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The Grammys Really Can't Please Everyone

Plus, Seton Hall DJ suppression and Sting's biggest fan

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
There are a lot of winners every year at the Grammys, but organizers proved again this year that they just can’t win in the eyes of music fans  
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This Date in Music History: March 27

The Eric/George/Pattie love triangle and Sarah Vaughan's life in Jazz

On this day in 1979, the saga of one of Rock & Roll's greatest "love triangles" continued as Eric Clapton married ’60s model Pattie Boyd. According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Boyd met George Harrison while The Beatles were filming A Hard Day's Night and they married in 1965. The marriage wasn't unusual for a couple of 20somethings; as Harrison got deeper into spirituality, the two drifted apart. The unhappy Boyd eventually hooked up with Clapton, a close friend of Harrison's. Clapton battled heroin and alcohol during this period, but that didn't stop Boyd and the guitarist from tying the knot. Boyd became the subject of three Rock & Roll classics — The Beatles' "Something" (written by Harrison about Boyd) and Clapton's "Layla" (featuring Slow Hand pining for his forbidden lover with Derek and the Dominos) and "Wonderful Tonight," a more romantic ballad for Boyd. (Some believe other songs, such as Clapton's "She's Waiting" and The Beatles' "For You Blue," are also inspired by Boyd.)But the love triangle was a bit more salacious than the songs made it appear, and even more salacious than most fans knew back then. In Clapton's autobiography, he wrote, "My relationship with Pattie was not the incredibly romantic affair it has been portrayed as … rather it was built on drunken forays into the unknown." He added that Boyd, "liked to do the cocaine without the alcohol, so this became our meeting place." For his part, Harrison was never really the sad, cast-off lover some fans might think. In the recent Living in the Material World documentary about Harrison, Clapton and others say Harrison was into the free love lifestyle and didn't seem too ate up about his best mate stealing his girl. In fact, Clapton said, he gave them his blessing. Pattie, on the other hand, found the whole ordeal "hellish." Read more about her thoughts here.Here are the three tunes Boyd inspired (and, yes, that's Boyd in the "Something" vid with Harrison):Click on for Born This Day featuring Jessie J, Mariah Carey, Fergie and Sarah Vaughan.

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Beastie Boys, Clapton and Keith Richards

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The Beastie Boys have denounced a lot of their early work. Maturity and a social conscious apparently do not allow for songs about Wiffle Ball-bat rape and giant penis stage props. So it was a bit of a shock when it was reported that the Boys’ Adam Yauch is working on a short film based on the trio’s first huge hit, “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!).”  

Bad Religion, Eric Clapton, Electric Six and The 88

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
It's no stretch of the definition to anoint Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz and Greg Graffin as godfathers of the American Punk movement. The trick has been to sustain their level of sonic energy and activist passion across three decades, maintaining their integrity, relevance and every-other-year release schedule. Amazingly, Bad Religion has done exactly that since their 1981 debut, a string that continues with their 15th album, 'The Dissent of Man.'  

Clapton, the Autobiography (Review)

Eric Clapton (Broadway)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2008
In his autobiography, Rock guitar hero Eric Clapton proves himself a frank and direct writer who doesn't hide his feelings about his personal failures, of which he believes he has many.  

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