Wednesday, May 28, 2014


MAY 28
  • 1961 – Peter Benenson's article The Forgotten Prisoners is published in several internationally read newspapers. This will later be thought of as the founding of the human rights organization Amnesty International.
  • 1964 - The BBC received over 8,000 ticket requests for The Rolling Stones forthcoming appearance on the British TV show, Juke Box Jury. 
  • 1966 - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr spent the day with Bob Dylan in his hotel room at the Mayfair in London,  watching rushes of D.A. Pennebakers' forthcoming documentary, “Dont Look Back.”
  • 1969 - Arrested: Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were arrested at their London home, and charged with possession of cannabis. They were both later released on £50 ($85) bail.
  • 1973 - Faces bassist Ronnie Lane left the band, and went on to form Slim Chance. 
  • 1976 - The Allman Brothers Band disbanded after Greg Allman testified against his personal road manager, Scooter Herring. The band would later reform.


  1. 1885 – Good Housekeeping magazine goes on sale for the first time.
  2. 1920 – The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis.
  3. 1932 – Comedian Jack Benny's radio show airs for the first time.
  4. 1955 – Tennessee Williams wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
  5. 1972 -Bruce Springsteen auditioned for legendary CBS Records A&R man John Hammond in New York.
  6. 1986 – The Chernobyl Disaster: The City of Chernobyl is evacuated six days after the disaster.
  7. 1992 - A UK duo known as Nirvana since 1968 filed a suit against the Seattle band of the same name. The dispute was settled out of court in the British bands favour.
  8. 2000 – President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
  9. 2009 - Bob Dylan mingled unnoticed with other Beatles tourists during a minibus tour to John Lennon's childhood home.
  • 1930 – The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named.
  • 1931 – The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.
  • 1956 – The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.
  • 1964 - The Beatles received $140,000 dollars for the rights to having their pictures included in packages of bubble gum in the USA.
  • 1967, 32 year old Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu.
  • 1970 – Protests erupt in Seattle, Washington, following the announcement by U.S. President Richard Nixon that U.S. Forces in Vietnam would pursue enemy troops into Cambodia, a neutral country.
  • 1971 – Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) takes over operation of U.S. passenger rail service.  
  • 1975 - To promote their upcoming Tour of the Americas '75 (their first with guitarist Ron Wood), The Rolling Stones were driven down 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York while performing an extended version of "Brown Sugar" from the back of a flatbed truck…
  • 1987 – Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
  • 2009 – Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.
  • 2011 – Barack Obama announces that Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks has been killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Due to the time difference between the United States and Pakistan, bin Laden was actually killed on May 2.


MAY 28
  • 1908 – Ian Fleming
  • 1910 – T-Bone Walker
  • 1917 – Papa John Creach
  • 1938 – Prince Buster
  • 1938 – Jerry West
  • 1944 – Gladys Knight
  • 1944 – Gary Stewart
  • 1944 – Billy Vera
  • 1945 – John Fogerty
  • 1947 – Leland Sklar
  • 1949 – Wendy O. Williams
  • 1953 – Arto Lindsay
  • 1956 – Jerry Douglas
  • 1962 – Brandon Cruz

  • 1895 – Lorenz Hart
  • 1921 – Satyajit Ray
  • 1924 – Theodore Bikel
  • 1936 – Engelbert Humperdinck
  • 1940 – Jo Ann Pflug
  • 1944 – Bob Henrit
  • 1945 – Judge Dread
  • 1945 – Bianca Jagger
  • 1946 – Lesley Gore
  • 1948 – Larry Gatlin
  • 1950 – Lou Gramm
  • 1951 – John Glascock
  • 1857 – Theo van Gogh
  • 1907 – Kate Smith
  • 1918 – Jack Paar
  • 1924 – Terry Southern
  • 1929 – Sonny James
  • 1930 – Little Walter
  • 1934 – Shirley Horn
  • 1939 – Judy Collins
  • 1945 – Rita Coolidge
  • 1953 – Glen Ballard
  • 1954 – Ray Parker, Jr.

