THIS WEEK IN ROCK
August 18, 2019
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…
#OnThisDay August 12, 1989
Ozzy Osbourne is among the acts to play the two-day Moscow Music Peace Festival at the Lenin Stadium in the Russian capital. Did you know that it was the first time that an audience was allowed to stand up and dance at rock gig in the former Soviet Union?
#OnThisDay August 13, 1976
The Clash make their London debut at a private, invite-only gig at Rehearsal Rehearsals in Camden, north London. The band are still a five-piece at this point and feature Keith Levine on guitar.
#OnThisDay August 14, 1941
Happy birthday to the incredible David Crosby. As a founder member of The Byrds, he helped revolutionise popular music with their distinctive and progressive blend of folk and rock music. And they still sound ahead of the curve today.
#OnThisDay August 15, 1993
Billy Joel enters the UK Top 5 at No. 4 with ‘River Of Dreams’, his biggest hit of the 90s. Did you know that his then-wife Christie Brinkley painted the cover of the album of the same name?
#OnThisDay August 16, 1969
Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days Of Peace & Music”, the second day of Woodstock – arguably the most famous festival ever – is in full swing. Janis Joplin takes the stage at 3am and is followed 90 minutes later by Sly & The Family Stone. Also appearing that day are Santana, while Saturday’s music is brought to a close by Jefferson Airplane who finally take the stage at 8am on Sunday morning.
#OnThisDay August 17, 1959
Widely regarded as the greatest jazz album of all time, Miles Davis releases the incredible ‘Kind Of Blue’. Beloved of aficionados, the album also serves as an excellent entry point for the novice. A towering achievement of 20th century music, it was one of the first 50 albums to be added to the National Recording Registry in the US. Check out this live footage of opening track ‘So What’ and luxuriate in its magnificence.
#OnThisDay August 18, 1990
Do summer vibes come as loved up as this? Primal Scream continue their metamorphosis from leather-clad rock pigs to dance floor emperors with the utterly groovetastic ‘Come Together’.
Our Album of The Month for September is ‘Screamadelica’, the third studio album from Primal Scream.
Primal Scream announce 30th Anniversary ‘Screamadelica’ 12″ singles boxset and picture disc.Read more
Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth have shared their second collaborative single together, ‘Chase It Down’, along with its official video.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
To mark the 40th anniversary of their album ‘Sandinista!’ The Clash have released a video for “The Magnificent Seven” shot and edited by filmmaker Don Letts.Read more
With this year marking the 30th anniversary of the epoch-defining ‘Loaded’, our artist of the month for August are the evergreen party starters, Primal Scream.Read more
This memorable and iconic video for the title track from The Clash’s third album was only the second promo to be shot by director Don Letts.Read more
Leonard Cohen’s poetry recital, Eddie Vedder’s sea rescue, Rick Astley’s internet prank – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more