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New Yorker Alex Emanuel tours band’s iconic London landmarks

The Rolling Stones hyped their career-spanning exhibit Exhibitionism by flying New York ‘superfan’ Alex Emanuel for a surprise meet-and-greet. “I suppose I can die now,” Emanuel says in the clip, after shaking hands with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.

Exhibitionism encompasses two floors at Saatchi Gallery. The exhibit features stage clothing, classic album artwork, vintage gear, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, behind-the-scenes footage, a recreation of the band’s first apartment and more. “The Rolling Stones are the greatest rock and roll band of all-time,” Emanuel said. “There’s a sense of self-confidence that they have, which is kind of unparalleled in other bands.”

Exhibitionism curator Ileen Gallagher offered Rolling Stone a tour of the gallery, which will run until September 4th and hit other cities in the future.

“The band was interested in doing something thematic that really wasn’t a chronological presentation, for obvious reasons,” she said. “When you begin in the Sixties and you’ve been going for over 50 years, it kind of has this crescendo and then this downward slope [Laughs]. They wanted their career to be explored thematically, and I think that was definitely the right decision. It allows you to kind of explore these rich topics and their history very cohesively.”

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A video editor has added Dire Straits’ hit to the endings to many classic movies.

The end of The Godfather is one of the most famous closing scenes in movie history, with Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) surrounded by his henchmen while his wife Kay (Diane Keaton) watches from another room in isolation as Nino Rota’s score swells. Now imagine if Dire Straits‘ “Walk of Life” had been used in its place. Think no more, because it’s embedded above.

Paleofuture has discovered something called the Walk of Life Project, where a video editor and writer named Peter Salomone is adding “Walk of Life” to the end of many films under the premise that it is “the perfect song to end any movie.” In addition to The Godfather, to date he’s tacked it on to the end of such past and modern classics as Casablanca, Easy Rider and Mad Max: Fury Road. Even Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, which — spoiler alert — ends with the world being blown up in a nuclear war, gets the treatment. We’ve also embedded the ending of The Graduate below, but you can see them all at the Walk of Life Project’s YouTube channel.

“My friend joked that ‘Walk of Life’ would be the perfect funeral song,” Salomone told Paleofuture. “So then I just sort of melded that idea with my love of movie endings. I tried a few (Star Wars, 2001, and The Matrix) and I was surprised at how well they synced up. I didn’t re-edit the movie clips visually. I just found a good starting point for the song and the rest just fell into place.”

“Walk of Life” appeared on Dire Straits’ 1985 blockbuster, Brothers in Arms. The fourth single from the album, it reached No. 7 in the U.S. and No. 2 in the U.K.

Source: Can Dire Straits’ ‘Walk of Life’ Be Used as the End Music to Every Movie?

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How Does ‘Vinyl’ Stack Up Against the Real Deal?

Posted February 15, 2016 By rariccardi

Jimmy Page at Led Zeppelin’s legendary Madison Square Garden gig in 1973. The concert is recreated briefly in the pilot for HBO’s rock drama ‘Vinyl.’ David Redfern/Getty

Author of NYC-music book ‘Love Goes to Buildings on Fire’ offers an annotated guide to HBO show’s real-life events

Much like Mad Men, half the fun of Vinyl is in the trainspotting. The art direction is remarkable: historic venues are recreated with awesome attention to detail, real-life-rock-star doppelgangers swagger through scenes,  and all manner of Seventies fashion disasters are reanimated. And the soundtrack, similarly true to the time, is a brilliant mix of the inspirational and the insipid. Here’s a cheat sheet on some of the facts behind the fictions.

Led Zeppelin Plays Madison Square Garden, 1973
TV Version: In the show’s pilot, set in 1973, Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) visits Robert Plant at the Garden to talk him into signing with his label. Later, we see cameras filming as the band blasts through “Somethin’ Else.”

 Real Story: Zep played three sold-out shows at the Garden in July 1973, shot for the concert doc The Song Remains the Same.

The Man Known as “Maury Gold”
TV Version:
Finestra’s first boss, seen in flashbacks, is a label owner with ties to thugs with Italian surnames.

Real Story: The character is likely based on Morris Levy, the notorious boss of Roulette Records. Levy had links to the Genovese crime family and allegedly terrified and swindled Tommy James.

Source: How Does ‘Vinyl’ Stack Up Against the Real Deal?

