The Allman Brothers
From Macon, GA and had two lead guitars and two drummers
Blood, Sweat and Tears
a 1963 album by Johnny Cash / Canadian-American group
Led Zepplin (members)
Jimmy Page (guitar) / John Paul Jones (bass) / Robert Plant (vocals) / John Bonham (drums)
Formed in Seattle in 1963 / Had a number of personnel changes / Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson constant members/ Hits included “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” and “Barracuda”
Judas Priest
Group featured twin lead guitars / Leather-clad motorcycle image /March 1980 – English heavy metal band Judas Priest release “British Steel” LP / Black Sabbath doom + Led Zeppelin riffs / Birmingham, UK (like Sabbath)
Elvis Costello
(Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus) British musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish ancestry / Early participant in London’s pub rock scene in the mid-1970s, and later with the punk rock and new wave musical genres / In December 1977, Costello and The Attractions appeared on SNL-substituted for the Sex Pistols, where they started with “Less Than Zero,” then broke into “Radio, Radio” / Later established himself as a unique and original voice in the 1980s / Radio, Radio
The Dead Kennedys
San Francisco group, The Dead Kennedys, mix revolutionary politics/hardcore punk on debut LP Fresh Fruits For Rotting Vegetables / Formed by Jello Biafra (b. Eric Boucher)/ Biafra ran for mayor of SF, finished fourth / Member of Green Party / June 1978 he responded to an ad placed in a store by guitarist East Bay Ray (Raymond John Pepperell), stating “Guitarist wants to form punk band” / Feared by Christians & right-wing politicians / Lyrics attack politicians and organized religion / Obscene cover art; Their ‘Frankenchrist” LP included a poster by H.R. Giger Landscape #XX / Kill The Poor-Satirical statement against neutron bomb
Iggy Pop and the Stooges
formed in 1967 – dark side of sex, drugs & R&R; the beginnings of punk rock / Raw, immediate, vulgar; stripped of swingy R&B beat / Underground sensation; template of future punk styles / Pop icon Iggy Pop (aka James Osterberg) famous for bizarre stage antics / Smeared steaks, blood and peanut butter on shirtless body / Stage diving; cutting himself with glass
forms in London Long history with numerous personnel changes / Led by vocalist Jon Anderson / Their music is marked by: / Sharp dynamic contrasts / Extended song lengths / Focus on members’ virtuosity / Extensive use of synthesizers / Themes w/ eastern religious ideas / Roundabout (‘71) from the ‘Fragile’ LP / Owner of a Lonely Heart (‘84)
Pink Floyd (Members)
Roger Waters on bass and vocals / Rick Wright on keyboards / Nick Mason on drums / Guitarist David Gilmour replacing Barrett
Alex Lifeson (guitar), Geddy Lee (bass, vocals), Neil Peart (percussion, lyrics) / Influenced by Cream / Intricate bass, drums, guitar / Steady touring, almost ‘cold’ accuracy live / Played exactly as recording with just 3 people / Avoided the classical pretension of prog. rock bands / “2112” LP (1976)
Bob Marley
(Robert Nesta Marley, 1945-81) / Singer, guitarist, songwriter and activist, from a white/English father and Jamaican mother / Work deals with the struggles of the impoverished and/or powerless / Member of a 1960s vocal trio called the Wailers with Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston / He spread his faith through his music / Posthumous compilation album Legend (1984) / Best-selling reggae album ever, over 12M
Grandmaster Flash
(Joseph Saddler) born in Barbados / Grew up in the Bronx/ Furious Five included Melle Mel as lead rapper / Flash was a successful turntablist and perfected scratching, backspinning, cutting, variable spin control / Utilized sampling-taking other recorded material and mix/repeat sections for background music / The Message, 1982 (Grandmaster Flash not on this selection)
Afrika Bambaataa
(Kevin Donovan)and the Soul Sonic Force/ Gang member from the Bronx who changed his life after going to Africa / Organized Zulu Nation, an international hip hop awareness group / Planet Rock, 1982 – Most sampled record in hip hop / Melody by Kraftwerk, creating electro-funk rap style
The Beastie Boys
Wealthy Caucasian, Jewish-American hip hop group from the NYC (Brooklyn and Manhattan) / Members are Mike D (Michael Diamond), MCA (Adam Yauch), and King Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) / Recorded for Def Jam Records / Licensed to Ill-best selling rap album of the ‘80s and the first rap album to go #1 on the Billboard charts / Rap inspired by rock and punk
Chuck D
Leader Vocalist for Public Enemy
Genesis (members)
Peter Gabriel (vocals, flute, bass drum) / Phil Collins (drums, vocals)
(Tom Scholz’s) Bachelors & Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering, MIT / Plays keyboards & guitar; inventor, perfectionist / Boston LP recorded while working for Polaroid / Constructed his own 12-track basement studio; recorded sophisticated demos that became this LP / Best-selling pop debut LP until Whitney Houston LP in 1986 / “Foreplay/Long Time” / 1981 – Formed Scholz Research & Design, Inc. / Power Soak (a volume-control device) / Rockman (small guitar amplifier with headphones)
Police (members)
Formed by Stewart Copeland-drums, Sting (aka Gordon Sumner)-bass, Andy Summers-guitar