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‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice’ Pays Tribute to Pioneering ’70s Songbird

‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice’ Pays Tribute to Pioneering ’70s Songbird
One of the many reminders of the often discounted greatness of Linda Ronstadt arrives about 30 minutes into Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice. We see the biggest female rock star of the time (1976) in a studio with her band, filming what’s essentially an early music video. The song — Karla Bonoff’s sad-sack ballad of epic proportions, “Lose Again” — builds in gale-force winds with each verse and chorus. The band appears to be instrument-synching with the track, but Ronstadt, standing behind a microphone,
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Woodstock Remembered: Baron Wolman on Photographing the Legendary Fest

Baron Wolman has a lot to say about the recent cancellation of Woodstock 50. “The whole thing is insane,” the rock photographer says. “An event of that magnitude has to be planned well in advance. Not just a month in advance, not just six months in advance, but probably two years in advance. To get the permits and the space and to really think through what you’re going to have to deal with when thousands of people show up. It’s definitely not just about the performers.”

If anyone would know,
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‘American Idol’ 17, episode 17: Are they golden, are they stardust? We will see when the Top 6 perform Woodstock ditties and inspirational ‘showstoppers’

‘American Idol’ 17, episode 17: Are they golden, are they stardust? We will see when the Top 6 perform Woodstock ditties and inspirational ‘showstoppers’
Will Madison VanDenburg attempt Janis Joplin‘s version of “Summertime”? Will Wade Cota try Joe Cocker‘s rendition of “With a Little Help From My Friends”? How about Laci Kaye Booth channeling Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane on “Somebody to Love”?

Here is hoping Alejandro Aranda — who would do well to check out the Richie Havens songbook — kept that tie-dyed jacket from last week handy’ That is because the Top 6 contestants will be diving into a vat of acid-laced and mud-covered nostalgia as they salute the 50th anniversary of Woodstock on the May 5 episode of “American Idol.”

And I dare Laine Hardy to perform “The Weight” again in honor of The Band — although I am guessing he might pick a Creedence Clearwater Revival number like “Born on the Bayou” or “Green River.” As for Jeremiah Lloyd Johnson, perhaps a little Crosby, Stills & Nash might suit his angelic voice.

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice’

  • Variety
Tribeca Film Review: ‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice’
There’s a lot of talk these days about empowerment in the music industry. “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (“The Celluloid Closet”), is a no-frills documentary that tells the enthralling story of one of the most powerful women in the history of pop music, and the movie is a testament to how different empowerment once looked, yet how potent it still was. When you watch Beyoncé’s “Homecoming,” there’s hardly an atomic particle onscreen that doesn’t vibrate with power. Every costume stitch, every twist and strut of the marching-band members, every triumphant booty shake, every now-hear-this lyric — it’s all about an exultant freedom that’s not being asked for, or even demanded. It has been achieved.

Contrast that with the song that put the 21-year-old Linda Ronstadt on the map. The year was 1967, she was a member of the L.
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Stevie Nicks on Tom Petty, Drag Queens, ‘Game of Thrones’ and Missing Prince

Stevie Nicks on Tom Petty, Drag Queens, ‘Game of Thrones’ and Missing Prince
Stevie Nicks has the only kind of Bde that matters: Bella Donna Energy. The Fleetwood Mac gold dust woman is adding yet another sequin to her top hat by going into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, years after she got enshrined with the Mac. She’s the first woman inducted twice — as she puts it, “at the ripe and totally young age of 70.” She’s also hitting the road with Fleetwood Mac for the 2019 leg of their world tour, in their surprising new incarnation after
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Flashback: Starship Declare ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’

Flashback: Starship Declare ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’
When a group of young, idealistic hippies came together in mid-Sixties San Francisco to form Jefferson Airplane, they couldn’t have possibly imagined they were kickstarting a saga that would continue for more than a half-century and mutate into more bizarre permutations than basically any other rock band in history. The full story would require a dense PowerPoint presentation and about eight hours to explain, but the shorthand is that the psychedelic Sixties band that created “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” splintered into two factions at the end of
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Real Life Rock Top Ten

“Real Life Rock Top Ten” is a monthly column by cultural critic and Rs contributing editor Greil Marcus.

