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David Bowie, [ˈboʊi]; pseud. di David Robert Jones (Londra, 8 gennaio 1947), è un cantautore, polistrumentista, attore e compositore britannico.

Attivo dalla metà degli anni sessanta, Bowie ha attraversato cinque decenni della musica rock, reinventando nel tempo il suo stile e la sua immagine e creando alter ego come Ziggy Stardust, Halloween Jack, Nathan Adler, e The Thin White Duke (noto in Italia come il “Duca Bianco”). Dal folk acustico all’elettronica, passando attraverso il glam rock, il soul e il krautrock, David Bowie ha lasciato tracce che hanno influenzato molti artisti.[1]

Come attore, dopo alcune piccole apparizioni ha avuto un ottimo successo nel 1976 come protagonista del film di fantascienza L’uomo che cadde sulla Terra di Nicolas Roeg. Tra le sue interpretazioni più note si ricordano Furyo (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence) di Nagisa Oshima del 1983, Absolute Beginners e Labyrinth del 1986 e Basquiat di Julian Schnabel del 1996 nel quale interpreta il ruolo di Andy Warhol.

David Bowie è sposato dal 1992 con la modella somala Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid ed ha due figli, Duncan Zowie Haywood (nato nel 1971 dal precedente matrimonio con Mary Angela Barnett) e Alexandria Zahra (nata nel 2000), oltre a Zulekha, nata dal precedente matrimonio di Iman. Nel 2008 è stato inserito al 23º posto nella lista dei 100 migliori cantanti secondo Rolling Stone[2], e tra le sue migliori “tracce vocali” ci sono Life on Mars?, Space Oddity, Starman ed Heroes[3]. Nel 2007 è secondo la rivista Forbes al quarto posto nell’elenco dei cantanti più ricchi del mondo[4].

Al ritmo di un disco all’anno, Bowie per parecchi anni nel bene e nel male non si è mai limitato a creare un “marchio Bowie” uguale a se stesso e rassicurante: dalle nostalgie beat con Pin Ups, agli incubi orwelliani di Diamond Dogs, al R&B bianco con Station to Station e Young Americans, all’electro pop intellettuale che, secondo molti critici, costituirà la fase più creativa della sua carriera fra il 1977 e il 1979, con la cosiddetta trilogia berlinese di Low, Heroes e Lodger, album in realtà (salvo il secondo) realizzati solo parzialmente a Berlino, ma comunque fortemente influenzati dalle contaminazioni tra rock ed elettronica di cui erano maestri i Kraftwerk e i Neu!, gruppi entrambi tedeschi.

Decisivo l’incontro con Brian Eno, altro reduce dal glam-rock dei primi settanta con i Roxy Music del dandy Bryan Ferry. Altrettanto decisivo un successo ormai consolidato che permette all’artista di sperimentare soluzioni nuove senza inseguire il riscontro commerciale. Nel frattempo il personaggio non è più l’androgino Ziggy Stardust ma un thin white duke (sottile duca bianco) dalle inquietanti suggestioni androgine sotto uno stile musicale esteriormente sempre più virile, colto, e raffinato.

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David Bowie (/ˈboʊ.i/;[1] born David Robert Jones, 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art.[2] Bowie has been a major figure in the world of popular music for over four decades, and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive baritone voice as well as the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work. Aside from his musical abilities, he is recognised for his androgynous beauty, which was an iconic element to his image, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s.[3][4]

Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969 when his song “Space Oddity” reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. After a three-year period of experimentation he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit single “Starman” and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bowie’s impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, “challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day” and “created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture.”[5] The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved merely one facet of a career marked by continual reinvention, musical innovation and striking visual presentation.

In 1975, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the number-one single “Fame” and the hit album Young Americans, which the singer characterised as “plastic soul”. The sound constituted a radical shift in style that initially alienated many of his UK devotees. He then confounded the expectations of both his record label and his American audiences by recording the minimalist album Low (1977)—the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno over the next two years. Low, “Heroes”, and Lodger, the so-called “Berlin Trilogy” albums, all reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise. After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single “Ashes to Ashes”, its parent album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), and “Under Pressure”, a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached a new commercial peak in 1983 with Let’s Dance, which yielded several hit singles. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including blue-eyed soul, industrial, adult contemporary, and jungle. He has not toured since the 2003–04 Reality Tour and has not performed live since 2006. Bowie’s latest studio album The Next Day was released in March 2013.

David Buckley says of Bowie: “His influence has been unique in popular culture—he has permeated and altered more lives than any comparable figure.”[5] In the BBC’s 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, Bowie was placed at number 29. Throughout his career, he has sold an estimated 140 million albums.[6] In the UK, he has been awarded nine Platinum album certifications, 11 Gold and eight Silver, and in the US, five Platinum and seven Gold certifications. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him 39th on their list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, and 23rd on their list of the best singers of all time.

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Pearl Jam


 

I Pearl Jam sono un gruppo grunge/alternative rock statunitense, formatosi a Seattle nel 1990.

Sono stati tra i gruppi più famosi e di successo degli anni novanta: in carriera hanno venduto oltre 60 milioni di copie di cui 30 milioni soltanto negli Stati Uniti. Nonostante il loro stile differisca molto da gruppi quali i Nirvana e gli Alice in Chains, caratterizzati rispettivamente da profonde influenze punk e metal, hanno creato una di quelle che sono considerate le tre vie del grunge, insieme alle due precedenti, più affine al rock classico degli anni settanta.

Secondo la rivista Rolling Stone, il gruppo «spese la maggior parte degli anni novanta ad allontanare la propria fama» per via del loro atteggiamento anti-commerciale.

Tuttora in piena attività, il gruppo raccoglie consensi di critica e di pubblico, continuando a influenzare numerosi gruppi rock contemporanei.

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Pearl Jam is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its inception, the band’s line-up has comprised Eddie Vedder (lead vocals), Mike McCready (lead guitar), Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar) and Jeff Ament (bass). The band’s fifth member is drummer Matt Cameron (also of Soundgarden), who has been with the band since 1998. Boom Gaspar (piano) has also been a session/touring member with the band since 2002. Drummers Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons are former members of the band.

Formed after the demise of Gossard and Ament’s previous band, Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam broke into the mainstream with its debut album, Ten, in 1991. One of the key bands in the grunge movement of the early 1990s, over the course of the band’s career, its members became noted for their refusal to adhere to traditional music industry practices, including refusing to make proper music videos or give interviews, and engaging in a much-publicized boycott of Ticketmaster. In 2006, Rolling Stone described the band as having “spent much of the past decade deliberately tearing apart
their own fame.”

To date, the band has sold nearly 32 million records in the U.S. and an estimated 60 million worldwide. Pearl Jam has outlasted and outsold many of its contemporaries from the alternative
rock breakthrough of the early 1990s, and is considered one of the most influential bands of that decade. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic referred to Pearl Jam as “the most popular American
rock & roll band of the ’90s

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Sonic Youth


I Sonic Youth sono stati un gruppo alternative/noise rock statunitense, formatosi nel 1981 a New York. Hanno all’attivo oltre 20 album. I componenti del gruppo sono Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo e Steve Shelley.

Partiti dall’esperienza no-wave e dall’avanguardia rock chitarristica dell’ensemble di Glenn Branca (del quale lo stesso Ranaldo ha fatto parte collaborando all’incisione di The Ascension) i Sonic Youth si propongono di creare un proprio carattere espressivo attraverso la sperimentazione delle possibilità offerte da strumenti rock convenzionali come basso, chitarra e batteria. Tratti riconoscibili della loro espressione musicale sono l’utilizzo di accordature “alternative”, chitarra preparata e di feedback, l’improvvisazione come valido ausilio creativo ed espressivo (vedi Velvet Underground) e l’eliminazione delle barriere distintive tra strumenti solisti e strumenti ritmici.

In trent’anni di carriera, i Sonic Youth sono diventati un’autentica istituzione della scena alternativa americana e
mondiale.Il gruppo si è sciolto nel 2011

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Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore (guitar, vocals), Kim Gordon (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Lee Ranaldo (guitar, vocals) remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley (drums) followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up. In their early career Sonic Youth were associated with the no wave art and music scene in New York City. Part of the first wave of American noise rock groups, the band carried out their interpretation of the hardcore punk ethos throughout the evolving American underground that focused more on the DIY ethic of the genre rather than its specific sound.[3]

The band experienced relative commercial success and critical acclaim throughout their existence, continuing partly into the new millennium, including signing to major label DGC in 1990 and headlining the 1995 Lollapalooza festival. Sonic Youth have been praised for having “redefined what rock guitar could do”,using a wide variety of unorthodox guitar tunings and preparing guitars with objects like drum sticks and screwdrivers to alter the instruments’ timbre. The band is considered to be a pivotal influence on the alternative and indie rock movements.

In 1999 their music reached a new audience interested in 20th-century classical music and experimental music with the release of SYR4: Goodbye 20th Century, a double album of covers of avant-garde recordings that featured works by avant-garde classical composers such as John Cage, Yoko Ono, Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros, George Maciunas, Cornelius Cardew, Nicolas Slonimsky and Christian Wolff as played by Sonic Youth along with several collaborators from the modern avant-garde music scene, such as Christian Marclay, William Winant, Wharton Tiers, Takehisa Kosugi and others.

