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Following her 1986 Rock a Little tour, she entered the Betty Ford rehab center to kick her cocaine addiction (she had been using the drug since the early ’70s). The treatment worked, but she soon got hooked on the prescription drug Klonopin, which took her eight years to beat. She says the drug made her gain about 50 pounds and “stole” those years from her life.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, her father was Jess Nicks, former president of a Chicago meatpacking plant named Greyhound’s Armour-Dial.

Stevie’s full first name is Stephanie. She got the nickname Stevie because as an infant she could only say “tee-dee.”

Nicks is best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and then her later solo work, but the first album she ever released was Buckingham Nicks in 1973, a collaboration with her boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham. The album did not sell well and got the duo dropped from the Polydor label, but they proved the perfect fit for Fleetwood Mac, which they joined in 1974.

To her dismay, Don Henley revealed in a 1991 interview with GQ that Nicks was pregnant with his baby in the late ’70s and had an abortion.

Nicks’ long-running relationship with Lindsey Buckingham played a significant role in her career, both personally and professionally. They met in high school, when Nicks was a senior and Buckingham was a junior. As Buckingham played “California Dreamin'” (Nicks’ accounts have varied slightly over the years as to which song it was but “Dreamin'” seems most consistent) at a Young Life club, Nicks got up and harmonized with him. That was their last collaboration until two years later, when they got back together again and started down the path that would take them to Fleetwood Mac.

Nicks and Buckingham’s first band was named Fritz. They opened for Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Jimi Hendrix.

She worked several waitressing and cleaning jobs to support her and Buckingham as they were trying to make it. Buckingham spent his time mastering his guitar skills, as both agreed that would be their best shot at the big time.

Nicks often took her new songs to her father to see what he thought of them. He was very critical and demanding, pushing her to live up to her immense talents. In 1982 she told High Times that she prefers working with people like that. “He strives to get the best out of me, and you don’t get the best out of me by hugging and kissing me and telling me how wonderful I am. That doesn’t work. The best thing to do is really be serious with me and I’ll work hard.”

Family is very important to Nicks. Her parents were always very supportive of her, and she credits them as being important to her success.

Speaking with Interview magazine in 1995, Nick reported that her grandfather, A.J. Nicks, had been a country and western singer. He hopped freight trains to get from town to town and played in bars, supplementing his income with games of pool.

She has been in relationships with Jimmy Iovine, Joe Walsh, J.D. Souther, Don Henley, Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics), and California governor Jerry Brown, but was married only once: to her best friend’s widower.

The friend was Robin Snyder, who gave birth to a baby boy, Matthew, two days before dying of leukemia. Nicks decided she should raise Matthew, and three months later married his father, Kim Anderson. It was a disaster, and the couple divorced three months later.

The honorific title “Queen of Rock and Roll” has been bestowed upon Nicks several times over the years by leading authorities in the field, including Rolling Stonemagazine.

Nicks made a conscious decision to not have children so she could focus her life on her art. She doesn’t regret it, saying it’s more fun to be the “crazy aunt” than a mother, anyway.

Nicks supports wounded soldiers with her charity “Stevie Nicks’ Band of Soldiers.”

Nicks majored in Speech Communication at San Jose State University and planned on being an English teacher. Though she dropped out a semester before graduation to pursue music, she maintains that it’s important for people to get a degree or learn a marketable skill before going off to pursue entrepreneurial or artistic ventures.

Nicks is fond of the word “miserability,” which she made up. In Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams and Rumours, she explains that the state of “passionate miserability” is one where the pain isn’t enough to be overwhelming but is enough to inspire her to write. “I don’t like to suffer and I hate pain but I want to suffer to the point that I go the typewriter and write down all of my marvelous philosophy as to my why I’m suffering – I love that part of it.”

She was gifted a Goya guitar on her 16th birthday and promptly wrote her first song, entitled “I’ve Loved and I’ve Lost, and I’m Sad but Not Blue.”

In 2019, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice when she entered as a solo artist (she got in with Fleetwood Mac in 1998). Twenty-two men had already gotten in twice, something Nicks pointed out in her speech. “In 2020, induct more women,” she said.

