Jonatha Brooke at the Charlie Birdy, Paris on February 22nd and 23rd!


Jonatha Brooke will performe as a solo artist at the Charlie Birdy (124 Rue de la Boetie 75008) tonight and tomorow night (Free Entrance, 11 p.m.). Don't miss that event to see or discover that very talented artist!

Jonatha Brooke is an American folk-rock singer-songwriter. Her music is marked by complex harmonies and poignant lyrics.
Brooke's career began while she was a student at Amherst College in the early 1980s when she and fellow student Jennifer Kimball formed The Story. The Story released two albums, Grace in Gravity (1991) and The Angel in the House (1993). Both albums featured dissonance|dissonant vocal harmonies to an extent not found in most albums in the genre.

After The Story broke up in 1994, Brooke released her first solo album, Plumb (1995). This was followed by 10 Cent Wings (1997) and a harder-rocking album, Steady Pull, in 2001. Her most recent work is Back in the Circus, released in February of 2004.

Jonatha Brooke has contributed vocals to animated film soundtracks and has her own record label which is called 'Bad Dog'.

"California Spirit" presents Toto's new album "falling in between"!


If you were planning to do something on wenesday 8th of february, well guys, forget about it cause "California Spirit" returns with all the best music you love!
The new Toto album "Falling in between" will be presented to you during the party before its original release date on february 13rd!! Don't miss it!!
California Spirit takes place at l'Alcazar (62, rue Mazarine 75006 PARIS), presented by Jean Michel Canitrot and Franck Lascombes.


Starting at 9 pm - Free admission (appropriate clothing must be worn).
Reservation: 01 53 10 19 99
[email protected]
Metro: Odéon

Westcoast rendez-vous

California Spirit, the new "Rendez-vous" for westcoast music lovers in Paris!


If you were planning to do something on wenesday 11th of january, well guys, forget about it cause the place to be is l'Alcazar (62, rue Mazarine 75006 PARIS) for the "premiere" of "California Spirit", the new rendez-vous to a westcoast music party meaning our favorite music all night long. Just can't miss it!

Starting at 9 pm - Free admission (appropriate clothing must be worn).
Music by JMC & Franck Lascombes

Reservation: 01 53 10 19 99
[email protected]

Metro: Odéon

Tommy (The Who) at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio


Tommy (The Who) at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to announce the new exhibit "TOMMY: The Amazing Journey." The exhibit will open on April 7, 2005 at the Cleveland music museum and will remain until March 2006.
Tommy is one of the earliest and most important rock operas. The iconic rock opera had many incarnations, including an album, movie, soundtrack, a Broadway play as well as an orchestral version and a ballet interpretation. Conceived and primarily written by Pete Townshend, the Who's critically revered concept album, "Tommy," was released in 1969.

March 18, 2005 marks the 30th anniversary of the motion pictures version of Tommy, directed by Ken Russell.

When the album "Tommy" was released over 35 years ago, the media divided in two distinctive groups. On one side, critics labeled it "shattering" and "remarkable." On the other side, some media viewed the work as exploitative. The story of Tommy is one of a handicapped child who is exploited and abused by family members and others and goes on to become a spiritual leader. This is an area that no pop album had dared to tread before Tommy.

The controversy of Tommy led to the album being banned by the BBC and various radio stations, an act that did little to hurt its sales.

Richard Barnes wrote in the liner notes of the 1993 "Tommy" reissue, "Its story covers murder, trauma, bullying, child molestation, sex, drugs, illusion, delusion, altered consciousness, spiritual awakening, religion, charlatanism, success, superstardom, faith, betrayal, rejection, and pinball."

While Townshend did not intend for "Tommy" to be autobiographical, he has said that in 1991 -- when the Broadway show was released -- he realized it indeed was.

The album chronicles the story of a boy who becomes deaf, dumb and blind after witnessing the murder of his father. Through his mastery of pinball, he is cured, elevated to prophet status and then turned on by his followers. Without his major senses, "Tommy" is left to feel everything through rhythms and vibrations.

This examination of spirituality and self was a massive success and hit Number 4 on the U.S. album charts. The Who's subsequent tour included a full performance of "Tommy" at each show. Ultimately, the barrier-shattering piece was performed at several major opera houses, including New York's Metropolitan Opera House.

In 1975, director Ken Russell released his film version of "Tommy", starring the Who, Ann-Margaret, Oliver Reed, and Jack Nicholson. The film also featured appearances by Eric Clapton, Tina Turner and Elton John. A Broadway musical version debuted in 1992.

"The Who are one of the great bands in rock and roll history, and Tommy is one of their greatest works," said Jim Henke, the Museum's vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs. "We have worked closely with Pete Townshend, who created Tommy, and the result is a comprehensive look at the first rock opera."

The exhibition features Pete Townshend's handwritten manuscripts and production notes as well as costumes, instruments, posters and other artifacts from the numerous incarnations of Tommy.

