THIS WEEK IN ROCK
August 25, 2019
Final shows, landmark shows, epic residencies and more. It’s This Week In Rock, rock history as it happened.
#OnThisDay August 19, 1988
Elvis Presley’s electrifying version of ‘Hound Dog’ is revealed as the most played jukebox song of the past 100 years. The first jukebox appeared in 1889 and one spin of this rock’n’roll masterpiece will justify its enduring popularity. Go on – put another dime in the jukebox, baby!
#OnThisDay August 20, 1973
Bruce Springsteen kicks off a seven-night residency at Oliver’s in Boston, MA. He plays two 60-minute sets per night, which give some hint as to the epics that follow down the line. Check out this fantastic live reading of ‘Spirit In The Night’ from the same year.
#OnThisDay August 21, 1999
Manic Street Preachers headline the main stage at the V Festival in Hylands Park, Chelmsford. Their 17-song set kicks off with ‘Faster’ and climaxes with ‘A Design For Life’. Have a look at this footage of them playing ‘Tsunami’. And let us know your memories if you were there.
#OnThisDay August 22, 2003
Norwegian Elvis impersonator Kjell Henning Bjoernestad sets a new world record by singing the King’s hits non-stop for over 26 hours. The previous record holder was British fan Gary Jay who managed an impressive 25 hours, 33 minutes and 30 seconds. Still, you can’t beat the real thing, eh?
#OnThisDay August 23, 1970
Lou Reed plays his final gig with the Velvet Underground at Max’s Kansas City in New York. Working as a typist for his father for $40 a week, he later returns to music and scores a global hit in 1972 with ‘Walk On The Wild Side’. Did you ever see him live?
#OnThisDay August 24, 1948
Happy birthday to pioneering composer, performer and producer Jean-Michel Jarre. His breakthrough album, the influential ‘Oxygene’, has sold over 12m copies since its release in 1976 and helped pave the way for electronic music. Did you know that he was the first Western artist to play in the People’s Republic of China?
#OnThisDay August 25, 1975
Bruce Springsteen releases his third album, ‘Born To Run’. His commercial breakthrough, it peaks at No. 3 in the Billboard Top 200 and establishes the Boss as a major cultural force – a position he’s enjoyed ever since. There are many live versions to choose from, but we’re going for this incendiary version from Glastonbury 2009.
Intriguing collaborations, seminal singles, classic albums and breakthrough hits – it’s this week in rock. https://www.legacyrecordings.co.uk/news/this-week-in-rock-13Read more
Record breaking releases, turbo-charged chart positions and hugely expensive birthday presents – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
David Essex, George Michael, The King, Dylan meets The Beatles and more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Final shows, landmark shows, epic residencies and more. It’s This Week In Rock, rock history as it happened.Read more
Ozzy in the USSR, The Clash’s live London debut, many happy returns to David Crosby, the legendary Woodstock festival and more. It’s the week in rock as it happened…Read more
Directed by Academy Award-nominee John Sayles, this video – just like the song it’s illustrating – has lost none of its power since its original release.Read more
The Manics, Paul Simon, Elvis, Snap!, Scott McKenzie, The Ronettes and Ghostbusters! It’s the week in rock and history as it happened…Read more
We’re proud to announce that the blistering, Springsteen-fuelled soundtrack to Gurinder Chadha’s critically acclaimed movie ‘Blinded By The Light’, is out now.Read more
We’re marking the 50th anniversary of what is arguably The King’s pivotal year with ‘Live 1969’, a deluxe 11 CD box set available now.Read more
Landmark chart spots, classic shows and many happy returns – it’s this week in rock as it happened…Read more
Classic hits, seminal singles, infectious smashes and idiosyncratic sensations. This week in rock history as it happened…Read more
Double whammys, numbers ones, history making shows and many happy returns – this week in rock down the years…Read more
Record-setting chart placings, bans, classic festival sets and a thoroughly decent proposal. This week’s rock history as it happened.Read more
Innovative inventions, ground breaking releases, landmark interviews, legendary live shows and timeless tours – follow 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
Live debuts, awards, classic releases and a revolution in the recording industry. We look back at this week in rock history…Read more
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s landmark album ‘Born In The U.S.A.’, we’re proud to present this 2013 performance of the album, filmed at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London.Read more
The chances are that we ain’t ever going to agree on what the best Bruce Springsteen album is….Read more
The music of Bruce Springsteen takes a starring role in new film Blinded By The Light.Read 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
As a whole host of stars prepare to honour The King in the ‘Elvis All-Star Tribute’, we’re proud to announce the companion album, ‘The Best Of The ’68 Comeback Special’, out now.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
From ‘The First Noel’ to ‘Blue Christmas’, no-one does festive like Elvis…Read more
As Bruce Springsteen’s sold-out one man show, ‘Springsteen On Broadway’ comes to a close in New York, we’re excited to announce the release of the accompanying soundtrack set and Netflix show.Read more
Still short a few gifts? Don’t panic. We’ve got some great Xmas box set suggestions for you…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
On December 3rd, 1968 Elvis Presley performed live for the first time in seven years. Broadcast on NBC, it would become known as the ’68 Comeback Special’ and one of the most vital live performances of all time. Half a century later, we’re proud to present the ’50th Anniversary Edition’, available now.Read more
Today we celebrate 50 Years of synth pioneer Jean Michel Jarre with the release of ‘Planet Jarre’ a sumptuous collection of his finest works, plus two new tracks, all collated into four distinct sections.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
The new album, featuring a brand new duet with Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley, and 13 other inspirational performances from gospel legends who performed with the King, out now.Read more
It’s fifty years since the comeback to end them all – the Elvis Presley ’68 Comeback Special – and we’re celebrating with special film screenings across the UK and Ireland. Read on….Read more
Presenting a new limited edition box set of some of The Boss’ finest work, long out of print, on remastered vinyl for the first time and available now.Read more
As we revisit one of The Boss’ most urgent, powerful eras, our artist of the month for May is the one and only Bruce Springsteen.Read more
Presenting the complete, unabridged story of Elvis Presley – ‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ is a two-part three-hour film presentation airing on HBO, 8pm April 14. The superb soundtrack is available now.Read more
Want to win six classic Lou Reed LPs?Read more
This week we turn to our attention to a watershed moment from The Boss (and not just because of Courtney Cox’s Dad dancing…)Read more
Well, what else could it be this week?Read more
As Christmas approaches we’re proud to present the brand new album ‘Christmas With Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’, as The King meets The Strings for the finest of festive fanfares.Read more
Still, for many, the definitive signature tune from the Manic Street Preachers early period.Read more
“What other name roars?”
