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Devo


I Devo sono un gruppo musicale statunitense formatosi ad Akron (Ohio) nel 1972.

Il loro stile musicale è stato classificato come punk, art rock o post-punk, ma sono per lo più ricordati come una delle band-simbolo della New wave. Sono oggi considerati dalla critica un gruppo fondamentale per l’evoluzione del rock contemporaneo.

Il gruppo viene fondato da Gerald Casale, Bob Lewis e Mark Mothersbaugh, nel 1972.

Il nome “Devo” viene dal termine “de-evolution” (de-evoluzione), teoria secondo cui l’umanità, invece che continuare ad evolversi, avrebbe cominciato a regredire, come dimostrerebbero le disfunzioni e la mentalità gretta della società americana. Tale teoria era frutto di uno scherzo di Casale e Lewis, nato nella fine degli anni sessanta, quando i due frequentavano la Kent State University.

La prima formazione prevedeva sei componenti: i fratelli Gerald e Bob Casale (basso e voce il primo, chitarra, tastiere e cori il secondo), Bob Lewis (chitarra), Mark Mothersbaugh (voce, sintetizzatori e chitarra), Rod Reisman (batteria) e Fred Weber (voce). La loro prima performance avviene nel 1973 al Performing Arts Festival della Kent State University.[6] Dopo questa prima esibizione, il gruppo abbandona Reisman e Weber, e ingaggia Jim Mothersbaugh alla batteria elettronica e Bob Mothersbaugh alla chitarra, entrambi fratelli di Mark. Negli anni a venire, il gruppo passerà attraverso cambi di formazione, che vedono, tra gli altri, l’abbandono di Jim Mothersbaugh, ed esibizioni dal vivo conflittuali.

Nel 1976 viene reclutato il batterista Alan Myers alla batteria, che sancisce una formazione solida che durerà dieci anni circa.

Lo stile del gruppo, ironico, pungente, irriverente e critico nei confronti della società moderna, inserito in un contesto estetico che rimanda a una sorta di fantascienza al limite del kitsch, gli fa guadagnare la simpatia di artisti noti come Neil Young e David Bowie, nonché apparizioni in film dei quali Mark Mothersbaugh curerà la colonna sonora. Il gruppo sarà anche pioniere nell’uso del videoclip, il più noto dei quali, Whip It, godrà di una massiccia presenza nei primi mesi di vita di MTV.

Nel 1977, grazie anche a Bowie e Iggy Pop, ottengono un contratto con la Warner Bros. Il loro primo album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! viene prodotto nientemeno che da Brian Eno. L’anno successivo sono ospiti del Saturday Night Live, dove si esibiranno in una cover di (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction dei Rolling Stones.

Nel 1984, lo scarso successo commerciale del sesto album Shout e l’abbandono del batterista Myers, costringono il gruppo a rinunciare al tour di promozione, con conseguente pausa delle attività. Nel frattempo, Mark Mothersbaugh si diletta nella produzione di musica per la televisione, nonché di un progetto solista, Musik for Insomniaks.

Nel 1987 il gruppo si riforma con un nuovo batterista, David Kendrick, precedentemente con gli Sparks. L’anno successivo esce Total Devo, che contiene brani che compariranno in alcuni B movie come Slaughterhouse Rock e The Tapeheads, con John Cusack e Tim Robbins.

Nel 1990 esce Smooth Noodle Maps, che non raccoglie grandi consensi di pubblico e critica, e l’anno successivo il gruppo si scioglie nuovamente. Successivamente, Mark Mothersbaugh fonda uno studio di registrazione per produzioni musicali commerciali, il Mutato Muzika, insieme col fratello Bob e Bob Casale. Lo studio lavora principalmente per produzioni televisive come sigle, programmi, cartoni animati, videogame e film, tra cui alcuni di Wes Anderson. Nel frattempo, Gerald Casale intraprende una carriera come regista di spot pubblicitari e video musicali, per gruppi come Rush, Silverchair e Foo Fighters.

Nel 1995 il gruppo appare nella colonna sonora del film Tank Girl, e l’anno successivo si esibisce al Sundance Film Festival e al Lollapalooza proponendo alcuni classici del periodo tra il 1978 e il 1982.

Pur non pubblicando album fino al 2010, il gruppo produce una serie di singoli per compilation, produzioni televisive, spot pubblicitari per aziende come Dell e la multinazionale Target.

Nel 2006 collaborano con la Disney per un progetto chiamato Devo 2.0, un gruppo composto da bambini che suonano classici dei Devo.

Nel 2008 l’azienda McDonald’s propone un personaggio in omaggio che indossa l’Energy dome, il tipico copricapo dei Devo in plastica rossa a forma di ziqqurat circolare. Il gruppo intenterà una causa alla multinazionale, che successivamente alcuni blog riporteranno come “amichevolmente risolta”.

Nel 2010 esce il loro ultimo album Something for Everybody, a vent’anni dal precedente.

Nel 2013 il loro ex batterista Alan Myers muore a causa di un tumore cerebrale.

Il 17 febbraio 2014 muore improvvisamente Bob Casale, membro fondatore del gruppo, per arresto cardiaco.

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Devo (/ˈdiːvoʊ/, originally /diːˈvoʊ/) is an American rock band formed in 1972, consisting of members from Kent and Akron, Ohio. The classic line-up of the band included two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark and Bob) and the Casales (Gerald and Bob), along with Alan Myers. The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single “Whip It”, and has maintained a cult following throughout its existence.

Devo’s style, over time, has shifted between punk, art rock, post-punk and new wave. Their music and stage show mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary. Their often discordant pop songs feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures that have proven influential on subsequent popular music, particularly new wave, industrial and alternative rock artists. Devo was also a pioneer of the music video, creating many memorable clips for the LaserDisc format, with “Whip It” getting heavy airplay in the early days of MTV.

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Fairport convention full house


I Fairport Convention sono un gruppo folk rock inglese. Fondati da Simon Nicol, Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings e Shaun Frater, i Fairport Convention, iniziando come gruppo di cover di rock della West Coast, sviluppano presto un loro stile che mescola il rock con la musica tradizionale folk inglese, contendendosi il titolo di più grande folk rock band inglese con i Pentangle. Dopo numerosi cambi di formazione si sciolgono nel 1979 per riformarsi per un concerto nel 1985, da allora continuano a suonare e pubblicare dischi. In parte il continuo successo che ancora oggi hanno i Fairport Convention è dovuto all’annuale festival di Cropredy, nell’Oxfordshire, ora rinominato Fairport’s Cropredy Convention e che riunisce ogni anno almeno 20.000 fan sin dal 1974.

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Fairport Convention are an English folk rock and electric folk band. Formed in 1967, they are widely regarded as a key group in the English folk rock movement.[1]

Their seminal album Liege & Lief is considered to have launched the electric folk or English folk rock movement, which provided a distinctively English identity to rock music and helped awaken much wider interest in traditional music in general. The large number of personnel who have been part of the band are among the most highly regarded and influential musicians of their era and have gone on to participate in a large number of significant bands, or enjoyed important solo careers.

Since 1979, they have hosted the Cropredy Festival, which is the largest such annual event in England. Individually and collectively the members of Fairport Convention have received numerous awards recognizing their contribution to music and culture. As of 2015, they continue to record and tour.

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Talking Heads


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I Talking Heads (spesso reso graficamente come “T∀LKING HE∀DS”) sono stati un gruppo rock statunitense, formatisi a New York nel 1974 e attivi fino al 1991.

Sono stati uno dei complessi che ha portato a livelli di eccellenza assoluta l’equilibrio tra pop e avanguardia, fruibilità e sperimentazione, riconoscibilità e contaminazione, musica bianca e musica nera, costituendo di fatto una delle colonne portanti della new wave americana.

Formatisi nel 1974 e guidati da colui che è forse l’emblema dell’approccio avanguardistico alla musica pop, David Byrne, i Talking Heads sono ricordati per la loro proposta artistica eclettica ed estrosa, che trovava la sua più congeniale espressione in concerti dalla grandissima carica emotiva, con un impianto quasi orchestrale e dall’inusitato impatto sonoro e scenico (come testimonia il celebre film-concerto del 1984 Stop Making Sense, diretto da Jonathan Demme).

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Talking Heads was an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz(drums), Tina Weymouth (bass), and Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar). Former art school students who became involved in the 1970s New York punk scene, Talking Heads integrated elements of punk, art rock, funk, and pop with avant-garde sensibilities to become a pioneering post-punk and new wave group. Led by the anxious, neurotic stage persona of frontman David Byrne, the group produced several commercial hits and a number of multimedia projects throughout its career, often collaborating with other artists, such as musician Brian Eno and director Jonathan Demme.

Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine described Talking Heads as being “one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the ’80s.” In 2002, the band was inducted into theRock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of the band’s albums appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and three of their songs (“Psycho Killer”, “Life During Wartime”, and “Once in a Lifetime”) were included among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Talking Heads were also included at #64 on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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Captain Beefheart


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Don Van Vliet (nato Don Glen Vliet[1]; Glendale, 15 gennaio 1941 – Arcata, 17 dicembre 2010) è stato un cantante, musicista e pittore statunitense, celebre con lo pseudonimo Captain Beefheart. Fu tra i precursori e maggiori esponenti del rock sperimentale statunitense.

« Non voglio vendere la mia musica. Vorrei regalarla, perché da dove l’ho presa non bisogna pagare per averla. »
(Don Van Vliet)
La sua esperienza musicale si sviluppò insieme ad un folto gruppo di musicisti, che si alternavano nel tempo, conosciuti come “The Magic Band”. Il gruppo cominciò la propria attività a metà degli anni sessanta, per arrivare ai primi ottanta. Van Vliet era il principale autore delle canzoni, il cantante e armonicista, con una forte attitudine per il rumorismo, ed il free jazz. Le sue composizioni sono caratterizzate da un’originale mistura di tempi dispari delle partiture e di testi surreali. Van Vliet è anche conosciuto per il suo rapporto dittatoriale con gli altri musicisti e per l’enigmatica relazione con la quale si rapportava al suo pubblico.

Van Vliet approdò nel gruppo che di lì a poco sarebbe diventato la Magic Band nel 1965, diventandone immediatamente il leader. Le loro prime canzoni mischiavano blues e rock (che rimarranno i due generi di riferimento per il gruppo), ma con il passare del tempo, Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band adottarono gradualmente un approccio sempre più sperimentale[3]. Nel 1969 venne pubblicato il loro album più conosciuto ed apprezzato, Trout Mask Replica, prodotto dall’amico d’infanzia di Van Vliet, Frank Zappa. Questo lavoro è tuttora considerato una pietra miliare della musica del ‘900.

Van Vliet pubblicò diversi altri album negli anni settanta, con molte variazioni nella Magic Band. Verso la fine di quel decennio, Van Vliet cambiò completamente la formazione del gruppo, pubblicando, tra il 1978 ed il 1982, gli ultimi tre album, ricevendo un buon successo di critica ma nessun riscontro di vendite presso il pubblico.

Dopo aver annunciato la fine della sua carriera musicale, nel 1982, Van Vliet si è presentato raramente in pubblico, preferendo una vita tranquilla nella contea di Northern Humboldt (California), dove si è concentrato sulla sua attività di pittore. Il suo interesse per le arti visuali, in realtà, cominciò durante l’infanzia, quando era considerato una giovane promessa della scultura. Il suo lavoro mostra una certa affinità con l’astrattismo neo-primitivo e con l’espressionismo estetico.

Van Vliet soffriva di sclerosi multipla, malattia che divenne aggressiva negli ultimi anni della sua vita, passati nel sud della California. Alcuni degli ex-musicisti hanno riformato la Magic Band per dei concerti tenutisi tra il 2003 ed il 2006, i cui ricavati sono andati a favore della ricerca sulla malattia di cui l’artista era affetto. Van Vliet è morto la mattina del 17 dicembre 2010 all’età di 69 anni.

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Don Van Vliet (/væn ˈvliːt/, born Don Glen Vliet;was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians called the Magic Band (1965–1982), with whom he recorded 13 studio albums. Noted for his powerful singing voice and his wide vocal range, Van Vliet also played the harmonica, saxophone and numerous other wind instruments. His music integrated blues, rock, psychedelia, and jazz with contemporary experimental composition and the avant-garde; many of his works have been classified as “art rock.” Beefheart was also known for often constructing myths about his life and for exercising an almost dictatorial control over his supporting musicians.

A child prodigy sculptor, Van Vliet later developed an eclectic musical taste during his teen years in Lancaster, California and formed “a mutually useful but volatile” friendship with musician Frank Zappa, with whom he sporadically competed and collaborated.[8] He began performing with his Captain Beefheart persona in 1964 and joined the original Magic Band line-up, initiated by Alexis Snouffer, in 1965. The group drew attention with their cover of Bo Diddley’s “Diddy Wah Diddy”, which became a regional hit. It was followed by their acclaimed debut album Safe as Milk, released in 1967 on Buddah Records. After being dropped by two consecutive record labels, they signed to Zappa’s Straight Records. As producer, Zappa granted Beefheart unrestrained artistic freedom in making 1969’s Trout Mask Replica, which was ranked 58th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[9] Beefheart followed this up with the album Lick My Decals Off, Baby, released in 1970. In 1974, frustrated by lack of commercial success, he released two albums of more conventional rock music that were critically panned; this move, combined with not having been paid for a European tour, and years of enduring Beefheart’s abusive behavior, led the entire band to quit. Beefheart eventually formed a new Magic Band with a group of younger musicians and regained contemporary approval through three final albums: Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) (1978), Doc at the Radar Station (1980) and Ice Cream for Crow (1982).

Van Vliet has been described as “one of modern music’s true innovators” with “a singular body of work virtually unrivalled in its daring and fluid creativity.” Although he achieved little commercial or mainstream critical success, he sustained a cult following as a “highly significant” and “incalculable” influence on an array of new wave, punk, post-punk, experimental and alternative rock musicians.[10][12] Known for his enigmatic personality and relationship with the public, Van Vliet made few public appearances after his retirement from music in 1982. He pursued a career in art, an interest that originated in his childhood talent for sculpture, and a venture which proved to be his most financially secure. His expressionist paintings and drawings command high prices, and have been exhibited in art galleries and museums across the world. Van Vliet died in 2010, having suffered from multiple sclerosis for many years.

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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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Eels


Gli Eels sono una band alternative rock statunitense composta da Mark Oliver Everett, meglio conosciuto con lo pseudonimo di Mr. E o E, attorno al quale ruotano numerosi musicisti. La storia degli Eels è in pratica la storia della tormentata vita dell’eclettico frontman.

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Eels (often typeset as eels or EELS) is an American alternative rock band, formed in California in 1995 by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett, known by the stage name “E.” Band members have changed across the years, both in the studio and on stage, making Everett the only official member for most of the band’s work. Often filled with themes about family, death and lost love, Eels’ music straddles a wide range of genres, which is evidenced by the distinct musical style of every album. Since 1996, Eels has released eleven studio albums, seven of which charted in the Billboard 200. Their most recent The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett (2014) was followed by a live album in 2015.

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Caravan – In The Land Of Grey And Pink 1971


I Caravan sono un gruppo musicale inglese di rock progressivo formatosi nel 1968 a Canterbury, nel Kent. Il loro stile musicale combina la musica pop con il jazz rock ed il rock psichedelico.

Insieme ai Soft Machine, depositari di uno stile maggiormente basato sulla fusion e sulla sperimentazione, rappresentano i due filoni principali della corrente musicale nota come scena di Canterbury. La band, capostipite del filone melodico di questo movimento, ha influenzato diverse band progressive degli anni settanta,[1] come i Camel.

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Caravan are an English band from the Canterbury area, founded by former Wilde Flowers members David Sinclair, Richard Sinclair, Pye Hastings and Richard Coughlan in 1968.[1] The band have not achieved much commercial success, but are considered a key part of the Canterbury scene, blending psychedelic rock, jazz and classical influences to create a distinctive sound.

The band were originally based in Whitstable, Kent, near Canterbury, but moved to London when briefly signed to Verve Records. After being dropped by Verve, the band signed to Decca Records, where they released their most critically acclaimed album, In the Land of Grey and Pink in 1971. David Sinclair left after the album’s release and the group split up the following year. Hastings and Coughlan added new members, notably viola player Geoffrey Richardson, continuing on before splitting in 1978.

The band reformed several times in the following decades, and Caravan still remain active as a live band in the 21st century, despite Coughlan’s death in December 2013.

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Small Faces Greatest Hits Full Album



Small Faces were an English rock band from East London. The group was founded in 1965 by members Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Jimmy Winston, although by 1966 Winston was replaced by Ian McLagan as the band’s keyboardist.[1]

The band is remembered as one of the most acclaimed and influential mod groups of the 1960s.[2][3] With memorable hit songs such as “Itchycoo Park”, “Lazy Sunday”, “All or Nothing”, “Tin Soldier”, and their concept album Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, they later evolved into one of the UK’s most successful psychedelic acts before disbanding in 1969.[4] After the Small Faces disbanded, with Marriott leaving to form Humble Pie, the remaining three members were joined by Ronnie Wood as guitarist, and Rod Stewart as their lead vocalist, both from The Jeff Beck Group, and the new line-up was renamed Faces,[5][6] except in North America, where this group’s first album (and only their first album) was credited to Small Faces. This practice has continued on all subsequent North American reissues of the album to this day.