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100 Greatest Guitarists

Posted November 18, 2015 By rariccardi

Find out who our panel of top guitarists and other experts pickedSource: 100 Greatest Guitarists


I remember being in junior high school, hearing “Satisfaction” and being freaked out by what it did to me. It’s a combination of the riff and the chords moving underneath it. Keith wrote two-and three-note themes that were more powerful than any great solo. He played the vibrato rhythm and the lead guitar in “Gimme Shelter.” I don’t think anyone has ever created a mood that dark and sinister. There is a clarity between those two guitars that leaves this ominous space for Mick Jagger to sing through. Nobody does alternate tunings better than Keith. I remember playing the chorus to “Beast of Burden.” I’m like, “These are the right chords, but they don’t sound anything like Keith.” He had some cool tuning, a beautiful chord so well-tuned that it sings. That is the core of every great guitar part on a Rolling Stones record. Keith finds the tuning that allows the work – the fretting, muting strings – to get out of the way of what he’s feeling.

I went to see Keith with the X-Pensive Winos. In the dressing room, Keith started practicing a Chuck Berry riff. I’d never in my life heard it sound like that. I love Chuck Berry. But this was better. Not technically – there was an emotional content that spoke to me. What Chuck is to Keith, Keith is to me.  By Nils Lofgren of the E Street Band

Key Tracks: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Gimme Shelter”

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Bill Murray will star in the upcoming comedy Rock the Kasbah, and in this exclusive video, we get the rocking backstory on the comedian’s character. The faux-documentary Richie Lanz: The Man and the Music provides a glimpse into the life of Murray’s audacious, hilariously unstable rock manager, who after years of being out of the spotlight travels to Afghanistan to visit his last remaining client but ends up stumbling on “music’s next gamechanger.

As the mockumentary shows, Lanz was once at the center of many of music’s greatest moments, from giving Madonna her famed moniker and saving Woodstock (“Jimi Hendrix played ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ because I asked him to,” Lanz boasts) to telling Slash he should wear a top hat onstage. “He looked at me like he was gonna hit me,” Lanz says. The video also features Lanz remembrances by Willie Nelson and Steven Van Zandt, who reveals that the idea to wear a bandana came from the manager.

However, the ensuing decades aren’t kind to Lanz as he alienates his huge stable of talent. “Richie changed my life. Actually, he ruined my life,” Jenny Lewis tells The Man and the Music. Lanz’s downfall takes him to Afghanistan –”I go to Afghanistan to do something for our troops,” he says – which then sets him on a path to redemption after discovering a young Afghan girl with a superstar voice.

“Rock n’ roll has certainly been very, very good to me,” Lanz says. “If you’re really looking for something that is pure and sacred, you’ll converge with other pure and sacred people.

“The Barry Levinson-directed Rock the Kasbah was penned by former Crawdaddy writer Mitch Glazer – Glazer and Murray previously teamed for the Christmas classic Scrooged – and co-stars Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Bruce Willis and Kate Hudson. Rock the Kasbah is set to hit theaters October 23rd through Open Road Films.

Source: Watch Bill Murray in Faux Rock Doc: ‘I Told Slash to Wear a Hat’ | Rolling Stone

They Made New York

Posted September 29, 2015 By rariccardi

Twenty-eight legends of the Downtown scene — including Philip Glass, Larry Kramer, Chuck Close and Iman — gather in SoHo for a special portrait.

On July 14, 2015, T magazine assembled some of the artists, writers, performers, musicians and intellectuals who defined New York’s inimitable and electrifying cultural scene of the late 1970s and early ’80s. There were longtime friends (and some rivals) in the group, but overall, the mood was one of celebration. And why not? Every generation thinks it’s uniquely special, but this generation really is: These are the people who came to, and stayed in, New York when it was at its worst, and in so doing, created what was arguably the most important multidisciplinary artistic movement that the city has ever seen.

But while this historic gathering was notable for its presences, it was equally so for its absences: a whole group of people (the artists David Wojnarowicz, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, Tseng Kwong Chi and Felix Gonzalez-Torres among them) who were lost to AIDS. Those who remain are survivors — of a plague, of time and, most of all, of the wonders and the ravages of the era.

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Keith’s friend and collaborator wrote a one-of-a-kind tribute to a one-of-a-kind guy

Keith Richards has played and sung on several of Tom Waits’ albums, from 1985’s Rain Dogs to 2011’s Bad as Me. “He’s a one-off lovely guy and one of the most original writers,” Richards has said. For Rolling Stone‘s special issue, Keith Richards: The Ultimate Guide to His Music & Legend (on stands now), Keith’s friend, collaborator and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer wrote this one-of-a-kind tribute to a one-of-a-kind guy. Richards’ first solo album in 20 years, Crosseyed Heart, is out September 18th. Watch the video for his raucous new single here.

Source: A Likely Story: Tom Waits’ Original Poem to Keith Richards | Rolling Stone

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Keith Richards In 25 Clips | MOJO

Posted August 2, 2015 By rariccardi

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Best Picture Winner Songs

Posted February 20, 2015 By rariccardi


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