Today is the birthday of Paul Cook the drummer of the Sex
Pistols, one of the most influential bands in the history of rock 'n' roll.
Although their importance--both to the direction of contemporary music and more
generally to pop culture--can hardly be overstated, the Sex Pistols recorded
just one actual studio album during their 14-month existence. But what an album
it is! Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols is one of the
greatest albums of all time. From the first note of "Anarchy in the U.K.," the
group makes it clear they are intent on nothing less than leveling society. In
England, the immediate impact of the Sex Pistols during 1976 was to become the
focus of a rock revolution that pushed aside "dinosaur" bands, and made way for
1000s of young garage rockers. The Pistols revolutionized the idea of what rock
'n' roll could be. They were brilliant media manipulators. The group was
considered a threat to the very fabric of U. K. society and were banned across
the country; in America they didn't have the same impact at the time. But
today, when one looks at what came in the wake of the Ramones and the Sex
Pistols, it is clear that both bands contributed to a total rock revolution.
The group is currently staging a comeback "Filthy Lucre" tour for the stated
purpose of raking in the cash. A live album recorded at their Finsbury park
show in London in June will be released later this month.
In a career that
has spanned almost thirty-years, Mexican-born Carlos Santana (born today in
1947) has become one of the most successful guitarists in to blend diverse
types of music, playing over the years with jazz musicians such as Buddy Miles
and John McLaughlin, Brazilian musicians Airto Moreira and Flora Punim, and
rock musicians such as Vernon Reid and The Grateful Dead. Carlos Santana formed
the band Santana in 1967, and despite numerous personnel changes the band
continues to perform together to this day, often selling out summer
amphitheaters. Santana began...
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