Say It's Your Birthday: The Sex Pistols' Paul Cook & Carlos Santana

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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