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Δευτέρα, 15 Ιουνίου 2009

Jon Douglas Lord (born in Leicester on 9 June, 1941) is an English composer, Hammond organ and piano player.

Lord is recognised for his Hammond organ blues-rock sound and for his pioneering work in fusing rock and classical or baroque forms. He has most famously been a member of Deep Purple, as well as of Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Artwoods and Flower Pot Men. He has worked with numerous other artists including Graham Bonnet (following Bonnet's departure from Rainbow).

In 1968, Lord co-founded Deep Purple. He and drummer Ian Paice were the only constant band members during the band's existence from 1968 to 1976 and from when they reformed in 1984 until Lord's retirement in 2002.

One of his finest works was his composition Concerto for Group and Orchestra, which was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969 with Deep Purple (Lord and Paice with guitaristRitchie Blackmore, singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The concerto was revived for its 30th anniversary in 1999 with another performance at the Albert Hall, again performed by Deep Purple (Lord, Paice, Gillan, Glover and Steve Morse in place of Ritchie Blackmore) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2002 he retired from Deep Purple for good, to concentrate on composing and on lower-key blues/rock performances. In 2008, he achieved success as a classical composer when his Durham Concerto entered the classical album charts [1].


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Τετάρτη, 10 Ιουνίου 2009

Carlos Augusto Santana Alves (born 20 July, 1947 in Jalisco, Mexico) is a Grammy Award-winning rock musician and guitarist. He became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a blend of rock, salsa and jazz fusion. The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin percussion such as timbales and congas. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades. He experienced a sudden resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. Rolling Stone also named Santana number 15 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003.[1]



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Τρίτη, 26 Μαΐου 2009

Iggy Pop (born James Newell Osterberg, Jr. on April 21, 1947 in United States) is an American rock singer, songwriter, and occasional actor.[1] Although he has had only limited mainstream success, Iggy Pop is considered an innovator of punk rock, garage rock, and other related styles.[1] He is sometimes referred to by the nicknames "the Godfather of Punk" and "the Rock Iguana", and is widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of all time.[1] Pop began calling himself Iggy after his first band in high school, The Iguanas.[2]

Iggy Pop was the lead singer of The Stooges, a late 1960s/early 1970s rock band who were influential in the development of the nascent hard rock and punk rock genres. The Stooges became infamous for their live performances, during which it was not uncommon for Pop (who traditionally performs bare-chested) to self-mutilate, verbally abuse the audience, expose himself and leap off the stage (thus being the first or among the first to stage dive). Countless subsequent performers have imitated Pop's antics, though much of Pop's own stage antics mirror those of Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison.

Pop's popularity has ebbed and flowed throughout the course of his subsequent solo career. His best-known solo songs include "Lust for Life," "I'm Bored," "Real Wild Child," the Top 40 hit "Candy" (with vocalist Kate Pierson of The B-52's)[2] and "The Passenger". A film about Iggy Pop's life and career titled The Passenger is currently in development. He currently fronts the advertising campaign for the UK-based online insurance company Swiftcover, in his trademark state of shirtlessness.



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Κυριακή, 17 Μαΐου 2009


Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey is a 2003 Various artists box set released on Hip-O Records. It is the soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese PBS documentary seriesThe Blues.[1] The box set attempts to present a history of the blues from the dawning of recorded music to the present day. It offers a survey of many different blues sub-genres and tangential music styles, as well as a survey of almost all the most notable blues performers over time.

In 2004, the box set won two Grammy Awards for "Best Historical Album" and "Best Album Notes." That same year it was #2 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart.[2]




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Δευτέρα, 11 Μαΐου 2009

This was the period when our business affairs outside the band exploded. We had brought in a financial adviser in the shape of Norman Lawrence to administer the Britannia Row studios at the suggestion of Norton Warburg, the company who had been handling our investments.

The truth that emerged was that Norton Warburg had been siphponing off funds from their investments company, an apparently gilt-edged set-up, to underwrite the disastrous venture capital side, all those skateboards, pizzas and dodgy cars. Eventually the company founder Andrew Warburg fled to Spain, returning to England in 1982, where he was arrested, charged and served three years. A lot of people lost their money. Because Norton Warburg had been approved by reputable organasations such as American Express and the Bank of England many people had put their entire life savings or pensions in. The widows and pensioners were not going to have any further opportunities to go back to work. We were lucky that we still had the potential to work again...


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