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The newsreel archivist British Pathé a handful of short clips on the Rolling Stones at pivotal points in their career.

A reporter chronicles the Stones’ first concert since the death of original guitarist Brian Jones, which took place July 5th, 1969 for more than a quarter of a million people at London’s Hyde Park.

Next up, The Rolling Stones are freed from their drug bust in 1967, with Mick Jagger and his then-girlfriend Marianne Faithfull holding a press conference.

Below, a six-minute Technicolor clip from 1964, “Rolling Stones Gather Moss,” shows a profile of the band just as they were beginning to break out.

After a stand-up appearance at Vanderbilt University in 1973, Steve Martin appeared on campus radio, taking phone calls and playing music for 45 minutes. At the end of his stand-up gig that night, Martin lead the audience to the all-night Krystal and ordered 300 hamburgers. He then changed the order to a large fry.


33 1/3 is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains 86 titles is is a great read for those who want to dig a little big deeper into the making and release of a specific album. I’ve got a slew of them at home, and always worth the read.

The puiblishers have released their long-list of potential books set to the released in 2014 onwards. Some of the albums are stone-cold classics like “Britches Brew” by Miles Davis, but you wouldn’t want to read 140 pages about the making of “Super Mario Bros.?”

“13 Songs” – Fugazi
“13″ – Blur
“1977″ – Ash
“24 Hour Revenge Therapy” – Jawbreaker
“A Live One” – Phish
“Alice” – Tom Waits
“American Water” – Silver Jews
“Arular” – M.I.A.
“Assault on Precinct 13″ – Soundtrack by John Carpenter
“Astral Weeks” – Van Morrison
“Automatic for the People” – R.E.M
“Bangerz” – Miley Cyrus
“Bat out of Hell” – Meatloaf
“Beat Happening” – Beat Happening
“Beauty and the Beat” – The Go-Go’s
“Big Science” – Laurie Anderson
“Bitches Brew” – Miles Davis
“Boys for Pele” – Tori Amos
“Broken English” – Faithfull
“Calypso” -Harry Belafonte
“Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” – Elton John
“Carpenters (1971)” – The Carpenters
“Combat Rock” The Clash
“Computer World” – Kraftwerk
“Countdown to Extinction” – Megadeth
“Cyberpunk” – Billy Idol
“De La Soul Is Dead” – De La Soul
“Demon Days” – Gorillaz
“Diary” – Sunny Day Real Estate
“Dig Me Out” – Sleater-Kinney
“Donny Hathaway Live” – Donny Hathaway
“Dragnet” – The Fall
“Dude Ranch” – Blink-182
“Elephant Eyelash” – Why?
“Eli and the Thirteenth Confession” – Laura Nyro
“Emergency & I” – The Dismemberment Plan
“Expensive Shit” – Fela Kuti
“Extraordinary Machine” – Fiona Apple
“Extricate” – The Fall
“Fantasma” – Cornelius
“Fearless” – Taylor Swift
“For Your Pleasure” – Roxy Music
“God Shuffled His Feet” – Crash Test Dummies
“Good Old Boys” – Randy Newman
“Gossamer” – Passion Pit
“Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike” – Gogol Bordello
“Hangin’ Tough” – New Kids on the Block
“Heart” – Heart
“Hi, How Are You” – Daniel Johnston
“Homogenic”- Björk
“Houdini” – The Melvins
“Hounds of Love” – Kate Bush
“Humanity is the Devil” – Integrity
“Ill Communication” – Beastie Boys
“Jolene” – Dolly Parton
“Kimono My House” – Sparks
“Like a Prayer” – Madonna
“Lolita Nation” – Game Theory
“Long Live the Kane” – Big Daddy Kane
“Love This Giant” – David Byrne and St. Vincent
“Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” – Smashing Pumpkins
“Metal Box” – Public Image Ltd
“My Life In The Bush of Ghosts” – Brian Eno/David Byrne
“New Long March” – Cui Jian
“Nigga Please” – Ol’ Dirty Bastard
“No Depression” – Uncle Tupelo
“Odelay” – Beck
“Ooooooohhh… On The TLC Tip” – TLC
“Parallel Lines” – Blondie
“Peepshow” – Siouxsie and the Banshees
“Person Pitch” – Panda Bear
“Psychocandy” – The Jesus and Mary Chain
“Radio-Activity” – Kraftwerk
“Republic” – New Order
“Saturday Night Fever” Soundtrack
“Sixteen Tambourines” – Three O’ Clock
“Something/Anything” – Todd Rundgren
“Stop Making Sense” – Talking Heads
“Super Mario Bros.” – Koji Kondo
“Superfuzz Bigmuff” – Mudhoney
“Tallahassee” – The Mountain Goats
“Tapestry” – Carole King
“The Argument” – Fugazi
“The Black Album” – Metallica
“The Geto Boys” – The Geto Boys
“The Infamous” – Mobb Deep
“The Raincoats” – The Raincoats
“The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” – David Bowie
“The Score” – The Fugees
“The Score” – The Fugees
“The Seldom Seen Kid” – Elbow
“The Teaches of Peaches” – Peaches
“Them Changes” – Buddy Miles
“Things We Lost in the Fire” – Low
“This is Hardcore” – Pulp
“To Hell With the Devil” – Stryper
“Tubthumper” – Chumbawumba
“Violator” – Depeche Mode
“Warehouse” – Hüsker Dü
“Workingman’s Dead” – Grateful Dead
“XTRMNTR” – Primal Scream
“You Forgot It In People” – Broken Social Scene
“Zen Arcade” – Hüsker Dü

What happens now?

These 106 will be analyzed and scrutinized. From this short list will come the 10 to 20 proposals that will be issued contracts for books, and then keep your eyes peeled on their website for publication date.

As Record Store Day’s stature has grown over the last seven years, it’s easy to lose sight of the international music retail celebration’s humble beginnings. Here, on the eve of Saturday’s (April 19) event, Billboard sat down with RSD co-founder Michael Kurtz who explained the inspiration behind the event (Tower Records closing, Free Comic Book Day), some stores’ initial resistance (claims of being a “sell-out”) and the event’s exponential growth (from 100 stores to nearly 2,000).

Via Billboard


You can’t fault record labels for signing soundalike successful bands from other labels – it happens every year. In the early 1990s, every major label was in Seattle looking for the next Pearl Jam, Soundgarden or Nirvana. So you can’t blame thousands of indie bands sending in their demos to those very same ground-breaking labels like Sub Pop. They were so flooded with demos at that time, the label decided to send out their own rejection letter to the unworthy bands, addressing them as “Losers.” I’m sure more than a few bands were just happy to get a note from the coolest label on the planet at the time.