martes, 10 de enero de 2017

Joan Baez cumplio 76 años

Joan Chandos Báez (Staten Island, Nueva York, Estados Unidos, 9 de enero de 1941), más conocida como Joan Báez, es una cantante, compositora y activista estadounidense, cuya música folk contemporánea incluye a menudo canciones protesta o de justicia social. Caracterizada por una voz potente, aguda, próxima a la de una soprano, y con un vibrato controlado para potenciar la dramatización de las letras de las canciones, es una de las mayores figuras de la canción protesta surgida en los años sesenta, al calor de la Guerra de Vietnam. Su repertorio, no obstante, abarca también lo tradicional, el country y el pop rock, y además de ser compositora, es generalmente considerada como una intérprete del trabajo de otros artistas, habiendo grabado canciones de Allman Brothers Band, The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Violeta Parra, Woody Guthrie, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon y Stevie Wonder, entre otros. En los últimos años, obtuvo cierto éxito al interpretar canciones de compositores modernos como Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle y Natalie Merchant. Báez comenzó su carrera musical en 1960 y logró un éxito inmediato. Sus tres primeros discos, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2 y Joan Baez in Concert, han sido certificados como discos de oro y estuvieron en las listas de éxitos durante dos años. En la década de 1970, Báez logró nuevos éxitos con su canción "Diamonds & Rust" y con versiones de "There But for Fortune" de Phil Ochs y "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" de The Band. Otras canciones asociadas a Báez incluyen "Farewell Angelina", "Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word", "Joe Hill", "Sweet Sir Galahad" y "We Shall Overcome". Interpretó tres de estas canciones en el Festival de Woodstock en 1969, promocionó las canciones de Bob Dylan a nivel nacional y mostró su compromiso con el activismo político y social en los campos de la no violencia, los derechos civiles, los derechos humanos y la defensa del medio ambiente.

Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 55 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish and English, she has recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the counterculture days of the 1960s and now encompasses everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music. Although a songwriter herself, Baez generally interprets other composers' work, having recorded songs by the Allman Brothers Band, the Beatles, Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, Woody Guthrie, Violeta Parra, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and many others. In recent years, she has found success interpreting songs of modern songwriters such as Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle and Natalie Merchant. Her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues. She began her recording career in 1960 and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, and Joan Baez in Concert all achieved gold record status and stayed on the Billboard and other record album charts for two years. Songs of acclaim include "Diamonds & Rust" and covers of Phil Ochs's "There but for Fortune" and The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". She is also known for "Farewell, Angelina", "Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word", "Forever Young","Joe Hill", "Sweet Sir Galahad" and "We Shall Overcome". She was one of the first major artists to record the songs of Bob Dylan in the early 1960s; Baez was already an internationally celebrated artist and did much to popularize his early songwriting efforts. Baez also performed three songs at the 1969 Woodstock Festival and has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and the environment.Baez will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017.

Rod Stewart cumple 72 años


Sir Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, CBE (n. el 10 de enero de 1945, en Londres, Inglaterra) es un músico, compositor y productor británico de rock, conocido mundialmente por haber sido vocalista en las bandas The Jeff Beck Group y Faces, como también por su exitosa y extensa carrera como solista. Con su distinguida voz rasposa inició su carrera como músico callejero para luego participar en The Dimensions y en el supergrupo The Steampacket durante los primeros años de la década de los sesenta. Sin embargo alcanzó el éxito luego de ingresar a The Jeff Beck Group, donde solo participó en sus dos primeros álbumes, y luego en Faces hasta 1975 cuando la agrupación inglesa se separó. En octubre de 2016, fue nombrado caballero de la Orden del Imperio Británico por Guillermo de Cambridge, título otorgado por la Reina en junio por la celebración de sus 90 años

Sir Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. He has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top ten, six of which gained the #1 position.[3] Stewart has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity. With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and the early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group, and then with Faces, though his music career had begun in 1962 when he took up busking with a harmonica. In October 1963, he joined the Dimensions as a harmonica player and part-time vocalist. In 1964, Stewart joined Long John Baldry and the All Stars, and in August, Stewart signed a solo contract, releasing his first single, "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", in October. He maintained a solo career alongside a group career, releasing his debut solo album, An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down in 1969. Stewart's early albums were a fusion of rock, folk music, soul music, and R&B. From the late 1970s through the 1990s, Stewart's music often took on a new wave or soft rock/middle-of-the-road quality, and in the early 2000s, he released a series of successful albums interpreting the Great American Songbook. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him the 17th most successful artist on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists". A Grammy and Brit Award recipient, he was voted at #33 in Q Magazine's list of the Top 100 Greatest Singers of all time, and #59 on Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers of all time.[9] As a solo artist, Stewart was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and was inducted a second time into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Faces.

