Random Music News for Monday, September 19, 2016

Back home after a trip to the Far East. My body is here but my soul is still in transit somewhere over the Aleutians. And now, the music news…

  1. Another You’re-Getting-Old Update: Guns ‘N Roses Use Your Illusion albums turned 25 years old on Saturday.
  2. The NFL has banned Kanye cleats.
  3. Billboard has assembled this list of the 100 best music books. Funny how none of mine made the cut…
  4. Just what we’ve always needed: Ferris Bueller’s version of “Twist and Shout” done 8-bit style.
  5. This may make you think differently about music from Disney movies.
  6. Jeezus; The #savenelly campaign actually seems to be working.
  7. Corey Feldman is either a mad genius or uber-weird dude. Watch this and tell me what you think.
  8. In case you need a kid dancing to Michael Sembello’s “Maniac” to make your day, click here.
  9. I’m really looking forward to seeing Eight Days a Week, the new Beatles documentary by Ron Howard. Here are six reasons why.
  10. Ian Brown of the Stone Roses avoided having his license revoked because the judge bought his story about him taking his parents grocery shopping.
  11. Against Me! vs Topshot re: the logo ripoff mess.
  12. Here’s an example of excellent headphone technology for a very reasonable price.
  13. Props to whoever picked this music for Hillary Clinton’s return to the campaign trail.
  14. How bad is it for newspapers these days? The New York Times has stopped covering local New York culture.
  15. Here’s what can happen when Hollywood directors decide to get into music videos.

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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