In 2011 Ranaldo announced that the band was “ending for a while” following the separation of married couple Gordon and Moore.[5] Thurston Moore updated and clarified the position in May 2014: “Sonic Youth is on hiatus. The band is a democracy of sorts, and as long as Kim and I are working out our situation, the band can’t really function reasonably.”[6] Gordon refers several times in her 2015 autobiography Girl in a Band to the band having “split up”

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The Names


The Names sono una band post punk belga di Bruxelles, nata nel 1978 dal bassista e compositore Michel Smordynia.
Il loro primo singolo esce nel 1979, Spectators of Life pubblicato dalla WEA.
La Band collabora con l’etichetta Fiction Record con cui viene pubblicato un altro singolo nel 1981 Calcutta e l’album in studio Swimming.

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The Names are a post-punk band from Brussels (Belgium), formed in 1978 around bassist, vocalist and songwriter Michel Sordinia.

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Wire


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Gli Wire sono un gruppo musicale inglese formatosi a Londra nell’ottobre 1976.

Il gruppo è sorto durante l’epoca del punk rock britannico e fin dall’inizio si è emancipato da questa scena musicale per porsi come inauguratore della new wave post-punk.

La band ha attraversato fasi molto alterne, tra brusche rotture, ricongiungimenti e altre rotture, e attualmente è di nuovo in “reunion” dopo l’abbandono del 2004.

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Wire are an English rock band, formed in London in October 1976  by Colin Newman (vocals, guitar), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar), and Robert Gotobed (drums). They were originally associated with the punk rock scene, appearing on The Roxy London WC2 album – a key early document of the scene – and were later central to the development of post-punk.

Inspired by the burgeoning UK punk scene, Wire are often cited as one of the more important rock groups of the 1970s and 1980s. Critic Stewart Mason wrote, “Over their brilliant first three albums, Wire expanded the sonic boundaries of not just punk, but rock music in general.”[2]

Wire are a definitive art punk and post-punk ensemble, mostly due to their richly detailed and atmospheric sound, often obscure lyrical themes, and, to a lesser extent, their Situationist political stance[citation needed]. The group exhibited a steady development from an early raucous punk style (1977’s Pink Flag) to a more complex, structured sound involving increased use of guitar effects and synthesizers (1978’s Chairs Missing and 1979’s 154). The band gained a reputation for experimenting with song arrangements throughout its career.

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Cat Stevens Greatest Hits


Yusuf Islam, nato Steven Demetre Georgiou e a lungo conosciuto con il suo nome d’arte Cat Stevens (Londra, 21 luglio 1948), è un cantautore britannico.

Figlio di padre greco-cipriota (Stavros Georgiou) e madre svedese (Ingrid Wickman), cresce a Shaftesbury Avenue, nel quartiere di Soho a Londra, sopra il ristorante di proprietà del padre dove veniva spesso suonata musica popolare greca, dalla quale verrà influenzato.[2] Per un breve periodo della sua infanzia si sposta con la madre a Gävle in Svezia, dove impara i primi rudimenti della pittura dallo zio Hugo. Ciò influenzerà la carriera artistica del futuro Cat Stevens, spesso autore delle copertine dei propri album.

All’inizio della sua carriera musicale, Georgiou adotta il nome “Cat Stevens” dopo che un’amica gli fa notare che i suoi sembrano gli occhi di un gatto. Siamo in pieno periodo Swinging London, e Stevens incarna in pieno lo stereotipo del cantante pop commerciale dell’epoca, un’immagine dalla quale egli si distanzierà notevolmente negli anni a seguire. Dopo i primi due album Matthew and Son e New Masters, che ottengono un tiepido successo soprattutto grazie a qualche singolo come I Love My Dog, Stevens si ammala gravemente di tubercolosi e passa un certo periodo in un sanatorio di Midhurst, nella campagna inglese. Qui comincia a riflettere sul proprio futuro, sulla propria carriera (cambia casa discografica), sul proprio stile di vita, decidendo di operare un drastico cambiamento anche a partire dall’immagine: capelli più lunghi, barba e abiti più informali.

Il periodo lontano dalle scene lascia il segno e nel giro di due anni (1970 e 1971) dà alle stampe Mona Bone Jakon, Tea for the Tillerman e Teaser and the Firecat, che lo faranno diventare famoso in tutto il mondo: Lady D’Arbanville che arriva prima in Francia per quattro settimane, seconda nei Paesi Bassi ed ottava nel Regno Unito, Wild World, Father and Son, Morning Has Broken, Moonshadow, Peace Train tra le più celebri. Da segnalare la presenza tra i musicisti di artisti del calibro di Peter Gabriel (flauto in Katmandu) e Rick Wakeman, all’epoca quasi sconosciuti ai più.

Lo stile musicale che ne esce fuori è quello che contraddistinguerà Cat Stevens per tutta la sua carriera: chitarre acustiche in primo piano, sonorità delicate, richiami alla tradizione greca, testi a metà strada tra la canzone d’amore ed il misticismo, il tutto condito dalla calda vocalità dello stesso Stevens. In questo periodo partecipa alla colonna sonora del film Harold e Maude, con brani già editi e i due inediti Don’t Be Shy e If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out. Gli album successivi Catch Bull at Four, Foreigner, Buddha and the Chocolate Box e Numbers abbandonano in parte lo stile acustico per soluzioni sperimentali più elettriche.
Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens (2009)
Decisivo è in tal senso l’ingresso, nel gruppo di musicisti che accompagna Stevens, del tastierista Jean Roussell. Tra i brani di maggior successo di tali album vi sono Sitting, The Hurt e Oh Very Young. Nel frattempo Stevens intraprende una serie di tour intorno al mondo e arriverà a vendere oltre quaranta milioni di dischi. Il suo unico concerto in Italia si tiene a Roma nel 1974. Si trasferisce successivamente in Brasile per motivi di tasse, e comincia ad avvicinarsi a tematiche prettamente religiose. Nel 1976 suo fratello, di ritorno da un viaggio a Gerusalemme, gli regala una copia del Corano: quest’avvenimento segnerà la vita del cantautore.

Nel 1977, dopo aver rischiato di morire annegato a Malibù, secondo un aneddoto da lui stesso citato più volte, Stevens si converte all’Islam adottando il nome Yusuf Islam. Incide ancora Isitzo e Back to Earth dopodiché si ritira completamente dalle scene e diventa un membro eminente della comunità musulmana di Londra, aprendo anche la Islamia Primary School, una scuola nel nord della capitale britannica. Balza agli onori delle cronache nel 1989, quando apparentemente appoggia la fatwa lanciata contro lo scrittore Salman Rushdie per i suoi I versi satanici. In realtà Islam, il quale si trovava al Kingston Polytechnic di Londra per un incontro con gli studenti, si era limitato a spiegare il perché di quella condanna da parte del mondo musulmano, senza mai invocare direttamente alcuna sanzione, precisando successivamente che non avrebbe appoggiato la richiesta dell’ayatollah Khomeini in quanto lesiva della legislazione britannica. Questa controversia comunque gli avrebbe causato l’ostracismo di gran parte del mondo musicale per lungo tempo.

Nel 2004 Islam è di nuovo nell’occhio del ciclone quando gli viene negato l’ingresso negli USA perché il suo nome è nella lista degli indesiderati dopo gli eventi dell’11 settembre 2001. Il cantautore si trovava su un volo Londra-Washington, quando all’improvviso l’aeroplano viene dirottato in un altro aeroporto e Islam viene trattenuto e fatto tornare in patria. Il caso fa mobilitare anche l’allora Ministro degli Esteri britannico Jack Straw in difesa del cantante. Yusuf Islam vive tuttora a Londra con sua moglie e i suoi cinque figli. Ha fondato associazioni benefiche come Muslim Aid e Small Kindness per assistere le vittime della carestia in Africa. Inoltre, il cantante ha donato parte delle royalties del suo Box Set americano del 2001 al fondo per le vittime degli attentati dell’11 settembre 2001.

Tornato a calcare le scene, collaborando di nuovo con Peter Gabriel in occasione di un concerto in onore di Nelson Mandela a Johannesburg nel 2013, duettando con Ronan Keating il brano Father and Son, nel 2006 ha pubblicato l’album An Other Cup. Nel 2007 pubblica un DVD live, Yusuf’s Cafè Session, registrato durante un concerto tenuto al Porchester Hall di Londra, mentre nel 2009 esce il suo album Roadsinger, per il quale nel 2011 si è esibito in un tour europeo. Nel 2012 ha scritto, sceneggiato e prodotto un suo musical, denominato Moonshadow, in world premiere a Melbourne, con 58 appuntamenti in Australia: il tour europeo è ancora da definire. Nel 2014 partecipa come ospite alla serata iniziale del Festival di Sanremo dove propone Peace Train, Maybe There´s a World (con citazione di All You Need Is Love dei Beatles) e Father and Son e annuncia il suo prossimo album, in fase di ultimazione. Nel 2014 esce il suo ultimo album Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, metà cover e metà scritte da lui, accompagnato dal nuovo tour Peace train… late again tour con un’unica data italiana al Forum di Assago.

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Cat Stevens

Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou, 21 July 1948), commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist. His 1967 debut album reached the top 10 in the UK, and the album’s title song “Matthew and Son” charted at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. His albums Tea for the Tillerman (1970) and Teaser and the Firecat (1971) were both certified triple platinum in the US by the RIAA.

His 1972 album Catch Bull at Four spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard 200, and fifteen weeks at number one in the Australian ARIA Charts. He earned two ASCAP songwriting awards in 2005 and 2006 for “The First Cut Is the Deepest”, and the song has been a hit for four different artists. His other hit songs include “Father and Son”, “Wild World”, “Peace Train”, “Moonshadow”, and “Morning Has Broken”. In 2007 he received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection.

In December 1977, Stevens converted to Islam[10] and adopted the name Yusuf Islam the following year. In 1979, he auctioned all his guitars for charity[11] and left his music career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. He was embroiled in a long-running controversy regarding comments he made in 1989 about the death fatwa on author Salman Rushdie. He has received two honorary doctorates and awards for promoting peace from two organisations founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.