domingo, 8 de enero de 2017

Lisztomania


Lisztomania es una película de 1975 escrita y dirigida por Ken Russell. El film relata, con varias libertades, la vida del compositor húngaro Franz Liszt. Cuenta con las actuaciones de Roger Daltrey (vocalista de The Who), Paul Nicholas, Sara Kestelman, Veronica Quilligan, Fiona Lewis y Andrew Reilly. Otras estrellas hacen apariciones en la película, entre ellos el ex Beatle Ringo Starr, Oliver Reed y Rick Wakeman (de la banda Yes). Wakeman, además, adaptó la música de Liszt y Wagner para el film. La película retrata a Liszt (Daltrey) como la primera estrella de rock (tiene fanáticos, escándalos y groupies). Comienza cuando, tras un recital, recibe la invitación de la princesa Caroline de San Petersburgo (Kestelman), e inicia una relación con la misma, dejando atrás a su amante Marie d'Agoult y a sus hijos. Una vez que el papa (Starr) impide el nuevo matrimonio, Liszt se convierte en abad, y recibe una misión: exorcizar a su amigo y esposo de su hija Cosima, Richard Wagner (Nicholas). Russell se propuso personificar el bien y el mal en la música. Liszt representa el bien: un compositor inspirado, solo interesado en su música. Por otro lado, Wagner encarna el mal ya que se lo muestra plagiando la música de Liszt y se lo vincula con el nazismo. En este sentido, el film está más relacionado con la vida de Wagner que con la vida de Liszt, pues en él se muestra el enfrentamiento entre la Iglesia Católica y Wagner (el compositor practicaba su propia religión, y en la película se lo ridiculiza adorando la figura de Superman). En Lisztomania se lo retrata como la génesis del nazismo (al morir rencarna en un zombi nazi), esto se debe a que Wagner era antisemita y a que, años después, Hitler expresaría su admiración por el compositor.