1. Fernando A. Flores, Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas (Host Publications). After reading the 10 singular tales in this book, Flores’ first, I have no idea who the bullshit artists of South Texas are. The characters in these stories about people in the punk scenes of the Rio Grande Valley, or people on their margins, or people who pass through on their way to somewhere else, are drawn with affection and wonder,
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Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Marty Balin Dies at 76

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Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Marty Balin Dies at 76
Marty Balin -- one of the founding members of Jefferson Airplane -- died Thursday, according to his rep. The legendary Bay Area musician's family confirmed his passing, but isn't releasing a cause of death. Balin's best known for forming the pioneering psychedelic rock band with Paul Kantner in 1965, which popularized the "San Francisco Sound" of the era. Marty was one of the vocalists in the band's classic lineup in the late '60s, which headlined
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Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Marty Balin Dead at 76

Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Marty Balin Dead at 76
Jefferson Airplane vocalist-guitarist Marty Balin, who co-founded the San Francisco psychedelic rock band in 1965 and played a crucial role in the creation of all their 1960s albums, including Surrealistic Pillow and Volunteers, died Thursday at the age of 76. Balin’s rep confirmed the musician’s death to Rolling Stone, though the cause of death is currently unknown.

“Rip Marty Balin, fellow bandmate and music traveler passed last night,” Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady said in a statement. “A great songwriter and singer who loved life and music. We shared some wonderful times together.
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Big Brother and the Holding Company’s ‘Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills’ Gets Reissue

Big Brother & the Holding Company‘s Cheap Thrills — Janis Joplin‘s breakout album and her final one with the band — will be reissued on November 30th via Columbia/Legacy Recordings. The 50th anniversary set will be released under its original title, Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills, which Columbia considered too controversial in 1968.

The new reissue revisits the 1968 sessions that produced the chart-topping Cheap Thrills and comprises alternate song takes. On the 2-cd edition (a different 2-lp edition will also be available), 25 of the 30 songs have never been previously released.

It also
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Veteran Frisco Rocker David Freiberg on Keeping Jefferson Starship’s Legacy Alive

Veteran Frisco Rocker David Freiberg on Keeping Jefferson Starship’s Legacy Alive
“I’m not the first rock & roll octogenarian, am I?” jokes David Freiberg, hours before he and Jefferson Starship are set to take the stage in Carson City, Nevada.

Frieberg, who turns 80 today, is right; he’s not the only pop act still performing regularly in his eightieth year. From Frankie Valli and British blues stalwart John Mayall (both 84) to R&B veteran Sam Moore (82) to folkies like Peter Yarrow and Tom Paxton (both 80), Freiberg is joining a small, prestigious club. But he’s unique in other ways. He’s
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Review: Valley Queen Hit Scrappy, Dreamy Southern California Gold on ‘Supergiant’

Review: Valley Queen Hit Scrappy, Dreamy Southern California Gold on ‘Supergiant’
On their debut LP, this fantastic L.A. band envelops singer Natalie Carol’s bracingly afflicted, mountain-vaulting dream-country yodel in scrappy, sprawling guitar poetry. Carol can evoke anyone from Grace Slick to to Neko Case to Florence Welch to Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries, giving the band’s California roots sound a kind of storm clouds-over-Laurel Canyon feel. “Chasing the Muse” is the weepy, earthen banger, with echoes of Nineties Radiohead in the stalactite guitars and Carol powering through a breakup with raw-boned gusto; “Supergiant” is fuzzed-up power-pop,
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10 New Albums to Stream Now: Deafheaven, Dirty Projectors and More Editors’ Picks

  • Rolling Stone
Editors’ Pick: Deafheaven, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

“Deafheaven fancy themselves as a modern-day Bad Brains, but instead of blending hardcore punk and reggae, they combine vicious black metal with expansive space rock,” writes Kory Grow. “Now they’ve returned to their original muse and are splitting the difference between the battering-ram riffage of Darkthrone and the sparkly, soaring melodies of Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky…. It sounds much more organic this time, too, as the styles blend in and out of each other like a lava lamp.”

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Signe Anderson, the Original Female Vocalist of Jefferson Airplane, Dies at 74

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Signe Anderson, the Original Female Vocalist of Jefferson Airplane, Dies at 74
Signe Anderson, original female vocalist of Jefferson Airplane, died on January 28 at the age of 74, the same day the band’s co-founder Paul Katner died of septic shock. She appeared on the band's debut album Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, singing lead on "Chauffeur Blues" and providing prominent vocals on their version of "Let's Get Together.” Having given birth to her first child in 1966, she realized life in a band would be unfeasible and left. She performed her final gig on October 15, 1966; she was replaced by Grace Slick the next night. In the wake of the news, her former band members have posted condolences and tributes online.
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The Beatles Got Back Where They Belonged In Rooftop Swan Song

Tony Sokol Jan 30, 2019

It was 50 years ago today, The Beatles’ last show went through the roof.

