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Monday, December 22, 2014

47 Years Ago, the Stones Try the Psychedelic Route

The summer of 1967 was all about exploring brave new sounds. It was the summer of the Beatles’ ‘

"Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s ‘Are You Experienced’ 

and Pink Floyd’s ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.’ Everyone wanted to be part of the new paisley-

colored psychedelia that was shading pop music, including one of the biggest groups on the planet: 

Using the kaleidoscopic ‘Between the Buttons’ — their fifth album, which was released earlier in 

1967 — as a starting point and ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ as a template, the Stones spent a sizable chunk of the 

year recording an album that was to rival the Beatles’ pop-art masterpiece.

To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in Ultimate Classic Rock, click here.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Did These Rock Stars Predict Their Own Deaths?

Most of the time, famous musicians write about what they know: sex, drugs, girls. Stuff like that. 

Sometimes they go a little deeper, penning songs that aim to get at life’s eternal truths, uncovering 

little pearls of wisdom among the riffs and ruins. And sometimes they freak everyone out by writing 

songs that predict their own deaths.

And we’re not talking “Yeah, I’ll be dead 50 years from now, 

baby, so let’s get it on” sorta lines. We’re talking about songs that nail specifics, like date, cause and 

even the tiniest details of their deaths. Were these Famous Musicians Who Correctly Predicted Their 

Own Death clairvoyant? Or did they just get lucky in guessing their unlucky demises?

To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in Ultimate Classic Rock, click here.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

McCartney Trying to Write Protest Song for Ferguson, NYC

Paul McCartney said he tried to write a song about the recent Ferguson and New York City protests 

but scrapped it when he felt it wasn’t going anywhere. But, he told the Associated Press, he isn’t 

finished with the song yet.

“I was thinking recently about all these protests in New York and around the country,” he said. “I 

thought it would be great to put something down about that, just to add my voice to the thousands of 

people walking in the streets. I thought it through, and it just didn’t come easily. I’m not giving up 

on it, but it didn’t come easily, whereas some other emotions might come easily to me.”

To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in Ultimate Classic Rock, click here.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Who's on Team Lennon and Who's on Team McCartney?

John Lennon and Paul McCartney are the greatest songwriting duo of the rock era and possibly the greatest of all-time. But they were individuals as well, and many of the Beatles' songs are more Lennon or more McCartney/

In this post which originally appeared in Slate, 550 artists are asked are they on Team John or Team Paul. See the responses by clicking here.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

McCartney Reveals His Favorite Ringo Songs

Before it was announced publicly that Ringo Starr would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Award for Musical Excellence recipient, the former Beatle's onetime bandmate, Paul McCartneyphoned the drummer to give him the good news. 

McCartney joined The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday to talk about Starr being enshrined in the Rock Hall.

To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in Rolling Stone, click here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Artists Who Said No Thanks to Rock Hall of Fame

Yesterday, the 2015 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced. Obviously, many view a Hall of Fame nod as the ultimate musical tribute. But not everyone agrees. Some artosts have actually refused induction.

Click here to read about those who said no to the Hall in a post that 1st appeared in Ultimate Classic Rock.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joan Jett Headed for Rock Hall

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lou Reed, Joan Jett, and Ringo Starr head Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

To read about the newest inductees, click here for the story which 1st appeared in Rolling Stone.

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