Category: music

The Heart band sisters: 33 lovely pics of Ann and Nancy Wilson…

The Heart band sisters: 33 lovely pics of Ann and Nancy Wilson Together in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Salsa Musician Who Ran For President

Rubén Blades, a Panamanian singer, has the most successful salsa record of all time. Siembra (1978) has sold over 25 million copies. Blades went on to record with Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Little Steven, and even Sting.

In 1994 he tried to parlay his musical popularity into a presidential run in Panama. Blades lost, but he was appointed Panama’s minister of tourism in 1994 and served for five years, before returning to his music career.

Before Queen – Rare photos of teenager Brian May in the late…

Before Queen – Rare photos of teenager Brian May in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Did You Know The US Has An Official Spanish An…

In 1945, the U.S. State Department commissioned an official Spanish translation of the Star-Spangled Banner as part of an effort to redefine the US’ relationship with Latin America. So the US State Department held a contest! They requested Spanish versions that fit musically while being as close to the original as possible.

In the end, the winner was “El Pendón Estrellado” by Peruvian immigrant Clotilde Arias, a New York-based composer. It has never caught on.

20 vintage photographs of a young and wild Cherie Currie of The…

20 vintage photographs of a young and wild Cherie Currie of The Runaways on stage in the 1970s.

How Did Church Bell Ringing Become An Art?

Bells have been used in Europe since the early middle ages to call people to church services, mark the hours of the day, and sometimes convey signals or warnings. However “musical” bell ringing did not really begin until the 1500s or 1600s.

The first carillon, the array of bells housed in the tower of a church, was created in Flanders, Belgium, in the 1500s. It was slowly refined over decades until it became a huge musical instrument that just happened to be housed in a giant tower. Each bell could be run precisely as the ringer wished, using a system of levers and pedals. The new musical instrument proved popular, and carillons and their beautiful sound slowly spread across Europe.

Lecture Musicale, Paris, 1955.

Lecture Musicale, Paris, 1955.

30 amazing photographs of a sexy Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth on…

30 amazing photographs of a sexy Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth on stage from the 1980s and 1990s.

People dancing to the music of orchestra on stage of Covent…

People dancing to the music of orchestra on stage of Covent Garden Opera House after its conversion to a nightclub during wartime (WWII).

Vintage photos and the story of Mary Hopkin met The Beatles in…

Vintage photos and the story of Mary Hopkin met The Beatles in London in 1968.