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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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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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Psychedelic Furs


The Psychedelic Furs è un gruppo musicale post-punk inglese degli anni ottanta
con Richard Butler come frontman ed autore principale, riformatosi nel 2000

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The Psychedelic Furs are an English rock band founded in 1977. Led by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim Butler on bass guitar, the Psychedelic Furs are one of the many acts spawned from the British post-punk scene. Their music went through several phases, from an initially austere art rock sound, later touching on new wave and hard rock.

They scored several hits in their early career, but were launched to international attention in 1986 when the film director John Hughes used their song “Pretty in Pink” for his movie of the same name. A newly recorded version of the song became the Psychedlic Furs’ biggest hit to that time. “Heartbreak Beat”, from their 1987 album Midnight to Midnight, was the Furs’ biggest Top 40 entry in the US.

The Psychedelic Furs went on hiatus in 1991, and the Butler brothers formed a new band called Love Spit Love. The Psychedelic Furs later regrouped in 2001 and continue to perform around the world.

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Dido


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Dido Florian Cloud De Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong (Londra, 25 dicembre 1971) è una cantante britannica, nota semplicemente come Dido.
Dido nasce al St. Mary Abbots Hospital a Kensington, Londra, dalla madre Clare Collins, poetessa, e dal padre William O’Malley Armstrong, editore e manager di origine irlandese. Cresciuta studiando e ascoltando musica classica, a sei anni inizia a frequentare la London Guildhall School Of Music, dove studia pianoforte e violino. Grazie anche all’influenza del fratello Rowland Constantine (detto Rollo), futuro leader del gruppo pop Faithless, entra in contatto con i generi musicali più svariati; comincia quindi a fare esperienza come cantante in varie band, prima di entrare nei Faithless nel ruolo di seconda vocalist. Con il gruppo parteciperà alla registrazione di Reverence (1996) e di Sunday 8pm (1998).
Nel 1995 Dido comincia a scrivere anche materiale proprio traendone varie demo, che, riunite in una raccolta intitolata Odds & Ends pubblicata su cd, catturano l’attenzione dell’Arista Records, portando alla firma di un contratto con Dido negli USA. Delle canzoni incluse in Odds & Ends, Take my hand è stata inclusa come bonus track in tutte le edizioni di No Angel, Sweet eyed baby è stata remixata e reintitolata Don’t think of me, mentre Worthless e Me sono state incluse solo nell’edizione giapponese.
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Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong, known as Dido (/ˈdaɪdoʊ/, born 25 December 1971), is a British singer and songwriter. Dido attained international success with her debut album No Angel (1999). It sold over 21 million copies worldwide,[3] and won several awards, including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act, two NRJ Awards for Best New Act and Best Album, and two Brit Awards for Best British Female and Best Album. Her next album, Life for Rent (2003), continued her success with the hit singles “White Flag” and “Life for Rent”.
Dido’s first two albums are among the best-selling albums in UK Chart history, and both are in the top 10 best-selling albums of the 2000s in the UK. Her third studio album, Safe Trip Home (2008), received critical acclaim but failed to duplicate the commercial success of her previous efforts.[5] She was nominated for an Academy Award for the song “If I Rise”. Dido was ranked No. 98 on the Billboard chart of the top Billboard 200 artists of the 2000s (2000–2009) based on the success of her albums in the first decade of the 21st century.[7] Dido made a comeback in 2013, releasing her fourth studio album Girl Who Got Away, which reached the Top 5 in the United Kingdom.

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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Tim Buckley Anthology


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Timothy Charles Buckley III nacque a Washington, figlio di Elaine, un’italoamericana, e di Tim Charles Buckley Jr., un pluridecorato della seconda guerra mondiale con origini irlandesi. Trascorse l’infanzia ad Amsterdam, cittadina industriale dello Stato di New York, dove ebbe i primi contatti con la musica: la madre era una fan di Miles Davis e il padre della musica country. Nel 1956 la famiglia si trasferì a Bell Gardens in California.[6]

A tredici anni imparò a suonare il banjo e con il compagno di scuola Dan Gordon formò un gruppo ispirato al The Kingston Trio. Entrò nella squadra di football americanodella scuola, dove coprì il ruolo di quarterback. Durante uno scontro di gioco si ruppe le prime due dita della mano sinistra. Non riottenne mai l’uso completo delle dita, tanto che non poté più suonare il barré e ciò lo costrinse a usare accordi estesi. Durante il periodo delle scuole superiori conobbe Larry Beckett, autore della maggior parte dei testi dei suoi primi brani, e Jim Fiedler. Il 25 ottobre del 1965, a diciannove anni, sposò la compagna di scuola Mary Guibert, dalla quale, un anno più tardi, ebbe un figlio, Jeff Buckley, nato il 17 novembre 1966. Anche egli, negli anni novanta, sarebbe divenuto un musicista.

Finita la scuola iniziò a esibirsi in diversi club di Los Angeles. In uno di questi spettacoli venne notato da Jac Holzman, proprietario della Elektra Records, che lo mise sotto contratto, permettendogli di pubblicare nel dicembre del 1966 il suo primo LP, l’omonimo Tim Buckley. In supporto al disco cominciò un lungo tour negli Stati Uniti, durante il quale partecipò anche allo show televisivo di Johnny Carson.[7]

Nel 1967, ancora per l’Elektra, pubblicò Goodbye and Hello, disco fortemente influenzato dal folk rock di Bob Dylan e dal rock psichedelico in auge in quegli anni. L’album è considerato dalla critica il primo dei suoi capolavori.[8] I brani I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain e Once I Was verranno reinterpretati dal figlio Jeff durante il concerto in memoria del padre, tenutosi a New York il 26 aprile del 1991. Un altro brano, Morning Glory, verrà reinterpretato dalla band britannica This Mortal Coil nell’album del 1986 Filigree & Shadow. Anche a questo disco fece seguito un lungo tour, che giunse anche in Europa, dove si esibì per lo show radiofonico di John Peel.

Nel 1969 uscì il terzo album, Happy Sad, influenzato questa volta più dal jazz, in particolare da Miles Davis, con brani più dilatati rispetto al disco precedente. Anche questo lavoro è ben valutato dalla critica, nonostante lo scarso successo di vendite.[9]

Nello stesso anno rescisse il contratto con l’Elektra, passando alla Straight Records di Frank Zappa e del produttore Herb Cohen. Per questa etichetta pubblicò Blue Afternoon (1969). Nel 1970 uscì per l’Elektra l’album Lorca, che venne registrato contemporaneamente a Blue Afternoon.[10] Proprio Lorca è generalmente considerato dalla critica come l’album di passaggio fra il “periodo folk” di Goodbye and Hello e Happy Sad a quello “psichedelico” del successivo Starsailor.[11]

Nel 1970 realizzò e diede alle stampe Starsailor, disco più vicino alla sperimentazione, considerato da molti critici il suo massimo capolavoro e indubbiamente uno dei più ardui esperimenti sul canto mai realizzati.[12]In questo album è presente il brano Song to the Siren, probabilmente il più famoso di Buckley, la cui reinterpretazione della band inglese This Mortal Coil sull’album It’ll End in Tears del 1984 riscuoterà notevole successo. Il brano verrà inoltre reinterpretato nel 2002 da Robert Plant sul suo album Dreamland, nel 2009 da John Frusciante su The Empyrean e nel 2010 da Sinéad O’Connor.

