Jackson Browne Talks Favorite Rock Hall Moments – Rolling Stone


Watch Jackson Browne’s Laudatory Joan Baez Rock Hall Induction Speech

“To track Joan Baez’s involvement in human rights and social justice is to chart the evolution of our own moral awakening,” singer-songwriter says

After Browne gave a deeply personal speech about Baez, tracing her involvement in his own musical upbringing, he spoke with Rolling Stone about the importance of the ceremony. He remembers when the Rock Hall was just an intimate affair at the Waldorf Astoria in New York and personally finding inspiration and new insights with each new class. 

What it was like to induct Joan?
First, she’s been so instructive in my life and such an influence and such an example. But how do you encapsulate all that she’s done? I mean, I realized I couldn’t even begin to enumerate the places she’s been and the issues and the struggles that she’s embraced. It’s not enough to say that she’s been an advocate of nonviolence her whole life. But it’s helpful to know that. But it doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of all that she’s done.

And it led me into listening to all of her music, and that’s been an incredible experience because she really has an effect on the songs that she sings. I mean, she worked with the guys from Muscle Shoals. She worked with the guys in the Wrecking Crew. She’s got a song that she wrote. This was back twenty years ago or something, but it’s about a gay friend whose life she really examines with such intimacy. It’s an amazing song. It’s called “The Alter Boy and the Thief.” It was arranged by Wilton Felder. And played by Joe Sample.

She had a tour in the mid-Seventies where the rhythm section was Jim Gordon and James Jamerson. Can you imagine that?
I didn’t realize that. I didn’t get to see her play with Jim Gordon, but I got to see her play with Earl Palmer. She always played with great players. And I always loved her singing in her lower register. Something very sexy about it. But when I began listening to these really early records of her singing in this really beautiful falsetto, the thing that occurred to me is that her timing is so great. That she’s got this tremendous command over the rhythm or the song while she’s sort of free floating over it. Vocally, she’s got this gracefully flowing cadence while underneath there’s this precise guitar playing and strumming or finger picking. And a dynamic sense of drama.

Do you think this an overdue recognition in the Hall of Fame?
Oh, absolutely. Everybody who goes in many years after they’re eligible has got to feel like … Well, I don’t know if I’ll be inducted or not or you just think, Oh, probably not.

But, the thing is, and I think it’s got to be said each time someone comes in after having waited many years while they’re eligible that it’s long overdue, but … to me, it’s just the way it is. There’s some people go in right away, like, say Tom Petty. Or Pearl Jam, you know. A show like this needs a current star. You have to have somebody put in there who’s like really going to make it a show. And the thing is, the Hall of Fame didn’t used to be a show. When it was at the Waldorf, they didn’t put on much of a show. They didn’t try to and it wasn’t being televised.

The first time I ever heard about, I heard, “You gotta see this. It’s really amazing cause it’s really intimate. It’s little. The only people there are people that are musicians and their families, but there’s no real audience. It’s all musicians and record men, and they’ll honor some” – first time I went, I heard this guy. I think his name was Sam Bass and our guy that signed James Brown. And his amazing stories. Imagine having like somebody get up there now who is like an A&R guy talk for like twenty minutes about his life. You discover James Brown and go back to New York and have the publisher he worked for say, “What, this is a song? Please, please, please, please, where is the melody?” You know like, and him trying to explain to this old publisher, what was happening in this new music.

What do you think of this bigger presentation?
Well, you have to do it because you see what happened, the first time I saw it presented on TV, and I’d been there once. I think I came once when the Birds were inducted.

What are your favorite memories of the Hall of Fame?
Well, my favorite memory is Little Steven inducting the Rascals. And when I say that, I mean I’m back on the subject of whether or not it should be televised. Of course it should be televised. All of this should be shared with people.

What made that a special moment for you? Are they a meaningful band to you?
No, no, no. I love their hits like everybody else, you know. But no, it was the time that Steven took to explain what they meant to him. To me, Steve Van Zandt is a big deal. I sang one of his songs, his record, Voice of America was one of the most important records, to me. He’s just a master. And plus, I think that induction speech landed him a part on The Sopranos. I mean, I think that’s when David Chase looked at it and went, “That’s our guy. That’s the guy.”

I interviewed David Chase about that, and he confirmed that.
If that had happened in the Waldorf without the cameras rolling then, that wouldn’t happen. I watched that standing in the hallway of my studio while I was making a record. Just took a break long enough to watch parts of the Hall of Fame which was being broadcast. It wasn’t on any big network. So, yes. It most certainly should be made into a show. It’s always got wonderful new information. I really wanted to see [the] Tupac [performance], and I didn’t know Snoop Dogg was going to induct him. But it was really heartfelt and really powerful. Snoop is full of surprises. Did you know he did that cameo in Pitch Perfect 2. Did you see that?

