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Johnny Cash

This was filmed at Johnny’s 13,880sf house in Hendersonville, Tennesee where he and June lived until their deaths in 2003 (shortly after this was filmed). Trent Reznor wrote the song while living in Sharon Tate’s old house – yes, that house – and after he watched this video, Trent said, “that song isn’t mine any more”.

Link to story about the song: https://ig.ft.com/life-of-a-song/hurt.html

Link to story about the house: https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/famous-lakeside-home-of-johnny-and-june-cash-burns-down/

Link to Trent Reznor and David Bowie’s live version of the song: https://youtu.be/fhhEHuChFck

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Today, everyone’s favorite Irish band premiered its legendary ‘U2 Go Home: Live From Slane’ show at the iconic music venue Slane Castle outside of Dublin, part of their ‘Elevation Tour’, on September 1st, 2001.

Ten days later, 9/11 happened:

00:00 – Intro

01:07 – Elevation

04:50 – Beautiful Day

09:20 – Until The End Of The World

14:40 – New Year’s Day

19:40 – Out Of Control

25:25 – Sunday Bloody Sunday

32:35 – Wake Up Dead Man

34:40 – Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of

39:40 – Kite

45:45 – Angel Of Harlem

49:30 – Desire

53:50 – Staring At The Sun

57:50 – All I Want Is You

1:02:30 – Where The Streets Have No Name

1:08:20 – Pride (In The Name Of Love)

1:13:20 – Bullet The Blue Sky

1:20:15 – With Or Without You

1:25:50 – One

1:31:40 – Walk On

Townes Van Zandt

John Townes Van Zandt[1] (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997) was an American singer-songwriter. He wrote numerous songs, such as “Pancho and Lefty”, “For the Sake of the Song”, “Tecumseh Valley”, “Rex’s Blues”, and “To Live Is to Fly”, that are widely considered masterpieces of American songwriting. His musical style has often been described as melancholy and features rich, poetic lyrics. During his early years, Van Zandt was respected for his guitar playing and fingerpicking ability.

In 1983, six years after Emmylou Harris had first popularized it, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered his song “Pancho and Lefty”, reaching number one on the Billboard country music chart. Much of Van Zandt’s life was spent touring various dive bars, often living in cheap motel rooms and backwood cabins. For much of the 1970s, he lived in a simple shack without electricity or a telephone.

His influence has been cited by countless artists across multiple genres, and his music has been recorded or performed by Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Merle Haggard, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Counting Crows, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen Jr., Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark, Wade Bowen, Gillian Welch, Pat Green, Colter Wall, Jason Isbell, Calvin Russell, Natalie Maines, and Frank Turner.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Townes_Van_Zandt

Gene Taylor, RIP

Gene Taylor, a renowned blues and boogie-woogie pianist in Los Angeles in the 1970s and ’80s who moved to Austin in the 1990s to play with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, died Saturday at home in North Austin. He was 68.

Taylor’s housemate, filmmaker Monty McMillan, said Sunday that he found Taylor’s body in bed on Saturday morning. The house had been without heat for five days as a result of statewide power outages related to the recent winter storm.

“I don’t really know exactly what happened.” McMillan said. “I don’t know if he had some underlying health condition, but I know the cold didn’t help.

“We both stayed in our own beds trying to stay warm. I came out of it OK, and he obviously didn’t.”

Born July 2, 1952, in Norwalk, Calif., Taylor had family ties in the Fort Worth area. Grammy-winning Los Angeles guitarist Dave Alvin, who played with Taylor in roots-rock band the Blasters for several years in the 1980s, said Sunday that he’d known Taylor since they were both teenagers.

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Billie Joe Armstrong

Here’s a good marker on age – Billie Joe Armstrong is 49 years old today!

My fellow Oakland-born rebel has been around since 1988, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on their first ballot in 2015.

I saw Green Day in Chula Vista with Laker Joe, and they were incredible – never forget:

Dishwalla

Everybody along the central coast during the 1990s came across these guys:

Tell me all your thoughts on God

‘Cause I’d really like to meet her

And ask her why we’re who we are

Tell me all your thoughts on God

‘Cause I’m on my way to see her

So tell me am I very far,

Am I very far now?

Get Back – New Beatles Movie

Last night I watched the John Lennon Imagine documentary on Netflix and it was an incredible experience of the John and Yoko era. This is similar but different:

Acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson’s “The Beatles: Get Back” is a unique cinematic experience that takes audiences back in time to The Beatles’ intimate recording sessions during a pivotal moment in music history. The film showcases the warmth, camaraderie and creative genius that defined the legacy of the iconic foursome. Shot in January 1969 and compiled from over 60 hours of unseen footage (filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg) and more than 150 hours of unheard audio, all of which has been brilliantly restored, “The Beatles: Get Back” is the story of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they plan their first live show in over two years and charts the writing and rehearsing of 14 new songs, originally intended for release on an accompanying live album. The film features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.

“The Beatles: Get Back” will open in UK cinemas in August, 2021.

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