Legacy Reader Digest: July Edition
July 26, 2016
Every month, team Legacy will curate the essential online pieces for you to read, watch and listen to.
This July, we bring you a November 1976 Rolling Stone cover story on Janis Joplin;
A love letter in The Quietus to Tapestry and Carole King’s performance in Hyde Park;
A trip down the 60s wormhole with a Jon Savage BBC Arena documentary on the Year the Decade Exploded, 1966 – plus a beautiful gallery of the 60s Pop Scene, through the lens of photographer Stanley Bielecki;
And after the their recent mammoth, essential boxset, The Guardian and Rock’s Backpages present a 1976 Phonograph Record interview with one of the 70s wildest acts: The Isley Brothers.
“Joplin belonged to that select group of pop figures who mattered as much for themselves as for their music; among American rock performers she was second only to Bob Dylan in importance as a creator/recorder/embodiment of her generation’s history and mythology. She was also the only woman to achieve that kind of stature in what was basically a male club, the only Sixties culture hero to make visible and public women’s experience of the quest for individual liberation, which was very different from men’s.”
“Ernie Isley lives with his mother in a sleepy ranch house, tucked off a winding Teaneck back road… also home to brother-in-law Chris Jasper and the youngest Isley, Marvin. The three, none of whom is over 24, joined their celebrated older brothers, Ronald, Rudolph and Kelly in 1969 and it’s not a coincidence that the transfusion of fresh, young talent paralleled the emergence of the Isley Brothers as a vital force in black music…”
“I cried at ‘Home Again’, four songs in, and I did well to make it that far. I held out longer than most. Home. Again. I cried for a vanished family household where ‘Tapestry’ turned on the record deck more weeks than not. Everybody cried, for love and loss and passing time, tears brought up from the well of memory… ‘Tapestry’ is locked into that many lives, in that remarkable way.”
A new exhibition in London celebrates the cultural boom of the 60s, as captured by photographer Stanley Bielecki.
February 10 marked the 50th anniversary of the iconic album “Tapestry” by Carole King.Read more
We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Janis Joplin’s iconic record, Pearl, the artist’s final studio album. Originally released on January 11, 1971.Read more
Landmark releases, fascinating trivia and chart topping hits – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Ozzy in the USSR, The Clash’s live London debut, many happy returns to David Crosby, the legendary Woodstock festival and more. It’s the week in rock as it happened…Read more
Landmark chart spots, classic shows and many happy returns – it’s this week in rock as it happened…Read more
Live debuts, awards, classic releases and a revolution in the recording industry. We look back at this week in rock history…Read more
Undoubtedly one of the great summer anthems.Read more
On July 3, 2016 legendary singer/songwriter Carole King delivered a peerless performance of her zeitgeist-shifting seminal album ‘Tapestry’ before 65,000 rapturous fans in Hyde Park. Now this landmark set is available as a 2CD/DVD set, complete with unique recollections from Carole herself…Read more
We’re proud to announce the fulfillment of a dream – ‘Power of Peace’, a new studio collaboration from Santana and The Isley Brothers – is out now.Read more
With festival season fast approaching, it’s entirely apposite that we get right into the mood and look ahead to the summer and what better video than this?Read more