Random Music News for August 7, 2014

Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering–the company that eventually became Sony–started selling transistor radios in Japan on this day in 1955.

  1. Culture Club goes classical.
  2. This violin doubled as a war diary.
  3. The shoegaze revival is ON!
  4. Rush’s Neil Peart has another new book coming in October. This one is called Far and Away.
  5. Weird Al for the Super Bowl?  Maybe. Here’s how you can help.
  6. Here’s a new reason for quitting a band: chronic insomnia.
  7. An authorized biography of Nick Drake is coming this fall.
  8. A US Miley Cyrus TV special is being investigated by the FCC because of viewer complaints.
  9. Audio hallucinations from video games?  It can happen.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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