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Mark Thomas
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The Who played all of Tommy at Woodstock, and they performed See Me Feel Me just as the sun was rising on the third morning of the festival in 1969. That image from Woodstock helped launch Roger Daltrey's career as a sex symbol and The Who's success in America.

This title of this song is also the title of a Biopic about Who drummer Keith Moon. The full title of the movie is See Me, Feel Me: Keith Moon Naked for Your Pleasure. It is produced by Who frontman Roger Daltrey and Mike Myers plays Moon.



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Jefferson Airplane began in 1965 when singer Marty Balin met guitarist Paul Kantner at the Drinking Gourd, a San Francisco club.

They were first a folk-rock group, rounded out by lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, drummer Skip Spence, singer Signe Anderson.

Anderson left to have a baby and was replaced by Grace Slick a former model and member of the Great Society, a group formed in 1965.

Slick's vocals were stronger and more expressive than Anderson's; she later claimed that she tried to imitate the yowl of the lead guitar.

Here are the White Rabbit lyrics ....

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she's ten feet tall

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
Call Alice
When she was just small

When the men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you've just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low
Go ask Alice
I think she'll know

When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's off with her head
Remember what the dormouse said
Feed your head
Feed your head



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C'mon you bitter antitrump people. He's a brilliant businessman! 

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One of coolest bass lines, Shock the Monkey was played by bass legend Tony Levin using a Chapman stick and Funk Fingers.

Tony videos:

Funk fingers

Chapman stick.


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In 1970, Voodoo Child was released as a single in the UK a week after Hendrix died. It became his only #1 hit.

This was the last song Hendrix performed live. On September 6, 1970, which was 12 days before his death, he played it at a concert in Germany.

It was recorded after Hendrix had finished the long, slow blues of "Voodoo Chile," a 15-minute jam that appears earlier on the album. An ABC film crew came into the studio to do a piece on The Experience, and told them to "make like you're playing, boys." Jimi said, "Okay, let's do this in E." The TV footage was lost.

Stevie Ray Vaughan covered this on his Couldn't Stand the Weather album, and numerous guitar virtuosos carry out extended versions at their own concerts. Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and John Petrucci played a version on their G3 2001 tour.

This was one of several standout wah-wah popularized songs, alongside Cream's "White Room" and Isaac Hayes' "Theme from 'Shaft'." Hendrix was considered a master of the wah-wah pedal, and this track earned him the #1 spot on Guitar World's greatest wah solos of all time list in 2015.

Hendrix dedicated the album to his groupies, who he called "Electric Ladies."

Steve Winwood played organ on this. He was a member of the band Traffic, and often played on the same bill with Hendrix. When Jimi was recording this in New York, he had Winwood come by and play.

The legendary jazz artist Miles Davis admits being influenced by this song when he made his album Bitches Brew in 1969. One of the songs on that album is called "Miles Runs His Voodoo Down."

On the Live at Fillmore East version, Jimi says: "This is the Black Panthers' national anthem."
This was voted the best guitar riff in rock'n'roll history, by readers of Music Radar. The website said "From its wah-wah into the the rhythm parts and the astonishing solo, this is still regarded by many as the high watermark of electric guitar expression." Guns n'Roses' "Sweet Child o' Mine" came second in the poll and Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" third.

The original album cover was adorned with naked women, but the ensuing controversy prompted the label (Reprise Records) to swap it out for a photo of Hendrix. The musician wasn't pleased with either version; he wanted to bring in photographer Linda Eastman, who would be more famously known as Linda McCartney, to shoot the cover, but the label nixed the idea.

Thanks to a studio engineer's error on the master tape's label, this album was nearly called "Electric Landlady



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Oi! Oi! Lock and up your daughters and lock up your wives
I'm a power load- watch me explode.
Don't you start no fight cos I'm TNT.
Public enemy number one.

High Voltage was released worldwide and fared well in Europe, but met stiff resistance in America: Rolling Stone called it an "all time low" for hard rock in their scathing review.

Doubt ACDC gave a damn.

