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08.15: On this day in 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair kicked off for 500,000 attendees in Bethel, New York. A defining moment of the ‘60s, this event, in retrospect, marked the culmination of the “love” generation’s hippy/peace movement. For three days, all was well and the world celebrated and watched in awe as so many people gathered together, listened to some of the best musicians of the decade, and caused so little trouble. The performers included a who's who of '60s music icons, including The Band, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and a festival-capping, stunning rendition of The Star Spangled Banner by the inimitable Jimi Hendrix. It give us chills every time we watch it.

Posted on August 08, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , ,

08.08: On this day in 1961, The Edge was born. One of the most underrated guitar players around, we think that a lot of people take him for granted, not really realizing his immense contribution to U2's overall sound. From "Sunday Bloody Sunday" to "Mysterious Ways" to "Vertigo," Mr. David Howell Evans has put his stamp on each and every U2 tune. This is one band where every member is just as vital and important as the next, but, for us, The Edge edges slightly ahead of the other three in terms of awesomeness. This in no way, whatsoever, diminshes the stature of Bono, Larry, or Adam, but kind of just shows how much we loves a great guitar player. And we love that he took a name like The Edge. It's kind of like all of those single-named musicians out there (Madonna, Sting, Cher, Gilbert), but even better because he's got the "The" at the front, denoting that he is the real deal, that he ain't playing around, that he is one cool cat. Believe it.

07.18: This day in 1953 saw one of the greatest performers of all time record his first songs, which he paid for himself ($3.98, thank you very much), when an 18-year-old Elvis Presley walked through the doors of Sun Records (née Memphis Recording Service) and laid down the tracks for two songs,  "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" and "My Happiness," that were, supposedly, recorded for his beloved mom. Sam Phillips' assistant took note of the young singer, suggesting to her boss that Elvis might be the voice of the new sound Sam was looking to foist upon white teens. That is, rock and roll, an entirely new genre back then, up to that time only performed by African-American musicians and singers. It took a good year from the time Elvis recorded that first vanity record until he quit his job as a truck driver to pursue singing full-time, but that first record began a ride that wouldn't end until his death in 1977. Long live the King!

Posted on November 30, 2010 | Tags: , , ,

After their show in Cologne on November 13th, 2010, metal legends The Scorpions received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hard Rock Cafe Cologne.
 
The award is a portrait of Jimi Hendrix, in fact, the largest Jimi Hendrix painting in the world. The artwork was designed and manufactured by a group of art students in Prague, lead by Professor Petr Vrana. The acrylic on canvas piece is 14 m x 8m and was the featured piece of art at  the Woodstock Art Retrospective which took place in 1999 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival. Check it out, hanging up. It's huge:

largest Jimi Hendrix painting in the world

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