don’t often make the news these days, but when one does, you can be reasonably assured either that a musical controversy is afoot, or that the violinist in question is Nigel Kennedy. This time, both of those are the case: Kennedy, as The Guardian‘s Dalya Alberge reports, “has pulled out of a concert at the Royal Albert Hall with only days to go after accusing the radio station Classic FM of preventing him from performing a Jimi Hendrix tribute.” At issue is his intent to perfo...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Jimi Hendrix, Seoul, Kennedy, Vivaldi, Duke Ellington, Hendrix, Stravinsky, Royal Albert Hall, Nigel Kennedy, Stephane Grappelli, Colin Marshall, Eddie Van Halen, Hear Lost Recording of Pink Floyd Playing


The Recording Secrets of Nirvana’s Nevermind Revealed by Producer Butch Vig

People figured out that I’d tapped into something in making that record; a lot of labels came calling because they wanted to see if I could bring that magic to whatever artists they had. But I found it sorta annoying in some ways, because people thought I had a formula, that I could take a folk artist or a blues guitarist and make them sound like Nirvana. The pop cultural phenomenon of Nirvana’s Nevermind caught everyone involved by surprise — from the band, to the label, to Butch Vig, j...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Dave, Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Kurt, Josh Jones, Butch, Cobain, Geffen, Billie Eilish, VIG, Krist Novoselic, Durham NC Follow, Butch Vig


The Drive Soundtrack Turns 10

The first time I saw Drive, it didn’t even have the right music in it.
Tags: Music, College, Ryan Gosling, Desire, The Anniversary, Chromatics, Kavinsky, Cliff Martinez, Electric Youth, Nicolas Winding Refn, Johnny Jewel, Lovefoxxx


I Dressed Like Olivia Rodrigo for a Week & Here’s What Happened

This week, I copied one of Gen Z's newest and most fashionable icons, Olivia Rodrigo.
Tags: Music, Celebs, College, Inspiration, Outfit Ideas, 2000s, Olivia Rodrigo


The Strange Magic of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile”

Poor Polyphonic. He was just about to deliver another perfectly mixed treatise on a classic rock magnum opus when the YouTube algorithm and the Jimi Hendrix Estate stepped in to stop him before publishing. So while you can watch this real-time explication of Hendrix’s more-than-just-a-jam “Voodoo Chile” with just the the graphics and the narration, you should cue up the 15 minute track however you can (for example on Spotify), and then press play when when the video gives the signal. (Th...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Music, New York, College, Chicago, Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Hendrix, KCRW, Winwood, Jack Casady, Mitch Mitchell, Steve Winwood, Jimi Hendrix Estate


Zoom Into a Super High Resolution Photo of Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”

“Just as we take the train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to reach a star,” Vincent Van Gogh wrote to his brother from Arles in the summer of 1888: What’s certainly true in this argument is that while alive, we cannot go to a star, any more than once dead we’d be able to take the train. The following summer, as a patient in the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in Provence, he painted what would become his best known work — The Starry Night. The summer after that, he was dead of a gun...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Music, College, Provence, Arles, Rouen, Van Gogh, Moma, Vincent Van Gogh, Gogh, Maggie Rogers, Tarascon, Paul de Mausole, Theo Starry Night


Paul McCarney vs. Brian Wilson: A Rivalry That Inspired Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper, and Other Classic Albums

One could argue that the album as we know it didn’t exist before the mid-1960s. As a medium of recorded music, the “long-playing” 33 1⁄3 rpm record was introduced in 1948, and the market proved quick to take it up. A great many musicians recorded LPs over the following decade and a half, but these were produced and consumed primarily as bundles of individual songs. The heyday of radio, which lasted into the 1950s, imbued the single — especially the hit single — with enormous cultural pow...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Beach Boys, History, Paul Mccartney, Brian Wilson, Seoul, Beatles, Mccartney, Wilson, Sgt Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club, Colin Marshall, Paul McCarney, 21st Century Los Angeles, George Martin Break Down