In 2006, he returned to pop music – releasing his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, titled An Other Cup. With that release and for subsequent ones, he dropped the surname “Islam” from the album cover art – using the stage name “Yusuf” as a mononym. In 2009, he released the album Roadsinger, and in 2014, he released the album Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, and began his first US tour since 1978. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Mix – Manassas – Bound To Fall LIVE


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Manassas

I manassas nascono da una serie di circostanze fortuite.
Nel 1972 Stephen Stills invita Chris Hillman (ex birds) a suonare con lui nel suo nuovo disco e la session va così bene che i due deciseno di dare vita ad una gruppo, complice anche lo scarso successo commerciale ottenuto da Hillman con i Flying Burrito Brothers. Il gruppo, a cui si uniscono Al Perkins (già con Hillman nei “Burritos”), Joe Lala, Dallas Taylor, Paul Harris, Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuel”, prende il nome di Manassas,da una località in cui avvenne una delle guerre d’indipendenza americane. Già dal loro 1° album, intitolato semplicemente “MANASSAS” è evidente che oltre all’affiatamento raggiunto dalla band si è di fronte ad un fenomeno musicale destinato ad influenzare parecchie altre bands che verranno successivamente.
Nel successivo album, intitolato “DOWN THE ROAD” e dal tour che ne seguirà si ha un’ulteriore conferma dell’importanza della band che dal vivo offre tra l’altro perfomance stellari.

I manassas possono tranquillamente collocarsi fra i capiscuola di quel genere musicale tipico della West – Coast americana, per il fatto che vengono introdotte alcune innovazioni nel modo di proporre quella musica come ad esempio l’utilizzo di strumenti elettrici per canzoni tipicamente country and western o l’utilizzo di ritmi latino/sud americani come in brani come “Pensamiento”. Il gruppo ha però vita breve, purtroppo, (forse per il modo dittatoriale di Stills di fare le scelte?);.

e noi ancora attendiamo notizie di una “antologia”, o qualcos’altro che ci consenta di riascoltare la magia dei favolosi Manassas dal vivo.

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Manassas (band)

Manassas was an American rock band formed by Stephen Stills in 1971.[2] Predominantly a vehicle for Stills’ artistic vision, the band released two albums during its active tenure, 1972’s Manassas and 1973’s Down the Road. The band dissolved in October 1973.

Manassas was formed in the fall of 1971, following Stills’ concert tour to support his album Stephen Stills 2 (1971). While Stephen Stills 2 was Stills’ second solo album, it was his first completed following the acrimonious 1970 breakup of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY), and was not critically well-received.[3][4] After a chance meeting with Flying Burrito Brothers singer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Hillman in Cleveland, where Stills’ tour schedule crossed paths with that of the Burritos – a band that, by late 1971, had undergone multiple personnel changes and was in financial trouble[5] – Stills saw an opportunity to change his artistic direction. He subsequently contacted Hillman, asking him, along with Burritos’ guitarist Al Perkins and fiddler Byron Berline, to join him in Miami at Criteria Studios to jam. Stills also invited several members of his touring band – drummer Dallas Taylor, bassist Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuels, keyboardist Paul Harris and vocalist/percussionist Joe Lala – to play at the session.

The musicians quickly gelled in the studio, and within several weeks had recorded enough material at Criteria to fill a double-LP album release. The band was capable of a wide musical range, with a repertoire including blues, folk, country, latin, and rock songs. Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, a friend of both Hillman and Stills who visited Criteria during the sessions, was an early fan of the band, at one point expressing an interest in joining.[6] (Wyman would contribute to the sessions by helping Stills re-write his to-date unrecorded song from 1968, “Bumblebee,” as the blues/funk tune “The Love Gangster,” with Wyman also playing bass on the track.) The band christened itself Manassas after Stills, who had an interest in American Civil War history, orchestrated a photo shoot for them in Manassas, Virginia, the site of the First and Second Battles of Bull Run (1861 and 1862, respectively).

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Elliott Smith


Elliott Smith, pseudonimo di Steven Paul Smith (Omaha, 6 agosto 1969 – Echo Park, 21 ottobre 2003), è stato un cantautore e musicista statunitense.

Dopo aver militato nella band Heatmiser per diversi anni, la sua carriera come solista è cominciata nel 1994. Nel 1998 ha acquisito notorietà internazionale dopo essere stato nominato all’Oscar come autore della canzone Miss Misery tratta dal film Will Hunting – Genio ribelle

Sebbene sia nato come musicista rock (in particolare post-punk e grunge), le sue prime canzoni sono essenzialmente acustiche. Nei suoi lavori più maturi, come XO e Figure 8, ha introdotto invece arrangiamenti più complessi, con suoni orchestrali influenzati dalla musica dei Beatles, che lo ha da sempre ispirato. Nel suo ultimo album From a Basement on the Hill ha però cercato di ricreare le atmosfere più scarne e asciutte dei suoi primi lavori

La sua figura malinconica e la sua tragica morte all’età di soli 34 anni (forse suicida a causa della forte depressione che lo tormentava, sebbene la verità non sia ancora stata accertata) hanno involontariamente fatto di lui uno degli ultimi miti del rock alternativo americano

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Steven PaulElliottSmith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and lived for much of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. Smith’s primary instrument was the guitar, though he was also proficient with piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style, characterized by his “whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery”,[1] and used multi-tracking to create vocal layers, textures, and harmonies.

After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994, with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars (KRS). In 1997, he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records, for which he recorded two albums.Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song “Miss Misery”—included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting (1997)—was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998.

Smith suffered from depression, alcoholism, and drug dependence, and these topics often appear in his lyrics. In 2003, aged 34, he died in Los Angeles, California from two stab wounds to the chest. The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted. At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth studio album, From a Basement on the Hill, which was posthumously completed and released in 2004.

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The Moody Blues — A Question of Balance — 1970.


The Moody Blues sono un gruppo rock inglese.

Pongono le loro radici nel rhythm and blues, per poi giungere al rock psichedelico e a quello progressivo, grazie al sound caratterizzato anche dall’uso del mellotron. Fu questo il loro marchio di fabbrica, nel periodo aureo, dal 1967 al 1974. Rispetto ad altri gruppi definiti progressivi, i Moody Blues prediligono però la forma “canzone”, con melodie ad ampio respiro. Esempio calzante è il loro più grande successo, Nights in White Satin del 1967. Tutt’oggi è una delle rock band più longeve della storia, con quasi 50 anni di attività live, e 70 milioni di dischi venduti.

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The Moody Blues are an English rock band. Among their innovations was a fusion with classical music, as heard in their 1967 album Days of Future Passed.

The Moody Blues have sold more than 70 million albums worldwide [5] and have been awarded 18 platinum and gold discs. As of 2015 they remain active with one member from the original 1964 band (drummer Graeme Edge) and two more from the 1966 lineup (bassist John Lodge and guitarist Justin Hayward).

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Derek and the Dominos – Live at the Fillmore


Derek and the Dominos sono stati un supergruppo blues rock formatosi nella primavera del 1970 e di cui facevano parte il chitarrista e cantante Eric Clapton, il tastierista Bobby Whitlock, il batterista James Beck “Jim” Gordon e il bassista Carl Radle. Questi ultimi avevano già suonato con Clapton nei Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.

Il gruppo pubblicò un solo album studio, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, caratterizzato da importanti collaborazioni del chitarrista guest Duane Allman[1] degli Allman Brothers Band. L’album arrivò ad essere acclamato dalla critica, ma inizialmente fallì sia nelle vendite sia nell’airplay delle radio.

Nonostante fosse stato pubblicato nel 1970, il singolo Layla (il racconto dell’amore irrequieto tra Clapton e Pattie Boyd, moglie del suo amico George Harrison) entrò nella top ten sia negli Stati Uniti d’America sia nel Regno Unito solo nel marzo del 1972. Nel 2004 è stato inserito al 27º posto nella Lista delle 500 migliori canzoni secondo Rolling Stone. L’album, che ha ricevuto apprezzamenti sia dalla critica sia dal pubblico, è spesso considerato l’apice della carriera di Clapton

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Derek and the Dominos were a blues rock band formed in the spring of 1970 by guitarist and singer Eric Clapton, keyboardist and singer Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle and drummer Jim Gordon. All four members had previously played together in Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, during and after Clapton’s brief tenure with Blind Faith. Dave Mason supplied additional lead guitar on early studio sessions and played at their first live gig. Another participant at their first session as a band was George Harrison, the recording for whose album All Things Must Pass marked the formation of Derek and the Dominos.

The band released only one studio album, the Tom Dowd-produced Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, which also featured notable contributions on slide guitar from Duane Allman. A double album, Layla went on to receive critical acclaim, but initially faltered in sales and in radio airplay. Although released in 1970 it was not until March 1972 that the album’s single “Layla” (a tale of unrequited love inspired by Clapton’s relationship with his friend Harrison’s wife, Pattie Boyd) made the top ten in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The album is often considered to be the defining achievement of Clapton’s career.

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Morrissey


Steven Patrick Morrissey, meglio conosciuto solo come Morrissey (Manchester, 22 maggio 1959), è un cantante britannico, di origini irlandesi. Giunto al successo, negli anni ottanta, come voce principale della band inglese The Smiths, nel 1987, dopo la separazione del gruppo, si avviò a una carriera solista durante la quale ha pubblicato diversi album, incrementando ulteriormente la propria popolarità a livello internazionale.

