On 22 August 1969 The Beatles got together for what turned out to be their final photo session. It would also be the last time that the four Beatles would be together on a band related project. The times all four would be together in the future would be business related. “It was just a photo session. I wasn’t there thinking, ‘OK, this is the last photo session.’” ~ Ringo Starr The photo shoot took place at John Lennon/ Yoko Ono’s new house Tittenhurst Park which was located in Sunninghill near Ascot, Berkshire. John and Yoko had moved in on August 12, 1969. Tittenhurst Park was a 72 acre estate that John and Yoko had bought earlier in the year but they didn’t get around to moving in until ten days earlier. The photographers that day were Ethan Russell and Monte Fresco. Beatles assistant Mal Evans also took some photos. Photos were taken in the house and around the estate. The cover of the American compilation release Hey Jude was taken that day. Yoko and Linda McCartney appear in some of the photos as does Paul’s famous sheepdog Martha. On the balcony, surrounded by stone busts, The Beatles were photographed leaning against the door of Tittenhurst Park's Victorian assembly hall. “Linda shot some 16mm footage on my camera. That turned out to be the last film taken”. ~ Paul McCartney. #thebeatles #beatles #tittenhurstpark #beatleslastphotosession #johnandyoko #paulmccartney #georgeharrison #ringostarr #johnlennon #sunninghill #ascot #ethanrussell #photographer #montefresco #malevans #Paulsmarthasheepdog #legend #22august1969
Rod Stewart's sixth album was called Atlantic Crossing because the singer was literally crossing the Atlantic, making America his new home for reasons of the heart (he was fully enamored with actress Britt Ekland at the time) and the wallet (he was eager to escape Britain's restrictive tax rates, the 83 per cent top rate of income tax introduced by British Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson for the jet-set lifestyle in Los Angeles (where he had applied for American citizenship at this time). As it happens, 1975 was a perfect time for a new beginning for Stewart: the Faces were falling apart, his last LP, Smiler, wasn't roundly loved, and he had wrapped up his contract with Mercury and signed with Warner, so he completely rebooted, hiring legendary producer Tom Dowd to steer him through a slick, streamlined revamping of his signature sound. With Atlantic Crossing (1975), Stewart ended his association with Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan and the stable of musicians who had been his core collaborators on his classic run. Stewart announced his exit from the Faces by the end of the year. All the great originals arrive on the first side dubbed "The Fast Half," with Rod writing blistering, funny rockers about being laid up three times with VD ("Three Time Loser") and suffering through an unwanted sobriety ("Stone Cold Sober"), then easing back for a quick romance on the Jesse Ed Davis co-written "Alright for an Hour" -- all good indications that his heart was still at a party. But the "Slow Half" did reveal that Stewart had lost none of his fine, nuanced interpretive skills, as he tore into Danny Whitten's "I Don't Want to Talk About It," took his first stab at "This Old Heart of Mine," and kept "Sailing" from drifting away into sentimentality. The album reached number nine on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart. "Sailing" was a number one hit in the UK in September 1975, and returned to the UK Top 3 a year later when it was used as the theme for the BBC series Sailor. In 1977, almost two years after the album was released, Stewart scored another UK number one from the album with the double A-side single "I Don't Want to Talk About It" and "The First Cut Is the Deepest".
Raw Power is the third studio album by the American influential proto-punk band The Stooges (credited as "Iggy and the Stooges"). It was released on February 7, 1973, by Columbia Records. Produced by Iggy Pop. Mixed by David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Photography by Mick Rock. Though not initially commercially successful, Raw Power gained a cult following in the years following its release and, like its predecessor (1970's Fun House), is generally considered an forerunner of punk rock. The line-up of Iggy and The Stooges were: - Iggy Pop – (real name James Newell Osterberg Jr. ) leader of the band, singer, songwriter, musician, producer and actor and well known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics and designated the "Godfather of Punk". - James Williamson - Guitar - Ron Asherton - Bass guitar and backing vocals - Scott Asherton - Drums “Raw Power” album was recorded in London's CBS Studios, from September 10 – October 6, 1972, with staff engineer Mike Ross-Trevor. Iggy Pop produced and mixed the album by himself; unfortunately, his botched first attempt mixed most of the instruments into one stereo channel and the vocals into the other, with little regard for balance or tone quality. Tony DeFries, the head of MainMan, (Defries represented Bowie through his rise to stardom, reputedly making more money from the deal than the star himself), informed Iggy that the album would be remixed by Bowie. Iggy agreed to this, claiming that "the other choice was I wasn't going to get my album out. I think DeFries told me that CBS refused to release it like that, I don't know", but insisted that his own mix for "Search and Destroy" be retained. Due to budgetary constraints, Bowie remixed the other seven songs in a single day in an inexpensive Los Angeles studio, Western Sound Recorders, in October 1972. Bowie later recalled: “...the most absurd situation I encountered when I was recording was the first time I worked with Iggy Pop. He wanted me to mix Raw Power, so he brought the 24-track tape in, and he put it up. He had the band on one track, lead guitar on another and him on a third. FINAL PART CONTINUED IN COMMENTS SECTION.
