Have you ever been to Electric Ladyland...?
Concerts, press and photo appointments, gruelling studio sessions, growing tensions between musicians, pressure from management - despite all these factors, a new album of the Jimi Hendrix Experience was released in the autumn of 1968: the legendary double LP "Electric Ladyland", the third and last recording of the trio. By the time it happened, Hendrix, bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell had come a long, stony and intoxicated way.
Back to the Front
Three years after the hotly discussed second part of "Operation: Mindcrime" Queensrÿche present another concept album that will provide a lot of discussion material. After all, "American Soldier" thematizes US combat operations since the Second World War - from the point of view of the simple GI. The initial spark was provided by Geoff Tate's father, who first reported on his experiences in Korea and Vietnam after decades of silence.
Attempts to stop time
With "Tick Tock" Gazpacho present their fifth album. The Oslo Artpop Band was inspired by the memories of the writer and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupérys (1900-1944) of his plane crash over the Libyan Sahara. The band weaves a powerful song suite around this event with the ticking of a clock as a recurring motif. Keyboarder and producer Thomas Andersen explains the concept.
PJ HARVEY & JOHN PARISH A
Commentary on Life
Twelve years have passed since PJ Harvey and John Parish last made a joint album. But the two have much more in common than just this one cooperation. In Parish's band Harvey experienced her apotheosis in the eighties as a rock siren, and he remained loyal to her as a producer until the very end. On their second duo work "A Woman A Man Walked By" the two now sum up their relationship.
THE LOW FREQUENCY IN STEREO
"Are the Germans ready for us?"
2009 seems to be the year in which the future begins for The Low Frequency In Stereo: "Futuro", the fourth album of the Norwegian quintet, continues the development of the band - away from pure New Artrock/Postrock to a sometimes lively, sometimes dark pop avant-garde. A recipe that would attract attention beyond Scandinavia. Singer/Bassist Per Steinar Lie explains his career.
HAMBURG BLUES BAND
Crisis? What crisis?
The whole world is groaning under the consequences of the financial crisis. Nothing works anymore, nobody still has money, end time mood is spreading. But there are also industries in which things are booming: manufacturers of small safes cannot save themselves from orders, the cosmetics industry is recording double-digit growth, and the German-British Hamburg Blues Band is playing to sold-out houses. Mastermind Gert Lange and Clem Clempson, who has been playing as a permanent member since guitarist Alex Conti left the band, provide business tips.
Keep the text up! Cult songs and their meaning
IGGY POP - TURN BLUE
SONGS ABOUT DRUGS AND THOSE WHO TAKE THEM ARE LEGION IN ROCK HISTORY, THEY RANGE FROM GLORIFICATION TO DEMONIZATION. HOWEVER, ONE'S OWN DEATH IS NOT PLAYED THROUGH IN IT AT ALL - WITH ONE EXCEPTION: IGGY POP'S "TURN BLUE".
SHEETTEL STEVE HACKETT - Between All Styles
In 1975 the English guitarist Steve Hackett was still in the service of Genesis. When he released his first solo album "Voyage Of The Acolyte" this year, nobody could have guessed that this would be the beginning of a successful solo career that continues today. In the meantime the musician has sent more records into the race than any other of his former band colleagues..