THIS WEEK IN ROCK
August 18, 2019
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…
#OnThisDay August 12, 1989
Ozzy Osbourne is among the acts to play the two-day Moscow Music Peace Festival at the Lenin Stadium in the Russian capital. Did you know that it was the first time that an audience was allowed to stand up and dance at rock gig in the former Soviet Union?
#OnThisDay August 13, 1976
The Clash make their London debut at a private, invite-only gig at Rehearsal Rehearsals in Camden, north London. The band are still a five-piece at this point and feature Keith Levine on guitar.
#OnThisDay August 14, 1941
Happy birthday to the incredible David Crosby. As a founder member of The Byrds, he helped revolutionise popular music with their distinctive and progressive blend of folk and rock music. And they still sound ahead of the curve today.
#OnThisDay August 15, 1993
Billy Joel enters the UK Top 5 at No. 4 with ‘River Of Dreams’, his biggest hit of the 90s. Did you know that his then-wife Christie Brinkley painted the cover of the album of the same name?
#OnThisDay August 16, 1969
Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days Of Peace & Music”, the second day of Woodstock – arguably the most famous festival ever – is in full swing. Janis Joplin takes the stage at 3am and is followed 90 minutes later by Sly & The Family Stone. Also appearing that day are Santana, while Saturday’s music is brought to a close by Jefferson Airplane who finally take the stage at 8am on Sunday morning.
#OnThisDay August 17, 1959
Widely regarded as the greatest jazz album of all time, Miles Davis releases the incredible ‘Kind Of Blue’. Beloved of aficionados, the album also serves as an excellent entry point for the novice. A towering achievement of 20th century music, it was one of the first 50 albums to be added to the National Recording Registry in the US. Check out this live footage of opening track ‘So What’ and luxuriate in its magnificence.
#OnThisDay August 18, 1990
Do summer vibes come as loved up as this? Primal Scream continue their metamorphosis from leather-clad rock pigs to dance floor emperors with the utterly groovetastic ‘Come Together’.
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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
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
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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
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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
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Landmark chart spots, classic shows and many happy returns – it’s this week in rock as it happened…Read more
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Record-setting chart placings, bans, classic festival sets and a thoroughly decent proposal. This week’s rock history as it happened.Read more
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Live debuts, awards, classic releases and a revolution in the recording industry. We look back at this week in rock history…Read more
If any one song from their vast back catalogue perfectly encapsulates Primal Scream’s rock’n’roll side then it’s got to be ‘Rocks’.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
Ahead of this year’s vibrant festival season, Primal Scream are releasing ‘Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles’, collecting one of the most powerful single discographies in rock. Out now.
Plus check out new November/December tour dates…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
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Primal Scream’s landmark 1986 single ‘Velocity Girl’ will be reissued on limited edition 7″ vinyl on May 24, alongside the release of ‘Maximum Rock n Roll: The Singles’.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
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Today of all days we need something explosive, so let’s do it in style with the righteous fury of The Clash.Read more
Unheard and never before released, the Original Memphis Recordings from Primal Scream’s first ‘Give Out But Don’t Give Up’ sessions, are out now.Read more
Since their formation in 1982, Bobby Gillespie and co. have soundtracked innumerable lives, from the gleeful hedonism of ‘Rocks’ to the plaintive ‘Cry Myself Blind’, there’s a ‘Scream tune for every mood and every moment.Read more
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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
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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
There’s a lot of nonsense spoken about jazz, usually by people who know nothing about the genre…Read more
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Miles Davis Quintet: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol 5, is now finally available as a 3 LP set.Read more
Fancy winning some exclusive ‘Screamadelica’ swag signed by Bobby Gillespie himself?Read more
Miles Davis Quintet: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol 5, is out now.Read More...
A round up of the best from to read and watch on the web from SeptemberRead more
Read reviews of Billy Joel’s incredible stadium performanceRead more
Take a listen to the soundtrack playlist!Read more
Iconic artists photographed and mapped around New York City!Read more
Learn more about the latest addition to the Miles Davis bootleg series…Read more
Every month, we’ll gather up essential online pieces for you to enjoy!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
- So whatMiles Davis
- SummertimeMiles Davis
- 'Round MidnightMiles Davis
- Someday my Prince will comeMiles Davis
- Miles runs the Voodoo timeMiles Davis
- and lots more!...
- Bye, bye babyJanis Joplin
- Raise your hand - LiveJanis Joplin
- Make overJanis Joplin
- Women is losersJanis Joplin
- Little girl blueJanis Joplin
- 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!...
- Movin' on upPrimal Scream
- Country girlPrimal Scream
- RocksPrimal Scream
- LoadedPrimal Scream
- Come togetherPrimal Scream
- and lots more!!...
Find out more about the new Miles Davis and Robert Glasper and Original Soundtrack to the new film ‘Miles Ahead’…Read more
Find out where to watch the new film directed by Amy Berg…Read more
Here are 4 rare and amazing performances from our Artist of the MonthRead more
Discover more about the Original Soundtrack…Read more
An intro to Janis Joplin’s biggest track and an insight into the 60’s with these 2 ultimate playlistsRead more
Our friends at Legacy France sat down for a chat with Academy Award Nominee Amy Berg, the director of ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’.Read more
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“‘Screamadelica’ is one of this era’s most beautiful, far-reaching pieces of musical adventure…pretty much a perfect album”
THE CLASH, PUNK ROCK, AND BRITAIN IN THE 1970SRead more
Federico tells us the story of Miles Davis, with 10 chosen tracks which form “the ultimate soundtrack to a large part of the 20th century”.Read more
There are many miles of love for Miles Davis’ recently released Bootleg 4 reissue…Read more
Our vinyl of the week is Black Market Clash by The Clash…Read more
Big news from the Miles Davis camp…Read more
We’re celebrating the launch of our website with a very nice competition for you guys…Read more