Lisztomania is a 1975 film by Ken Russell, drawn from a biography of Franz Liszt. Depicting the flamboyant Liszt as the first classical pop star, Lisztomania features contemporary rock star Roger Daltrey (of The Who) as Franz Liszt. The film was released the same year as Tommy, which also starred Daltrey and was directed by Russell. The film is derived, in part, from an actual "kiss-and-tell" book, Nélida, by Marie d'Agoult, about the couple's affair. The term "Lisztomania" was coined by the German romantic literary figure Heinrich Heine to describe the massive public response to Liszt's virtuosic piano performances. At these performances, there were allegedly screaming women, and the audience was sometimes limited to standing room only. Rick Wakeman, from the progressive rock band Yes, composed the Lisztomania soundtrack, which included synthesiser arrangements of works by Liszt and Wagner. He also appears in the film as the Nordic god of thunder, Thor. Daltrey and Russell wrote the lyrics for the soundtrack, and Daltrey provided vocals. Of the other rock celebrities appearing in the film, Ringo Starr, drummer of The Beatles, appears as the Pope. This film was first to use the new Dolby Stereo sound system. Rather than a straightforward narrative, the film presents Liszt's life through a series of episodes. At the start of the film, Liszt is caught in bed with Marie d'Agoult by her husband the Count d'Agoult. The Count challenges Liszt to a fight with sabres but Marie begs the count to let her share Liszt's fate. The Count then orders his staff to trap Liszt and Marie into the body of a piano, nailing it shut, and then leaving it on railroad tracks. The scene is then shown to be a flashback triggered by the camera flash of photographers backstage before one of Liszt's concerts. Richard Wagner appears and Liszt introduces him to his circle of colleagues including Gioachino Rossini, Hector Berlioz, Frédéric Chopin, and Richard Strauss. Liszt then pays Wagner to allow him to perform a variation on a theme from Rienzi. At the concert, Wagner is put off by Liszt's crowd-pleasing showmanship at the expense of serious musicianship, which includes adding the melody of Chopsticks to his Rienzi variation. However the crowd, consisting entirely of young screaming girls, go wild at Liszt's performance, storming the stage. Liszt uses Hans to proposition potentially wealthy females in the audience during his performance. One of them is Princess Carolyn, who relays to Liszt her address in Russia. The next scene shows Marie's and Liszt's domestic life plagued by jealousy over his constant touring away from home and his infidelities. At this point they have three children, the oldest being Cosima. Domestic life has also strained Liszt's creativity. Liszt prepares to depart to St. Petersburg to play for the Tsar. Marie threatens to abandon him if he decides to go. Liszt then suggests to Cosima that he would sell his soul to the Devil to be able to compose brilliant music again. As Liszt is leaving, Cosima consoles him that she will pray to God every day so that Liszt will meet the Devil and be able to sell his soul to him. In Russia, Liszt meets Princess Carolyn at her court. She begins to seduce him, offering him the ability to compose the brilliant music he wanted in exchange for total control of his life. In one of the most ostentatious scenes of the movie, Liszt then experiences a hallucination where the women of Princess Carolyn's court assail him but then become seduced by his music which strokes his libido and gives him a 10-foot erection. Carolyn sinisterly observes from afar as the women then celebrate his giant erection with a chorus line. The women then drag Liszt's erection to a guillotine in which Carolyn reveals that the bargain for Liszt's newfound musical prolificity is the forfeiture of his libertinism. The next scene shows Liszt in Dresden during the May Uprising, conflicted about not supporting his friends in the revolt and spending all his time isolated to compose music. Wagner, now a political criminal on the lam, reappears and asks Liszt for money so that he can escape the country with his family. As Liszt tends Wagner's wounds, Wagner secretly drugs Liszt, making him pass out. Wagner then reveals himself to be a vampire who has a mission to write music that will inspire a new German nationalistic movement. He then proceeds to suck Liszt's blood and compose on the piano. Before departing, Wagner leaves him his latest political pamphlet (a Superman comic). Liszt and Carolyn travel to the Vatican to get married after the Pope agrees to grant her a divorce from her husband. The wedding is ultimately voided by the intervention of her husband and the Tsar. Furious at the Pope's political impotence, Carolyn threatens to write an anthology on her disagreements with the Church (Causes intérieures de la faiblesse extérieure de l'Église en 1870). Liszt then proposes that he will join the Church as an abbot. Liszt's life as an abbot is shown to be disobedient as he is caught in bed with a woman. The Pope then explains that Wagner has seduced Cosima as his wife and has begun to lead a devilish cult organised around his music. He tasks Liszt with travelling to Wagner's castle to exorcise him and return him to the Christian faith or else Liszt will be excommunicated and his music will be banned. Liszt travels to Wagner's castle, where he observes a secret ritual portraying a devilish Jew raping several blonde-haired Germanic nymphs. Wagner then appears with Cosima, dressed in Superman outfits, and sings how "the flowering youth of Germany was raped by 'the beast'" and that a "new messiah" will soon arrive to drive out the beast. At the conclusion of the song, Cosima marches the audience, composed entirely of children, out with a Nazi salute as they chant that they "will be the master race". Liszt confronts Wagner, who is unaware of what Liszt saw, and inquires about his ambitions. Wagner confesses that he has been building a mechanical Viking Siegfried to rid the country of Jews. When Wagner awakens Siegfried with his music, the creature turns out to be crass and slow-witted. Liszt sneaks holy water into Wagner's drink, however the water has no effect on Wagner. Wagner then reveals himself as a vampire to Liszt and threatens to steal his music so that Wagner's Viking can live. Liszt rushes to the piano and plays music that exorcises Wagner, bringing him to near death. Cosima, witnessing Wagner's moribund state, imprisons Liszt and then resurrects Wagner in a Nazi ceremony as a Frankenstein Hitler wielding a machine-gun guitar. Trapped, Liszt observes as Cosima leads Wagner-Hitler to gun down the town's Jews, after which she kills Liszt by stabbing a needle through the heart of a doll made to look like him. In Heaven, Liszt is reunited with the romanced women of his life and Cosima (it's never explained how she got there after killing Liszt or how the other women got there), who regret their behaviour towards him and each other and finally live in harmony. Liszt and the women decide to fly down to Earth in a spaceship to destroy Wagner-Hitler who has now ravaged Berlin in a fiery machine-gun frenzy. Once Wagner-Hitler is destroyed, Liszt sings that he has found "peace at last".