Rock Mobster Archives: 2014 May 22-31

MAY  31, 2014 
  1. Roadie Report 66 by Camilla McGuinn - Back to Capitol Hill!(McGuinnBlog) 
  2. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' tour cancelled - Newsday 
  3. Rolling Stones Delay Concert Start for Religious Jews \
  4. The greatest electronic albums of the 1950s and 1960s\
  5. WogBlog: Abbey Road - back cover again \
  6. Free spirit singer-songwriter Eric Andersen returns to Cambridge - The Boston Globe
  7. Former Clash Drummer Topper Headon Makes Peace with His Troubled Past
  8. 'We thought, what do we do?': Inside the mysterious naming of Booker T. and the MGs |
  9. Jack White: “You shouldn’t believe events in songs are all real for the songwriter or the. |
  10. 'Sugar Man' Rodriguez Facing Legal Action Over Ages-Old Contracts \
  11. Rockers aid cancer colleague \
  12. JFK Library to undergo $2.5 million makeover to enhance visual, interactive offerings - The... |

MAY  30, 2014
  1. Photographs of the World's Greatest Record Collectors |
  2. Doors Survivors Still Working on Ray Manzarek Tribute: 'We Don't Want It to Be Half-Assed'
  3. Ray Davies - Toppermost
  4. New taping: Jeff Tweedy on Austin City Limits |
  5. The Milk Carton Kids: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert |
  6. Listening Booth: The Alvin Brothers |
  7. Big news from John Mellencamp!A lifetime contract, new music, and more
  8. James Patterson: ‘If Amazon Is the New American Way, Then Maybe It Has to Be Changed’ |
  9. Mindy Kaling to Harvard law grads: ‘I’m afraid a couple of you probably are evil. That’s just...  |
  10. Watch Tegan And Sara Discuss Growing Up Gay For The "It Gets Better" Project
  11. 6/12/2014 - Celebrate Ornette: The Music Of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe ::...  | (Special guests include Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Laurie Anderson, Flea, Bill Laswell and many more.)
  12. Chrissie Hynde: Neil Young is a "Pot-smoking, loveable hippie" -
  13. These 60 Rare Photos Will Destroy Everything You Knew About The Past. Mind = Blown.  |
  14. Sixty Years of Country Music’s Greatest Icons |
  15. Jimmy Page Says Stairway to Heaven Ripoff Claim Is 'Ridiculous'  |
  16. The toughest used vinyl ‘get’ in the world: Jean Michel Jarre’s ‘Music for Supermarkets’
  17. Sons of Anarchy' Casts Marilyn Manson in Recurring Role |
  18. An Action Plan For Connecting Directly With Your Fans After The Show - hypebot
  19. Blame the Gun Laws, Not Judd Apatow |
  20. Listen to Dom Flemons' New Solo Track |
  21. GREEN BERET SLAMS GWYNETH PALTROW: There’s A Big Difference Between Real War & Twitter - Daily Surge
  22. DJ Dave Herman, 78, dies in federal custody on charges of trying to seduce a 6-year-old girl

MAY  29, 2014
  1. 80′s Punk Star Exene Cervenka Claims Santa Barbara Shooting Was a Hoax -
  2. Debbie Harry: 'Iggy Pop has been twerking for most of his career' |
  3. Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl emerge as formidable songsmiths in the Ghost of a Sabertooth...  
  4. Kinks singer Ray Davies banned from Neath after gig scuffle |
  5. Ray Davies: America has finally accepted The Kinks |
  6. 'He was good fun': Robbie Robertson, Jim McCarty remember the legend of Sonny Boy Williamson II |
  7. 5 Brilliant Business Lessons From Mötley Crüe (Seriously!) | Fast Company | Business + Innovation |
  8. Lana Del Rey Says She Played Kanye's Wedding For Free, Signs Autographs For Sad Grown Men |
  10. If you're a Hank Williams fan, these radio recordings are a must-own|
  11. ‘C86 & All That’ book to chronicle the U.K.’s 1983-1986 indie-pop revolution |
  12. Dave Chappelle to Throw a Block Party at Radio City Music Hall |
  13. FBI files on iconoclastic musician Pete Seeger to be released online | Al Jazeera America
  14. Facebook Has New Microphone Application |
  15. Before you download the latest update to your Facebook app, read this.|
  16. Big Dairy is putting microscopic pieces of metal in your food|
  17. Legendary author Maya Angelou dies |

