The music genre β€œshoegaze” got its name from British critics mocking the musicians always looking down at their shoes while playing instead of the audience. In reality, the musicians had to focus on the numerous music effect pedals in their playlist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Janis Joplin's will stipulated that $2500 go to throwing a hard-partying funeral for her. The funeral was held in a popular rock venue she used to have shows at and many of her musician friends performed. The 300 attendees got drunk and partied hard. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Happy-go-lucky parody musician Weird Al Yankovic once recorded a diss track after his ex-girlfriend broke up with him. The song One More Minute describes all the horrible things he'd rather do than stay with her, and in the song's music video he tears up a picture of her on camera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Johann Sebastian Bach had 20 children. The family spawned 50 musicians and several notable composers: Joahnnes (a piper), Christoph (an instrumentalist), Johann Ambrosius (a violinist), and Veit (a white bread baker whose greatest pleasure was playing the Cittern). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
In 1969, a musician named Jim Sullivan recorded an album called β€œU.F.O.β€œ, which featured strange lyrics about leaving his family and being abducted by aliens. Sullivan disappeared 6 years later without a trace, the only piece of evidence being his abandoned car found on a desert road. ultimateclassicrock.com/m…
Atari programmers met with Atari CEO Ray Kassar in May 1979 to demand that the company treat developers as record labels treated musicians, with royalties and their names on game boxes. Kassar said no and that "anyone can do a cartridge." So the programmers left Atari and founded Activision en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
Musicians formed the Music Defense League in 1930 to fight against movies with sound. They worried that without people playing music live at the movies, like in the silent era, they would lose jobs so they ran an expensive campaign arguing about how robots were taking over the world. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
When the film "Yesterday" (about a world where the Beatles only existed in one musician's memory) was released, Paul McCartney and his wife crept into a theater, with Paul disguising himself with a hat and sunglasses, and watched it from the back row, trying not to laugh when he was mentioned people.com/music/paul-mcc…
Neil Young, iconic rock musician, created the electronic album Trans with very distorted vocals to express his attempts to communicate with his son with cerebral palsy wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans_…
Musician Ben Folds married and subsequently divorced four times between 1987 and 2011. In 2012, he was quoted as saying, "As much as I love the idea of being married, it's not for me." By July 2020, he was married for the fifth time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Novelty New Years Glasses were invented by two struggling musicians/best friends Richard Sclafani and Peter Cicero, who jotted the design down on a napkin during a late night of smoking weed and doodling in their Seattle apartment. melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
Christey Moore, Irish folk musician and recovering alcoholic, prevents alcohol being served at his gigs. independent.ie/irish-news…
Trent Reznor was the only permanent member of the band, Nine Inch Nails, until the official addition of English musician Atticus Ross in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
In 1969, a musician named Jim Sullivan recorded an album titled U.F.U. the lyrics were about him leaving his family and being abducted by aliens, six years later his car was found abandoned at the ranch somewhere in New Mexico desert, he disappeared and never to be seen again. hellozukeen.com/journal/2…
Chuck Schuldiner, often regarded as The Godfather of Death Metal, described himself as "a lover of life, friendship and animals." He also disavowed metal musician stereotype of being "anti-life" and was openly against the use of hard drugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Today I learned of KJ Yesudas, an Indian Musician and Singer who has recorded over 50,000 songs in 10 different languages including Arabic, Latin, Russian, and English, despite only speaking his own regional language of Malayalam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K._…
Only Fans was created as a general content subscription service. The concept was to allow content by occupations such as fitness experts and musicians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onl…
Former Georgia Governor and staunch segregationist, Lester Maddox, after his retirement formed a comedy duo with a Black-American musician, called ""The Governor and the Dishwasher". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les…
Musician Gram Parsons wanted his body cremated and scattered at Joshua Tree, but his family arranged for him to be buried in Louisiana for financial reasons. His friends, drunk and assisted by an unwitting police officer, stole his body from the airport and burned the casket themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
In 1932 the German the national government under Franz von Papen pandered to the Nazis by banning all public performances by black musicians en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neg…
American blues musician Robert Johnson was said to have sold his soul to the devil. The story is that he went to the crossroads near a plantation at midnight and met the devil, who took his guitar, tuned it, played a few songs, and handed the guitar back, granting him mastery of the instrument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In the 1950s, jazz musician Charlie Parker played on an early plastic saxophone called the Grafton. Today, the vast majority of student clarinets from professional manufacturers are actually made of ABS Resin, not wood blog.pbone.co.uk/the-prob…
Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour CBE auctioned his guitars for charity. His Black Strat sold for $3,975,000 making it the most expensive guitar sold at auction. Proceeds of the auction, which raised $21,490,750, were donated to ClientEarth environmental charity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Pachygnatha zappa is a spider named after musician Frank Zappa because of its unique markings which resemble his famous moustache. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