A revived version of the original Small Faces existed from 1975 to 1978.[7]

Small Faces are also acknowledged as being one of the biggest original influences on the Britpop movement of the 1990s.[8] Despite the fact the band were together just four years in their original incarnation, the Small Faces’ music output from the mid to late sixties remains among the most acclaimed British mod and psychedelic music of that era.

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Gli Small Faces furono fondati a Londra nel 1965 dal cantante e chitarrista Steve Marriott e dal bassista Ronnie Lane, ai quali si aggiunsero il batterista Kenney Jones, e Jimmy Winston, presto rimpiazzato da Ian McLagan come tastierista. La fine del gruppo viene datata con l’abbandono, nel 1968, da parte di Steve Marriott che fonderà gli Humble Pie con Peter Frampton, mentre gli altri tre con Ron Wood e Rod Stewart avranno fortuna nei Faces nel corso dei primi anni settanta. Nel 1976, in coincidenza col fortunato rilancio di Itchycoo Park e di Lazy Sunday, Marriott, Jones e McLagan riformeranno il gruppo con Rick Wills (che suonò nell’album Frampton’s Camel) e Jimmy McCullouch (ex Wings). Gli Small Faces “reunion”, effettueranno alcuni concerti nella primavera e nell’autunno del 1977 e incideranno un paio di album, Playmates (1977) e 78 in the Shade (1978), per poi sciogliersi definitivamente nel maggio 1978. Dopo sei mesi, Kenney Jones entrerà negli Who per sostituire Keith Moon. Nel 1991 Marriott morirà in un incendio scoppiato nella sua casa, mentre nel 1997 Lane si arrenderà alla sclerosi multipla che lo aveva afflitto dagli anni settanta.

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Sex Pistols


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I Sex Pistols sono stati uno dei più influenti gruppi punk rock britannici e una grande icona della prima ondata punk.

L’inizio del gruppo, originariamente composto dal cantante Johnny Rotten, dal chitarrista Steve Jones, dal batterista Paul Cook e dal bassista Glen Matlock, poi sostituito da Sid Vicious, risale al 1975, a Londra. Anche se la loro carriera durò solo tre anni, pubblicando solo quattro singoli discografici e un album in studio, i Sex Pistols vennero descritti dalla BBC come «la sola punk rock band inglese». Il gruppo è spesso indicato come il fondatore del movimento punk britannico[3] e il creatore del primo divario generazionale con il rock ‘n’ roll.

I Sex Pistols emersero come risposta a ciò che era sempre visto come più eccessivo, come il rock progressivo e le produzioni pop della metà degli anni settanta. Il gruppo creò molte controversie durante la sua breve carriera, attirando l’attenzione su di sé,ma mettendo spesso in secondo piano la musica.[7] I loro show e i loro tour erano ripetutamente ostacolati dalle autorità, e le loro apparizioni pubbliche spesso finivano disastrosamente. Il singolo del 1977 God Save the Queen, pubblicato appositamente durante il giubileo d’argento della regina d’Inghilterra, è stato considerato un attacco alla monarchia e al nazionalismo degli inglesi.

Johnny Rotten lasciò il gruppo nel 1978, durante un turbolento tour negli Stati Uniti; il trio rimasto continuò fino alla fine dell’anno, ma si sciolse all’inizio del 1979. Con Lydon il gruppo organizza un concerto nel 1996 per il Filthy Lucre Tour (“Tour a scopo di lucro”, traducibile anche in “Tour per il lurido guadagno”), anche se senza Sid Vicious, morto di overdose nel 1979 a soli 21 anni.

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The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they lasted just two-and-a-half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, they were one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music,[1][2] initiated a punk movement in the United Kingdom, and inspired many later punk and alternative rock musicians. The first incarnation of the Sex Pistols included singer John Lydon, lead guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bass player Glen Matlock. Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious early in 1977. Under the management ofMalcolm McLaren, a visual artist, performer, clothes designer and boutique owner, the band provoked controversies that garnered a significant amount of publicity. Their concerts repeatedly faced difficulties with organisers and local authorities, and public appearances often ended in mayhem. Their 1977 single “God Save the Queen”, attacking social conformity and deference to the Crown, precipitated the “last and greatest outbreak of pop-based moral pandemonium”. Other subjects addressed in their frequently obscene lyrics included the music industry, consumerism, abortion, and the Holocaust.

In January 1978, at the end of a turbulent tour of the United States, Rotten left the Sex Pistols and announced its break-up. Over the next several months, the three other band members recorded songs for McLaren’s film version of the Sex Pistols’ story, The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle. Vicious died of a heroin overdose in February 1979. In 1996, Rotten, Jones, Cook and Matlock reunited for the Filthy Lucre Tour; since 2002, they have staged further reunion shows and tours. On 24 February 2006, the Sex Pistols—the four original, surviving members and Sid Vicious—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they refused to attend the ceremony, calling the museum “a piss stain”

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Simply Red


I Simply Red sono un gruppo musicale pop-soul britannico, fondato nella prima metà degli anni ottanta da Mick Hucknall e due ex-componenti della band dei Durutti Column: Anthony Bowers e Chris
Joyce. In venticinque anni di carriera hanno venduto circa 55 milioni di dischi. Nel 2010 si sono sciolti, in occasione del 25esimo anniversario di carriera. Nel 2014 si sono riuniti, a quattro
anni di distanza dal loro scioglimento.

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Simply Red are an English soul and pop band that sold more than 50 million albums over a 25-year career. Their style drew upon influences ranging from blue-eyed soul, New Romantic and rock to
reggae and jazz. From their early days, the main driving force behind the band was singer Mick Hucknall, who, by the time the band was disbanded in 2010, was the only original member left.[1] At
the 1992 and 1993 Brit Awards, they received the award for Best British Group.

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The Strawbs_ Hero & Heroine (1974) full album



Gli Strawbs sono un gruppo rock inglese fondato nel 1964. Originariamente noti come Strawberry Hill Boys, iniziarono come band bluegrass, per poi passare ad altri generi musicali come folk rock, glam rock, rock progressivo e hard rock. Il leader del gruppo è il cantante e chitarrista Dave Cousins, autore della maggior parte delle canzoni.

Oltre a Cousins, negli Strawbs suonarono musicisti come Tony Hooper, Ron Chesterman, Rick Wakeman (in seguito tastierista degli Yes), Blue Weaver (che suonò anche con gli Amen Corner, i Mott the Hoople e i Bee Gees), Richard Hudson (detto “Hud”) e John Ford (che in seguito scrissero alcune canzoni di successo insieme come Hudson-Ford), Dave Lambert, Brian Willoughby, Chas Cronk e John Hawken (che suonò anche nei Nashville Teens, Renaissance, Spooky Tooth, e nei Vinegar Joe). Gli Strawbs suonarono spesso anche con Sandy Denny (cantante di Fairport Convention e Fotheringay).

L’apice del successo degli Strawbs fu nel 1973, con la formazione Cousins, Lambert, Hudson, Ford e Weaver.

Verso la fine degli anni settanta, mentre l’ascesa del movimento punk causava la caduta di popolarità di tutti i grandi del rock progressivo, Hudson e Ford si unirono a Terry Cassidy e al batterista Clive Pearce formando il gruppo “pseudo-punk” Monks, che pubblicarono nel 1979 l’album Bad Habits. Da quell’album fu tratto il singolo Nice Legs, Shame About the Face, che ebbe un buon successo commerciale raggiungendo la posizione 19 nelle classifiche di vendita. Nel 1980 pubblicarono un altro album (di musica stile anni trenta) col nome High Society, e poi tornarono a pubblicare come Monk con l’album Suspended Animation (pubblicato solo in Canada), in cui comparivano anche Brian Willoughby alla chitarra e Chris Parren alle tastiere. L’album ebbe un enorme successo in Canada, diventando disco di platino.

All’inizio del 2005 gli Strawbs hanno intrapreso un tour in Inghilterra col nome Acoustic Strawbs. La formazione (secondo il loro sito web) è la ventiquattresima della loro carriera: Cousins, Lambert, Hudson, Ford, Weaver, e Willoughby.

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Strawbs (or The Strawbs) are an English rock band founded in 1964. Although the band started out as a bluegrass group they eventually moved on to other styles such as folk rock, progressive rock, and (briefly) glam rock.

