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Originally formed by Joan Jett and Sandy West, The Runaways took the world by storm. The all girl five-piece punk rock band influenced the entire culture of punk. While she has been very outspoken about the instances of prejudice in the rock music scene, Joan explained the main drive behind The Runaways' music and attitude.
"You can’t let other people dictate your life to you. I know I’m a woman, I knew I was a girl, but I’m going to do what I’m going to do. I didn’t get caught up in the gender role of it. That’s what I was fighting against the whole time, the fact that people were saying girls can’t play rock ‘n’ roll. It didn’t make logical sense to me. Really that’s all The Runaways were doing: trying to express ourselves the way we knew how, putting it into our songs. Not much different than what the Rolling Stones were doing. We didn’t want barriers put up on what we were allowed to sing about, say, or play.” (Refinery 29)
📸: Circa 1976
Band manager & producer for The Runaways, Kim Fowley was known for his wild and eccentric personality. However, he knew what he was doing when it came to writing for the band. Cherie spoke on his behalf and described how much Kim influenced the band members.
"He definitely brought out what was already in us. We were only 15 or 16. I know Joan and Lita and Sandy were already playing guitar, but they weren’t by any stretch of the imitation masters at it. And me, I had never sung in front of a live audience before. To me, we were learning together. I think Kim was masterful at song writing and being able to get those teenage words just right. He knew what kind of music kids could play, sing and relate to. And that’s what The Runaways were." (AAA Backstage)
📸: Circa 1976
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What’s the Story?: The Prodigy, ‘The Fat of the Land’ (1997)
We have a look back at the fascinating tales behind some of our favourite album covers. This time it’s 'The Fat Of The Land' (1997), by The Prodigy.
In a screaming cinder-shower of rave punk fury, 'The Fat Of The Land' was Essex electronic band The Prodigy’s headbutt into mainstream music’s tea party, and catapulted the group to international stardom. The band’s founder Liam Howlett initially asked Alex Jenkins – Art Director at The Prodigy’s label XL Recordings – to design and photograph the cover art as a doner kebab branded with the album’s title. Jenkins submitted the image (see right – detail) to the band for approval but at the eleventh hour Howlett rejected it.
Jenkins scrambled to find a replacement photograph. He ended up sourcing an image of a Gecarcinus lateralis (commonly called a blackback land crab, Bermuda land crab, red land crab or moon crab), shot by German freelance nature photographer Konrad Wothe in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica. The crab is holding its arms up in a ‘threatening’ posture, but Jenkins also digitally enlarged its left claw, giving the impression the crustacean is throwing the English ‘up the establishment’ sign.
March 21st 1976 - Iggy Pop
After a David Bowie concert at the Community War Memorial arena in Rochester, New York, Iggy Pop and David Bowie were involved in a drug bust at their hotel room where the police found 182 grams (a little over 6.4 ounces) of marijuana. The pair spent the rest of the night in the Monroe County Jail and were released at about 7 a.m. on $2,000 bond each.
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On this day: March 21st, 1977, AC/DC released their 4th album in Australia "Let There Be Rock". It perfectly captures the bands live sound in the studio with classic AC/DC tracks “Let There Be Rock” and “Whole Lotta Rosie” as standouts.
First person who comes in and mentions this post gets a pair of tickets to see #LilBaby@themidland March 28th !!!
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March 21, 1998 - "What You Want" by Mase peaked at No.6 on the Hot 100. It is the second single released from Mase's debut album, Harlem World.
It was produced by Nashiem Myrick of the production team, The Hitmen and featured vocals by R&B group, Total. The song samples "Right on for the Darkness" by Curtis Mayfield. "What You Want" was another successful single for Mase, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his second straight top 10 single, and was certified gold on February 14, 1998.
Seen as Puff Daddy's new protégé since the passing of The Notorious B.I.G., Mase rose to fame after being a member of Children of the Corn with fellow Harlem rappers Big L and Cam'ron. After the death of Bloodshed and the subsequent disbanding of the group, Mase was signed to Bad Boy, catching the public eye when appearing on the track "Mo Money, Mo Problems" from Biggie's 1997 album Life After Death. Puff Daddy began to promote Mase as the new premier act of Bad Boy and within a year had released "Harlem World", a successful album spawning hits such as "Feel So Good" (U.S. No.5), and "Lookin' at Me" (U.S. No.8.
Mase released his first solo LP, Harlem World, which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Pop and R&B LP charts selling over 175,000 copies in the U.S. its first week of release; it has since gone on to sell 3.3 million copies in the United States.
