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Indie Folk Spotlight : Old Crow Medicine Show

July 2nd, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Remedy : Old Crow Medicine Show
Like good ol' fashioned Americana style music like Bob Dylan and Tom Petty? Well, we've got some good news for you - it's coming back, in a big way. And there's few better bands to showcase the blue-blooded American hunger for Folk music than Old Crow Medicine Show.

Old Crow Medicine Show has flown mostly under the radar, getting their start in 1998 and influencing high profile bands such as Mumford and Sons with their unique, decidedly old school sound. They've been called everything, from bluegrass to alternative country, but really the only title that truly fits the band is 'folk' - and...
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We Are The World: Breaking Down The Great Celebrity Supergroup Charity Singles

May 19th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
We Are The World: Breaking Down The Great Celebrity Supergroup C
Since the mid 80s, there have been several one-off supergroups brought together to raise money for a great cause. While we applaud the efforts of the celebrities involved, we can't help but poke fun at them for being, well, celebrities. Join us as we break down the great celebrity supergroup singles.

USA for Africa - We Are the World

- Disassociated Star: Michael Jackson

- Star Who Doesn't Fit In: Dan Aykroyd

- Star With Barely Any Face Time: John Oates

The momma of them all, predating everything but Band Aid. Still, USA for Africa created all of the themes you see in charity music v...
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Handwritten Lyrics To Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' Expected To Fetch Over $1.5 Million At Auction

May 1st, 2014 9:24pm EDT
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The original handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan's classic "Like A Rolling Stone" are heading for the auction block next month.

Penned in 1965, the singer/songwriter's biggest hit was scratched out in pencil on hotel stationary and features all sorts of revisions, doodles and notes.

A friend of Dylan's bought the manuscript from him three years ago and is now selling it through auction house Sotheby's in New York.

A letter of authenticity from the singer's lawyer is included with the lyrics.

The lyrics to "Like A Rolling Stone" are expected to fetch over $1.5 million and will go under the h...
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Bob Dylan’s Fender Stratocaster Sells For Nearly $1 Million

December 7th, 2013 5:00pm EST
Bob Dylan
An electric guitar once owned by Bob Dylan has been sold for a staggering $965,000 at auction.

Dylan used the Fender Stratocaster at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island in 1965 as he tried to rebrand himself as an electric rock ‘n’ roll star. However, his new music failed to win over the crowd and even caused several acoustic-loving fans to boo.

Following the disastrous performance, Dylan left the guitar on a private plane. The instrument was expected to sell for up to $500,000. However, during an auction at Christie's New York on Friday someone paid the six-figure sum for the Strat...
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Bob Dylan Sued For Alleged Racism By Croatian Organization

December 2nd, 2013 12:02pm EST
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Legendary musician Bob Dylan is being sued for alleged 'racism'.

A Croatian community group is reportedly suing the 72 year-old singer for remarks he made in the September issue of the French version of Rolling Stone magazine.

In response to a question about whether he sees parallels between Civil War-era America and the US of today, Bob said: "Mmm, I don't know how to put it. It's like . . . the United States burned and destroyed itself for the sake of slavery. The USA wouldn't give it up. It had to be grinded out. The whole system had to be ripped out with force. A lot of killing. What,...
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Bob Dylan Releases Interactive 'Like A Rolling Stone' Video

November 19th, 2013 9:30pm EST
Bob Dylan
Rock legend Bob Dylan released a video for his 1965 hit "Like A Rolling Stone" on Tuesday, nearly fifty years after the single's release.

The new promo is a one-of-a-kind interactive video that gives users the ability to flip through numerous TV channels where all the people in the movies, shows, news programs, etc., all sing the lyrics to the song. The video coincides with the release of his new 47-CD box set (yes, 47): "The Complete Album Collection Volume 1."

The video doesn't feature any four-minute love stories, silly costumes, crazy dancing, twerking or scantily-clad women, so unfor...
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28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names

November 14th, 2013 1:03pm EST
28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names
Many celebrities have changed their names before they hit it big, and for many reasons. Let's take a look at some of the biggest stars who didn't take their birth name to Hollywood.

Katy Hudson didn't want to be confused with Kate Hudson, so she took her mother's maiden name and became Katy Perry.

Oprah Winfrey's name is iconic, but it's not actually her real name. It's Orpha, after the biblical figure. However, so many people mispronounced her name while she was growing up that the mispronunciation stuck.

