April 21 in Music History: The Cure releases Wish, Prince passes away

The Cure Wish

1967 – The Beatles complete the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at Abbey Road studios in London. The final recordings are of gibberish and noise which would follow “A Day in the Life” in the run-out groove. They record assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cuts up and randomly reassembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also add a high-pitch whistle audible only by dogs. These are omitted from the American version of the album.

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David Byrne, Wyclef Jean and Pete Townshend appearing at Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events series

The Free Library of Philadelphia has an excellent lineup of writers for it’s upcoming Author Events series starting in September including appearances by Paul Auster, Junot Diaz, Zadie Smith, Tom Wolfe, Louise Erdrich, and others. Also scheduled are several musicians who have new books coming out. David Byrne, Wyclef Jean and Pete Townshend are appearing at the Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events series in September and October. David Byrne will talk with music writer Greg Milner on Friday, September 28th. Wyclef Jean appears on Monday, October 1st with music writer and musician Tom Moon. Pete Townshend, in conversation with John Wesley Harding, is on Wednesday, October 10th. This special event will be held at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Go here for tickets and more information about the events.