AC/DC found a good way to capture the energy of their live shows for the High Voltage album: they went into the studio and recorded right after gigs. The result was a very raw, but energetic sound, smoothed out with production by Harry Vanda and George Young (brother of Angus and Malcolm), who were members of the group The Easybeats



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Chuck Berry stories are pretty much everywhere as we remember the legend.

While still a high school student he was convicted of armed robbery and was sent to a reformatory, where he was held from 1944 to 1947

This song was one of the new batch of hits Berry produced after being released from prison in 1963 after serving the 20 months for "transporting an underage female across state lines for immoral purposes." Berry had met a 14-year-old girl in Mexico who he brought back to St. Louis to work in his nightclub.

In 1979 he served 120 days in prison for tax evasion.


Bruce Springsteen and Chuck Berry have plenty of shared history. The former backed up the latter in the ’70s, as the Boss once recalled — an experience that challenged the young musician’s ability to think on his feet. “About five minutes before the show was timed to start, the backdoor opens and he comes in. He’s by himself. He’s got a guitar case, and that was it,” Springsteen said. “[I said] ‘Chuck, what songs are we going to do?’ He says, ‘Well, we’re going to do some Chuck Berry songs.’ That was all he said!”

Two decades later, when Springsteen and the E Street Band backed up Berry at the Concert For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Sept. 2, 1995, things hadn’t changed much. The show-opening performance of “Johnny B. Goode” felt a little wobbly, something underscored by the somewhat bemused looks cameras caught the bandmates giving each other. However, things could get worse: In a recent interview with the Hall of Fame, E Street guitarist Nils Lofgren recalls playing with Berry at the concert as part of an all-star jam, along with Springsteen, G.E. Smith, Steven Van Zandt and Chrissie Hynde, among others.

Going by set lists, the final song of the night was supposed to be “Rock and Roll Music.” By this time, the concert had been going for nearly seven hours, which perhaps explains partly why Lofgen says the performance was “real free-form. … We’re just going to do something off the cuff.” True to form, Berry started playing before letting the other musicians onstage know what song was coming next — and that’s where things got interesting.

“Somehow, a minute or two in, he like … shifts the song in gears and a key without talking to us,” Lofgren says. “Now, we all … okay, we’re pros, right? So, we’re all like … trying not to make a train wreck, and it’s tricky. Okay, what key is he in? Let’s start playing there.”

Berry continued shifting keys — four or five times, the guitarist reckons — for reasons Lofgren can only surmise were “to mess with us. I can’t imagine why else this happened. We’re all looking around at each other, the cast of characters and the backup band; these are pros, decades in. We are making these horrible sounds, collectively, in front of a stadium, sold out. We’re looking at each other like, ‘This can’t be happening, right? We’re not creating this thing we’re listening to. Yes, we are.’”

Just when he thought things couldn’t get worse, they did. “At the height of it, when no one has any idea how to fix this, Chuck looks at us all and starts … looking at us, duck walking off the stage, away from us,” Lofgren says. “He leaves the stage, leaves us all out there playing in six different keys with no band leader, gets in the car and drives away. Now if that’s not rock ‘n’ roll … and, I love Chuck Berry, but man … ”

Afterward, Lofgren and Springsteen discussed what had just happened — “I don’t think the two of us have ever participated in something that godawful musically since we were probably 13 or 14. I didn’t even start playing until I was 14” — but managed to find the humor in the musical catastrophe.

“The fact that we did that in a stadium, in an event like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening; it was just so insane and absurd and bad, that we got into one of those laughing jags where you can’t stop laughing, we were howling,” Lofgren says. “When we could barely talk, we would explain another awful thing that happened with Chuck as our leader. It was just hilarious and awful all at once.”

Read More: How Chuck Berry Sabotaged Bruce Springsteen at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Opening Night |


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Keiths a good bugger... In he?....

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Life is precious. That what it is by George. 
What is Life? Enjoy it while, and whenever, you can....

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Are you all updated with Marshmallow on Android? This way you control app permissions, not the apps controlling you....

Some things are less good but this has been a vital step forward for privacy and security.
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