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Monday, July 04, 2011

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Born on this day:
1938, Bill Withers, singer-songwriter
1943, Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, singer-songwriter, guitar, Canned Heat
1948, Jeremy Spencer, guitar, Fleetwood Mac
1955, John Waite, singer, bass, The Babys, Bad English, solo
1964, Mark Slaughter, singer, guitar, Slaughter
1972, William Goldsmith, drummer, Foo Fighters, Sunny Day Real Estate

1966, The Beatles played two shows at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila, Philippines to over 80,000 fans. The band failed to appear at a palace reception hosted by President Marcos’ family, who were not informed that The Beatles had declined their invitation. The Philippine media misrepresented this as a deliberate snub, and when Brian Epstein tried to make a televised statement, his comments were disrupted by static. As The Beatles made their way to the airport the next day, they were greeted by angry mobs as the Philippine government retaliated by refusing them police protection.

1969, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney & Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival in Byron, Georgia.

1976, The Clash made their live debut supporting The Sex Pistols at the Black Swan in Sheffield, England.

1999, Victoria “Posh Spice” Adams married soccer superstar David Beckham at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland. Thecouple had signed a deal worth £1million for OK magazine to have the exclusive photo rights.

2003, singer Barry White died from kidney failure. He was 58.

2005, U2 prevailed in their lawsuit to have items of memorabilia returned by their former stylist, Lola Cashman, who they accused of stealing. Some of the items included a Stetson hat and earrings. Ms. Cashman had worked as a stylist for U2 during the ’80s.

2010, George Michael was arrested after he crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London. The singer was returning home from a Gay Pride parade when the incident was spotted on closed circuit television. He was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive and charged with “possession of cannabis” and “driving while unfit through drink or drugs”.

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp Gets Book Deal

Monday, July 04, 2011

Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker will release a book of his lyrics this October. According to The Guardian, the book is called Mother, Brother, Lover: Selected Lyrics.

Cocker explained the books: “When [Pulp’s lyrics] were reproduced on the record sleeves, it always used to say ‘N.B. please do not read the words while listening to the recordings.’ But I’ve accumulated a certain amount of work now and I think a lot of the appeal is that Faber have published a lot of poets I like. The idea that I could be allowed on the same shelf is very flattering. So I went back and looked at the words, and with that passage of time I realized some of them were alright.”

Cocker and a reunited Pulp recently played Glastonbury and will perform at the

Reading and Leeds festival in August.

Johnny Winter Reveals All-Star Album

Monday, July 04, 2011

Guitar great Johnny Winter will pay tribute to his blues heroes with the help of an all-star cast on his new album, according to Billboard.comRoots will be released on September 17 and is his first recording for Megaforce Records.

For the album, his first since 2004’s I’m a Blues Man, Winter has put together quite the lineup – Sonny Landreth, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Medeski, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, John Popper, Jimmy Vivino and Johnny’s brother Edgar Winter contribute their talents. The album’s focus is on the songs that inspired Winter in his 42-year career.

“Every song I loved – they’re all big influences on me,” Winter said. “It’s way past time for me [to record an album like this].”

Roots features classics such as Robert Johnson’s “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom,” Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene,” Jimmy Reed’s “Bright Lights, Big City” and Elmore James’ “Done Somebody Wrong.” The Winter brothers teamed up for “Honky Tonk.”

“My brother and I used to play ‘Honky Tonk’ in the [Texas] clubs when we were growing up,” Winter said, explaining that the Winter boys have not yet recorded many of the songs they played when they were starting out. “We will in the future.”

Paul Simon ‘Wouldn’t Change Anything’

Monday, July 04, 2011

Paul Simon recently talked about his career and his new album,So Beautiful or So What, with PBS’ NewsHour. One of the songs on that album is titled “Rewrite,” and involves a man who goes back and rewrites his life story to make it end happier. Given the chance, it’s not something Simon said he would want to do.

“I wouldn’t rewrite. I wouldn’t change anything, even the mistakes, because you never know what you are changing,” he said. “And change it for what? You know, things turned out pretty well. I mean, I really can’t complain about much.”

Simon said that, through music, he has remained the person that wanted to be a musician when he was a kid.

“I’m very lucky that I really like, really enjoy [music], always,” he said. “You know, it was what I wanted to be when I was 12. And I have remained that person, in a lot of ways.”

The music legend also shared that a lot of his newer songs were written very simply, with just a guitar – like many of his ’60s hits.

“Simon & Garfunkel songs, they were all written just with a guitar,” he said. “But they weren’t as rhythmic. A couple of them were. I mean, ‘Mrs. Robinson’ was off that lick.”

As previously reported on, Radiohead are planning to release a series of remixes of the group’s latest album, The King of Limbs. The releases are set to begin today and are available for purchase on limited edition 12-inch vinyl and as digital downloads.

The first batch of remixes, re-workings of “Little by Little” by Caribou and “Lotus Flower” by Jacques Greene, are currently streaming on

The remix series will continue throughout the year, so stay tuned for further announcements.

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