The Clash – Idealistic Rebellious Rockers

History,Reviews 13 June 2014 | Comments Off

The Clash - Idealistic Rebellious RockersRock and roll history is incomplete with the mention of one of the greatest punk rock bands of all times, The Clash.

A punk rock band, put together by Joe Strummer (rhythm guitar and lead vocals), Paul Simonon (vocals and bass guitar), Mick Jones (vocals and lead guitar) and Nicky ‘Topper’ Headon (percussion and drums) in 1976 during British punk’s original wave. Most often considered an idealistic and fiery band, they blended reggae, funk, dub, and rockabilly elements in with the punk.

Both Mick Jones and Joe Strummer were exceptionally talented songwriters, both singers with their own style and distinct voice. Not far behind The Jam, The Clash portrayed the image of being rebels with a cause: ‘restoring the protest and passion of rock and roll’.

The band members:

The lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellow), was born on Aug. 21, 1952. Spending most of this childhood and formative years at a boarding school, he was already into performing on London streets. In his early 20s, he founded the 101’ers, a pub rock band. At the same time, Mick Jones, born on June 26, 1955, was part of a hard rock band called the London SS. Hailing from a working class family from Brixton, Jones has been fascinated with rock and roll since early childhood.

The London SS was formed in an attempt to replicate the wondrous sound of the Mott the Hoople and Faces. Paul Simonon was Jones’s childhood friend, born on 15 Dec. 1956, joined the London SS in 1976 after being inspired by The Sex Pistols. Topper Headon (Nicky Headon) was born on 30th May 1955, and joined the band later.

The band 101’ers disbanded in 1976 after a Sex Pistols concert, and soon before their song “Keys to your Heart” came out. Joe Strummer, and the 101’ers’ guitarist, Keith Levene, joined the London SS, post which the band was revamped and renamed The Clash. Continue reading “The Clash – Idealistic Rebellious Rockers” »

Never-ending story of Rock & Roll

History 29 June 2014 | Comments Off

Never-ending story of Rock & RollHowever hard it may be to believe, but the fact remains that Rock and Roll was not always a genre of music. Most historians, musicians and music lovers, trace the origins of the genre to a time period between the late 1940s and early 1950. Originating in the USA, Rock and Roll combines elements of the African and American genres of music, mashing blues, jazz, gospel music and jump blues with country music and the western swing.

1954 is believed to be the year when music revolutionized and people’s tastes changed. Rock and Roll took base from R&B, with an honorary mention to the legendary innovator Little Richard, who, in the 1950s completely changed the music scene. With numerous R&B artists considered pioneers in the Rock and Roll genre, indluing Joe Turner, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, and Willie Mae Thornton, Richard’s words rang true. He has said that” R&B had a baby, and someone named it Rock and Roll”.

Rock and Roll started out with attracting the youth, specifically teens who did not want to listen to the music their parent’s preferred to listen to. Rock and Roll music was being aired to the radio, and the teens from Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit and New York started tuning in, getting hooked to this new kind of music. While a lot of “black” audiences were familiar with this type of music, for the “whites” it was something absolutely fresh and new. Continue reading “Never-ending story of Rock & Roll” »

How Music Affects Your Brain

Science behind Music 13 July 2014 | Comments Off

How Music Affects Your BrainMusic has been known to bind people across borders, race, nationality, culture or color. A tool for expressing and communicating emotions and feelings, or a message, music is not bound by the technicalities like language. For most people music is a way of relaxing, just being, be it listening to your favorite tracks, or composing and making music. A lot many times, music, irrespective of the unit it is being played on, tends to overwhelm. But why does no other sense make us feel the way music does? Music in films, or concerts, or sometimes even at the restaurant you’re dining at can make you feel like you’re in a different world.

Music is different for everyone. The understanding of music is different from person to person. Something that may be noise for some may be music for others, while some may find opera boring. Music is a perceptual illusion, the understanding and comprehension of which is based on the individual ability of each person to process the structure of the musical piece. A piece of music is a complex blend of different sounds and sequences, and each person’s brain comprehends it differently.

Besides, there are specific benefits of listening to music:

  1. Improves creativity: listening to music when working or trying to finish trying tasks can help in finishing it faster. Moderately loud music, not too loud, can actually help in boosting creativity and thinking of smarter solutions. Music that plays as a part of the ambience brings out the most creativity.
  1. Predicting personality with music:A study conducted by the Heriot Watt University actually broke down specific character traits of people listening to different genres of music. For instance:
  • Jazz fans are creative, easy going, outgoing and have a high self-esteem.
  • Blues fans are outgaining, easy going, creative, and gentle besides having high self-esteem
  • Opera lovers are gentle, creative, and have high self-esteem
  • Classical music fans are introverts, at ease, creative, and hold high self-esteem
  • Rappers and rap lovers are outgoing and hold high self- esteem

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Why Rock Stars Love Gardening

Uncategorized 29 July 2014 | Comments Off

Being a rockstar may mean that you are at home in every club and arena in the world, while maintaining relationships with the rich and beautiful of even the most remote countries;however, it certainly doesn’t mean that you’ve got to choose your hobbies based on a coolness- or the excitement-factor any longer.