The Beatles blasted the London financial district for their last lunchtime concert. The Beatles ended their concert history the way it began. Before the four Beatles were fab, there were five of them and they played to swinging teens during their midday breaks at the famous Cavern Club and the Casbah, an obscure performance space painted in day-glo colors by art students Stuart Sutcliff and John Lennon, in Liverpool. This was before and after the band pulled eight hour live shifts in Hamburg, Germany.

For their last concert, on Jan. 30, 1969, The Beatles took to the roof of Apple headquarters at 3 Savile Row and sang for their last supper, well, lunch. Starting at midday, Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Star and a keyboardist friend they’d known since their early touring days, Billy Preston,
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Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Paul Kantner Dead at 74: Report

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Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Paul Kantner Dead at 74: Report
Guitarist and founding member of Jefferson Airplane Paul Kantner has died at the age of 74, according to multiple reports. Kantner's publicist confirmed the news to the San Francisco Chronicle that said he died Thursday of multiple organ failure. He is survived by the remaining founding members of the band Jack Casady, Grace Slick, Marty Balin and Jorma Kaukonen. Kantner was also a founding member of the band's spin-off project Jefferson Starship. Forming the band in 1965 with Balin, the pair had met in the Drinking Ground, a folk bar in San Francisco. The band - known for their hits "White Rabbit
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Paul Kantner, Co-Founder of Jefferson Airplane, Dies at 74

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Paul Kantner, Co-Founder of Jefferson Airplane, Dies at 74
Paul Kantner, co-founder of Jefferson Airplane and pioneer of the psychedelic rock scene in mid-1960s San Francisco, died earlier today of multiple organ failure. His publicist confirmed the news to the San Francisco Chronicle. Kantner had suffered a heart attack earlier this week and had dealt with a series of health problems throughout the past year. He was 74.Kantner founded Jefferson Airplane in 1965 at a bar in San Francisco with Marty Balin. The group featured vocals and guitar from Balin and Kantner, lead vocals from Grace Slick, a blues-rock sound from guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bass player Jack Casady, and drums from Spencer Dryden. It was one of the first of its kind to achieve mainstream success with singles such as “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.” Five of the band’s first seven albums went gold, including Surrealistic Pillow (1967) and Crown of Creation (1968). Jefferson Airplane also performed at Woodstock and Altamont,
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Sock It to Me: A Brief History of Rock & Roll Variety Shows

Sock It to Me: A Brief History of Rock & Roll Variety Shows
When Neil Patrick Harris returns to TV next week, he won't be cracking jokes in another sitcom. Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (debuting on September 15th on NBC) marks the return — overdue or not — of the variety show, that long-dormant format in which kooky skits, musical guests, and frenzied production numbers are jammed into an hour of family-friendly entertainment. "When you think of the variety shows we all grew upon — Sonny and Cher and Donny and Marie — those [programs] all said, 'Sit on the couch, be entertained with a little song,
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Rock Superstars From A-to-z Dazzle The Eye In Richard E. Aaron Exhibit Opening In L.A.

More than 250 Images of The Who’s Who of the Classic Rock Era – Including The Who! – By Veteran Music Shooter Richard E. Aaron Offer Something For EveryoneThe Rolling Stones, Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Sex Pistols, The Who, Billy Joel, Patty Smith, Bob Marley, Aerosmith, Grace Slick, Abba, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elton John, Eric Clapton…. If they headlined a rock or pop concert in New York during the Seventies, and later in Los Angeles in the Eighties, chances are music photographer Richard E. Aaron shot them. As the music photojournalist for Time magazine and a frequent […]
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It's Not So Bad: Madonna's cover of 'American Pie'

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It's Not So Bad: Madonna's cover of 'American Pie'
It's Not So Bad is a new feature on HitFix where a brave, stupid writer defends an unpopular pop culture subject. Every Madonna fan -- or every Madonna fan worth knowing -- has a bone or two to pick with the woman herself, and that's the way it should be. One of Madonna's primary functions as a pop culture phenomenon is agitator, and I was sufficiently agitated with her Britney lip-lock (because Britney is no Madonna heir, as we've now long understood), her "Hard Candy" album (because Timbaland and Justin Timberlake were her most uninspired choices as collaborators), and the leaden self-seriousness of her Mdna tour (because leaden self-seriousness is not very danceable). Otherwise I'm on board with her impish immortality and obvious potential as a standup comic. I'll always love Madonna. She's like if Marlene Dietrich were an American Gladiator. Thanks to her explosive kiss with Drake at Coachella this weekend,
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