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The band had three different lead singers before Snider joined in 1976. Their original singer, Michael O’Neill, came up with the name, although he didn’t remember doing so. According to Jay Jay French, O’Neill called him from a bar and said he had the perfect name: Twisted Sister. French loved it, but the next day, O’Neill didn’t remember any of it.

Dee Snider created a website called Take Back the Horns that is devoted to restoring metal music (and the emblematic metal hand gesture) to its former glory.

A.J. Pero, drummer of Twisted Sister, said that his son likes Twisted Sister, but “likes Linkin Park better.”

Some members of Twisted Sister have admitted to wearing wigs for performances, in order to live up to their former head-banging glory and to put on a good show for their fans.

Twisted Sister has been described both as a metal band and a glam rock band. Dee Snider has said that Twisted Sister consider themselves a metal band, “but the first glam metal band.”

Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider got his start in music by singing in the choir at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Baldwin, New York and the Church of the Transfiguration in Freeport, New York.

After the band broke up in 1988, they continued to get media attention as nostalgia set in – Twisted Sister showed up in a bunch of shows, articles and lists devoted to hair metal and early MTV. Snider would often appear to provide a sound bite, happy to oblige in any tribute to the band’s legacy. Snider himself stayed visible (or at least audible) in the mid-’90s when he did the morning show on the Hartford, Connecticut radio station WMRQ.

Along with Frank Zappa and John Denver, Dee Snider testified at congressional hearings on September 19, 1985 regarding warning labels on albums deemed to contain explicit lyrics. The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), led by Tipper Gore, testified in favor of the labels, while the musicians argued that it was censorship. The result of the hearing were labels on albums containing lyrics depicting sex, drug or violence.

On December 3, 2013, AJ Pero was announced as the new drummer of the band Adrenaline Mob, replacing founder member Mike Portney.

Pero passed away peacefully in his bunk on Adrenaline Mob’s tour bus of a heart attack on March 20, 2015. The band was traveling from Baltimore to Poughkeepsie at a time and Adrenaline Mob’s band members attempted, but failed to wake the stickman. Pero was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead. It was later announced that the drummer had advanced heart disease.

In 2006, Twisted Sister reunited to release A Twisted Christmas, which is a collection of unique takes on classic Christmas carols and standards. The band introduced each carol with a classic rock song such as “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath or one of the many Judas Priest hits.

The cover of their 1984 breakthrough album Stay Hungry was supposed to show the full band, but Dee Snider stayed behind at the shoot and photographer Mark Weiss captured him in the feral pose that made the cover.

Twisted Sister once got involved with Manowar after the New York heavy metal group called Dee Snider and his band mates a bunch of “sissy boys with makeup.” Twisted Sister challenged them to a street fight at Covent Garden in London, but Manowar never showed up and later apologized for offending them.

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The Sex Pistols, rock group who created the British punk movement of the late 1970s and who, with the song “God Save the Queen,” became a symbol of the United Kingdom’s social and political turmoil.

The Sex Pistols began mixing 1960s English pop music influences (the Small Faces, the Who) with those of 1970s rock renegades (Iggy and the Stooges, the New York Dolls) in an attempt to strip rock’s complexities to the bone. By the summer of 1976 the Sex Pistols had attracted an avid fan base and successfully updated the energies of the 1960s mods for the malignant teenage mood of the ’70s. Heavily stylized in their image and music, media-savvy, and ambitious in their use of lyrics, the Sex Pistols became the leaders of a new teenage movement—called punk by the British press—in the autumn of 1976.

The Sex Pistols were formed in London in 1975. Although their initial career lasted just two and a half years, they are regarded as one of the most groundbreaking acts in the history of popular music.

Sid Vicious is credited with inventing the “Pogo,” where you bounce up and down to the music. This eventually led to moshing.

Sid’s real name was John Simon Ritchie; he and John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) were part of a gang called The Johns. He got his new moniker when Rotten’s Hamster Sid bit John Ritchie’s finger; he yelped and said “Your Sid was vicious.”

Sid Vicious died on February 2, 1979 of an overdose of heroin his mother had bought for him. It was likely an intentional suicide as Sid was extremely depressed about his role in the death of his girlfriend, groupie Nancy Spungen. The couple were the subject of the 1986 film Sid and Nancy.