Considerato tra i più importanti precursori e innovatori della musica indie, nel 2007, il quotidiano inglese Daily Telegraph l’ha inserito nella classifica dei cento geni viventi. Nel 2008, è stato invece annoverato tra i cento grandi cantanti di tutti i tempi, in una classifica stilata dalla rivista Rolling Stone.

Il 7 ottobre 2014 ha dichiarato che lotta contro un cancro da 18 mesi e per quattro volte è stato operato per l’asportazione di tessuti neoplastici.

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Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), commonly known by his last name, Morrissey, or by his nickname, Moz, is an English singer, lyricist, and novelist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the rock band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the United Kingdom but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions. His first solo album, 1988’s Viva Hate, entered the UK Albums Chart at number one.

Morrissey is widely regarded as an important innovator in the indie music scene; music magazine NME considers Morrissey to be “one of the most influential artists ever”, while The Independent says, “Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status he has reached in his lifetime.” In 2004, Pitchfork Media called him “one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture from the last 20 years.”

Morrissey’s lyrics have been described as “dramatic, bleak, funny vignettes about doomed relationships, lonely nightclubs, the burden of the past and the prison of the home”. He is also noted for his unusual baritone vocal style (though he sometimes uses falsetto), his quiff hairstyle and his dynamic live performances. In the media, Morrissey’s forthright and often contrarian opinions have caused many controversies; he has attracted media attention for his strong advocacy of vegetarianism and animal rights. He describes himself in his autobiography as an animal protectionist.

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ERIC CLAPTON Live at Budokan, Tokyo, 2001


Eric Patrick Clapton (IPA: [ˈɛɹɪk ˈpætɹɪk ˈklæptən]; Ripley, 30 marzo 1945) è un cantautore, chitarrista e compositore britannico.

Soprannominato «Slowhand» («Mano lenta») e «God» («Dio»), definito da Chuck Berry «The Man of the Blues» («l’uomo del blues»), Clapton è annoverato fra i chitarristi
blues e rock più famosi e influenti.

Nell’arco della sua lunga carriera, ha collaborato con altri artisti acclamati e ha militato in numerosi gruppi (The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream,
Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie, Derek and the Dominos) prima di affermarsi come solista, sperimentando nel corso degli anni svariati stili musicali, dal blues di matrice
tradizionale al rock psichedelico, dal reggae al pop rock.

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Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential
guitarists of all time.[1] Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”[2] and fourth in Gibson’s “Top 50
Guitarists of All Time”.[3] He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009 [4]

In the mid-1960s, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton formed the power trio Cream
with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce, in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and “arty, blues-based psychedelic pop”.[5] Furthermore, he
formed blues rock band Blind Faith with Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech. For most of the 1970s, Clapton’s output bore the influence of the mellow style of JJ Cale
and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” helped reggae reach a mass market.[6] Two of his most popular recordings were “Layla”,
recorded with Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads”, recorded with Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton’s grief was expressed
in the song “Tears in Heaven”, which featured in his Unplugged album.

Clapton has been the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004, he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for
services to music.[7][8][9] In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering
substance abusers.

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The Beatles Playlist (Greatest Hits)


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The Beatles sono stati un gruppo musicale rock inglese[5], originario di Liverpool e attivo dal 1960 al 1970. La formazione ha segnato un’epoca nella musica, nel costume, nella moda e nella pop art[6]. Ritenuti un fenomeno di comunicazione di massa di proporzioni mondiali[7], a distanza di vari decenni dal loro scioglimento ufficiale – e dopo la morte di due dei quattro componenti – i Beatles contano ancora un enorme seguito e numerosi sono i loro fan club esistenti in ogni parte del mondo[8].

Secondo una stima del 2001, è risultato in assoluto il gruppo musicale di maggior successo commerciale, con vendite complessive che superano il miliardo di dischi e di musicassette[9], e per la rivista Rolling Stone i Beatles sono i più grandi artisti di tutti i tempi[10].

L’aura che circonda lo sviluppo del loro successo mediatico e che ha favorito la nascita della cosiddetta Beatlemania e lo straordinario esito artistico raggiunto comemusicisti rock sono inoltre oggetto di studio di università, psicologi e addetti del settore

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The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era.[1] Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with severalgenres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania“, but as the group’s music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era’s sociocultural revolutions.

The Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act and producer George Martin enhanced their musical potential. They gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first hit, “Love Me Do“, in late 1962. They acquired the nickname “the Fab Four” as Beatlemania grew in Britain over the following year, and by early 1964 they had become international stars, leading the “British Invasion” of the United States pop market. From 1965 onwards, the Beatles produced what many consider their finest material, including the innovative and widely influential albums Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (commonly known as the White Album, 1968) andAbbey Road (1969).

After their break-up in 1970, they all enjoyed successful musical careers of varying lengths. McCartney and Starr, the surviving members, remain musically active. Lennon was shot and killed in December 1980, and Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001.

According to the RIAA, the Beatles are the best-selling music artists in the United States, with 178 million certified units. They have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. In 2008, the group topped Billboard magazine’s list of the all-time most successful “Hot 100” artists; as of 2015, they hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with twenty. They have received ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. Collectively included in Time magazine’s compilation of the twentieth century’s 100 most influential people, they are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 600 million records worldwide.[2][3] The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, with all four being inducted individually as well from 1994 to 2015.

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The Smiths- Hatful Of Hollow (1984)


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Gli Smiths sono stati un gruppo alternative rock inglese, formatosi a Manchester nel 1982.

Raggiunta la popolarità nel corso degli anni ottanta, hanno avuto grande influenza nello sviluppo della musica rock degli anni successivi ed un notevole seguito di pubblico. Il gruppo si è sciolto nel 1987.

I componenti erano Morrissey alla voce, Johnny Marr alla chitarra, Andy Rourke al basso, e Mike Joyce alla batteria.

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The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.[1] Qmagazine’s Simon Goddard argued in 2007 that The Smiths were “the one truly vital voice of the ’80s”, “the most influential British guitar group of the decade” and the “first indie outsiders to achieve mainstream success on their own terms”.[2] The NME named the Smiths the “most influential artist ever” in a 2002 poll, even topping the Beatles.[3]

Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey and Marr, the group signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, on which they released four studio albums, The Smiths (1984), Meat Is Murder (1985), The Queen Is Dead (1986) and Strangeways, Here We Come (1987). Four of their albums (including three studio albums) appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. They have also released several compilations, and numerous non-LP singles.

The Smiths had several singles reach the UK top twenty and all four of their studio albums reached the UK top five, including one which topped the charts. They won a significant following and remain cult favourites, although they had limited commercial success outside the UK while they were still together. The band broke up in 1987 and have turned down several offers to reunite.

The band’s focus on a guitar, bass, and drum sound, and their fusion of 1960s rock and post-punk, were a repudiation of synthesizer-based contemporary dance-pop – the style popular in the early 1980s. Marr’s guitar-playing on his Rickenbacker often had a jangly sound reminiscent of Roger McGuinn of the Byrds.[4] Marr’s guitar-playing influenced later Manchester bands, including The Stone Roses and Oasis. Morrissey and Marr’s songs combined themes about ordinary people with complex, literate lyrics delivered by Morrissey with a mordant sense of humour.

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Leonard Cohen


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Leonard Norman Cohen (Montréal, 21 settembre 1934) è un cantautore, poeta, scrittore e compositore canadese. È uno dei cantautori più celebri, influenti e apprezzati della storia della musica.

Nelle sue opere esplora temi come la religione, l’isolamento e la sessualità, ripiegando spesso sull’individuo. Vincitore di numerosi premi e onorificenze, è inserito nellaRock and Roll Hall of Fame, nella Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame e nella Canadian Music Hall of Fame. È inoltre insignito del titolo di Compagno dell’Ordine del Canada, la più alta onorificenza concessa dal Canada. Nel 2011, ricevette il Premio Principe delle Asturie per la letteratura.

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Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen received aPrincess of Asturias Awards for literature.

The critic Bruce Eder assessed Cohen’s overall career in popular music by asserting that “[he is] one of the most fascinating and enigmatic … singer/songwriters of the late ’60s … [and] has retained an audience across four decades of music-making…. Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon) [in terms of influence], he commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the 1960s who is still working at the outset of the 21st century.”

One of his notable novels, Beautiful Losers (1966) received attention from the Canadian press and was considered controversial because of a number of sexually graphic passages.[4] The Academy of American Poets has commented more broadly on Cohen’s overall career in the arts, including his work as a poet, novelist, and songwriter, stating that “Cohen’s successful blending of poetry, fiction, and music is made most clear in Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs, published in 1993, which gathered more than 200 of Cohen’s poems … several novel excerpts, and almost 60 song lyrics… While it may seem to some that Leonard Cohen departed from the literary in pursuit of the musical, his fans continue to embrace him as a Renaissance man who straddles the elusive artistic borderlines.”

Cohen’s first album was Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) followed by Songs from a Room (1969) (featuring the often-recorded “Bird on the Wire”) and Songs of Love and Hate (1971). His 1977 record Death of a Ladies’ Man was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, which was a move away from Cohen’s previous minimalist sound. In 1979 Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz and Oriental and Mediterranean influences. “Hallelujah” was first released on Cohen’s studio album Various Positions in 1984. I’m Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen’s turn to synthesized productions and remains his most popular album. In 1992 Cohen released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest. Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release ofTen New Songs, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe. In 2006 Cohen produced and co-wrote Blue Alert, a collaboration with jazz chanteuse Anjani Thomas. After the success of his 2008–13 world tours, Cohen released the highest charting album in his entire career, Old Ideas, to positive reviews. On 22 September 2014, one day after his 80th birthday, Cohen released his 13th studio album, Popular Problems, again to positive reviews.

