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Heat Seakers - top 25
The Heat Seekers chart lists the best-selling titles by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the top 100 of The Billboard 200 chart.

Happy Voting America and Happy Holidays Everyone!

studioepxresso will be on hiatus until January 2005. The next two months we're going to bask in the sun and live BIG! Actually, we'll be working on ideas to improve and eager to hear from you on how to keep studioexpresso the #1 choice for Artist proudction resources.

So, please keep the helpful feedback coming and send us fab news on the latest and greatest about your music!






Surf'N Play
In The Document Room!

New Recording Studio Open in picturesque Malibu, California

studioexpresso toured with studio owner J.T. Meskiel who welcomes you to the Document Room where your long days of endless guitar overdubs can easily be combined with swimming, surfing and relaxation in luxurious Malibu, CA!

Take an express tour here and discover the new hideaway recording in Malibu, CA

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Enter the Rufus Vocalist Contest and compete for a chance to record and tour with the original and legendary hit-making Rufus Group Read Details Here!

One of the most commercially successful funk groups of the '70s, the multi-racial RUFUS™ are today best remembered for launching the career of soul diva Chaka Khan. Arguably the band is responsible for the genesis of NEO SOUL, bridging their brand of old school with Hip Hop, Jazz, Pop and Funky Rock with staple of hits like Sweet Thing and Tell Me Something Good


Sean Beaven

Sean Beavan finished recording Unwritten Law's much-anticipated sophomore album for Lava to resounding titillation over the results. As he commences mixing, his own band, 8mm, continues to attract critical acclaim and support from many quarters. Visit Sean Beavan to learn more...


Niko Bolas
mixer I engineer I producer

Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Melissa Ethridge) recently completed work for Herbie Hancock's new cd with an all-star musician cast to include John Mayer on guitars and Sting. He also engineered "Lightening in A Bottle" released this month on CD and dvd from Sony classics. Niko produced recorded and mixed indie band Blowgun and is currently in the studio with 3 minute Miracle, rockers from San Diego.
Visit Niko Bolas to learn more...


Clif Norrell
mixer I engineer I producer

Clif recorded and mixed an album for new artist Kate Earl (Warner Bros) featuring members of Incubus, David Baerwald, Wendy Melvoin, and many other guest artists, in the vain of Norah Jones and Fiona Apple. He also mixed a new album for pop-punkers The High Speed Scene for the Neptunes’ label StarTrak.
Visit Clif Norrell to learn more...






Ray Charles
Genius Loves Company

Genius Loves Company, Ray Charles's final new album inspires an unavoidable blue feeling. But it's also a happy reminder that the man spent the last months of his life at work. The dozen duets on this album with Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Van Morrison, to name a few, is a beautiful tribute to Brother Ray.

The music legend and 12-time Grammy Award winner Ray Charles revolutionized many styles of music, from R&B to jazz, rock 'n' roll, country and gospel.

Last week CBS aired Genius: A Night For Ray Charels, a special taped at Staples Center in Los Angeles with all-star performances to include: Reba McEntire, Usher and Stevie Wonder.

See review of the new feature film, "Ray" below.


KD Lang
Hymnes of 49th Parallel

Lang’s longstanding desire was to create a Canadian songbook on the album, her first for Nonesuch Records. She pays homage to fellow Canadian artists including Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Jane Siberry, Ron Sexsmith, and Bruce Cockburn.

It's the way that you use it (EP)

Fono (Goo Goo Dolls meets U2) hits the Specialty Airplay Top 100 this week at #70 for national radio play.
We're told producer/mixer Ken Allardyce digs Fono... " one of the best rock indie acts with a major feel," says Allardyce.


Unwritten Law
In High Places

Unwritten Law are unlike any other band out there. 'Music from High Places' is an album that fully embodies all elements of good music: raw talent, fresh sounds, seasoned skill. Sean Beaven finished recording Unwritten Law's much-anticipated sophomore album. This is the California band's first Lava release after parting ways with Interscope. 2003.


Graham Lindsey
Famous Anonymous Wilderness
Catamount Records

From the 13-year who lives in the Wisconsin woods and played in punk bands emerges a mature singer/poet, Graham Lindsey. His new CD is released on Catamount Records with only an acoustic guitar, a harmonica, and the occasional slide guitar to back him. Lindsey’s lyrical gifts are produced by Steve Deutch.

Famous Anonymous Wilderness is one of the Top 40 Albums of The Year in the January issue of HARP MAGAZINE. Listen to samples at KEXP Live Performances
Lindsey received Honorable Mention for 2003 Best Debut Album/Artist.
"... A road map of the human condition that carries the weight of a young Bob Dylan."
-Chicago Sun Times


Gor's music allures, even if you don't understand the Armenian lyrics. But the simple and world/folk sounding melodies may even of his thirst for the glass of wine The new self-prdouced CD, Episode is filled with philosophical words and hypnotic .
All songs penned and arranged by Gor speak of love, realities & wisdom of life always with a dash of humor. As the lead guitarist for one of Armenia's best rock bands, Lav "Eli," Gor Mkhitarian launched his solo career in 2001 with the release of Yeraz (on Pomegranate Music recently became the second-best selling CD of all time on the world music website CD Baby). Catch Gor live on upcoming Oct/Nov tour dates in NY, Phili and Boston and select dates in Los Angeles.


