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Sunday, September 21, 2014

30 Years Ago Born in the USA Becomes 1st American CD

On Sept. 21, 1984, CBS opened up the first American compact disc pressing plant in Terre Haute, 

Indiana. The first disc to come off the production line was Bruce Springsteen‘s ‘Born in the U.S.A.,’ 

which had been released three months earlier.

Given the album’s title and the spotlight on the plight of the American worker contained in many of his 

songs, it made perfect sense that Springsteen’s album became the first American-made CD.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

U2 Releases New Album at Apple Event

Apple's Tim Cook and U2 announced the surprise release of the band's new album 'Songs of Innocence' in Cupertino, California on September 9th, 2014.
U2 surprised the world today by releasing Songs of Innocence, their first album in five years, as a 
gift from Apple, available for free immediately to anyone with iTunes. 

The band made the announcement with Apple CEO Tim Cook at a Cupertino press conference for the new iPhone 6, capping the event with a performance of the album's first single,

 "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)." After a standing ovation, Cook said, "Wasn't that the most incredible single you ever heard? We would love a whole album of that."

"The question is now, how do we get it to as many people as possible, because that's what our band is all about," Bono said. "I do believe you have over half a billion subscribers to iTunes, so — could you get this to them?" "If we gave it away for free," Cook replied. And five seconds later, the album was unleashed in the largest album release of all time.

"We wanted to make a very personal album," Bono told Rolling Stone's Gus Wenner the day before the press conference in an exclusive interview. "Let's try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family. The whole album is first journeys — first journeys geographically, spiritually, sexually. And that's hard. But we went there."

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Paul McCartney Tribute Compilation Set for Release

Half a century ago, Paul McCartney established himself as one of the most influential songwriters ever. Now the former Beatle is getting his due in a big way, with the compilation The Art of Paul McCartney featuring covers of songs by McCartney during his tenures in the Beatles and Wings and as a solo artist.

The roster is a veritable who's who of fellow influential singer-songwriters: Bob Dylan ("Things We Said Today"), B.B. King ("On the Way"), Smokey Robinson ("So Bad"), Barry Gibb ("When I'm 64"), Billy Joel ("Maybe I'm Amazed," "Live and Let Die"), Willie Nelson ("Yesterday"), among many others, all put their unique spin on McCartney songs.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

New The Wall Film Debuts

Speaking with reporters about the movie, which opened at the Toronto International Film Festival 

on Sept. 6, Waters drew a line between his work and the sort of promotional puff piece that many 

artists tend to make after allowing cameras backstage. 

“It’s a protest movie,” he explained. “It’s an anti-war, protest movie.”

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Remembering Keith Moon

On Sept. 7, 1978, the world lost one of its most unique children when Keith Moon left us, far too

soon. Much more than simply ‘the drummer for the Who,’ Moon defiined the term “one of a kind” not 

only in his ability and style behind the drum kit, but in his utter irreverence and over the top way of 


Moon was born on August 23, 1946. By the time he was in his teens, was already turning heads as 

a drummer. His joining the Who was nothing short of perfect. He added a much needed component 

to their equation, acting as the comic foil to the often very serious Pete Townshend. Moon’s

drumming style seemed to border on pure chaos, but in reality he was always firmly in control

behind the wheel.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

With a Tony, Randy Newman Would Become an EGOT

The banner on the back of Randy Newman’s eponymous 1968 debut album claimed he’d created "something new under the sun." The songwriter behind "Rednecks," "Sail Away" and "I Think It’s Going to Rain Today" has done that again and again, and he’s been awarded handsomely for it after a notoriously long dry spell. "I don’t want your pity!" he joked when he received a standing ovation for earning his first Oscar, finally, in 2002.

Today, Newman is one Tony shy of the full EGOT. In addition to two Oscars, the one-of-a-kind songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has three Emmys and six Grammys to his name. On June 2nd, he added another honor to the pile when he accepted the second Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence award from PEN New England at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston along with Kris Kristofferson. (Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen were the first two recipients in 2012.)

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Kinks: Will They or Won't They

Earlier this week, it was reported that the long-rumored Kinks reunion may be happening 

Earlier this week, it was reported that the long-awaited Kinks reunion might be happening 

without Dave Davies

“Dave’s invited to the party, but if he doesn’t want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway,” Ray 

Davies reportedly told Mojo.

But apparently he never said that. After Dave took to Facebook last night — writing “I would love to 

do some form of a Kinks reunion with Ray” — the Kinks’ Facebook page followed up with its own 

post not long afterward: “Mojo is wrong. There will be no Kinks reunion without both Ray and Dave 

Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this.”

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