They are best known for their hit, “Part of the Union”, which reached number two in the UK charts in February 1973, as well as for “Lay Down” a popular Progressive Rock hit from the same LP. The Strawbs also toured with Supertramp in their “Crime of the Century” tour, doing their own “Hero and Heroine” tour, which drew musical similarities and themes.

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Them – The Angry Young Them (Full Album)


I Them sono stati un gruppo musicale rock dell’Irlanda del Nord, attivo negli anni sessanta e conosciuto per essere stato la band con cui ha debuttato il cantante Van Morrison.

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Them were a Northern Irish band formed in Belfast in April 1964, most prominently known for the garage rock standard “Gloria” and launching singer Van Morrison’s musical career.[1] The original five member band consisted of Morrison, Alan Henderson, Ronnie Millings, Billy Harrison and Eric Wrixon. The group was marketed in the United States as part of the British Invasion.[2]

Them scored two UK hits in 1965 with “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (UK No.10) and “Here Comes the Night” (UK No.2; Ireland No.2). The latter song and “Mystic Eyes” were Top 40 hits in the US.[1]

Morrison quit the band in 1966 and went on to a successful career as a solo artist. Although Them had a short-lived existence, the Belfast group had considerable influence on other bands, such as the Doors.

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Gong – 1973 – The Flying Teapot [Full Album]


I Gong sono un gruppo di rock progressivo fondato dal musicista australiano Daevid Allen, precedentemente membro dei Soft Machine. Il loro stile è talvolta catalogato anche come space rock ed ha uno strettissimo legame con la scena di Canterbury. Una delle caratteristiche più particolari del gruppo è l’incredibile anticonformismo dei suoi membri (a partire da Allen), e la variopinta “mitologia” messa in scena nei loro testi. Intorno al gruppo principale Gong hanno ruotato un grande numero di formazioni e gruppi alternativi (Planet Gong, Euterpe, New York Gong ecc.) che complessivamente sono noti come la Gong Global Family.

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Gong is a Franco-British rock band formed by Australian musician Daevid Allen. Other notable band members include Tim Blake, Didier Malherbe, Pip Pyle, Gilli Smyth, Steve Hillage, Francis Moze, Mike Howlett and Pierre Moerlen. Others who have played in Gong include Bill Bruford, Brian Davison, Don Cherry[1] and Chris Cutler.

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Jefferson Starship – Winds Of Change 1982 (Full Album)


I Jefferson Starship sono una formazione nata per filiazione dai Jefferson Airplane, in occasione della pubblicazione dell’album Blows Against the Empire, uscito a nomePaul Kantner & Jefferson Starship nel 1970, registrato con il contributo di diversi musicisti della scena di San Francisco. Per tre anni, fino al 1973, diversi progetti personali verranno portati avanti parallelamente agli Airplane, accompagnando la parabola discendente di questi ultimi, che vedrà comunque la pubblicazione di due album in studio (Bark nel 1971 e Long John Silver nel 1972) ed uno live, Thirty Seconds over Winterland, nel 1973.

Dopo la defezione del batterista Spencer Dryden e del cantante Marty Balin (uno dei fondatori degli Airplane) per dissidi personali ed artistici, e con il chitarrista Jorma Kaukonen e il bassista Jack Casady sempre più rivolti al country blues del loro nuovo gruppo Hot Tuna, i due membri originari rimasti nel gruppo cioè il cantante-chitarrista ritmico Paul Kantner e la sua compagna e cantante Grace Slick pubblicano in coppia Sunfighter, nel 1971, e Baron Von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun nel 1973, accreditato anche a David Freiberg, ex bassista e cantante dei Quicksilver Messenger Service. Entrambi gli album vedono, come consuetudine nella scena musicale di San Francisco degli anni sessanta, diversi ospiti, tra cui David Crosby, Graham Nash, Jerry Garcia, il violinista Papa John Creach, entrato nel gruppo al tempo degli ultimi dischi degli Airplane, ma in particolare tra i collaboratori del secondo si verrà a formare il nucleo vero e proprio dei Jefferson Starship, con John Barbata alla batteria, Craig Chaquico alla chitarra e Pete Sears al basso.

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Jefferson Starship is an American rock band formed in the early 1970s by several members of the former psychedelic rock group Jefferson Airplane. The band has undergone several major changes in personnel and genres through the years while retaining the same Jefferson Starship name. The current Jefferson Starship, led by co-founder Paul Kantner, more closely resembles its original mix of psychedelic and electric folk music than the pop-driven tunes it was widely known for in the early to mid-1980s. It is not to be confused with Starship, a spin-off of the group featuring former co-lead singer Mickey Thomas that also periodically tours. The latter group is most frequently identified with the 1980s pop tunes of Jefferson Starship.

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The Church


I The Church sono fra gli esponenti del rock psichedelico degli anni ottanta. La formazione è nata a Sydney, in Australia nel 1978.

Esordiscono nel 1980 con il singolo She Never Said. L’anno successivo pubblicano per il mercato australiano, il loro primo album intitolato Of Skins and Heart trainato dai singoli The Ungarded Moment, Too Fast for You e Tear It All Away, che a breve distanza viene pubblicato anche in Europa con il titolo di The Church.

La band propone un rock neopsichedelico con venature pop, sull’onda di analoghe neonate formazioni come R.E.M., Rain Parade, Green on Red, Dream Syndicate, Game Theory, The Triffids, Three O’Clock, Plimsouls, Hoodoo Gurus, The Long Ryders, si stava affermando nello scenario rock di quegli anni.

Il sound dei Church, tuttavia, si contraddistingue per le forti tonalità visionarie che, coi successivi album The Blurred Crusade (del 1982), Seance (del 1983) e Remote Luxury (del 1984), trovano la loro piena espressione.

Ma è con Heyday (del 1985) e Starfish (del 1988), che Steve Kilbey, Marty Willson-Piper, Peter Koppes e Richard Ploog sfiorano il successo mondiale, grazie a un rock che si fa più sostenuto e corposo e strizza l’occhio anche a sonorità più radiofoniche. Il singolo Under the Milky Way con le sue atmosfere agrodolci e arpeggi di chitarra che richiamano atmosfere irreali, rimane il loro brano più conosciuto, grazie anche ad un videoclip promozionale in assidua rotazione sulle televisioni musicali più note di quel periodo.

Il sound dei Church negli anni 90 si è sviluppato percorrendo nuove strade, pur mantenendo una coerenza stilistica di base, senza però ottenere il successo precedente. Si è accentuato l’uso dell’elettronica soprattutto negli album come Priest=Aura e Sometime Anywhere. Sono invece arrivati ad una buona mediazione tra il loro sound degli anni ottanta e la sperimentazione dei novanta nei lavori prodotti dopo il 2000: After Everything Now This, Forget Yourself e Uninvited, Like the Clouds, i tre dischi forse più completi e maturi che la band australiana abbia mai prodotto.

I componenti del gruppo hanno affiancato un’intensa carriera solista e di progetti paralleli. Si segnalano gli Hex e i Jack Frost di Kilbey, i Well di Koppes.

Il 17 ottobre 2014 esce il 25º album in studio intitolato “Further/Deeper”, registrato in soli otto giorni alla fine del 2013. L’album segna l’ingresso nella band del chitarrista Ian Haug al posto di Marty Wilson Piper che, secondo Kilbey, si era dichiarato non disponibile per l’incisione di un nuovo disco e ralativo tour.

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The Church is an Australian psychedelic rock band formed in Sydney in 1980. Initially associated with new wave, neo-psychedelia and indie rock, their music later came to feature slower tempos and surreal soundscapes reminiscent of dream pop and post-rock. Glenn A. Baker has written that “From the release of the ‘She Never Said’ single in November 1980, this unique Sydney-originated entity has purveyed a distinctive, ethereal, psychedelic-tinged sound which has alternatively found favour and disfavor in Australia”.The Los Angeles Times has described the band’s music as “dense, shimmering, exquisite guitar pop”.

The founding members were Steve Kilbey on lead vocals and bass guitar, Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper on guitars and Nick Ward on drums. Ward only played on their debut album and the band’s drummer for the rest of the 1980s was Richard Ploog. Jay Dee Daugherty (ex-Patti Smith Group) played drums from 1990 to 1993 and was replaced by Tim Powles, who has remained with them ever since. Koppes left the band from 1992 to 1997 and Willson-Piper left in 2013. He was replaced by Ian Haug, formerly of Powderfinger. Kilbey, Koppes and Powles also recorded together as “The Refo:mation” in 1997.