Matt Dusk
Two Shots
Decca Records

From the velvet-voiced twenty-four-year-old who is all set to sing his way to international stardom, comes Two Shots. Dusk's debut for Decca was recorded in Miami, Toronto and Abbey Road Studios in London, where a 42-piece string section from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra added luxuriant textures reminiscent of the heyday of the big-band balladeers.

studioexpresso's Terry Sawchuk co-wrote two songs for Dusk's debut titled "Two Shots" featuring some of Britain's top songwriters including Bono of U2 who penned the title track.

Matt was invited to the Golden Nugget in the heart of Casino-land, Las Vegas to perform as in-house entertainer throughout the filming of reality drama, ‘The Casino’. Catch Dusk during his US tour dates to include November 1-5; 7-21 at the Las Vegas Hilton 1-888-732-7117


Dionne Warwick
My Favorite Time of the Year

Must-have Holiday offering this year from the legendary songbird Dionne Warwick is her first Christmas album, My Favorite Time of the Year. The CD includes duets with Gladys Knight and BeBe Winans on DMI Records.

The new release follows the success of DMI's Grammy-nominated "Church: Songs of Soul and Inspiration," a 2003 project that featured Ms. Warwick and Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and Dr. Maya Angelou. Tena Clark, platinum songwriter/producer and DMI CEO, helmed both projects. Working in Firehouse Recording Studio's Studio A was tracking engineer Gabe Moffat and seasoned mix engineer Don Murray. "I'm proud to be a part of the DMI Records family. Tena is a special talent - it shows in the production of this project - and I am looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship," says Warwick.

Dionne is best konw for her work with Burt Bacharach and Hal David who racked up thirty hit singles, and close to twenty best-selling albums, during their first decade together in the early 60's. Songs like "Do You Know The Way To San Jose," and "I'll Never Fall In Love Again," established Dionne Warwick as a consummate artist and performer.


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Spreading the buzz one artist at a time


by Peter Grueneisen

The book, written and compiled by studio bau:ton founder and principal architect Peter Grueneisen, is now available in bookstores and on line. Recent developments in the music, film, and media industries have given rise to new building types of audio and visual media. This is the
book to dress your studio's coffee-table or to give to the sound and design buff in your household!

Architecture and music share many parallel elements. For over a decade, award-winning studio bau:ton and its principals, Peter Grueneisen (author) and Peter Maurer have been pre-eminently involved in drawing together these diverse disciplines. Renowned guest authors from the fields of media and architecture have contributed ideas and projects, and a detailed overview of architectural acoustics serves as an integrated technical guide.

Practical applications are presented in a beautifully illustrated portfolio of distinguished projects by studio bau:ton, ranging from museums to recording studios (Record Plant, Royaltone....) and film production facilities. Projects like the Fox Scoring Stage in Los Angeles or Bad Animals in Seattle are complemented by international examples such as Sony Music in Tokyo, X-Art in Austria and many more.
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2004 Edition of the Recording Industry Sourcebook is out


Watch Video Interviews with Top producers from Legendary Studios
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Annie Lennox recently completed her U.S. tour with Sting using a Neumann KMS105 vocal mic and Sennheiser 3000 Series personal monitor system.

117th AES Attracts Record Exhibitor/Attendee

Returning to the Moscone Center, The 117th Audio Engineering Society Convention has become a record-breaking event. AES Executive Director Roger Furness reports that over 400 exhibitors from around the globe and more than 16,000 attendees are expected to fill the many Workshops, Seminars and Special Events that make the AES the primary international organization for professional audio. “We believe the 117th Convention will be the most successful since our 50th Anniversary event in 1997,” says Furness.

Events In And Around AES

How to Place Drum Microphones
Saturday from 7pm-9pm.
Hyde Street Studio A
Barry Rudolph with Michael Israel on drums and Al Schmitt's vocal seminar

Built by industry pioneer Wally Heider to meet the emerging needs of such legendary acts as the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jefferson Airplane, Hyde Street Studios has continued the legacy with hit recordings of such artists as Green Day, Chris Isaak, Joe Satriani, and Tupac Shakur since 1980.

Free Transport Shuttle to Hyde Street Studio will be provided by Mercury Recording and will pick up passengers at the Moscone Center and go to Hyde Street from 6:30pm to 7:30pm each night. The shuttle will return from Hyde Street to Union Square between 8pm and 10pm. Look for the van with the Mercury sign in the window.

David Bock from Soundelux Microphones and Dirk Brauner from Brauner Microphones will be on hand with their microphones for all to hear during and after the seminar. TransAudio's other manufacturers will be there as well, including Peter Montessi from A Designs, Geoff Daking from Daking Co. and Pieter Schillebeeckx from SoundField Microphones.
Stop by the TransAudio Booth #602 for more information.

Paul Stubblebine Mastering & Coast Recorders AES PARTY!

Check out the two new 5.1 surround mastering rooms and listen in on the live surround recording of the super funky band “Zigaboo and his New Ahhkesstra” while they perform during the party in the Coast Recorders live room.

Want to check out some toys while you're having a cocktail? You can with AEA ribbon mics…DPA microphones…Genex…Millenia…Monster Cable…SADiE…and Universal Audio.

