Music News for 03/13/2015
How Much Were Woodstock Acts Paid in Today’s Dollars?
The original Woodstock in 1969 had a STACKED lineup, so it seems like it would’ve cost a fortune pay the bands . . . even if you consider that many of them are more well-known now than they were then.
A list of the fees paid to each act has been circulating on the Internet for a while now. JIMI HENDRIX got $18,000, which was the most. That seems like a bargain, but when you adjust it for inflation, it would’ve been more like $115,000.
Here’s a list of what each artist earned . . . along with the amount it would be in TODAY’S dollars:
1. Jimi Hendrix, $18,000 then, which is roughly $115,000 now
2. Blood, Sweat & Tears, $15,000 . . . $95,000 now
3. Joan Baez and Creedence Clearwater Revival, both at $10,000 . . . $63,000 now
5. The Band, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Sly and the Family Stone, all at $7,500 . . $48,000 now
9. Canned Heat, $6,500 . . . $41,000 now
10. The Who, $6,250 . . . $40,000 now
11. Richie Havens, $6,000 . . . $38,000 now
12. Arlo Guthrie and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, both at $5,000 . . . $32,000 now
14. Ravi Shankar, $4,500 . . . $28,500 now
15. Johnny Winter, $3,750 . . . $24,000 now
16. Ten Years After, $3,250 . . . $20,000 now
17. Country Joe and the Fish, $2,500 . . . $16,000 now
18. Grateful Dead and Incredible String Band, both at $2,250 . . . $14,000 now
20. Mountain and Tim Hardin, both at $2,000 . . . $12,700 now
22. Joe Cocker, $1,375 . . . $9,000 now
23. Sweetwater, $1,250 . . . $8,000 now
24. John B. Sebastian, $1,000 . . . $6,300 now
25. Melanie and Santana, both at $750 . . . $5,000 now
That entire collection of talent cost more than $141,000 in 1969, which comes to $896,000 today. That doesn’t include the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Bert Sommer . . . because their paydays are unknown.
It also doesn’t include Iron Butterfly, who were supposed to receive $5,000 plus another $5,000 for their light show . . . because they never showed.
The inflated numbers make the amounts more relevant, but it was still a bargain. Music festivals today definitely spend WAY more than that, and most of them won’t be remembered one year later, let alone 45-plus years and counting.
Coachella doesn’t release any official numbers, but they reportedly spend several million on their headliners each year, and they have well over 100 acts on the bill. In 2008, they supposedly got Prince for $2 million.
Although, like Woodstock, the smallest bands are probably earning less than they paid to get there.
Some Classic Rock Quick Hits:
-JIMMY PAGE from LED ZEPPELIN is NOT a fan of the MP3 format. He says there’s some, quote, “jiggery-pokery that goes on” when going from analog to digital, and that it causes songs to lose their “transience and depth.”
He adds, quote, “To have it squashed down is not how it was intended to be.”
– MEAT LOAF is putting out an album this fall called “Braver Than We Are“ . . . and it’ll also feature composer Jim Steinman, who worked on his “Bat Out of Hell” albums, and his 1981 album “Dead Ringer”.
Music News 03/11/2015
A Jury Ruled that “Blurred Lines” Does Rip Off Marvin Gaye
A federal jury ruled yesterday that “Blurred Lines” DOES rip off the 1977 MARVIN GAYE song “Got to Give It Up”.
And they ordered ROBIN THICKE and PHARRELL WILLIAMS to pay Marvin’s kids $7.4 million. The Gayes also sued T.I., who appears on the song. But the jury let him off the hook.
During a week-long trial, Gaye’s family brought in a musicologist who testified that there was a “constellation” of eight similar elements in the two songs.
Their attorney also noted that in several interviews, Robin said he told Pharrell he wanted to write a song LIKE “Got to Give It Up” . . . and that Pharrell had said he tried to pretend he WAS Marvin Gaye while writing it.
Robin, Pharrell and T.I. released a statement saying the verdict, quote, “sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward.” And it sounds like they plan to appeal.
Sarah Brightman Wants to Become the First Artist to Sing in Space
British singer SARAH BRIGHTMAN plans to become the first professional singer to sing in space.
She and her ex-husband ANDREW LLOYD-WEBBER are writing a new song for her to sing on board the International Space Station later this year. She’s going up there on a Russian rocket on September 1st.
She’s already training for space travel in Moscow. She’s also training her VOICE, because singing in space isn’t the same as singing on Earth.
She says, quote, “To sing in microgravity is a very different thing to singing down here. We use the Earth to ground ourselves when we sing and the air around us.