David Bruce Cassidy. (April 12, 1950 – November 21, 2017) actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was first known for his role as Keith Partridge, in the 1970s musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, which led to his becoming one of popular culture's teen idols and pop singers of the 1970s. Cassidy made his professional debut in the Broadway musical The Fig Leaves Are Falling and then was featured in episodes of the television series Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D., Adam-12 and Bonanza. In 1970, Cassidy took the role of Keith Partridge, son of Shirley Partridge, who was played by David's real stepmother and series lead Shirley Jones, The Partridge Family. Helped by his androgynous good looks, shortly after production began, though, Cassidy convinced music producer Wes Farrell that he was good enough, and he was promoted to lead singer for the series' recordings. Once "I Think I Love You" became a hit, Cassidy began work on solo albums, as well. Within the first year, he had produced his own single, "Cherish" (from the album of the same title), which reached number nine in the United States, number two in the United Kingdom, and number one in Australia and New Zealand. Ten albums by The Partridge Family and five solo albums were produced during the series, with most selling more than a million copies each. Internationally, Cassidy's solo career eclipsed the already phenomenal success of The Partridge Family. He became an instant drawcard, with sellout concert successes in major arenas around the world. These concerts produced mass hysteria, resulting in the media coining the term "Cassidymania". He played to two sellout crowds of 56,000 each at the Houston Astrodome in Texas over one weekend in 1972. His concert in New York's Madison Square Garden sold out in one day and resulted in riots after the show. His concert tours of the United Kingdom included sellout concerts at Wembley Stadium in 1973. In Australia in 1974, the mass hysteria was such that calls were made to have him deported from the country, especially after the madness at his 33,000-person audience concert at Melbourne Cricket Ground. 2ND PART TO BE CONTINUED IN COMMENTS SECTION.
The famous jumpsuits Mick Jagger wore throughout the 70's were designed by Ossie Clark. Ossie first made clothes for Mick in 1968. Marianne Faithfull, brought Mick into Quorum. They made Mick a jumpsuit in leather, which Ossie had to put him in because it was so complicated, with ties and laces. For the Rolling Stones' North American tour 1972 tour he made him a on-stage wardrobe consisted of velvet jumpsuits in all different styles and colors, stapled with hundreds of silver circles so they glittered on stage, leather jackets with embellished sleeves, with the help of Spanish seamstresses, necklaces, bracelets, belts and a lot of eye make-up. Jagger has commented: "The costume helps you be the performer, but it also helps you keep your feet on the ground when you take it off." This is my favorite Mick Jagger look and tour, so I decided to post some pictures that capture the glam look Mick had going in the early to mid seventies. #mickjagger #jagger #ossieclark #designer #jumpsuit #mariannefaithful #rollingstones #northamericantour1972 #glamlook #leatherjackets #keithrichards #micktaylor #charliewatts #billwyman #spanishseamstresses #legend
The Serious Moonlight Tour was launched in May 1983 in support of David Bowie's album Let's Dance (1983). The tour opened at the Vorst Forest Nationaal, Brussels, on 18 May 1983 and ended in the Hong Kong Coliseum on 8 December 1983; 15 countries visited, 96 performances, and over 2.6M tickets sold. The tour garnered mostly favorable reviews from the press. It was, at the time, his longest, largest and most successful concert tour to that date. The tour, designed to support Bowie's latest album Let's Dance, was initially designed to be a smaller tour, playing to the likes of sub-10,000-seat indoor venues around the world. However, the success of Let's Dance caused unexpectedly high demand for tickets: there were 250,000 requests for 44,000 tickets at one show, for example, and as a result the tour was changed to instead play in a variety of larger outdoor and festival-style venues. The November 26 show in Auckland became – at the time – the most attended concert in the Southern Hemisphere with over 80,000 people in attendance. Bowie himself had a hand in the set design for the tour, which included giant columns (affectionately referred to as "condoms") as well as a large moon and a giant hand. The stage was deliberately given a vertical feeling (especially due to the columns) and an overall design that Bowie called a combination of classicism and modernism. The weight of one set (of which there were two) was 32 tons. Bowie hired mostly musicians he'd used on his previous albums, including Carlos Alomar, who was the designated band leader for the tour. Stevie Ray Vaughan, who had contributed guitar solos to six of the songs on Let's Dance and who was up and coming, was to join the tour. Vaughan showed up with a cocaine habit, a hard-partying wife and an entourage looking for easy access to drugs. Given that Bowie himself had moved to Berlin in the late 1970s to try and kick his own cocaine habit, Bowie and Vaughan's management failed to come to an agreement on how to temper the situation, Vaughan was replaced by longtime Bowie guitarist Earl Slick. SECOND PART CONTINUES IN COMMENTS.
