The Sex Pistols’ 1976 Manchester “Gig That Changed the World,” and the Day the Punk Era Began

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“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”
Johnny Rotten aka John Lydon’s closing words at the last Sex Pistols gig (watch it online) seemed apt this week when Virgin Bank announced their current line of credit cards would feature the band’s signature artwork.


Hear Friedrich Nietzsche’s Classical Piano Compositions: They’re Aphoristic Like His Philosophy

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In March, we featured 43 original tracks of classical music by philosopher and self-taught composer Friedrich Nietzsche, better known as the author of books like Thus Spoke Zarathustra and Beyond Good and Evil. Despite the enduring importance of his textual output, Josh Jones noted that “what Nietzsche loved most was music.


David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Queen & Elvis Presley Star in Delightfully Absurd Musicless Music Videos

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Sometime in the last decade, as both YouTube and smart phones became our primary means of cultural transmission, the isolated vocal track meme came into being, reaching its summit in the sublime ridiculousness of David Lee Roth’s unadorned “Running With the Devil” vocal tics.


The John Lennon Sketchbook, a Short Animation Featuring Lennon’s Drawings, Premieres on YouTube

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In 1986, Yoko Ono commissioned the Oscar-winning animator John Canemaker to bring to life the drawings and doodles of John Lennon (1940-1980), culminating in the release of a short film called The John Lennon Sketchbook. Almost 30 years later, that film has now been officially released on YouTube.


Brazilian Man Sings The Beatles’ “Yesterday” as Doctors Perform Brain Surgery on Him

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It’s a bittersweet scene. Actually, more bitter than sweet. The video above documents a recent operation where doctors removed a brain tumor from Anthony Kulkamp, a 33 year old Brazilian banker, all while he sang and played The Beatles’ “Yesterday” on the guitar.


Hip Hop Hits Sung Wonderfully in Sign Language: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” & More

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The first time I went to see David Sedaris read some of his hilarious essays live, I ended up laughing much more than I expected. By luck of seating, I found myself at the right of the stage, facing his sign language interpreter. She didn’t just quickly parse what he said.


The Animated Franz Kafka Rock Opera

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“The Franz Kafka Rock Opera” comes from Season 1 of a 1999 video series called Home Movies. In this episode, we find the character Dwayne writing a rock opera based on Kafka’s famous novella The Metamorphosis. It’s not Tommy or Quadrophenia — two of the greatest rock operas ever made.


13-Year-Old Jimmy Page Plays Guitar on TV in 1957, an Early Moment in His Spectacular Career

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These days, most of our pop stars seem to come pre-printed from child-star factories, their looks and sound carefully crafted for maximum appeal.


David Bowie Launches His Acting Career in the Avant-Garde Play Pierrot in Turquoise (1967)

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We’ve posted plenty here from David Bowie the singer, which stands to reason, given his prominence in the set of all possible David Bowies.


Download a New, Open Version of J.S. Bach’s Masterpiece The Well-Tempered Clavier

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Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 by Kimiko Ishizaka
In 2012, the Japanese-German classical musician Kimiko Ishizaka made available to the world an open version of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations performed on a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial piano in Berlin.


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