Artifacts in the exhibit include:
- Track Listing and Conceptual Notes, 1968
- This handwritten manuscript reveals Pete Townshend's evolving concept of the opera.
- "Tommy Can You Hear Me/Go To the Mirror" handwritten lyrics, 1968
- UK Tour Concert Program, 1970
- Roger Daltrey Suit from Ken Russell Tommy film, 1974
- Fillmore East Program, 1969
- Ticket and brochure from Woodstock
- Program from Theatre de Champs Alysses, a European opera house where the Who performed Tommy.
- A typed letter from Pete Townshend to the fan club, Fall 1969
- Posters for both Isle of Wight concerts, 1969 and 1970
- Letter from Pete Townshend to Ken Russell with detailed casting proposals for the movie
- Posters from 5 different countries for the movie
- Poster for the Who, James Gang and James Taylor performance at Public Hall, Cleveland, 197

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exists to educate its visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and significance of rock and roll music. The Museum carries out this mission through its efforts to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret this art form.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays the Museum is open until 9:00 p.m. Museum admission is $20.00 for adults, $14.00 for seniors (60+), $11 for children (9-12) and children under 8 and Museum members are free.

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Bob Dylan: Original 1960 Minneapolis Recording Donated to Minnesota Historical Society


Bob Dylan: Original 1960 Minneapolis Recording Donated to Minnesota Historical Society.

Before Bob Dylan headed to New York to become one of the world's most renowned folk singer songwriters, he made music as a virtual unknown in Minneapolis while attending the University of Minnesota. Now, an original recording of one of Dylan's legendary impromptu performances at an apartment in 1960 has found its way to the Minnesota Historical Society Library.

Thanks to Minneapolis resident Cleve Pettersen, the original recording of what fans and music buffs know as the "Minnesota Party Tape" is now available for the first time to the public at the library in the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

Pettersen was just a teenager in 1960 when he bought his first reel-to- reel tape recorder and spent a lot of time in coffeehouses in the Dinkytown neighborhood near the University of Minnesota. Pettersen wanted to get a local folk singer to sing songs into his new recorder and asked some local musicians who would be willing. A young Bob Dylan agreed to be recorded.

Pettersen went to an apartment on 15th Ave. S.E. in Minneapolis and hung out with Bob Dylan, Bonnie Beecher, and "Cynthia" -- another local musician and friend of Bob Dylan's. Pettersen set up the recorder and Bob Dylan casually sang 12 folk songs into it. Petterson has been the sole owner of the original tape ever since -- until he made the decision in 2004 to donate it to the Society for all to enjoy.

"The surfacing of this original recording should correct all the rumors and speculation circulating on the Internet and within the circles of Dylan followers and music critics," said Bonnie Wilson, curator at the Society. "Citizens donating historically significant items and artifacts, such as this recording, have enabled the Society's collections to grow and make rare works accessible to all."

The play list includes: "Blues Yodel No. 8," "Come See Jerusalem," "San Francisco Bay Blues," "I'm a Gambler," "Talkin' Merchant Marine," "Talkin' Hugh Brown," "Talkin' Lobbyist," "Red Rosey Bush," "Johnny I Hardly Knew You," "Jesus Christ," "Streets of Glory" and "K.C. Moan."

The original tape is copied onto CD and cassette formats and is now available for listening at the library free of charge. Making copies of the recording will not be allowed. The library hours are: Tuesdays, noon to 8 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sundays and Mondays.

This recording will become a part of the expansive collections at the Society, including more than 2,000 sound recordings, 4,000 newspaper titles, more than 350,000 photographs, and more than 36,000 cubic feet of manuscripts. The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849 to preserve and share Minnesota history. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota's past through museum exhibits, extensive libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.

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35th Anniversary of Woodstock Inspires Rare Photographic Exhibit at Soho Gallery in NYC

An exhibition of photographs taken by famed rock photographers Henry Diltz and Elliott Landy at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969 will be on display at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in Soho from August 21 through August 31. This is the first time that these two photographers' archives (Henry Diltz and Elliott Landy) have been exhibited together.

In addition to being the official photographer for Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival, Henry Diltz has shot more than 200 album covers and has documented such artists as The Doors; Jimi Hendrix; The Eagles; Eric Clapton; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; James Taylor; Mama Cass Elliott; Joni Mitchell and Jerry Garcia.
His famous photo of Paul and Linda McCartney was used on the cover of Life magazine, and his portraits have been in Newsweek, People, Rolling Stone, Billboard and countless other magazines.
Henry Diltz's work is also featured in several books including California Rock California Sound, Shooting Stars, and The Innocent Age. A television documentary about Diltz's work, Under the Covers, aired recently on National Public Television and The Learning Channel. His works can be found there.

Elliott Landy began photographing the anti-Vietnam war movement and underground music culture in 1967. His classic images were chosen for the covers of Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline album, Van Morrison's Moondance, and The Band's Music from Big Pink, also pics of Janis Joplin. Elliott Landy also published the photographic books Woodstock Vision-The Spirit of a Generation and Woodstock 69, The First Festival. His works can be found there.

Where is the exhibition:
Morrison Hotel Gallery
124 Prince Street (between Greene & Wooster)
New York, NY 10012

August 21-31, 2004
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day

Admission is free, and the photographs will be available for purchase.