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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday, 19th January):

Birth

1949. Robert Palmer born in Batley, Yorkshire.

On Stage

1994. The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Rod Stewart are inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Jerry Garcia can’t make it, so the rest of The Grateful Dead take along a cardboard cut-out of him instead. John Lennon was inducted by Paul McCartney who made a public display of reconciliation when he hugged Yoko Ono.

In Court

1999. Rapper Bizzy Bone‘s assault trial opens in Columbus, Ohio. The Bone Thugs-n-Harmony member (real name Byron McCane) is charged with assault and disorderly conduct and could face up to six months in prison and a fine of $ 1,000. It’s alleged that Bone , accompanied by two bodyguards, confronted student barber Terrance Harden and accused him of slandering him. In the course of a heated discussion Harden is said to have lunged at the rapper but been restrained by the bodyguards. Harden’s story, which the City Prosecutor believes, says that he was dragged down a flight of stairs sustaining “visible injuries”. Neither of the bodyguards has been charged in connection with the assault.

In Hospital

1978. An unconscious Sid Vicious is carried off a flight from Los Angeles to New York on a stretcher after taking pills and alcohol during the flight. He is taken to New York’s Jamaica Hospital where, after being given oxygen and an intravenous drug antidote, he recovers to semi-consciousness. A spokesman for the hospital says, “He said he was feeling fine but his eyes were rolling about in his head”. Its thought that Sid may have travelled to New York to see Johnny Rotten who arrived in the city on January 18th claiming he had left the band.

On Television

2005. The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 255. Guests include Wyclef John who performs with the African Children’s Choir, singing their Golden Globe-nominated theme song, “Million Voices” from the movie “Hotel Rwanda.”

Death

2008. Singer-songwriter John Stewart dies in San Diego, California. He was a member of The Kingston Trio, wrote “Daydream Believer” for The Monkees and produced a collection of highly regarded solo albums through his career. Check out “Fire In The Wind” for a taste of the man at his best.

Bbabble

I’ve spent the last couple of days listening to Bruce Springsteen‘s new album, “Working On A Dream”. It has all the feel of a “real” E-Street Band album and the clips available on Amazon show The Boss enjoying himself in the studio, trading chops with old friends. 

It’s got a feel-good feeling to it and the more I listen to it, the more I warm to it but something rankles me about it. I don’t know if it’s a cynicism that’s dogging me over it. I’d like to be listening to it when a new president wasn’t just about to take power in America. It seems laden with hope, from its title onwards.

In interviews, Springsteen has said that The American Dream had been lost but now with Obama, we see that it can be achieved. I worry that even more than with “Born In The USA”, this work will be misunderstood or misinterpreted. My basic distrust of politics has always seen me believe that rockers should be protesting, not encouraging us to believe in anything.

Newsclips last night showed Bruce on the steps of The Capitol singing “The Rising”. I hope the coming days and weeks see his faith in America strengthened and not shattered as politicians have so often done before.

His finest work charted growing up in America’s industrial heartland. He now faces his greatest challenge, to give voice to the millions affected by economic hardship and job losses. Rich, secure middle America has seen its world shattered. Regardless of what happens in The White House, it certainly needs hope in the future.  

As for the album itself, I’ll be back with a review tomorrow.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 10th June):

Birth

1910. Bluesman Howlin’ Wolf born Chester Arthur Burnett on a plantation outside West Port, Mississippi.

On Stage

1981. Andy Gibb opens in the role of Frederic for the Los Angeles production of “The Pirates Of Penzance”.

In Court

1992. The $ 25 million palimony lawsuit brought by model Kelly Emberg against Rod Stewart is dismissed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Judge David Horowitz, presiding, threw out her claim for half of all the assets that Rod had accrued between 1985 and 1990 when the two were living “as husband and wife”

In Custody

1990. Luther Campbell and Chris Wongwon of 2 Live Crew are arrested on obscenity charges following their gig at Club Futura in the Miami suburb of Hollywood. A third member of the rap band said he would surrender himself to police later in the day.

The arrests follow on from a federal Judge’s ruling on June 6th that the band’s album, “As Nasty As They Wanna Be” was obscene and violated the community standards of South Florida. Sheriff for Broward County, Nick Navarro, had warned retailers “If you sell it, you’re going to jail”. The arrests clearly show that the band will be unable to perform any material from the album in the state uncensored.

On Television

1994. Later… With Jools Holland (BBC-2, U.K.) 3.6. Crowded House – “In My Command”; “Fingers of Love”; “Private Universe”; The Auteurs – “Lenny Valentino”; “Everything You Say”; Aswad – “Shine”; “Picking it up”; The Cranberries – “No Need To Argue”; “Dreaming My Dreams” Here are The Auteurs with “Lenny Valentine”.

Death

1982. Addie “Micky” Harris (The Shirelles) dies of a heart attack after a gig in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 7th June):

Birth

1957. Paddy McAloon (Prefab Sprout) born in Durham, England.

Heading Home

1978. Rod Stewart flies out of Argentina hours before Scotland’s World Cup match with Iran as he refuses to go to the stadium flanked by the armed bodyguards his management insists he employ. The action is prompted by an incident last weekend when gunmen robbed the Buenos Aires restaurant where the star was dining. One robber was killed in shooting during the raid and Rod narrowly escaped being hit. In a statement issued by his management, the superstar said he’ll return home and watch the remaining matches on TV.

In Court

2002. Philadelphia songwriters Michael Cottrill and Lawrence Wnukowski file a lawsuit at the U.S. District Court in their hometown claiming two songs on Britney Spears‘ second album, “Oops! … I Did It Again”, are based on a tune they wrote. The two men claim they submitted a track called “What You See Is What You Get” to one of Britney’s representatives in 1999 for possible inclusion on an album. Although their song was rejected, the men claim that two songs on Britney’s album, “Can’t Make You Love Me” and “What U See (Is What U Get)” are “virtually identical” to their original. As well as Britney, the lawsuit also names BMG Music Publishing, Jive Records, Wright Entertainment Group and Zomba Recording Corporation as defendants.

On The Run

1979. Honey Bane (real name Donna Tracy), the fifteen year old front person of The Fatal Microbes absconds from the St. Charles Youth Treatment Centre in Brentwood, Essex where she was placed, under a child care order, two and a half years ago.

On Television

2003. Rockpalast (WDR, Germany) Placebo; Audioslave; Evanescence; Stone Sour; Clawfinger; Dave Gahan; Stereophonics; Badly Drawn Boy; Turin Brakes; Tomte; The Ark; Saybia; Surrogat (Rock Am Ring, Nürburgring). Here’s Evanescence. This is the first part of their complete set and should link to the other six parts.

Death

1966. Claudette Orbison, Roy Orbison‘s wife dies in a head-on motorcycle crash in front of him.

 

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