“Beyoncé is a thief! She ripped off Led Zeppelin’s "when the levee breaks” in her song “don’t hurt yourself”….she isn’t authentic, just another hip hop artist appropriating rock music to be edgy" K but Led Zeppelin ripped off Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie(pictured) who wrote and recorded “when the levee breaks” in 1929, 42 years before Led Zeppelin put out their version.


 Your elitist, racist, misogynist bullshit badly masquerading as musical preferrence is showing. Anyways, contemporary rock music is bleached, processed and bastardized black music….don’t for one second think you have a more refined taste in music because you listen to led zeppelin, the beatles, the rolling stones etc (any other skinny white boys in guitar music(old or new))……they are to rock music what take away is to a home cooked meal from a family recipe. No comparison

So here’s a small sample of the stuff that gets me through long hours of dissertation writing. Mostly classic rock, mostly from the 1970s.

Every Day the Paper Boy

  1. When the Levee Breaks // Led Zeppelin
  2. Takamba // Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation
  3. Tom Sawyer // Rush
  4. Black Night // Deep Purple
  5. Let Me Put My Love Into You // AC/DC
  6. Turn It Up // Robert Plant
  7. Pigs (Three Different Ones) // Pink Floyd
  8. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper // Blue Öyster Cult
  9. The Man Who Sold the World // David Bowie
  10. Everybody Makes It Through (In the Light) // Led Zeppelin
  11. Death Valley Nights // Blue Öyster Cult
  12. Brain Damage // Pink Floyd

Best enjoyed with strong black coffee or maybe just whiskey if you’re at that point.

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Nico, Lou Reed & John Cale: Femme Fatale - Live at the Bataclan Club, Paris, January 29, 1972

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On this day in music history: August 25, 1975 - “Born To Run”, the third album by Bruce Springsteen is released. Produced by Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel, and Jon Landau, it is recorded at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, NY, and The Record Plant in New York City from January 1974 - July 1975. After the poor initial sales of his first two albums “Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ” and “The Wild, The Innocent, And The E Street Shuffle”, the critical third album is Springsteen’s last shot to prove his commercial viability or be dropped by his label Columbia Records. Springsteen and his band spends over fourteen months in the studio laboring over the album until he feels it is perfect. Even upon completion of the album, Springsteen is still unsure and nervous about its chances in the commercial marketplace. His doubts will be quelled after he leaks an early version of the title track to rock radio. The positive response it receives stokes demand for the album among the musicians loyal fan base, and finally attracts the attention of radio. Upon its release, “Born To Run” is a commercial and artistic triumph for the New Jersey born rocker, spinning off two singles including the title track (#23 Pop), with several other songs on the the album (“Thunder Road”, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", “Backstreets”, “She’s The One”) becoming rock radio staples, and highlights of Springsteen’s epic live concert performances. The albums iconic cover photo (taken by photographer Eric Meola), features Bruce holding his trademark ‘53 Fender Esquire while leaning on saxophonist Clarence Clemons shoulder. The picture is taken during a three hour long photo shoot, and is selected out of 900 frames shot by the photographer. The cover becomes most of the most imitated and parodied images in rock history. In 2005, “Born To Run” is reissued as a three disc box set to commemorate its 30th anniversary. It includes a remastered version of the original album and two DVD’s. The first being an extensive documentary about the making of the landmark album titled “Wings For Wheels”, which wins a Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video in 2007. The third disc is a complete and previously unreleased live concert filmed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London in November of 1975, and additional footage from a show filmed at Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles in May of 1973. The album is remastered again in 2014 on CD and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP. “Born To Run” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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“Lay Your Hands On Me” by Bon Jovi

New Jersey (1988)