Friday October 29, 8pm –11:00pm
Paul Stubblebine Mastering
1340 Mission Street, San Francisco
between 9th and 10th streets, only 6 blocks from the AES convention (also the location of Coast Recorders)

Entry with AES badge or RSVP at info@paulstubblebine.com (subject line: RSVP)

…a few choice manufacturers are setting up demos of their new gear. Stop by any of the following company’s booths at AES and sign up for a private demo at the PSM studios: Sonic Studio LLC…Meyer Sound…Grimm Audio…and SADiE. Are you curious what new products will be shown? See website links below!

Recent Projects at Paul Stubblebine Mastering:
Mastering engineer Michael Romanowski’s latest projects: Alan Gorden's reggae album to master for Green Spear Records that features members of the Tosh family.. For that true island feel it was recorded right in Kingston, Jamaica. Gorden produced and plays on the album. Master of R&B and musical director and co-writer, Carl Wheeler 's soul and gospel album. Carl started playing with Sheila E, then joined Tony! Toni! Tone!
Michael also worked on Newport Folk Festival winner Rachel Garlin, Jenna Mammina’s 3rd jazz record, Alt rock producer Enrique Gonzalesa and Ghostride, Celtic fiddler Alasdair Fraser’s cello duet album, and the Sony distributed Firecracker. Mastering engineer John Greenham was busy at PSM with a host of folks including Babatunde Lea, a jazz artist with a new album due out February 2005 on Motema Records, titled “The Unseen.” Alt Rock artist Garrin Benfield's album “Where Joy Kills Sorrow” produced by Michael Rodriguez. The Falcon, Keith Varon, Serene Lakes, Tori Fixx, Joe Linus, The Apes of God, Paul Baker, Jose Carlos Schwartz, Firelilly, Enemy You, Fleshies.

The Recording Academy®'s Producers & Engineers Wing in association with the AES presents 16th Annual GRAMMY® Recording Soundtable
GAME ON! Video Games: The Future of Music & Entertainment

October 28, 2004 San Fran 4 - 6 p.m.
AES Convention
Moscone Convention Center (Room# 305-307)
747 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Panelists include: Dave Adelson of HITS magazine and producer/music correspondent for "E! News Live" will moderate the panel. Panelists include: Nile Rodgers, songwriter/producer; Buzz Burrowes, Director of Tools, Technology and Services of Sony Computer Entertainment America; Brian Schmidt, Program Manager of Xbox Audio, Media, and Voice Technologies; Tommy Tallarico, President of Tommy Tallarico Studios Inc. and President/founder of G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild).
New Surround Grammy
2005 will be the first year to Grammy’s to have a surround award field. The award will be the “Best Surround Sound Album” with all genres included. If you’re interested in starting to do some of your music productions in surround, you should check out the “Recommendations for Surround Sound Production For Music” offered as a PDF download by the Producer’s and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy.

Professional Audio Design, Inc., AXI and Walters-Storyk Design Group will present THE NEXT BIG THING in audio design and technology at a press party on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 5 PM at Booth #426. Come stop by for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

Digidesign at AES Convention (Booth #712) will show several new hardware and software products, with special emphasis on the Digidesign® ICON integrated studio console environment and new VENUE live sound reinforcement mixing and processing environment. As a compliment to AES and celebration of its 20th Anniversary, Digidesign will host DigiWorldsm, a free educational event on Saturday, October 30, 2004, at its headquarters in Daly City, California. DigiWorld will provide AES attendees and the general public a hands-on experience with Digidesign, M-Audio, and third-party developers.

Tec Awards
Congrats to George Lucas, Elliot Scheiner, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Sat. Oct 30th

L-R: Lucas, Scheiner, Jam & Lewis

Dozens of leading figures from the music and sound industries will grace the stage at the 20th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held at the San Francisco Marriott on Saturday, October 30. The charity event will be hosted by actor and comedian Harry Shearer, and is expected to draw close to 700 audio industry professionals.

Filmmaker extraordinaire George Lucas (Skywalker Sound) will be inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame by his friend and longtime associate, sound designer Walter Murch, and renowned engineer/producer Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Toto, Eagles, Aerosmith), will be inducted by Steely Dan guitarist and composer Walter Becker. Platinum producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis will be presented with the Les Paul Award by Henry Juskiewicz, ceo of Gibson Guitar Corp., and a "surprize" presenter to be announced soon. The Les Paul Award is given to artists and others whose body of work exemplifies the creative application of audio technology.

Numerous artists, producers, engineers and audio pros are lined up to present awards in 23 categories of technical and creative achievement, including famed producer/engineer Phil Ramone (Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles), former Talking Heads member and producer Jerry Harrison (No Doubt, Fine Young Cannibals, Violent Femmes), legendary jazz producer Orrin Keepnews (Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins), Asleep at the Wheel guitarist and engineer/producer, Ray Benson (George Strait, Dwight Yoakum, The Mavericks) and engineer/producer and technologist George Massenburg (Carly Simon, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt); as well as Fantasy Studios manager Nina Bombardier, Plant Studios ceo Arne Frager, The Village's Jeff Greenberg, producer/mixer, Rafa Sardina and current president of SPARS, to name a few.

Proceeds from the awards ceremony support the Sound Partners™ hearing conservation program of the House Ear Institute of Los Angeles, as well as Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (HEAR) of San Francisco, and numerous audio scholarship programs around the U.S. For ticket information call (510) 985-3263 or e-mail karenTEC@aol.com, or visit www.mixfoundation.org.

