By Evan Minster
Jack Bruce, the Scottish bassist and vocalist best known for his tenure as one-third of the power trio Cream, has died. His website features a note from his family confirming his passing. According to the BBC, he died at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family; The Herald reports that the cause of death was liver disease. He was 71.
Did you know that ‘Wrapping Paper’ was Cream’s very first single? If you didn’t, and you’ve never heard it we think you may be more than a little shocked. The band that became the model for just about every heavy rock band that followed in the immediate wake, sound anything but a rock band. Even allowing for the kind of off the wall reviews that appeared in 1960s pop papers this one is surprisingly accurate. This is the very first review of any Cream release, anywhere in the world.
Dr. Craig Spencer was hospitalized this morning; last night, he visited the Gutter in Williamsburg
By Molly Beauchemin and Amy Phillips
Photo via The Gutter’s website
Update: The Gutter shared two updates about the situation on Facebook, in which they say they were informed by the NYC Health Department that their staff and customers were not at risk. You can see them below.
The first person to test positive for the Ebola virus in New York City visited the Williamsburg bowling alley/concert venue the Gutter last night, The New York Times reports. The CMJ Music Marathon is currently underway, with many venues in Williamsburg, including the Gutter, hosting events.
By Hardeep Phull
Photo: Getty Images
The New York City Ebola scare wasn’t enough to halt the festivities for Bob Gruen’s 69th birthday on Thursday night. In honor of the legendary rock photographer, singer/songwriter Jesse Malin and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong teamed up to play a secret set of covers at the tiny East Village bar 2A.
PHOTO BY CINDY ORD/FREDERICK M. BROWN / GETTY IMAGES
WRITTEN BYJames Grabby
Courtney Love and Dave Grohl apparently have a $10,000 bet over which one of them can get the most strippers. According to Page Six, the two musicians ended their longstanding feud during a night out earlier this month and bonded over an apparent mutual interest in exotic dancers.
By NICK RUSKELL
THERE ARE A THOUSAND LED ZEPPELIN biographies out, some better than others. However one book published this week (October 14) is sure to stand out in this overly competitive market, that of Jimmy Page himself who has created a photo-biography, snappily titled: Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page. Containing over 650 images of Mr Zoso – from a knobbly-kneed lad with an acoustic guitar in his mother’s living room, through disembarking his personal helicopter at Knebworth, to the wise, white-haired shaman we have today – it’s a fascinating, star’s-eye view of life at rock’n’roll’s cutting edge. Speaking to MOJO, Page explains why he shunned writing his memoirs in favour of pictures, how he freaked out Greater London Council with a futuristic weapon and more…
By Ryan Bassil
All photos by Chris Bethell
Every so often a conversation sparks up about rock’n’roll and its authenticity. This usually occurs around certain events: a tax-dodger dropping a microphone at an awards show, for example. Or a privately-and-internationally-educated ensemble from New York releasing “the album of the decade”.
Photo: GettyJulian Casablancas has said that he was “hungover for five years” after he stopped drinking alcohol.
Casablancas, who released ‘Tyranny’, his first album with new band The Voidz, this week, talked to to Rolling Stone about how life changed for him after he quit drinking and how, at his worst, he was waking up and drinking vodka.
Polydor/UMe have announced the November 24 release of a six-CD, 65-track Super Deluxe, 45th anniversary edition of the Velvet Underground’s self-titled, third album of 1969.
The new edition of this seminal album will feature various mixes, live recordings, a case-bound book and new liner notes by music writer David Fricke. ‘The Velvet Underground,’ the first album produced by the band themselves and the first with Doug Yule replacing co-founder John Cale, will now feature the remastered stereo mix by MGM house engineer Luis Pastor “Val” Valentin. This was recorded at T.T.G. Studios in Hollywood, while the Velvet Underground was staying at the celebrated Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles.