domingo, 19 de marzo de 2017

Muere Chuc Berry a los 90 años

Charles Edward Anderson Berry (Saint Louis, Misuri, 18 de octubre de 1926-Ibídem, 18 de marzo de 2017), conocido artísticamente como Chuck Berry, fue un compositor, intérprete y guitarrista estadounidense. Es considerado uno de los músicos más influyentes de la historia del rock and roll, siendo uno de los pioneros de dicho género musical. Gracias a canciones como "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) y "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Berry redefinió los elementos del rhythm and blues, creando las bases del rock and roll. La revista Rolling Stone lo presenta como el intérprete n.º 5 en su lista "The Immortals", que reúne a los mejores artistas musicales, superado solo por The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley y The Rolling Stones, y como el sexto mejor guitarrista de todos los tiempos. Asimismo, "Johnny B. Goode" su canción más popular, es considerada la mejor canción de guitarra de la historia del rock and roll, según la misma revista.6 Por su legado al género rock ganó en 2014 el Premio Polar, considerado el "Premio Nobel de la música".

Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and music featuring guitar solos and showmanship that were a major influence on subsequent rock music. Born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high school student he was convicted of armed robbery and was sent to a reformatory, where he was held from 1944 to 1947. After his release, Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant. Berry claimed on The Tonight Show he was influenced primarily by 1940s swing artist Louis Jordan. "The main guy was Louis Jordan. I wanted to sing like Nat Cole, with lyrics like Louis Jordan with the swing of Bennie Goodman with Charlie Christian on guitar, playing Carl Hogan's riffs, with the soul of Muddy Waters." By early 1953, influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of the blues musician T-Bone Walker, Berry began performing with the Johnnie Johnson Trio. His break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955 and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess, of Chess Records. With Chess he recorded "Maybellene"—Berry's adaptation of the country song "Ida Red"—which sold over a million copies, reaching number one on Billboard magazine's rhythm and blues chart. By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star with several hit records and film appearances and a lucrative touring career. He had also established his own St. Louis nightclub, Berry's Club Bandstand. But in January 1962, he was sentenced to three years in prison for offenses under the Mann Act—he had transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines. After his release in 1963 after serving 20 months of the three years, Berry had more hits in the mid-1960s, including "No Particular Place to Go", "You Never Can Tell", and "Nadine". By the mid-1970s, he was more in demand as a live performer, playing his past hits with local backup bands of variable quality.[3] In 1979 he served 120 days in prison for tax evasion. Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986; he was cited for having "laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance." Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine's "greatest of all time" lists; he was ranked fifth on its 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll includes three of Berry's: "Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", and "Rock and Roll Music". Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" is the only rock-and-roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record.

lunes, 6 de marzo de 2017

david Gilmour cumple 71 años

David Jon Gilmour, CBE (Reino Unido, 6 de marzo de 1946) es un músico, compositor y multiinstrumentista británico. Es conocido por ser el vocalista, guitarrista y compositor principal, junto a Roger Waters, de la banda de rock progresivo Pink Floyd, a la cual se unió tras el abandono de Syd Barrett en abril de 1968. Junto con su trabajo en esta banda, Gilmour ha colaborado en otras publicaciones como productor y ha estado envuelto activamente en ONG a lo largo de su carrera. En 2003 fue nombrado comendador de la Orden del Imperio Británico. En el último listado de los 100 mejores guitarristas, por la revista Rolling Stone, está posicionado en el decimocuarto lugar (entre Albert King y Freddy King), y en la octava posición de la lista "los 100 mejores guitarristas", de la revista Total Guitar. En 2006 la revista estadounidense Guitar World incluyó tres de sus canciones entre "los 100 mejores solos de todos los tiempos". En 1996 fue incluido en el Salón de la Fama del Rock and Roll como miembro de Pink Floyd, y en agosto de 2006, su solo en "Comfortably Numb" fue votado por los espectadores de la estación de radio Planet Rock como el mejor solo de guitarra de la historia jamás grabado. Su particular estilo, unido al inmenso éxito comercial y crítico de Pink Floyd han convertido a Gilmour en uno de los guitarristas más representativos e influyentes del panorama musical.