“This is going to be very different. I’m trying to find a piece that is beautiful and simple in its message, as well as not complicated to sing.”
She adds, quote, “I would like to connect with a choir, or children or an orchestra on Earth because I think that will be a very beautiful thing.”
Sarah is 54 years old. She met Andrew after getting a part in the London production of “Cats” in 1981. She went on to originate the role of Christine in his “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway. They were married from 1984 to 1990.
Music News 03/06/2015
- MUMFORD & SONS have put out a new song called “Believe“. It’s the first single off their upcoming ELECTRIC album, “Wilder Mind”. You’ll love it if you’re into Coldplay . . . you may NOT dig it if you like Mumford & Sons.
- 2. 2. SAM SMITH released a new version of “Lay Me Down“, featuring JOHN LEGEND. The track will serve as the official single of Red Nose Day, a British charity event that happens every two years where people wear clown noses to help raise money and awareness for Comic Relief.
- 3. 3. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE has put out a new song called “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive“. It’s off their new album “Kintsugi”, which comes out March 31st. Last month, they released the first single, “Black Sun“.
It’ll be on a Curtis Knight & The Squires album called “You Can’t Use My Name“, which is coming out on March 24th.
Music News for 03/09/2015
John Mayer admits he might have a bit of an Edo problem…
In a new interview, JOHN MAYER denied that he’s ever been a womanizer . . . but he admitted that he did have an ego problem.
He said, quote, “I’m a recovered ego addict. The only way that I can be sure that I don’t relapse is to admit that I constantly have this ego addiction . . . every day.”
He said he regrets a few things, including the infamous “Playboy” interview where he said JESSICA SIMPSON was like “sexual napalm” . . . and the song he directed at TAYLOR SWIFT.
He said, quote, “[‘Paper Doll’] never got listened to as a song. It became a news story because of the lyrics. I’m not in the business of telling people what the song is about. I never said anything about it.
“And now I just go, ‘Look, I can say the name Taylor Swift. She’s an artist. I’m an artist. Everybody stop. Nobody’s got an incurable cancer. We’re rich people who get to live out our dreams. Let’s just stop it.'”
Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler collaborate on new take of ‘Irish Heartbeat’
For his forthcoming 35th studio album, Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue, Van Morrison is offering new takes on some of his lesser-known tracks going back to 1970’s “Lord, If I Ever Needed Someone.” “Irish Heartbeat,” the new recording of which can be heard below, originally appeared on Morrison’s 1983 Inarticulate Speech of the Heart and was previously reworked – stripped down slightly – for the 1988 Irish Heartbeat LP, a collaboration with the Chieftans. A decade later, the song received new life when it was included in Janeane Garofalo romantic comedy The Matchmaker.
The Duets version features Mark Knopfler and is perhaps the most straightforward yet, pushing the singers’ voices to the front and making the lyrics clearer than ever. In an accompanying interview, Morrison is asked if he expected Knopfler to play on such a traditional song. “I did and I didn’t,” the singer responds. “It didn’t surprise me that much because he’s done stuff in that style.”
Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue will be released on March 23rd and can be pre-ordered here. Its first single, “Real Real Gone,” featured vocals from Michael Bublé, and other tracks include artists like Steve Winwood, Bobby Womack, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Natalie Cole and George Benson.
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Unreleased Kurt Cobain Song to Appear on ‘Montage of Heck’ Soundtrack
The HBO documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is already drawing rave reviews on the film festival circuit, including sold-out showings at both Sundance and the True/False fests before its television premiere on May 4th. However, anticipation for the film’s soundtrack is about to hit fever pitch as director Brett Morgen revealed that the accompanying album will feature “a mind-blowing 12-minute acoustic Cobain unheard track,” the filmmaker tweeted (via Loudwire).
Morgen didn’t share any other details regarding the song other than it will feature on the Montage of Heck soundtrack. While an April 7th release date has been scheduled for the film’s companion book, which features “a mixture of animation stills, rare photography and other treasures from Kurt Cobain’s personal archive,” no date or further information has been announced regarding the film’s soundtrack.
Rolling Stone talked to Morgen at the Sundance Film Festival, and the filmmaker revealed that the documentary’s score “is all unreleased Cobain music.” “They don’t have titles. Before people saw the movie, there were these weird press releases focusing on the unreleased music. And it’s like: It’s a movie. We’re not going to stop it and play a song for four minutes,” Morgen said. “But nobody in Kurt’s life — not his management, wife, bandmates — had ever heard his Beatles thing [a snippet of ‘And I Love Her’]. I found it on a random tape. It’s a Paul [McCartney] song. How’s that for shattering the myth?”
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