Random Music News for June 4, 2014

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.  I’ve been through the square several times and I’ve always left angry and sad. Never forget.

This guy–and no one has ever found him or even identified him–is one of my heroes.

Tank Man

  1. Another rant against people who insist on abusing their cell phone privileges at concerts. Right on!
  2. College radio is dying and needs to be saved.  Yes, it’s an American story, but it affects us.
  3. Here’s why you do NOT work for the Rolling Stones if you expect to make any money.
  4. Turns out that GWAR’s Dave Brockie–better known as lead alien Oderus Urungus–died of an accidental heroin overdose.
  5. Want to be Morrissey’s new publisher?
  6. Aaron Lewis of Staind had some rather harsh words for some “fans.”
  7. Slash played a gig at for Parliament in the UK.  That’s both cool and weird.
  8. Not directly music-related, but it does have to do with content in the Internet:  You need to watch John Oliver’s rant about net neutrality.  It’s quite brilliant.
  9. Why did 50 Cent suck so much with his opening pitch at that Mets’ game?  He was hurt, suffering from an “excessive masturbation injury.”
  10. Oh, God.  A FIFTIETH anniversary Woodstock Festival?

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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