After Johnny Rotten left The Sex Pistols he formed a new band, Public Image LTD (PiL) and reverted back to his original name, Lydon.

In 2004, John Lydon appeared on a British reality TV program set in an Australian jungle called I’m a Celebrity, get me outta here! He caused controversy by saying the C-word live on British TV.

In 2005, they were voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In true punk rock form, they refused to attend the ceremony and sent a note to Rolling Stone magazine voicing their displeasure with the institution (“Next to the Sex Pistols, that Hall Of Fame is a piss stain”). Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner read the note in its entirety at the ceremony.

Johnny Rotten was known to wear a shirt that said “Pink Floyd sucks” as punk was rebelling not only against society, but also the complex progressive music which Pink Floyd were a perfect example of. David Gilmour (guitarist of Pink Floyd) has said that when he met Rotten that the Sex Pistol singer apologized for the stunt and admitted he was a fan of Pink Floyd.

They were known first as The Strand, then The Swankers before settling on The Sex Pistols.

Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols is the only studio album they released. All others were live albums, compilations or movie soundtracks.

In November 2007, The Sex Pistols reformed to play five nights at Brixton’s Carling Academy and also gigs in Glasgow and Manchester. They also played on The Craig Fergurson Show and The Jay Leno Show.

Also in 2007, they rerecorded “Anarchy In The UK” and “Pretty Vacant” for Guitar Hero.

When the band was conceived, Steve Jones was the lead singer. He moved to guitar when original member Wally Nightingale left, which left an opening for a frontman. Rotten got the job when he auditioned for their manager Malcolm McLaren by lip-synching to the Alice Cooper song “I’m Eighteen.”

Johnny Rotten has described the band as “musical vaudeville” and “evil burlesque,” admitting that their image and stage shows are as important as their music. Alice Cooper was a big influence on him.

John Lydon revealed to the Scottish Daily Record that Mick Jagger paid for Sid Vicious’ lawyers when Sid was under arrest for the murder of Nancy Spungeon in 1978. “I don’t think Malcolm lifted a finger,” mused Lydon. “For that I have a good liking of Mick Jagger.”

In an interview with John Lydon, he talked about how being outspoken has been both a blessing and a curse. “I can end up my own worst enemy – just by speaking as I find,” he said. “Sometimes, the truth hurts. But it needs to be told.”

John Lydon and his wife Nora almost died in the December 21, 1988 Lockerbie bombing – they were booked on Pan Am Flight 103, which was destroyed by a bomb, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew. However, according to Lydon, “she didn’t pack her case in time, so we canceled.”

On October 8, 1976, EMI signed the Sex Pistols to a two-year contract. However the label got cold feet when the band caused a national scandal by swearing on-air during an early evening live broadcast of a program hosted by Bill Grundy. Richard Branson quickly advantage of the situation and signed the Pistols to Virgin. He recalled to NME:

“Having seen them live, I was determined to sign them even though they had already signed with EMI. I called the company’s president and said, ‘If you want to get rid of the Sex Pistols, I’m happy to step in.’ He said, ‘No, I’m very happy with them.’

Anyway, that night they went on The Bill Grundy Show and he called my home number and said, ‘We’ll hand over the contract at 6am tomorrow.’ Malcolm McLaren, being very Machiavellian, signed the band with A&M the next day and got more money. But Sid Vicious threw up all over the A&M office [so the company changed its mind] and we finally got them in the afternoon. The Sex Pistols gave Virgin an edge.”

Their original bass player Glen Matlock left the band and was replaced by Sid Vicious in 1977 before Never Mind the Bollocks… was released. The split was precipitated by conflict with Johnny Rotten, although Malcolm McLaren claimed he was fired because of his Beatles influence. Matlock says he’s “not that big of a Beatles fan.”

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ALTER BRIDGE and SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS vocalist Myles Kennedywill release his sophomore solo album, “The Ides Of March”, on May 14 via Napalm Records. You can now watch the official music video for the title track below.

