Beyond the big questions surrounding the sudden, shocking death of Prince, last Thursday – how and why? – lies a question that only a few can answer. What will become of the massive archive of unreleased songs locked in his secret tape vault, located below his Paisley Park compound in Minneapolis?
Doing the unexpected has been a hallmark of actress and comedienne Ana Gasteyer’s career from the start.
On six wildly successful seasons on “Saturday Night Live,” Gasteyer displayed remarkable versatility in roles ranging from Martha Stewart and Celine Dion to the host of an NPR food show.
Parts on “Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Frasier” and other comedies confirmed Gasteyer’s ability to effortlessly fit into an existing ensemble and find the laugh.
Sometimes you have to take a chance and follow your instincts. Engineer and producer Alan Parsons, long known for the sonic wizardry he bestowed upon highly regarded and hugely successful projects by Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Hollies, Pilot and others, was made an offer that no one thought he could refuse. It was late 1974 and Pink Floyd was preparing to enter Abbey Road Studios in London to record the follow-up to the mega-successful “Dark Side of The Moon.”
Parsons had devoted more than six months of his life to helping make “Dark Side” the beloved classic that we know today. Bringing the record to life was equal parts exhilaration and frustration for Parsons, who remembers longing for “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” episodes to air on BBC because it meant the band would take a break to watch, leaving Parsons some quality alone time to prepare mixes without interference.
With two new albums, a Grammy Award, and the loss of two band-mates (on the same day), the past few weeks have been a little surreal for Marty Balin, founder of legendary San Francisco band Jefferson Airplane and vocalist for Jefferson Starship.
On Feb. 15, Balin and the members of Jefferson Airplane were feted by the Recording Academy with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy at the 58th annual ceremony.
“One good thing about music - when it hits you feel no pain” – Bob Marley, “Trenchtown Rock” (1973)
“I feel that if you come to the show, you should leave inspired to become part of the solution.” Dwayne “Danglin” Anglin – current lead vocalist for The Wailers
Preserving and keeping alive the musical legacy of Bob Marley, The Wailers are set to fill the Collins Center for the Arts with their rhythm, grooves and message, on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.
From humble origins in Burlington, Vermont, in the late 1970s to its current status as one of the most popular global ice cream brands, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is an example of the American Dream at work.
Two childhood friends, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, take a correspondence course on ice cream-making, craft some creative flavor variations, open a small ice cream shop in a renovated garage, expand as success allows, designate a significant amount of profit to various causes and charities and eventually sell the company for hundreds of millions of dollars. As a condition of sale, both Ben & Jerry maintained positions on the board of directors while insisting that the new owners (Unilever) would continue funneling a percentage of profit to the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation.
With the welcome news that Ringo Starr & His All Star Band are set to play Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on June 8, it’s a good time to assess some of Starr’s greatness. The Beatles would not have been the group we know today without him.
For starters, he completed the group. They truly became The Beatles when Ringo officially joined the band in August 1962, four years after John, Paul and George began playing together. When Ringo accepted the job, the chemical reaction synthesized by the coming together of those precise personalities created a form of divine magic that can never be duplicated.
Ringo: “Every time he (Pete Best, previous Beatles drummer) was sick, they would ask me to sit in.”
Sure, we’re kind of partial to it but I’ve always been curious to find out how non-Mainers – you know, “people from away” – feel about our state.
Over the past few years, it’s probably been the most frequently asked question of my interview subjects. Their responses have been universally positive, which doesn’t surprise me. For starters, Maine is particularly awesome. Secondly, these people know that the interview will either appear on radio, in print, or both, and they’re not about to throw us under the bus.
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