Category Archives: Rock

Tina Turner To Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Tina Turner will be the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy’s this year. Louis Jordan, The Meters,  Queen, Hal Blaine, Emmylou Harris and Neil Diamond will also receive the award alongside Turner. A concert to honor them with a special ceremony will take place during the summer.

Turner, who rose to fame as one-half of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue in the ’60’s became a Swiss citizen in 2013. Her rise in the ’80s as a solo artist propelled her to individual icon status and she earned the named Queen Of Rock.  She is scheduled to release her second autobiography, Tina Turner: My Love Story in October 2018.

The Grammys will take place January 28th in New York City at Madison Square Garden.

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Prophets Of Rage Perform Legalize Me & Living On 110 On Jimmy Kimmel Live

Prophets Of Rage start 2018 with their first TV appearance of the year on Jimmy Kimmel Live! They perform their pro-marijuana “Legalize Me” and homelessness song “Living On The 110.”

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Hero The Band Release Heroshima

Hero The Band has released their new album Heroshima in time for the holiday season. The prelude to the album came in the form of their video for “The Thrill.” Heroshima is their sophomore project which follows their 2015 debut Bleach. Their carefree rock floats on open-air sounding arrangements supported by the full strength of a guitar-oriented band. Heroshima is streaming and can be purchased from the usual retail outlets.

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Nina Simone & Sister Rosetta Tharpe Are 2018 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone are 2018 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tharpe was an early pioneer of rock becoming a star in the 1940’s with her hits “Rock Me” and “Strange Things Happening Every Day.” She was one of the first successful gospel artists to enter the mainstream with a sound that had a heavy secular influence. Her mastery of the guitar and the use of distortion made her the first guitar hero of rock. Little Richard received his first break from as a child and Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Issac Hayes and Jerry Lee Lewis were all influenced by Tharpe. Those achievements have gotten her labeled as the Godmother Of Rock and the Hall of Fame has inducted her into the category of Early Influences.

Nina Simone’s jazz, folk and classical informed style was enlivened by a voice in search of social justice. Her song “Mississippi Goddamn” reflected the Civil Rights struggle in the United States and was inspired by the murder of Medgar Evers and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four little girls. She later recorded “To Be Young, Gifted And Black” and “Four Women” which also were a response to the racism of the times. Simone is being inducted into the category of Performers.

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David Bowie: The Last Five Years HBO Trailer

David Bowie: The Last Five Years is an exclusive HBO documentary about Bowie’s music and his The Next Day and Blackstar albums. Friends and musicians who worked with Bowie discuss his lifetime of artistry and those last two albums which are companion pieces. Archival footage is also mixed into the storytelling about his music. He was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2015 but continued to work until his passing in 2016. Bowie was rare because of his overall achievements through the decades but who died still at his best as an artist. The documentary will air on HBO next year.

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