The violin of Wallace Hartley, lead musician on the Titanic, was recovered along with his body after the ship's sinking. As recently as 2013 it was sold for $1.7million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Today I learned about the "Official Monster Raving Loony Party." A British political party started in 1983 by a musician called, "Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow," who later committed suicide. It exists as party for protest voters, mainly in areas where the main candidates are unlikely to be defeated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off…
Lenin was a mushroom. Musician Sergey Kuryokhin created a joking TV pseudo-documentary in 1991. The idea came to Sergey after watching TV documentary about a poet Sergei Yesenin, that tried to convince viewers Yesenin was assasinated. Kuryokhin said: "Any nonsense can be proven this way" youtube.com/watch?v=h2cs8…
Musician Louis Jordan recorded one of the first "raps" in popular music, pioneered the use of electric guitar and electronic organ, made a candidate for the first rock and roll record, and "presaged virtually all of the dominant black music styles of the 1950s and 1960s." cs.mcgill.ca/~rwest/wikis…
The father of The Police drummer Stewart Copeland was Miles Copeland Jr, a jazz musician and CIA spy who helped plan the Battle of Normandy and overthrow the Prime Minister of Iran. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned about Sixto Rodriguez, an American musician who gave up recording in 1976 after his debut albums did poorly in the US. 20 years later, his daughter found out that he'd become famous in South Africa, where he was compared to Bob Dylan, with some of his songs even known as anti-apartheid anthems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
Today I learned about "Change a Word, Get a Third" where a musician has to only change 1 word in a song to get 1/3rd the writing credit audiomasterclass.com/news…
English musician Mike Edwards (AKA Pramada), known for artful 1970s cello play with the band ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), died suddenly in 2010 when a runaway round hay bale bounded downhill and crushed his van on the A381 Road. The hay roll's weight was estimated at around 1,300 pounds. bbc.com/news/uk-england-d…
Today I learned about the cult musician Jim Sullivan who made a great album called U.F.O. in 1969 and then strangely disappeared out of thin air in New Mexico in 1975 and it is believed that he was either murdered or abducted by aliens lightintheattic.net/relea…
Rolling Stone started a hoax that Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and three Beatles had started a supergroup called The Masked Marauders and recorded an album. They were flooded with letters from people asking where to buy it. So they hired musicians to cut a fake album which sold 100,000 copies! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Michael Jackson composed songs despite not playing any instruments. He would build each element of a track with his voice, so pitch perfect that studio musicians could match chords to his singing. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/t…
Billy Joel's signature song, "Piano Man" is based on Joel's real-life experiences as a lounge musician. John-the-bartender, Paul-the-real-estate-novelist, and the waitress are all real people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…
The world’s largest performing rock band included 953 musicians. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
There exits a subgenre of rock called 'wizard rock', which is themed around the Harry Potter franchise. The lyrics are about events in the Harry Potter books, and the musicians usually perform in Harry Potter -themed costumes in Harry Potter fan events. youtube.com/watch?v=ygZhu…
Since the body of Roger Marie Bricoux, one of the musicians of the Titanic, was never recovered, he was declared a deserter by the French army and it took until year 2000 for him to be officially recognized as having died in the sinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
Legendary musician and producer Nile Rodgers believes his single proudest moment is ''Soul Glo'' - a jingle for an in-movie commercial from β€œComing To America” vibe.com/2016/04/in-nile-…
Today I learned about Tritones. In music theory, Tritones are intervals between notes that are so dissonant some musicians used to call them "Satan in music" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Musician Mike Posner walked across America in 2019 walking upwards of 30 miles a day. He got bit by a rattlesnake halfway through his journey and almost lost his leg. time.com/5713206/mike-pos…
Eric Clapton is the only musician to be inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame THREE times. He's been inducted as a member of The Yardbirds, Cream, and for his solo career. whereseric.com/the-vault/…
The band Toto were the studio musicians on Michael Jackson's Thriller album nowtoronto.com/music/the-…
The largest employer of musicians in the world is the US Army bands.army.mil/careers/
Musician Ritchie Valens (La Bamba) died at the age of 17 in a plane crash, 8 months into his recording career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rit…
George Harrison’s interest in Indian music began accidentally on the set of The Beatles’ film Help!, which had a sequence filmed in an Indian restaurant in London with Indian musicians, sparking off a lifelong passion for Indian music and friendship with Ravi Shankar. livemint.com/Leisure/6ff6…
The first streaming music service started in 1897. Users in New York could pick up their phones and connect to the Telharmonium, a central hub that would pipe music being played live by two musicians playing 24 hours a day. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Following a tour on which Barry Manilow replaced an orchestra with synthesizers, in 1982 the British Musicians' Union put forward a proposal to ban the use of these devices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syn…
, blues musician Robert Johnson built a homemade guitar by mounting nails on a building as his first guitar to play music on. It had only three strings, and used a bottle as a bridge. youtube.com/watch?v=PcjI2…

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