Random Music News for Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy 68th, David Bowie.  Oh, and Elvis would have been 80 were he still around.

  1. Speaking of the Thin White Duke, his once-bad teeth have been preserved.
  2. Tony Iommi’s cancer prognosis isn’t good. Damn non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
  3. Interesting: sales of music was down in 2014, but consumer spending on music was up. That’s actually not a contradiction.
  4. Musicians grapple with the need to suffer for their art.
  5. Justin Bieber and One Direction are the true heirs of punk rock.  Wait–what the f**k are you talking about?
  6. Thinking of buying a turntable?  Here are the kinds of things you should know about before you head the store.
  7. There’s a new lawsuit over mixtapes being sent to prisoners in American jails.

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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