Link: Reading List: The Winners History of Rock and Roll
This is a great longform series on the history of rocknroll by Steven Hayden for Grantland. This series does a remarkably good job of touching the seminol moments in rock history, while avoiding typical cliches of rock criticism.
Hayden wrote a similar and immensely enjoyable series for AV Club a fear years ago called Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation.
I’m not sure that anyone really cares anymore if rocknroll is alive or dead, but The Winners History of Rock and Roll does a great job of tracking it’s trajectory.
As mainstream rock declines and disappears from the radio, an examination of seven bands who were amongst the biggest of their respective eras.
Link: K’Naan Considering Suit Against Romney Campaign for Using “Waving Flag” as Victory Song
Mitt Romney probably isn’t a hip-hop fan. If he were, the Presidential hopeful would have known that K’Naan wouldn’t be too keen on the idea that his song “Waving Flag” be adopted as the victory anthem for the potential GOP candidate. Now, the rapper may take legal action.
“Romney campaign debuts new victory song. ‘Wavin Flag’ by K’NAAN,” tweeted Jon Ward, a Senior Political Reporter for The Huffington Post, following the former Massachusetts governor’s win in the Florida Republican primary Tuesday night.
“My manager called me on the phone and was like, ‘Hey, Mitt Romney has just used your song and people are hitting me up like crazy,’” K’Naan told XXLMag.com. “Then I checked my e-mails and Twitter and, sure enough, it’s blowing up with crazy outrage.”
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“Fairytale of New York” – The Pogues featuring Kristy Maccoll
I could have been someone
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Can’t make it all alone
I’ve built my dreams around you