There’s an art to the album opener — it doesn’t necessarily have to be the best or most commercially appealing song on the record, but it needs to grab the listener’s attention. It’ll often also serve as an introduction to the themes and/or sound of the album in question, a sort of preview of to what’s to come. And so it is that at Flavorwire central, we’ve been having one of our unabashedly nerdy music conversations about what are, in our collective opinion, the best examples of the form. Here’s a bumper list of 50 to talk… Read More
Keith Richards always seemed like the down-to-earth, somewhat approachable one in the Rolling Stones, the one who you could probably hang out with and get along just fine, even if he is megarich and has been famous for pretty much half a century. Today is Keef’s 70th birthday, and apart from the unfeasibility of him reaching that mark given his, um, adventurous lifestyle over the years, it seems like a fine time to break out what’s become something of a Flavorwire tradition: some photos of our hero doing normal things! He’s just like you and me. Sort of. Happy birthday!
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Today is a significant birthday of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most enduring icons: Rolling Stones frontman (Sir) Mick Jagger turns 70! Over the course of a 50-year career, he’s been responsible for some of our most memorable songs and proven that rock ‘n’ rollers don’t have to die before they get old. And, perhaps most impressively, he’s a man not afraid to rock a leotard as he enters his eighth decade on the planet. As a lighthearted celebration, we’ve put together a gallery of some of his most… um, memorable outfits. Happy birthday, Sir Mick Jagger. Don’t ever change.
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During their show in Chicago last night, The Rolling Stones invited Taylor Swift onstage to perform the classic “As Tears… Read More
Sometimes it’s hard to believe The Rolling Stones have been around for more than half a century, but given their iconic je ne sais quoi, it’s really not that surprising. While The Beatles redefined the modern rock ‘n’ roll band, The Stones’ early Brian Jones-era lineup took the meaning of “rock band” to an entirely new level, at which a group’s image is just as important as its music. And not only do the Rolling Stones display amazing staying power, they have a knack for keeping up with the times, too (there’s an official Rolling Stones app, for Chrissake). To help celebrate the quintessential rock band’s impressive history, Hollywood’s new art spot PROJECT Gallery brings us 50 Years of The Rolling Stones: A Rock and Roll Retrospective. The show features fantastic photographs that go far beyond the stage and into the private planes, kitchens, and backyards of the band members for a rare glimpse into the intimate day-to-day lives of the world’s original rock stars. Click through for a preview.
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1. As Gawker gleefully reports, it’s definitely time to take off those yellow rubber bracelets. Lance Armstrong has stepped down as chair of the Livestrong charity and lost his Nike endorsement deal just a week after a US anti-doping agency released their report on his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
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You know those stories of people who stumble across Picassos at garage sales? Well, if you’re a Rolling Stones fan — or generally just interested in music — these photos of the band from their 1965 US tour are almost as good. Musician Lauren White found them at a flea market in California, and once she started researching them, she realized she’d stumbled onto a historical goldmine — the pictures had never been seen, let alone published, before. We spotted them via The Stool Pigeon, and they’re currently on display at the Dilettante Gallery in LA through October 26. Quite apart from their rarity, they’re pretty amazing photos — the band looks startling young and innocent, but full of swagger and youthful bravado, too. Click through to check out some of our favorites.
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1. As part of their ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, the Rolling Stones have announced that they’ll be playing shows at London’s O2 Arena on November 25th and 29th, and the Prudential Center in Newark on December 13th and 15th. [via
Earlier this summer when the Rolling Stones celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first gig, Mick Jagger surprised plenty of people when he told reporters that the band would perform a few live gigs some time this fall. Vague, but nonetheless, exciting! Now Mick has tweeted a photo of himself looking extremely happy… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we found out how to respond to Frank Ocean haters. We remembered great quotes from the film Point Break. We thought Gotye shark à la Shark Week was well played, and we admitted this sometimes happens when that song is on. We watched The Onion’s… Read More