“The Ides Of March” is the longest song on the LP, clocking in at 7:39, and showcases the musicianship of Kennedy and his cohorts — longtime friend and drummer Zia Uddin and bassist/manager Tim Tournier. The band stretches out musically as Kennedy sings an ominous warning: “beware the ides of March.”

Myles says about “The Ides Of March”: “Written quickly one night after having a few drinks, it was an attempt to sum up what so many of us felt during the beginning of the pandemic. We were bored, frustrated and self-medicating to avoid going stir crazy. What I like about the narrative, is it pushes the idea that if everything is going to hell, at least try and do it in a celebratory fashion.”

During his time at home due to all touring being canceled, Myles created the framework for the song ideas that would make up “The Ides Of March”. He then called up his cohorts from his “Year Of The Tiger” debut — Uddin and Tournier — and the three musicians drove to Florida to record the album with longtime producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette.

From the slide guitar riffs of the album opener “Get Along” to the pensive blues style of closer “Worried Mind”, it is clear that Myleshas crafted a formidable follow up to his debut solo album. While “Year Of The Tiger” was more of an acoustic exploration through Myles‘s mind, “The Ides Of March” finds him strapping on his electric guitar and pushing himself as a guitarist/songwriter. Tracks like “A Thousand Words”, “Wake Me When It’s Over” and “Moonshot” showcase the diverse musical arrangements that have garnered Myles fans globally across all of his projects. The epic “The Ides Of March”clocks in at over seven minutes, and Myles, Tim and Zia showcase their musical chops on the track.

“The Ides Of March” track listing:

01. Get Along 
02. A Thousand Words 
03. In Stride 
04. The Ides Of March 
05. Wake Me When It’s Over 
06. Love Rain Down 
07. Tell It Like It Is 
08. Moonshot 
09. Wanderlust Begins 
10. Sifting Through The Fire 
11. Worried Mind

In November, Myles told Kylie Olsson about how “The Ides Of March” compares to “Year Of The Tiger”: “It dawned on me last night as I was listening [to the new album], I was, like, ‘You basically made a rock record.’ [Laughs] I don’t know if I went into it with that intention initially. And I feel like it definitely is still a continuation of the overall style that was established for the solo project on ‘Year Of The Tiger’. There’s a fair amount of acoustic instrumentation; there’s a lot of lap steel [guitar]. I love the lap steel; I just love the way you can make it weep — it’s got a very vocal quality. But then I realized there’s just a lot of guitar and a lot more solos — you know, guitar geek stuff that I enjoy.”

A month earlier, Kennedy told Terrie Carr of the Morristown, New Jersey radio station 105.5 WDHA that it was a joy to reconnect with UddinTournier and Baskette for the making of the new LP.

“Oh, yeah, it was great,” he said. “It was great, because we actually drove [to the studio in Florida]. So Zia, my drummer, who, we’ve played together for the last 30 years, off and on, since we were in high school. He’s, in my opinion, one of the greatest rock and roll drummers alive; he’s so good, it’s mind-boggling. So we started driving. We left Spokane, with the gear in tow. And then we met Tim about halfway. I think we met somewhere in Tennessee, maybe. Then we after driving to Orlando, we all quarantined. Zia did his drums and then he went home, and then Tim finished up. He hung around for a little while. And then I was there for, I think, seven weeks with Elvis.”

He continued: “It’s a fun environment. We all love each other dearly. I’m serious when I say this: we’re a bunch of middle-aged children. I mean, it’s as if we’ve taken a time machine and we’re in the seventh grade. And the humor is ridiculously silly. I don’t even know how to articulate how ridiculous it gets when you put all of us in a studio together. [Laughs]”

Myles‘s tour in support of “Year Of The Tiger” featured music from the album as well as selections from Myles‘s work with ALTER BRIDGE, THE MAYFIELD FOUR and SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS.

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James played the part of God in the opera Faust, by Randy Newman. Newman played the devil, and Don Henley played the title character.

He and his third wife have twin boys born in 2001 from a surrogate mother.

His mother is the classical soprano star Gertrude Woodard and his father is Dr. Isaac Taylor. He has three brothers: his older brother Alex (Born in 1947, Died in 1993) and his younger brothers Livingston and Hugh, and he has a sister, Kate. All of his siblings are musicians just like him and all have recorded an album. In addition to the twins, he also has two children: a daughter named Sally and a son named Ben, both of whom are also musicians.