David Jon Gilmour, CBE (born 6 March 1946) is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968, effectively as a replacement for founder Syd Barrett, who left the band shortly afterwards. Pink Floyd subsequently achieved international success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall. By the early 1980s, they had become one of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling acts in the history of popular music; it was estimated that by 2012 the band had sold over 250 million records worldwide, including 75 million units sold in the United States. Following the departure of another founder member, Roger Waters, Gilmour assumed leadership of Pink Floyd in 1985. In addition to his work with Pink Floyd, Gilmour has produced a variety of artists, for example the Dream Academy, and has had a solo career which has included four studio albums: David Gilmour, About Face, On an Island, and Rattle That Lock. As a member of Pink Floyd, he was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2005, Gilmour was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to music. He was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution title at the 2008 Q Awards. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 14 in their list of the greatest guitarists of all time. Additionally, Gilmour was voted number 36 in the greatest voices in rock by Planet Rock listeners in 2009. He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rights, homelessness, poverty, environmentalism, wildlife conservation, human rights, and music therapy. He has married twice and is the father of eight children.

jueves, 2 de marzo de 2017

Nuevo disco de Eduard Iniesta "La petita casa de mi mateix"

Eduard Iniesta i Torres (Barcelona, 2 de març de 1968) és un compositor català especialitzat en instruments de doble corda de la Mediterrània. El seu interès pels instruments de doble corda li ve de les agrupacions de corda (rondalles) catalanes i mallorquines, que havia escoltat de petit. Aquestes textures sonores i el seu interès per la música popular, el va influir en la sonoritat de les seves composicions, que acostuma a vestir amb alguns dels més de 40 instruments que toca de Grècia, Turquia, Egipte o Portugal. Llicenciat en Dret a la Universitat de Barcelona, Eduard Iniesta va compaginar el seu inicial període d'aprenentatge musical simultàniament amb els estudis de Dret fins a la seva llicenciatura. Durant una llarga etapa, el compositor va viatjar a països com Turquia, Grècia, Síria o Portugal per tal d'aprofundir en el coneixement dels instruments de corda autòctons. La seva música és bàsicament portuària perquè neix a Barcelona, on hi arriben les influències culturals dels països que l'envolten, fet que afegeix matisos i colors a la seva obra.

Eduard Iniesta i Torres (Barcelona, ​​March 2, 1968) is a Catalan composer specialitzat in double string instruments of the Mediterranean. His interest was the double string of the stringed groupings (rondalles) Catalan and Majorcan, which had esctat de petit. These sound textures and his interest in popular music, he is going to influence the sonoritat de les seves compositions, who usually dress some of the more than 40 instruments he plays in Greece, Turkey, Egypt or Portugal. Llicenciat in Dret to the Universitat de Barcelona, ​​Eduard Iniesta will combine his initial period of musical aprenentatge simultaneously with the Dret études for the seva llicenciatura. During a long stage, the composer will travel to countries such as Turkey, Greece, Syria or Portugal per se to deepen in the connection of the autochthonous instruments. The seva music is bàsicament portària perquè neix to Barcelona,