Hoy David Bowie hubiera cumplido 70 años


David Robert Jones (Londres, 8 de enero de 1947-Nueva York, 10 de enero de 2016) más conocido por su nombre artístico David Bowie fue un músico y compositor británico, quien ejerció a su vez de actor, productor discográfico y arreglista. Figura importante de la música popular durante más de cinco décadas, Bowie es considerado un innovador, en particular por sus trabajos de la década de 1970 y por su peculiar voz, además de la profundidad intelectual de su obra. A pesar de haber lanzado un álbum (David Bowie) y varios sencillos antes, Bowie consiguió notoriedad en julio de 1969, cuando su sencillo «Space Oddity» llegó al top 5 de la lista británica de sencillos. Después de tres años correspondientes a una etapa de experimentación, resurgió en 1972, en plena era del glam rock, con su extravagante y andrógino álter ego Ziggy Stardust, gracias a su exitoso sencillo «Starman» y el disco The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. David Buckley, su biógrafo, describe el impacto de Bowie de esa época diciendo que «retó al núcleo de la música rock de la época» y «creó, posiblemente, el personaje más importante de la cultura popular». La relativamente corta vida de Ziggy probó ser solo una faceta de una carrera marcada por continuas reinvenciones, innovaciones musicales y presentaciones visuales de todo tipo. Bowie consiguió, en 1975, su primer éxito en Estados Unidos, gracias a su exitoso sencillo «Fame», coescrito con John Lennon y a su disco Young Americans, del cual dijo él mismo que era el disco definitivo del plastic soul (término acuñado por un músico de raza negra para describir a un artista blanco interpretando música soul). El sonido significó un cambio radical del estilo que le había hecho famoso en el Reino Unido. Después de esto, confundió tanto a su discográfica como a sus seguidores estadounidenses con el disco minimalista Low (1977), la primera de tres colaboraciones con Brian Eno. Todos estos álbumes, conocidos como la «Trilogía de Berlín», entraron en el top 5 británico, además de recibir elogios de la crítica. Después de disparejos éxitos comerciales a finales de la década de 1970, consiguió números uno en el Reino Unido con el sencillo «Ashes to Ashes» y su correspondiente álbum, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). Colaboró con Queen en el número uno de las listas de venta «Under Pressure» para, poco después, volver a conseguir un éxito comercial con su disco de 1983 Let's Dance, del que se extrajeron los exitosos sencillos «Let's Dance», «China Girl» y «Modern Love». A lo largo de las décadas de 1990 y 2000, Bowie siguió experimentando con distintos estilos musicales, incluyendo blue-eyed soul, industrial, adult contemporary y jungle. No salió de gira desde su gira musical entre 2003 y 2004 A Reality Tour y no se presentó en vivo desde 2006. Su más reciente disco Blackstar salió al mercado el 8 de enero de 2016, apenas dos días antes de su fallecimiento. Buckley dice de Bowie: «Su influencia fue única en la cultura popular, ha permeado y cambiado más vidas que ninguna otra figura pública». En la encuesta de 2002 de la cadena televisiva BBC de los 100 británicos más importantes, se colocó en el puesto número 29. Ha vendido, aproximadamente, 136 millones de discos a lo largo de su carrera. Ha recibido nueve discos de platino, once de oro y ocho de plata en el Reino Unido y cinco de platino y siete de oro en Estados Unidos. En 2004, la revista Rolling Stone le posicionó en el puesto número 39 de su lista de los cien artistas de rock más importantes de todos los tiempos y en el puesto 23 de su lista de los mejores cantantes de todos los tiempos.

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie  was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Born and raised in Brixton, South London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. "Space Oddity" became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of his single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie's style shifted radically towards a sound he characterised as "plastic soul", initially alienating many of his UK devotees but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the album Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth and released Station to Station. The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that would come to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy". "Heroes" (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise. After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, with its title track topping both UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. He also continued acting; his roles included Major Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), the Goblin King Jareth in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. He stopped concert touring after 2004, and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with the release of The Next Day. He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).