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“Hope I die before I get old” — Do famous musicians really die young?

“Hope I die before I get old” — Do famous musicians really die young?

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With her tragic and untimely death, Amy Winehouse became the latest member of a grim group -- the so-called Club 27, whose only entrance requirement is to be a famous musician and to die at age 27. The club also includes legends such as Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain. This got me to thinking -- is it really true that the brightest stars burn out the earliest? Or does it just seem that way because of our fascination with stars who die young? Curious, I decided to conduct a little research so I compiled a list of famous and influential dead musicians. Of course that list could be limitless, depending on your standards for fame and influence. I ultimately opted to use Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, first published in 2004/05 and...
America’s birthday and America’s band

America’s birthday and America’s band

Music
What could be more American than watching some Beach Boys on the 4th of July?  Nothing, that's what.  So here's two clips from YouTube that will probably get taken down soon enough.  First let's watch a performance of "Darlin'" from an unspecified date (I'd guess late '70s).  The lack of Brian Wilson sucks of course, but thanks to brother Carl this is still quite a good performance. And now for one of the true classics - "Surfin' USA" from March 14, 1964.  This is part of the "Lost Concert" now available on DVD.  The syncing seems to be a bit off, but otherwise it's a great clip.
Album cover of the week: Surf’s Up

Album cover of the week: Surf’s Up

Album Cover of the Week
Surf's Up?  Isn't that a Beach Boys album?  Well sure, it's the middle of January and as I look out my window there is snow on the ground.  But as far as I'm concerned any time of year is a good time to talk about the lads from Hawthorne, California. By the time of this album's release in August 1971, the salad days of the Beach Boys seemed like a distant memory.  Brian Wilson, the main creative force behind the group since its founding 10 years prior, had fallen deeper into into drug use and depression.  Younger brother Carl has assumed his place of prominence within the Beach Boys. After releasing a series of commercially disappointing records (including the excellent Sunflower in 1970) the Beach Boys hired DJ Jack Rieley as their new manager.  Rieley set about to reverse the band'
Album review: Brian Wilson – That Lucky Old Sun

Album review: Brian Wilson – That Lucky Old Sun

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I'll admit it - I was pretty sure that SMiLE represented the last creative gasp of Brian Wilson, and that with its completion the book was effectively closed on one of pop's most creative and troubled minds.  But here comes That Lucky Old Sun, showing me just how wrong I was.  Now in his mid 60s, Wilson still seems to be capable of writing and arranging music with the creativity and vitality of a musician half his age. That's not to say That Lucky Old Sun (inspired by Louis Armstrong's rendition of the 1940s chestnut) is perfect, or even that it rivals Wilson's best work with the Beach Boys.  But there are more than a few flashes of the genius here that have enabled him to continue to draw on a vast reservoir of critical and fan good will. It's an album that sounds totally out of time (
Deep Cuts: The Beach Boys

Deep Cuts: The Beach Boys

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Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that of course means the unofficial start of summer. And what would a summer be without the music of the Beach Boys? It would be crap, that's what. Everyone knows the biggest hits (and there were a ton of them), but there's a lot of great material that has gone unnoticed by all but the biggest fans. So here's ten overlooked classics by the boys from Hawthorne, CA. (note: the audio player's default level is pretty loud, so headphone wearers beware). "This Whole World" (Sunflower, 1970) - If any song proved that the Beach Boys (and a post-breakdown Brian Wilson) could still deliver the goods after their late-'60s commercial freefall, this was it. In just under two minutes the band packed in more stunning harmonies and top-notch so...