THIS WEEK IN ROCK
December 15, 2019
Legendary shows, groundbreaking album anniversaries, eye watering memorabilia auctions and more – it’s this week in rock.
#OnThisDay December 9, 1976
The Clash play the Electric Circus in Manchester as part of The Anarchy Tour. Also on the bill are Sex Pistols, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers and locals Buzzcocks.
#OnThisDay December 10, 2010
So how much would you pay for the handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’? In the case of hedge fund manager and art collector Adam Sender, it’s an eye-watering $422,500 that he coughs up in a six-way auction.
#OnThisDay December 11, 1961
Clear the decks because ain’t no one else coming in as Elvis Presley begins a staggering 20-week residency at the top of the US album charts with ‘Blue Hawaii’, his seventh US chart-topping album.
#OnThisDay December 12, 1987
Hurtling its way to become the best-selling US single of the year, George Michael’s ‘Faith’ parks up at No. 1 where it remains for the next four weeks. Its parent album of the same name is declared Album Of The Year at the 1989 ceremony.
#OnThisDay December 13, 1975
Widely regarded as one of the most influential debut albums of all time, Patti Smith releases ‘Horses’. And watching this raw and passionate performance from the Old Grey Whistle Test, you can see exactly why it maintains its exalted position.
#OnThisDay December 14, 1979
Happy anniversary to The Clash’s mighty double album, ‘London Calling’. Spread over four sides of vinyl, the band stretched out to deliver an album choc-full of rock’n’roll, reggae, ska, jazz and much more as they tackled subjects such as unemployment, the scourge of racism and consumerism among others. Few records truly deserve to be called ‘classic’, but this is one of them.
#OnThisDay December 15, 1980
Many happy returns to Kasabian guitarist and songwriter Sergio Lorenzo ‘Serge’ Pizzorno. Here he is with the band and their first chart hit, ‘Club Foot’.
Take a look back over the years to see which songs were in the Top 10 on the Official UK Chart this week…Read more
There are only few artists lucky enough to become as synonymous with Christmas as the holiday’s other traditions. We call them the kings and queens of Christmas – raise a glass to them with us below.Read more
To mark the 40th anniversary of their album ‘Sandinista!’ The Clash have released a video for “The Magnificent Seven” shot and edited by filmmaker Don Letts.Read more
In June 1970 Elvis Presley entered Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio B for a marathon five day recording session that would provide the backbone of three of his most successful studio albums of the decade.Read more
This weekend, George Michael will be among a whole host of artists appearing for #GlobalPride 2020.Read more
Our Artist of the Month Bob Dylan – voice of a generation, Nobel laureate and American treasure – today releases his first new studio album in eight years. And the reviews are in…Read more
Originally planned as a Christmas special for NBC TV, Elvis Presley’s return to live performance after a hiatus of seven years was soon transformed into something far more spectacular.Read more
This memorable and iconic video for the title track from The Clash’s third album was only the second promo to be shot by director Don Letts.Read more
Fifty five years on from his domination of the UK album chart with five albums in the top twenty, and with the Nobel Laureate once again releasing new music with ‘Murder Most Foul’ and ‘I Contain Multitudes’, our Artist of the Month for May is the one and only Bob Dylan.Read more
Shot at the legendary Marquee venue in London’s Soho by director Andy Morahan, Wham! knew they were in safe hands.Read more
As The KIng’s fourth studio album – ‘Elvis Is Back!’ – celebrates its 60th anniversary, Mr Elvis Aaron Presley is our Artist of the Month.Read more
Leonard Cohen’s poetry recital, Eddie Vedder’s sea rescue, Rick Astley’s internet prank – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
ELO release an entire album on betamax, Elvis leaves the army and goes right back in the studio, Ray Davies gets a gong and more. It’s this week in rock.Read more
From charts to shows, record releases to record-setters – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
A week of lyrical landmarks, timeless trivia and record-breaking record releases, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Epic careers are launched, coveted awards are won and charts are topped – it’s this week in rock…Read more
The Manics win big, Bruce Springsteen, Hall & Oates and Edison Lighthouse all hit the top spot and Jimi Hendrix has the promoters excited. It’s This Week In Rock!Read more
Many happy returns, TV debuts, landmark record deals and more. It’s This Week In Rock.Read more
History-making meetings, career-defining releases, epoch-engendering live shows and more – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Elvis! Sabbath! AC/DC! Elvis again! It’s this week in rock…Read more
Ever wondered what history’s biggest rock stars were up to over the festive period? Wonder no longer, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
A UK Christmas No.1 for Elvis Presley in 1962, this single bears a number of distinctions.Read more
Unprecedented chart successes, the dearly departed and The King joining the Narcotics Bureau?! It’s this week in rock…Read more
Legendary shows, groundbreaking album anniversaries, eye watering memorabilia auctions and more – it’s this week in rock.Read more
What better way to celebrate the festive season than with that perennial favourite from our Artists of the Month, Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’?Read more
Charity bonanzas and rocket-fuelled chart rises – it’s This Week In Rock, including the Final Countdown!Read more
