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XPN MusicNotes: Joan Osborne sings the songs of Bob Dylan on her new album and fall tour

Joan Osbourne | Photo via Rollingstone.com

“I don’t think it’s hyperbole to talk about Dylan as an artist who’s on the same level as Pablo Picasso or William Shakespeare. He’s really an epic poet of America, and any singer can find such an incredible wealth and richness in his material, not just me.”- Joan Osborne re: Bob Dylan in Rolling Stone

Joan Osborne will be heading out on tour this fall, singing the songs of Bob Dylan as she releases a new album. Find out more & check out some of her covers. Continue reading →

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#TBTXPN: The Beatles go solo all day on WXPN

WXPN’s Throwback Thursday series, #TBTXPN, is back this week with a full day of tunes from four guys named John, Paul, George and Ringo.  That’s right – a full day of The Beatles! But not songs that were written by Beatles, for The Beatles. Instead, XPN will drop the needle on the A sides and the B sides from each one of the Fab Four’s solo records! Who knows, maybe you’ll be amazed at the instant karma you receive after taking a photograph of all things that must pass you while listening! Continue reading →

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Listen to Wilco’s new benefit single, “All Lives, You Say?”

Wilco | via wilcohq.bandcamp.com

Chicago rockers Wilco responded to the weekend’s unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia with a new song called “All Lives, You Say?”, available for streaming and download on its Bandcamp page. Proceeds from the sale of the single will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center in the memory of Jeff Tweedy’s father, Robert L. Tweedy. Continue reading →

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Aug 15 in Music History: Woodstock begins, Led Zeppelin release In Through the Out Door

Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door

 

1955 – Elvis Presley signs a contract that names Colonel Tom Parker his “special advisor” with control over virtually every aspect of Elvis’ career. Parker is not really a Colonel at all, but a Dutch immigrant named Andreas Cornelius van Kujik, whose honorary title was given to him in 1948 by Governor Jimmie Davis of Louisiana. Parker’s pre-Elvis experience includes promoting carnival and medicine shows such as The Great Parker Pony Circus and Tom Parker And His Dancing Turkeys. His management of Presley becomes the defining role of masterminding talent management, which involves every facet of the client’s life and is seen as central to the success of Presley’s career.

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Aug 14 in Music History: The Who release Who’s Next, Michael Jackson buys rights to Lennon/McCartney songs

The Who Who's Next

 

1962 – Unhappy with drummer Pete Best’s role in The Beatles, Brian Epstein and the other three members decide to sack him. Best plays his last gig the following night at The Cavern in Liverpool. Ringo Starr, who is nearing the end of a three-month engagement with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, receives a call from John Lennon asking him to join the band. Ringo gives Rory Storm three days’ notice and makes his first appearance with the Fab Four on August 18.

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