Two decades after suing the Verve for songwriting credit on 'Bitter Sweet Symphony,' the Rolling Stones have given it back. Also in the news today: the Netherlands win Eurovision, a synth repairman accidentally trips on vintage LSD, 'Bongo Rock' drummer Preston Epps dies, Natalie Portman criticizes Moby's portrayal of their relationship, and Aretha Franklin's three maybe-wills. Plus, music history highlights and new LPs from Cate Le Bon, Justin Townes Earle, Sebadoh, and Sting, as well as a 'Runaway Train' remake.
Jonathan Scott's new book 'The Vinyl Frontier' chronicles this story of the Voyager Golden Record: humanity's double-disc message shot to the stars in 1977, with Chuck Berry (but not the Beatles) on board.
The Rock Bottom Remainders are a music group whose members also happen to be some of America's best-known authors. Stephen King, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mary Karr, Scott Turow, Roy Blount Jr. and the rest of the group shared their incredible story with Jay Gabler.
The annual Eurovision music contest is taking place in Tel Aviv, amid protests. Also in the news this week: Vampire Weekend hit number one, Soundgarden announce immersive film events, and punk pioneer Susan Beschta dies at 67. Plus, an interview with the Rock Bottom Remainders and a new book chronicles the history of Run-DMC's "Walk This Way" cover. Also, new releases from The National; Alex Lahey; Tyler, the Creator; and Carly Rae Jepsen. Plus, Mick's got his moves-like-Jagger back.
This Sunday is Mother's Day, and in honor of the occasion I talked with maybe the most famous rock star mom out there: Virginia Hanlon Grohl, mother of Dave Grohl. She's the author of the fascinating book 'From Cradle to Stage,' in which she profiles other moms of famous musicians. We talked about what she's learned over the course of the project.
A new study finds four-fifths of young musicians report mental health challenges, and the vast majority say the industry isn't doing enough to support artists in that respect. Also in the news today: Common describes childhood abuse, Rolling Stone rolls out charts to challenge Billboard, and Tinder is targeting festival-goers seeking connections. Plus, music history highlights involving Prince, Buffalo Springfield, and Tom Waits; new music from Jamila Woods, Charly Bliss, Mac DeMarco, and Mavis Staples; and Lizzo goes viral by wearing her Met Gala look to the airport. Bonus: In honor of Mother's Day, Virginia Grohl talks about being a rock star mom!
Taylor Jenkins Reid's 'Daisy Jones & the Six' is a novel in the form of an oral history about a fictional '70s rock band. It will soon be a TV series, but in the meantime it makes juicy beach reading for fans of 'A Star is Born.'