Memories of Live Aid

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Live Aid was held on July 13, 1985

Today is the anniversary of Live Aid, the historic benefit concert for African famine relief that occurred in London and Philadelphia in 1985. I watched the whole thing, calling in sick to my job doing flower deliveries. The event was carried on broadcast television in […]

Mr. Richards at the NYPL

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The New York Public Library is very important to me. It keeps me up on music legally, and in 2010, I heard more new artists than in any year since I was a college radio music director. You can use a library for whatever you like, and for me it has been a place […]

Happy Birthday Mr. Richards, Your Ngrams Look Good

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Google Labs' "ngram viewer" instantly quantifies literary references in its massive digital library

Google Labs recently unveiled Ngrams, a chart that displays the number of times a term has appeared in literature digitized in the Google Books library. Based on their massive collection, the project has produced informative results for Freud, Darwin and […]

Keith Richards' "Life" – It's the Song, Not the Singer

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Mr. Richards shows his sensitive side in "Life."

Keith Richards, my hero. The songs, the guitars, the money, the girls, the cars, houses in the islands, pharmaceutical-quality drugs in death-defying quantities. Throughout, he keeps writing great songs. He lives a seemingly simple life, with simple chord sequences played better than anyone. To paraphrase […]

Summer, Time for the Rolling Stones

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Looks the same but doesn't sound the same!

In the past five years or so, as the landscape of the music business has changed, it has been interesting to see how classic artists like the Rolling Stones have responded to the new environment. The way people buy, consume and tell their friends about music […]