Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their nominees for the April 2015 induction ceremony. Of the 14 nominees, five will be accepted after a vote by artists and music industry members. Fans also have the opportunity to vote on a special fan ballot on the Hall of Fame’s web site. In order to be […]

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Great Quotations: Sting On Drugs And Songwriting


“I think if they’re used specifically as tools for a stated purpose. As in, ‘I’ll now smoke this joint and I’ll write a song… or I will write a piece of poetry.’ Then I think it’s perfectly acceptable. But if you’re just taking stuff to get out of it, then you’ll just get out of […]

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Lyric Of The Week: Sting, “Why Should I Cry For You”

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Rock and roll was built, in part, on the generation gap, fueled by the distrust and rancor that often brew between teenagers and their parents. As the music matured and the lyrics became more profound and precise, songwriters started to dig deeper in an attempt to make sense of the often complicated relationship they had […]

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Paul Simon And Sting Make Sweet Music At The Forum In Los Angeles

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Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together – The Forum, Los Angeles, February 15, 2014 At first thought it seemed a divergent coupling – Paul Simon and Sting, obviously both tremendous songwriters, each with a formidable and timeless body of work. But together? Would that work? Some people suggested that Sting was a true rock […]

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Watch Sting and Paul Simon Team Up For Tour Debut


Seeing two legends perform together can be a bit of a trip. Sometimes it makes perfect sense to have two iconic musicians sharing a stage, like Elton John and Billy Joel. But for every similar moment that seems to fall into place just right, there are those like the infamously panned Lulu, the baffling collaborative […]

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David Broza: East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem


David Broza East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem (S-Curve) 3 out of 5 stars Folk-rapping in Hebrew and English, covers of Elvis Costello, Pink Floyd, Cat Stevens and Timmy Thomas, played by Israeli and Palestinian musicians all in service of a political album co-produced by Steve Earle aiming to unite East and West Jerusalem? Welcome to the new […]

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Various Artists: Released! — The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998


Various Artists Released! — The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998 (CD/DVD) (Shout!Factory) Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Plowing through over 16 hours of music, documentary footage, interviews, home movies, videos and background information in this mammoth 6 DVD set (also available as a slimmed down double CD) of Amnesty International concerts from the titular years, it […]

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Sting, Paul Simon Announce Joint Tour


It’s not exactly Simon and Garfunkel, but it’s arguably more interesting. Paul Simon and Sting have announced that they will hit the road together next February and March, for a limited concert tour of North America dubbed Paul Simon and Sting: On Stage Together. The two songwriters traded harmonies earlier this year at a benefit […]

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Performers and Presenters Announced for 44th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner

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This year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner’s performers and presenters represent genres from all over the spectrum. Artists ranging from Alison Krauss to Wiz Khalifa, including Billy Joel, Petula Clark,, Smokey Robinson, Patty Smyth, Rob Thomas, Sting, Steven Tyler and the cast of Motown: The Musical will all contribute to the ceremony. […]

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Sting, “I Hung My Head”

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Sting has written some really great songs that won’t go down as classics or standards because, frankly, his vocabulary and melodies are usually more sophisticated than what the pop market can bear. But in “I Hung My Head,” from his 1996 album Mercury Falling, Sting managed to – as Malcolm X says at the beginning […]

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Sting: 25 Years


Sting 25 Years [A&M] Rating: Has any other artist in the history of rock and roll ever squandered as much good will as Sting? In the late 1970s, the schoolteacher/jazz sideman moved to London and co-founded the Police, who bridged postpunk, pop, and reggae over five hit albums in five years. Just as the band […]

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