In addition to the presentation of 23 awards for outstanding projects and products of the past year, attendees will witness the induction into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame of filmmaker extraordinaire, George Lucas (Skywalker Sound), and celebrated engineer/producer, Elliot Scheiner. Being honored as well will be the renowned production and writing team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who will receive the coveted Les Paul Award, sponsored by Gibson Guitar Corp.
Elliot Scheiner will be inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame, and producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will be awarded the prestigious Les Paul Award.

For ticket information, please visit www.mixfoundation.org or call (510) 985-3263. For information on program book advertising and sponsorships, contact Eric Geer at (414) 967-0104, or e-mail eg@wi.rr.com.

Phot: Getty Images

GEM Comes To New York - The Global Entertainment and Media Summit
November 6 and 7
Keynote: Jack Healey is one of the most "giving" men you will ever meet. He's been a global leader working for the rights of individuals; he's emanbled and empowered arists from REM to U2 and Tracey Chapman to make a difference in the world. And today, the record he's Executive Produced, "For the Lady" is released on Rhino Records.

Spirit Club
530 West 27th Street,
New York City
Early Bird Registration for Studioepxresso Friends $79 (regular $129).
More Info at GEM

Matt Wallace Interviewed At his Delux Studios in LA for Record Production
L-R: Producer Matt Wallace,
studioexpresso's Claris Dodge
Photo: Johnny Jaskott

Al Schmitt
Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA
Ken Allardyce - Sarm West, UK
Lenise Bent -
Andre Fischer - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA
Chris Fogel
- Fig, Glendale, CA
Brad Gilderman - Little Big Room, Burbank, CA
Greg Ladanyi - Tidal Wave Sound, Studio City, CA
Joseph Magee - O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA
Greg Penny - Sphere Studios, London
Michael C Ross - Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Elliot Scheiner - Presense studios, CT NEW!
Tolbert & Sutton - Studio Atlantis, Hollywood, CA
Rafa Sardina - Abbey Road, UK
Matt Wallace - Delux Studios, Van Nuys, CA -- NEW!
John Wooler - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA

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Lightning In A Bottle

A one night history of the Blues
October 22nd Release
Sony Classics

"Lightning in a Bottle" is about blues music. Exec produced by Martin Scorsese and Paul G. Allen, it simply lets the sinfully gorgeous music and emotions sweep over an audience. Director Antoine Fuqua, who directed music videos before launching his feature career, brought his cameras to New York's Radio City Music Hall in February 2003 to capture a benefit concert by more than 50 artists spanning several generations from Indie.Arie and Bonnie Raitt to Natalie Cole and B.B. King. The result is pure pleasure for fans of the blues.
Interspersed with the concert footage are occasional interviews backstage with artists and archival footage of legendary performers no longer living. Mostly, though, Fuqua goes to the source --vibrant, stirring, soothing sounds that put a chill down one's back and a serious tap in one's feet.

Musical Director of the show is composer/arranger/drummer Steve Jordan with Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Melissa Ethridge) handling all the recording. "Steve and I had to finish all the formats (cd, film, 5.1dvd) in one shot, and this recording ("Lightning in a Bottle") is the closest I will ever come to the royal family of music...," says Bolas.

Universal Pictures
Release Date: October 29, 2004

Ray (starring Jamie Foxx as Brother Ray) provides an unflinching portrait of Charles' musical genius as he overcomes drug addiction while transforming into one of this country's most beloved performers. Born in a poor town in Georgia, Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven shortly after witnessing his younger brother's accidental death. Inspired by a fiercely independent mother who insisted he make his own way in the world, Charles found his calling and his gift behind the piano. The soundtrack from Rhino gathers 16 of Ray's original master recordings to which Foxx lip-synchs in the film. Included are such classics as "Hit The Road, Jack," "Georgia On My Mind," and "I Can't Stop Loving You."
Our favorite line in the movie: "I'm producing my own records and I'm wondering if I can own the masters too."
-- Ray Charles


Spears' Nine-Year Itch

The 22-year-old newlywed singer Britney Spears and her long-time manager, Larry Rudolph, have mutually agreed not to renew their 9-year management relationship, ending one of the most successful artist/manager relationships in recent history. Rudolph is credited with discovering Spears, having met her when she was 13 years old. Together they built Spears into one of the most successful musical artists ever, and one of the most recognized celebrities in the world, breaking numerous records along the way including best first new album sales for a female artist (1.3 million for Oops!...I Did It Again) and most albums sold by a solo teen artist with ... Baby One More Time (14M US, 22M worldwide).

Rudolph said, "Britney and I simply realized that we have done all we can do together." He cited his desire to "take on new challenges at this point in my career and get back to what I enjoy most -- developing and nurturing young talent and producing television and film projects."

"We had a great run and I appreciate all of Larry's guidance over the years. I wish him all of the best," stated Britney Spears.

Rudolph currently produces the hugely successful "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica" television show on MTV and has a continuing production deal with the MTV Network Group to develop a number of new series concepts.

