Today (May 26th) marks the 50th anniversary celebration of The Beatle’s revolutionary album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The LP was the first released by the band following their retirement from touring after their final performance at Candlestick Park in 1966. Although The Beatles had already begun a steady transition from being a more traditional pop-rock group with albums like Rubber Soul and Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s has been hailed as their ultimate creative masterpiece, followed closely perhaps by 1969’s Abbey Road. Released at the beginning of the Summer of Love, it set a new precedent for what a rock and roll record could be. The concept behind the album began following the exhaustion the group experienced after the whirlwind of Beatlemania. Paul McCartney came to Lennon, Starr, and Harrison with an idea that they would record an all new album under an alternative persona, which would free them from the weight of being the Beatles and usher in a fresh wave of musical creativity. Sgt. Pepper’s not only ushered in a new era for the Beatles; it also marked the beginning of the psychedelic rock movement that would see new groups like The Doors, Pink Floyd, and Jefferson Airplane begin to climb the pop music charts. Now, 50 years later, Sgt. Pepper’s is known not only for its conception and importance to 60s rock (and music in general), but also for the history of its production. Continue reading →
Fans of classic rock, and more specifically of The Who, rejoice! The new documentary from film-cinematographer James D. Cooper (Kiss Daddy Goodnight, Brother’s Keeper) titled Lambert & Stamp is now playing in theaters. The film reveals how The Who was discovered by filmmaking duo Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp while they were searching for appropriate subject matter for their new movie, the goal being to reflect the social unrest of teenagers in post-World War II England. Instead of making that film, however, they ended up managers of one of the most famous bands of the infamous rock n’ roll British Invasion that also included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Creme, Pink Floyd, and The Animals. The documentary comes just in time for The Who’s 50th Anniversary and will include archival footage of the group as well as new interviews with both Lambert and Stamp, and surviving band members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. John Entwistle, The Who’s original bass player, famously died of a heart attack in 2002 on the night before the band was set to head out on a new American tour and was hastily replaced by Pino Palladino. Keith Moon died of an overdose of Heminevrin in 1978 while trying to overcome alcoholism; the drummer had gradually fallen further into drink during the progression of The Who’s career, causing increased tensions between himself and Pete Townshend, who already quarreled with Moon over his non-traditional style of playing. This one definitely looks like it will be worth the watch; be sure to check your local listings for showtimes near you!
Two men enter, one man leaves….still undefeated that is. On September 14th, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (44-0-26KO) will fight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1-30KO) at the MGM Grand in what is anticipated to be the highest selling fight in history since Money and the Golden Boy met in 2007. This fight is projected to sell more than $18M in tickets, not counting PPV orders.
This will be the second fight of Mayweather’s megadeal with Showtime following his victory over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. Money’s deal with Showtime spans 30 months and includes 6 fights and is estimated to be worth $200M.
I was surprised to hear, through twitter, that Mayweather had selected to fight Alvarez. I would’ve liked to see Canelo get one or two more fights under his belt as his skills are stil developing. Canelo’s defensive skills were evident as he slid by Austin Trout’s punches, in his last match, though he is not known for being a defensive fighter.
Though Alvarez has fought his share of professional fights, he has not yet faced a fighter with the defensive expertise as Mayweather. I ‘m excited to see Alvarez’s gameplan, as we all know, there is a list of 44 other gameplans Mayweather has picked apart, and sent back to the gym.