Posts Tagged ‘1980s’

One Great Day with Bob Gruen.

April 25, 2010

Today has been one fun filled day. I woke up, got to see a polar bear and turtles at the Worcester EcoTarium.  I then trotted off to the Worcester Art Museum to buy Mike’s and my membership. At the Worcester Art Museum there’s an exhibit going on called “Who Shot Rock n’ Roll.”  If you live in Central Mass go check it out, its great.

I also got to see BOB GRUEN give a talk on his experience as one of the greatest photographers of Rock n’ Roll history (I’ve featured Bob previously on radioloveless after I went to see his instillation at the MoMa). He seemed so sweet and so down to earth with cute jokes and heartfelt stories about some of the musicians he has worked with. He is probably most famous for filming John Lennon.  There is a beautiful collection of his pictures that you can view here and his website is here. This is one of my favorite photos he did of John, which he showed today called “statue of liberty”.

After his talk I was so happy I hardly could speak, but I really wanted to go up to him and tell him how much I love his stuff.  So I waited in line shaking and sweating and I got this photo with him.

So happy.

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We are getting more depressed with our music?

August 31, 2009

Here’s an article in ScienceNOW that’s pretty damn interesting….

How Happy Is the Internet?
By Michael Torrice
ScienceNOW Daily News
3 August 2009

When the researchers turned to song lyrics, they discovered a darker trend: Popular music has become less happy since 1960–a 10% drop. Most of the decreases happened between 1961 (6.7) and 1980 (6.2). Fewer singers are crooning about “love” now and more are shouting about “hate” and “pain,” the scientists report. When they analyzed musical genres, the researchers found that genres haven’t changed much over time, but new, less happy genres, such as punk and heavy metal, have become popular and brought lyric scores down. “All-4-One [an R&B group] still uses the word ‘love’ a lot in their songs,” Danforth says. “But [hard rock group] Metallica doesn’t use it much at all.”

thesmiths

I love that we started getting nasty in the 80s, maybe that’s why my generation is such a bunch of whinny babies? Who knows, but what can I say I love The Smiths (featured in picture), The Cure, and Joy Division and they were definitely not the happiest bunch of artists to produce incredible pop.