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The History of the Guitar: See the Evolution of the Guitar in 7 Instruments

A thoroughly modern instrument with an ancient heritage, the history of the guitar dates back some 500-plus years. If we take into account similar stringed instruments with similar designs, we can push that date back a few thousand years, but there is some scholarly disagreement over when the guitar emerged as an instrument distinct from the lute. In any case, stringed instrument historian Brandon Acker is here to walk us through some of the significant differences, with “seven checkpoin...
Tags: Facebook, Music, College, Spain, History, Portugal, Keith Richards, North Africa, Les Paul, Josh Jones, Mesopotamia, Rob Scallon, John Dowland, Acker, Durham NC Follow, Circuit Board


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...
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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


A tiny, invasive bug and the climate crisis are changing how guitars are made, and shifting the course of music history

Fender; Marianne Ayala/Insider Swamp ash is a wood prized by guitar makers and musicians for its light weight and resonant sound. But flooding, and a tiny bug, threaten the wood and the sound that is synonymous with rock music. Fender is phasing out ash after 70 years of use, and ash trees could soon disappear altogether. See more stories on Insider's business page. In 1970, when Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page recorded the iconic solo on "Stairway to Heaven," he was playing a 1959 Fend...
Tags: Music, Florida, Texas, Science, Mississippi, Entertainment, Climate Change, China, Trees, US, America, Trends, Jimi Hendrix, Canada, United States, Portland


Pino Palladino, pop's greatest bassist: 'I felt like a performing monkey!'

One of the world’s most celebrated bass players has worked with everyone from Adele to Elton John, the Who and D’Angelo. But the Welsh musician has hidden from the spotlight – until nowBy his own admission, Pino Palladino is not a man much accustomed to giving interviews. “Very reticent,” he nods during a Zoom call, his accent speaking noticeably louder of his childhood in Cardiff than his current home in LA. “You know, there was a time when I was featured in all sorts of musicians’ magazines, a...
Tags: Music, La, Adele, Pink Floyd, The Who, Culture, Pop and rock, Ed Sheeran, Bryan Ferry, Elton John, Harry Styles, Cardiff, Rod Stewart, Keith Richards, D'angelo, Nine Inch Nails


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


All Praise Lou Ottens: The Inventor of the Cassette Tape Dies at Age 94

The cassette tape is so ubiquitous, so much a part of my life since I can even remember music as a thing, that it was a shock to find out that the man who invented it, Lou Ottens, passed away at the age of 94. Of course, somebody did have to invent the cassette tape, but in all these years I never thought to look the person up. Such an invention first makes you think of the world before it: records (dearly beloved, still around), and reel-to-reel tape (not so dearly beloved). The former ...
Tags: Google, Music, College, History, Philips, Keith Richards, Facebook Twitter, KCRW, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Mills, Ottens, Hasselt Belgium, Andy Warhol Marcel Duchamp, Lou Ottens


Marianne Faithfull: 'I was in a dark place. Presumably it was death'

After battling Covid-19 for three weeks in hospital, Faithfull went on to finish her 21st solo album – and possibly her last. She reflects on how she might never sing again, her hatred of being a 60s muse and why she still believes in miraclesMarianne Faithfull is on the phone from her home in Putney, south-west London. She sounds exactly like you would expect: as husky as her singing on every album she has made for the past 40 years and, as the daughter of a baroness, very posh. Her vocabulary ...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marianne Faithfull, Faithfull, Coronavirus, Putney south west London


A Visual History of The Rolling Stones Documented in a Beautiful, 450-Page Photo Book by Taschen

There is a certain look that screams rock ‘n’ roll—one part outlaw biker, one part psychedelic magician, one part pimp, one part circus performer…. But where did it come from? We could trace it back to Link Wray, Little Richard, Elvis, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. But the Rolling Stones refined and perfected the look, as they refined and perfected the slurred, shambling barroom blues that became a signature sound at their peak. Even punks who rejected the rock star image couldn’t help looking like Ke...
Tags: Google, Books, Music, New York, London, College, New York Times, Keith Richards, Anthony Bourdain, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, Mick Taylor, Rolling Stones, Brian Jones, Josh Jones, Bill Wyman


Learn the Stories Behind Iconic Songs: The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You,” REM’s “Losing My Religion,” Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” & More

There was a time when pop lyrics did not exactly spark curiosity, doo-lang doo-lang doo-lang. They may have tapped into some universal teenage feelings, but rarely inspired further thought along the lines of “Hmm, I wonder what—or who—inspired that.” Dutch station NPO Radio 2’s interview series Top 2000 a gogo lifts the veil. Each entry reveals the origin story of a well known song. The late Bill Withers, above, intimated that every woman he’d even been involved with thought "Ain’t N...
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Gilda Radner Does a Comic Impersonation of Patti Smith: Watch the Classic SNL Skit, “Rock Against Yeast” (1979)

