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Springsteen talks to BBC

Posted in Bruce Springsteen, Uncategorized with tags , on November 1, 2010 by 30daysout

Springsteen talks to the BBC about a variety of different subjects during this 8-minute interview….

Christmas Song of the Day: “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2009 by 30daysout

After seeing a BBC report on famine in Ethiopia, Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof thought he needed to do something to try and stop all the suffering. On Nov. 25, 1984 he gathered some of the biggest acts in British and Irish pop music for one 24-hour period to record a tune he had written with Midge Ure titled “Do They Know It’s  Christmas?” Paul McCartney, U2, Phil Collins, Queen, Duran Duran, Boy George, George Michael, Sting, and many others took part in what started the “all star charity song” wave of the mid-80s.

The song sold a million copies it’s first week and 3.5 million overall. The single lead to “We Are the World” by USA for Africa, which eventually lead to “Live Aid,” an unprecedented concert event on two continents on July 15, 1985. While “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and others like it didn’t put an end to famine in Ethiopia, at least they got people talking about it.

Famine Relief in Ethiopia


Review: “The Stranger: 30th Anniversary Edition,” Billy Joel

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2008 by 30daysout

In 1977, Billy Joel’s career was floundering. He had recorded four albums with no hits and Columbia Records was thinking of dropping him. So he decided to meet with the greatest producer of all time, George Martin (The Beatles. Enough said). Martin liked Joel’s material, but wanted to use studio musicians. Joel wanted to use his band, so it didn’t work out.

He then set up a meeting with Phil Ramone, who Joel said, produced a lot of records that he liked. He invited him to his concert at Carnegie Hall in early June, 1977, and as they say, the rest is history.

Joel and his band went into the studio in July and finished The Stranger in late August. Nobody knew it would be his breakthrough album, as Joel puts it, “we just liked what we had done.” The first single off the disc was “Just the Way You Are.”

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