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The Clash – Full Concert – 03/08/80 – Capitol Theatre (OFFICIAL)


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I Clash sono stati un gruppo musicale british punk britannico. Attivi dal 1976 al 1986, furono uno dei gruppi più acclamati dalla critica del periodo. Formati principalmente da Joe Strummer (voce, chitarra ritmica), Mick Jones (chitarra solista, voce), Paul Simonon (basso, voce) e Nick “Topper” Headon (batteria, percussioni). Headon lasciò il gruppo nel 1982, e Jones nel 1983, il gruppo proseguì con nuovi membri negli anni successivi, ma all’inizio del 1986 si sciolse definitivamente.

I Clash erano famosi per la loro varietà musicale (nel loro repertorio trovano posto reggae, dub, rap, rockabilly e altri generi), per la sofisticatezza lirica e politica che li distingueva dalla maggior parte dei loro colleghi appartenenti al movimento punk e per le loro esibizioni dal vivo particolarmente intense. Inseriti al trentesimo posto nella classifica degli artisti immortali stilata dalla rivista Rolling Stone, i Clash sono anche noti come The Only Band That Matters (l’unico gruppo che conti).

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The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae,dub, funk, ska and rockabilly. For most of their recording career the Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky “Topper” Headon (drums, percussion). Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones’s departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.

The Clash achieved commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their debut album, The Clash, in 1977. Their third album, London Calling, released in the UK in December 1979, earned them popularity in the United States when it was released there the following month. It was declared the best album of the 1980s a decade later by Rolling Stone magazine. In 1982 they reached new heights of success with the release of Combat Rock, which spawned the US top 10 hit “Rock the Casbah”, helping the album to achieve a 2× Platinum certification there. Their final album, Cut the Crap, was released in 1985.

The Clash’s politicised lyrics, musical experimentation, and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on rock, alternative rock in particular.[2] They became widely referred to as “The Only Band That Matters”, originally a promotional slogan introduced by the group’s record label, CBS. In January 2003, shortly after the death of Joe Strummer, the band—including original drummer Terry Chimes—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Clash number 28 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

Critic Sean Egan summarised what made them exceptional by writing, “They were a group whose music was, and is, special to their audience because that music insisted on addressing the conditions of poverty, petty injustice, and mundane life experienced by the people who bought their records. Moreover, although their rebel stances were often no more than posturing, from the Clash’s stubborn principles came a fundamental change in the perception of what is possible in the music industry, from subject matter to authenticity to quality control to price ceilings.”

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PJ Harvey


Polly Jean “PJ” Harvey (Yeovil, 9 ottobre 1969) è una cantautrice e musicista britannica.

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Polly Jean Harvey, MBE (born 9 October 1969), known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, composer and occasional artist.Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is also proficient with a wide range of instruments including piano, organ, bass, saxophone, harmonica and, most recently, the autoharp.

Harvey began her career in 1988 when she joined local band Automatic Dlamini as a vocalist, guitarist, and saxophone player. The band’s frontman, John Parish, would become her long-term collaborator. In 1991, she formed an eponymous trio and subsequently began her professional career. The trio released two studio albums, Dry (1992) and Rid of Me (1993) before disbanding, after which Harvey continued as a solo artist. Since 1995, she has released a further six studio albums with collaborations from various musicians including John Parish, former bandmate Rob Ellis, Mick Harvey, and Eric Drew Feldman and has also worked extensively with record producer Flood.

Among the accolades she has received are the 2001 and 2011 Mercury Prize for Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000) and Let England Shake (2011)[ respectively—the only artist to have been awarded the prize twice—eight Brit Award nominations, six Grammy Award nominations and two further Mercury Prize nominations. Rolling Stone awarded her 1992’s Best New Artist and Best Singer Songwriter and 1995’s Artist of the Year, and listed Rid of Me, To Bring You My Love (1995) and Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. In 2011, she was awarded for Outstanding Contribution To Music at the NME Awards.[10] In June 2013, she was awarded an MBE for services to music.

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Blind Faith – Blind Faith (1969) (Full Album)


I Blind Faith è stato un supergruppo di rock britannico costituitosi nel marzo 1969. Dopo aver inciso un album e effettuato diversi concerti dal vivo, la formazione si sciolse nel dicembre di quello stesso anno.
Il gruppo nacque da un’idea di Eric Clapton, ex chitarrista dei Cream, e Steve Winwood, ex chitarrista e tastierista dei Traffic che avevano appena abbandonato, all’epoca, le rispettive formazioni di appartenenza. Costoro iniziarono a comporre e a provare le prime canzoni con Ginger Baker, ex batterista dei Cream, nel marzo del 1969, sia nella casa di Clapton, nel Surrey, che negli studi Morgan a Londra. Alcune di tali incisioni sarebbero state poi inserite nella seconda edizione ampliata dell’album Blind Faith, che apparve oltre trent’anni dopo lo scioglimento del gruppo. Successivamente si aggiunse ai tre anche Ric Grech, bassista dei Family, che però entrò ufficialmente nell’organico della band solo nel maggio di quello stesso anno. Il coordinamento e la supervisione fu affidata al produttore Jimmy Miller.

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Blind Faith were an English blues rock band, composed of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech. The band, which was one of the first “super-groups”, released their only album, Blind Faith, in August 1969. They were stylistically similar to the bands in which Winwood, Baker, and Clapton had most recently participated, Traffic and Cream. They helped to pioneer the genre of blues/rock fusion.

The beginnings of Blind Faith date from mid-1968, with the break-up of Cream. In retrospect as the first “super-group,” Cream had become a financial powerhouse, selling millions of records within a few years and raising the group’s (and each member’s) repertoire to international popularity. Despite that success, the band was crumbling from within because of frequent animosity between Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, with Eric Clapton doing his best to mediate.[citation needed] In addition, Clapton had tired of playing commercially driven blues and hoped to move forward with a new, experimental, less straitjacketed approach to the genre.[citation needed]

Steve Winwood was facing similar problems in The Spencer Davis Group, where he had been the lead singer for three years. Winwood wanted to experiment with the band’s sound by infusing jazz elements, but left due to his musical differences, instead forming a new band—Traffic—in 1967. That band split temporarily in 1969, and Winwood started to jam with his good friend Clapton in Clapton’s basement in Surrey, England. Winwood and Clapton had previously collaborated on the “Powerhouse” project.

Clapton was pleased with the jam sessions, but was hesitant to start a serious group. Ginger Baker turned up again one day to sit in with them in 1969, and the band took near-final form. Clapton questioned letting Baker in the band, because he had promised Jack Bruce that, if they were to work with one another again, all three of them would play. Moreover, Clapton didn’t want to reunite with Cream barely nine weeks after the break-up, and also didn’t want to deal with another “Cream-like” super-stardom situation. Winwood ultimately persuaded Clapton to finalize Baker’s inclusion in the line-up, arguing that Ginger Baker strengthened their musicianship and that it would be hard to find an equally talented drummer. Baker was a participant in sessions and public appearances

By May 1969, Ric Grech, bassist with Family, was invited to join them (leaving Family in mid-tour).

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Stephen Stills – Full Concert – 03/23/79 – Capitol Theatre (OFFICIAL)


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Stephen Stills (Dallas, 3 gennaio 1945) è un chitarrista e cantautore statunitense.

È celebre per il suo lavoro nei gruppi Buffalo Springfield e Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (inizialmente noti come “Crosby, Stills and Nash”; Young si unì alla band a partire dal secondo album).

Stills nacque il 3 gennaio 1945 a Dallas nel Texas. Il padre di Stills era un membro delle Forze Armate e la famiglia si trasferì diverse volte. Stills iniziò già da bambino ad interessarsi al blues e al folk. Durante un periodo passato in Costa Rica e nella Panama Canal Zone (dove completò le scuole superiori) conobbe anche la musica latino-americana.

Nei primi anni sessanta, Stills decise di intraprendere la carriera di musicista e abbandonò la University of Florida. Fu membro di diverse band di scarso successo, tra le quali ricordiamo i Continentals, in cui suonava anche Don Felder (poi chitarrista degli Eagles). Alla fine approdò a un gruppo corale composto da nove elementi, gli Au Go Go Singers, in cui incontrò Richie Furay. Il gruppo incise un album e intraprese un tour del Canada, durante il quale Stills e Furay conobbero il chitarrista Neil Young. Poco tempo dopo, gli Au Go Go Singers si sciolsero.

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Stephen Arthur Stills (January 3, 1945) is an American musician and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young). He performed on a professional level in several other bands as well as maintaining a solo career at the same time.

Stills was ranked #28 in Rolling Stone Magazine‘s 2003 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”[1] and #47 in the 2011 list.[2] Stills became the first person to be inducted twice on the same night into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with CSN and Buffalo Springfield.

Stills was raised in a military family. Moving around as a child, he developed an interest in blues and folk music. He was also influenced by Latin music after spending his youth in Gainesville and Tampa, Florida, Louisiana, Costa Rica, Panama Canal Zone and El Salvador, where he graduated from high school, and is an avid sailor. He also attended Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida and Saint Leo College Preparatory School in Saint Leo, Florida.[3]

Stills dropped out of University of Florida to pursue a music career in the early 1960s. He played in a series of bands including The Continentals, which featured futureEagles guitarist Don Felder. Stills could also be heard singing solo at Gerde’s Folk City, a well-known coffee house in Greenwich Village. Stills eventually ended up in a nine-member vocal harmony group, the house act at the famous Cafe Au Go Go in NYC, called the Au Go Go Singers, which included future Buffalo Springfield bandmateRichie Furay. This group did some touring in the Catskills and in the South, released one album in 1964, then broke up in 1965. Afterwards, Stills, along with four other former members of the Au Go Go Singers formed The Company, a folk-rock group. The Company embarked on a six-week tour of Canada where Stills met a young guitarist named Neil Young. On the VH1 CSNY Legends special, Stills said that Young was doing what he always wanted to do, “play folk music in a rock band.” The Company broke up in New York within four months; Stills did session work and went to various auditions. In 1966 he convinced a reluctant Richie Furay, then living in Massachusetts, to move with him to California.