Queen II cover photo session by Mick Rock photographer. The Queen II album cover features a photograph taken by Mick Rock of, according to VH1, "Queen standing in diamond formation, heads tilted back like Easter Island statues" against a black background. The band had hired Rock because they wanted to, in Rock's words, "graft some of [the trademark] decadent 'glam' sensibility" of his work with artists such as David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. Subsequently, the brief the photographer received from Queen was to have a black and white theme for the Queen II artwork. According to Rock, the group were looking to grab people's attention with the cover, especially since their first album had failed to do so; "They realised that if you could catch people's eyes you could get them interested in music." Describing it as a "sort of a knockoff of an old Marlene Dietrich shot", the photographer took inspiration for the cover from a still of the actress from the 1932 film Shanghai Express. "And of course no one was ever more 'glam' than the divine Ms Dietrich", Rock quipped. Although the band almost rejected the photograph because they felt it too pretentious, Rock convinced them otherwise; "It made them look like much bigger a deal than they were at the time, but it was a true reflection of their music." The image was reused by Queen for the promotional video of their 1975 single "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "One Vision" (1985). Queen II is the second studio album by Queen, released on 8 March 1974 by EMI Records at midnight in the UK and by Elektra Records in the US. It was recorded at Trident Studios and Langham 1 Studios, London from February to August 1973 with co-producers Roy Thomas Baker and Robin Cable, and engineered by Mike Stone. The album is notable for its combination of a heavy rock sound with an art rock sensibility. It has been called "a pillar of grandiose, assaultive hard rock" by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. #queen #uk #queenII #freddiemercury #brianmay #rogertaylor #johndeacon #mickrock #davidbowie #iggypop #loureed #glamrock #queeniialternativeartwork #marlenedietrich #hardrock #heavymetalrock #roythomasbaker #mikestone #bohemianrhapsody #onevision
The Rolling Stones band logo – forever synonymous with the band – was designed by art student John Pasche in 1970, after the band became frustrated by designs provided by their label Decca. Mick Jagger reportedly approached the Royal College of Art in 1969 looking to commission images for the band. The original “Tongue and Lip Design” logo took two weeks of work and was commissioned for a mere £50. Here is the first drawing by Pasche… The Rolling Stones were so pleased with the design they gave Pasche a bonus of £200. The iconic logo first appeared on the album insert sleeve and on the actual record label of their 1971 album “Sticky Fingers“. Pasche ended up working for The Stones from 1970 to 1974 and also created art for the likes Paul McCartney, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Judas Priest and countless others. When asked about his inspiration for The Stones logo, Pashe noted the obvious… “I wanted something anti-authority, but I suppose the mouth idea came from when I met Mick Jagger for the first time at the Stones’ offices. I went into this sort of wood-panelled boardroom and there he was. Face to face with him, the first thing you were aware of was the size of his lips and his mouth”. The logo basically represents the big and rebel mouth of Jagger and was actually created as an ovation to Kali, the Hindu goddess of empowerment and energy. The black and red lips and tongue insignia personified the power of free expression in rock ‘n’ roll music and the amazing raw energy it captures. The Victoria and Albert museum in London purchased the original Rolling Stones tongue-and-lips logo for $92,500. Pasche had already decided to sell the drawing at a US auction house when the V&A enquired about borrowing it for an exhibition. On learning the work was for sale, the museum lodged a winning bid, half of which was provided by the Art Fund charity. #therollingstones #rollingstoneslogo #mickjagger #johnpasche #redlipslogo #keithrichards #rollingstonesrecords #charliewatts #micktaylor #mickjones #billwyman #tongueandlipdesign #decca #stickyfingers #goddesskali #hindugoddess #london #victoriaandalbertmuseum #artfundcharity #thewho #paulmccartney #v&a #jimmihendrix
Paul McCartney and Keith Richards' stuck on roles, in the Pirates of the Caribbean saga, Richards who plays Johnny Depp's father "Captain Teague" in At World's End and On Stranger Tides and Paul McCartney plays "Uncle Jack" to Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, which means in the Pirates universe, Richards and McCartney are brothers. In the last chapter of the saga, to date, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Depp and McCartney's scene together takes place in a Caribbean jail cell where both Sparrows await execution. #paulmccartney #keithrichards #piratesofthecaribbean #johnnydepp #jacksparrow #unclejack #captainteage #piratesofthecaribbeanatworldsend #mccartneyandrichards #piratesofthecaribbeanonstrangertides #piratesofthecaribbeandeadmentellnotales #legend #piratesmovies
