Legacy Reader Digest: August Edition
August 23, 2016
Every month, team Legacy will curate the essential online pieces for you to read, watch and listen to.
This August, we bring you Pitchfork’s definitive Best Tracks of the 1970s;
Reactions to punk from the likes of Kate Bush, Paul McCartney and Bowie for Australian TV Show Countdown’s End Of the Decade special in December 1979;
Adam Ant starring in a 1981 comic book origin story in TV Tops Magazine;
further reading as the likes of Nicky Wire, Viv Albertine and Jon Savage pick their favourite music books for The Guardian;
Ace Records head Liz Buckley talks of her love for Iggy Pop for Standard Issue Mag;
and an incredibly touching tribute from Patti Smith for Lou Reed on his death in 2013, in the New Yorker.
“The 1970s was arguably the single decade of the 20th century when recorded music was most central to culture. Disco, punk, records from Jamaica… as culture moved in every direction at once, there were more great songs than anyone could count…”
“Some people say that a record or a film changed their life. In my case, it was this book, back in 1990. My hardback copy has a Biro inscription in it: ‘To Nick love Richey, James and Sean, 28th September 1990’…”
In 1981, the short lived TV Tops Magazine recast Adam Ant as a Comic Book Hero…
“I first realised Iggy was amazing when I was around 12 years old. A record collector from a young age, I, like many music lovers, organised my albums, made lists, learned lyrics and generally kept a tight ship on this eminently organisable hobby of mine. Then I saw Iggy Pop on Top of The Pops and all sense of law and order went out the window…”
“As my band evolved and covered his songs, Lou bestowed his blessings. Toward the end of the seventies, I was preparing to leave the city for Detroit when I bumped into him by the elevator in the old Gramercy Park Hotel. I was carrying a book of poems by Rupert Brooke. He took the book out of my hand and we looked at the poet’s photograph together. So beautiful, he said, so sad. It was a moment of complete peace…”
The likes of David Bowie, Kate Bush, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder attempt to explain the still fresh impact of punk at the end of the 70s.
Record-setting chart placings, bans, classic festival sets and a thoroughly decent proposal. This week’s rock history as it happened.Read more
A quiet highlight from the oft-overlooked second album, this haunting video sees the Manics at their poetic best.Read more
Chart breakthroughs, birthdays and the greatest comeback in history. We look back at this week in rock – #OnThisDayRead more
Twenty-three years to the week since its release as the first single from Manic Street Preachers’ ‘Everything Must Go’, ‘A Design For Life’ remains every bit as potent as it did then.Read more
Adam Ant will perform his landmark solo album ‘FRIEND OR FOE’ live, in its entirety, for the first time across the UK this year.Read more
Released in January 2000, Manic Street Preachers’ non-album single ‘The Masses Against The Classes’ peaked at number one on the UK singles chart.Read more
‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ 20 Year Collectors’ Edition is out now on 3CD bookset – featuring the remastered album, a disc of demos and rehearsals and a disc featuring all the b-sides and remixes – and 2LP, featuring the remastered album.Read more
With the ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ 20 Year Collectors’ Edition released on December 7th, our final Artist of the Month of 2018 is Manic Street Preachers.Read more
Taken from Iggy Pop’s 1979 album ‘New Values’ , this marks Iggy’s last collaboration with former Stooges guitarist James Williamson until their 2009 reunion.Read more
Watching this video from 1986, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Lou Reed was less a product of the Golden Age of Rock’n’Roll and more a creation of Skynet.Read more
Want to win six classic Lou Reed LPs?Read more
It’s only right and proper that we pause to celebrate the life of David Bowie on the week of what would’ve been his 71st birthday.Read more
Still, for many, the definitive signature tune from the Manic Street Preachers early period.Read more
The 1980s proved to be a cruel and unforgiving time for many artists of a 1960s vintage but Lou Reed had always been cut from a different cloth….Read more
‘Send Away The Tigers’ 10 Year Collectors’ Edition, a very special collection marking the tenth anniversary of the Manic Street Preachers eighth studio album, is out now.Read more
“Thank Christ they exist.”
As the Manics’ tenure as our Artist of the Month come to a close, we present just a few of the comments from fans whose lives they’ve touched.
What? Can it really be 10 years since this was released? And it still sounds just as good now as it did back then. Possibly even better.Read more
This Saturday, April 15, Sky ARTS will screen a new Documentary on the Manic Street Preachers, looking back at the time of their most intense artistic and commercial pressures.Read more
Is it really 10 years since the release of Manic Street Preachers’ eighth studio album and muscular return to form, ‘Send Away The Tigers’? The Manics are our Artist of the Month for April.Read more
Studio album number 8 from the Manic Street Preachers, ‘Send Away The Tigers’ turns ten years old this May. We’re celebrating with a very special edition containing demos, b-sides, rarities and a special DVD, released May 12Read more
A great show and an incredible keepsake, we’re adamant you’ll love this…Read more
Over the last 12 months, we at Sony Legacy have been proud to assemble some truly comprehensive compendiums of the most innovative and influential artists of all time. Here’s a look back at some of the greatest.Read The Rundown...
Julian Marszalek reflects on Gotham’s impressive musical legacy…Read More...
Just a reminder that this incredible box set is now available on both CD and Vinyl…Read More...
Get to grips with one of the most comprehensive collections of Lou Reed’s solo work, available now.Read More...
Our Artist of the Month is the late, great Lou Reed. Explore his legacy here.Read More...
The boundary between pop lyricism and poetry or literature has long been a cause of debate, and never more so than in the recent decision to award Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize For Literature. The Quietus’ Luke Turner explores the frontier.Read More...
We’re very proud to offer you the chance to win the most comprehensive anthology to date of the work of the quintessential New York rocker; Lou Reed.Read More...
The definitive Lou Reed collection, out now…Read more
A round up of the best from to read and watch on the web from SeptemberRead more
Iconic artists photographed and mapped around New York City!Read more
Discover more about the super deluxe reissue!Read more
- Goody two shoesAdam Ant
- StripAdam Ant
- Friend or foeAdam Ant
- Desperate but not seriousAdam Ant
- Vive le rockAdam Ant
- and lots more!!...
Take a different look at classic album covers and iconic pix from the likes of Hendrix, Dylan, The Clash etc.Read more
- Walk on the wide sideLou Reed
- Sweet JaneThe Velvet Underground
- Perfect dayLou Reed
- Street HassleLou Reed
- Dirty blvdLou Reed
- and lots more!...
- Stand and deliverAdam & The Ants
- AntmusicAdam & The Ants
- Prince CharmingAdam & The Ants
- Beat my guestAdam & The Ants
- Ant rapAdam & The Ants
- and lots more!...
In our new feature we look back at what was happening in the Official UK Albums Chart, just about 44 years agoRead more
Discover more about the new reissue…Read more
In our new feature we look back at what was happening in the Official UK Albums Chart, exactly 32 years ago…Read more
“There’s nothing as fervent, pure or huge as the teenage imagination. It deserved a soundtrack to match.”Read more
THE CLASH, PUNK ROCK, AND BRITAIN IN THE 1970SRead more
More than 5 hours of music from the 1970sRead more
Catch the Manic Street Preachers on their few remaining dates of The Holy Bible tour.Read more
Take a look at what we released this Record Store Day.Read more