Jimi Hendrix

jimi-hendrixHe is one of the most important musicians in rock history. Considered to be one of the, if not the, greatest guitarists of all time, he helped to change rock and roll during the 1960s.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame calls him the greatest instrumentalists in the history of rock music, and he is still considered to be one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century.

All this in a career that spanned four years.

Born in Seattle on Nov. 27, 1942, he began playing the guitar at the age of 15. In 1941, at the age of 19, he enlisted in the US Army and was given an honorable discharge the following year. He soon moved to Tennessee, where he was part of the Isley Brothers’ backing band, and later he would serve as the backing band for Little Richard. In late-1966, he was discovered by Chas Chandler of The Animals, and he moved to England. Within just a few months, he had three top ten hits in the United Kingdom (Hey Joe, Purple Haze and The Wind Cries Mary) and would become famous worldwide after the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

His legend would grow that year, and on March 31, 1967, after thinking of a way to get The Jimi Hendrix Experience noticed, he poured lighter fluid over his guitar after a 45-minute show, and then lit it on fire. This earned him the title of “Black Elvis” and “Wild Man of Borneo” by the London Press. Later on that year at the Monterery Pop Festival, he would once again burn his guitar, which became an iconic image of rock and roll and blew his legend throughout the world. Immediately after the festival, he was booked for five more concerts.

In 1968, Electric Ladyland, his last studio album, hit number one in the United States. This would prove to be his most successful album and help make him the world’s highest-paid performer. In 1969, he was the headliner for the Woodstock Festival and in 1970, he would play the Isle of Wight Festival.

In 1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience broke up and he officially became a true solo artist. Their last performance was on June 29, 1969.

He would sadly die on Sept. 18, 1970 at the age of 27 from a drug overdose.

Influence

The influence of Hendrix cannot be understated. Inspired himself by rock and roll and blues, he began to favor overdriven amplifiers on high volume and gain. He would be one of the leading artists to popularize the guitar amplifier feedback. He would also help to bring in the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock and he would be the very first artist to use stereophonic phasing in musical recording. Prior to Hendrix, musicians had experimented with feedback and distortion but it would be him that would turn those distortions and other sounds into music and, as some describe it, a fluid vocabulary.

During his lifetime, he would receive several awards for his work. In 1967, he was voted the Pop Musician of the Year by readers of Melody Magazine. In 1968, Billboard and Rolling Stone chose him as the Performer of the Year. He was awarded World Top Musician in 1969 and 1970 by Disc and Music Echo and that same year he would be named the Rock Guitarist of the Year by Guitar Player Magazine.

In 1992, The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and 13 years later, it was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. In a ranking of the 100 greatest albums of all time, all three studio albums by Jimi Hendrix would be included by Rolling Stone. In addition, he was ranked as the greatest guitarist of all-time by Rolling Stone, and the sixth greatest artist of all time by the same magazine.

Hendrix also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his first album has been preserved by the United States National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress, an English Heritage blue plaque exists at his former home at 23 Brook Street in London, the first granted to a pop star. There is also a statue of Hendrix in Seattle, as well as on the Isle of Wright. Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle is also named after him.

Some of the artists that he has helped to influence, and there are many, include Prince, George Clinton, John Frusciante, Eddie Hazel and numerous hip-hop artists.

Trance Music

tranceOver the past few years, Trance music has actually become one of the most popular genres around. It is routinely played in venues located throughout the world, adding to its overall appeal. The music was developed in the 1990s throughout Germany, but quickly developed in to a mature genre in its own right. Though the origins of the music are hotly debated, many credit Klaus Schulze and Sven Vath with fostering some of the initial record releases. Many fans of the music will want to check out how they can link up with a wide selection of this genre. This will give them the chance that they need to actually understand some of the complexities associated with this musical field.

The production of trance music often coincides with many other types of electronic music recordings. The use of a synthesizer will feature prominently on many tracks, adding a characteristic element to these recordings. Other instruments may be included as well, depending on the artist and the style that they tend to exhibit. Some will opt to include classic instruments, often creating an operatic element that many people tend to enjoy. The synthesizers are typically used to produce a 4/4 time signature, which may include beats at a tempo of 125 to 150 BPM. Clubs will need to make sure that they are equipped to play this music, which may require the use of specialized sound equipment. This is particularly true if they wants to host live performances from these artists at these events.