Through his ReignDeer Entertainment Company, Rudolph will be joining forces with Maloof Entertainment, the entertainment production arm of the empire owned by the Maloof family (who also own and operate the Palms Resort &Casino Hotel in Las Vegas) to develop and produce a variety of TV projects. Maloof was quoted as saying, "The Maloof family is thrilled to have Larry Rudolph and his team working with us. We look forward to a long, successful run together."

Rudolph's ReignDeer Entertainment has recently signed a number of music artists, including Blu Cantrel and the TrakStarz producing team of Chingy & Houston. He is in discussions with two major artists from Management whose names can't be disclosed at press time and is developing a number of new artists and producing a film project with NASCAR.

The break, coinciding with the release of Spears' Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (November 9), will close the book on an amazing first chapter of a remarkable career. Congratulations to Britney and Kevin on their marriage. The couple held a small, private ceremony in California on the evening of Saturday, September 18th.

Beautiful to Be Alive
Zoe Scott's debut on Zeus produced by Ken Allardyce

California seems to be the breeding ground for Musical Gods and Goddesses...Jim Morrison, Cheryl Crow... and the NGOTB (the new Goddess on the block), Zoe Scott.

Scott moved to Sunny LA from UK and headed straight to the Cali desert where she found inspiration to write over 50 songs. Dubbed by the Cult’s Ian Astbury, “the next queen of rock,” her music and her band, some of LA’s most accomplished session and stage savvy musicians, are infectious on-stage like her song writing. Next Zoe teamed up with Ken Allardyce (Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, Fleetwood Mac) who produced, recorded and mixed her debut album and together they've created Zoe's brand of psychedelic rock and roll. "Beautiful to be Alive" is scheduled for release nationwide in January 2005 through Zeus Music. The album features top musicians Kenny Aronoff, Tim Pierce (Goo Goo Dolls), to name a few.
"Zoe Scott writes memorable, signature tunes with her sister, Victoria. They speak of love, unity, and the fact that every woman on this Earth is a Goddess," says producer Allardyce.
With "Caves of Possibility this blissful inhabitant of “Planet Love" is truly “Beautiful to be Alive." Her name is Zoe Scott and she brings Rock'n Roll and her message of truth to the Whisky. "You gotta live your bliss. Pure and simple,” says Zoe.

Be the first to catch this modern-day wild-flower… go see her perform live at Whisky a Go Go and join the "Planet Love" revolution! Preview sample songs here!
(8901 W. Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069)

Nov 7, 2004 9:00 PM Whisky Hollywood, CA
Nov 19, 2004 9:00 PM Whisky Hollywood, CA

New Exec VP at Atlantic Records

Ronnie Johnson has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Atlantic Records, based at the company's New York headquarters. The announcement was made by Atlantic Co-Chairman/COO Craig Kallman and President Julie Greenwald, to whom he jointly reports. Johnson, who joined Atlantic in 1999, had been Senior Vice President/General Manager of the company's Urban Division since January 2002.

Atlantic Chairman/CEO Jason Flom commented: "One of the most important goals of the new Atlantic is to dissolve boundaries between departments and musical genres. Ronnie is not just a great urban music executive -- he is a great music executive, period. In the course of his 15 years in this business, he has earned the admiration and respect of artists, managers, and executives throughout our industry. Now, in his new post, Ronnie brings his knowledge, creativity, and insight to the entire Atlantic family."

Ronnie Johnson began his music industry career in 1989, when he joined the Reprise division of Warner Bros. Records, serving first as Southwest Regional R&B Promotion Manager and then as National Director of R&B Promotion. In 1992, he moved to Polygram Label Group, where he was Senior National Director of R&B Promotion for two and a half years. Johnson was appointed Vice President of R&B Promotion for Island Records in 1995 and subsequently held the same post at Mercury Records. He was named Senior Vice President of R&B Promotion for Motown Records in 1998. Johnson joined Atlantic Records in 1999 as Senior Vice President of Urban Promotion. Prior to his music industry career, Johnson was Vice President, Special Assets Group for First Union Corporation of Georgia. He holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University.


CMJ To Rock Cleveland
3 days - June 9 to 11, 2005 - 100 bands

For the past 23 years, CMJ has produced one of the world's leading new music festivals, CMJ Music Marathon in New York City (just ended Oct 13-16). The Marathon was the first to showcase once up-and-coming bands such as REM, U2, Eminem, the Beastie Boys, Green Day and the Foo Fighters and, more recently, the Strokes, Ryan Adams, My Morning Jacket, Jill Scott, Franz Ferdinand, Jet and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and CMJ announced plans this month for the next event, which will rock eight Cleveland venues from June 9 to 11, 2005.
"This is the type of major festival that Cleveland has talked about for years," said Terry Stewart, chairman and chief executive officer of the Rock Hall. "It will showcase both established performers and emerging artists that could become tomorrow's stars, and it represents unprecedented collaboration between all the major music venues in town."

The music festival will kick off Wednesday, June 8, with an opening-night concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. From June 9 through June 11, a full lineup of concerts will be featured each evening at House of Blues, the Odeon, Peabody's, Beachland Ballroom, the Agora and the Grog Shop. Back-to-back daytime concerts will also be scheduled at the festival village at Nautica on the West Bank of the Flats. In addition, a series of educational programs, panel discussions and workshops will focus on the artistic and economic aspects of today's music scene.