The Church’s debut album, Of Skins and Heart (1981), delivered their first radio hit “The Unguarded Moment” and they were signed to major labels in Australia, Europe and the United States. However, the US label was dissatisfied with their second album and dropped the band without releasing it. This put a dent in their international success, but they returned to the charts in 1988, with the album Starfish and the US Top 40 hit “Under the Milky Way”. Subsequent mainstream success has proved elusive, but the band retains a large international cult following and were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in Sydney in 2011. The Church continue to tour and record, releasing their 24th studio album, Further/Deeper, in October 2014.
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Demis Roussos – Greatest Hits 1971-1980 (Full Album)


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Artemios Ventouris “Demis” Roussos (greco Αρτέμιος Bεντούρης Pούσσος; Alessandria d’Egitto, 15 giugno 1946 – Atene, 25 gennaio 2015) è stato un cantante e bassista greco.

Demis Roussos ha saputo esprimere il passato ellenico e la bellezza delle terre in cui ha vissuto attraverso un canto poetico e soave, prestato a generi diversissimi, dalrock progressivo, alla disco music, alle tante varianti del pop. Come bassista ha uno stile che ricorda le sonorità e la tecnica di Paul McCartney e di Brian Wilson.

Nato in Egitto da genitori di origini greche, tornò nel paese di origine dopo la perdita di tutti gli averi familiari, in seguito alla Crisi di Suez del 1956.

In gioventù Roussos aveva appreso il solfeggio e aveva imparato a suonare la chitarra e la tromba, divenendo inoltre cantante solista nel coro della chiesa bizantina diAlessandria d’Egitto.

In Grecia Demis Roussos entrò in diversi gruppi musicali (The Idols, Minis,Stormies, We Five e soprattutto Aphrodite’s Child), prima di iniziare la carriera da solista.

Il gruppo degli Aphrodite’s Child, del quale ha fatto parte dalla loro origine fino allo scioglimento, ha prodotto singoli di successo planetario come It’s Five O’Clock, Rain And Tears, Spring, Summer, Winter And Fall, I Want To Live, etc, e un album, 666, considerato dal pubblico e dalla critica come un capolavoro.

Il tastierista degli Aphrodite’s Child, Vangelis Papathanassiou, diventerà famoso compositore di colonne sonore con il nome di Vangelis (notevoli fra le altre: Momenti di gloria, Blade Runner, Alexander).

Demis Roussos è apparso anche in album solisti di Vangelis. Un suo grande successo è stato Race to the End, adattamento vocale del tema portante della colonna sonora di Momenti di Gloria (Chariots of Fire). La sua carriera solistica ha toccato l’apice negli anni settanta: vinse il Festivalbar 1971 con We shall dance che arriva quarta in Austria. Il singolo Forever and Ever fu primo nelle classifiche di molti Paesi (anche nellaUK Singles Chart con l’Extended play The Roussos Phenomenon nel 1976), secondo nei Paesi Bassi e quarto in Austria nel 1973. Altri successi furono My Friend the Wind prima nei Paesi Bassi per due settimane e settima in Germania nel 1973, My Reason prima nei Paesi Bassi per tre settimane nel 1972, Lovely Lady of Arcadia che nella versione Schönes Mädchen aus Arcadia arriva prima per tre settimane nei Paesi Bassi, seconda in Svizzera, sesta in Germania e settima in Austria nel 1973 e Goodbye My Love, Goodbye prima in Svizzera per 12 settimane ed in Germania, seconda in Austria e terza in Norvegia. Molto note furonoSomeday Somewhere che nel 1974 arriva seconda nei Paesi Bassi, Auf Wiederseh’n sesta nei Paesi Bassi nel 1974, Perdoname sesta nei Paesi Bassi nel 1975, Happy to Be on an Island in the Sun quinta nella UK Singles Chart nel 1975, When Forever Has Gone seconda nel Regno Unito nel 1976 ed anche una sua versione di Lost in Love degli Air Supply che arriva quarta nei Paesi Bassi nel 1980.

Fu tra i passeggeri del volo TWA 847 dirottato il 14 giugno del 1985. Percependo una svolta nella sua vita, Demis Roussos si imbarcò in un’operazione di rilancio della sua immagine con l’LP Time, che riscosse un discreto successo e con il singolo da discoteca Dance of Love. Nel 1988 il singolo Quand je t’aime arriva terzo in Francia e nel 1990 On écrit sur les murs quarto in Francia.

Gli anni novanta videro ulteriori sostanziali uscite: si accordò con la BR Music nei Paesi Bassi per produrre Immortal, Serenade e In Holland, utilizzando una gran varietà di strumenti etnici e stili elettronici.

Demis Roussos ha continuato a registrare e ad esibirsi dal vivo fino a poco prima della sua scomparsa. Nella primavera del 2002 fece un tour del Regno Unito. Nello stesso anno ha duettato con Ivana Spagna nel brano Tears of Love, inserito nell’album della cantante Woman.

Il 19 settembre 2008 è stato tra gli ospiti della trasmissione della RAI I migliori anni ed ha ringraziato il pubblico italiano perché proprio in Italia iniziò con successo la sua carriera come solista. Grande ritorno a I migliori anni nella serata del 31 ottobre ed in quella finale del 5 dicembre 2008; nelle edizioni successive è riapparso nelle puntate del 5 novembre e del 17 dicembre 2010: in quest’ultima ha riproposto il suo grande successo Forever and ever.

È morto in una clinica di Atene il 25 gennaio 2015 all’età di 68 anni. Il cantante era malato da tempo.

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Artemios “Demis” Ventouris-Roussos (Greek: Αρτέμιος “Ντέμης” Βεντούρης-Ρούσσος, 15 June 1946 – 25 January 2015) was an Egyptian Greek singer and performer who had international hit records as a solo performer in the 1970s after having been a member of Aphrodite’s Child, a progressive rock group that also included Vangelis. Roussos sold over 60 million albums worldwide and became “an unlikely kaftan-wearing sex symbol”.

A Demis Roussos Museum is now planned in Nijkerk, the Netherlands.

After settling in Greece, Roussos participated in a series of musical groups beginning with The Idols when he was 17, where he met Evangelos Papathanassiou (later known as Vangelis) and Loukas Sideras, his future bandmates in Aphrodite’s Child.[9] After this he joined the Athens band, We Five, another cover band which had limited success in Greece.

Roussos came to a wider audience in 1967 when he joined progressive rock band Aphrodite’s Child, with Vangelis and Loukas Sideras, initially as a singer but later also playing bass guitar, achieving commercial success in France and other parts of Europe from 1968 to 1972. They set off for London to break into the international music scene but were turned back at Dover due to visa problems. They retreated to Pariswhere they decided to stay, signing a record deal there with Philips Records. Their first recording sessions were delayed by the general strike of May 1968 but later the same year the song “Rain and Tears” was issued across Europe. the song appeared on the album End of the World in October. Composed by Vangelis and the French lyricist Boris Bergman, the song featured Roussos’s unusual high tenor, The song was only a minor hit in Britain but was successful in many other countries.[10] Roussos’s operatic vocal style helped propel the band to international success, notably on their final album 666, based on passages from theBook of Revelation, which became a progressive rock cult classic.

After Aphrodite’s Child disbanded, Roussos continued to record sporadically with his former bandmate Vangelis. In 1970 the two released the film score album Sex Power (the album has also been credited to Aphrodite’s Child) and also recorded the 1977 album Magic together. Their most successful collaboration was “Race to the End” (also sung in Spanish as “Tu Libertad”), a vocal adaptation of the musical theme from the Oscar winning film Chariots of Fire, while Roussos also guested on the soundtrack to Blade Runner (1982), with a song entitled “Tales of the Future”

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John Martyn – Solid Air – 1973 (Full Album) (432 Hz)


John Martyn, nome d’arte di Iain David McGeachy (New Malden, 11 settembre 1948 – Kingston upon Thames, 29 gennaio 2009), è stato un cantautore e chitarrista scozzese.

Spaziava dal folk al blues al jazz e il suo stile era caratterizzato dall’uso della voce come strumento musicale

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John Martyn, OBE (11 September 1948 – 29 January 2009), born as Iain David McGeachy, was a British singer-songwriter and guitarist. Over a 40-year career, he released 21 studio albums, working with artists such as Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Phil Collins. He was described by The Times as “an electrifying guitarist and singer whose music blurred the boundaries between folk, jazz, rock and blues”

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Joy Division


I Joy Division (IPA: [dʒɔɪ dɪˈvɪʒən]) sono stati una band post-punk inglese formatasi nel 1977 a Salford, nella contea di Greater Manchester.

La band era costituita da Ian Curtis (voce), Bernard Sumner (chitarra e tastiere), Peter Hook (basso) e Stephen Morris (batteria e percussioni).

