Last week we lost a hip hop legend with the sad passing of Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of The Beastie Boys. Coldplay honors the iconic MC with this cover of ‘Fight For Your Right’.
Also make sure to check out these great archive images of The Beastie Boys by Terry Richardsonhere.
Amy Winehouse, the young and talented English singer and songwriter, passed away Saturday, July 23, and she will be greatly missed. However, what is amazing about the death is she passed away and entered into a category of legendary Rock stars and Singers who never made it to complete their full dream, but brought people to love them in many ways before they passed at the young age of 27. Amy Winehouse will be remembered for more than drugs or rehab, but like every other member of the group she will be remembered for, her short music will have a long-lasting effect all over the world.
“Tears Dry On Their Own”
Jimi Hendrix, pioneering electric -guitarist, singer and songwriter for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys. Hendrix born of Seattle, Washington was always a person who faced difficulties, but like most artist who died at a young age the talent he possessed is something that lived on forever. Hendrix was an artist with autobiographical words, songs and letters to his fans with hit songs such as “Purple Haze,” “Hey Joe,” and “Fire”. Unfortunately, Hendrix left the “Band of Gypsys” because of the lack of fame the group receiving. Shortly after Hendrix started a project, with members of his first group, but before taking off the young and talented Rock star/guitarist passed.
Janis Joplin, lead vocalist and songwriter for Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band, broke new ground for woman in Rock Music. Joplin was a young girl who loved to stand out from her music and her fashion primarily wearing clothes of the opposite sex and listening to Rock. Later in her life, Joplin took a change when it came to music. She began to represent herself as a Woman of the Blues & Jazz. Joplin left college early to pursue her musical career, but soon after, she began abusing drugs and alcohol. Joplin later returned to the scene releasing first solo effort, I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (1969) with Kozmic Blues Band which received mixed reviews. Joplin’s next album would be her most successful, but unfortunately her last. She recorded Pearl with the Full Tilt Boogie Band and wrote two of their songs, the powerful and rocking “Move Over,” and “Mercedes Benz.” Sadly, Joplin passed shortly after due to many years of drug abuse.
Kurt Cobain, was the founding member, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for Nirvana. The talented Cobain introduced power to a new type of music called “Grunge,” with a fusion of rock, punk and heavy metal music, to the Seattle, Washington area. The Grunge movement created a successful impact for Nirvana with their second album Nevermind in 1991 and single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” which was a theme for Generation X. His music was a pop-culture revolution recognized later with his third album In Utero Debuting @ #1. Although, all the fame was great, the young Cobain was suffering in many ways. Cobain like many other artists suffered from the abuse of drugs and depression. However, he also had bronchitis and laryngitis. Cobain while on tour could not handle the stress of his complications, and he too past due to the use of drugs.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Jim Morrison, was the lead singer, songwriter, and video director for The Doors. At an early age, Morrison was highly intelligent showing interest in reading and writing. Later in life after graduating from UCLA, Morrison experimented with drugs and ate little developing the view of a malnourished person. It was at Venice Beach during the summer of 1965 that Morrison had a chance encounter with Ray Manzarek, a fellow UCLA student and talented keyboardist. Manzarek invited Morrison, who had no vocal training, to be the singer of a band based on the quality of his poetry that Manzarek thought would translate well into song lyrics. The Doors’ first single, “Break on Through (To the Other Side),” achieved only modest success, yet their second single, “Light My Fire,” catapulted the band to the forefront of the Rock and Roll world, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in June. This gave them a gateway into the music mainstream. “Light My Fire” remains The Doors’ most popular song featured prominently on every major list of the greatest Rock songs ever recorded. In an attempt to get his life back in order, Morrison took time off from The Doors in the Spring of 1971 and moved to Paris. However, he continued to be plagued by drugs and depression. On July 3, 1971, Morrison was found dead in the bathtub of his apartment. His death was evidently due to heart failure.
“Light My Fire”
Brian Jones ,was Rolling Stones founder and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. Jones moved to London to play blues guitar in local bars. In the Spring of 1962, he formed The Rolling Stones with pianist Ian Stewart, singer Mick Jagger, and Jagger’s childhood friend and guitarist Keith Richardsuring. During the Rolling Stones’ early days, Jones served as leader, entertainer and managed the band. As the most photogenic band member, the 1960 swingers of London quickly adopted Jones’ antics and fashion sense. Later, on July 3, 1969, Brian Jones was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool at his home in Sussex, England. The death was ruled an accident. He was also 27 years old.
“Tribute To 27 Club”