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MUSIC TODAY-July 3rd 2011



Sunday, July 03, 2011

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Born on this day:
1930, Tommy Tedesco, American session guitarist.
1940, Fontella Bass, US female singer
1948, Paul Barrere, guitar, Little Feat
1957, Laura Branigan,
1955, Mike Corby, The Babys

1969, Brian Jones drowned while under the influence of drugs and alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool, aged 27. His body was found at the bottom of the pool by his Swedish girlfriend Anna Wohlin. For more on this story, see This Day in Music Spotlight.

1970, the three day Atlanta Pop Festival took place, featuring The Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Johnny Winter, Mountain, Procol Harum and Rare Earth. Over 200,000 music fans attended the festival.

1971, American singer, songwriter and poet, Jim Morrison of The Doors was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, France, the cause of death was given as a heart attack. He co-wrote some of the group’s biggest hits, including “Light My Fire,” “Love Me Two Times,” and “Love Her Madly.” On the 25th anniversary of his death an estimated 15,000 fans gathered at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France to pay their respects.

1982, the Human League started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles charts with “Don’t You Want Me,” also a U.K. #1.

1986, U2 crew member Greg Carroll was killed in a motorcycle accident in Dublin while running an errand for Bono. The song “One Tree Hill” on the bands Joshua Tree album is dedicated to Carroll.

2002, a session violinist serenaded a High Court judge during a copyright battle worth an estimated £100,000. The case was over the rights to The Bluebells version of “Young at Heart.” Bobby Valentino won his case as joint owner of the song.

2003, Libertines singer Pete Doherty was arrested after breaking into band member Carl Barat’s flat.

2004, David Crosby was fined $5,000 (£2,745) by a U.S. court after admitting attempted criminal possession of a weapon. It followed his arrest in New York in March when a gun, knife and marijuana were found in his luggage.

Hacksaws and Scrapyards: George Lynch Goes Mad Scientist

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Former Dokken guitarist George Lynch is a breed apart from most of his six-string cohorts. The 56-year-old axeman, whose new Kill All Control album hits stores on July 19, is an admitted scavenger and mad scientist when it comes to his trademark instrument.

The man behind “Mr. Scary” told that the tinkering started when, as a 10-year-old, he remodeled his first electric guitar with a hacksaw, swapping “the terrible pickups with new crappy pickups.” He also set about creating his own amps.

“I kept the old cabinets and stacked them on top of each other to make it look like I had a bunch of amps,” he said. “I would make these cabinets six feet tall, so they would look impressive, but they would only have one speaker in them. I made them out of Masonite and fiberglass and covered them with green shag carpet. Since I didn’t know what I was doing, the new cabinets sounded horrible.”

Lynch continued to build guitars during his years as an up-and-coming fretburner on the L.A. metal scene in the early ’80s.

“I used to assemble guitars for a lot of my students to supplement my income while I was teaching in various places. One of the people I worked for was Delores Rhoads, Randy Rhoads’ mother, for a while. Randy got the Ozzy gig, but I got his teaching job. I would get $5 to $10 an hour, but I had kids to support, so I would build guitars for my students to supplement my teaching income.”

To this day, Lynch’s hunt for parts takes him to places like a Los Angeles computer scrapyard.

“I come here to scavenge for parts for guitar and amplifiers and whatnot,” he admitted.

“They have everything from amplifier tubes to torpedoes. If there was an earthquake, you’d be buried under all the crap, because they have stacks of junk that are 30 feet in the air.”

Patti Smith to Release Career-Spanning Compilation

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Punk poet and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith has announced she will release her first single-disc, career-spanning retrospective this summer. Outside Society will include highlights of Smith’s recordings from 1975 to 2007.

The collection, due on August 23, will feature material from both her tenure with Arista and Columbia. Selections include “Gloria” from 1975’s Horses, “Because the Night” from 1978’s Easter, “Dancing Barefoot” from 1979’s Wave, “People Have the Power” from 1988’s Dream of Life and “Glitter in Their Eyes” from 2000’sGung Ho. The collection also includes her radically different version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” from 2007.

The album booklet will include track-by-track notes from Smith. Her recollection of “Because the Night” (via  a press release):  “Bruce Springsteen gave me a great gift in allowing me to lend verses to his beautifully constructed anthem. My contribution was written for my future husband, Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith. Though we have performed it hundreds of times, the strong response it draws always makes it fresh and exciting to sing.”

Patti Smith, Outside Society tracklist:

1. “Gloria”
2. “Free Money”
3. “Ain’t it Strange”
4. “Pissing in a River”
5. “Because the Night”
6. “Rock N Roll Nigger”
7. “Dancing Barefoot”
8. “Frederick”
9. “So You Want to Be a Rock N Roll Star”
10. “People Have the Power”
11. “Up There Down There”
12. “Beneath the Southern Cross”
13. “Summer Cannibals”
14. “1959”
15. “Glitter in Their Eyes”
16. “Lo and Beholden” (radio edit)
17. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
18. “Trampin’”

Public Image Ltd. Working on First Album Since ’92

Sunday, July 03, 2011

The guys in Public Image Ltd. have confirmed that they are writing and recording their first album in nearly 20 years, according to the Quietus. The reunited band’s last studio release was 1992’s That What is Not.

Frontman John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) said that PiL are in a studio that is “in the outskirts of nowhere.”

The post-punkers reunited in 2009 and toured extensively in 2010. Lydon did advertisements for Country Life Butter in order to fund the band’s recent tours and studio time.

Sneak Peek: Def Leppard’s New Photo Book

Sunday, July 03, 2011

For over 30 years, Def Leppard have served up rock anthems to legions of fans, tallying over 65 million album sales worldwide. Now, legendary rock journalist Ross Halfin is giving fans a glimpse inside the machine that createdPyromania and Hysteria with his new book, Def Leppard: The Definitive Visual History. The 232-page tome covers the history of the band, from their early days on the Sheffield club scene to 21st Century, globe-spanning arena tours.

Def Leppard: The Definitive Visual History goes on sale July 5. Joe Elliott and company have just released a video preview, featured below.

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