Over the years, there have actually been many different types of sub-genres released under this brand. This is owing to some of the creative elements that have been espoused by many artists within the Trance music field. Uplifting Trance was one of the first offshoots, having been produced in the 1990s as well. It showcases strong influences from the classical genre of music, incorporating many similar elements. Popular artists within this sub-genre include Arctic Moon and Soundlift. They are well known for playing in many different house venues and have proven to be popular acts for many fans out there. Other sub-genres have included Dream Trance and Balearic trance. The popularity of some of these sub-genres will tend to vary by geographic location and within different types of sub-cultures.

Though Trance music got its start in Europe, its popularity has quickly spread throughout the world. This is reflected by the proliferation of many different types of international music festivals that will headline with some major Trance music performers. India has become well known for hosting the annual Sunburn Festival, which tends to draw in several different types of acts under this genre of music. In the United States, the Ultra Music Festival is held on an annual basis in Miami. The Electric Forest Festival is actually a 4 day event held in Michigan, which tends to bring in expansive outdoor crowds for these performers.

Trance music is a dance music and usually people who like trance are fit and active, many of them athletic. This is overall a young crowd who likes to have fun at these trance parties, dancing all night long. The next day might be hard to hit the gym, but many do it though. Such is peer pressure that some of them use garcinia cambogia to lose a few pounds before the events.

Over the years, this field of music has actually introduced quite a few different types of challenges for people to experience. DJs have actually introduced some innovative compositions over the years, which has included different types of sparse intros and outros for songs. This has allowed people to develop a few different unique signatures that will help separate their performance apart from many others out there. Performers are introducing some surprising elements that will no doubt appeal to the way that most people tend to operate. This is part of the reason why performers will be interested in checking out some of the different types of acts being hosted at these concert venues.

Queen

queen-rock-bandNo history of rock music can be complete without a mention of Queen. A British band of four men who started their humble beginnings in Trident Studios in 1971, Queen was soon to become one of the most queen posters blackvenerated rock bands of their era, with Queen posters selling all over the world. In a star-studded reign spanned two decades, the rock group came to dominate the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and their powerful spell only paled with the death of their lead singer, Freddie Mercury.

Queen members – Freddie, Brian, Roger and John

Quite interestingly, the four members (Freddie, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon) all held bachelor degrees in business, and they only came together to concentrate on their music seriously after finishing college. In 1973 they released their first album, QUEEN, which a straight-metal album and failed to make any splashes in the British music scene. Undeterred, the band continued to tour and perform and their second album, QUEEN II, became an unexpected British hit in 1974. On the strength of their chart-climbing release, the band embarked on its first American tour as support cast, but ended up stealing the show across the States with their dynamic stage performances. The tour ensured that Queen posters were becoming commonplace on both sides of the Atlantic.

The band released their third album, Sheer Heart Attack by the end of 1974. During the production of this album Brian came down with hepatitis, and the bond that developed between the four members during the process would become the rock upon which the Queen foundation would be built. A second tour to the United States came about in 1975 and the response was amazing. Shows sold out almost immediately, and Freddie Mercury, lead singer and star performer, continued to lead the show despite a serious throat problem. From now on, Queen posters were fast becoming collectors’ items.

A return to their homeland saw the start of a new album and a new management team. The resultant album, A Night At the Opera, became their ticket to success, launching Queen into stardom and establishing them as the rock band of the decade. The first single from the record, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, became their signature song and by creating a supporting music video to aid the song’s and album’s launch, the rock group had started an unstoppable trend. The song was a testament to their skills, and helped keep their album and Queen posters in the Top Ten in America and England for weeks to come.

Queen posters and albums are climbing up the charts

In the following years Queen continued to amass accolades, produce hit singles and consistently produce albums that hit the Top Ten charts. Their excesses became the stuff of legend as they profited from their popularity, but they also worked at a steady speed, churning out chart-topping music regularly. The critics (read the rock press) came to scorn the group because of their in-your-face acceptance of their own popularity, yet that mattered nothing to the masses who continued to buy their records and adorn their walls with Queen posters.

Hit singles such as ‘We are the Champions’ and ‘We Will Rock You’ took the world by storm and accentuated their transcendentalist style, while the single ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ became an international hit freddie mercury queen postersdespite their outrageous antics – staging a nude female bicycle race to promote the song. Their popularity was un-ebbed, and Queen entered the 80s at the peak of their popularity.

The Game was released in 1980; their first number one album in the Americas, but that was the beginning of the end of their love affair with the American crowds. When future tracks and albums failed to capture the public’s hearts as before, the band took on a tour of the world, going to places like Latin America, Asia and Africa to drum up popularity in places most rock bands traditionally ignored. The group returned in 1985, and spent the next five years releasing several albums that proved to be massive hits in the European market but failed to make any major impact in the States. It was, in some ways, a sign of things to come.