MAY  28, 2014
  1. Is Ticketmaster's New Resale Program Helping or Hurting Fans? |
  2. ‘Rock and roll’s greatest failure’ returns to Ottawa 30 years later: John Otway | Ottawa Citizen  
  4. Beastie Boys' Monster Energy Drink Lawsuit Finally Goes to Court Tuesday |
  5. X to perform first four albums live in LA | Noise 11
  6. Graded on a Curve: Jefferson Airplane, Volunteers - The Vinyl District
  7. For Newhart, there’s always humor to be found in chaos - The Boston Globe
  8. Drummer Finds Success With Parkinson's Treatment |
  9. World Exclusive: Paul Weller's Track-By-Track Of Classic Songs|
  10. Country queen Emmylou Harris showcases ground-breaking 'Wrecking Ball' 19 years on |
  11. Howard Kaylan's writes the joyous story of his nearly five decades in the rock ‘n’ roll circus....|
  12. SXSW: Ten Miles Davis Tips for Guitarists |
  13. Watch Snoop Dogg and Seth Rogen Recap Game of Thrones High|vulture
  14. Bill Murray Crashes Bachelor Party, Gives Awesome Speech |
  15. Boston Ballet names new executive director - The Boston Globe
  16. Neil deGrasse Tyson vs. the right: “Cosmos,” Christians, and the battle for American science |
  17. 'True Detective' Season 2 Will Have Three Leads, California Setting|
  18. How to Win the Lottery (Happily)|
  19. What Did The Framers Really Mean? |
  20. ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens |

MAY  27, 2014
  1. Sean Ono Lennon's band van burglarized in San Francisco|
  2. Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood: Dylan told us to come to Israel|
  3. Did Led Zeppelin Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’? |
  4. 45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Yoko Ono Record 'Give Peace a Chance' at Montreal Bed-In |
  5. Mind-blowing early Soft Machine footage, 1968\
  6. Just Backdated: PETE INTERVIEW, June 1974 (Townshend) \
  7. First Listen: Meshell Ndegeocello, 'Comet, Come To Me' | 
  8. Macaulay Culkin’s Band Booed Off Stage, Doused With Beer at British Music Festival |
  9. Why Do People Persist in Believing Things That Just Aren't True? |

MAY  26, 2014
  1. Barry Gibb: Back on stage |
  2. Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Hachette|
  3. Amazon bullies publishers as work on its informational dystopia continues |
  4. Ziggy in Berlin |
  5. Led Zeppelin Exclusive: The Inside Story Of The New Remasters | MOJO
  6. Patty Griffin |
  7. Still Feelin’ Alright: A Chat with Dave Mason |
  8. Pranksters make a Crass logo crop circle, oblivious ‘astronomologer’ attempts to interpret it |
  9. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant: how we made Led Zeppelin III |
  10. Tommy James & The Shondells: When Small Radio Ruled!|
  11. With Roger Daltrey, Liz Kershaw - BBC Radio 6 Music \
  12. Pinball wizards meet up again 40 years after ‘Tommy’ |
  13. Singer Alison Moyet tells how Costello blunder led to agoraphobia | 
  14. Ex-Billboard Writer Undertakes Labor of Love for New Orleans' Gay Gospel Legend Raymond Myles |
  15. The Beatles in Australia, 50 years on: How four days changed Melbourne |
  16. The Demands of Book Promotion: Frivolous or Necessary?|
  17. Happy 25th Birthday to LOL |
  18. Once a pun a time - "Sunday Morning" |

MAY  25, 2014
  1. What's Next for Led Zeppelin |
  2. ‘Alphaville will ever be the same again’: Keyboardist Martin Lister, 1962-2014 |