Hoy Lou Reed cumpliria 75 años

Lewis Allen Reed, más conocido como Lou Reed (Brooklyn, Nueva York, 2 de marzo de 1942 – Southampton, Estado de Nueva York, 27 de octubre de 2013),1 fue un poeta, cantante, guitarrista y compositor de rock, considerado el padre del rock alternativo, primero como líder del grupo The Velvet Underground y luego en solitario. Enormemente influyente en la cultura pop desde la década de 1960, entre sus discos suelen destacarse Transformer (1972), Berlin (1973), Rock'n'Roll Animal (1976), Live: Take No Prisoners (1978), New York (1989) y, entre sus actuaciones en directo, el concierto ofrecido en el Meltdown Festival en 1998: Perfect Night Live in London. Nacido en Brooklyn, residió habitualmente en Nueva York; ciudad cuya faceta menos amable plasmó en muchas de sus letras. Hizo colaboraciones y contactos con creadores como Andy Warhol y David Bowie. Su original estilo e influencia le generó gran fama entre las vanguardias musicales posteriores, fama a la que no fue ajena su ajetreada vida personal durante sus años de mayor éxito. Sin embargo, Reed fue considerado habitualmente como un músico «de culto», ajeno en parte a las listas de éxitos y el marketing de las multinacionales discográficas. En su época de The Velvet Underground (1964-70) escribió canciones especialmente reconocidas, como "Heroin", "Rock and Roll", "I'm Waiting for the Man" y "Sweet Jane". Su mayor éxito comercial, sin embargo, es una canción posterior: "Walk on the Wild Side" (1972), que dio visibilidad a la prostitución y la transexualidad; una temática que hasta la fecha la música rock no solía abordar. En mayo de 2013 Lou Reed fue sometido a una operación de trasplante de hígado. Pero esta intervención no solventó sus problemas de salud, y el músico falleció el 27 de octubre del mismo año en Southampton (Nueva York).

Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades. The Velvet Underground was unsuccessful during their active years, but gained a significant cult following to become one of the most widely acclaimed and influential bands in rock history.[2] Brian Eno famously stated that, while the Velvet Underground's debut album sold only 30,000 copies, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band". Reed's solo career began in 1972. He had a hit the following year with "Walk on the Wild Side", but this level of mainstream commercial success was not repeated. Reed was known for his distinctive deadpan voice and poetic lyrics, and for pioneering and coining the term ostrich guitar tuning. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time included two albums by Reed as a solo artist: Transformer and Berlin, and also included the Velvet Underground albums The Velvet Underground & Nico, White Light/White Heat, The Velvet Underground and Loaded.

44 años de The Dark Side of the Moon

The Dark Side of the Moon  es un álbum conceptual, el octavo de estudio de la banda británica de rock progresivo Pink Floyd. Fue lanzado el 1 de marzo de 1973 en Estados Unidos y el 24 de marzo del mismo año en el Reino Unido. El álbum está construido a partir de las ideas que Pink Floyd había explorado en sus conciertos y anteriores grabaciones, pero carece de las largas piezas instrumentales que caracterizaban a los trabajos posteriores a la marcha en 1968 de su miembro fundador, principal compositor y letrista, Syd Barrett. La temática del álbum incluye el conflicto, la avaricia, el envejecimiento y la enfermedad mental, este último tema inspirado en parte por el deterioro mental de Barrett. El álbum se desarrolló como parte de una futura gira de la banda, estrenándose en directo varios meses antes de que siquiera hubieran comenzado las grabaciones en el estudio. El nuevo material se fue refinando a medida que avanzaba la gira, y fue grabado en dos sesiones en 1972 y 1973 en los Abbey Road Studios de Londres. Pink Floyd usó algunas de las técnicas de grabación más avanzadas de la época, incluyendo grabaciones multipista y loops. En varias de las pistas se usaron sintetizadores analógicos, mientras que una serie de entrevistas con la banda y el equipo técnico aparecen a lo largo del álbum en forma de citas filosóficas. Alan Parsons fue el responsable de algunos de los aspectos sónicos más innovadores del álbum, incluyendo la interpretación no léxica de Clare Torry. Un masivo éxito comercial, el álbum llegó a lo más alto de la lista Billboard 200 durante una semana. y permaneció en las listas 889 semanas (más de 17 años), siendo así el álbum que más tiempo ha permanecido en listas de la historia. Con una estimación de ventas de 45 millones de copias, es uno de los álbumes con mayores ventas del mundo y el más exitoso de Pink Floyd. Ha sido remasterizado y reeditado en dos ocasiones, además de haber sido versionado por varias bandas. Del álbum se extrajeron dos sencillos: «Money» y «Us and Them». Además de su éxito comercial, The Dark Side of the Moon fue altamente aclamado por la crítica y está considerado un trabajo seminal en la historia del rock, con muchas listas y rankings considerándolo entre los mejores álbumes de todos los tiempos y continúa siendo el álbum más popular de la banda tanto entre sus seguidores y como con la crítica especializada.

