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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!


So as you might have heard, last Saturday was Record Store Day! I was pumped to go to my local record stores and see what cool new albums were released. Unfortunately, I had a track meet that day and I was unable to get to any record store before the day was done. Luckily, my Dad was able to make it and he got some pretty cool albums. He told me that he almost got the Grateful Dead album he wanted, but somebody else bought it just before he did.

Later that night, he went to see Phil Cody play at The Lobero Theatre.  He told me that not only was Phil Cody great, but so was the opening act. So good, in fact, that he bought their record! This record, named Prologue, is by a group called The Milk Carton Kids and is the album that I listened to today.

As I listened to the record alongside my Dad, I noticed that there was something familiar about the sounds of the singers’ voices. They sounded almost exactly like Simon & Garfunkel! My Dad said he noticed the very same thing that night. The voices of these two fellows are so similar to Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel that my Mom thought that we were listening to one of Simon & Garfunkel’s records. It was cool to hear a new record with my Dad since most of the records I listen to have already been heard by him.

Released just last year, Prologue is The Milk Carton Kids’ first studio album. Although they released their first album, Retrospect, last year, Prologue is the group’s first album to be released on vinyl. The Milk Carton Kids themselves consist of singers and guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. This group is noted for releasing their albums online for free.

To download Prologue and Retrospect for free, click here!

What do you think of The Milk Carton Kids? Tell me what you think and comment below!

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!

Talking Heads

The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads

Ever wonder where a band got its name? Here are 10 famous classic rock bands and how they were named.

1. The Beatles: John Lennon claimed that he once had a vision as a child of a flaming pie in the sky that said “You are Beatles with an “A”.

2. Bob Dylan: Born Robert Zimmerman, Bob Dylan was a fan of a poet named Dylan Thomas.

3. Depeche Mode: meaning “hurry up fashion”, this band’s name came from from the name of a fashion magazine.

4. Elton John: Born Reginald Dwight, Elton John got his name from two other British musicians: Elton Dean and Long John Baldry.

5. The Grateful Dead: Originally named The Warlocks until Jerry Garcia found out another band had the same name. The Grateful Dead’s name comes from a folk tale about a poor man who is given help from a traveler. The man helps the traveler with his quest. Later, the traveler finds out the poor man has been dead for years. Find out more at

6. Led Zeppelin: The band’s name comes from a conversation Jimmy Page had where his friend said if Jimmy ever made a band, it would “go over like a lead balloon”.

7. Lynyrd Skynyrd: named after Leonard Skinner, a gym teacher some of the bandmates had in high school who told them they would never be successful.

8. The Ramones: Inspired from Paul McCartney’s pseudonym Paul Ramone.

9. The Eagles: Originally named Teen King and the Emergencies, The Eagles were greatly influenced by The Byrds.

10. Talking Heads: Inspired by a military experiment which involved talking mannequin heads.

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