From Jimi Hendrix to Elvis Presley, The Stone Roses to Bonnie Tyler and more, we run down the history of your favourite artists – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Wham! hit number one (again), Elvis hits the big screen (again) Billy Joel hits the top of the US charts (for the very first time) and more. It’s This Week In Rock’.Read more
Following the release of the smash hit-studded soundtrack, we’re pleased to announce that new RomCom, ‘Last Christmas’ – starring Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and the music of George Michael – is in theaters now.Read more
Mae Boren Axton makes history, chart climaxes, birthdays and more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Elvis tops the charts, George Michael takes on the American establishment, AC/DC get a statue and lots lots more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
We’re proud to announce a brand new chapter in Bob Dylan’s acclaimed ‘Bootleg Series’. ‘Travelin’ Thru, 1967 – 1969′ is the 15th volume in the series and features 47 previously unreleased recordings.Read more
As a very special edition of 1979’s ‘London Calling’ hits the shelves, and the accompanying exhibition is due to open at the Museum of London, punk legends The Clash are our Artist of the Month for November.Read more
All star shows, landmark releases, the rise and fall of legendary venues, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
From the unveiling of The King’s own set of postage stamps, to Bay City Rollers ruling the charts to The Clash bringing punk to NYC, it’s rock history as it happened with this week in rock.Read more
From David Cassidy to Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Tyler to the Bay City Rollers, it’s this week in rock.Read more
Who did MTV declare the Best Act Ever in 2008? The answer may shock you…Read more
Arguably the video that cemented the image of the post-Wham! George Michael.Read more
Record breaking releases, turbo-charged chart positions and hugely expensive birthday presents – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Initially available only as an import single, ‘Bankrobber’ became a Top 20 hit for The Clash in 1980 after fan fervor merited a domestic release.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
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 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
Join us in celebrating the 35th anniversary of the George Michael classic ‘Careless Whisper’.Read more
Double whammys, numbers ones, history making shows and many happy returns – this week in rock down the years…Read more
As that all-conquering paean to infidelity and heartbreak, ‘Careless Whisper’, marks its 35th anniversary we celebrate one of the most groundbreaking and versatile artists of the modern age. Mr George Michael…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
The legendary 1975 leg of Bob Dylan’s mythic Rolling Thunder Revue has been collected into a comprehensive new 14 disc collection, featuring 100 previously unreleased recordings, available now.
An extraordinary accompanying film, ‘Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese’, is streaming on Netflix now.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
On 14 March in London, around 75 works from George Michael’s private art collection will be offered in a flagship live auction at Christie’s.Read more
For the first Video Of The Week of 2019, it’s entirely apposite that we should turn our attention to what was The Clash’s first single release in the US.Read more
From ‘The First Noel’ to ‘Blue Christmas’, no-one does festive like Elvis…Read more
Still short a few gifts? Don’t panic. We’ve got some great Xmas box set suggestions for you…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
Bob Dylan is one of the world’s most influential and ground-breaking artists and in 2016 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature ‘for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition’.Read more
The latest in the award winning Bob Dylan bootleg series is ‘More Blood, More Tracks’ celebrating the 1975 masterpiece. Here’s what the press are saying…Read more
Today of all days we need something explosive, so let’s do it in style with the righteous fury of The Clash.Read more
We’re thrilled to announce an eagerly anticipated new chapter in the acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series, out now.Read more
With the release of ‘More Blood, More Tracks’ – a celebration of his 1975 masterpiece ‘Blood On The Tracks’ – the incomparable Bob Dylan is our Artist of the Month for November.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
As rock’s first Nobel Laureate tours Japan and Asia this summer, we’re pleased to announce a new collection of live recordings from the peerless Bob Dylan.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
As ‘Girl From The North Country’ – the critically-acclaimed new play in which the action is interwoven with Bob Dylan’s extraordinary songbook – continues to wow West End audiences, we’re pleased to announce ‘The Music Which Inspired Girl From The North Country’, out now.Read more
2017 has produced some of the most exciting reissues, limited edition and original vinyl albums of recent years, resulting in some ‘must-have’ records. Here are our Top Five picks, which should belong in the collection of any vinyl lover in your life, or of course, your own.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
The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy’s highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series is out now.Read more
The first single from the criminally underrated ‘Give ‘Em Enough Rope’ album, ‘Tommy Gun’ was aggressively political even by The Clash’s acerbic standards.Read more
One of the most groundbreaking, inventive and entertaining artists of the modern era, George Michael was also one of a handful of stars to successfully walk the line from Pop Sensation to Critically Acclaimed Artist.
