Yesterday marked 50 years since the Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show, an (DUH) historic moment that changed the course of music history forever. Yes, there's been much hullabaloo and hoopla over a half-century of the Fab Four this week, and rightfully so: their music has united generations of li ... More >>
This weekend is all about testing your boundaries and seeing what you're truly made of. Experience what it's really like to push yourself to the limit at an experimental art show, watch a bad actress make a deal with the devil, plus much more. Don't be scared! Well, maybe a little.
By Eric J. Greenberg It was a day of surprises and celebrations at Frank Sinatra High School for the Arts in Astoria, Queens, as Paul McCartney thrilled hundreds of lucky students and teachers with an unannounced 90-minute performance Wednesday night to promote his latest album. Backed by his tigh ... More >>
Rock and roll, 62-ish, died Friday at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan after a courageous battle with poor taste. At the time of its death, rock and roll was surrounded by friends, family, and comedian Jimmy Fallon, as Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon -- the former wife and son (respectively) of Beatle Jo ... More >>
Yoko Ono rented out a big space in SoHo this weekend and held a sale of her late husband John Lennon's artworks. Lennon would have been 71 this year. A Florida-based "artist, creator of original lithographs, scholar, and author" named Gary Arsenau is accusing Ono of selling Lennon works that ... More >>
Brad Cohan Don Fleming and the Folding Men Mercury Lounge Sunday, September 11 Better Than: Watching Terrorist Motherfuckers Destroy The World Trade Center As Don Fleming told the Voice recently, the Velvet Monkeys/Gumball/B.A.L.L./Half Japanese dude and superproducer moved to NYC in 1986 ... More >>
In the week we continued counting down the worst songs of 2010, noting atrocities from Susan Boyle, Liz Phair, Christina Aguilera, Jackyl, and NeverShoutNever, and Die Antwoord, we also began our overall year in review, listing the 10 biggest music stories of 2010, our 10 favorite concerts, t ... More >>
Today is the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death. His senseless murder on December 8th, 1980 was hard to sort out at the time--"the anonymous eating the famous like a cannibal feasting on testicles," as Robert Christgau wrote in these pages--and not much easier to parse now. In memory of ... More >>
via onlinemusicnews.wordpressToday marks the 30th anniversary of the death of John Lennon. He was infamously murdered by Mark David Chapman in New York City on December 8, 1980. This anniversary, people all over the world and the Web are mourning in different ways. Here are a few of our favor ... More >>
We all know Oscar winner Sissy Spacek as Carrie, Coal Miner's Daughter, and the co-star of this year's gritty rural drama Get Low. But in 1968, she called herself Rainbo and sang a pop ditty titled, "John, You Went Too Far This Time"--a hallucinogenic screed against Beatle John Lennon and ... More >>
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. Far be it from me to make life harder for the least embarrassing living Beatle... but, wow, someone just double-parked his Yellow Submarine in Creepytown.
Imagining John Lennon today.Tomorrow would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday. Back in 1971, he gave his famous interview with Rolling Stone, saying the following: "I was different, I was always different... A couple of teachers would notice me, encourage me to be something or other, to ... More >>
They say it's your birthday . . .
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. August 8, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 43 Scenes by Howard Smith YOKO ONO was a well-known New York happening artist a few years ago, especially noted for "Stone" at the Judson gallery (a room full of bulging black burlap sacks large enough fo ... More >>
The crappy quality makes this version of "Little Saint Nick" by the Beach Boys as broadcast on "Shindig" all the more endearing.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. August 25, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 45 John, Paul, George, Ringo: Cool Duel with the Press By James Kempton A press conference is where photographers jostle for the same shot as the one in the files and the reporters ask questions about th ... More >>
"In 1971, I wrote something about John and Yoko that they liked a lot, and to show their appreciation they invited me and my girlfriend Dominique to John's 31st birthday party--in Syracuse, where a Yoko Ono retrospective had been mounted. I've never been one to hobnob with the stars, but who could ... More >>
Honor the spirit of John Lennon
How hard can it be to boil eggs? Some customers prefer to have it done for them. What with buying food at farmers markets, cheese shops, butchers, and specialty grocery stores, it's rare for me to step inside a supermarket. When I do, it's usually to buy staples like baking soda and toilet ... More >>
On the improbable return of the rock-star novel
--The full lineup to Brooklyn's "Woodsist Captured Tracks Festival" has been announced. Organized by Blank Dogs Mike Sniper's label, the shows will be at Broadway Backyard July 3rd and 4th. The lineup includes Woods, Kurt Vile, Vivian Girls, Thee Oh Sees, Psychedelic Horseshit, Blank Dogs, and Crys ... More >>
Lots of coverage today for the upcoming "John Lennon: The New York City Years" show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in Soho. Yoko Ono's been publicizing it, and adds a personal touch with a piece of her own, "Telephone," in which annex-goers are encouraged to answer a ringing telephone -- an ... More >>
Artifacts of the rebellious Beatle
Remember the old days, when pop stars had to sneak coded words into their songs to get subversive messages on the radio? ("Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" was mumbo jumbo meant to signify "LSD"--though John Lennon denied that to his death. Ooh, cool shit!) Well, Dame Britney Spears has caught on to ... More >>
After dead John Lennon's TV appearance, we needed a nude palate cleanser, but it's still quiet, clothed Christmas season everywhere except in our accursed internet guard-tower -- and at Haber 27, an Austrian softcore vendor which is new to us but apparently works holidays including the Birth of the ... More >>
We are alerted to the latest Story of the Week at Mr. Beller's Neighborhood: a reminiscence by Candy Shulman (essays in the Times, New York, Newsweek, etc) about the time in 1973 when she and a girlfriend met John Lennon and a friend in Washington Square Park and brought them up to Shulman's apartme ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla looks on as Built to Spill revive 1997's "get all split on some green and contemplate the cosmos" sad-rock epic Perfect From Now On. Ben Detrick joins T.I. in saying so long to the gun show with the rapper's new Paper Trail. Don Allred revis ... More >>
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