Paul McCartney playing his Epiphone Casino during the recording sessions of the Beatles' White Album studio n. 2 in EMI Recording Studios, London, (later known as Abbey Road Studios). By 1964, Paul McCartney went shopping for a new guitar that could feed back, he reached for a Casino. John Lennon and George Harrison soon bought their own and used their Casinos on stage and at Abbey Road throughout the band’s career. Paul was the only Beatle to maintain the original sunburst finished, John and George changed to natural two years later. The introduction of the Casino was a modern design that announced that Epiphone’s unique history would continue separate from Gibson’s. Though from a distance the Casino had the look of an ES-335, the Casino was a true hollowbody giving players a clear, ringing tone that could be pushed into overdrive when needed. #paulmccartney #thebeatles #epiphone #epiphonecasino #thebeatleswhitealbum #johnlennon #georgeharrison #ringostarr #emirecordingstudios #abbeyroadstudios #london #gibson #gibsones335 #hollowbody #sunburst #feedback #johnpaulgeorgeandringo
Black Sabbath, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid(1970) and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music and their music has also been described as psychedelic rock, and acid rock. The band have also been cited as a key influence on genres including stoner rock, grunge, doom metal, and sludge metal. Early on Black Sabbath were influenced by Cream, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull. Although Black Sabbath went through many stylistic changes, their core sound focuses on ominous lyrics and doomy music, often making use of the musical tritone, also called the "devil's interval". While their Ozzy-era albums such as Sabbath Bloody Sabbath had slight compositional similarities to the progressive rock genre that was growing in popularity at the time, standing in stark contrast to popular music of the early 1970s Black Sabbath's dark sound was dismissed by rock critics of the era. Much like many of their early heavy metal contemporaries, the band received virtually no airplay on rock radio. As the band's primary songwriter, Tony Iommi wrote the majority of Black Sabbath's music, while Osbourne would write vocal melodies, and bassist Geezer Butler would write lyrics. The process was sometimes frustrating for Iommi, who often felt pressured to come up with new material: "If I didn't come up with anything, nobody would do anything." CONTINUES IN COMMENTS SECTION
Mick Jagger on stage during the Rolling Stones' North American Tour, also known as the Rolling Stones American Tour. Though Keith started referring to the time as the “Cocaine and Tequila Sunrise Tour”, because in a San Francisco bar, The Trident a bartender handed the band what he called a Tequila Sunrise, a drink made with orange juice, grenadine, and Jose Cuervo and continued to drink them throughout a raucous two-month tour. In 1973, the Eagles recorded the song “Tequila Sunrise” as the drink started to make a splash at bars around the country. The tour was a much-publicized and much-written-about concert tour of the United States and Canada in June and July 1972. The Rolling Stones were at the peak of their powers in the summer of 1972: Keith Richards was playing the most fearless rhythm guitar of his career; Taylor stretched out their music to improbable peaks; and Jagger stalked the stage, whipping his belt and perfecting his ability to turn music. It was the band's first North American tour since Altamont, the disastrous, deadly California festival in December 1969. Shaken by that debacle and the death of Brian Jones, the band hunkered down in the studio, recording three masterpieces: 1969's Let It Bleed, 1971's Sticky Fingers and 1972's Exile on Main Street. Both Jagger and Richards remember the excitement they felt ahead of the eight-week run. If the prospect of getting back on the road weren't enough, the opening act on tour was a 22-year-old Stevie Wonder, whom Jagger made a habit of watching side-stage. "It was exciting, the feeling of anticipation – getting back in touch with what it is we did," says Richards. Adds Jagger, "We were trying to get out of the studio, out of the South of France, and Keith had all these drug problems – so it was kind of good to get out on the road." CONTINUES IN COMMENTS SECTION
LONELY BOY (Tales from a Sex Pistol) by Steve Jones with Ben Thompson. This is the last book I've read. Love it. I couldn't stop reading I finished in four sessions... though I didn't want it to end... I only want to say: Steve, you got it!!👍🏼#stevejones #lonelyboy #sexpistols #benthompson #stephenphillipjones #theprofessionals #chequeredpast #cycomico #neuroticoutsiders #cookie #paulcook #johnlydon #johnnyrotten #glenmatlock #sydvicious #sex #faces #rodstewart #ronniewood #anarchyintheuk #roxymusic #keithrichards #bowie #godsavethequeen #lemmy #vivienwestwood #siouxie #malcolmmclaren #chrissiehynde #legend
Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights", her mind-boggling debut single, was written when she was just 18 (the teenage Kate had written over 100 songs when she was discovered by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, who recommended her to EMI), was released in January 1978. The song was likely written in one sitting at the piano on March 5 1977, memorable because she wrote it within the space of just a few hours late at night with a bright full moon. EMI spent two years preparing her for the limelight, and in that time paid for her to have dance lessons with Lindsay Kemp, who also famously mentored Bowie in mime (and, it was said, became his lover). Those famous moves that helped launch Kate to superstardom had also partly inspired Ziggy Stardust. Kate Bush and Emily Brontë not only both wrote ‘Wuthering Heights’ (the song and the book that inspired the song), but they also share the same birthday. Kate is 57 now, and Emily would be 197 if she was alive today. Spooky huh? Kate got the idea for ‘Wuthering Heights’ when she caught the last 10 minutes of a 1967 BBC adaptation on television before she’d even reached her teens. The mini-series inspired her to read the book in order to get the atmosphere right. She has famously called upon literary classics throughout her career, including the conclusion of James Joyce’s Ulysses for ‘The Sensual World’. "I wrote in my flat, sitting at the upright piano one night in March at about midnight. There was a full moon and the curtains were open, and every time I looked up for ideas, I looked at the moon. Actually, it came quite easily. I couldn't seem to get out of the chorus - it had a really circular feel to it, which is why it repeats." - Kate Bush. In 1986 "The Whole Story" Kate best of, inexplicably re-recorded the ‘Wuthering Heights’ vocal over the original music. John Lydon (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd.) is a massive Kate Bush fan, and was captivated from the very first time he heard the chart-busting single, much to the dismay of some of his priggish punk pals. CONTINUES IN COMMENTS SECTION.
Janis Joplin's Pearl is her second and final solo studio album, recorded in Sunset Sound Recorders, in Hollywood, was released posthumously on Columbia Records, January 11, 1971. It peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, holding that spot for nine weeks. It has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA. The album with the Full Tilt Boogie Band has a more polished feel than the albums she recorded with Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues Band due to the expertise of producer Paul A. Rothchild and her new backing musicians. Rothchild was best known as the recording studio producer of The Doors, and worked well with Joplin, calling her a producer's dream by her extraordinary vocal talent. The Full Tilt Boogie Band were the musicians who accompanied her on the Festival Express, a concert tour by train of Canada, in the summer of 1970. Many of the songs on this album were recorded on the concert stage in Canada two months before Joplin and the band started their Los Angeles recording sessions. The band also appeared twice on The Dick Cavett Show. By the end of 1970, nine tracks with Janis vocals were chosen for the album. A 10th song, “Buried Alive in the Blues,” was a Full Tilt Boogie Band instrumental that Joplin never got around to recording a vocal for. The finished songs, as the opening “Move Over” (the only song on Pearl for which Joplin received a sole writing credit), “Cry Baby” (which just missed the Top 40 when released as a single in May), “Half Moon,” “Me and Bobby McGee” (which reached No. 1 for two weeks), “Mercedes Benz,” “Trust Me” and the closing “Get It While You Can” (which was released as a single in September) are among Joplin’s all-time best. All nine tracks that she sings on were personally approved and arranged by her. Her final session, which took place on Thursday, October 1 after a break of several days, she laid down an a cappella take of “Mercedes Benz,” a song she co-wrote. It would be the last number she ever recorded. Three days later she was dead at the age of 27. The recording sessions, starting in early September, ended with Joplin's untimely death on October 4, 1970. CONTINUES 2nd part IN COMMENTS.
The Chris Cornell signature Gibson ES-335 has more than enough unique style and tone. The Soundgarden frontman and solo artist spec’d out his signature guitar with some awesome features including Lollartron pickups, flat finishes, and VOS hardware. There are two versions:The Satin Black guitar has a traditional tune-o-matic bridge and The Drab Green has a Bigsby vibrato. I love a Bigsby on a 335. Killer!! #chriscornell #chriscornellsignature #gibsones335 #bigsby #drabgreengitar #audioslave #satinblackguitar #soundgarden #templeofdog #blackholesun #kimtayil #mattcameron #benshepherd #superunknown #legend