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No Nukes

I haven’t listened to a record for a while and I feel like I’ve strayed from the original plan I had. However, today I will be listening to an album. In fact, this album is a collaboration between some of the most influential musicians of the 70’s.

This album, No Nukes: The Muse Concerts For a Non-Nuclear Future, was released as a triple live album in 1979 and contains music from the No Nukes Festival that happened in Madison Square Garden. The event was organized by an organization called MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy), which was founded by Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt, and John Hall. The album itself includes music from groups and solo artists such as James Taylor, The Doobie Brothers, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Crosby, Stills, & Nash.

Just last year on August 7th, MUSE had another concert to reunite many of the musicians from the 1979 No Nukes show including all of the founders of MUSE. Held in Mountain View, CA, at the Shoreline Amphitheater, this show also included artists such as Jason Mraz and Tom Morollo from Rage Against the Machine.

One reasons I love this album is because I like how famous musicians perform together. It’s amazing enough to see one of your favorite artists in concert, but to be able to see many of your favorites at one show is out of this world.

What are some of your favorite artists? Have you ever seen any of these artists play together? If you could see any collaboration of musicians, who would it be? Comment below!


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

So as I mentioned Tuesday, The Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012. Along with RHCP, other bands such as The Beastie Boys, and Guns N’ Roses were inducted as well.

To celebrate this achievement, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have recently released an album consisting of six covers by other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members. This album is called Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP and includes songs by The Ramones, David Bowie, and Neil Young.

I was stoked when I found out that RHCP was covering a song by Neil Young! This song, “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”, was released in 1969 and was Young’s second studio album. (Fun Fact: “Cinnamon Girl”, “Down by the River”, and “Cowgirl in the Sand” were all written for this album while Young had 103° F fever). Neil Young has been inducted into The Rock and Roll hall of Fame twice; once in ’95 for his solo career, and again in ’97 for Buffalo Springfield.

Almost all of the most famous bands and solo artists in history have been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some musicians have even been inducted more than once! Neil Young has been inducted twice; once in ’95 for his solo career, and again in ’97 for Buffalo Springfield. Other artists to have been inducted more than once include: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Paul Simon. Eric Clapton is the only person who has been inducted three times.

What do you think about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Who are some of your favorite artists who have been inducted? Is there anyone who you think should be inducted? Comment below!

It's Only Rock 'n Roll

Today in the week of April’s Awesome Album Artwork, I decided to go a bit more artsy and look at the album It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll by The Rolling Stones. This album caught my eye because it looks as if it came right out of an art gallery. The album depicts the band walking down a red carpeted staircase, surrounded with women holding bouquets of flowers.

Released in 1974, this album was designed by Guy Peellaert. Guy Peellaert was nicknamed “The Michaelangelo of Pop Art” and designed covers, not only for The Rolling Stones, but also for others like David Bowie. In 1974, Peellaert also published the book “Rock Dreams” which included fantastical and iconic images of the giants of rock and roll such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Velvet Underground, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and CSNY.

Jimi Hendrix

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The Beatles

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Crosby Stills Nash & Young

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Superstar Bob

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Velvet Underground

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Woodstock RecordWoodstock Record

To continue Woodstock Week, I listened to the second album in the Woodstock record trilogy. This album included some really awesome songs from Joe Cocker, Ten Years After, CSNY, Santana, and The Who.

One of my favorite songs on this particular album was Joe Cocker’s rendition of “With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles. As I have mentioned many times before, I am a huge Beatles fan so hearing a different version of one of my favorite songs was really cool.

Another rad thing I found out about this album is that at the end of Side 3, I could here the audience and the thunder before it starts to rain. Some of the audience started to chant “No rain, no rain, no rain!”. Being able to here the actual voices from the people in the crowd made me feel even more like I was out there with them, hoping for no rain to fall.

What concerts have you attended? What are some of your favorites? Comment below!

The Woodstock FestivalThe Woodstock Festival

Today for Woodstock Week I listened to one of the coolest albums I’ve listened to so far. This album was the first out of three albums in the 3 record set “Woodstock: Music From the Original Soundtrack And More”. I thought it was cool to listen to the same music that was heard at the most famous rock and roll concert in history.

Listening to this record was especially groovy since the vinyl version really made me feel like I was actually there. This specific album included the works of John B. Sebastian, CSNY, Canned Heat, Richie Havens, Country Joe & The Fish, Arlo Guthrie, Sha-Na-Na. and Joan Baez. I especially enjoyed the song “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” by CSNY. It was amazing to hear the harmonies I had heard on the studio version performed so well live. This album was great to listen to and really made me feel as if I was actually at Woodstock in 1969.

Have you ever been listening to a live recording of a song and felt like you were actually there? Comment below!

The Woodstock FestivalThe Woodstock Festival

1. Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”: Joni Mitchell wrote a song called “Woodstock” from the experiences described to her by her then-boyfriend Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. She was originally going to play Woodstock but cancelled by the urging of her manager to play The Dick Cavett Show.

2. Jimi Hendrix’s Spectacular Performance: On August 18, 1969, the last day of the festival, there were only about 35,000 people left in the audience. Jimi Hendrix wowed the crowd by performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” that was described as “the single greatest moment of the Sixties”.

3. Joe Cocker’s Amazing Performance: Another great highlight of the festival came from Joe Cocker with his soulful rendition of The Beatles’ song “With A Little Help From My Friends”.

4. The Jeff Beck Group Breaks Up: On the eve before The Woodstock Festival began, The Jeff Beck Group suddenly disbanded. “I deliberately broke the group up before Woodstock.” Beck said. “I didn’t want it to be preserved”.

5. Bob Dylan and The Band: Although Bob Dylan was one of the inspirations for the Woodstock, he was unable to perform because his son had been hospitalized. However, his backing band, The Band, were able to play a great show without him.

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The Woodstock FestivalThe Woodstock Festival

This week I will be sharing about the wondrous and wicked awesome world of Woodstock. To introduce this solid ’60’s concert, I’d thought I’d tell you a little bit about the hangin’ history of Woodstock.

On August 15 to August 18 in 1969, half a million people gathered in Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in the town of Bethel (outside of White Lake, New York) to enjoy the Woodstock Music Festival. The Woodstock Festival was created by John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld, and Mike Lang in hopes that it would help to pay for a recording studio in Woodstock, New York.

After trouble with finding a suitable location for the event to take place, Max Yasgur volunteered his dairy farm for the festival to use. Even with this sudden stroke of luck, the festival was far behind schedule. Although the estimated amount of people expected to attend was about 50,000, the estimate quickly jumped to around 200,000.

When August 15 finally arrived, there were already 50,000 people camped out by the stage, none of whom had tickets. It was then announced that Woodstock was to be a free concert. As news spread about the free concert, about a million people headed to Bethel, New York. Thousands of cars were turned away by the police. The organizers were forced to hire helicopters to take the performers to the show.

Some of the most famous artists in the world performed at Woodstock including Santana, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Jimi Hendrix, to name a few.

With performances from some of the most famous bands in history, Woodstock went down as the greatest music event in history.

What are your experiences involving Woodstock? Did you or anyone you know attend? Comment below!