In seguito allo scarso successo commerciale dei suoi dischi, dopo la pubblicazione di Starsailor Buckley sospese temporaneamente l’attività musicale, cadendo preda della depressione e sviluppando una dipendenza per l’alcool e le droghe. Inoltre, si dedica ad altre attività, come il cinema, scrivendo sceneggiature e recitando nel film mai uscito Why?, di Victor Stoloff.[13]

Nel 1972 vi fu il ritorno sulle scene con l’album Greetings from L.A., che virò il suono verso il funk,[14] a cui fecero seguito nel 1973 Sefronia e nel 1974 Look at the Fool, due album considerati dalla critica come il punto più basso della sua produzione.[15][16]

Tim Buckley morì la sera del 29 giugno 1975 a Santa Monica, in California, per overdose di eroina e alcool.[17]

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Tim Buckley was born in Washington, D.C. on St. Valentine’s Day, to Elaine (née Scalia), an Italian American, and Timothy Charles Buckley Jr., a highly decoratedWorld War II veteran who was the son of Irish immigrants from Cork. He spent his early childhood in Amsterdam, New York, an industrial city approximately 40 miles northwest of Albany; at five years old he began listening to his mother’s progressive jazz recordings, particularly Miles Davis.

Buckley’s musical life began in earnest after his family moved to Bell Gardens in southern California in 1956. His grandmother introduced him to the work of Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, his mother to Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland and his father to the country music of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.[1] When the folk music revolution came around in the early 1960s, Buckley taught himself the banjo at age 13, and with several friends formed a folk group inspired by the Kingston Trio that played local high school events.[2]

During his initial high school years, Buckley was a popular and engaged student; he was elected to numerous offices, played on the baseball team and quarterbacked the football team.[3] During a football game he broke the first two fingers on his left hand, permanently damaging them. He later said that the injury prevented him from playing barre chords. This disability may have led to his use of extended chords, many of which don’t require barres.[4]

Buckley attended Loara High School in Anaheim, California,[5] which left him disillusioned. He quit football and cut classes regularly, focusing most of his attention on music instead. He befriended Larry Beckett, his future lyricist, and Jim Fielder, a bass player with whom he formed two separate musical groups, The Bohemians, who initially played popular music,[6] and The Harlequin 3, a folk group which regularly incorporatedspoken word and beat poetry into their gigs.[1]

In 1965, during French class, Buckley met Mary Guibert, one grade his junior. Their relationship inspired some of Buckley’s music, and provided him time away from his turbulent home life. His father had become unstable, angry and occasionally violent in his later years. He had suffered a serious head injury during the war; that, along with a severe work-related injury, was said to have affected his mental balance.[7]

Buckley and Guibert married on October 25, 1965, as Guibert believed she was pregnant.[3] The marriage angered Mary’s father and he did not attend the wedding; Buckley’s father attended, but joked to the priest, “I give it six months”. Shortly after the wedding Mary realized that she was not pregnant after all.

The marriage was tumultuous, and Buckley quickly moved out, but Mary soon became pregnant. After several months, Buckley found himself neither willing nor able to cope with marriage and impending fatherhood. From then on he and Mary only saw each other sporadically. They divorced in October 1966, about a month before their son Jeffrey Scott was born.[8]

By then, he and lyricist/friend Beckett had written dozens of songs; several were to appear on Tim’s debut album, Tim Buckley. “Buzzin’ Fly”, was also written during this period, and was featured on Happy Sad, his 1969 LP.[8]

Buckley’s ill-conceived college career at Fullerton College lasted only two weeks in 1965;[2][3] Buckley dropped out and dedicated himself fully to his music and to playing L.A. folk clubs. During the summer of 1965 he played regularly at a club co-founded by Dan Gordon. Later in the year he played various Orange County coffeehouses, such as the White Room in Buena Park, and the Monday night hootenannies at the famed Los Angeles Troubadour.[9] That year Cheetah Magazine deemed Buckley an up-and-comer, one of “The Orange County Three”, along with Steve Noonan and Jackson Browne.[1]

In February 1966, following a gig at L.A.’s It’s Boss, The Mothers of Invention‘s drummer Jimmy Carl Black recommended Buckley to Mothers manager, Herb Cohen. Cohen saw potential in Tim[2] and landed him an extended gig at the Nite Owl Cafe in Greenwich Village. Buckley’s new girlfriend, Jainie Goldstein, drove him cross-country to New York in her VW bug.[7] While living in the Bowery with Jainie, Buckley ran into Lee Underwood, and asked him to play guitar for him. From there, they became lifelong friends and collaborators.

Under Cohen’s management, Buckley recorded a six song demo acetate disc, which he sent to Elektra records owner Jac Holzman,[1][6] who offered him a recording contract.

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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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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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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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Tindersticks


I Tindersticks sono un gruppo indie pop inglese.

Nati a Londra nel 1992 e formati dal cantante Stuart Staples, dal tastierista David Boulter e dal violinista Dickon Hinchliffe, (tutti facenti parte di un precedente gruppo di Nottingham, gli Asphalt Ribbons) con l’aggiunta dei londinesi Neil Fraser (chitarra), Mark Colwill (basso) e Al Macaulay (batteria).

Il gruppo debutta nello stesso anno con l’EP Unwired per l’etichetta indipendente This Way Up. L’anno seguente vede la luce il debutto sulla lunga distanza. Tindersticks viene accolto molto favorevolmente dalla critica per il suo amalgama di pop e di partiture orchestrali lontano dalle mode dell’epoca e per i richiami al songwriting di Leonard Cohen e Bryan Ferry. L’album è considerato tra i vertici del genere indie pop.

Nel 1995 viene pubblicato il secondo capitolo della loro discografia: Tindersticks II album che vede la presenza di Terry Edwards dei Gallon Drunk e di Carla Torgerson dei Walkabouts dove il gruppo non riesce ad essere originale come all’esordio.

Nel 1996 realizzano la colonna sonora del film francese Nénette et Boni di Claire Denis.

Nel 1997 il terzo album Curtains vira verso un pop meno sperimentale. Strada seguita anche dagli album successivi.

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Tindersticks are an English indie rock band, formed in Nottingham in 1991. They released six albums before singer Stuart A. Staples took on a solo career. The band reunited briefly in 2006, but more permanently the following year. The band have recorded several film soundtracks.

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Crosby e Nash In Concert


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Crosby & Nash sono un duo musicale statunitense composto da David Crosby e Graham Nash. I due artisti sono anche attivi assieme nel supergruppo Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fin dalla fine degli anni ’60.

Come duo, Crosby & Nash hanno lavorato nel corso degli anni ’70 e nella prima metà degli anni 2000.

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Crosby & Nash

In addition to solo careers and within the larger aggregate of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the musical team of David Crosby and Graham Nash have performed and recorded regularly as a duo, mostly during the 1970s and the 2000s

After the success of Déjà Vu and the subsequent break-up of the quartet in the summer of 1970, all four members of CSNY released solo albums. Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name and Nash’s Songs for Beginners appeared in 1971 and missed the top ten. That autumn, the two good friends toured together as an acoustic duo to favorable reviews, one night from which would be released twenty-seven years later as Another Stoney Evening. Consequently, in 1972 the two decided to record an album, resulting in Graham Nash David Crosby, which reached #4 on the Billboard 200, ensuring that the two were still a viable draw without the more successful Stills and Young. Further work together later in 1972 was precluded by Crosby’s participation in The Byrdsreunion album recording sessions. In 1973, the pair joined Neil Young for the tour that would result in his Time Fades Away album, Crosby collaborated with electronica artist and Grateful Dead associate Ned Lagin, and Nash recorded a second solo album, Wild Tales. During this time, singularly and together they contributed backing vocals to various albums by associates in the California rock scene, including Stephen Stills, Harvest, Late for the Sky, and Court and Spark.

