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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!

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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Today, I decided to change things up from the usual record review that I usually do. Unlike my normal album analysis, I decided to tell you about my top ten favorite classic rock artists of all time.

1. The Beatles: As I have mentioned before, I am a big Beatles fanatic. I love their distinct sound and how you can recognize a Beatles song within the first few seconds of the song. “All you need is love”

2. Grateful Dead: My parents were pretty big Dead Heads when they were younger so my Dad has lots of records by the Grateful Dead. One thing I like about their music is how they would have a different set list for each show. I also love the way that they have super long jam sessions during their songs. You can really tell they loved what they did.”Come hear Uncle John’s Band by the riverside”

3. CSNY: One of the best super-groups of all time, CSNY is made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young. Their trademark has to be their amazing vocal harmonies in songs such as “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”. With some of my favorite artists in one musical group, this band is awesome! “I am yours, you are mine; You are what you are”

4. Led Zeppelin: Most famous for their hit “Stairway to Heaven” but also for their amazing guitar licks and stage presence. I find it amazing that they were able to write one of the best songs of all time, as well as many other hits such as “Black Dog” and “Whole Lotta Love” “There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold; And she’s buying a stairway to heaven”

5. The Rolling Stones: As part of the British Invasion, The Rolling Stones had a string of eight consecutive studio albums reaching number one in the United States. Frontman Mick Jagger’s distinctive voice and performance and Keith Richards’ guitar style became The Rolling Stone’s trademark throughout their career. “I know it’s only rock and roll but I like it”

6. Pink Floyd: As one of the most commercially successful and influential rock music groups of all time, Pink Floyd is known for their Psychedelic Rock music and philosophical lyrics. We’re just two lost soulsSwimming in a fish bowl”

7. Aerosmith: Sometimes referred to as  “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”, Aerosmith’s style was rooted in blues-based hard rock and has  inspired many subsequent rock artists. I am particularly fond of one of their most famous songs “Dream On”, was their best charting single of the 1970s. “Dream on, dream on, dream on; dream until your dreams come true”

8. Santana: Founded by Mexican Rock guitarist Carlos Santana, this band helped to pioneer rock, salsa and jazz fusion. I really like how Santana includes Latin American instruments such as congas which are not usually heard in rock songs. I especially like their songs “Oye Como Va” and “Smooth”. “You got the kind of lovin’ that can be so smooth; Gimme your heart, make it real, or else forget about it”

9. Eagles: The Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s and had one of the best selling albums of all time with their album “Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)” which sold over 40 million copies. I love their hits “Hotel California” and “Take it Easy”. “Welcome to the Hotel California”

10. Nirvana: Nirvana found unexpected success from their hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” off of their first album “Nevermind”. This album widely popularized their band, as well as alternative rock as a whole. “I feel stupid and contagious; Here we are now, entertain us”

What are your favorite bands? How do they compare to mine? Comment below and share your story.

Graham Nash

The album I chose to listen to today was “Songs for Beginners” by Graham Nash. This album is very close to my parents’ hearts because my Dad gave my Mom the album before they started dating. As I held the record in my hands, I thought about what it must have been like to have been listening to this album when my parents were young.

As I listened to the record, I felt a strong sense of emotion between Graham Nash and his lyrics. It was as if each song was telling a story from a part of his life. I also felt connected to each song as if I were part of the story and each lyric illustrated a new part of the story. Not only did I notice the emotion put into each song, but I also noticed the message of change Nash was trying to get across, especially in the track “Chicago”. My Dad told me that this song was in response the conflict at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968. Many lines in the song include the ideas of wanting to “change the world”.

Released in May of 1971, this was Nash’s first solo album and included an impressive group of guests to assist in the recording including David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Dave Mason, David Lindley, Rita Coolidge and Neil Young. Graham Nash was previously known for playing in The Hollies and CSNY. As one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time, Nash went on to release five more albums after this one and still writes music today.

Comment below and tell me if music has ever changed your life. Have you ever been so connected to a song that you feel like it was written just for you?