Joan Baez

On This Day: Joan Baez Gets Arrested For Vietnam Protest

The war in Vietnam had many opponents, and rallies across the United States took place on this day in 1967.

40 protestors were arrested in Oakland California, for a sit-in at a military induction centre. One of those was folk singer Joan Baez. It is estimated 250 demonstrators were there to prevent conscripts from entering the building, according to the BBC.

There, they sang songs and handed leaflets to draftees looking to sign up, encouraging them to join protests instead.

The protests were organized by a nationwide group known as ‘the Resistance.’

The police intervened, creating a barricade that allowed the draftees to pass through, and made arrests.

Baez received 10 days in jail for her involvement.

Watch footage of the event below:

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Paul Simon Birthday

Happy Birthday Paul Simon! His 20 Best Songs

Happy birthday, Paul Simon! The legendary singer-songwriter turns 76 today.

As one-half of Simon & Garfunkel, the singer contributed to legendary songs like “Cecilia”, “My Little Town” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

But he also carved a path on his own after the duo dissolved, most notably his 1986 album Graceland, which sold 16 million copies worldwide.

Most recently, Paul Simon released Stranger to Stranger last year, and performed last month with Billy Joel and Miley Cyrus at Joel’s Madison Square Garden concert.

To celebrate his legacy, we’re counting down Paul Simon’s 20 best songs–both with Garfunkel and on his solo endeavours.

20. Simon & Garfunkel – “At the Zoo”

19. Paul Simon – “Slip Slidin’ Away”

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bryan adams ultimate

Bryan Adams To Release ‘Ultimate’ Greatest Hits With Two Brand-New Songs

Bryan Adams is gearing up to release a brand-new compilation album, Ultimate, on November 3.

The 21-track project will also contain two new songs, with the goal to capture “the true essence of the hitmaker’s much-celebrated career”, according to a press release.

Songs include “Summer of ’69”, “Heaven” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, the song with the longest unbroken run at number one in the UK (16 consecutive weeks.)

The two new songs include “Ultimate Love” and “Please Stay.” Watch Adams perform the latter alongside “Summer of ’69” at the Invictus Games 2017 closing ceremonies:

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Tom Petty 20 Best Songs

Tom Petty’s 20 Best Songs

His sudden and cruelly early passing gives a sad finality to our playlist of 20 of the best Tom Petty songs on record, but the selection only underscores what a huge loss he is. It covers his 38-year span of studio albums with his beloved Heartbreakers, the best of his solo work and of course his time as a member of perhaps the most impromptu supergroup of them all, the Traveling Wilburys.

The introduction of Petty’s incisive songwriting, sharp-tongued lyrics, and distinctive vocals came when he and the Heartbreakers debuted on disc in 1976, but it was in the UK that they received their first chart placings. They had minor British top 40 hits from that LP with both ‘Anything That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll’ and ‘American Girl’ that new wave-fuelled summer, well before ‘Breakdown,’ from the same disc, hit the Hot 100 in November. To this day, it’s hard to believe that the anthemic ‘American Girl’ never showed on that US chart.

After that high-octane start to their singles life, our playlist continues with many of the classic Heartbreakers songs that helped turn them into one of America’s prime exponents of urgent, intelligent contemporary rock ‘n’ roll. ‘Don’t Do Me Like That’ and ‘Refugee’ were both part of 1979’s memorable third album, before the band made a superb cameo on ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,’ from Stevie Nicks’ 1981 solo album Bella Donna.

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Roger Daltrey The Who

Roger Daltrey Memoir Coming In 2018

Lead singer of The Who, Roger Daltrey, is prepping a memoir for release in autumn next year.

“I’ve always resisted the urge to ‘do the memoir,'” Daltrey said in a statement, “but now, finally, I feel I’ve enough perspective.”

Daltrey first mentioned the book during an interview with Rolling Stone last year. Now, three years into the project, he’s finally ready to announce a pending release.

“It’s taken three years to unpack the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon’s 21st birthday,” he said in the new statement. “I hope the result is more than just another autobiography. I’ve been lucky enough to live in interesting times. I’ve witnessed society, music and culture change beyond recognition. That I’m still here to tell my tale when so many others around me didn’t make it is nothing short of a miracle.”


Roger Daltrey stopped by The Nightly Show earlier this year to share stories from The Who, and to talk about his upcoming Teenage Cancer Trust shows. (more…)

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