In 1974, both dutifully joined the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion tour and attempt at the recording of a new album in Hawaii, sessions for which had continued in fits and starts after commencing in late 1973. After failing to complete an album Crosby and Nash signed a contract with ABC Records. Presumably for contractual obligations to their old label, the cassette and 8-track tape versions of their ABC LPs were issued by Atlantic. Recording activity yielded two albums in 1975 and 1976 respectively,Wind on the Water and Whistling Down the Wire. In that bicentennial year, Stephen Stills and Neil Young invited the duo to a recording session for their album Long May You Run. Crosby and Nash were forced to leave the recording session because they had time constraints to complete their second album for ABC Records, so Stills and Young wiped their vocals, releasing it as The Stills-Young Band. Crosby & Nash vowed not to work with either Stills or Young again, that oath lasting not even a year as they reconvened with Stills for the second Crosby Stills & Nash album in 1977.

ABC released four albums by Crosby & Nash prior to its being bought by the MCA conglomerate in 1979. In addition to the two abovementioned studio albums, the concert document Crosby-Nash Live appeared in 1977, with a compilation The Best of Crosby & Nash in 1978. All four albums featured their backing band The Mighty Jitters, consisting of Craig Doerge, Tim Drummond, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, and David Lindley. Session bassist Leland Sklar alternated with Drummond in the studio, and the line-up of Doerge, Kortchmar, Kunkel, and Sklar had previously recorded as The Section, providing the back up for the first Crosby & Nash album on Atlantic. Depending upon availability of the various members, the twosome would either tour as a full-blown electric-based aggregation or in a semi-acoustic format with Doerge and Lindley. When CSN reunited on a more or less permanent basis in 1977, Doerge followed the group to Miami for the CSN sessions, contributing to several songs and collaborating on writing the song “Shadow Captain” with Crosby. Crosby and Doerge continued to collaborate regularly until the early 1990s.

In 1979, Crosby & Nash attempted a new album for Capitol Records, but sessions were dampened by Crosby’s increased dependence upon freebase cocaine. Sessions eventually appeared on Nash’s Earth & Sky without any songs from Crosby. Crosby’s problems during the 1980s with drugs, and his prison time, precluded any duo activity with Nash, the pair appearing on the CSN and CSNY albums of that decade. The 1990 CSN album Live It Up started as a Crosby & Nash record, but like its predecessorDaylight Again which was initially sessions for a Stills & Nash effort, Atlantic Records refused to release anything that didn’t include the full trio.

In 2004, Crosby & Nash released their first original studio record since 1976 with the double-album Crosby & Nash on Sanctuary Records, which featured backing mostly by members of Crosby’s band CPR. A single CD version was released in 2006 when CSNY began its “Freedom of Speech ’06” tour. On the Graham Nash box set Reflections, released in February 2009, the last track “In Your Name” was recorded on 21 October 2007 by the same band used for the 2004 Crosby & Nash album, including David Crosby on backing vocals.

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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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Santana – Live In Tokyo 2000 / Supernatural Tour (FULL CONCERT)


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Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (Autlán de Navarro, 20 luglio 1947) è un chitarrista e compositore messicano naturalizzato statunitense.

Ha cominciato a riscuotere consensi tra gli anni settanta e ottanta, con il suo gruppo, chiamato semplicemente Santana. Già allora mescolava vari generi, quali salsa,rock classico, blues e fusion. Allora come oggi Santana usava in modo estensivo i suoi assoli di chitarra e si avvaleva anche di strumenti più tradizionali del suo paese. In seguito ha continuato a sperimentare questa formula, tra alterne fortune.

Nel corso degli anni novanta Santana rischiò il declino, scongiurato nel 1999 dall’album Supernatural. Grazie a questo lavoro, il più importante successo della sua carriera, ha fatto conoscere la sua filosofia musicale alle nuove generazioni.

Ha venduto più di 80 milioni di dischi[2] ed è anche considerato tra i migliori chitarristi rock esistenti. La rivista Rolling Stone lo ha inserito nella Lista dei 100 migliori chitarristi secondo Rolling Stone al 20º posto.

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Carlos Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band,Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American music. The band’s sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2003 Rolling Stone magazine listed Santana at number 15[2] on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.[3] He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.[4]

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Antony & The Johnsons


Gli Antony and the Johnsons sono un gruppo musicale di New York.
Nato in Inghilterra, a Chichester, West Sussex nel 1971, Antony Hegarty si trasferì ad Amsterdam nel 1977 per 18 mesi prima di sistemarsi a San José
(California) nel 1981. Negli Stati Uniti frequenta una scuola cattolica dove fa parte del coro. Al suo 11º compleanno gli viene regalata una tastiera Casio e si cimenta con le canzoni dei Soft Cell, Kate Bush e Yazoo. Da adolescente fu influenzato dal synth pop britannico, in particolare da cantanti come Marc Almond e Boy George. Attratto dal palcoscenico, frequenta la School for the Performing Arts di San José e l’Università della California a Santa Cruz. All’età di 18 anni mette in scena le prime performance, ispirate a John Waters e all’icona-guru Divine. Attratto dal mondo newyorchese degli anni ottanta, ispirato anche da personaggi come Joey Arias che cantava A Hard Day’s Night vestito da Billie Holiday, si trasferisce nella grande mela. Il “Mondo di New York” risulta essere più consono alla sua sensibilità artistica e alla sua ricerca espressiva incentrata sul tema dell’identità.

Nel 1990 Antony entra nella dimensione che più sente appartenergli, impersonando una drag queen ed esibendosi al Pyramid Club in guêpière, testa rasata e sigaretta fra le dita. Antony (con gli altri componenti del gruppo, i Blacklips) scrive scenari, canzoni, arrangiamenti ed entra in scena in tarda notte come Fiona Blue, drag queen e archetipo androgino ispirato da Klaus Nomi, Leigh Bowery e Diamanda Galas. Nello stesso periodo Antony si laurea in Teatro Sperimentale.

Nel 1995 Antony decide di dedicarsi completamente alla musica, dai Blacklips appena sciolti chiama il batterista Todd Cohen, che insieme a Joan Wasser e Maxim Moston ai violini, Jeff Langston al basso elettrico, Jason Hart al piano e Michele Schifferle ospite al violoncello, formano l’orchestra artefice dei raffinati arrangiamenti delle sue composizioni. Nascono così Antony and the Johnsons, nome ispirato a Marsha P. Johnson, il travestito newyorchese che nel 1970 fondò la casa di accoglienza per travestiti STAR, la cui tragica fine nel fiume Hudson sarà evocata in River Of Sorrow.

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Antony and the Johnsons is a music group presenting the work of Antony Hegarty and her collaborators.

British experimental musician David Tibet of Current 93 heard a demo and offered to release Antony’s music through his Durtro label. Antony started the band, its name inspired by the transgender rights activist Marsha P. Johnson.[3] The debut album, Antony and the Johnsons, was released in 1998. In 2001, Hegarty released a short follow-up EP, I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy, which, in addition to the title track, included a cover of “Mysteries of Love”, a David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti song and “Soft Black Stars”, a Current 93 cover.

Producer Hal Willner heard the EP and played it to Lou Reed, who immediately recruited Hegarty for his project The Raven. Now gaining more attention, Hegarty signed to US-based record label Secretly Canadian, and released another EP, The Lake, with Lou Reed guest-performing on one of the tracks. Secretly Canadian also re-released Hegarty’s debut album in the United States to wider distribution in 2004.

Antony’s second full-length album, 2005’s I Am a Bird Now, was greeted with positive reviews and significantly more mainstream attention. The album featured guest appearances by Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, Boy George and Devendra Banhart, and circled themes of duality and transformation. I Am a Bird Now featured arrangements by Maxim Moston and Julia Kent and was mixed by Doug Henderson. In September 2005 Antony and the Johnsons were awarded the Mercury Prize or the best UK album of 2005. Rival Mercury nominees, and favorites for the prize, the Kaiser Chiefs suggested that Antony got in on a technicality; despite the fact she was born in the United Kingdom she spent much of her time in the US – although they later apologized for the suggestion that she wasn’t a deserving winner.
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Can – Live in Germany, Soest 1970


CaN (The CaN fino al 1970) è stato un gruppo musicale, fondato in Germania nel 1968, il cui prodotto spazia tra vari generi e stili di musica moderna, genericamente individuabili nell’avanguardia sperimentale con caratteri di rock, elettronica e free che prende il nome di kosmik-rock o anche krautrock.