Paul McCartney vs. Brian Wilson: A Rivalry That Inspired Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper, and Other Classic Albums

One could argue that the album as we know it didn’t exist before the mid-1960s. As a medium of recorded music, the “long-playing” 33 1⁄3 rpm record was introduced in 1948, and the market proved quick to take it up. A great many musicians recorded LPs over the following decade and a half, but these were produced and consumed primarily as bundles of individual songs. The heyday of radio, which lasted into the 1950s, imbued the single — especially the hit single — with enormous cultural pow...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Beach Boys, History, Paul Mccartney, Brian Wilson, Seoul, Beatles, Mccartney, Wilson, Sgt Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, George Martin Break Down, Beach Boys Given


Watch Prince Appear on the Muppets Tonight Show & Reveal His Humble, Down-to-Earth Side (1997)

From Frog to Prince: We will always love your music and you. Our hearts are yours. Thanks for being a friend. — Kermit the Frog, April 21, 2016 There was a time when sharing the screen with the Muppets was the ultimate celebrity status symbol. Prince never appeared on The Muppet Show — 1999, the 1982 album that made him a household name, was released the year after the series concluded its run – but he got his chance fifteen years later, with an appearance on the shorter lived Muppets To...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Comedy, Television, College, Muppets, Prince, Sam, Kermit, Thatcher, Blondie, Muppet Treasure Island, Kirk Thatcher, Smollet, Debbie Harry Perform, Hoo Haw


Hear Charlie Watts Inimitable Isolated Drum Tracks on “Gimme Shelter,” “Beast of Burden,” and “Honky Tonk”

When I was a kid in New Jersey, if you were looking for work, there’d be ads for musicians. In the mid-60s and 70s, they would invariably say: “Wanted: Charlie Watts type drummer” — Max Weinberg Since Charlie Watts passed away last month, tribute upon tribute has poured in to celebrate his style, his austere simplicity, his role as the calm, steady eye of the Rolling Stones’ roiling storm. “Drumming is often ugly,” Amanda Petrusich wrote at The New Yorker, “but Watts looked so beautiful ...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, James Brown, New Jersey, Martin Scorsese, Al Jackson, Keith, Watts, Springsteen, Mick, Charlie, Rolling Stones, Stewart Copeland, Charlie Parker, Josh Jones


Meet Brushy One String, the One String Guitar Player Who Will Blow Your Mind

When Jamaican musician Andrew Chin, better known as Brushy One String first told friends about his vision — “a dream in which he was told to play the one-string guitar” — they responded with mockery — all but one, who “insisted it was fate,” writes Playing for Change, “and that he had to make that dream come true.” So Brushy set out to do just that, playing on streetcorners and in the market, “in a big broad hat and sunglasses,” he says. The music came to him naturally. He is no ordinary...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Japan, Mississippi, College, Npr, Eddie, Keith Richards, Tina Turner, Robert Johnson, New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival, Shabba Ranks, Josh Jones, Bo Diddley, Teddy Pendergrass, UNITAR


ABBA Set to Release Their First Album in 40 Years: Hear Two New Tracks, and Get a Glimpse of Their Digital Live Show

45 years ago, ABBA’s music was inescapable. 25 years ago, it had become a seemingly unwelcome reminder of the inanities of the 1970s in general and the days of disco in particular. But now, it’s revered: rare is the 21st-century music critic who absolutely refuses to acknowledge the Swedish foursome’s mastery of pure pop songwriting and studio production. With current musicians, too, naming ABBA among their inspirations without embarrassment, the time has surely come for ABBA themselves ...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Japan, Technology, London, College, Abba, Seoul, Waterloo, Ulvaeus, Anni Frid Lyngstad, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Bjorn Ulvaeus Benny Andersson Agnetha Faltskog, Facebook ABBA



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