Elvis Presley defined and redefined music and touched countless lives in the process.
Here are some of your stories of how The King helped you live.Read more
As the world celebrates the music & life of Elvis Aaron Presley, we’re proud to present an enduring, fan-favourite collection of his finest music – ‘Elvis Presley: The 50 Greatest Hits’.Read more
Let’s celebrate The King – tell us what kind of Elvis fan you are and we’ll make a playlist just for you…Read more
Elvis is – to so, so many – the most iconic artist of all time, defining genres, eras and even stardom itself. Forty years ago this month he tragically passed away, now we want your stories of how how Elvis Aaron Presley touched your life.Read more
This month, we join the world in celebrating the life and music of Elvis Presley. The King is our Artist of the Month.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
We’re proud to announce that on Friday July 28, Sony Legacy will be releasing the most comprehensive early Elvis library ever assembled.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
We’re giving you the chance to win one of our CD Book Sets – take your pick from Bob Dylan’s The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 [rare and unreleased] 1961-1991, Elvis Presley’s Platinum A Life In Music or AC/DC’s Black Tracks.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
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...
Kate Moss channels her love of rock and roll (and her own inner Elvis) in a brand new music video for “The Wonder of You”!Read more
Forty years on from the massive international success of the genre-defining ‘OXYGENE’, and 20 years since the incredible follow-up, ‘OXYGENE 7-13’, Jean-Michel Jarre has completed the trilogy.Read More...
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...
Elvis Presley has today become the most successful solo artist in UK chart history as he scores his 13th number one album with ‘The Wonder of You’.Read More...
Some fantastic reviews for Bruce Springsteen’s genre-defining autobiography, ‘Born To Run’.Read More...
Forty years on from the massive international success of the genre-defining ‘OXYGENE’, and 20 years since the incredible follow-up, ‘OXYGENE 7-13’ Jean-Michel Jarre is completing the trilogy…Read More...
‘The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ is out now. Get more info, including tour dates, and watch some album previews here…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
Learn about Bruce Springsteen’s new book ‘Born To Run’!Read more
Enter our prize draw for your chance to win a copy of the new book ‘Born To Run’…Read more
Read more about the follow up album to the #1 selling ‘If I Can Dream’, out now…Read more
Iconic artists photographed and mapped around New York City!Read more
Every month, we’ll gather up essential online pieces for you to enjoy!Read more
Bruce is back with a new book and a new album!Read more
Read more about the definitive new 2CD collection of Elvis Presley’s last studio recordings…Read more
- Meet me in the cityBruce Springsteen
- The man who got awayBruce Springsteen
- Little white liesBruce Springsteen
- The time that never wasBruce Springsteen
- NIght fireBruce Springsteen
- and lots more!...
It’s the 10th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Seeger Sessions’! Here are 10 facts about the album…Read more
Take a different look at classic album covers and iconic pix from the likes of Hendrix, Dylan, The Clash etc.Read more
Here are this year’s much anticipated releases!Read more
- Walk on the wide sideLou Reed
- Sweet JaneThe Velvet Underground
- Perfect dayLou Reed
- Street HassleLou Reed
- Dirty blvdLou Reed
- and lots more!...
- Heartbreak hotelElvis Presley
- G.I. bluesElvis Presley
- Don't be cruelElvis Presley
- Can't help falling in loveElvis Presley
- If I can dreamElvis Presley
- and lots more!!...
Discover more about the new reissue…Read more
Today we celebrate Elvis’ 81st Birthday!Read more
The definitive Elvis Presley Box Set collection featuring 60 CDs!Read more
You can go for a special price with Legacy…Read more
‘If I Can Dream’ – Out now.Read more
A comprehensive collection from ‘The River’ era.Read more
It’s Bruce Springsteen’s birthday, and we’re taking a look back through his musical timeline…Read more
Today we celebrate the spectacular album that is ‘Born To Run’ by Bruce Springsteen…Read more
Take a look at what happened at the UK’s first official playback of Elvis: If I Can Dream with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra…Read more
More info on ‘If I Can Dream’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.Read more
Happy belated 4th of July y’allRead more
You can now get Bruce Springsteen’s first 7 albums on vinyl with re-mastered audio.Read more
Catch the Manic Street Preachers on their few remaining dates of The Holy Bible tour.Read more
We’re celebrating the launch of our website with a very nice competition for you guys…Read more
Take a look at what we released this Record Store Day.Read more