James Vernon Taylor was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His family moved to Chappel Hill, North Carolina in 1951. James’ older brother, Alex Taylor has a son named James Richmond Taylor. Alex sadly lost his life on March 12, 1993, James’ 45th birthday.

He married Carly Simon in 1972. Their marriage lasted 11 years. In 1985, he tied the knot again, this time with Kathryn Walker. Their marriage lasted a decade. Taylor got married a third time on February 18, 2001, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Boston. to Caroline “Kim” Smedvig. The Before This World track “You and I Again” describes his feelings about her when they first started going out.

He and his family spent their summers on Martha’s Vineyard, which is where he met Danny Kotchmar, (sometimes credited on albums as “Kooch”). The two began playing music together, and formed a band called The Flying Machine, which released a single in 1966 but broke up a short time later. Kotchmar became a top session musician, and joined Taylor’s band starting with the 1970 Sweet Baby James album.

As a child, he studied cello, but in 1960, he started teaching himself how to play guitar. Three years later, he headed back to New England to attend prep school at the Milton Academy in Massachusetts. When he was 16, he formed a band with his brother Alex and quit the Milton Academy. He also moved to New York and began experiencing severe depression. He checked himself into a Massachusetts hospital, where he was treated for depression and began writing more intensely.

In an attempt to kick what had become a heroin addiction, he moved in 1968 to London, where he got a record deal with The Beatles’ Apple Records and recorded his first album.

Garth Brooks is a big fan, and named his first child Taylor in honor of James.

James Taylor originally planned to be a chemist. He recalled to Billboard magazine: “That was the expectation – that I’d study science. But my father was strangely unenthusiastic about what he did. I assumed they had expectations of me, because they sent me to a boarding school whose entire focus was preparing you for college. Then I had my teenage emotional breakdown. Some teachers and friends suggested I get evaluated. I was sent to McLean [a psychiatric hospital outside Boston], and they kept me for 10 months.”

After 47 years and 17 studio albums, James Taylor reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart for the first time in 2015 with Before This World. Previously, Taylor’s highest-charting LP had been Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, which peaked at #2 in 1971.

Asked during a 2015 Reddit AMA if he had any major regrets, Taylor replied: “Randy Newman asked me to sing the theme song for the first Toy Story film. And I couldn’t find the time to do it. Lyle Lovett did a great job. But I wish it had been me.”

Taylor has done very well with cover songs, recording popular versions of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend,” Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You,” Jimmy Jones’ “Handy Man,” The Drifters “Up On The Roof” and Buddy Holly’s “Everyday.”

Peter Asher, who was head of A&R when Apple Records signed Taylor, produced his 1968 debut album. When Taylor left the label a short time later, Asher went with him and became his manager as well as producer. Asher, who with his duo Peter & Gordon had a #1 hit in 1964 with “A World Without Love,” later took on Linda Ronstadt as a client, guiding her to great heights.

After James Taylor gave a demo tape of songs to Peter Asher, the Apple head of A&R played the demo to Paul McCartney and George Harrison. The young singer-songwriter then auditioned for the Beatles pair in Apple’s offices which at the time were in a small room on the third or fourth floor of a building in London’s Baker Street. Taylor, who was a “complete Beatles devotee” recalled the experience to Uncut:

“McCartney was a real hero to me. He and George Harrison were in the small room and they gave me five minutes of their time. Imagine that! I was thrilled and delight it but also extremely nervous. When I left the room they talked to Peter Asher for a moment. Essentially Paul said, ‘Do you feel like we can record with the guy?’ and Peter said, ‘Yeah, I think he’ll be good.’ So they signed me to Apple.”

Speaking to Uncut in a 2018 interview, James Taylor said the inspiration for his songs “still comes regularly.” He added: “I take a lot of walks… I find that if I lie down and close my eyes and take a 20-minute nap, it’s like putting a bucket down into a well and some ideas will come back up.”

James Taylor wrote his first song at age 14. He told Mojo magazine: “I wrote a little tune called ‘Roll River Roll.’ Just a simple folky number with simple guitar chords.”

