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Celebrity Birthdays, July 13

July 13th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Harrison Ford
Happy Birthday to Italian DJ Benny Benassi (1967), R&B singer Gerald Levert (1966), bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent (1962), film director Cameron Crowe (1957), South African musician Johnny Clegg (1953), Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard (1951), "Nash Bridges" actor Cheech Marin (1946), The Byrds singer Roger McGuinn (1942), "Indiana Jones" star Harrison Ford (1942), "Jackie Brown" actor Robert Forster (1941), soul singer Bobby Freeman (1940), "X-Men 3" actor Patrick Stewart (1940), "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane (1928; d. 1978), and actor Ben Johnson (1918; d. 1996).
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Bryan Ferry To Release Entire Album Of Bob Dylan Covers June 26; Listen

May 13th, 2007 11:00am EDT
Bryan Ferry
There is a racing, joyous intensity to Bryan Ferry's interpretations of the songs of Bob Dylan. Just as his legendary version of 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall', recorded back in 1973, exchanged apocalyptic vision for exuberant swagger, so at the heart of these new recordings lies Ferry's brilliance in both paying homage to the original track, and reinventing it as entirely and iconically his own. Back then, in 1973, he had an idea: "I just thought it would be great to make a whole album of Dylan songs. And at the end of last year, finally, it happened."

Between the idea and its executio...
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'So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley' Is The First Anthology Of The Late Singer

May 7th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Jeff Buckley
One of rock's hardest lessons is that the impact of an artist's career is often not measured by the time he spends among us, but rather by the intensity with which his music reverberates after he is gone. Jeff Buckley yielded one original studio album on Columbia Records during his lifetime, the impossibly glorious Grace, released in the summer of 1994. It made its way onto many a fan and critic's list as one of the most important recordings of the '90s.

Buckley's "lamentably brief career," as it has been characterized by his mother, Mary Guibert, came to a tragic and untimely end on...
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Leonard Cohen's 40th Anniversary As A Columbia Artist Celebrated In 2007

March 20th, 2007 12:37pm EDT
Leonard Cohen
"Cohen, who was born in Montreal in 1934, was 33 years old when Songs of Leonard Cohen came out, old enough to embrace the creative momentum of the '60s counterculture without falling prey to its more naïve aspects. He had also been a published poet for more than ten years, and a novelist as well." - from the new liner notes written by Anthony DeCurtis

Like the ancient scriptures themselves, whose parables and lessons have always inspired the poetry and songwriting of 72-year old Leonard Cohen, the verses and cadences of his first trilogy of Columbia albums recorded between 1967 and ...
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Carbon Leaf's Latest Album, "Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat" Is In Stores Today!

September 12th, 2006 10:32am EDT
Carbon Leaf
Carbon Leaf's Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat, the long-awaited follow-up to their 2004 label debut, Indian Summer, and seventh album, is set for release Sept. 12th. The album was recorded in Nashville with producer Peter Collins (Bon Jovi, Jewel, Lisa Loeb, Queensryche).

The band's songwriting and musicianship takes another great leap forward on this record with compelling new tunes. Barry Privett, singer/lyricist for the Richmond, VA based band, states the disc's eleven songs deal with "the unseen forces that drive our lives-the seasons of the year as well as the human cycle of love and los...
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Prolific Modern Jazz Guitarist Lee Ritenour's "Smoke N' Mirrors" Available Now

August 25th, 2006 1:12pm EDT
Lee Ritenour
True to its intriguing and provocative title, Lee Ritenour's latest CD Smoke N' Mirrors takes listeners on a magical, multi-faceted global journey unlike any other in the legendary guitarist's three decade, nearly 40 album career. Inspired by his very first trip to South Africa in 2005, where he performed five hugely successful concerts at festivals in Johannesburg and Capetown, with Smoke N' Mirrors, Ritenour takes an expansive, polyrhythmic approach, working with musicians from South Africa, Cameroon-West Africa, Brazil, Columbia, Peru and India. Also joining him on this recording is an e...
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"We Are The '80s" Series Celebrates The Hitmakers Of That Decade

August 1st, 2006 2:24pm EDT
We Are The 80s Albums
A quarter century after the premiere of MTV at 12:01 a.m., on August 1, 1981, the cataclysmic changes brought about by the first decade of the video revolution are continuing to be seen and heard in the music of today's twenty-somethings' artists. Celebrating Bangles, Loverboy, Eddie Money, and Scandal (all on Columbia/ Legacy), Bow Wow Wow and Rick Springfield (on RCA/Legacy), and A Flock Of Seagulls (on Jive/Legacy), the first seven We Are The '80s collections arrived in stores on July 18. The title of the series comes from the popular "We Are the '80s" blocks of video programming that r...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 13

July 13th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Harrison Ford
Happy Birthday to Italian DJ Benny Benassi (1967), R&B singer Gerald Levert (1966), bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent (1962), film director Cameron Crowe (1957), South African musician Johnny Clegg (1953), Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard (1951), "Nash Bridges" actor Cheech Marin (1946), The Byrds singer Roger McGuinn (1942), "Indiana Jones" star Harrison Ford (1942), "Jackie Brown" actor Robert Forster (1941), soul singer Bobby Freeman (1940), "X-Men 3" actor Patrick Stewart (1940), "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane (1928; d. 1978), and actor Ben Johnson (1918; d. 1996).
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New Book About Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Laurel Canyon Hits Bookstores May 25

May 18th, 2006 11:00pm EDT
Laurel Canyon
Director Cameron Crowe says Michael Walker's "Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-And-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood" is "hilarious and true and bittersweet."

In the late sixties, musicians like Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Carole King, Frank Zappa, the Eagles, and the Mamas and the Papas came together for the first time to meld folk, rock, and American pop into something completely new, something that would launch a generation into history. Laurel Canyon is the account of what happened behind the scenes to make that generation of music blow up and out of Laurel Canyon, California. ...
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