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Devil Music: A History of the Occult in Rock & Roll. In 1968 the former studio guitarist and member of the Yardbirds Jimmy Page formed his new quartet Led Zeppelin.

Devil Music: A History of the Occult in Rock & Roll

Signed to the major label of Atlantic Records and abetted by the loyal and fiercely protective management of Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin quickly gathered a large following in the United Kingdom, Europe, and especially the United States, where their histrionic and very heavy brand of electric blues appealed to the restless post-Sgt. Pepper student cohort. Brian Eno is MORE DARK THAN SHARK. Why Doctor Strange shares its psychedelic DNA with Pink Floyd.

“Open your eye!

Why Doctor Strange shares its psychedelic DNA with Pink Floyd

,” Tilda Swinton’s version of the Ancient One intones as she presses against Dr Stephen Strange’s forehead, activating his pineal gland and sending him on a trip beyond the infinite that, even in these CG-saturated times, could only be described as “far out”. It is one of many extended psychedelic sequences that makes Doctor Strange one of the headier films to play in wide release. The common complaint about Marvel Studios’ films is that, for all their high-tech armor and speed-of-sound slugfests, they tend to be tempered in the visual department. The plot and exposition scenes in Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange don’t do much to break that mold, but when the story necessitates special effects to step in, the spacey spirits of comics visionaries like Jack Kirby finally get their day at the multiplex.

Doctor Strange was always an outlier in funnybooks. Strange Tales #158, released in July 1967, featured two stories. Nearly 25 Years Ago, Nirvana Released an Album So Perfect It Ruined Rock 'n' Roll. At the same time, however, Cobain wanted the song to be the a perfectly accessible p.

Nearly 25 Years Ago, Nirvana Released an Album So Perfect It Ruined Rock 'n' Roll

When these two volatile impulses came together, the impact they had was catastrophic. The strength of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" helped launch Nevermind to the top of the charts, dethroning King of Pop Michael Jackson from the No. 1 seat. The album turned Nirvana into an imperial power in rock 'n' roll, but that success came with a huge price tag listeners are still paying back. Nevermind proved alternative rock could be big business. The void that Kurt Cobain's death created encouraged labels to seek another star — someone who might be more open to playing the fame game. Rock 'n' roll never recovered from Nevermind, which dropped 24 years ago Thursday. Mark Fisher on The Pop Group's enduring radicalism.

“We were cannibal kids finding love amongst the ruins of Thatcher’s slash and burn agenda,” says singer Mark Stewart of The Pop Group.

Mark Fisher on The Pop Group's enduring radicalism

The Bristol band’s extraordinary album For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? No More Heroes: Franco 'Bifo' Berardi after David Bowie. A una settimana dalla morte di David Bowie non si piange un mito: si ricorda l’uomo – CRITICA IMPURA. Bowie's death marks the Twilight of the Rock Gods. Daniel Johnston to Wu-Tang Clan: 10 Musical Mythologies.

Some artists release a series of good albums over a long period of time, call it a day, and become legends.

Daniel Johnston to Wu-Tang Clan: 10 Musical Mythologies

But other artists become legends after releasing one album, disappearing completely and leaving their fans with a few simmering rumors; or by linking a vast, elaborate mythos together through song-titles, album-art, live-show iconography and cryptic interviews; or by going completely insane. This list focuses on those latter groups of legends, the musicians that are arguably more fun to read about than listen to. Here are 10 mystifying—and horrifying—artist mythologies. 10. Jack White Jack White makes his way onto this list not because he’s got a massive, interconnected universe behind his music; in fact he hasn’t really shied away from media appearances and interviews. 9.

Arcade Fire. Bob. Bob Dylan. SEAN WILENTZ. Yesterday, Columbia Records announced the publication in October of SW’s new book, 360 Sound.


Advance order Amazon, B&N July 30, 2012, New York, NY – Columbia Records will celebrate its 125th anniversary with the release of a book titled 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story on the great American record label and its role in initiating recorded music, cultivating great artists, and igniting cultural change. Written by Pulitzer Prize-and Grammy nominated author and historian Sean Wilentz, the book provides a journey through Columbia Records’ storied past and its contributions to entertainment from the invention of commercial recording through the present day. 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, published by Chronicle Books, will be released on October 30th. 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story will also be available as an e-book through multiple platforms.

The release of 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story will be celebrated with a launch event in New York on Oct. 30th. John Peel's Record Shelf. Cesária Évora. Grateful Dead. Johnny Cash. Riot grrrl: searching for music's young female revolutionaries. March 1993, and a storm is about to hit.

Riot grrrl: searching for music's young female revolutionaries

Two bands – one American, one British – have embarked on a tour of the UK, sweeping across the country with a message and a mission. Bikini Kill and Huggy Bear proclaim in words, deeds and noise that it is no longer OK for men to push women to the back of the room with actual and threatened violence, nor are women just there to hold the guys' coats while they mosh. BORIS VIAN. The Big Takeover: Pere Ubu/ David Thomas interview: "there's always a way around stupidity"

Elitism For The People: In Praise Of Pere Ubu. Pretend the band Pere Ubu broke up just now.

Elitism For The People: In Praise Of Pere Ubu

The proverbial visibly-shaken town crier bursts onto the balcony and bellows, “Pere Ubu is dead!” Such a scenario would mark the end of one of the most impressive careers in the history of American rock music. Though the band has suggested––both facetiously and seriously (as is the Ubu way)––that its primary achievement is its stunning “loss to longevity ratio” (nearly forty years of existence without even a crossover hit to hang its hat on), it undoubtedly belongs in the American rock pantheon. Yet in the proverbial plaza below, the news does not spread swiftly among the people. Frequently Asked Questions: Pere Ubu. Why Do Rappers Put on Fake Accents? Everyone has an accent.

Why Do Rappers Put on Fake Accents?

They shape who we are and reflect where we come from. They allow strangers to judge us within a split-second of opening our mouth. They make average-looking people slightly more attractive. The way a voice sounds impacts the music an artist makes, too. In the early 00s a group called Silibil ‘n’ Brains fooled the entire music industry and landed a record deal by hiding their Scottish accents underneath a Californian drawl. Iggy Azalea left Australia at the age of 16 to move to Miami.