Dopo l’uscita dell’album di debutto, intitolato Unknown Pleasures, e nonostante il crescente successo commerciale e di critica, alla vigilia del primo tour americano il suicidio del frontman Ian Curtis, nel maggio del 1980, determinò il conseguente scioglimento della band. Dopo la pubblicazione del postumo secondo album Closer, i restanti componenti decisero di continuare l’attività musicale dando vita ad un nuovo gruppo, i New Order

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Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.

Formed by Sumner and Hook after the two attended a Sex Pistols gig, Joy Division transcended their punk roots to develop a sound and style that made them one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement. Their self-released 1978 debut EP, An Ideal for Living, drew the attention of the Manchester television personality Tony Wilson. Joy Division’s debut album, Unknown Pleasures, was released in 1979 on Wilson’s independent label Factory Records. Aided by Martin Hannett’s sparse production, it was a critical success with the British music press. Despite this early acclaim, Curtis experienced severe depression and personal difficulties, including a broken marriage andepilepsy. In particular he found it increasingly difficult to perform at live concerts, during which he often had seizures.

In May 1980, on the eve of the band’s debut American tour, Curtis, aged 23, committed suicide. The group’s second and final album, Closer, was released two months later; the album and preceding single “Love Will Tear Us Apart” became the band’s highest charting release. After Curtis’s death, the remaining members continued asNew Order, achieving critical and commercial success. Although their career spanned only four years, Joy Division have come to be regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the late 1970s.

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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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Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage


Frank Vincent Zappa (Baltimora, 21 dicembre 1940Los Angeles, 4 dicembre 1993) è stato un compositore, chitarrista, cantante, arrangiatore, direttore d’orchestra eproduttore discografico statunitense. È considerato uno dei più grandi geni musicali del ‘900, capace di fondere tutti i generi a lui precedenti e contemporanei ottenendo un risultato insuperato.[2][3]

Definire il genere musicale di Zappa è quasi impossibile, ma si può affermare che fosse coinvolto in ambiti musicali come rock, blues, jazz, fusion, avanguardia, musica classica, satira e cabaret.[4][5]

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Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical composers such as Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern, along with 1950s rhythm and blues music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drums in rhythm and blues bands; he later switched to electric guitar.

Zappa was a self-taught composer and performer, and his diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often difficult to categorize. His 1966 debut album with the Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!, combined songs in conventional rock and roll format with collective improvisations and studio-generated sound collages. His later albums shared this eclectic and experimental approach, irrespective of whether the fundamental format was rock, jazz or classical. His lyrics—often humorously—reflected his iconoclastic view of established social and political processes, structures and movements. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship.

He was a highly productive and prolific artist and gained widespread critical acclaim. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and worked as an independent artist for most of his career. He also remains a major influence on musicians and composers. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Zappa was married to Kathryn J. “Kay” Sherman from 1960 to 1964. In 1967, he married Adelaide Gail Sloatman, with whom he remained until his death from prostate cancer in 1993. They had four children: Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva. In 2004,Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 71 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, and in 2011 at No. 22 on its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

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Tim Buckley – Goodbye and Hello – Complete Album


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Timothy Charles Buckley (Washington, 14 febbraio 1947 – Santa Monica, 29 giugno 1975) è stato un cantautore statunitense. È considerato dalla critica uno dei cantanti più geniali e innovativi dell’intera storia del rock

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Timothy Charles “Tim” Buckley III (February 14, 1947 – June 29, 1975) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music and style changed considerably through the years; his first album (1966) was mostly folk, but his subsequent albums incorporated jazz, psychedelia, funk, soul, avant-garde and an evolving “voice as instrument” sound. Though he did not find commercial success during his lifetime, Buckley is admired by later generations for his innovation as a musician and vocal ability. He died at the age of 28 from a heroin overdose, leaving behind his sons Taylor and Jeff, the latter of whom later went on to become a musician as well.

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Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Full Album) *1968* HQ


Gli Iron Butterfly si formarono per la prima volta a San Diego nel 1965. Della formazione facevano parte il tastierista Doug Ingle, il bassista Jerry Penrod, il batterista Ron Bushy, il chitarrista Danny Weis e il cantante Darryl DeLoach. Tuttavia gran parte dei membri del gruppo (eccetto Bushy e Ingle) abbandonò la band nel 1967, alla fine delle registrazioni dell’album Heavy, che sarebbe stato pubblicato nel 1968 (riscuotendo comunque ottime recensioni da parte della critica) quando avevano già fatto il loro ingresso nella band il bassista Lee Dorman e il chitarrista Erik Brann, allora diciassettenne, molto più giovane rispetto agli altri membri del gruppo.

Con questa nuova formazione gli Iron Butterfly incisero un album intitolato In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida che inizialmente suscitò polemiche da parte dei discografici poiché la traccia omonima – che avrebbe occupato l’intero lato B dell’album – con i suoi 17:03 minuti sarebbe stata troppo lunga; la band fu costretta quindi a registrarne una versione priva di assoli. Dopo che il disco raggiunse un grande successo entrando anche nella Top 10, fu permesso al gruppo si inserire l’intero pezzo nell’LP. Nel 1969 il gruppo pubblicò il suo terzo album, Ball, che riscosse un successo minore rispetto al precedente.

L’anno seguente il gruppo vide l’abbandono del chitarrista Erik Brann, ma pubblicò comunque l’album Metamorphosis, con Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt e Mike Pinera alle chitarre. L’album si rivelò un insuccesso, dato che riuscì soltanto ad assicurarsi uno dei posti più bassi della Top 20 nazionale, e nel 1971 la band si sciolse per la prima volta.

Gli Iron Butterfly si riformarono nel 1974 a opera di due dei membri della precedente formazione, Brann e Bushy. Come bassista fu ingaggiato Philip Taylor Kramer mentre come tastierista venne assunto Howard Reitzes (sostituito successivamente da Bill DeMartinez). La band incise due album (Scorching Beauty e Sun and Steel) prima di risciogliersi nel 1976. Due anni dopo fallì dopo alcuni mesi il tentativo di riunire la band dato il fatto che fu trovato morto nella sua stanza d’albergo il bassista Keith Ellis, assunto all’interno del gruppo per l’occasione.

In seguito il gruppo si riformò nel 1988, per sciogliersi nel 1993, e infine si riunì per una seconda volta nel 1998 per mano di Dorman e Bushy. Attualmente gli Iron Butterfly stanno lavorando per un nuovo album

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Iron Butterfly is an American psychedelic rock band best known for the 1968 hit “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”, providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock music. Formed in San Diego, California among band members that used to be “arch enemies”, their heyday was the late 1960s, but the band has been reincarnated with various members with varying levels of success, with no new recordings since 1975. The band’s seminal 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is among the world’s 40 best-selling albums, selling more than 30 million copies.[2] Iron Butterfly is also notable for being the first group to receive an RIAA platinum award
The band formed in 1966 in San Diego, California.[4] The original members were Doug Ingle (vocals, organ), Jack Pinney (drums), Greg Willis (bass), and Danny Weis (guitar).[5] They were soon joined by tambourine player and vocalist Darryl DeLoach. DeLoach’s parents’ garage on Luna Avenue served as the site for their almost nightly rehearsals.

Jerry Penrod and Bruce Morse replaced Willis and Pinney after the band relocated to Los Angeles in 1966 and Ron Bushy then came aboard when Morse left due to a critical family tragedy[vague]. All but Ingle and Bushy left the band after recording their first album in late 1967; the remaining musicians, faced with the possibility of the record not being released, quickly found replacements in bassist Lee Dorman and guitarist Erik Brann (also known as “Erik Braunn” and “Erik Braun”) and resumed touring. In early 1968, their debut album Heavy was released after signing a deal with ATCO, an Atlantic Records subsidiary.

In terms of sound, the group took inspiration from a variety of sources outside of the rock arena, such as the bongo playing of Preston Epps and the r&b music of Booker T and the MGs. Around this time, the band notably ran into guitarist Jimmy Page, who stated that he used the group as partial inspiration for the name “Led Zeppelin”. As well, one of the Zeppelin’s first touring sets in the U.S. was playing with Iron Butterfly at Fillmore East in New York, New York.[3]

DeLoach subsequently recorded with Two Guitars, Piano, Drum and Darryl, while Weis and Penrod went on to form the group Rhinoceros. In 1970 DeLoach formed Flintwhistle along with Erik Brann; the band performed live for about a year before breaking up

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James Taylor’s Greatest Hits 1976


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James Vernon Taylor (Belmont, 12 marzo 1948) è un cantautore statunitense, tra i più celebri degli anni settanta                                                              

Cresciuto nella cittadina di Chapel Hill (Carolina del Nord) dove, incoraggiato dalla mamma soprano, fin da bambino studiò violoncello, a partire dal 1960 preferì dedicarsi alla chitarra ispirandosi allo stile di Woody Guthrie. Abbandonò la scuola e formò una band col fratello Alex, ma venne ricoverato in un ospedale psichiatrico per curare una forma di depressione. Riuscì ad ottenere il diploma durante il soggiorno in ospedale, quindi si iscrisse alla Milton Academy dove incontrò Danny Kortchmar, col quale formò il gruppo “The Flying Machine”, che incise un singolo di scarso successo: Brighten Your Night with My Day. Trasferitosi a New York, Taylor divennetossicodipendente da eroina.