Quite the contrary, being an internationally well known superstar of the rock scene allows you to take up whichever hobby you please, without having to resort to the common and boring ones that every other rock star goes for; like collecting expensive sports cars and designer watches that cost even more than said sports cars.

You can choose to be a superb hobby gardener, because, let’s face it, there are plenty of reasons why that would be the best choice for every rock star in the world. Just in case for you these great reasons aren’t as clear as they should be, here are two of the premier reasons why any rock star of your caliber needs to start gardening.

Too many vacant rooms in your mansion

There are only so many purposes that you can assign to all of the rooms in your mansion. After you are done designing the second home theater, that is equipped with more seats than people whose last names you know, maybe it is time that you resort to something a little more fulfilling.

Adding an in indoor garden for some of the prettiest flowers in your basement, on the first, second or third floor will allow you to never have to leave your house again when you want to breathe in some freshly produced oxygen, in between band practices. With the help of the latest grow lights, you won’t even have to pay any more attention to whether the room you would like to dedicate to your new hobby has windows.

Simply use the most expensive grow lights and within weeks you’ll have your own personal jungle somewhere in the midst of your mansion.

A lazy chef and too much space in the backyard

It sounds like a nightmare, not only is the combined space that you have available in your back-, side- and front yard so large that you don’t have the first idea of what to do with, but also is your chef and the leader of your Olympic pool sized kitchen as lazy as can be and simply refuses to drive to the nearby grocery store (even though he’d be allowed to take any one of the Ferraris in the eighteen-car garage of yours).

Luckily, there is a solution for all rockstars like you who are currently through these two problems. Build a (or two or three…) green house in your backyard! It will provide your lazy chef with as more garlic, thyme and basil than he can handle; at least when not using cheap grow lights.

But let’s face it with as much money as you have as one of the premier stars in the rock (and now gardening) scene, there shouldn’t be a problem for you to get the cutting edge technology that you, your lazy chef and your herbs deserve.

Internet Impact on Music Industry

History,Reviews 18 July 2014 | Comments Off

Internet Impact on Music IndustryThere’s no doubting the many impacts the Internet has had on the music industry. However, these impacts are kind of a mixed bag in terms of whether they are good, or bad, for the industry. The Internet has been like that for many industries too, like entertainment and movies, video games, and others. To get a better idea of how the Internet has changed things in music, you need to look from several different perspectives – that of the consumer, who buys the music; the singers and songwriters who make the music; and the producers and executives who market the music to the consumers.

First though, I got the idea to write this article from a bud of mine, who is an expert in the design development of a data center. He works for Citrus Solutions and does lots of data entry and monitoring for them, as well as updating their tables on occasion. He guarantees that good bands can still sell merchandise to their loyal fans, even if it’s becoming easier and easier for people to pirate music and other digital goods these days. That’s what I’m going to cover next – the impact of the Internet on consumers.

All businesses operate on the premise that someone, somewhere, is going to be willing to pay money for the goods or services a particular business provides. The music industry is no different. The thing is, the Internet has made it exceedingly easy for people to simply steal music, rather than paying for it, by using various file sharing, torrent and other downloading websites to track down and nab the tunes they want. Most people aren’t pirating music, even with how easy it is, because all those illegal reproductions can lead to some serious prison time. It’s a problem, but not as big a problem as the media makes it.

The Internet has made it much easier for independent groups and individual artists to gain renown and fans, without being attached to a big recording company. This is great news for budding young artists, musicians, songwriters and others who can’t secure a contract with places like Atlantic or Geffen Records, as well as those who simply don’t want to sign up with a recording studio. It’s not like the services they provide are free, after all. Pressing, printing, advertising, organization and other facets of recording can be costly, but they don’t need to be, thanks to the Internet.

Lastly, there are the executives, producers and distributors to think about. The Internet has taken away their stranglehold on up and coming talent, and made it possible for individuals and groups to remain unaligned with one corporation or another. Naturally, these companies are still looking to make money off the talent of other people, so many of them are modifying terms and sweetening contract deals to keep people coming. The days of those awful contracts the artists of Motown got are long over thanks to the Internet.

Overall, the Internet has helped the music industry more than hindered it. The only people really hurting are those who shouldn’t have been getting paid, anyhow. There is a bright future for bands and their fans, even if the executives are seeing their earnings drop.