Rock music began in the 1950s as a fusion of country and R&B, but the influential and initially controversial genre proved its longevity as it spanned across multiple decades. Even today, as it’s often eclipsed by hip-hop and electro-tinged pop music in the Billboard charts, rock endures in the DNA of popular songcraft and in the hard-edged production and instrumentation of many underground and alternative acts. The long history of rock music, encompassing literally hundreds of movements and subgenres, is impossible to condense into something easily digestible, but we tried anyway, using specific artists to summarize the origins and the impact of several key eras and movements within rock music.
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Rock and roll music became a significant cultural force in the mid-1950s, as multiple artists culminated showy, energetic public images while releasing hit singles bridging the genres of rockabilly, country-western music, R&B and of course, rock music. The biggest star of this formative period for rock and roll music was the Memphis-based singer Elvis Presley, whose 1954 single “That’s All Right (Mama)” is often placed in the running for the first bona fide rock song. Skew details
Paul McCartney stars in the new video for "Love Song to the Earth," an all-star collaboration recorded in the lead-up to the Paris climate conferences. While the lyric video was unveiled in September, McCartney, along with Colbie Caillat, Sean Paul, Natasha Bedingfield and Q'orianka Kilcher, appear in the song's proper video exploring the beauty of the planet and the potential ravages of climate change. The video follows an accord that aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
In the Trey Fanjoy-directed video, which premiered earlier this month at the COP21 conference in front of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other world leaders, McCartney sings his verses while strolling alone on the beach and gazing out toward the ocean. Award-winning cinematographer Louis Schwartzberg contributes the stunning images of nature in the video.
"I'm glad to be a part of 'Love Song to the Earth,' aiming to inspire people across the world to urge their leaders to act on climate change," McCartney said in a statement prior to the Paris climate talks. "We need to be fast and efficient, switching to renewable energy and eating less meat, for example. Big decisions will be made this week, so I am doing everything I can t details
John Lennon came to New York City in the wake of Beatlemania and found refuge in the City That Doesn’t Care How Famous You Are. He quickly discovered that he could wander the streets, go to movies, and eat at restaurants without being bothered. He developed that specific city loyalty that’s unique to transplants, the gratitude that’s born out of the relief at finding the place you belong, and having that place embrace you wholeheartedly.
When John and Yoko arrived in 1971, they moved into the 17th floor of the St. Regis Hotel, but shortly abandoned their uptown luxury abode for a two-bedroom loft apartment in the West Village. 105 Bank Street soon became a locus of activity, both political and musical, with visitors from all along the spectrum coming at all hours of the day and night — including, of course, the FBI, who were investigating Lennon’s radicalism as grounds for deportation. John and Yoko had immediately gotten involved in a host of social causes, from the Vietnam War, to John Sinclair’s arrest for possession, to the Attica Prison riots. They hung out with the Yippies and the Black Panthers, and commemorated much of their life in the song “New York City” on Lenn details
A little over a decade ago, Mario Cantone performed a one-man show on Broadway in which he reminisced, among other things, about his first acting gig in New York City when he was cast as a rustic in a Shakespearean comedy performing in Central Park. Night after night, the audience never laughed, and he wanted to scream out at them, “You try to making f-king 400-year-old jokes work!”
I thought of Cantone’s comment while I watched the new musical “These Paper Bullets!,” which opened Tuesday at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater. It’s based on the Bard’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” and it makes you wonder why anyone would rework an f-king old plot about lovers who are deceived into thinking they’ve been unfaithful.
Rolin Jones has updated the story to 1964 and set it in London during the heyday of the Beatles, Mary Quant and Vidal Sassoon, although only the hairdresser is a character (very minor) here. Jones’ Fab Four is a group named the Quartos, which hires a talented drummer (James Barry) after dropping an untalented one (Adam O’Byrne), who vows revenge and so kick-starts the story, which is impossible to follow if you do details
About the transient nature of human existence, legendary sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar influenced George Harrison’s post-Beatles song, All Things Must Pass. Timothy Leary’s psychedelic adaptation of the Tao Te Ching, Harrison’s love for Eastern music and philosophy was ignited by Shankar’s tutorial of the Indian instrument with distinctive timbre and resonance that included learning the music’s philosophy.
At 92, Shankar has completed his cycle of life at a San Diego medical facility.
Last year, he was treated for upper respiratory and heart ailments. The heart-valve replacement surgery he underwent recently failed to extend his life. Wife Sukanya and daughter Anoushka, also a sitar virtuoso, were by his bedside. Jazz singer Norah Jones is also his daughter by concert producer Sue Jones.
Neil Portnow, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, had informed Shankar before he died that Shankar would receive Grammy Award for a lifetime achievement in February.