Barry Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus. He took his mother's maiden name...
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Bob Dylan's Newport Folk Festival Guitar To Go Under The Hammer

October 31st, 2013 3:33pm EDT
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The notorious electric guitar Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, prompting protests from his acoustic-loving fans, is set to be auctioned off later this year.

The folk music legend used his set at the festival to re-launch himself as an electric rock 'n' roll star, performing three new tracks that failed to win over the crowd and even prompted some audience members to boo.

Dylan left the sunburst Fender Stratocaster on a private plane after the show and it was retrieved by the pilot, Vic Quinto, who worked for the singer's manager.

He attempted to reun...
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Bob Dylan Announces 26-Date Summer Tour With Wilco And My Morning Jacket

April 22nd, 2013 1:17pm EDT
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Legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan has announced that he's set to hit the road along with Wilco and My Morning Jacket on a summer tour.

The 26-date AmericanaramA festival of Music kicks off in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the Cruzan Amphitheatre on June 26 and wraps August 4 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif.

Additional artists will be added at select venues, including the Richard Thompson Electric Trio and Ryan Bingham, according to 71-year-old singer's website..

The singer is currently on tour supporting his latest album, "Tempest," whcih debuted at number 3 on t...
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Music Producer Phil Ramone Dies At 79

March 31st, 2013 10:07am EDT
Phil Ramone
Famed music producer Phil Ramone has died at the age of 79. The producer and sound engineer, who worked with stars including Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand, passed away on Saturday in New York City. 

His death comes just weeks after he was hospitalized to treat an aortic aneurysm. 

Ramone, who was born in South Africa, but grew up in the Big Apple, won 14 Grammy Awards throughout his illustrious career, including album of the year prizes for Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years, Billy Joel's 52nd Street and Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company.  He won his last Grammy...
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Snoop Lion And 10 Other Celebrity Name Changes

August 1st, 2012 4:07pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg has traded a canine for a feline, claiming he has taken up the moniker Snoop Lion following his conversion to Rastafarian. But he's far from the first celebrity to change his name. Here are our Top 10 Celebrity Name Changes:

Carlos Irwin Estevez - Charlie Sheen. Charlie took the esteemed stage name of his father Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez (Martin Sheen). His brother, Emilio, kept his real name because it sounded better than "Emilio Sheen."

Farrokh Bulsara - Freddie Mercury: You can understand why Queen's lead singer changed his name. After living in Zanzibar, his famil...
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Fans Wonder If Bob Dylan's 'Tempest' Will Be His Final Album

July 18th, 2012 8:50am EDT
Bob Dylan
Fans have been given little information about Bob Dylan's upcoming album other than the title and the release date. His 35th studio album, "Tempest," will drop Sept. 11, 2012.

Record label Sony/Columbia suggests it will contain 10 original songs, listing them as: "Duquesne Whistle," "Soon After Midnight," "Narrow Way," "Long and Wasted Years," "Pay in Blood," "Scarlet Town," "Early Roman Kings," "Tin Angel," "Tempest," and "Roll on John."

The last song on the list is intriguing because it's unclear if it is, indeed, an original track or the traditional song of the same name that he perfor...
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48-Year-Old Man Claims To Be Bob Dylan's Son

July 11th, 2012 9:22am EDT
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A Rhode Island man is claiming he is Bob Dylan's illegitimate son. William DeVogue, 48, bears a striking resemblance to the singer and insists he was the result of a love affair between Dylan and his mother Anita Grace DeVogue in the early 1960s.

While battling a drug addiction Anita gave her son up for adoption and then disappeared from his life. After many years DeVogue tracked down his mother, and she told him Dylan was his father.

In 2010, DeVogue reached out to Dylan's manager, Jeff Rosen, and requested a non-legal paternity test. The singer refused.

DeVogue told City Pages, "I told...
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Bob Dylan Honored With Medal Of Freedom

May 29th, 2012 11:02pm EDT
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Bob Dylan was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday.

The folk music icon was among the recipients of this year's Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian honor handed out by the U.S. leader.

Wearing dark glasses and sporting a pencil-thin moustache, Dylan sat stoically as Obama paid tribute to him, and refused to acknowledge the President's jokes.

Obama said, "Today everybody from Bruce Springsteen to U2 owes Bob their gratitude. There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music. All these years later, he is still chasing that sound, still searching fo...
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Robert Pattinson Joins The Band Biopic

May 25th, 2012 4:50pm EDT
Robert Pattinson
Twilight star Robert Pattinson has signed on to appear in an upcoming film project about rock legends The Band.

Few details are known about the movie, but the British actor reveals it will focus on the group's craft more than anything else.