Gimme Mick, gimme MickBaby’s hair, bulgin’ eyes, lips so thickAre you woman, are you manI’m your biggest funked-up fanSo rock me and roll meeee…‘Til I’m sick                                 —(the fictional) Candy Slice, Saturday Night Live Sir Michael Philip—aka Mick Jagger—celebrated his 77th birthday earlier this summer, a milestone his fellow Rolling Stones Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood observed remotely, as befits seniors at particular risk from COVID-19 infection. You, Mick Jagger...
Tags: Google, Music, Comedy, Television, College, America, Mick Jagger, Michelle Obama, Patti Smith, Smith, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Facebook Twitter, Mick, William S Burroughs, Gim


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


Little Richard Burst Into the “Then-Macho World of Rock” and “Changed it Forever”

If Sister Rosetta Tharpe was the Godmother of Rock and Roll, then Little Richard, who passed away Saturday at the age of 87 from bone cancer, deserves to be its Godfather. This is no empty honorific, despite the fact that Tharpe was already touring the country as a teenage gospel prodigy in 1932 when Richard Penniman was born in Macon Georgia, and "other musicians,” including Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, and Elvis Presley, “had already been mining a similar vein by the time [Lit...
Tags: Google, Music, England, College, France, US, America, New York Times, Rosetta, Elvis Presley, Richard, Keith Richards, Penthouse, Facebook Twitter, Macon Georgia, Rosetta Tharpe


The Rolling Stones release Living In a Ghost Town, first original music since 2012

Mick Jagger says new single will ‘resonate through the times we’re living in’ and references coronavirus with the lyric: ‘Life was so beautiful, then we all got locked down’The Rolling Stones have released their first original music since 2012, a new – and rather apocalyptic – single called Living in a Ghost Town.Mick Jagger said the band were “recording some new material before the lockdown and there was one song we thought would resonate through the times that we’re living in right now. We’ve ...
Tags: Music, UK News, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Coronavirus outbreak


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...
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Watch the Hot Guitar Solos of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, “America’s First Gospel Rock Star”

Many of us first encounter Sister Rosetta Tharpe—now deservedly known as the “Godmother of Rock and Roll”—in footage from her 1964 appearance on a Manchester railway platform. She arrives by carriage, struts out before a dilapidated train station, plugs in her custom Gibson SG, and belts out in her powerful soprano, “Didn’t it rain, children!” for an audience of spellbound Brits. The televised performance, part of The American Folk Blues Festival that toured the country between 1963 and ...
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Bittersweet no more: Rolling Stones pass Verve royalties to Richard Ashcroft

An acrimonious copyright dispute meant Ashcroft was forced to give up royalties to Bitter Sweet Symphony, but a ‘kind and magnanimous gesture from Mick and Keith’ passes rights to himMick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones have ended one of the most acrimonious copyright disputes in British pop history, by granting Richard Ashcroft all future royalties from his 1997 song Bitter Sweet Symphony, performed by the Verve.Ashcroft announced the news on the same day he won an Ivor Novello ...
Tags: Business, Music, Law, Music Industry, Culture, Pop and rock, The Rolling Stones, Awards and prizes, Mick Jagger, Indie, Intellectual Property, Keith Richards, Ivor Novello awards, Jagger, Keith, Mick


Olivia, Gary and the Zombies

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Olivia Newton-John for my my "House Call" column in the paper's Mansion section (go here). Until I began my pre-interview research, I had no idea Olivia's grandfather was Max Born, the physicist and mathematician who received a Nobel Prize for developing quantum mechanics. Or that when her mother was little, Albert Einstein played violin in her mother's home in Germany while her father played piano. As Olivia pertly remarked, "Well, at leas...
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Rolling Stones duo give backing to Mick Jagger as tour postponed

Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood voice support after singer seeks medical treatmentSir Mick Jagger’s Rolling Stones bandmates have expressed their support for the 75-year-old frontman after he announced he was pulling out of a tour of the US and Canada because of an undisclosed medical problem.Jagger, who follows a strict diet and fitness regime, said he was “devastated” to let down the band’s fans after he announced the group were postponing the North American leg of their tour on doctor’s orders...
Tags: Music, Americas, US, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Canada, Pop and rock, The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Jagger


Keith, Tony and Bill

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Keith Richards and Steve Jordan on their 1988 song, Take It So Hard, off of Keith's first solo album, Talk Is Cheap (go here). The interview was for my "Anatomy of a Song" column. I interviewed Keith once before, when we talked about the writing and recording of Street Fighting Man. As rockers go, Keith is about as hip and verbally interesting as they get. Always fun. Talk Is Cheap will be re-issues with bonus tracks today here. Also in t...
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BMG Reports Strong 'Organic' Growth

Bertelsmann’s indie music subsidiary BMG marked its 10th year in 2018 with significant growth in revenue and profits.  BMG reported that overall revenue for 2018 was up by 7.5 %  to €545 million / $613 million USD. BMG attributed the revenue to “organic growth” and noted the benefits of the expansion of its recordings business, which grew strongly during the reporting year. The EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) margin rose to 22.5% for 2018, up fr...
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Save the ARC, the largest popular music library in the United States