Stills made an unsuccessful attempt to become one of The Monkees. He was turned down, not due to any lack of ability, but because of a conflict with his existing music publishing contract. So instead, he recommended his friend, multi-instrumentalist Peter Tork

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Sandy Denny – Who Knows Where The Time Goes?


Sandy Denny, nome completo Alexandra Elene McLean Denny (Merton, 6 gennaio 1947 – Wimbledon, 21 aprile 1978), è stata una cantautrice folk britannica nota per il suo caratteristico timbro vocale, dalle evocative coloriture nebbiose e dalle suggestioni spettrali, considerato tra i più rappresentativi del genere[1][2][3]: secondo il giornalista e musicologo Richie Unterberger è stata «…la più importante cantante folk-rock britannica.»[4].

In veste di cantante dei Fairport Convention, nel 1968, si è resa artefice della prima fusione tra folk tradizionale inglese e rock; da quell’esperienza avrebbe avuto origine l’intera corrente britannica del folk rock.[2][5][6][7]

Il grande rispetto di cui godeva in ambito musicale indusse molti artisti a ricercarla per delle collaborazioni; va in particolare ricordato il duetto vocale di cui fu protagonista con Robert Plant nel brano The Battle of Evermore, contenuto in Led Zeppelin IV, in seguito al quale passò alla storia come unica cantante ad aver affiancato la voce di Robert Plant nell’intera discografia dei Led Zeppelin.

Come nel caso di altri artisti, la fama di Sandy Denny è cresciuta in misura considerevole dopo la sua morte fino a generare un vero e proprio culto tra gli amanti del genere, anche attraverso una nutrita serie di pubblicazioni che, a partire dalla metà degli anni ottanta, ha contribuito ad alimentarne il seguito.

Dal 1998 una varietà floreale della famiglia delle Hemerocallidaceae porta il suo nome.[8][9]

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Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny (6 January 1947 – 21 April 1978) — known as Sandy Denny — was an English singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as the lead singer for the folk rock band Fairport Convention. She has been described as “the pre-eminent British folk rock singer”.[1]

After briefly working with British folk band the Strawbs, Denny joined Fairport Convention in 1968, remaining with that band until the end of 1969. She formed the short-lived band Fotheringay in 1970, releasing one album with them (another unreleased album surfaced over thirty years later), before focusing on a solo career. Between 1971 and 1977, Denny released four solo albums: The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, Sandy, Like an Old Fashioned Waltz, and Rendezvous. She is also noted as the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin studio album, when she shared a duet with Robert Plant for “The Battle of Evermore” on Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album (1971).

Music publications Sunday Express, Uncut and Mojo have each called Denny Britain’s finest female singer-songwriter.[2] Her composition “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” has been recorded by many artists as diverse as Judy Collins, Nina Simone, 10,000 Maniacs and Cat Power.

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Bruce Cockburn playlist


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Bruce Cockburn (Ottawa, 27 maggio 1945) è un cantautore canadese.

Il suo stile, con il personalissimo modo di suonare la chitarra, fonde generi come pop, folk, rock, reggae e jazz. Le liriche sono ispirate dalla sua visione umanistica e metafisica della vita vicina all’etica cristiana. 

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Bruce Douglas Cockburn OC (/ˈkbərn/; born May 27, 1945)[1] is a Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter whose career spans over 40 years. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock and his lyrics cover a broad range of topics that reveal a passion for human rights, politics and spirituality.

In 2014, he released his memoirs, Rumours of Glory: A Memoir.[2]  

Cockburn was born in 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and spent some of his early years on a farm outside Pembroke, Ontario. He has stated in interviews that his first guitar was one he found around 1959 in his grandmother’s attic, which he adorned with golden stars and used to play along to radio hits.[3] Cockburn attended Nepean High School, where his 1964 yearbook photo states his desire “to become a musician”.[4]He attended Berklee School of Music in Boston for three semesters in the mid-1960s. In 1966 he joined an Ottawa band called The Children, which lasted for about a year. In the spring of 1967 he joined the final lineup of The Esquires. He moved to Toronto that summer to form The Flying Circus with former Bobby Kris & The Imperials members Marty Fisher and Gordon MacBain and ex-Tripp member Neil Lillie. The group recorded some material in late 1967 (which remains unreleased) before changing its name to Olivus in the spring of 1968, by which time Lillie (who changed his name to Neil Merryweather) had been replaced by Dennis Pendrith from Livingstone’s Journey. Olivus opened for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream in April 1968. That summer Cockburn broke up the band with the intention of going solo, but ended up in the band 3’s a Crowd with David Wiffen, Colleen Peterson, and Richard Patterson, who had been a co-member of The Children. Cockburn left 3’s a Crowd in the spring of 1969 to pursue a solo career.

Cockburn’s first solo appearance was at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1967, and in 1969 he was a headliner. In 1970 he released his self-titled, solo album. Cockburn’s guitar work and songwriting won him an enthusiastic following. His early work featured rural and nautical imagery and Biblical metaphors. Raised as an agnostic, early in his career he became a Christian.[5] Many of his albums from the 1970s refer to Christianity, which in turn informs his concerns for human rights and environmentalism. His references to Christianity include the Grail imagery of 20th-century Christian poet Charles Williams and the ideas of theologian Harvey Cox.[6]

In 1970 Cockburn became partners with Bernie Finkelstein in the music publishing firm Golden Mountain Music.[7]

While Cockburn had been popular in Canada for years, he did not have a big impact in the United States until 1979, with the release of the album Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws. “Wondering Where the Lions Are“, the first single from that album, reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in June 1980, and earned Cockburn an appearance on NBC‘s hit TV show Saturday Night Live.

Cockburn was married from 1969 to 1980 and has a daughter from that marriage.[citation needed] He wrote the song “Little Seahorse”, released on In the Falling Dark, in late 1975 about the time when his daughter wasin utero.[citation needed]

Through the 1980s Cockburn’s songwriting became increasingly urban, global and political as he became more involved with progressive causes. His political concerns were first hinted at on the albums: Humans,Inner City Front and The Trouble with Normal. They became more evident in 1984, with his second US radio hit, “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” (No. 88 in the US) from the Stealing Fire album. He had written the song a year earlier, after visiting Guatemalan refugee camps in Mexico that were attacked by Guatemalan military helicopters. His political activism continues to the present. Cockburn has travelled to countries such as Mozambique and Iraq, played benefit concerts, and written songs on a variety of subjects ranging from the International Monetary Fund to land mines. His internationalist bent is reflected in the many world musicinfluences in his music, including reggae and Latin music.

In 1991 Intrepid Records released Kick at the Darkness, a tribute album to Cockburn whose title comes from a phrase in his song “Lovers in a Dangerous Time“. It features the Barenaked Ladies‘ cover of that song, which became their first Top 40 hit and an element in their early success. This lyric was also referenced by U2 in their song “God Part II” from their album Rattle and Hum.

In the early 1990s, Cockburn teamed with T-Bone Burnett for two albums, Nothing but a Burning Light and Dart to the Heart. The latter included a song, “Closer to the Light”, inspired by the death of songwriter Mark Heard, a close friend of Cockburn and Burnett. Cockburn frequently refers to Heard as his favourite songwriter and he was one of many artists who paid tribute to Heard on an album and video titled Strong Hand of Love.

In 1998 Cockburn travelled with filmmaker Robert Lang to Mali, West Africa, where he jammed with Grammy Award-winning blues musician Ali Farka Toure and kora master Toumani Diabate. The month-long journey was documented in the film River of Sand, which won the Regard Canadien award for best documentary at the Vues d’Afrique Film Festival in Montreal. It was also invited for competition at the International Festival of Environmental Films in Paris.[8]

Some of Cockburn’s previously published material had been collected in several albums: Resume, Mummy Dust, and Waiting for a Miracle. His first greatest hits collection was Anything Anytime Anywhere: Singles 1979–2002, released in 2002.

In January 2003 Cockburn finished recording his 21st album, You’ve Never Seen Everything, which features contributions from Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Sam Phillips, Sarah Harmer, Hugh Marsh, Jonell Mosser, Larry Taylor and Steven Hodges. (Taylor and Hodges, formerly of Canned Heat who performed at Monterey and Woodstock in the 1960s, may be known best for their work with Tom Waits).

Cockburn performed a set at the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario, on July 2, 2005. Speechless, an instrumental compilation of new and previously released material, was released on October 24, 2005. His 22nd album, Life Short Call Now, was released on July 18, 2006.

