How Rock Music Was Saved in the Soviet Union

Interesting — vinyl was scarce in the Soviet Union, so to make records┬ásome people stole discarded x-rays from hospital dumpsters, burned music onto them, cut them into a circle with manicure scissors, and burned a hole in the middle with a lit cigarette. The linked website has some great images of these homemade records. It’s called “bone music,” and the practice went on during the late 50s until authorities cracked down. I think I want one. Many thanks to my former student Penny for alerting me to this story. Continue reading How Rock Music Was Saved in the Soviet Union

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Happy Birthday, Jeff Beck

If you like classic rock of any kind you need to know Jeff Beck. He was the second guitarist for The Yardbirds, coming in to replace Eric Clapton after he’d left because the band was getting too commercial for him (Clapton was an absolute blues purist at the time). Since The Yardbirds featured as lead guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page in that order (and for a little while had both Beck and Page), people like to ask founding members, “Who was the best guitarist in your opinion?” In a recent interview, one of them said Beck was … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Jeff Beck

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Pink Floyd’s Household Objects Project

Back in the early 1970s, after the release of┬áDark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd experimented with making music using only household objects like rubber bands and wine glasses. They produced a few rudimentary tracks and then abandoned the project, but two of these tracks are available on YouTube, so I’m posting them here. “The Hard Way” “Wine Glasse” Continue reading Pink Floyd’s Household Objects Project

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