The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 1 March 1973 by Harvest Records. The album built on ideas explored in earlier recordings and live shows, but lacks the extended instrumental excursions following the departure of founding member and principal contributor, Syd Barrett, in 1968 that characterised their earlier work. It thematically explores conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by Barrett's deteriorating mental state. Developed during live performances, an early version was premiered several months before recording began; new material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road in London. The group used some advanced recording techniques at the time, including multitrack recording and tape loops. Analogue synthesizers were prominent in several tracks, and snippets from recorded interviews with Pink Floyd's road crew and others provided philosophical quotations throughout. Engineer Alan Parsons was responsible for many distinctively notable sonic aspects and the recruitment of non-lexical singer Clare Torry. The album's iconic sleeve, designed by Storm Thorgerson, depicts a prism spectrum and represents the band's lighting, the record's thematic material, and keyboardist Richard Wright's "simple and bold" design request. The album was an immediate commercial and critical success; it topped the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for a week and remained in the chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling worldwide. It has been remastered and re-released twice, and covered in its entirety by several other acts. It produced two singles, "Money" and "Us and Them", and is the band's most popular album among fans and critics, being ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time.

domingo, 26 de febrero de 2017

Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John (nacido como Reginald Kenneth Dwight; Londres, 25 de marzo de 1947), mas conocido como Elton John, es un cantante, compositor y pianista británico de rock, glam rock y piano rock. Es uno de los músicos con mayores ventas de todos los tiempos, que superan los 300 millones de álbumes en todo el mundo. Sus múltiples reconocimientos incluyen el título de «Sir» después de ser nombrado comendador de la Orden del Imperio Británico por la reina Isabel II. De acuerdo con la revista Billboard, es el tercer artista más grande de todos los tiempos en los Estados Unidos.

Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive years (1970–2000) he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. His tribute single, re-penned in dedication to the late Princess Diana, "Candle in the Wind 1997" sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. He has also composed music, produced records, and has occasionally acted in films. John owned Watford Football Club from 1976 to 1987, and 1997 to 2002. He is an honorary Life President of the club, and in 2014 had a stand named after him at the club's home stadium. Raised in the Pinner area of London, John learned to play piano at an early age, and by 1962 had formed Bluesology. John met his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, in 1967, after they had both answered an advert for songwriters. For two years they wrote songs for other artists, including Lulu, and John also worked as a session musician for artists such as the Hollies and the Scaffold. In 1969 his debut album, Empty Sky, was released. In 1970 a single, "Your Song", from his second album, Elton John, reached the top ten in the UK and the US, his first hit single. After decades of commercial chart success, John has also achieved success in musical theatre, both in the West End and on Broadway, composing the music for The Lion King (film and musical), Aida and Billy Elliot the Musical. He has received five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards – winning two awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the first Brits Icon in 2013 for his "lasting impact on British culture", an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legends award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era.[9] In 2013, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists (third overall behind the Beatles and Madonna).[10] He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, is an inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. Having been named a Order of the British Empire in 1996, John was made a Knight Bachelor by Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services" in 1998. John has performed at a number of royal events, such as the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in 1997, the Party at the Palace in 2002 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in 2012. He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation and a year later began hosting the annual Academy Award Party, which has since become one of the highest-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over US$200 million. John, who announced he was bisexual in 1976 and has been openly gay since 1988, entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish on 21 December 2005, and after same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales in 2014, wed Furnish on 21 December 2014. He continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements worldwide.