Shankar’s immeasurable influence on classical and contemporary music led the Beatles to their multi-cultural phase that became the benchmark of their maturity period that produced the details
Washington disc jockey Carroll James didn't realize it at the time, but on this day, in 1963, he helped The Beatles launch the third British invasion of America. This time, the attack didn't come by land or by sea, however...this one was by air. More precisely, the air waves. The first shot fired in the assault on every facet of American culture came in the form of a song, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," by The Beatles. By the time this invasion was done, our musical and cultural landscape would never be the same.
The Beatles, who served as the vanguard for this sonic assault on our shores were already conquerors at home. After a few years honing their skills, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr had seen their fame grow exponentially in late 1962 with their first hit, "Love Me Do." The were dubbed "The Fab Four" and the first stirrings of the soon to be worldwide phenomenon known as "Beatlemania" were felt.
On a snowy, early December day, America's most trusted voice Walter Cronkite was looking for an upbeat story to fill out his show and decided to rerun a recent piece on the Beatles surging popularity in England. The segment had only aired during the morning news, but hadn't been reran as pa details
The pianist who played John Lennon’s Imagine outside the Bataclan theatre following the Paris terror attacks has visited Liverpool.
Davide Martello made the 400-mile trip to Paris from a pub in Germany after watching the terrorist explosions began at the Stade de France during an international football friendly. The performer put his piano on a trailer and drove all night before towing his instrument through the Paris streets to the venue where at least 89 people were killed when terrorists opened fire in the crowd. His performance of Imagine outside the Bataclan went global.
Martello, who also performs under the name Klavierkunst, last week came to Merseyside while filming a documentary about his life. And he popped into The Beatles Story at the Albert Dock to perform at the John Lennon peace memorial.
While at the waterfront, he said: “ John Lennon’s music means a lot to me. He didn’t do it because he had to, he did it because he wanted to. “He was a true pacifist and music was his gift to people. He’s the one of the most important people to me”. Speaking about his performance outside the Bataclan, Martello said: “Imagine was always the first choice for m details
We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about George Harrison, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more riveting details of the Beatles lead guitarist’s life that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you learn!
Number Eight: He Played Violin…Sort Of. While recording “All You Need Is Love,” Harrison can be heard playing the violin. This was despite the fact that he had never picked one up in his entire life.
Number Seven: He Was Admired by Sinatra. Frank Sinatra once called Harrison’s “Something,” “…the greatest love song of the last 50 years.” Harrison would often perform the ballad live.
Number Six: He Got Into a Fight Over a Biscuit. While making Abbey Road, Harrison got very upset when Yoko Ono took one of his chocolate biscuits without asking him first. It was reportedly his last biscuit.
Number Five: He Lost His Virginity While Everyone Else Was Watching. According to Harrison, he first had sex in Hamburg, Germany, in a bunk bed. The other Beatles were in the room when it happened. He said, “[Paul, John and Pete Best] details
Though George Harrison died over 10 years ago, he is a long way away from ever being forgotten. The lead guitarist for The Beatles was one of the most iconic musicians of his time. Though a lot of his life has been put in front of the public eye, there are some things that even the biggest Beatles fans don’t know about him. Here, we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about George Harrison. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: He Was Part of The Quarry Men. Before there were The Beatles, there were The Quarry Men. They made a record in the summer of 1958 that featured Harrison, and the record cost 17 and sixpence to create.
Number Fourteen: He Was Involved in the First Recording the Beatles Made. The very first song the Beatles recorded was “Cry for a Shadow,” which was an instrumental song Harrison did with John Lennon.
Number Thirteen: He Was Deported From Germany. When the Hamburg police realized that Harrison had entered the country under the age of 18, they deported him. The rest of the Beatles stayed to perform, although they were all later deported as well.
Number Twelve: He Was Very Witty. During the details
The regeneration of Liverpool's Welsh Streets is to continue after the council dropped a legal challenge over the demolition of nearly 300 homes.
Liverpool City Council ended its appeal against a government ruling in favour of the area's "Beatles heritage".
A council spokesman said the veto was "illogical" but wanted to avoid "protracted" legal action.
Plans for the site in Dingle, which include Ringo Starr's birthplace, would also have seen 154 new homes built.
The Welsh Streets' demolition was part of a £15m regeneration project with social landlord Plus Dane which would have built the new properties.
The Beatles' drummer's former home at 9 Madryn Street was due to be refurbished, along with 36 other properties, leaving 271 other terraced houses demolished.
Nina Edge, secretary of The Welsh Streets Home Group, welcomed the decision adding: "Fingers crossed that Liverpool City Council and Plus Dane have now got an alternative vision for the area."
The city council said: "We still regard the Secretary of State's decision as unreasonable and illogical. However, our priority, rather than engage in protracted legal arguments, is to regen details