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Shortly after the Christmas incident, the staff decided they'd had enough. But getting rid of the Hells Angels would prove to be complicated. "They did get asked to leave Apple," insists Aspinall. "I asked them, but they got into that hippy language: 'Well, you didn't invite us, so you can't ask us to leave. ...' In other words, George had invited them, so George as going to have to ask them to go."

So George Harrison confronted them. Befitting the freewheeling era, he did it in the most roundabout way possible. "Well, are you moving all of your stuff out of here tonight?" he asked the group. The rhetorical question was met with a long, confused, awkward silence. Finally, one of them spoke up. "Hey, man, I just wanna ask you one question: Do you dig us or don't you?"


Harrison's answer? "Yin and yang, heads and tails, yes and no."

In DeLillo's estimation, this response "completely fucked everyone's mind." Aspinall clarified the riddle. "You know – 'Bugger off!' And they said, 'Well, if you put it that way, George, of course,' and left."





DIY Denver venue Rhinoceropolis was shut down Thursday when it was deemed unsafe by the Denver Fire Department. Inspectors discovered that the venue had several fire code violations, Westword reports. Responding to complaints in the aftermath of the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, inspectors found that there were hazardous conditions that made the structure unsafe. On December 17, Rhinoceropolis was planning to host a benefit for the Oakland fire victims.

The shut down is a response to high tensions surrounding the safety of DIY music spaces. It follows the recent, deadly warehouse party fire that broke out in Oakland earlier this month that killed 36 people including several artists. Baltimore officials recently shut down the Bell Foundry studio and recording space after they received a complaint.







Brian Fallon was also expanding his horizons via literature. Once he learned that, say, Dylan read a certain crucial text, he would track it down and read it, too—as he did with Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath since Springsteen wrote about it in Tom Joad. “Jon Landau, Bruce’s manager, said that Bruce will take anything and just absorb it and make it his own, and then kind of spit it out,” he marvels. “And I took that to heart. I thought, ‘That’s cool. Just take in everything and spit it out, and it’ll come out as you. Because it is you.’”



“Seeking music that reflects who we are, so that includes personality. That includes the way we think, and it may even be the way our brain is wired,” Cambridge psychologist David Greenberg told CNN. The study revealed that when it comes to music, there are two types of people: systemizers and empathizers. Empathizers are attracted to music that elicits strong thoughts and feelings. Systemizers are interested in the sonic structure and see it as an intriguing puzzle. “People who are open to new experiences tend to prefer music from the blues, jazz, classical, and folk genres,” the study says. “People who are extroverted and agreeable tend to prefer music from the pop, soundtrack, religious, soul, funk, electronic, and dance genres.”



"In the Oxford English dictionary, the word "Owsley" is listed as a noun describing a particularly pure form of LSD. But manufacturing acid is not the only accomplishment on Owsley's résumé. He was the Grateful Dead's original sound man and their initial financial benefactor. Without his technical innovations — he was one of the first people to mix concerts live and in stereo — the band might never have emerged from the San Francisco scene. And because he had the foresight to plug a tape recorder directly into the sound board during Dead shows, the music the band made at the peak of its power has been gloriously preserved in recordings still being issued in the series titled Dick's Picks, for which Owsley continues to receive royalties."



"In late 1970 or early 1971, John Bonham recorded the drums for “When the Levee Breaks” from Led Zeppelin IV. The session took place in an English mansion called Headley Grange — where the classic rock giants also recorded 1970’s Led Zeppelin III and much of 1975’s Physical Graffiti — and producer Andy Johns had the idea of placing the drum kit at the bottom of a staircase, with the microphones hanging down from above.

What may not be as widely known as that signature drum sound, is that Headley Grange is a former poorhouse built in 1795 in Headley, East Hampshire, England, UK. A private residence, rather than a studio, Headley Grange closed its doors for 40 years to drummers wanting to record there."



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"In a time when 13-year-old Rebecca Black gets a major Internet beat-down for singing about a day of the week, international superstars will.i.am and Britney Spears are screaming and shouting about much less."



"Time Out was the first jazz album to deliberately explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time. It was also the first million-selling jazz LP and is still among the best-selling jazz albums of all time."



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"Whether Kendrick flops, sells out, or ushers in a new Golden Age of lyrical commercial rap is beside the point. The expectations we’ve piled onto new artists are unreasonable. All Kendrick or anyone else needs to do for the rap game is sell a few records and get a few heads nodding. Instead of clamoring for saviors, we should be giving artists space to grow and evolve to the level of a Jay or a Nas. Greatness is achieved through time and experience, and we’ll probably never see it again if we keep looking for overnight sensations."



"Thanks to a mind-boggling 730,000 copies sold in the week ending February 19 (also known as The Week After Adele Won Six Grammys For the Album), Adele's 21 has officially come in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for 21 non-consecutive weeks, passing the late Whitney Houston's record-setting Bodyguard soundtrack, which held for only 20."



"Etta James, one of the great voices of the 20th century, who fused R&B with gospel and blues and scored landmark hits with "At Last," "Tell Mama" and "All I Could Do Was Cry," died today from complications related to leukemia. She was 73."



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"It's basically a vision of the good life as prescribed by the '80s TV show Miami Vice — which, while Rick Ross was growing up in the shitsville Miami-metro ghetto of Carol City, he says, was the show that taught him what to want."



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"We have to go back," Jack insists. "The last twenty years have been filled with digital, technological crap that's taken the soul out of music. The technological metronome of the United States is obsessed with progress, so now you have all these gearheads who want to lay down three thousand tracks in their living room. That wasn't the point."

"The point," says Meg, "is being a live band."



Jay-Z in 2009: "I deal with mature and relevant topics for my age group -- it has to all be based on true emotions. The more diversity and the more mature we make hip-hop, the bigger the net you cast."



John Lennon: "Where are we going, fellas?" he'd ask, to which Paul, George, and Ringo would respond, "To the toppermost of the poppermost, Johnny!" Within two years they were there. The problem was that the "toppermost"—defined as the airspace above Elvis—turned out not to be the pleasantest of places.



Paul McCartney: "I really can't believe it's thirty years since the sixties. I find it staggering. It's like the future, the sixties. The sixties to me, it hasn't happened. I feel like the sixties are about to arrive. And we're in some sort of time warp and it's still going to happen."



"As our information-age appetite for 'reality' grows more insatiable, so does Kanye West's desire to deliver it."



"It doesn't take long for conversation to wind toward the eight Grammy nominations that his second album, Late Registration, has garnered. Later, he says, 'If I was more complacent and I let things slide, my life would be easier, but you all wouldn't be as entertained. My misery is your pleasure.'"

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