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The Pretty Reckless is a New York rock band that was formed and is fronted by Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen.

On starting Pretty Reckless, Taylor Monsen told Sebastiano Mereu of From Hero To Zero: “For me, music is – I say a ‘passion,’ but it’s more than a passion, it’s my identity. I’ve been writing songs and singing and playing guitar since my birth. I’ve been humming melodies since I was a child, so it was something I always did. I was in different bands. When I met this band, when I met Ben [Phillips] first and we started writing together, there was a magic ‘click’ there. It wasn’t really a choice. It was out of desperation, the need to play music.”

Their debut single, “Make Me Wanna Die,” featured in the end credits of the movie Kick-Ass.

On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey. The storm ravaged Water Music Recording Studios in Hoboken, where The Pretty Reckless had been recording their second album and wiped out the majority of the band’s gear as well as a batch of demos and near-completed recordings. As a result they had to re-record a lot of songs they had been working on.

Taylor Momsen’s first acting job was at the age of three when she appeared in a 1997 national commercial for Shake ‘n Bake.

When Taylor Momsen is not touring, she likes to just relax at home. Asked by Loudwire what her interests are, she replied:

“I love comedy. I watch a lot of late-night. Larry David is like my go to. He’s the Beatles of comedy. Louis CK is great. Katt Williams, Marc Maron. I watch television and comedians. I paint, I sculpt and play music. Playing music isn’t a job. Touring is a job but playing music is a pleasure and a privilege.”

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Kim Deal

As The Pixies’ original bassist and long-time Breeders frontwoman, Kim Deal’s played a hand in creating some of rock’s most celebrated music. While Kurt Cobain famously cited The Pixies as the abiding influence behind super-duper mega-hit Smells Like Teen Spirit, Breeders’ breakthrough album Last Splash was certified platinum, with The Prodigy using a sample from album track S.O.S. as the basis for hit single Firestarter.

Deal joined Pixies in January 1986, adopting the stage name Mrs. John Murphy for the albums Come on Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa. Following Doolittle and the Pixies’ hiatus, she formed the Breeders with Tanya Donelly, Josephine Wiggs, and Britt Walford. Following the band’s debut album Pod, her twin sister Kelley Deal joined, creplacing Tanya Donelly.

Pixies broke up in early 1993, and Deal returned her focus to the Breeders, who released the platinum-selling album Last Splash in 1993, with the hit single “Cannonball”. In 1994, the Breeders went into hiatus after Deal’s sister Kelley entered drug rehabilitation. During the band’s hiatus, Deal adopted the stage name Tammy Ampersand and formed the short-lived rock band the Amps, recording a single album, Pacer, in 1995. After her own stint in drug rehabilitation, Deal eventually reformed t he Breeders with a new line-up for two more albums, Title TK in 2002 and Mountain Battles in 2008. During that time, she would also return to Pixies when the band reunited in 2004. In 2013, Deal announced she was leaving Pixies to concentrate on making new material with the Breeders, after the band’s most famous line-up (Wiggs and Jim Macpherson had rejoined the band for the first time since 1995) had reunited for a new series of tours celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s hit album Last Splash.

In 2018, the Breeders released their fifth album All Nerve, the first album to reunite the Deals, Wiggs, and Macpherson since the release of 1993’s Last Splash.

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Bikini Kill was a feminist punk group ahead of its time. Formed in Olympia, Wash., in 1990, the quartet helped launch riot grrrl, a radical feminist movement that would spread from Adams Morgan group houses to the pages of Newsweek. They coined the term “girl power” in a photocopied fanzine years before the Spice Girls spelled it out in bubble gum. They were pals with Nirvana before Nirvana was Nirvana. (Kurt Cobain took the title for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from some graffiti that Hanna drunkenly scribbled on his bedroom wall.) They wrote brilliant, abrasive punk salvos that would inspire Sleater-Kinney, the Gossip, embattled Russian group Pussy Riot and a generation of others.

And when Bikini Kill crash-landed in D.C.’s activist-friendly punk scene after a sleepless tour of towns that had never heard rock songs about rape, domestic violence, empowerment and equality, they found a new home.