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Can was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany, in 1968. Later labeled as one of the first krautrock groups, they transcended mainstream influences and incorporated strong minimalist, electronic, and world music elements into their often psychedelic and funk-inflected music.[1]

Can constructed their music largely through collective spontaneous composition—which the band differentiated from improvisation in the jazz sense—sampling themselves in the studio and editing down the results;[2] bassist/chief engineer Holger Czukay referred to Can’s live and studio performances as “instant compositions”.[3] They had occasional commercial success, with singles such as “Spoon” and “I Want More” reaching national singles charts. Through albums such as Monster Movie (1969), Tago Mago (1971), Ege Bamyasi (1972) and Future Days (1973), the band exerted a considerable influence on avant-garde, experimental, underground, ambient, new wave and electronic music.[4]

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Roy Harper Full Concert – London 1990


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Roy Harper (Rusholme, 12 giugno 1941) è un cantautore inglese. Il suo stile è caratterizzato da lunghe digressione strumentali, da un particolare uso della voce e da testi spesso bizzarri.

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Roy Harper (born 12 June 1941) is an English folk rock singer, songwriter and guitarist who has been a professional musician since 1964. Harper has released 22 studio albums and 10 live albums across his 50-year career.

Harper’s earliest musical influences were American blues musician Lead Belly and folk singer Woody Guthrie and, in his teens, jazz musician Miles Davis. Harper was also exposed to classical music in his childhood and has pointed to the influence of Jean Sibelius’s Karelia Suite. Lyrical influences include the 19th century Romantics, especially Shelley, and Keats’s poem “Endymion”. Harper has also cited the Beat poets as being highly influential, particularly Jack Kerouac. As a musician, Harper is known for his distinctive fingerstyle playing and lengthy, lyrical, complex compositions, a result of his love of jazz and Keats.

His influence upon other musicians has been acknowledged by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Pete Townshend, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, who said Harper was his “…primary influence as an acoustic guitarist and songwriter.” Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph described him as “one of Britain’s most complex and eloquent lyricists and genuinely original songwriters.”[7] His influence reached across the Atlantic where he was acknowledged by Seattle-based acoustic band Fleet Foxes, American musician and producer Jonathan Wilson and Californian harpist Joanna Newsom with whom he has also toured.

In 2005, Harper was awarded the MOJO Hero Award, and in 2013 a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2011, to celebrate his 70th birthday, he performed a celebratory concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall. His most recent album, Man and Myth, was released in 2013.

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Van Der Graaf Generator – Rockpalast – COMPLETE SHOW


I Van der Graaf Generator sono un gruppo progressive inglese.

La loro formazione ha subito nel tempo molte trasformazioni, sciogliendosi varie volte, ma quella considerata classica e maggiormente conosciuta, era composta dal leader Peter Hammill (voce, chitarra, pianoforte, nonché principale autore delle canzoni), Hugh Banton (tastiere, basso elettrico, chitarra), Guy Evans (batteria) e David Jackson (fiati).

Ebbero un notevole successo, sin dagli inizi della loro carriera, soprattutto in Italia, e raggiunsero la fama a livello europeo con l’uscita dell’album Pawn Hearts nel 1971. Dopo lo scioglimento del gruppo nel 1978, la formazione classica dei VDGG si riunirà nel 2005.

I Van der Graaf Generator non hanno molto in comune con gli altri gruppi del genere, infatti i loro testi non trascendono il reale nel favolistico, come i Genesis, gli Yes o i King Crimson, ma si sviluppano in contesti più filosofici vicini allo psicodramma. Anche la loro musica è abbastanza diversa dai loro contemporanei, non sono presenti virtuosismi, barocchismi o riempimenti vari, ma le atmosfere sono cupe, caratterizzate da arrangiamenti allo stesso tempo essenziali e complessi.

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Van der Graaf Generator are an English progressive rock band, formed in 1967 in Manchester by singer-songwriters Peter Hammill and Chris Judge Smith and the first act signed by Charisma Records. They did not experience much commercial success in the UK, but became popular in Italy during the 1970s. In 2005 the band reformed, and continue to perform as of 2014.

The band formed at Manchester University, but settled in London where they signed with Charisma. They went through a number of incarnations in their early years, including a brief split in 1969. When they reformed, they found minor commercial success with The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other, and after the follow-up album, H to He, Who Am the Only One, stabilised around a line-up of Hammill, organist Hugh Banton, saxophonist David Jackson, and drummer Guy Evans. The quartet subsequently achieved significant success in Italy with the release of Pawn Hearts in 1971.

After several exhausting tours of Italy, the band split in 1972. They reformed in 1975, releasing Godbluff and frequently touring Italy again, before a major line-up change and a slight rename to Van der Graaf. The band split in 1978. After many years apart, the band finally united at a gig at the Royal Festival Hall and a short tour in 2005. Since then, the band has continued as a trio of Hammill, Banton, and Evans, who record and tour regularly in between Hammill’s concurrent solo career. Their most recent album, ALT, was released in June 2012.

The group’s albums have tended to be both lyrically and musically darker in atmosphere than many of their prog-rock peers (a trait they shared with King Crimson, whose guitarist Robert Fripp guested on two of their albums), and guitar solos were the exception rather than the rule, preferring to use Banton’s classically influenced organ, and, until his departure, Jackson’s multiple saxophones. While Hammill is the primary songwriter for the band, and its members have contributed to his solo albums, he is keen to stress that the band collectively arranges all its material. Hammill’s lyrics frequently covered themes of mortality, due to his love of science fiction writers such as Robert Heinlein and Philip K. Dick, along with his self-confessed warped and obsessive nature. His voice has been a distinctive component of the band throughout its career. It has been described as “a male Nico” and would later on be cited as an influence by Goth bands in the 1980s. Though the group have generally been commercially unsuccessful outside of early 1970s Italy, they have inspired several musicians, including John Lydon and Julian Cope.

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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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Top Tracks for Buffalo Springfield


Buffalo Springfield furono un gruppo di folk-rock statunitense degli anni sessanta proveniente da Los Angeles formato da Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay (poi Jim Messina), Bruce Palmer, Dewey Martin. Il gruppo ebbe vita breve: formatosi nel 1966, si sciolse due anni più tardi, nel 1968. I disaccordi personali fra Stills e Young, forti personalità musicali, uniti agli arresti per droga dei membri del gruppo e i continui cambi di formazione, furono probabilmente all’origine della precoce fine della band. Curiosamente Stills e Young si troveranno ancora a suonare insieme all’interno del gruppo CSN&Y, costituitosi un paio d’anni più tardi.

Nel corso della sua breve carriera il gruppo pubblicò solo tre album, ma numerosi nastri demo, outtakes, versioni alternative e registrazioni live dell’epoca, furono pubblicate in seguito nei decenni successivi.

Nonostante la breve vita della band, è riconosciuta essere una delle più influenti della sua epoca,[1][2] ed ha ricevuto riconoscimenti postumi dalla Rock and Roll Hall of Fame come formazione cruciale di quegli anni.[3]

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Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band formed in 1966 whose members included Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Jim Messina, Ken Koblun, and Jim Fielder which combined rock, folk, and country music. The band released the classic 1960s protest song “For What It’s Worth.”