Canadian senator and retired general Roméo Dallaire, who is active in humanitarian fundraising and promoting awareness, appeared on stage at the University of Victoria with Cockburn. The October 4, 2008, concert was held to aid the plight of child soldiers.[9]

In 2009 Cockburn travelled to Afghanistan to visit his brother, Capt. John Cockburn, and to play a concert for Canadian troops. He performed his 1984 song “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” and was temporarily awarded an actual rocket launcher by the military. Cockburn has stated that, while unsure of the original Invasion of Afghanistan, he supported Canada’s role there.[10]

Cockburn released his studio album Small Source of Comfort in 2011. “Lois on the Autobahn”, a cheerful and experiential instrumental recalling “Rouler sa bosse” from Salt, Sun and Time is a tribute to Cockburn’s mother, Lois, who succumbed to cancer in 2010.[citation needed]

Cockburn married his longtime girlfriend M.J. Hannett shortly after the birth of his second daughter, Iona (b. November 2011) in 2011.[11][12] As of 2014, the family lives in the San Francisco area, where Cockburn is writing his memoirs up to 2004.[13]

A documentary film, Bruce Cockburn Pacing the Cage,[14][15] was released in 2013 on television and a brief theatrical showing; directed by Joel Goldberg, gave a rare look into Cockburn’s music, life and politics

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Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails – 1969 Full Album


I Quicksilver Messenger Service si formarono nel clima culturale e musicale della San Francisco della metà degli anni sessanta, originariamente animati dal chitarrista Dino Valenti che aveva radunato attorno a sé un altro chitarrista di estrazione rock, John Cipollina, e il cantante e armonicista Jim Murray. A questo nucleo si unì un altro chitarrista, Gary Duncan, e la formazione fu completata dal bassista David Freiberg e da Greg Elmore alla batteria. Il progetto iniziale fu compromesso dall’arresto, per questioni legate alla droga, di Valenti che rimase in carcere per un anno e mezzo, ma i cinque membri rimasti proseguirono comunque a esibirsi nelle atmosfere psichedeliche della città californiana, spesso affiancando altri gruppi della scena musicale e conquistandosi un buon seguito di ammiratori[2]. Parteciparono fra l’altro alla tre giorni del 4-6 febbraio 1966 assieme ai Jefferson Airplane, e si esibirono in occasione del Monterey Pop Festival, nel giugno dell’anno successivo[3].

Benché fossero considerati appartenere – assieme ai Jefferson Airplane e ai Grateful Dead – alla “prima generazione dei gruppi di San Francisco”[4], i Quicksilver non raggiunsero mai la popolarità delle altre due formazioni, in parte anche perché agli inizi della loro carriera si rifiutarono di produrre materiale registrato[2]. Si decisero a incidere il primo album a fine 1967, quando anche Murray aveva abbandonato il gruppo per dedicarsi allo studio del sitar[5]. Il disco d’esordio, Quicksilver Messenger Service, risente delle influenze degli Electric Flag e dello stile chitarristico di Mike Bloomfield, e in generale non rispose alle aspettative del pubblico[6]. Di ben altro calibro Happy Trails, che mostra il duo chitarristico Cipollina-Duncan in forma smagliante; registrato in larga parte al Fillmore East e al Fillmore West, l’album è collocato dalla rivista Rolling Stone al posto 189 della classifica dei 500 migliori album di tutti i tempi[7].

 

I Quicksilver Messenger Service: in alto Dino Valenti,alla batteria Greg Elmore, alla chitarra Gary Duncan (1972)

Susseguentemente, Duncan abbandonò il gruppo sostituito dal tastierista Nicky Hopkins, e con la nuova formazione venne inciso Shady Grove. Dal 1970 il gruppo andò incontro a vari rimaneggiamenti. Dapprima ritornarono Valenti – dopo una lontananza di tre anni – e Duncan; e la rinnovata formazione registrò Just for Love. Il successivoWhat About Me vide la presenza di Mark Naftalin al posto di Hopkins. In seguito a lasciare furono Cipollina e Freiberg (quest’ultimo, dopo una detenzione di un anno per possesso di marijuana, sarebbe confluito nei Jefferson Starship). Perciò i Quicksilver Messenger Service dovettero essere integrati dal bassista Mark Ryan e dal tastierista Chuck Steales, e con questa formazione registrarono Quicksilver e Comin’ Thru. I due dischi ebbero un riscontro insoddisfacente, e così il quintetto decise di sciogliersi. Nel 1975 Valenti, Duncan ed Elmore incisero assieme a Skip Olsen al basso e W. Michael Lewis alle tastiere l’album Solid Silver, giudicato monotono e poco rilevante anche se non privo di momenti di ricchezza emotiva[8].

Gary Duncan a due riprese cercò di ridare vita ai Quicksilver: la prima volta nel 1987, con la produzione dell’album Peace by Piece, e a metà degli anni novanta – dopo la morte di Cipollina e Valenti –, quando venne messo in commercio Shape Shifter, ma in entrambi i casi senza grande fortuna[5].

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Quicksilver Messenger Service gained wide popularity in the San Francisco Bay Area and through their recordings,[1] with psychedelic rock enthusiasts around the globe, and several of their albums ranked in the Top 30 of the Billboard Pop charts. Though not as commercially successful as contemporaries Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver was integral to the beginnings of their genre. With their jazz and classical influences and a strong folk background, the band attempted to create an individual, innovative sound.[2] Member Dino Valenti drew heavily on musical influences he picked up during the folk revival of his formative musical years. The style he developed from these sources is evident in Quicksilver Messenger Service’s swung rhythms and twanging guitar sounds.[3]

After many years, the band has attempted to reform despite the deaths of several members. Recently, original members Gary Duncan and David Freiberg have been touring as the Quicksilver Messenger Service, using various backing musicians.

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Deep Purple-Made In Japan (1972)


I Deep Purple sono un gruppo musicale hard rock inglese, formatosi a Hertford nel 1968. Insieme a gruppi come Led Zeppelin e Black Sabbath, sono considerati fra i principali pionieri del genere heavy metal.

Vengono considerati una delle band più influenti del panorama musicale degli anni settanta, con un substrato musicale molto vario, che spazia dal blues al rock and roll, dal funky al jazz e al folk, dalla musica orientale alla musica classica, fino all’R&B, a cui unirono un certo virtuosismo tecnico. Il suono della band comprende anche elementi di rock progressivo, genere in auge nel periodo.

Hanno venduto più di 100 milioni di copie nel mondo senza contare le enormi vendite di bootleg, ovvero il traffico di dischi illegali spesso registrati durante le esibizioni dal vivo del gruppo.

Il gruppo venne inserito nel Guinness dei primati come band più rumorosa del mondo a seguito di un concerto al Rainbow Theater di Londra durante il quale tre spettatori persero conoscenza a causa dei 117 dB raggiunti.

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Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the “unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-Seventies”. They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as “the globe’s loudest band” for a 1972 concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre, and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
Deep Purple have had several line-up changes and an eight-year hiatus (1976–1984). The 1968–1976 line-ups are commonly labelled Mark I, II, III and IV Their second and most commercially successful line-up featured Ian Gillan (vocals), Jon Lord (organ), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums), and Ritchie Blackmore (guitar). This line-up was active from 1969 to 1973, and was revived from 1984 to 1989, and again from 1992 to 1993. The band achieved more modest success in the intervening periods between 1968 and 1969 with the line-up including Rod Evans (vocals) and Nick Simper (bass, backing vocals), between 1974 and 1976 (Tommy Bolin replacing Blackmore in 1975) with the line-up including David Coverdale (vocals) and Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals), and between 1989 and 1992 with the line-up including Joe Lynn Turner (vocals). The band’s line-up (currently featuring Ian Gillan, and guitarist Steve Morse from 1994) has been much more stable in recent years, although organist Jon Lord’s retirement from the band in 2002 (being succeeded by Don Airey) left Ian Paice as the only original Deep Purple member still in the band.

Deep Purple were ranked number 22 on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock programme and a poll on British radio station Planet Rock ranked them 5th among the “most influential bands ever”. At the 2011 Classic Rock Awards in London, they received the Innovator Award.[16] In October 2012, Deep Purple were nominated for the first time for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but were not voted in the following March. In October 2013, the band was announced as a Hall of Fame nominee for a second time, but again was not voted in.

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John Mellencamp – full album- the best of – greatest hits


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John Mellencamp (Seymour, 7 ottobre 1951) è un musicista, cantante e compositore statunitense.

Conosciuto inizialmente con i nomi d’arte di Johnny Cougar, John Cougar e John Cougar Mellencamp, nella sua carriera ha venduto oltre 40 milioni di dischi, è stato nominato a 13 Grammy Awards vincendone uno.

Mellencamp è stato inoltre inserito nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame il 10 marzo 2008.[2] Le sue più grandi influenze musicali sono state Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie ed iRolling Stones

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John J Mellencamp,[1] also known as John Cougar Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951), is an American Rock singer-songwriter, musician, painter and occasional actor known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock which emphasizes traditional instrumentation. Mellencamp rose to superstardom in the 1980s while “honing an almost startlingly plainspoken writing style that, starting in 1982, yielded a string of Top 10 singles,”[2] including “Hurts So Good,” “Jack & Diane,” “Crumblin’ Down,” “Pink Houses,” “Lonely Ol’ Night,” “Small Town,” “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.,” “Paper in Fire,” and “Cherry Bomb.” He has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has amassed 22 Top 40 hits in the United States. In addition, he holds the record for the most tracks by a solo artist to hit number-one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Trackschart, with seven, and has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, winning one. Mellencamp released his latest album, Plain Spoken, on September 23, 2014 to widespread critical acclaim.

Mellencamp is also one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 with a concert in Champaign, Illinois to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. The Farm Aid concerts have remained an annual event over the past 30 years, and as of 2015 the organization has raised over $45 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture.

Mellencamp was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008.[3] His biggest musical influences are Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, James Brown and The Rolling Stones.[4] Said longtime Rolling Stone contributor Anthony DeCurtis: “Mellencamp has created an important body of work that has earned him both critical regard and an enormous audience. His songs document the joys and struggles of ordinary people seeking to make their way, and he has consistently brought the fresh air of common experience to the typically glamour-addled world of popular music.”[5]

The late Billboard magazine editor-in-chief Timothy White said in 2001: “John Mellencamp is arguably the most important roots rocker of his generation. John has made fiddles, hammer dulcimers, Autoharps and accordions lead rock instruments on a par with electric guitar, bass and drums, and he also brought what he calls ‘a raw Appalachian’ lyrical outlook to his songs. Mellencamp’s best music is rock ‘n roll stripped of all escapism, and it looks directly at the messiness of life as it’s actually lived. In his music, mortality, anxiety, acts of God, questions of romance and brotherhood, and crises of conscience all collide and demand hard decisions……This is rock music that tells the truth on both its composer and the culture he’s observing.

