Robert Plant interview: my life after Led Zeppelin | Louder

You’ve described Fate Of Nations as a turning point. Was that the first time you really felt comfortable as a solo artist? Not really. If it was about being comfortable, there wouldn’t be any point in being creative. I just needed to keep good company and, bit by bit, I made my way into that. I was able to work with people who I have huge respect for, like Richard Thompson, and then move into a zone where, ultimately, I was making records with T Bone Burnett and Alison Krauss [2007’s Raising Sand]. So you grow into the person that you didn’t know you were going to be. Or else you do a rock package. Or even a fucking boat! So I don’t think I was ever really comfortable with the whole idea of doing Top Of The Pops. I found myself developing into this other guy instead – not complacent, but I definitely had a groove. Source: Robert Plant interview: my life after Led Zeppelin | Louder

Led Zeppelin IV: how it was made | Louder

Richard Branson’s then newly-established Virgin Records set up special stalls to sell it, demand was so great. It was a similar story in the US, though Carole King’s Tapestry kept it off the No.1 spot. It didn’t matter. The airplay generated by Stairway To Heaven ensured the album remained in the Top 40 of the US album chart for the next six months. The record company had understandably wanted to release it as a single but the band steadfastly refused to allow it. “We wanted them to hear it in the context of the whole album,” says Page, simply. They never looked back. Led Zeppelin IV, as it inevitably became known, is now confirmed as one of the biggest-selling hard rock album of all time, with sales to date of over 29 million. read the whole Led Zep IV story at Source: Led Zeppelin IV: how it was made | Louder

Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips are making the most of their quarantine time – The Washington Post

Phillips was also born in 1963, though she was raised in Pennsylvania by followers of the controversial Freud disciple Wilhelm Reich, a group that was hands-off in terms of child-rearing. “All about expressing, expressing, and not repressing anything,” she says. “And no rules.” At 15 she left home to “live with a drug dealer,” but her father, a music teacher in New York, eventually started looking after her. In 1985, he got her an audition for a role on the animated show “Jem,” about a music company owner who’s secretly a rock star. Phillips got the part, and sang the theme song. By 1990 she formed the “shoegaze” group the Belltower with future Fountains of Wayne guitarist Jody Porter, whom she married. They eventually divorced, and the band broke up. When Phillips and Wareham first met in 2000, she was auditioning to be Luna’s new bass player. She was hired, and soon after they became romantically involved. This was a particularly complicated development because Wareham had a wife and a newborn baby at the time. The messy saga was chronicled in his 2008 memoir “Black Postcards” and the 2002 Luna album “Romantica.” (“Once we have dreams/Now we have schemes,” Wareham sings on “Renée Is Crying.”) read it all @ Source: Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips are making the most ofContinue Reading

Geezer Butler’s Lost Decade: “I Nearly Died” — Kerrang!

Despite Butler’s evident disillusionment with his former band two years earlier, speculation had been rife that the original Black Sabbath line-up would attempt to bury their differences and reform. The rumours were proven true when Geezer, Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne reunited to close the latter’s Ozzfest touring festival in the summer of 1997. Drummer Bill Ward also finally returned for two homecoming shows in December at the Birmingham NEC, which were captured for posterity on the Reunion live album (a million-seller in the US alone). This rapprochement would allow for Sabbath – minus Ward on a number of occasions – to remain as a functioning unit until their final bow in February 2017. If the politics surrounding the band have, at times, been complicated, on a personal level the quartet have enjoyed an enduring friendship, mutual respect and shared affection for the music that they have made together. In fact, legacy has always been an issue for Sabbath, with the original four members finding it hard to match the impact of their original first decade together. Attempts to get the original line-up to record together down the years have floundered. Two new studio tracks – Psycho Man and Selling My Soul – appeared on the aforementioned Reunion album but were dismissed by the band themselves as being substandard. For Butler,Continue Reading

Could Patreon Be the New Way for Musicians to Earn a Living?

For all of the artistic advantages of the subscription model, it ultimately boils down to one thing: money. Mid-level indie artists who previously earned a living from touring and merch booth sales can now potentially turn to a few hundred of their most devoted fans to pay their rent. It’s not “cool,” and it demands near-constant creativity, but it just might make being a musician financially feasible. “What you get out of something like Patreon is proportional to what you put in,” reflects Krug. “It’s hard to say, in general, if subscription-based releasing can financially replace traditional touring and royalties. For me, it basically has.” read all about it at Source: Could Patreon Be the New Way for Musicians to Earn a Living?

How to Be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streaming | Pitchfork

The actions outlined here may seem very small in comparison to the power of a corporation like Spotify, whose upcoming IPO is expected to be valued at as much as $19 billion, much less that of the biggest tech company in the world, Apple. But small movements can read from the stage if you’re in a small venue; small type on the cover of an LP speaks loud and clear if you’re staring at it while you listen to the record. The small gestures we make directly to one another are real. And sharing is a beautiful gesture. It might be the most fundamental gesture behind all music. So share your money deliberately when you spend it on music, and it will be a real gesture with a real effect. Share the context of your information online, and its content won’t be stripped from you. And share your music—for free. It’s a powerful action, powerful enough that the biggest corporations in the world feel threatened by it. Let them. read the whole sorry mess at Source: How to Be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streaming | Pitchfork

The remarkable story of Slade, as told by Noddy, Jim, Dave and Don | Louder

Powell: It’ll never happen again. For me, doing so would soil our reputation. Holder: The way things are now between Dave and Don [back in February, Hill sacked Powell from the current, post-Holder/Lea line-up of Slade by email], it’ll never happen. I couldn’t do four or five gigs in a row singing like I used to. I don’t think any of us could manage it. We’re in our seventies. And I know that we wouldn’t get on. Twelve or thirteen years ago there was talk of one final tour, but everybody fell out at the meeting. The only time I hear from Jim now is a solicitor’s letter when I’m accused of saying something [in an interview]. Powell: Things are a little easier with Dave now, and I’m planning to form my own line-up of Slade. Hill: I’m an entertainer, and people still want to hear those songs. There seems to be interest in getting me over to America again. I’m sad at falling out with Don, and it’s hard to discuss without stirring up further animosity, but I will keep on going. I still love it as much as I did picking up my first guitar at thirteen. read the whole mess at Source: The remarkable story of Slade, as told by Noddy, Jim, Dave and Don | Louder

All 57 Bon Scott AC/DC songs ranked in order of greatness | Louder

  53. Baby Please Don’t GoFor a new band on their debut, this was a strange choice for an opener – a cover of a blues standard written by Big Joe Williams in the 1930s and later popularised by Them. But AC/DC knew how to make it work for them. They played it fast, and they played it hard.5 Read reviews on all 57 songs at Source: All 57 Bon Scott AC/DC songs ranked in order of greatness | Louder

Watch The Rolling Stones’ First Live Performance of “Sympathy for the Devil” | Consequence of Sound

“It was an incredible shoot, I think, 36 hours or something,” said Keith Richards in a statement. “I remember not remembering everything towards the end… but it was fun… we went through two audiences… wore one out… it was great!” read it all at Source: Watch The Rolling Stones’ First Live Performance of “Sympathy for the Devil” | Consequence of Sound