MAY  24, 2014
  1. For birthday 73, a look back at Bob Dylan’s influence on my friends and me |
  2. The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow - May 24, 2014 (Scott Warmuth) |
  3. BOOKS & BEATS W/ STU LEVITAN Long interview with David Kinney about his great new book, "The Dylanologists. |
  4. I Often Dream Of Bob Dylan: Robyn Hitchcock |
  5. Across the Great Divide: The Band, "Forbidden Fruit" from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975) (With Robbie Robertson)
  6. Shuga Records Official Auction (It's baaack! A live auction of: The original acetate copy of the first Velvet Underground album,  The Velvet Underground and Nico, from 1966.) |
  7. Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey (World Cafe)
  8. The Who / “Quadrophenia” blu-ray audio: details confirmed | superdeluxeedition
  9. That's The Way It Is 8 CD + 2 DVD Box Set coming from Sony this August : Elvis CD News : Elvis...  |
  10. Neil Young: A Letter Home review – a gloriously gloomy album of lo-fi covers |
  11. Inside the lives of the world's most obsessive record collectors:(Esquire)
  12. George Harrison's Last-Ever Letter Was to Mike Myers |
  13. Neil Innes talks Bonzos, Beatles, Rutles and more |
  14. Legendary Manny's Music to Close |

MAY  23, 2014
  1. Paul McCartney is in the hospital |
  2. My hero: Paul McCartney by Alan Johnson |
  3. What's Next for Led Zeppelin |
  4. "The most difficult project I've ever done": Graham Nash on CSNY's Live...|
  5. 'Turn Up The Radio!' Takes a Trip Back in Time to the Roots of Rock in Los Angeles (Photos)
  6. Could legendary actor Harrison Ford play Ray Manzarek of The Doors in a new film? That's the buzz....story here: | Rock Cellar Magazine
  7. Watch Now: Bono Explains Progress in the Fight Against Poverty |
  8. Get On Up - TV Spot 1 (Check out the trailer for upcoming James Brown biopic) |
  9. Former Members of Heart Sue Rock Hall |
  10. Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Roast Don Rickles |
  11. 'Saturday Night Live' Alum Bill Hader to Develop HBO Comedy Series |
  12. Massachusetts Senate Passes Password Protections|
  13. Goodbye, Amazon: We’re through! |
  14. Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense receives first-ever digital release, limited theatrical run |
  15. The lost Mod who may have inspired The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’|
  16. Discography | Tom Wilson, Producer (See the 18-track fundraiser CD at the bottom of the page.)|
  17. Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan, from 40 Philadelphia songwriters|
  18. Mike Bloomfield: The Guitar Hero's Guitar Hero|
  19. FBI: Confirmed sightings of missing Boston artwork |
  20. Mykki Blanco Arrested In Portugal "For Being Gay" |Stereogum
  21. 'Midnight Rider' Victim's Family Files Massive Wrongful Death Lawsuit |

MAY 22, 2014 
  1. Peter Gabriel Asks Air France To Stop Shipping Monkeys | Stereogum 
  2. Patti Scialfa video points to new Springsteen music | Blogness on the Edge of Town
  3. Bruce Springsteen @ Uncasville CT 5/17/14 - OnStage
  4. Film, TV productions flocking to Massachusetts; tax credit is big draw (Bull Run in Shirley, MA) | LA Times
  5. End of an era: Charlotte’s Reflection Sound Studios to close |
  6. Unearthing the Lost Hank Williams | 
  7. What can a poor boy do except to go see a rock & roll band? | 
  8. Those Music Lessons Paid Off for Judy Collins (Interview) | No Depression
  9. AMC Theatres: Grateful Dead Meet Up 2014  (Beat Club 1972)| 
  10. Ken Kesey's Son Is Planning a Sequel to His Dad's Legendary, Acid-Fueled Bus Trip | VICE ..   Coen Brothers to Script Tom Hanks-Steven Spielberg's Cold War Drama | Variety
  11. Former Stones' manager Rupert Lowenstein dies | Telegraph