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Neil Young – The Needle & The Damage Done


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Neil Percival Young (Toronto, 12 novembre 1945) è un cantautore e chitarrista canadese.

Dopo aver debuttato giovanissimo con la storica formazione dei Buffalo Springfield e aver raggiunto il successo nel supergruppo Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young,[1] Neil si è imposto come uno dei più carismatici e influenti cantautori degli anni settanta,[2] contribuendo a ridefinire la figura del songwriter con album come After the Gold Rush e il vendutissimo Harvest.[3]

Artista solitario e tormentato,[3] capace di passare con disinvoltura dalla quiete della ballata acustica alla brutalità della cavalcata rock, per l’approccio spesso volutamente “grezzo” che contraddistingue tanto i suoi dischi quanto i suoi concerti è stato considerato da alcuni un precursore del punk,[3] mentre la ruvida passione delle sue performance ha spinto tanto la critica quanto gli appassionati e gli stessi musicisti ad acclamarlo negli anni novanta padrino del grunge.[3][4] È stato inoltre un personaggio determinante per l’evoluzione di generi come l’alternative country[5] e l’alternative rock in generale.[6]

Tratti inconfondibili del suo stile sono la voce acuta e nasale, la chitarra “sporca” e cacofonica, i testi introspettivi e malinconici (specie nella cosiddetta Trilogia del dolore,[7] culminata nell’album Tonight’s the Night,[8] da molti ritenuto il primo concept album della storia del rock a misurarsi con temi quali il dolore e la perdita) nonché l’immancabile camicia di flanella, divenuta negli anni un autentico status symbol alternativo.

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Young

Neil Percival Young, OC OM[4][5] (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He began performing in a group covering Shadowsinstrumentals in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield together with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. He released his first album in 1968 and has since forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, spanning over 45 years and 35 studio albums, with a continuous and uncompromising exploration of musical styles.[6] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as “one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers”.[7] He was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.[8]

Young’s music is characterized by his distinctive guitar work, deeply personal lyrics[9][10][11] and characteristic alto or high tenor singing voice.[12][13] Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica, his idiosyncratic electric and clawhammer acoustic guitar playing are the defining characteristics of a varyingly ragged and melodic sound.

While Young has experimented with differing music styles throughout a varied career, including swing and electronic music, most of his best known work is either acousticfolk-rock and country rock or electric, amplified hard rock (most often in collaboration with the band Crazy Horse). Musical styles such as alternative rock and grunge also adopted elements from Young. His influence has caused some to dub him the “Godfather of Grunge“.[14]

Young has directed (or co-directed) a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past (1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979),Human Highway (1982), Greendale (2003), and CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). He has also contributed to the soundtracks of films including Philadelphia (1993) and Dead Man(1995).

Young is an environmentalist[15] and outspoken advocate for the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in 1985 the benefit concert Farm Aid. He is currently working on a documentary about electric car technology, tentatively titled LincVolt. The project involves his 1959 Lincoln Continental converted to hybrid technology as an environmentalist statement.[16][17] In 1986, Young helped found The Bridge School,[18] an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical disabilities, and its annual supporting Bridge School Benefit concerts, together with his ex-wife Pegi Young (née Morton). Young has three children: sons Zeke (born during his relationship with actress Carrie Snodgress) and Ben, who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and daughter Amber Jean who, like Young, has epilepsy. Young lives on his ranch in La Honda, California.[19] Although he has lived in northern California since the 1970s and sings as frequently about U.S. themes and subjects as he does about his native country, he has retained his Canadian citizenship.[20] On July 14, 2006, Young was awarded the Order of Manitoba,[5] and on December 30, 2009, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[4]

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Velvet Underground (full studio-albums)


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I Velvet Underground sono stati un gruppo rock statunitense formatosi nel 1964 e attivo fino al 1973. Nel 1993 si riunirono nuovamente per un tour mondiale, per poi sciogliersi definitivamente a causa dei dissidi interni e della morte del chitarrista Sterling Morrison.

Considerati uno dei gruppi rock più influenti nella storia della musica e precursori di diversi generi che avrebbero poi preso piede nei decenni successivi (come il rock alternativo, la new wave, il punk rock, il noise o il post rock)[2], i Velvet si formarono a New York (città da cui hanno tratto profonda ispirazione) grazie all’incontro tra l’allora studente universitario Lou Reed e John Cale, giovane musicista d’avanguardia ed allievo di La Monte Young. Al gruppo si unirono poi Sterling Morrison allachitarra e Angus MacLise alla batteria, sostituito poco dopo da Maureen “Moe” Tucker.

Lo stile innovativo da loro proposto ha portato alla nascita di un nuovo modo di eseguire e concepire la musica[4][5][6] e ha esercitato un profondo impatto su moltissime rock band venute dopo.[4][6][7] Vengono in genere considerati un’importante influenza per la nascita della scena musicale alternativa e tra gli iniziatori del rock indipendente.[8]

Il loro esordio, The Velvet Underground & Nico, prodotto da Andy Warhol (il quale disegnò anche la celebre banana sbucciabile in copertina, evidente allusione fallica) e uscito nel 1967, è considerato uno dei più importanti e influenti dischi rock di sempre,[9][10] «una pietra miliare per le band del punk, della new wave e perfino del post-rock»[3] nonché un decisivo passo avanti per quanto riguarda la rottura dei limiti dei temi affrontabili nel testo di una canzone (vita metropolitana, droga, deviazione sessuale).[4][11] L’anno dopo segue White Light/White Heat, lavoro ancora più ostico e sperimentale ma pur sempre seminale, il quale accentuava il lato avanguardistico del gruppo con arrangiamenti cacofonici, minimali e pesanti distorsioni chitarristiche, esasperando i cupi concetti di fondo esorditi nel primo album.[12][13] Il disco conteneva brani fortemente sperimentali come Sister Ray, lunga suite composta da continue distorsioni di chitarra e una batteria martellante dalla ritmica ossessiva[14]della durata di oltre diciassette minuti, considerata a posteriori un classico del rock più estremo e uno dei primi esempi riconosciuti di generi musicali a venire come punk,heavy metal o noise.[15]

Dopo l’abbandono di John Cale, i Velvet pubblicarono The Velvet Underground nel 1969 e Loaded nel 1970, che riflettono entrambi il loro lato più intimista, classico e folk. Nel 1970 anche Reed lasciò il gruppo per dedicarsi alla carriera solista. Dopo l’abbandono di Reed i reduci pubblicheranno un album apocrifo (Squeeze) utilizzando il nome Velvet Underground.

Nel 1996 furono introdotti nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[16] Nel 2004 la rivista musicale Rolling Stone li ha inseriti al numero 19 nella sua lista dei 100 migliori artisti di tutti i tempi.[1

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The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City by Lou Reed and John Cale.

Although they had little commercial success at the time, the band is often cited as one of the most important and influential groups of all time.[2] In 1982, Brian Eno said that while the first Velvet Underground album sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.”[3]

Andy Warhol first managed the Velvet Underground and it was the house band at his studio, the Factory, and his Exploding Plastic Inevitable events from 1966-1967. The provocative lyrics of some of the band’s songs gave a nihilistic outlook to some of their music.[4][5]

Their 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (which featured German singer Nico, with whom the band collaborated), was named the 13th Greatest Album of All Time, and the “most prophetic rock album ever made” by Rolling Stone in 2003.[6][7] In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the band No. 19 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.[8] The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, by Patti Smith.

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Weather Report – Live in Offenbach – September 28, 1978


I Weather Report sono stati uno dei gruppi jazz fusion più significativi degli anni settanta e ottanta.

La band nacque fra la fine degli anni sessanta e i primi anni ottanta da uno spin-off di un gruppo di musicisti che ruotavano intorno a Miles Davis. Il nucleo stabile del gruppo è stato costituito dal pianista Joe Zawinul e dal sassofonista Wayne Shorter, mentre gli altri musicisti variavano quasi ad ogni album.

Inizialmente la musica del gruppo era un jazz caratterizzato da ampie improvvisazioni, simili a quelle del disco di Miles Davis Bitches Brew, in lavorazione nello stesso periodo. La formazione includeva un batterista tradizionale e un secondo percussionista (prima Airto Moreira e successivamente Dom Um Romao). Sia Zawinul sia il primo bassista del gruppo, Miroslav Vitous, avevano sperimentato effetti elettronici, Zawinul sul piano elettrico e l’organo, Vitous con il contrabbasso suonato con l’archetto.

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Weather Report was an American jazz fusion band of the 1970s and early 1980s. The band was co-led by the Austrian-born keyboard player Joe Zawinul and the American saxophonist Wayne Shorter (and, initially, by Czech bass player Miroslav Vitouš). Other prominent members at various points in the band’s lifespan included Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Alex Acuña, Alphonso Johnson, Victor Bailey, Airto Moreira and Chester Thompson.

Alongside Miles Davis’s electric bands, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Headhunters, Weather Report is considered to be one of the pre-eminent early jazz fusion bands. As a continuous working unit, Weather Report outlasted all of its contemporaries despite (or perhaps because of) frequent changes of personnel, with a career lasting sixteen years between 1970 and 1986.

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