Random Music News for March 30, 2017

On this day in 1867, the US purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. Imagine if they hadn’t sold. And now, the music news of the day.

  1. The Abbey Road recording console that Pink Floyd used to record Dark Side of the Moon sold for $1.8 million at auction.
  2. Guns ‘N Roses grossed more than $5 million per show in 2016. No wonder pressure to reunite was so big.
  3. Is Apple’s Beats 1 the biggest radio station in the world?
  4. Are you a guitarist looking for the easiest way to tune your instrument? Look at this.
  5. Sex Pistol Glen Matlock has this idea of writing a punk opera.
  6. Some new songs (including ones by Bowie and NWA) are entering the National Recording Registry in the US. This is a pretty big honour.
  7. Bob Dylan has finally agreed to accept his Nobel Prize.
  8. If you’re into the history of broadcasting in Ontario, look at this.
  9. Fun timesuck: Can you identify these bands by their hairstyles?
  10. Lemmy was working on a solo album before he died. It’s almost ready for release.
  11. The bhangra halftime show!
  12. Just in case you don’t have your Record Store Day release list, you can download it here.
  13. Patti Smith has always been a fan of this French poet. Now she owns his house.
  14. And in other real estate news, a penthouse once owned by David Bowie is up for sale.
  15. This ex-punk rocker-turned-politician is going after Ted Cruz in Texas.

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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