The band was plagued by infighting, drug-related arrests, and line-up changes that led to its disbanding after two years. Three albums were released under its name, but many demos, studio outtakes, and live recordings remained and were issued in the decades that followed.[1]

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Best Songs of Tom Waits | Tom Waits’s Greatest Hits


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Tom Alan Waits (Pomona, 7 dicembre 1949) è un cantautore e attore statunitense. Ha esercitato una notevole influenza su molti cantautori delle generazioni successive alla sua, ed è ampiamente considerato dalla critica musicale come uno dei massimi autori del Novecento[1][2][3]

Artista poliedrico, ha lavorato anche nel cinema e nel teatro.

Ha ricevuto numerose candidature per premi e riconoscimenti in campo musicale, e ha vinto il Grammy Awards per due album, Bone Machine e Mule Variations.

Il critico musicale Daniel Durchholz descrisse la voce di Waits: come se fosse stata immersa in un tino di whiskey, poi appesa in un affumicatoio per qualche mese e infine portata fuori e investita con una macchina[4].

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Thomas AlanTomWaits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.”[1] With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music,[2] Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musical plays and has acted in supporting roles in films, including Paradise Alley andBram Stoker’s Dracula; he also starred in Jim Jarmusch’s 1986 film Down by Law. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart.

Waits’ lyrics frequently present atmospheric portraits of grotesque, often seedy characters and places—although he has also shown a penchant for more conventional ballads. He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters despite having little radio or music video support. His songs are best-known through cover versions by more commercial artists: “Jersey Girl“, performed by Bruce Springsteen, “Ol’ ’55“, by the Eagles, and “Downtown Train“, by Rod Stewart. Although Waits’ albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries. He has been nominated for a number of major music awards and has won Grammy Awards for two albums, Bone Machine and Mule Variations. In 2011, Waits was inducted into theRock and Roll Hall of Fame.[3][4]

Waits lives in Sonoma County, California, with his wife and musical collaborator Kathleen Brennan, and three children.

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Jimi Hendrix Greatest Hits


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Jimi Hendrix, all’anagrafe James Marshall Hendrix (Seattle, 27 novembre 1942Londra, 18 settembre 1970), è stato un chitarrista e cantautore statunitense.

È stato uno dei maggiori innovatori nell’ambito della chitarra elettrica: durante la sua parabola artistica, tanto breve quanto intensa, si è reso precursore di molte strutture e del sound di quelle che sarebbero state le future evoluzioni del rock attraverso un’inedita fusione di blues, rhythm and blues/soul, hard rock, psichedelia e funky.[3]

Secondo la classifica stilata nel 2011 dalla rivista Rolling Stone, è stato il più grande chitarrista di tutti i tempi. Si trova infatti al primo posto della lista dei 100 migliori chitarristi secondo Rolling Stone, precedendo Eric Clapton e Jimmy Page.[4]

Due sue esibizioni, in particolare, sono entrate di prepotenza nell’immaginario collettivo: il suo esordio al festival di Monterey del 1967, in cui concluse la performance dando fuoco alla sua chitarra davanti ad un pubblico allibito, e la chiusura del festival di Woodstock del 1969, durante la quale, con dissacrante visionarietà artistica, reinterpretò l’inno nazionale statunitense in modo provocatoriamente distorto e cacofonico.[5]

Hendrix è stato introdotto nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nel 1992.[6]

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James MarshallJimiHendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music”.[1]

Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the US Army; he was granted an honorable discharge the following year. Soon afterward, he moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, and began playing gigs on the chitlin’ circuit, earning a place in the Isley Brothers‘ backing band and later withLittle Richard, with whom he continued to work through mid-1965. He then played with Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after being discovered by Linda Keith, who in turn interested bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals in becoming his first manager. Within months, Hendrix had earned three UK top ten hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: “Hey Joe“, “Purple Haze“, and “The Wind Cries Mary“. He achieved fame in the US after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968 his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one in the US; it was Hendrix’s most commercially successful release and his first and only number one album. The world’s highest-paid performer, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 beforehis accidental death from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27.

Hendrix was inspired musically by American rock and roll and electric blues. He favored overdriven amplifiers with high volume and gain, and was instrumental in utilizing the previously undesirable sounds caused by guitar amplifier feedback. He helped to popularize the use of a wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock, and was the first artist to use stereophonic phasing effects in music recordings. Holly George-Warren of Rolling Stone commented: “Hendrix pioneered the use of the instrument as an electronic sound source. Players before him had experimented with feedback and distortion, but Hendrix turned those effects and others into a controlled, fluid vocabulary every bit as personal as the blues with which he began.”[2]

Hendrix was the recipient of several music awards during his lifetime and posthumously. In 1967, readers of Melody Maker voted him the Pop Musician of the Year, and in 1968, Billboard named him the Artist of the Year and Rolling Stone declared him the Performer of the Year. Disc and Music Echo honored him with the World Top Musician of 1969 and in 1970, Guitar Player named him the Rock Guitarist of the Year. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Rolling Stone ranked the band’s three studio albums, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland, among the 100 greatest albums of all time, and they ranked Hendrix as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time.

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Allmand Brothers Band.- a Decade of hits (1969-1979)


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La Allman Brothers Band è un gruppo statunitense formatosi a Jacksonville, Florida, tra il 23 e il 26 marzo 1969[3] attorno ai due fratelli Duane e Gregg Allman. Sono considerati i principali inventori del southern rock[4], genere nato dalla miscela di elementi del blues, del rock, del country e del jazz in generale.[5]

La discografia ufficiale comprende dodici album studio, quattordici album live e sedici raccolte.

Nel 1995 la Allman Brothers Band è entrata a far parte della Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman (slide guitar and lead guitar) and Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards, songwriting), as well as Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson (drums). While the band has been called the principal architects of southern rock, they also incorporate elements of blues, jazz, and country music, and their live shows have jam band-style improvisation and instrumentals.

The group’s first two studio releases stalled commercially, but their 1971 live release, At Fillmore East, represented an artistic and commercial breakthrough. The album features extended renderings of their songs “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Whipping Post“, and is often considered among the best live albums. Group leader Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident not long afterward, and the band completed Eat a Peach (1972) in his memory, a dual studio/live album that cemented the band’s popularity. Following the death of bassist Berry Oakley later that year, the group recruited keyboardist Chuck Leavell and bassist Lamar Williams for 1973’sBrothers and Sisters, which, combined with the hit single, “Ramblin’ Man“, placed the group at the forefront of 1970s rock music. Internal turmoil overtook the band soon after; the group dissolved in 1976, reformed briefly at the end of the decade with additional personnel changes, and dissolved again in 1982.

The band reformed once more in 1989, releasing a string of new albums and touring heavily. A series of personnel changes in the late 1990s was capped by the departure of Betts. The group found stability during the 2000s with bassist Oteil Burbridge and guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks (the nephew of their drummer), and became renowned for their month-long string of shows at New York City‘s Beacon Theater each spring. The band retired in 2014 with the departure of the aforementioned members. The band has been awarded eleven gold and five platinum albums,[2] and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Rolling Stone ranked them 52nd on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004.

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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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Mahavishnu Orchestra – 1971 Inner Mounting Flame


Costituitasi nel 1971 e disciolta nel 1976, la Mahavishnu Orchestra fu creata dal chitarrista John McLaughlin e dal batterista Billy Cobham, entrambi riconosciuti come strumentisti di valore assoluto, e chiamati nel corso del tempo a collaborare ad esperienze musicali di grande valore da maestri come Miles Davis.