Rock Mobster Archives: 2014 May 15-21

MAY 21, 2014
  1. Watch the global Led Zeppelin playback tonight - live from Paris at 20.30CET 
  2. "CSNY 1974"superb looking 4-disc set comprising of entirely unreleased live audio. Track listing and details >  (SuperDeluxeEdition)
  3. Interview with David Kinney, author of 'The Dylanologists' (Part two) | Examiner
  4. Retro Man Blog: The Kinks "Sunny Afternoon" by Ray Davies & Joe Penhall at The Hampstead... |Retroman65
  5. Jack White's 'Lazaretto': The All Songs Interview (NPR) Life After Pogues: James Fearnley Tells the Tale at Brookline Booksmith May 21 | Jim Sullivan Ink  
  6. New North American tour dates for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Latest News 
  7. R.E.M. releases monster 131-track Warner Bros. rarities set, puts ‘Chronic Town’ on iTunes |
  8. With Listed Londoner Ian Wright and Roger Daltrey, Robert Elms - BBC London 94.9
  9. Macklemore Issues Sort-Of Apology For Accidental Jew Costume | Stereogum
  10. I'm Jewish, I Was at the Macklemore Show, and Here's What I Saw | The Stranger 
  11. How Much Does It Cost to Book Your Favorite Band? | 
  12. Popcast: Checking In on Burger Records |
  13. The Worst Day Of My Life Is Now New York's Hottest Tourist Attraction
  14. Paul Weller: “For all my love of the ’60s, I still wouldn’t want to be living in any other time...  |Uncut
  16. Check out this guy’s 30,000-strong vinyl collection |

MAY 20, 2014 
  1. Jimmy Page Talks About His Old Band, Its Legacy and Himself |
  2. Dublin: Ray Davies presents his book 'Americana'
  3. Brian May plans animal sanctuary at hunting site | Hollywood
  4. Rapper Macklemore Performs Wearing Fake Hook Nose
  5. Foo Fighters shut down St. Peter Street with surprise New Orleans show at Preservation Hall | Nola 
  6. "Secret Agent Man" with Mickey Jones | 
  7. Madame Tussauds San Francisco Shares Sneak Peek of Jerry Garcia Wax Figure | Business Wire
  8. CANNES: Simon Pegg-Monty Python's 'Absolutely Anything' Scores Strong Sales (EXCLUSIVE) |
  9. Guess the next 14 titles in the 33 1/3 series. |333 Sound  
  10.  John Otway Official Website  Canada Tour with Big Band | 
  11. Mick Jagger becomes a great-grandfather |
  12. Supreme Court Allows 'Raging Bull' Heiress to Sue MGM for Copyright Damages | Hollywood Reporter 

MAY 19, 2014
  1. Bob Dylan’s Da Vinci Code Revealed | 
  2. The FCC just ended Net Neutrality | 
  3. RIP, Jerry Vale (May 18, 2014) Popular ’50s Crooner The Music's Over |

MAY 18, 2014 
  1. Support Pennebaker film, get unique Dylan, Bowie, Townshend collector’s items (Examiner)  
  2. “For The Love Of The Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival” Available On-Line and In Stores | Innocent Words
  3. Roger Daltrey chats to Steve Wright, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Roger Daltrey, Steve... 

MAY 17, 2014
  1. The Rolling Stones are rehearsing in London ahead of the recommencement of the 14 On Fire tour! First stop Oslo (Rolling Times)  
  2. Exclusive: Listen to Oasis's 'Live Forever' Live from Paris| 
  3. “The River” Had a Happy Ending After All | chimesfreedom
  4. Twitter joke took five years to pull off — but totally worth it for Rocky Horror fans | News AU
  5. Lego Boston Looks Amazing |

MAY 16, 2014
  1. Critic/musician Jeff Slate on paying tribute to Dylan in New York this Saturday(Examiner)
  2. Allan Jones steps down after 17 years as editor of Uncut: 'A legend with our readers' | Press Gazette 
  3. Andy Partridge: “Recording XTC’s Skylarking with Todd Rundgren was like one bunker with two Hitlers | Uncut...

MAY 15, 2014  
  1. Jimmy Page talks Led Zeppelin Deluxe Edition reissues |
  2. The National Concert Hall, Dublin - RAY DAVIES CBE in conversation with Joseph O'Connor  |
  3. Faces Reunion With Rod Stewart Likely For 2015 |
  4. Authorities: Casey Kasem Was on Vacation, Not In Danger, When Found In Washington |
  5. McCartney to boycott China over animal cruelty=| 
  6. D.A. Pennebaker interview - Support new documentary, get vintage Bob Dylan swag (Examiner) 
  7. Arriving in Tokyo Paul McCartney |