“The D.C. scene was unapologetically political,” bassist Kathi Wilcox says. “Everyone was like, ‘We understand your band perfectly.’ ”

Instead of lingering in the back of d.c. space — the now-shuttered venue at Seventh and E streets NW — the girls in the audience rushed to the front to see Bikini Kill’s big splash up close. Instead of barking slurs, the guys danced.

Six days later, MacKaye brought the foursome — Hanna, Wilcox, guitarist Billy Karren and drummer Tobi Vail, all in their early 20s back then — to Arlington’s Inner Ear Studios where they spent the afternoon recording what would become the core of Bikini Kill’s furious debut. Released 20 years ago this autumn, the self-titled EP is was re-issued.

After the session, the band decided to stick around for the summer, but ended up living in Washington for its most pivotal year, rallying an underground community that would ultimately suffocate the band with its impossible expectations.

“We were trying to keep the outside world from killing us,” says Hanna, sipping a latte with Wilcox at a Manhattan cafe on a recent afternoon. “So the tension within the band that wasn’t resolved . . . it came out on stage. When you see a band that’s on the verge of falling apart with a really angry lead singer . . .”

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In honor of National Women’s Day we wanted to honor a few women in music of whom paved the way for other women in music. These women crossed barriers and changed how music is enjoyed today in a previously male dominated industry.

Ma Rainey created what is now known as “classic blues” while also portraying black life like never before. As a musical innovator she built on the minstrelsy and vaudeville performative traditions with comedic timing and a hybrid of American blues traditions she encountered in her vast tours across the country.

Sarah McLachlan

Not only was it a turning point in her career, but her tour is also credited for breaking down barriers in the music industry, making it a turning point for women in music. … It was also believed that tours with multiple women artists would not bring in the crowds that men could however she proved that to be a misconception with “Lilith Fair.”

Whitney Houston

Of course, the most awarded female artist of all-time is on this list. She started singing as a young girl in church, and never stopped, becoming a household name who still holds the record for best-selling single. Anyone heard of a little song called “I Will Always Love You”?


Madonna took risks with her music by tackling tabu subject matter and was a target for ridicule by men in the industry.

With 16 Guinness World Records, 7 Grammys, and 68 nominations for the MTV Music Awards, it’s safe to say Madonna will go down in history as a pop icon, brilliant business woman with major talent who paved the way for other singers. There’d be no Gaga, Britney or any other pop songstress without her.

Dolly Parton

Singer, songwriter, record producer, author, businesswoman, philanthropist — you name it, and Dolly Parton has done it. She’s written over 3,000 songs and changed the course of country music forever. Still not convinced? Give a listen to podcast “Dolly Parton’s America” and good luck trying not to binge it all in a day.

Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had an innovative influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills.

She pushed cultural boundaries and addressed racism in a very dangerous time on stage which made her a target by the FBI. To great controversy, Billie introduced the world to the racially charged protest song “Strange Fruit.” In the end, some believe it killed her.

In March 1939, a 23-year-old Billie Holiday walked up to the mic at West 4th’s Cafe Society in New York City to sing her final song of the night. Per her request, the waiters stopped serving and the room went completely black, save for a spotlight on her face. And then she sang, softly in her raw and emotional voice: “Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black body swinging in the Southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees…”

When Holiday finished, the spotlight turned off. When the lights came back on, the stage was empty. She was gone. And per her request, there was no encore. This was how Holiday performed “Strange Fruit,” which she would determinedly sing for the next 20 years until her untimely death at the age of 44.

“Strange Fruit” was originally a poem

Holiday may have popularized “Strange Fruit” and turned it into a work of art, but it was a Jewish communist teacher and civil rights activist from the Bronx, Abel Meeropol, who wrote it, first as a poem, then later as a song.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time, Billie Holiday triumphed over adversity to forever change the genres of jazz and pop music with her unique styling and interpretation.

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin won a record eight consecutive Grammys for best R&B vocal performance from 1967-1974. The “Queen of Soul” was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and sang at historic events in U.S. history like the memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. and the 2009 inauguration for President Barack Obama. Franklin also topped Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Joan Baez

Joan Baez closed the first day of Woodstock in 1969 and almost instantly achieved a new level of fame with her standout performance. A decade earlier, at only 18, she had performed at the Newport Folk Festival. Throughout her career, Baez has been a champion for civil rights and humanitarian causes, and in 2015, Amnesty International awarded her its top honor—the Ambassador of Conscience Award—for her continuing leadership and efforts in this arena.

