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Live Aid: 27 Years Ago Today…

…Hard to believe.

Here is Run DMC’s performance. The dual concerts, which were driven by The Boomtown Rats’ Bob Geldof, were held at Wembley Stadium (72,000 in attendance) in London and RFK Stadium (100,000 in attendance) in Philadelphia.

The list of performers is unfathomable: Staus Quo, Style Council, Boomtown Rats, Adam Ant, INXS, Ultavox, Loudness, Spandau Ballet, Bernard Watson, Joan Baez, Elvis Costello, The Hooters, Opus, Nik Kershaw, The Four Tops, B.B. King, Billy Ocean, Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath, Sade, Run DMC, Yu Rock Mission, Sting, Rick Springfield, Phil Collins, REO Speedwagon, Howard Jones, Autograph, Bryan Ferry, Udo Lindenberg, Judas Priest, Paul Young/Alison Moyet, Bryan Adams, U2, The Beach Boys, Dire Straits, Sting, Geo Thorogood and the Destroyers, Bo Diddly, Albert Collins, Queen, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Simple Minds, The Pretenders, The Who, Santana, Pat Metheny, Elton John, Ashford & Simpson, Teddy Pendergrass, Elton John/Kiki Dee, Wham, Madonna, Brian May, Paul McCartney, Bob Geldof, Tom Petty, Kenny Loggins, The Cars, Power Station, Thompson Twins, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Duran Duran, Patti LaBelle, Hall & Oats, Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Tina Tuner, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

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Reading Music

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Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.


What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.


The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.