La canzone Jump Up Behind Me si riferisce a quel periodo: è infatti un omaggio a suo padre, Isaac, che in seguito ad una disperata telefonata del figlio dovette correre a New York per riportarlo a casa a Chapel Hill. Nel pezzo Taylor lo ringrazia per l’aiuto avuto in un periodo di disperato bisogno e descrive i ricordi del lungo viaggio in automobile verso casa. Nel 1968, durante un soggiorno a Londra, grazie ad un amico che aveva suonato per il duo inglese “Peter&Gordon” riuscì, tramite Peter Asher (parte del duo e fratello di Jane Asher, allora fidanzata di Paul McCartney) ad ottenere un’audizione per la Apple Records dei Beatles. Svoltasi in una piccola stanza della Apple, alla presenza di Peter, Paul McCartney e George Harrison, in quella audizione James scelse di far ascoltare Something in the Way She Moves (che poi ispirò George per la sua Something).

Il brano piacque ai due Beatles e Paul chiese a Peter se volesse produrre James per un album. Peter accettò e iniziarono le registrazioni di James Taylor. Al disco collaborarono anche Paul McCartney e George Harrison. Il disco non ebbe immediato successo. Tornato negli Stati Uniti si fece nuovamente ricoverare in ospedale per porre rimedio alla sua dipendenza dalle droghe, nel frattempo divenuta più forte. Quando le sue condizioni migliorarono, nel 1969, si esibì per sei serate al Troubadour Club di Los Angeles ed il 20 luglio al Newport Folk Festival. Poco tempo dopo ebbe un incidente motociclistico che gli procurò fratture multiple alle mani, impedendogli di suonare per diversi mesi.

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James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.[2]

Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single “Fire and Rain” and had his first No. 1 hit the following year with “You’ve Got a Friend“, a recording ofCarole King‘s classic song. His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades. His commercial achievements declined slightly until a resurgence during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his best-selling and most-awarded work (including Hourglass, October Road and Covers).

James Taylor was born at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 12, 1948, where his father, Isaac M. Taylor, was a resident physician.[3][4] His father was from a well-off family of Southerners of Scottish ancestry.[3] His mother, the former Gertrude Woodard, studied singing with Marie Sundelius at the New England Conservatory of Music and was an aspiring opera singer before the couple’s marriage in 1946.[3][5] James was the second of five children, the others being Alex (1947–1993), Kate (born 1949), Livingston (born 1950), and Hugh (born 1952).[6]

In 1951, when Taylor was three, his family moved to what was then the countryside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina,[7] when Isaac took a job as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.[8] They built a house in the Morgan Creek area off of what is now Morgan Creek Road, which was sparsely populated.[9] James would later say, “Chapel Hill, the Piedmont, the outlying hills, were tranquil, rural, beautiful, but quiet. Thinking of the red soil, the seasons, the way things smelled down there, I feel as though my experience of coming of age there was more a matter of landscape and climate than people.”[9] James attended public primary school in Chapel Hill.[3] Isaac’s career prospered, but he was frequently away from home, on military service at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland or as part of Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica during 1955–1956.[10] Isaac Taylor later rose to become dean of the UNC School of Medicine from 1964 to 1971.[11] The Taylors spent summers on Martha’s Vineyard beginning in 1953.[12]

James Taylor first learned to play the cello as a child in North Carolina, and switched to the guitar in 1960.[13] His style on that instrument evolved from listening to hymns, carols, and Woody Guthrie, while his technique derived from his bass clef–oriented cello training and from experimenting on his sister Kate’s keyboards: “My style was a finger-picking style that was meant to be like a piano, as if my thumb were my left hand, and my first, second, and third fingers were my right hand.”[14] He began attending Milton Academy, a prep boarding school in Massachusetts in Fall 1961; summering before then with his family on Martha’s Vineyard, he met Danny Kortchmar, an aspiring teenage guitarist from Larchmont, New York.[15] The two began listening to and playing blues and folk music together, and Kortchmar quickly realized that Taylor’s singing had a “natural sense of phrasing, every syllable beautifully in time. I knew James had that thing.”[16] Taylor wrote his first song on guitar at age 14, and continued to learn the instrument effortlessly.[14] By the summer of 1963, he and Kortchmar were playing coffeehouses around the Vineyard, billed as “Jamie & Kootch”.[17]

Taylor faltered during his junior year at Milton, feeling uneasy in the high-pressured college prep environment despite a good scholastic performance.[18] The Milton headmaster would later say, “James was more sensitive and less goal oriented than most students of his day.”[19] He returned home to North Carolina to finish out the semester at Chapel Hill High School.[18] There he joined a band his brother Alex had formed called The Corsayers (later The Fabulous Corsairs), playing electric guitar; in 1964 they cut a single in Raleigh that featured James’s song “Cha Cha Blues” on the B-side.[18] Having lost touch with his former school friends in North Carolina, Taylor returned to Milton for his senior year.[18]

There, Taylor started applying to colleges,[20] but soon descended into depression; his grades collapsed, he slept 20 hours each day, and he felt part of a “life that I [was] unable to lead”.[18][21] In late 1965 he committed himself to the renowned McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts,[18] where he was treated with Thorazine and where the organized days began to give him a sense of time and structure.[19][21] As theVietnam War escalated, Taylor received a psychological rejection from Selective Service System when he appeared before them with two white-suited McLean assistants and was uncommunicative.[22] Taylor earned a high school diploma in 1966 from the hospital’s associated Arlington School.[22] He would later view his nine-month stay at McLean as “a lifesaver … like a pardon or like a reprieve”,[21] and both his brother Livingston and sister Kate would later be patients and students there as well.[19] As for his mental health struggles, Taylor would think of them as innate, and say: “It’s an inseparable part of my personality that I have these feelings.

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The Best of the Doors [Full Album]


I Doors sono stati un gruppo musicale statunitense, fondato nel 1965 da Jim Morrison (cantante), Ray Manzarek (tastierista), Robby Krieger (chitarrista) e John Densmore (batterista), e scioltosi definitivamente dopo otto anni di carriera effettiva nel 1973[2], due anni dopo la morte di Jim Morrison (avvenuta il 3 luglio del 1971).

Sono considerati uno dei gruppi più influenti e controversi nella storia della musica, alla quale hanno unito con successo elementi blues, psichedelia[2] e jazz[3][4]. Molti dei loro brani, come Light My Fire, The End, Hello, I Love You e Riders on the Storm, sono considerati dei classici e sono stati reinterpretati da numerosi artisti delle generazioni successive.

I Doors hanno venduto più di 100 milioni di dischi in tutto il mondo.[5][6] Tre album in studio della band, The Doors (1967), L.A. Woman (1971) e Strange Days (1967), sono presenti nella lista dei 500 migliori album, rispettivamente alle posizioni 42, 362 e 407. Nel 1993 i Doors furono inseriti nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore. The band took its name from the title of Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception,[2] which itself was a reference to a William Blake quote: “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.”[3] They were among the most controversial, influential and unique rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of Morrison’s lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison’s death on 3 July 1971, aged 27, the remaining members continued as a trio until disbanding in 1973.[4]

Signing with Elektra Records in 1966, the Doors released eight albums between 1967 and 1971. All but one hit the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 and went platinum or better. The 1967 release of The Doors was the first in a series of top ten albums in the United States, followed by Strange Days (1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968), The Soft Parade (1969), Morrison Hotel (1970), Absolutely Live (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971), with 20 Gold, 14 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.[5] The band had three million-selling singles in the U.S.—”Light My Fire”, “Hello, I Love You” and “Touch Me”. After Morrison’s death in 1971, the surviving trio released two albums Other Voices and Full Circle with Manzarek and Krieger sharing lead vocals. The three members also collaborated on the spoken-word recording of Morrison’s An American Prayer in 1978 and on the “Orange County Suite” for a 1997 boxed set. Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore reunited in 2000 for an episode of VH1’s “Storytellers” and subsequently recorded Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors with a variety of vocalists.