Diana Ross

As the lead singer of The Supremes, Diana Ross shattered music records from 1965 to 1969. The Supremes are revered as one of the top girl groups of all time, with a dozen #1 hits. By 1970, Ross left the group to pursue a solo career. Her first two singles hit #1, and she went on to star in a number of films, including “Lady Sings the Blues,” which garnered her an Oscar nomination; “Mahogany”; and “The Wiz.” Ross was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful female artist of all time, and the book produced a special commemorative Diana Ross edition in 1993.

Tina Turner

Tina Turner was the second artist on the cover of Rolling Stone, and the first female and Black artist to be on the cover of the famed magazine. She started her career in the late 1950s, and for nearly 20 years, she performed with her ex-husband Ike. After leaving him and pursuing a career on her own, it was the 1984 release of “Private Dancer” that put her back on track. Turner has been christened the “Queen of Rock” and was a major inspiration to artists like Beyoncé.

Carole King

In the 1960s, Carole King wrote many hits for some of music’s top acts, setting a precedent for female songwriters. Five decades later, she won the Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song—the first woman to win the award. King’s standout career was later recapped in a smash Broadway play, “Beautiful.”

Joni Mitchell

In 2017, NPR set out to name the top 150 albums made by women. At #1 on that list? Joni Mitchell’s 1971 classic, “Blue.” Called simple and radical, “Blue” was a rousing call for equality. Mitchell’s influence on the music world—for male and female musicians alike—runs deep.

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Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch Series,” where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore music from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!

Denny LaineGuitar, vocals1964-1966Mike PinderKeyboards, vocals1964-1978Ray ThomasFlute, vocals1964-2018Clint WarwickBass1964-1966Graeme EdgeDrums1964-Justin HaywardGuitar, vocals1966-John LodgeBass1966-Patrick MorazKeyboards1978-1992

The band started as the M&B Five, named after a brewery in Birmingham, England called Mitchell and Butler, which sponsored the band. When the group outgrew pub dates, they changed the name to The Moody Blues, “moody” because that was their image (dark clothing, never smiling), and “blues” because that was their style of music. Both the moody and blues monikers became irrelevant once they released their 1967 Days of Future Passed album, but they were stuck with the name.

Pinder and Thomas began as members of El Riot and the Rebels. Laine was in Denny Laine and the Diplomats, whose drummer was future ELO member Bev Bevan. Edge was in Gerry Levene and the Avengers with another future ELOer, Roy Wood.

After his departure from the band, Laine became a member of Paul McCartney’s Wings.

Thomas found Hayward by sifting through responses to an ad posted by Eric Burdon, who was looking for a new Animals lineup.

They established their own label, Threshold, as a subsidiary of Decca in 1969. They proceeded to sign various acts that you’ve probably never heard of such as Trapeze, Tymon, Providence and Nicky James. As a result, Threshold contrived to not make much money.

Moraz had been a member of Refugee and Yes before his work with the Moody Blues.

They began as a R&B band, part of the British Invasion. Once they began using a Mellotron, they developed their signature sound.

They appeared on an episode of The Simpsons that was set in Las Vegas.

The Moody Blues were the only band to regularly use a Mellotron (an early sort of synthesizer that used tape loops instead of electronic tone generators) in concerts. They could do this because Mike Pinder had worked for the company that had invented it, and he knew its workings so well.

With the exception of a few years in the mid-1970s, the Moody Blues have toured and recorded since 1964.

The band started a chain of Threshold record shops in the UK. At one time there was a dozen throughout the country but by 1990 only the one in Cobham remained. Justin Hayward recalled to Q magazine in 1990: “We worked on the principle that the shops would be stocked with real turn-on kind of records, turn the general public on to great music, and we had booths where you could go and listen to the records. But people would come and listen to the records and then go down the street and buy them a quid cheaper at Woolworth’s. That’s where our whole plan broke down…”

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