In an interview with French magazine Les InRockuptibles, Pattinson is quoted as saying, "I'm going to do a movie about The Band, the one that played with (Bob) Dylan: a beautiful script about the nature of songwriting."

The Band was founded in the 1960s by the late Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson and drummer Levon Helm, w...
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Bob Dylan To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

April 27th, 2012 9:19am EDT
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is to be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

The singer/songwriter is among 13 recipients to receive this year's award - America's highest civilian accolade. He joins the likes of poet Maya Angelou, novelist Toni Morrison and civil rights trailblazer Dolores Huerta.

Announcing this year's picks, the President states, "These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our nation. They've challenged us, they've inspired us, and they've made...
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Bob Dylan's Emotional Tribute To Levon Helm

April 20th, 2012 12:45pm EDT
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan has paid a poignant tribute to his close pal Levon Helm following The Band star's death on Thursday.

Drummer Helm lost his battle with throat cancer at the age of 71, prompting a wave of tributes from fellow rockers and Hollywood stars.

Now Dylan, who became friends with Helm when his first group The Hawks worked as Dylan's backing band in the 1960s, has added his own eulogy to the late star.

In a post on his official website, Dylan writes, "He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation. This is just so sad to talk ...
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The Band's Levon Helm Dead At Age 71

April 19th, 2012 10:00pm EDT
Levon Helm
The Band star Levon Helm has lost his battle with throat cancer.

The much-loved rocker died on Thursday in New York, aged 71. Helm's longtime guitarist pal Larry Campbell announced the sad news in a statement to RollingStone.com, which reads: "He passed away peacefully at 1:30 this afternoon surrounded by his friends and band mates.

"All his friends were there, and it seemed like Levon was waiting for them. Ten minutes after they left we sat there and he just faded away. He did it with dignity. It was even two days ago they thought it would happen within hours, but he held on. It seems ...
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Pete Seeger Aims To Be The Oldest Hitmaker Ever With Bob Dylan Remake

March 16th, 2012 6:45pm EDT
Pete Seeger
Folk icon Pete Seeger is aiming for the top of the world's pop charts and the chance to break Tony Bennett's six-month-old record, as the oldest person to score a hit, with an apt version of Bob Dylan's tune "Forever Young."

Seeger, 92, recorded the cover for Amnesty International's charity Dylan tribute album "Chimes of Freedom," backed by a children's choir, and now the track is to be made available as a digital single, promoted by a video featuring the folk singer in the studio with the singing kids.

The promo will be available on Monday - the exact 50th anniversary of the release of D...
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Garth Brooks Leads 2012 Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductees

March 6th, 2012 2:27pm EST
Garth Brooks
Singer Garth Brooks is set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year.

The two-time Grammy Award winner, singer Connie Smith and session musician Hargus 'Pig' Robbins will make up the class of 2012.

Brooks will be celebrated in the Modern Era Artist category, Smith will round out the Veterans Era Artist category and Robbins, who has worked with Bob Dylan and Loretta Lynn, will be feted in the Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980 category.

And Friends in Low Places hit-maker Brooks couldn't be more thrilled.

He says, "I am astounded and honor...
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The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined

February 21st, 2012 2:00pm EST
The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined
When you look at someone who succeeds in a certain field, there are always numerous factors on why that person’s particular talent is above the rest and he or she seems to always excel. Take Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Denzel Washington, and even Albert Pujols, and it is evident that these special talents have not only shown the world their skills, but also inherited the proficiency of their particular areas. They do it for the art of their field. Not that sports and music goes hand in hand because they don’t, it’s just those particular athletes love their arena. And becaus...
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'The Help' And 'The Artist' Dominate The 2012 Critics' Choice Awards

January 13th, 2012 8:12am EST
The Help
The Help and The Artist dominated the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night, scooping the event's top prizes.

The film about the treatment of black maids in 1960s America landed three of the coveted acting honors, including a Best Actress prize for Viola Davis, while her co-star Octavia Spencer picked up the night's first award, Best Supporting Actress.

Davis told the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium, "I consider it an honor to pay homage to these woman who at that time period were not allowed to dream."

The ladies were handed another trophy, Best Acting Ensemble, bu...
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Bob Dylan's Art Sparks Plagiarism Speculation

September 28th, 2011 9:56pm EDT
Bob Dylan
Gallery bosses in New York have been forced to change the description of Bob Dylan's latest art exhibition amid allegations the folk rocker has plagiarized pieces of his work.