Tonic In The Big Apple

A shot of the Tonic Bar shows a view of the SLS' US 1290TI 12" speakers that were recently installed.
© 2004 Photography by NYCRestaurant.com™

Tonic Bar has been open for business for only a few months and has set a standard for bars and restaurants, boasting an exemplary sound system that augments numerous large screen and plasma televisions. The new emerging hot spot in NYC, installed SLS Loudspeakers throughout the bar and restaurant areas. Check out the menu - yum!

Yamaha Launches New Web Site Dedicated to its Artists

With more than 3,500 musical artists endorsing its products, Yamaha Corporation of America boasts the largest artist roster in the world. In order to showcase those valued relationships, Yamaha has launched a new section on its website devoted to its affiliated artists.

"While we've always been proud to be associated with the best talent in the world, this new website is our way of making those relationships more widely known," said Chris Gero, Corporate Director of Artist Affairs. "Naturally, Yamaha wants to promote these relationships and showcase the world-class roster that is part of the Yamaha family."

That world-class roster includes legends like Paul McCartney and Elton John as well as newcomers Norah Jones, Alicia Keys and Sarah McLachlan, among thousands of others. From classical pianists like Oxana Yablonskaya and Frederic Chiu to the drummers for The Dave Matthews Band and Pearl Jam, many of the best performers in all of music rely on Yamaha products.

The new website section, contains Artist News, a roster of Yamaha talent, bios on many of the artists, as well as new "Artist Spotlights" which give a more in-depth look at selected performers and their involvement with Yamaha products.

Acquiring A Big Cat
MGM Has Definitive Agreement

A consortium led by Sony Corporation of America and its equity partners Providence Equity Partners, Texas Pacific Group, Comcast Corporation and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, together with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (NYSE: MGM), announced late September that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which the investor group will acquire MGM for $12.00 in cash per MGM share, plus the assumption of MGM's approximately $2.0 billion in debt.

The investor group has committed a total of $1.6 billion in equity financing to acquire MGM which will continue as an active producer of film and television projects, and will continue to greenlight projects under the MGM and United Artists banners in the ordinary course of business consistent with its current business plan. Following the closing of the transaction, MGM will continue to operate under the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer name as a private company headquartered in Los Angeles.

Also following the close, Sony Pictures Entertainment will co-finance and produce new motion pictures with MGM as well as distribute MGM's existing film and television content through Sony Pictures' global distribution channels.

As previously announced, Comcast, Sony Pictures Entertainment and the equity partners in the MGM transaction have agreed to a broad programming and distribution arrangement that will allow for the distribution of Sony Pictures' and MGM content on Comcast's video on demand platform, and for the creation of a joint venture, to be managed by Comcast, establishing new cable channels featuring Sony Pictures and MGM content.

"We are delighted to be able to make this announcement today together with our partners," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sony Corporation of America. "We all look forward to preserving and enhancing the legendary franchise that is MGM, and to ensuring that its extraordinary content continues to be enjoyed by people around the world."

"This is a compelling strategic transaction that will give MGM the ideal partners to build on its unique legacy. This transaction will deliver the full value of MGM to our shareholders, while creating significant value-creation opportunities for the new owners and expanded options for consumers to enjoy MGM's content," says Alex Yemenidjian, Chairman and CEO of MGM

JLo's Honored for her work with Children
Stars & Performers gathered to Help

L-R: JLO, Cheryl Saban

The stars were out in Beverly Hills on Saturday, Oct. 2, for the inaugural Noche de Ninos Gala, a star-studded benefit for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Noche de Ninos was co-chaired by MGM Chairman and CEO Alex Yemenidjian and child advocate Cheryl Saban, author of "50 Ways to Save Our Children" and Founder of 50Ways.org. Jennifer Lopez received the Children's Humanitarian Award for her support of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and its children.

"Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is a remarkable place. This top-pediatric facility treats and cares for some of the sickest children, not just from California, but from all over the world. These kids need our support and I feel blessed to be able to help,'' says Lopez

Featured entertainment included superstars Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Baute, Joaquin Cortes, and Marc Anthony. Noche de Ninos was to benefit the Campaign for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, which will raise $500 million for new facilities, including a New Hospital building, as well as for endowment, program, and annual support.



More Pick'n From The Orchard's Family Of Indie Labels

The Orchard, the world's leading distributor and marketer of independent music, announced distribution and marketing deals with 11 premier independent music labels, including Amphetamine Reptile, Laugh, Crash Music, Invisible, Tomato Records, Universal Egg, Pirate Entertainment, Amulet Records, Diesel Only, Napalm Records and Document Records. Through The Orchard's unparalleled distribution capability, the diverse artist roster represented by these labels will be digitally distributed and actively marketed to all of the world's leading global digital music services, song tone providers and other legal digital music sellers,
including eMusic, iTunes, MSN, MusicMatch, Real/Rhapsody and over 70 other
digital music services.
The labels Include:

