Music History

The Oldest Rock Band Would Have Used These Rolling Stones

No, that headline isn’t a cheap shot against Mick and Co.  I’m talking about some cylindrical(ish) stones that date back 10,000 years.

These oblong rocks were stuck in a storeroom of the Natural History Museum in Paris for more than a hundred years before an archaeologist gave one of them a tap.  What he heard was music.  That’s when he realized that these weren’t just funny-shaped rocks:  they were musical instruments.

Collecting some stones together, he was able to reconstruct what is essentially an ancient xylophone.  Read more at Gajtz.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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