Fu un gruppo jazz-rock dal grande successo artistico e commerciale nel corso della sua pur breve storia gratificata dalla presenza nella formazione di talenti di eccelsa caratura. Il genio musicale di John McLaughlin non si manifestò solo nelle composizioni, ma anche nell’arrangiamento. Molte persone al primo approccio con il disco The Inner Mounting Flame rimasero sconvolte dal linguaggio musicale “diverso” da tutti i dischi precedenti. I primi due album sono dei capolavori che consacrano per sempre la prima formazione come uno dei gruppi più innovativi della storia della musica. Gli assoli intrecciati di violino, chitarra, tastiere; la qualità e pulizia della equalizzazione; le invenzioni di Cobham e le linee di basso solide di Laird furono caratteristiche predominanti dei primi due dischi. La potenza tecnica ed il feeling della band ne fecero uno dei gruppi di riferimento del genere fusion. Nel 2005 è stato pubblicato il libro Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra che racconta la storia del gruppo.

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The Mahavishnu Orchestra was a jazz-rock fusion group led by John McLaughlin, active during 1971–1976 and again in 1984–1987 after major line-up changes.

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Nirvana


I Nirvana sono stati un gruppo grunge statunitense formatosi ad Aberdeen, Washington nel 1987 e attivo sino al 1994, anno della morte del leader Kurt Cobain. Principali artefici del successo del
genere grunge e in generale dell’alternative rock, furono una delle band più innovatrici, note e influenti nella musica dei primi anni novanta. Fondatori e membri del gruppo sin dall’esordio
furono Kurt Cobain (voce e chitarra) e il bassista Krist Novoselic. Vari batteristi hanno invece militato nel gruppo, tra i quali il primo di rilevante importanza fu Chad Channing, con cui il
gruppo registrò l’album d’esordio Bleach (1989) e il successivo demo di Butch Vig, che portò i Nirvana all’attenzione delle major. Channing venne successivamente sostituito a causa della scarsa
potenza sonora e della vacillante solidità ritmica. La formazione definitiva fu raggiunta verso la fine del 1990, quando Dave Grohl, ex batterista degli Scream, si unì al gruppo.

Dal debutto ad oggi, la band ha venduto quasi 75 milioni di dischi, di cui 25 milioni solo negli Stati Uniti. I Nirvana sono stati inseriti al 30º posto nella lista dei 100 migliori artisti
secondo Rolling Stone.

I Nirvana sono stati inseriti nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nel 2014, il primo anno in cui la band era eleggibile; la biografia del museo della band afferma che i Nirvana “hanno iniziato una
rivoluzione del rock” e “rimanendo con un’influenza duratura e una sfida”, prima di dichiarare “la prova che la giusta band con il rumore giusto può cambiare il mondo”.

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Nirvana was an American rock band that was formed by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers,
the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the
most influential and important rock bands of the modern era.

In the late 1980s Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing its first album Bleach for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. The band eventually came to
develop a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts, often between quiet verses and loud, heavy choruses. After signing to major label DGC Records, Nirvana found unexpected success with “Smells Like
Teen Spirit”, the first single from the band’s second album Nevermind (1991). Nirvana’s sudden success widely popularized alternative rock as a whole, and the band’s frontman Cobain found himself
referred to in the media as the “spokesman of a generation”, with Nirvana being considered the “flagship band” of Generation X. In response, Nirvana’s third studio album, In Utero (1993), featured
an abrasive, less-mainstream sound and challenged the group’s audience. The album did not match the sales figures of Nevermind but was still a commercial success and critically acclaimed.

Nirvana’s brief run ended following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, but various posthumous releases have been issued since, overseen by Novoselic, Grohl, and Cobain’s widow Courtney Love. Since
its debut, the band has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone, and over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. Nirvana was inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, in its first year of eligibility.

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The Best of Bruce Springsteen


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Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (pronuncia americana: [bɻuːs ˈfɻɛdəɻɪk ˈʤoʊzəf ˈspɻɪŋstiːn]; Long Branch, 23 settembre 1949) è un cantautore e chitarrista statunitense.

«The Boss», come è sempre stato soprannominato, è uno degli artisti più conosciuti nell’ambito della musica contemporanea ed è considerato uno dei più rappresentativi fra i musicisti rock.[1] Accompagnato per gran parte della sua carriera dalla E Street Band, è divenuto famoso soprattutto per le sue coinvolgenti e lunghissime esibizioni dal vivo, raggiungendo il culmine della popolarità fra la seconda metà degli anni settanta e il decennio successivo.

Fra i suoi album di maggior successo si annoverano Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River e Born in the U.S.A., lavori emblematici della sua poetica volta a raccontare le lotte quotidiane degli “ultimi” d’America, ovvero proletari, immigrati e diseredati;[2] con il disco The Rising è intervenuto anche sulla tragedia degli attentati dell’11 settembre 2001.[3] Springsteen è noto inoltre per il suo sostegno a numerose iniziative di carattere sociale e per il suo impegno a favore dello sviluppo del suo Stato d’origine, il New Jersey. Negli anni duemila ha partecipato attivamente al dibattito politico, appoggiando le campagne presidenziali di John Kerry e di Barack Obama.[4]

In più di quarant’anni di carriera ha venduto circa 120 milioni di dischi.[5] Il suo lavoro gli è valso parecchi riconoscimenti, tra cui venti Grammy e un Oscar oltre all’onorificenza del Kennedy Center Honor, che gli è stata attribuita per il suo contributo alla diffusione della cultura americana nel mondo.

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Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and humanitarian. He is best known for his work with his E Street Band. Nicknamed “The Boss”, Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana working class, sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey, and his lengthy and energetic stage performances, with concerts from the 1970s to the present decade running over three hours in length.

Springsteen’s recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. His most successful studio albums, Born in the U.S.A. and Born to Run, showcase a talent for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily American life; he has sold more than 64 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.[2][3] He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Best of Little Feat


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Little Feat è un gruppo rock statunitense formato nel 1969 dal cantautore, cantante e chitarrista Lowell George e dal tastierista Bill Payne a Los Angeles. Il gruppo si sciolse nel 1979, prima della morte di George, e si riformò nove anni dopo[1]. Nella loro musica coesistono influenze blues, R&B, country, funk e rock and roll[1 

Lowell George incontrò Payne quando George era un membro dei Mothers of Invention di Frank Zappa. Payne fece un’audizione per i Mothers, ma non s’unì al gruppo. A loro si affiancarono l’ex bassista dei Mothers Roy Estrada e il batterista Richie Hayward della band precedente di George, The Factory. Il nome del complesso fu preso da un commento fatto dal batterista dei Mothers Jimmy Carl Black sui “little feet” (piedi piccoli) di Lowell.

Ci sono tre aneddoti sulla nascita dei Little Feat. Uno è che George presentò a Frank Zappa la sua canzone Willin’, e che Zappa lo licenziò dai Mothers perché sentì che George aveva troppo talento per esser semplicemente un membro del gruppo, e gli disse di formarsi una sua propria band. La seconda versione è che Zappa lo licenziò per aver suonato un assolo di chitarra per 15 minuti con l’amplificatore spento! La terza versione dice che Zappa lo allontanò perché Willin’ conteneva riferimenti alla droga. Ironicamente, quando Willin’ fu incisa per il primo, eponimo album dei Little Feat, George si ferì alla mano e non poté suonare, così Ry Cooder lo rimpiazzò e suonò la sua parte. Ciò fu una ragione perchéWillin’ venne re-incisa e inclusa nel loro secondo album Sailin’ Shoes. Quest’ultimo è stato anche il primo disco dei Little Feat a contenere disegni di copertina di Neon Park, che disegnò quella di Weasels Ripped My Flesh di Zappa.

