In 1995, the Stones, after touring in support of 'Voodoo Lounge,' went into studios in Japan and Spain to re-record some classics, stripping them down to their bare essentials -- lyrics and melody. Called 'Stripped,' it also included show snippets from London, Paris and Amsterdam. Twenty-one years later, 'Totally Stripped' (Eagle Rock Entertainment) revisits the same format with similarly spectacular results.
From HBO's Vinyl to Crosseyed Heart, the members of the Rolling Stones have kept busy. Recently, however, the anti-Beatles announced they will release a new, blues-inspired album later this year.
New York City in the 1970s was a playing ground for new artists. Around the time the New York Dolls could co-exist with Led Zeppelin was also a ruthless music business caught in the maelstrom of the up-and-coming disco, punk and alternative scenes. Vinyl, a new series coming to HBO Feb. 14 starring Bobby Cannavale and P.J. Byrne, examines the business back in the day and what shaped the sphere of music to be via the streets and underground of NYC.
The presence of heroin in the jazz has always proved staggering. It claimed the life of greats like Charlie Parker, and now, less than great saxophonist Robert Vineberg is suspected to have sold the lethal dose of heroin that took Philip Seymour Hoffman's life.