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“The Blues Brothers” Premiered on This Day in 1980

There are interesting anniversaries every day and, of course, birthdays of note. On this day in 1967, for instance, The Monterey International Pop Music Festival began. Another festival — the Tibetan Freedom Concert — began in at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco in 1996.

Most fans are familiar with the lineup at Monterey. The Tibetan Festival was no slouch, however: This Day in Music says that performers included Rage Against The Machine, The Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Fugees, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lee Hooker, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, De La Soul and Richie Havens.

Today also is the 35th anniversary of the Chicago premiere of “The Blues Brothers.” I’ve always been ambivalent about the movie, but more positive than negative. There was a lot of good music and paydays for some folks who no doubt needed them. I was never quite comfortable with the Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi characters and the racial dynamic of the movie. The bottom line, though, was that both of them obviously loved the music. That’s all that really counts.

Above is Ray Charles playing “Shake A Tail Feather.” The cast of the movie is here.

Our New Things: Links to Music Sites and Info on Analog Tech and Vinyl

TDMB has focused on music and musicians. We will continue to do that, of course. We're also expanding our coverage to include vinyl and analog equipment.

More specifically, we'll look at this huge and interesting world from the perspective of music lovers who want a better experience, not committed non-audiophiles.

Check out is some of what we've written so far:

-- Assessing the Value of Vinyl Records: An Overview

-- 7 Quick Tips on Optimizing Your Turntable Cartridge

-- Why Vinyl Records Continue to Thrive

-- Finding the Best Amplifier

-- Finding the Best Phono Preamp

-- What Speakers Do I Need for My Turntable?

Check out more articles on analog equipment and vinyl.

The site also is home to The Internet Music Mapping Project, an effort to list and describe as many music-related sites as possible.

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Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

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.

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