Queen posters and Fredie Mercury’s death

In 1991, Freddie Mercury’s health declined alarmingly, and on November 24, he died of AIDS. It had been a well-kept secret, but the realization also brought to fore Freddie’s homosexuality, a fact that made no difference to future record sales as it was his charismatic and outrageous stage performances that the crowds always remembered. In his memory a concert was held in Wembley stadium in the spring of 1992, broadcast to an international audience of over a billion and graced with scores of guest stars such as Guns N Roses, Def Leppard and Elton John. The proceeds went to Mercury’s AIDS Trust, a fund to help AIDS victims across the world. This concert was more than just a goodbye to Freddie Mercury; it was a farewell from Queen. In the following years John Deacon retired and the other two members, Brian May and Roger Taylor, released individual albums, but they never performed under the label of Queen again.

Their flagrant style and extravagant sense of camp and excess made them an irresistible commodity in the 70s rock culture. Whereas they failed to establish themselves as the stuff of legends in the manner of the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, their enigmatic presence on stage and media stunts ensured that after the Beatles, Queen was the most selling rock band of the 90s. It is an honor not to be given lightly, and one imagines freddie mercury’s stage performance queen postersFreddie would have received this news only as he could; a raucous laugh and gleaming eyes, a picture perfect display for the countless Queen posters now across the world.

A band’s popularity is often judged by how they set trends. Queen posters, emboldened by Freddie’s irrepressible personality, are by far the least significant symbols of their heritage. Traces of their influence can be found in rock bands everywhere during the 80s and 90s, with popular examples being Metallica and Smashing Pumpkins. And despite their virtual end more than a decade ago, the band’s presence is still felt, and Queen have sealed their place in the history of rock as one of the most influential bands to ever perform.

The Baby Teeth Band

Babyteeth-HideoutFormed in Chicago in 2002, the band Baby Teeth was short-lived but full of raw emotion and energy. Compared to such artists as Elvis Costello, Andy Pratt, Manfred Mann and even Queen, this Midwestern indie-rock band found a niche at Chicago’s Hideout and Schuba’s Tavern.

The band also played a wider circle, touring to New York, Florida, Minnesota and even the United Kingdom. Here’s a look at the quirky style of music the band played, the musicians who made up the band and Baby Teeth’s achievements over the years before breaking up in 2012.

Described as indie-rock or indie-pop, Baby Teeth was originally composed of three musicians before adding a guitarist in 2007. The music is a sliding, grooving mix of soulful piano riffs and funky bass lines, combined with the crooning drawl of lead singer Abraham Levitan. There’s a retro feel to many of the songs, a feel that’s reminiscent of the old classics of fifty and sixty years ago. The band stayed committed to a sound that was emotionally charged, with lyrics filled to the brim with wry irony.

Baby Teeth was initially composed of three musicians. Abraham Levitan, known formerly as Pearly Sweets because he thought the name sounded more fitting to New Orleans, took center stage as lead singer, songwriter and keyboardist. His voice ranges from deep and crooning to a screaming falsetto. His songs take listeners on an emotional, soulful experience twisted by wry humor and ironic lyrics.

Levitan was joined by bassist Jim Cooper. Cooper’s bass lines featured a greasy funk feel that intertwined well with Levitan’s keyboard tickling. Baby Teeth’s backbone was drummer Peter Andreadis. The band was completed in 2007 by guitarist Michael Lyons.

The band experienced a variety of achievements before breaking up in July of 2012. The artists released a total of four CDs together in ten years, as well as three EPs and two singles. Additionally, Abraham Levitan headed a special project called 52 Teeth, which was a collection of single songs released once a week for a year. Baby Teeth also played with a wide variety of other bands, including the Fiery Furnaces, Silver Jews, Bobby Conn and All City Affairs.

The artists of Baby Teeth challenged themselves to write both music and lyrics separate from one another. In these challenges Levitan, Cooper and Andreadis would work alone on separate songs and then come together and share their songs with one another. The first of these challenges resulted in the bands first EP, “For The Heathers,” which included all three “Heather” songs written by each of the musicians as well as two more songs to fill out the EP.

They again performed the challenge with the word “boss” and produced another EP from the results. This method produced an eclectic variety of songs that, while focusing on a theme, highlighted the artists’ unique voices and musical abilities.

Baby Teeth performed for the last time as a band in July of 2012 at Lincoln Hall in Chicago before bassist Jim Cooper moved cross-country to California. The band came together in July of 2013 for a reunion performance at their favorite hangout, The Hideout in Chicago. Old fans reunited one more time for this performance that featured all of the old band members.