THIS WEEK IN ROCK
July 21, 2019
Double whammys, numbers ones, history making shows and many happy returns – this week in rock down the years…
#OnThisDay July 15, 1978
Promoting his 18th studio album, ‘Street-Legal’, Bob Dylan plays to an estimated 200,000 people when he plays Blackbushe Aerodome in Surrey. Guests include Eric Clapton and Joan Armatrading.
#OnThisDay July 16, 1993
Hot off the release of their second album, ‘Gold Against The Soul’, Manic Street Preachers play the inaugural Phoenix Festival at the Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon. How many of you made it there?
#OnThisDay July 17, 1949
And it’s a Happy 70th Birthday to Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler. Did you know that in addition to holding down the bottom end for the metal pioneers, he also wrote most of the lyrics in their early days? ‘War Pigs’ must rate among his best – enjoy it in all its righteous glory here!
#OnThisDay July 18, 1980
It’s a double whammy from Billy Joel as the celebrated singer-songwriter tops both the US album and singles charts. ‘Glass Houses’ sits atop the former while ‘It’s Still Rock’n’Roll To Me’ takes the latter.
#OnThisDay July 19, 1975
Tartan teen sensations The Bay City Rollers score their second and final UK No. 1 single, ‘Give A Little Love’.
#OnThisDay July 20, 1954
The Blue Moon Boys – that’ll be singer Elvis Presley, guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black – make their live debut performing on the back of flatbed truck outside the grand opening of new drug store in Memphis, TN.
#OnThisDay July 21, 1974
One of the most successful singles of the ‘Philly Soul’ era and written by the powerhouse duo Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, The Three Degrees’ ‘When Will I See You Again’ enters the UK Top Ten at No. 7. It eventually peaks at No. 1.
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
Appearing at the end of ‘National Treasures – The Complete Single’ compilation album, the video for Manic Street Preachers’ idiosyncratic and heartfelt cover version of The The’s classic 1983 single, ‘This Is The Day’, is an emotiional montage of the band’s career.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
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
We’re excited to announce the deluxe reissue of Manic Street Preachers’ 1993 second album ‘Gold Against The Soul’, out now.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
With a new deluxe edition of seminal second album ‘Gold Against The Soul’ on its way this month, our Artists of the Month for June are the Manic Street Preachers.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
The #LegacyLiveSeries continues with another classic show from our archives. Head back to the turn of the Millennium and Manic Street Preachers live at Cardiff Millennium Stadium – Leaving The 20th Century.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
It’s that time of year again as we join the annual celebration of independent record stores up and down the country that is Record Store Day, with a whole host of releases exclusively available from your local music emporium on Saturday, June 20.Read more
Fantastic chart-toppers, literally Oscar-winning performances and landmark 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
Many happy return to a certain Mr Astley, groundbreaking albums and record setting chart performances – 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
Elvis! Sabbath! AC/DC! Elvis again! It’s this week in rock…Read more
Happy New Year with Bowie, Billy Joel, AC/DC and more – 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
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
The sixth and final single to be taken from their debut album, ‘Generation Terrorists’, ‘Little Baby Nothing’ finds Manic Street Preachers nailing their feminist flag to the mast.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
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
Many happy returns, legendary performances and landmark releases. It’s this week in rock…Read more
Record breaking releases, turbo-charged chart positions and hugely expensive birthday presents – 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
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
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
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
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
He just turned 70 but our Artist of the Month for June shows no sign of slowing down. With a series of massive shows this month, including a date at Wembley Stadium, it’s Mr Billy Joel.Read more
Billy Joel turns 70 next week and is celebrating with a new playlist of dynamic, rare live performances never before available for streaming.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
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
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
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
Whatever you think of the concept – and millennial audiences may certainly raise their eyebrows at the Baby Boomer rundown of the Luckiest Generation’s trials and tribulations – there’s no denying that ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ had the cultural impact of a meteor strike.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
An homage to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, ‘Uptown Girl’ was Billy Joel’s first and only Number One hit.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
Still, for many, the definitive signature tune from the Manic Street Preachers early period.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
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
‘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
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
“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
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
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
Collecting 30 brand new recordings from the nobel laureate, ‘Triplicate’ will be the first three-disc release from Bob Dylan.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...
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
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...
Read reviews of Billy Joel’s incredible stadium performanceRead 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
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
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!!...
- Prelude/Angry young manBilly Joel
- Piano manBilly Joel
- Movin' out (Anthony's song)Billy Joel
- The longest timeBilly Joel
- Scenes from an Italian restaurantBilly Joel
- 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
‘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
We are giving you the chance to own Bob Dylan 50th Anniversary Collection 1963Read 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
Catch the Manic Street Preachers on their few remaining dates of The Holy Bible tour.Read more
Some of our favourite tracks and albums are currently available for a very special price…Read more
Take a look at what we released this Record Store Day.Read more