Jack White + Wanda Jackson + Amy Winehouse = Musical Magic

Wanda Jackson

The Queen of Rockabilly and one of our personal favorites, Wanda Jackson, has a new album in the works, being produced by none other than Mr. Jack White.  The album will be preceeded by a double A-side single featuring a cover of Amy Winehouse’s modern classic, “You Know I’m No Good.”

Read more about Jackson’s soon-to-be-released album here.  We can’t wait to hear it!

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Music News Recap: Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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Amy Blake

Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil’s request for a divorce has been granted by a London judge.

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When They Were Young: Famous Musicians

Believe it or not, rock stars wore diapers at one point too!  Some had bad hair, buck teeth, and made questionable fashion choices like the rest of us, while others were apparently always as cute as they are now.  Here’s the proof for your viewing enjoyment!

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

Beyonce

Beyonce

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan

Carl Barat of Dirty Pretty Things

Carl Barat

Pete Doherty of The Libertines

Pete Doherty

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana

Kurt Cobain

James Hetfield of Metallica

James Hetfield

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

Jimi Hendrix (on right)

Jimi Hendrix (on right)

Joe Strummer of The Clash

joe Strummer

Liz Phair

Liz Phair

Madonna

Madonna

Meg White of The White Stripes

Meg White

Melissa Auf Der Mar of Hole

Melissa Auf Der Mar

Shakira

Shakira

The Strokes

The Strokes

Courtney Love

Courtney Love

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson

Robbie Williams of Take That

Robbie Williams

Bjork

Bjork

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Freddie Mercury of Queen

Freddie Mercury

John Lennon

John Lennon

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse



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Media Roundup: Interviews, New Tunes and a Bit of Jail Time…

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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Amy Winehouse has announced plans to launch a record label of her own in the near future.  He first singing?  Goddaughter Dionne Bromfield.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

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Joaquin Phoenix, the man who wowed audiences with his unforgettable portrayal of Johnny Cash in Walk The Line is at the center of this week’s most unexpected story in music.  The actor is leaving Hollywood behind to pursue a career in music–specifically, hip-hop.  Seriously.

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Check out this fun interview with Gregg Gillis, the man behind Girl Talk, from TheTapeIsNotSticky.com.

Gregg Gillis, of Girl Talk

Gregg Gillis, of Girl Talk

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While you’re eagerly waiting for The Virgins to play Madison on Feb 3rd (get tickets here), check out their interview on The Guardian‘s podcast.  Also featured? Animal Collective.

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In reunion news, of which there seems to be no shortage these days, glam rockers Mott The Hoople are reforming for two London shows in celebration of 40 years since the band’s 1969 formation.

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Have a listen to the latest from Neko Case, “People Got A Lot of Nerve,” off her upcoming album, Middle Cyclone.

Neko Case

Neko Case

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The folks at BrooklynVegan.com have compiled a list of the best metal of 2008–and preview what’s to come this year.

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In a revolutionary move to free themselves from the crippling grip of corporate influence, L.A. radio station Indie 103.1 is saying goodbye to the airwaves and hello to the internet.

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Massively prolific songwriter Ryan Adams announced to much shock that he is done making music. Wanna place bets on how long his musical abstinance actually lasts?  I give it a month.

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

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Gary Kurfirst, the incredibly influential manager, promoter, publisher, producer, and label executive, has passed away.

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Emusic.com has asked the mothers of some of indie rock’s favorite wiz kids (such as Bon Iver, Beirut, Adam Green, and Les Savy Fav) to comment on the music that their children make.  Read what the proud moms had to say!

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Boy George, who was found guilty of false imprisonment, has been sentenced to 15 months in prision.

Boy George

Boy George

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Andrew Bird‘s new album, Noble Beast, is streaming in-full on NPR.org.

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird

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Nov 24 Monday Ticket Giveaway- Soul Excitement

From church choir to the face of soul and funk revitalization, Sharon Jones’ retro sound is pure soul that seduces the audience to let go of their inhibitions.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have built a growing reputation as the front runners of old-school soul and funk.

Show up for the music, but stay for the stage show. Sharon’s youthful energy and occasional dancing frenzies exude passion while the horn section grooves.

Think the Dap-Kings look or sound familiar?  That’s because some of the members backed up Amy Winehouse on her album “Back to Black”, check them out in her video “Rehab.”

Come to the Barrymore December 3 prepared to dance!  Get two tickets for the funk filled evening by telling us what your favorite funk/soul song to listen to in a recession is. Comment on this blog with your entry to have a chance to win a FREE pair of tickets to the Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings show.

Answers will be judged by the staff at True Endeavors- the winner will be announced Tuesday (November 25) at 6pm.

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Stevie Wonder talks Amy Winehouse, Obama, and more

As an addendum to our earlier birthday wishes to Mr. Wonder, Stevie recently held a press conference announcing his European tour. Other than playing a stunning line up of greatest hits to promote his album of same name, he also took time to muse about popular and political culture.

SW called presidential candidate Barack Obama “a combination of Martin Luther King and JFK“, a pretty impossible review to beat. Of Amy Winehouse he said “She reminds me of a young Etta James. ‘Rehab’ is a very good song. The CD [‘Back To Black’] was good, my daughter turned me onto it.” Hopefully we’ll all get to indulge in Amy’s talent for five decades of touring as well.

(Where we are now..the intersection of music, politics, history and culture: From left to right- Stevie Wonder, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy, Amy Winehouse, Etta James)