* Amphetamine Reptile, a groundbreaking punk label based in Minneapolis and home to punk pioneers The Melvins and Helmet as well as thousands of punk rarities * Laugh, a comedy label featuring classic recordings of legendary comedians such as Milton Berle, George Carlin, Jerry Seinfeld, Sandra Bernhard and newer stars including Louis Black and The Jerky Boys. * Crash Music, a label specializing in the development and distribution of underground heavy metal with a roster including Single Bullet Theory and Silent Voices. * Invisible, a 13-year veteran label with a roster featuring Industrial artists Killing Joke, Psychic TV and the rotating line-up supergroup Pigface. * Tomato Records, home to blues legends Townes Van Zandt, Louis Armstrong and Muddy Waters. Not to be mistaken for Little Feat's Hot Tomato Records * Universal Egg, based in Poland and featuring leading dub/electronic acts with a roster including Zion Train and Mad Professor. * Pirate Entertainment, which provides quality, authorized recordings of live shows and represents the live performances by Soulive and Buddy Guy, among others.
* Amulet Records, owned by Billy Martin of the jazz-fusion band Medeski, Martin and Wood and home to a diverse array of avant-garde artists.* Diesel Only, a New York based Alternative Country label featuring Laura Cantrell and Tammy Faye Starlite.
* Napalm Records, home to metal acts Tristania, The Sins of Thy Beloved and Darkwell.
* Document Records, the historic UK blues, country, jazz and gospel label featuring Chicago Rhythm Kings and Dizzy Gillespie.


The Chalice Choice
Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel, Kenny G, Burt Bacharach, Clay Aitken, more...

L-R: Rafa Sardina and Lulo Perez At Chalice

Chalice Recording saw flurry of activity with Latin Grammy album of the year and record of the year winner Alejandro Sanz in studio B with Lulo Perez producing and Rafa Sardina mixing. Studio A, another legendary Latin Grammy winner Luis Miguel was mixing his soon to be released album with Luis himself producing with Dave Reitzes, Benny Facone and Rafa Sardina mixing. Paris Hilton took time out from her busy partying and Guess girl schedule to cut vocals in studio B for her upcoming solo release with Doug Mckean engineering and Robb Cavallo producing. Studio C, Has become the permanent home for the pop super star arranger, keyboardist, producer, and song writer Walter Afanasieff who currently is producing a Christmas album for Kenny G with guest appearances by Burt Bacharach, Clay Aitken, Gladys Knight, Eric Bonnet and others. For Chalice bookings please contact Jonathan Little Tel: (323) 957-7100

Making Of Blockbuster Films With Soundelux & Todd-AO

L-R:Re-recording Mixers Michael Minkler and Myron Nettinga, Todd-AO

Academy Award winning Supervising Sound Editor Per Hallberg of Soundelux and Academy Award winning Re-recording Mixers Michael Minkler and Myron Nettinga (of Todd-AO) are gearing up to provide post-production sound services for the widely anticipated upcoming feature project Kingdom Of Heaven. Directed by Sir Ridley Scott, the film features a high-profile cast to include Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons and Edward Norton.

This project marks the latest in a long string of successful collaborations between Sir Ridley Scott and Ascent Media’s Creative Sound Services division. Notable past projects include Gladiator (Winner, Best Sound), Black Hawk Down (Winner, Best Sound), Hannibal and Matchstick Men.

Coming off a very big year (Kill Bill, Vol. 1 and 2 and Troy), Wylie Stateman of Soundelux is now on home stretch as Co-Supervising Sound Editor on Oliver Stone’s ALEXANDER, which will release in the US on November 24.

This marks the latest in a long string of collaborations between Wylie Stateman and Oliver Stone. Previous outings include Any Given Sunday, Nixon, Natural Born Killers, Heaven And Earth, JFK, Born On the Fourth of July, the Doors and Talk Radio.

Also, Supervising Sound Editor Mike Wilhoit of Soundelux is now wrapping up work on Are We There Yet? Ice Cube and Nia Long stars in this family-oriented comedy, directed by Brian Levent. The film is scheduled for a domestic theatrical release on January 28, 2005.

The Village
Hosts The Stars
Seal, Destiny’s Child, Nick Cave, Ozzy, Mary J. Blige, Patti Smith, Huckabees and More....

Seal and longtime très hip producer Trevor Horn (Art of Noise, Pet Shop Boys, Belle & Sebastian), with engineer Tim Weidner and assistant engineer Andy Brohard, gave workouts to both Studio D’s Neve 88R and Studio B’s Neve VR, recording a new track for a greatest hits release.

On the film tip: Prolific musician/composer Jon Brion, with the help of engineer Tom Biller and assistant Don Monti, took advantage of all of The Village’s 30,000 square feet, using the game room, the upstairs theatre, and Studios A and D to score existential comedy I Heart Huckabees, starring hunky hunk Mark Wahlberg, Jude Law, Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin.

In-residence production team—and master multi-taskers—Flyte Tyme’s Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, were, as usual, non-stop. The dynamic duo triple-teamed sessions with Mary J. Blige for the soundtrack for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, along with work on the soundtrack for Shark Tale, while also jamming in Studio F with Earth Wind and Fire (with engineer Ian Cross and assistant Ghian Wright behind the board).

Ultimate Cool: Continuing the multi-room trend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds mixed in Studio A and recorded in Studio F for a new release with producer/engineer Nick Launay; engineer Jason Wormer assisted.

Lovely Ladies: Destiny’s Child recorded in Studio B with engineer Greg Morgenstein and assistant engineer Jeff Robinette.

Legendary beat poet/chanteuse Patti Smith taped a broadcast for KCRW radio’s Morning Becomes Eclectic with producer Ariana Morgenstern, engineer Jason Wormer and assistant engineer Jared Nugent.