I did not see Pitch Perfect 2.
You have to see it! He’s in there. In the studio session.


25 Years Ago | The World Saw George Harrison Perform What Would Be His Final Concert | Society Of Rock


25 Years Ago | The World Saw George Harrison Perform What Would Be His Final Concert | Society Of Rock Videos

It was 25 years ago that the legendary George Harrison would take to the stage to perform his last concert before his death in 2001, Words cannot even begin to describe just how important George Harrison was and is in the world of all things music related. Often being the most unrecognized member of The Beatles, George Harrison was crucial to the success of the band and to the success of bands that followed after.

After the split up of The Beatles, George Harrison would go onto pursue one of the most successful solo careers of any musician. He would go onto write, record, and perform songs that became genuine anthems that are timeless to this day. He was one of the best, pure and simple.

On April 6th 1992, George Harrison would take to the stage one last time to perform only no one expected it to be his last concert. What you’re about to watch is hidden camera footage of that exact performance performing the song Here Comes The Sun.

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David Peel, Folk Singer and Friend of John Lennon, Dies

Immortalized in John’s song New York City.


By Dave Lifton April 7, 2017 1:59 PM

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David Peel, a mainstay of New York folk music and pro-marijuana advocate who was referenced in John Lennon‘s “New York City,” has died. He was 73.

Peel’s former bandmate Jeff S. Levy told Billboard that the singer and songwriter had a massive heart attack on March 31. “He was like a big brother to me,” Levy added.

Born David Rosario in Brooklyn on Aug. 1, 1943, Peel and his band, the Lower East Side, gained a following with their 1968 Elektra debut, Have a Marijuana, which was recorded on the streets of New York. The album revealed his worldview with songs like “I’ve Got Some Grass,” “Show Me the Way to Get Stoned” and the underground classic single “I Like Marijuana.” His next release, The American Revolution, took on the Vietnam War.

Shortly after that, as Rolling Stone noted, John Lennon and Yoko Ono encountered Peel singing in a New York park. Lennon signed him to Apple and produced 1972’s The Pope Smokes Dope. Lennon further gave him a seal of approval on his 1972 song “New York City,” singing in the first verse, “Up come a man with a guitar in his hand / Singing, ‘Have a marijuana if you can’ / His name was David Peel / And we found he was real.”

While Peel never achieved mainstream success beyond the No. 186 placement for Have a Marijuana, he retained his cult status as a New York street musician, recording artist, underground figure and political activist for the rest of his life. He performed at the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011 and wrote a song called “I Can’t Breathe” about Eric Garner, who was choked to death by New York City policemen while being arrested for selling loose cigarettes in 2014.

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Rock Hall 2017: Pearl Jam Bassist’s Shirt Shouts Out Every Great Band Ever Not Inducted | Pitchfork


Pearl Jam were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. During bassist Jeff Ament’s acceptance speech, he said, “It’s an honor to be part of a club that includes so many of our heroes—Neil, the Clash, Zeppelin, the Stooges, Cheap Trick—but the fact is that we were affected by bands that aren’t here.” As he said those words, Ament was wearing a shirt featuring the names of every awesome band that’s never been inducted. Pearl Jam shared a photo of the shirt on Instagram—find it below. Among the artists it lists are Brian Eno, Smashing Pumpkins, PJ Harvey, Nine Inch Nails, Fela Kuti, Kate Bush, Nick Cave, the Smiths, the Replacements, Flaming Lips, Motörhead, Sonic Youth, Fugazi, Kraftwerk, Minutemen, Misfits, Slayer, Flipper, Bad Brains, the Smiths, Dinosaur Jr., Neu!, Roxy Music, Elliott Smith, Björk, Soundgarden, and many others. Near the end of the list is Nirvana’s original drummer Chad Channing, who famously did not get inducted with the rest of the band.

Pearl Jam were honored during the ceremony by David Letterman, joined by their fellow inductees for an all-star Neil Young cover, and performed a set of their own. During his speech, Eddie Vedder shouted out Chance the Rapper. When Pearl Jam invited the band’s former drummers who weren’t inducted into the Rock Hall, the band also expressed regret that long list nominees Bad Brains and Jane’s Addiction wouldn’t be joining them.

Jeff’s RRHOF shirt.

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