Another must-read for any serious pianist or musician for that matter. "The music book not only of 1995 but also of many years to come... Musicians of every kind should partake of both its wisdom and its practical lessons [and] anyone interested in the cultural and literary history of the period can feast... Moreover, Rosen writes brilliantly." ~ Robert Craft
Me encontre esta imagen donde decian: Quien se acuerda de este? Un clásico anuncio del Chaver /Jackson de mediados de los años 80 con Streve Vai rodeado de un ejercito de otros grandes guitarristas / Who remenbers this one?! A classic chaverl/Jackson ad from the mid-80s featuring Steve surrounded by an army of other great players
Steve Vai – Alcatrazz
Steve Lynch – Autograph
Victor Johnson – Bus Boys
David Anderson – Eric Steel Band
Tom McDermott – Rick James Band
Marc Ferrari, Bryan Jay – Keel
Jake E. Lee – Ozzy Osbourne
Amir Derakh, Chris Hager, Matt Thorne – Rouchcutt
Spacey T. – Sound Barrier
Oz Fox – Stryper
You may have noticed that almost of all of the emerging musical styles to come out in Pre-WWII America had their roots in African-American culture, which in that time of the country’s history (and in reality up until today) was clustered in the densely populated metro areas of the Northeast and Midwest. So, to isolate the sound of “TheCity” for my Thursday afternoon playlist on @RadioVSL, I had my pick of many different styles. I decided to focus on the emerging avant-garde jazz sounds of BeBop (my runner-up choice for “The Basement”) The BeBop composers shunned the “danceability” of swing and big band and settled into more improvisational based composition. As Thelonius Monk (pictured) said, “Bebop wasn't developed in any deliberate way." What good art is? Give a listen right now on Apple Music @RadioVSL#AppleMusic#applemusic#music#Music#RadioVSL#history#History#musichistory#MusicHistory#Jazz#jazz#BeBop
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Santa Ynez Valley filmmaker, publisher and author Stephanie Bennett, will offer an in-depth look-back into the years she spent steeped in the rock 'n' roll scene as a producer responsible for capturing the essence of iconic music makers on film. On Saturday April 6th from 3-4 p.m., Bennett will hold a book signing for new book "Johnny B. Bad: Chuck Berry and the Making of Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll" - a new book based on her experience making the film that she identifies as her most challenging project to date - at The Solvang Book Loft, located at 1680 Mission Drive, Solvang. This photo from Bob Gruen shows from left, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Stephanie Bennett and Chuck Berry at the New York Film Festival in NYC, October 1987. ⠀ #RockandRoll#Music#History#MusicHistory#SantaYnezValley#Solvang#BookLoft#StephanieBennett#ChuckBerry#HailHailRockNRoll
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On this day: March 21st, 1952, what's considered to be the first rock concert ever took place in Cleveland. It was shut down after one song due to the 10,000-seat arena exceeding capacity.
#RoyOrbison with his 1939 Mercedes.
I edited from a scanned album cover “The Classic Roy Orbison,” (from "nostalgipalatset.com") cleaned up the dust, adjusted the colors, cropped it and added my watermark. My reason for doing it was because it was the only picture with Roy and the car, I wanted to share it to accompany a story of how he got it from “Dark Star: The Roy Orbison Story,” by Ellis Auburn.
(I should’ve added the watermark closer to the middle because people who’ve reposted it cropped it out…🙄)
Anyhow, the story began on July 4th, 1964, when Roy’s song ‘It’s Over’ became a hit single, charting to #1 on the British Top 20, which Auburn remarked: “An appropriate victory for a Yank in London.”
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Roy said, “At a time when British artists are all-powerful in their own country. I regard the attainment of number-one position in Britain as the high spot of my career.” Finally after two weeks on top, ‘It’s Over,’ was overtaken by The Animals’ ‘ House of The Rising Sun.’
However, that didn’t stop Roy from celebrating. During a two-day London stopover, while riding in a cab with Paul Garrison, he saw a 1939 Mercedes on the street. “Go!” He ordered Paul. “Get me that car! Pay him anything, but get it!” Paul approached the owner, who was reluctant until he realized he was dealing with a rich rock star. Suddenly anything was possible, and Roy got the car.
The car was shipped to New York, and Paul had to pick it up and drive it to Nashville. “It looked like something Hitler would ride in,” Paul said. “The steering was on the right, and imagine pulling up to the Holland Tunnel in that. I had to reach all the way across the seat to pay the tolls. Then it broke down in Orange, New Jersey, and I had to live in a motel while a gasket came from Germany. Roy had flown directly to Nashville.”
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In the end, Paul successfully delivered the car to Roy.