For these and countless other reasons, George Michael is our Artist of the Month.Read more
We’re proud to announce that the original cast recording of ‘Girl From The North Country’, the critically acclaimed new play from Conor McPherson featuring the music and lyrics of Bob Dylan, is out now.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
‘Fantasy’ is the flagship track from the incoming ‘Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1’ special edition.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
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
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
Legendary Nashville road band, Old Crow Medicine Show today release their live version of Bob Dylan’s seminal double album, ‘Blonde On Blonde’.Read more
In his first ever three-disc release, voice of a generation and nobel laureate Bob Dylan today releases ‘Triplicate’, 30 classic American tunes, reimagined with Dylan’s inimitable talents as vocalist, arranger and bandleader.Read more
Collecting 30 brand new recordings from the nobel laureate, ‘Triplicate’ will be the first three-disc release from Bob Dylan.Read more
George Michael was a supremely gifted artist and a true music icon. George Michael was a supremely gifted artist and a true music icon. Sony Music had the privilege to have worked with him over several decades on a number of his legendary releases, and we join the world in mourning the loss of a great superstar. Our condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.Read more
On Sunday Bob Dylan became the first musician to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. Read his humbling acceptance speech (delivered by the United States Ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji) here…Read The Speech...
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
For the first time, the Real Royal Albert Hall concert, originally recorded for a live album in 1966, has finally been released…Read More...
As one of the most original, influential and culturally fascinating artists to have emerged in the 20th century, the man born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941 has also proved to be one of its most divisive…Read More...
It’s one of the most ambitious box set projects in history – every single known recording of Bob Dylan’s legendary 1966 live shows across the US, UK, Europe and Australia collected in a huge 36 CD box set.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...
‘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...
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...
Bob Dylan has become the first musician in history to win the Nobel Prize For Literature.Read More...
One of the most ambitious box set projects in history comes to fruition on Friday, November 11th.Read More...
Vogue and Instagram joined forces to recreate Freedom! ’90 with 2016’s most celebrated models!Read more
Read more about the follow up album to the #1 selling ‘If I Can Dream’, out now…Read more
Take a listen to the soundtrack playlist!Read more
Iconic artists photographed and mapped around New York City!Read more
We spoke to Liz Powner to discuss her wonderful Woolly Rockers collection and her favourite music…Read more
Read more about the definitive new 2CD collection of Elvis Presley’s last studio recordings…Read more
Legendary albums are available for a special price on iTunes…Read more
- London CallingThe Clash
- Train in vainThe Clash
- White riotThe Clash
- Should I stay or should I goThe Clash
- I fought the lawThe Clash
- 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
Here are this year’s much anticipated releases!Read 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!!...
- Blowin' in the windBob Dylan
- The times they are a-changin'Bob Dylan
- Mr Tambourine manBob Dylan
- Like a rolling stoneBob Dylan
- Subterranean Homesick BluesBob Dylan
- and lots more!!...
- Careless whisperGeorge Michael
- FaithGeorge Michael
- Freedom '90George Michael
- Don't let the sun go down on meGeorge Michael
- Father figureGeorge Michael
- and lots more!!...
Today we celebrate Elvis’ 81st Birthday!Read more
The definitive Elvis Presley Box Set collection featuring 60 CDs!Read more
‘Forever Young’ on The X Factor: have you heard this song before?Read more
You can go for a special price with Legacy…Read more
‘If I Can Dream’ – Out now.Read more
Listen to 3 tracks from the forthcoming Bootleg series now!Read more
Bob Dylan’s 5th album “Bringing It All Back Home” was released in 1965 and was half acoustic half electric. What’s the story behind this artwork?Read more
‘Bob Dylan – The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol 12’ is a deluxe 6CD anthology that will be released on November 6th.Read more
THE CLASH, PUNK ROCK, AND BRITAIN IN THE 1970SRead more
We are giving you the chance to own Bob Dylan 50th Anniversary Collection 1963Read more
3 september 1990 – 3 september 2015: ‘Listen Without Prejudice’ is 25 years oldRead 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
Our vinyl of the week is Black Market Clash by The Clash…Read more
Some of our favourite tracks and albums are currently available for a very special price…Read more
We’re celebrating the launch of our website with a very nice competition for you guys…Read more