New York City's ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) is a cultural treasure packed with actual treasures. Inside the walls of this not-for-profit private research library in TriBeCa are 3 million physical audio recordings, many on vinyl records. The ARC's founder, Bob George, is also a cultural treasure -- warm, obsessive, kind, committed, and a walking encyclopedia of popular music -- from obscure folk to the avant-garde. In recent years, Bob's been working closely with the Internet Archive to d...
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Hear a Six-Hour Mix Tape of Hunter S. Thompson’s Favorite Music & the Songs Name-Checked in His Gonzo Journalism

Of all the musical moments in Hunter S. Thompson's formidable corpus of "gonzo journalism," which one comes most readily to mind? I would elect the scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas when Thompson's alter-ego Raoul Duke finds his attorney "Dr. Gonzo" in the bathtub, "submerged in green water — the oily product of some Japanese bath salts he'd picked up in the hotel gift shop, along with a new AM/FM radio plugged into the electric razor socket. Top volume. Some gibberish by a thing called '...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Carter, Literature, Las Vegas, Terry Gilliam, Haruki Murakami, Seoul, Keith Richards, Duke, Lennon, Thompson, Joy


Hear a Six-Hour Mix of Hunter S. Thompson’s Favorite Music & the Songs Name-Checked in His Gonzo Journalism

Of all the musical moments in Hunter S. Thompson's formidable corpus of "gonzo journalism," which one comes most readily to mind? I would elect the scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas when Thompson's alter-ego Raoul Duke finds his attorney "Dr. Gonzo" in the bathtub, "submerged in green water — the oily product of some Japanese bath salts he'd picked up in the hotel gift shop, along with a new AM/FM radio plugged into the electric razor socket. Top volume. Some gibberish by a thing called '...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Carter, Literature, Las Vegas, Terry Gilliam, Haruki Murakami, Seoul, Keith Richards, Duke, Lennon, Thompson, Joy


13 concerts that are going to be totally worth seeing in 2019

This has been a huge year for concerts and music of all genres in Southern California. From ginormous, multi-day festivals and spectacular one-offs, elaborate tours that stopped in a variety of local stadiums, clubs and amphitheaters and hard-to-get-into, exclusive small-venue experiences, music fans turned out in droves to catch these performances. Whether it was the double-header of hip-hop/R&B king and queen Jay-Z and Beyoncé at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the first headlining arena show from ...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Jay Z, Church, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Wings, Things To Do, Soccer, Egypt, Ozzy Osbourne, Ariana Grande, Broadway, Hugh Jackman, Elton John


Keith Richards gives up drinking (almost), saying 'I got fed up with it'

Hard-living Rolling Stones guitarist says he hasn’t been on the hard booze for about a yearKeith Richards, the legendarily hard-living guitarist of the Rolling Stones, has quit drinking – almost – saying he “just got fed up with it”.Despite inspiring an industry of memes celebrating his unreconstructed lifestyle, Richards has told Rolling Stone magazine that he has more or less quite the booze. Continue reading...
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The Rolling Stones Curate 'Confessin' the Blues'

None The blues' influence on rock 'n' roll is well documented. Likewise, the Rolling Stones' reverence for blues music is equally chronicled. Therefore, the compilation Confessin' the Blues makes sense. Attempting to refocus the public's attention onto the bluesmen who inspired the legendary rock band, the album is composed of classic blues tracks curated by the Rolling Stones. Part of the album's proceeds benefit Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation, an organization devoted to promoting blue...
Tags: Music, Review, Bbc, The Rolling Stones, Blues, Music Review, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Robert Johnson, Dixon, Jefferson, Rolling Stones, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Howlin Wolf


Record Stores Follow Black Friday with Small Business Saturday Exclusives, Sales and Events

[UPDATED] The team and growing network of indie stores behind Record Store Day are celebrating both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this weekend with an extensive array of exclusive releases, special sales, in-store performances, signings and events. Most exclusives (extensive list below) debuted on Black Friday. On Saturday, Record Store Day continues its 6 year collaboration with Small Business Saturday with exclusive releases from Ben Folds, Tony Bennett and Diana Krall, I...
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Record Stores Celebrate Black Friday, Small Business Saturday w/ Exclusives, Sales and Events

The team and growing network of indie stores behind Record Store Day are celebrating both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this weekend November 23- 24 with an extensive array of exclusive releases, special sales, in-store performances, signings and events. Most exclusives (extensive list below) will debut on Black Friday. But  on Saturday, Record Store Day continues its 6 year collaboration with Small Business Saturday with exclusive releases from Ben Folds, Tony Bennett and Dian...
Tags: Black Friday, Facebook, Music, Hollywood, Taylor Swift, Bonnie Raitt, Africa, Disney, David Bowie, Madonna, Dallas, Sinead O'connor, Howard Stern, Record Store Day, Keith Richards, DOE


The Rolling Stones Announce 2019 US Tour Dates

Fifty-six years in, the Rolling Stones are still rolling. The classic rockers just announced a new round of American tour dates for 2019. They're calling it the US No Filter Tour -- presumably a reference to Mick Jagger's favorite social media platform, Instagram. More »
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