The "Like A Rolling Stone" singer unveiled drawings and paintings inspired by his recent tour of the Far East last week as part of The Asia Series at the Gagosian Gallery.

But visitors to the exhibition have raised concerns about Dylan's art, claiming it bears striking similarities to a number of well-known photos, with some comparing the star's Opium painting to Leon Busy's Indochine image from 1915. Other pieces h...
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Global Music Effort Launches "Songs For Japan" Album On iTunes to Benefit Japan Disaster Relief

March 25th, 2011 4:08pm EDT
Songs For Japan
Proceeds from Star-Studded Album to Support Disaster Relief Efforts of Japanese Red Cross

In what stands as a major global music relief effort to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, over 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music have joined together for the worldwide release of "Songs for Japan," an unprecedented compilation of 38 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, available worldwide on the iTunes Store for $9.99 starting today (www.itunes.com/songsforjapan). Proceeds from the album's sale will benefit the disaster relief efforts of the Japanese Red Cros...
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Bob Dylan To Play His First Concert In Vietnam

March 15th, 2011 10:26am EDT
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Bob Dylan is preparing to play his first ever gig in Vietnam, nearly 50 years after his songs became anti-war anthems as conflict raged in the Asian country.

The folk legend rose to prominence in the 1960s at the height of the Vietnam War, and a number of his hits, including Blowin' in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin, were adopted by campaigners opposed to the military action.

He is now set to play his first concert in the country as part of his Asian tour, which will also see him perform in China.

Dylan's show in Vietnam will take place at a stadium in Ho Chi Minh City on A...
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Bob Dylan Granted Permission To Perform In China

March 4th, 2011 11:33am EST
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Bob Dylan has reportedly been granted permission to play two shows in China next month following a review by officials.

The Like A Rolling Stone hit-maker wanted to take his Never Ending Tour to the country last April, but government officials refused to approve his dates in Beijing and Shanghai, prompting Dylan to scrap the rest of his Asian shows. The music legend lodged a new application with China's Ministry of Culture for concerts this year and the plans have now been given the go-ahead, according to AFP.

Executives at promotion company Gehua-LiveNation have reportedly confirmed th...
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'Ladys' Night at the Grammys as Lady Antebellum & Lady Gaga win big (Full List of Grammy Winners)

February 14th, 2011 12:31am EST
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga were the toast of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after picking up nine awards between them.

Country trio Lady Antebellum claimed five accolades for their single and album "Need You Now," including Record and Song of the Year, while Gaga scored wins for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Video for "Bad Romance" and Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Vocal Album for "The Fame Monster."

But the surprise of the night came right at the end of the ceremony when indie darlings Arcade Fire picked up Album of the Year honors for "Th...
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Jewel Mentors Kids As Bob Dylan Mentored Her

January 22nd, 2011 6:41pm EST
Jewel
Pop star Jewel jumped at the chance to mentor wannabe singers on new TV talent search "Platinum Hit" because it gives her the chance to do what Bob Dylan did for her.

The hitmaker will join former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi on the new show and she admits that helping budding stars realise their true potential brought back memories of how Dylan took her under his wing when she was starting out.

She recalls, "I was really lucky when I was 20; my first album was flopping and my record label wanted me to make a second album and Bob Dylan took me under his wing.

"He mentored me ever...
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Cream's Jack Bruce Wants Simon Cowell 'Exterminated'

January 10th, 2011 7:29pm EST
Jack Bruce
British rock icon Jack Bruce has called for Simon Cowell's extermination - because he believes the music mogul is single-handedly wrecking the industry.

The Cream star insists so many great acts would never have made it in the 1960s if Cowell had been a major part of the music business - and the bass player fears for the future of music under svengalis like the man behind TV talent shows The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.

Bruce tells Britain's Uncut magazine, "He should be exterminated.

"You can pretty much guarantee that had that bastard Cowell been around at the beginning of the '6...
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Groupie Queen Pamela Des Barres Reflects On VH1 Documentary

January 4th, 2011 9:56am EST
Pamela_Des_Barres
What does it really take to be one of the most recognized muses in rock ‘n’ roll? Just ask fiery haired Pamela Des Barres, the world’s most famous groupie. Before TMZ and Perez Hilton reported on the escapades of celebrities, the now 62-year-old California girl set off to meet her idols and was doing plenty of kissing, but no telling, at least until she published her world renowned memoir in 1987, I’m With The Band. Finally, she dished on what it was really like to be with some of music’s most influential artists, including Mick Jagger, Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, and Jim Morrison. Yet, it wasn...
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