I primi due album, Little Feat e Sailin’ Shoes, ricevettero un’acclamazione quasi unanime. La canzone di George Willin’ divenne un punto di riferimento, resa poi popolare dalla sua inclusione nell’album Heart Like a Wheel di Linda Ronstadt

La mancanza di successo commerciale portò comunque alla divisione del gruppo, con Estrada che se ne andò per unirsi alla Magic Band di Captain Beefheart. Nel 1972 i Little Feat si riformarono, con il bassista Kenny Gradney a sostituire Estrada. La band aggiunse anche un altro chitarrista/cantante, Paul Barrere, e il percussionista Sam Clayton. Questa nuova formazione cambiò radicalmente il sound del complesso, virando verso il New Orleans funk. Il gruppo proseguì registrando Dixie Chicken (1973) uno dei loro album più conosciuti, che includeva influenze e stili musicali di New Orleans, come pure Feats Don’t Fail Me Now (1974), che era un tentativo in studio di catturare parte dell’energia dei loro concerti dal vivo. I membri dei Rolling Stones e dei Led Zeppelin erano tra i fan fedeli dei Feat, dando prova della loro influenza musicale. Mick Taylor, ad esempio, può essere ascoltato come ospite in Waiting for Columbus. Lowell George era rispettato per il suo genio idiosincratico, per creare melodie e testi sofisticati, e per il suo alto standard di produzione. Però egli è probabilmente ricordato di più per il suo esuberante, unico, slide style, caratterizzato da linee di legato sostenute, cristalline. La sua voce calda, espressiva ha influenzato molti artisti.

L’uscita di The Last Record Album nel 1975 segna un altro cambiamento nelle sonorità dei Little Feat, con Barrere e Payne che cominciarono ad interessarsi al jazz-rock. Da questo album, la canzone All That You Dream fu utilizzata nell’ultima scena della serie TV The Sopranos. Il loro jazz venne in seguito esteso in Time Loves a Hero del 1977. Prima dell’incisione di The Last Record Album, il batterista Ritchie Hayward ebbe un incidente motociclistico e la copertina del LP venne illustrata da copie dei suoi numerosi conti ospedalieri.

Lowell George continuò a produrre gli album, ma il suo contributo di cantautore diminuì quando il gruppo passò al jazz fusion. Nell’agosto 1977 i Little Feat registrarono un album live di successi al Rainbow Theatre di Londra e all’auditorium Lisner di Washington. Waiting for Columbus è considerato da numerosi critici musicali uno dei migliori dischi dal vivo di tutti i tempi; uscì nel 1978, anno da cui divenne chiaro che l’interesse di George per la band stava calando, come anche la sua salute. George lavorò un po’ a quello che sarebbe divenuto Down On the Farm, invece incise un album solo, Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here, e annunciò che i Little Feat si erano sciolti.
Durante il tour di Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here del giugno 1979, George venne trovato morto nella sua stanza di hotel ad Arlington, Virginia. L’autopsia rivelò che la morte fu causata da attacco cardiaco: è probabile che il peso di George, l’uso di droga, e la fatica del tour abbiano contribuito al decesso.
I membri rimasti terminarono e incisero Down on the Farm, prima di sciogliersi nel 1979. Un retrospettivo album doppio, compilation di registrazioni rare e tracce dal vivo, Hoy-hoy, uscì nel 1981.

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Little Feat is an American rock band formed by singer-songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist Lowell George and keyboardist Bill Payne in 1969 in Los Angeles.

Although the band has undergone several changes in its lineup, the music remains an eclectic blend of rock and roll, blues, R&B, boogie, country, folk, gospel, soul, funkand jazz fusion influences.

Guitarist Jimmy Page stated Little Feat was his favorite American band in a 1975 Rolling Stone interview. 

Lowell George met Bill Payne when George was a member of Frank Zappa‘s Mothers of Invention. Payne had auditioned for the Mothers, but had not joined. They formed Little Feat along with former Mothers’ bassist Roy Estrada and drummer Richie Hayward from George’s previous band, the Factory. Hayward had also been a member of the Fraternity of Man whose claim to fame was the inclusion of their “Don’t Bogart Me” on the million-selling Easy Rider film soundtrack. The name of the band came from a comment made by Mothers’ drummer Jimmy Carl Black about Lowell’s “little feet”. The spelling of “feat” was an homage to the Beatles.

There are three stories about the genesis of Little Feat. One has it that George showed Zappa his song “Willin’,” and that Zappa fired him from the Mothers of Invention, because he felt that George was too talented to merely be a member of his band, and told him he ought to go away and form his own band. The second version has Zappa firing him for playing a 15-minute guitar solo with his amplifier off. The third version says that Zappa fired him because “Willin'” contains drug references (“weed, whites and wine”). George often introduced the song as the reason he was asked to leave the band. On October 18, 1975 at the Auditorium Theater in Rochester New York while introducing the song, George commented that he was asked to leave the band for “writing a song about dope”.[3] 

In any version, Zappa was instrumental in getting George and his new band a contract with Warner Bros. Records. The eponymous first album delivered to Warner Bros. was recorded mostly in August and September 1970, and was released in January 1971. When it came time to record “Willin’,” George had hurt his hand in an accident with a model airplane, so Ry Cooder sat in and played the song’s slide part. Lowell’s accident is referenced on the cover art of the band’s 1998 album Under the Radar. “Willin'” would be re-recorded with George playing slide for Little Feat’s second album Sailin’ Shoes, which was also the first Little Feat album to include cover art by Neon Park, who had painted the cover for Zappa’s Weasels Ripped My Flesh.

Sometime during the recording of the first two albums, the band members along with ex-Mothers of Invention drummer Jimmy Carl Black (“the Indian of the group”) backed soul singer Nolan Porter on his first album, No Apologies.

The first two albums received nearly universal critical acclaim, and “Willin'” became a standard, subsequently popularized by its inclusion on Linda Ronstadt‘s album Heart Like a Wheel.

Lack of commercial success led, however, to the band splitting up, with Estrada leaving to join Captain Beefheart‘s Magic Band. In 1972 Little Feat reformed, with bassist Kenny Gradney replacing Estrada. The band also added a second guitarist, Paul Barrere, who had known George since they attended Hollywood High School in California, and percussionist Sam Clayton. Both Barrere and Clayton added vocals on many songs, although all the band members provided backing vocals in various tunes. 

This new lineup radically altered the band’s sound, leaning toward New Orleans funk. The group went on to record Dixie Chicken (1973)—one of the band’s most popular albums, which incorporated New Orleans musical influences and styles—as well as Feats Don’t Fail Me Now (1974), which was a studio-recorded attempt to capture some of the energy of their live shows. (The name of the latter album pays homage to the Fats Waller song.)

In 1973, Payne, Gradney, Barrere, Clayton and George (credited as George Lowell) collaborated with jazz drummer Chico Hamilton on his Stax album Chico the Master, which is a strong showcase for the band’s leanings toward funk and R&B. In 1974 Lowell George, along with the Meters and other session musicians, backedRobert Palmer on his Island Records debut solo release Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley which opened with George’s “Sailing Shoes.” The whole band chipped in on Palmer’s 1975 release, Pressure Drop, which contained another George composition, “Trouble.” 1976’s Some People Can Do What They Like, his third opus, opened with the Bill Payne/Fran Tate composition “One Last Look,” and later featured Lowell’s “Spanish Moon,” although George and Kenny Gradney sat this one out.

The release of The Last Record Album in 1975 signaled another change in the Little Feat sound, with Barrere and Payne developing an interest in jazz-rock. Prior to the recording of The Last Record Album, drummer Richie Hayward had a motorcycle accident and the liner to the LP release of The Last Record Album was decorated with copies of his many hospital bills. Also present was evidence of a late change to the running order of tracks: the lyrics for Barrere’s song “Hi Roller” were printed on the sleeve, but scored out, and the words “maybe next time” scrawled over them. Sure enough, “Hi Roller” was the first track on the subsequent album Time Loves a Hero.