Although the Doors’ active career ended in 1973, their popularity has persisted. According to the RIAA, they have sold 33 million certified units in the US[6] and over 100 million records worldwide,[7] making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.[8] The Doors have been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone, which ranked them 41st on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[9] The Doors were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold and platinum LPs.[10]

In 2002 Manzarek and Krieger started playing together again, branding themselves as the Doors of the 21st Century, with Ian Astbury of the Cult on vocals. Densmore opted to sit out and, along with the Morrison estate, sued the duo over proper use of the band’s name and won. After a short time as Riders On the Storm, they settled on the name Manzarek-Krieger and continued to tour until Manzarek’s death in 2013 at the age of 74.

Three of the band’s studio albums, The Doors (1967), L.A. Woman (1971), and Strange Days (1967), were featured in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, at positions 42, 362 and 407 respectively.

The band, their work, and Morrison’s celebrity are considered important to the counterculture of the 1960s.[11][12][13][14][15]

The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

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R.E.M. – Best of R.E.M. – In Time (1988 – 2003) – Full album.


I R.E.M. sono stati un gruppo rock statunitense attivo dal 1980 al 2011.[2]

Formatosi ad Athens (Georgia) il 5 aprile 1980 (data riconosciuta dalla stessa band come atto di fondazione vera e propria del gruppo, che provava assieme sotto diversi nomi già dal 1979), la sigla R.E.M. sta per rapid eye movement, la fase del sonno in cui si sogna; i componenti del gruppo scelsero tale nome anche perché “suonava bene”. La pronuncia inglese è lettera per lettera (/ɑː iː ɛm/), ma in italiano viene generalmente pronunciata come acronimo (“rèm”).

Nell’arco degli ultimi 25 anni, i R.E.M. sono stati riconosciuti come uno dei gruppi più importanti per la definizione dell’estetica della musica underground e indie degli Stati Uniti.[3] La loro influenza, infatti, si estende ancora oggi su moltissime formazioni, etichette e scene musicali.[4]

Il gruppo ha virtualmente definito l’espressione “rock alternativo” degli anni ottanta (college rock)[5], dimostrando alle stazioni radio, un po’ alla volta, che trasmettere brani con prevalente uso delle chitarre non era una cosa negativa.[6]

Nella loro trentennale carriera hanno venduto all’incirca 85 milioni di dischi.[7]

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R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry. One of the first popular alternative rock bands, R.E.M. released its first single, “Radio Free Europe“, in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band’s first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur, and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R.E.M. achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single “The One I Love“. The group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

By the early 1990s, when alternative rock began to experience broad mainstream success, R.E.M. was viewed by subsequent acts such as Nirvana and Pavement as a pioneer of the genre and released its two most commercially successful albums, catapulting it to international fame, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People(1992), which veered from the band’s established sound. R.E.M.’s 1994 release, Monster, was a return to a more rock-oriented sound, but still continued its run of success. The band began its first tour in six years to support the album; the tour was marred by medical emergencies suffered by three band members. In 1996, R.E.M. re-signed with Warner Bros. for a reported US$80 million, at the time the most expensive recording contract in history. Its 1996 release, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, though critically acclaimed, fared worse commercially than expected. The following year, Bill Berry left the band, while Buck, Mills, and Stipe continued the group as a trio. Through some changes in musical style, the band continued its career into the next decade with mixed critical and commercial success, despite having sold more than 85 million records worldwide and becoming one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time.[4] In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. R.E.M. disbanded amicably in September 2011, announcing the split on its website.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash e Young – Full Concert – 12/04/88 – Oakland Coliseum Arena (OFFICIAL)


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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (spesso abbreviato CSN&Y) è un supergruppo musicale statunitense di musica pop/rock che ha avuto un momento di particolare notorietà nei primi anni settanta. I musicisti che lo formavano erano appartenuti a tre gruppi attivi nella metà degli anni sessanta e specializzati nel repertorio folkrock (gli statunitensi Byrds e Buffalo Springfield e gli inglesi Hollies). Tali gruppi erano considerati una sorta di alter ego dei Beatles e, almeno in parte, un tentativo di risposta statunitense allo strapotere del gruppo di Liverpool

La formazione base era inizialmente costituita dal trio Crosby, Stills & Nash: nel 1969 fu pubblicato il loro primo album il cui titolo era costituito semplicemente dai loro cognomi e che scalò rapidamente le classifiche di vendita. Solo successivamente ad essi si aggiunse Neil Young (in occasione del Festival di Woodstock).

Furono tre gli album pubblicati a cavallo degli anni sessanta e settanta: Déjà vu; So Far (con l’immagine in copertina disegnata da Joni Mitchell); e il doppio live 4 Way Streetche costituisce la summa del loro percorso artistico unitario, che contiene tra le altre la celebre canzone-invettiva Ohio, scritta da Neil Young in memoria dell’eccidio compiuto nel 1970 a Kent (Ohio) dalla polizia che sparò su studenti pacifisti uccidendone quattro, divenuta il loro personale manifesto contro l’impegno statunitense nella guerra del Vietnam.

Altri brani da segnalare nella produzione di quegli anni sono Teach Your Children, The Lee Shore, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Carry On, Right Between the Eyes, Love the One You’re With, e la loro interpretazione di Woodstock di Joni Mitchell.

Anche singolarmente – nel divenire di lunghe anche se non sempre lineari carriere – i quattro componenti del CSN&Y hanno riscosso un notevole successo sia in termini di popolarità che di vendite di dischi. Nel 1998 CSN&Y sono stati inseriti nella Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Più volte scioltisi e più volte ricompostisi – sotto forma di duo o trio, in combinazioni differenti – sono tornati a esibirsi live nella primavera del 2005. CSN hanno poi fatto due tournée, con passaggi anche in Italia, nel 2011 (Padova, Milano, Firenze e Roma) e poi nel 2013 (Brescia e Piazzola Sul Brenta di Padova).

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Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) is a folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. They are known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) when joined by occasional fourth member Neil Young. They are noted for their intricate vocal harmonies, often tumultuous interpersonal relationships, political activism, and lasting influence on American music and culture. All four members of CSNY have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice,[1] though Young’s inductions were for work not involving the group.

Prior to the formation of CSN, each member of the band had belonged to another prominent group. David Crosby played guitar, sang and wrote songs with the Byrds; Stephen Stills had been a guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter in the band Buffalo Springfield (which also featured Neil Young); and Graham Nash had been a guitarist, singer and songwriter with the Hollies.

Due to internal friction, Crosby was dismissed from The Byrds in late 1967.[2] By early 1968, Buffalo Springfield had disintegrated, and after aiding in putting together the band’s final album, Stills was unemployed. He and Crosby began meeting informally and jamming. The result of one encounter in Florida on Crosby’s schooner was the song “Wooden Ships“, composed in collaboration with another guest, Jefferson Airplane‘sPaul Kantner.[3]

Graham Nash had been introduced to Crosby when the Byrds had toured the United Kingdom in 1966, and when the Hollies ventured to California in 1968, Nash resumed his acquaintance with him.[4] At a party in July 1968 at Joni Mitchell‘s house, Nash asked Stills and Crosby to repeat their performance of a new song by Stills, “You Don’t Have To Cry”, with Nash improvising a third part harmony.[5] The vocals jelled, and the three realized that they had a unique vocal chemistry.

Creatively frustrated with the Hollies, Nash decided to quit the band and work with Crosby and Stills. After failing an audition with the BeatlesApple Records, they were signed to Atlantic Records by Ahmet Ertegün, who had been a fan of Buffalo Springfield and was disappointed by that band’s demise.[6] From the outset, given their previous experiences, the trio decided not to be locked into a group structure. They used their surnames as identification to ensure independence and a guarantee that the band could not continue without one of them, unlike both the Byrds and the Hollies. They picked up a management team in Elliot Robertsand David Geffen, who got them signed to Atlantic and would help to consolidate clout for the group in the industry.[7] Roberts kept the band focused and dealt with egos, while Geffen handled the business deals, since, in Crosby’s words, they needed a shark and Geffen was it.[8]

Stills was already signed to Atlantic Records through his Buffalo Springfield contract. Crosby had been released from his Byrds’ deal with Columbia, as he was considered to be unimportant and too difficult to work with. Nash, however, was still signed to Epic Records through the Hollies. Ertegun worked out a deal with Clive Davis to essentially trade Nash to Atlantic in exchange for Richie Furay (who was also signed to Atlantic from having been in Buffalo Springfield) and his new band Poco

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