George continued to produce the albums, but his songwriting contribution diminished as the group moved into jazz fusion, a style in which he had little interest. In August 1977, Little Feat recorded a live album from gigs at the Rainbow Theatre in London and Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. Waiting for Columbus is considered by many rock music critics to be one of the best live albums of all time, despite the fact that significant portions of George’s vocals and slide work were over-dubbed later in the studio.[4] It was released in 1978, by which time it had become apparent that Lowell George’s interest in the band was waning, as was his health.

George did some work on what would eventually become Down on the Farm but then declared that Little Feat had disbanded. In an interview with Bill Flanagan (for the book Written in My Soul) conducted eleven days before his death, George made it clear that he felt the demise of Little Feat was due to his having allowed the band to be run democratically, with the result that Payne and, to a lesser extent, Barrere, had a presence as songwriters and in production which was disproportionate to their abilities. George was particularly scathing about Payne’s attempts at jazz/fusion, citing an instance when Payne jammed with Weather Report on a TV show and dropped “into one of his ‘Day at the Dog Races’. I just got out of there as fast as I could. It was embarrassing”. In the same interview, George stated that he planned to reunite Little Feat without Payne and Barrère.[5]

At this time Warner Bros. released George’s only solo album, Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here, for which he had signed a contract in 1975. The album was mostly a collection of cover versions that George had been working on as a side project for several years and, in his biography, Rock And Roll Doctor, Mark Brend states that George had hinted he only signed the solo contract in order to obtain funds to finance Little Feat (and Bill Flanagan states in Written in My Soul that George “didn’t want his audience to assume a collection of other people’s material marked the direction of Lowell George’s solo career”).

While touring in support of his solo album in June 1979, at the age of 34, George collapsed in his hotel room in Arlington, Virginia. An autopsy determined the cause of death was a heart attack, although it is considered likely that George’s excess weight, (formerly chronic) drug use, and the strain of touring contributed to his condition.

The surviving members finished and released Down on the Farm before disbanding in 1979. A subsequent retrospective double album compilation of rare outtakes and live tracks, Hoy-Hoy!, was released in 1981. The album is an overview of the history and sound of Little Feat and includes a cover of the Hank Williams song “Lonesome Whistle”.

Barrere, Clayton, Gradney and Hayward performed several shows as Barrere, Clayton, Gradney and Hayward in 1981 and 1982.[6]

Barrere then released two solo albums, 1983’s On My Own Two Feet (Mirage) and 1984’s Real Lies (Atlantic). Richie Hayward was the drummer on Robert Plant‘s 1985 funk and new wave flavoured Shaken ‘n’ Stirred (Es Paranza). Payne has always been a popular and busy session musician, as well as a songwriter, and during the band’s first hiatus performed on a variety of albums by many famous musicians includingJ.J. Cale, the Doobie Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Pink Floyd, Bob Seger, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, and Stevie Nicks. He was a guest performer on Raitt’s Sweet Forgiveness in 1977, which featured his composition “Takin’ My Time.”

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Afghan Whigs


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Gli Afghan Whigs sono un gruppo alternative rock statunitense fondato a Cincinnati, Ohio, la notte di Halloween del 1986 dal cantante e chitarrista Greg Dulli e dal bassista John Curley. Per alcune caratteristiche stilistiche il gruppo è stato spesso assimilato al genere grunge, pur includendo nel proprio sound elementi che rimandano addirittura alla black music.Il gruppo si è sciolto nel 2001, per poi riformarsi nel 2011.

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The Afghan Whigs are an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally active from 1986 to 2001, they have since reformed. The group – with core members Greg Dulli (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick McCollum (lead guitar), and John Curley (bass) – rose up around the grunge movement, evolving from a garage band in the vein of the Replacements to incorporate more R&B and soul influences into their sound and image. After releasing their first album independently in 1988, the band signed to the Seattle-based label Sub Pop. They released their major-label debut and fourth album, Gentlemen, in 1993. Pitchfork described them as “one of the few alt-bands to flourish on a major label” in the 1990s.

Dulli frequently claimed in interviews that the band would never get back together following their dissolution in 2001[3] but the group announced in December 2011 that they would reunite

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Chicago



I Chicago sono un gruppo rock statunitense, formatosi proprio a Chicago nel 1967. Autodefinitisi come “band di rock and roll coi fiati”, i Chicago cominciarono come rock band impegnata politicamente e talvolta sperimentale, muovendosi poi tra il progressive rock ed il jazz rock fino ad approdare ad atmosfere più melodiche e commerciali. L’apice del successo fu raggiunto negli anni settanta ed ottanta, quando spesso raggiunsero il numero 1 delle classifiche di Billboard: tra i gruppi americani, solo i Beach Boys hanno fatto registrare più hit nelle classifiche di Billboard (sia di singoli che di album). I Chicago sono annoverati tra le band rock più longeve e di maggior successo della storia, avendo venduto più di 100 milioni di dischi.[1] Secondo Billboard, negli anni settanta i Chicago furono leader assoluti negli Stati Uniti nella vendita di singoli con oltre 40 milioni di copie nei soli Stati Uniti, che fruttarono 23 dischi d’oro, 18 di platino e 8 di doppio-platino.[2][3] Nel corso della loro storia hanno avuto cinque album al numero uno e 21 singoli da top-ten.

Dal volgere degli anni ottanta, pur mantenendo una notevole fama, hanno visto un lento e graduale declino delle loro fortune discografiche.

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Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. The self-described “rock and roll band with horns” began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound, generating several hit ballads. The group had a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Second only to The Beach Boys in Billboard singles and albums chart success among American bands, Chicago is one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups, and one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 100 million records.

According to Billboard, Chicago was the leading US singles charting group during the 1970s. They have sold over 40 million units in the US, with 23 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. Over the course of their career they have had five number-one albums and 21 top-ten singles.

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The Best Of Jeff Buckley


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Jeffrey Scott Buckley (Anaheim, 17 novembre 1966 – Memphis, 29 maggio 1997) è stato un cantautore e chitarrista statunitense.

Figlio del cantautore Tim Buckley, Jeff riscosse in vita la maggior fetta di fama in Francia e Australia e poi, dopo il suo decesso avvenuto per annegamento il 29 maggio 1997, in tutto il mondo, tanto che i suoi lavori rimasero famosi nel tempo e appaiono regolarmente nelle classifiche delle riviste di settore.

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Jeffrey ScottJeffBuckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), raised as Scott “Scottie” Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. After a decade as a session guitarist in Los Angeles, Buckley amassed a following in the early 1990s by playing cover songs at venues in Manhattan‘s East Village, such as Sin-é, gradually focusing more on his own material. After rebuffing much interest from record labels and his father’s manager Herb Cohen he signed with Columbia, recruited a band, and recorded what would be his only studio album, Grace, in 1994. Rolling Stone considered him one of the greatest singers of all time.

Over the following two years, the band toured widely to promote the album, including concerts in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia. In 1996, they stopped touring and made sporadic attempts to record Buckley’s second album in New York with Tom Verlaine as producer. In 1997, Buckley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to resume work on the album, to be titled My Sweetheart the Drunk, recording many four-track demos while also playing weekly solo shows at a local venue. On May 29, 1997, while awaiting the arrival of his band from New York, he drowned during a spontaneous evening swim, fully clothed, in the Mississippi River when he was caught in the wake of a passing boat; his body was found on June 4.

Since his death, there have been many posthumous releases of his material, including a collection of four-track demos and studio recordings for his unfinished second album My Sweetheart the Drunk, expansions of Grace, and the Live at Sin-é EP. Chart success also came posthumously: with his famous cover of Leonard Cohen‘s song “Hallelujah” he attained his first No. 1 on Billboards Hot Digital Songs in March 2008 and reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart that December. Buckley and his work remain popular and are regularly featured in “greatest” lists in the music press.

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