Bat Outa Hell: And the charming madman himself, Ozzy Osbourne recorded for a new CD in Studio D with producer Mark Hudson, engineer Kevin Churko and assistant engineer Ghian Wright.

Booking contact: Jeff Greenberg; The Village 310-478-8227


Produced By Trevor Horn
A concert for The Prince’s Trust

‘Produced by Trevor Horn', a benefit concert for The Prince’s Trust’ will take place on Thursday 11 November at Wembley Arena. The star-studded concert, celebrating Trevor Horn’s 25 years as one of the world’s most successful music producers is a benefit for the youth charity Organization. The artist line-up will reflect Trevor’s hit-making career and so far confirmed are: ABC, Art of Noise, Simple Minds, Belle & Sebastian, Lisa Stansfield, Pet Shop Boys, Seal and Yes: an incredible mix of artists together on one night, on one stage for one man. To mark this landmark event, Trevor Horn will perform with the other original members of Buggles, the first time the band have ever played live. Tickets are on sale now.

Trevor Horn’s groundbreaking musical career reads like a ‘who’s who’ of popular music. Starting with his own band, Buggles and the legendary global hit, ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’, he then joined Yes, first as band member, then Producer. His production career has continued with artists such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood, ABC, Godley & Creme, Paul McCartney, Seal, Simple Minds, Lisa Stansfield, Rod Stewart, Tatu and the list goes on and on. He is the only producer to ever have simultaneous number one records in both the UK and the USA with two different acts, Owner of a Lonely Heart with Yes and Relax with FGTH. His musical genius has created countless worldwide hits and in the process, played a hugely influential role in shaping many artists careers.

The concert for The Prince’s Trust aims to raise a substantial sum for the youth charity. Trevor Horn, commented: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work again with some of the world’s greatest talent, helping young people who just need a second chance. As we are fortunate enough to have such an array of hits to choose from we will make 11 November 2004 an exceptional evening for everyone to remember.”
Martina Milburn, Chief Executive, The Prince's Trust said: "We’re delighted that this concert will raise funds to help even more young people get their lives back on track. The Prince’s Trust uses a variety of ways to engage young people, an important method being through music, which helps them achieve goals they never thought possible."
Tickets priced £55/£45/£35 (subject to booking fee) are available from Wembley Box Office on 0870 060 0870 or on-line from the Wembley website: www.whatsonwembley.com. Hospitality packages are available from The Prince’s Trust on 020 7543 1389


Dubliners At Cups' Strings

Ireland's much-loved The Dubliners have had priceless multitrack analog masters restored to their original brilliance and archived to 96K/24-bit Pro Tools HD digital for an upcoming commemorative release on Baycourt Records.

Fiachra Sheahan, son of Dubliner John Sheahan, is supervising the project, which will include both CD and DVD releases later this year. The man in charge of restoration, Simon Factor, of Dublin's Moving Media, flew to Cups' N Strings Studios in Los Angeles with 10 multitrack masters, some of which include music which has never before been released."We tried to work on the tapes in Dublin," explained Factor. "But we couldn't find one studio that could handle the range of formats and associated technologies. For purposes of sonic consistency in the restoration and transfer, we felt it was wise to call on Bruce Maddocks here in Los Angeles. He not only had the equipment and experience for the delicate baking of the tapes, he also had all the different head stacks and noise reduction gear to complete the project."

Studio On The Prairie
Picturesque Recording Retreat Of Cider Mountain, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Chooses API Legacy Console

Desiring to escape the endless precipitance of Los Angeles, recording engineer and producer Chris Phillips selected a picturesque setting just north of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to build his dream recording facility, Cider Mountain Recorders. Upon recruiting world-renowned audio expert Chris Pelonis to design his dream studio, Phillips began developing an all-inclusive recording retreat situated on over 240 acres of land. Cider Mountain offers two control rooms, an editing suite, multiple ultra-flexible recording spaces, an impressive collection of vintage recording gear and instruments, client accommodations, a commercial kitchen, and much more. Because of this, Phillips can clearly - and honestly - assert the following to his clients: "The only thing you need to bring is your toothbrush."

Most recently, Phillips found the ideal centerpiece for Cider Mountain's spacious and acoustically exceptional Studio A: An API Legacy Plus analog console. The 64-input Legacy Plus - currently loaded with 40 channel strips. In regards to rock clients, Cider Mountain recently hosted Virgin recording artists the Explosion, whose producer, Jason Carmer, is also a fan of Pelonis-designed rooms and speakers. "He said that our live room was by far the best sounding room he's ever tracked in, and he's been in a lot of studios," boasts Phillips. "We get a killer drum sound out of this room."

Don't Vote?!
A song by 50 Billion

Premiere of the new CD at the May 22 Billionaires Ball: a Spring Bling K'Ching Thing; The Don't Vote Billboards, The Million Billionaire March at the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia
Photo by Carl Skutsch

Fifteen billboards brazenly declaring "Don't Vote" have sprung up around the Twin Cities in the last week, angering civil rights activists. Several are in areas with large minority populations, leading the NAACP and other groups to criticize. At the same time as these billboards appeared, the Billionaires for Bush (BFB is a grass root organization that's hounding Bush and Chaney) have launched a new hip hop single of the same name, "Don't Vote!" Written and sung by Wil B, a rap artist from South Central LA who works closely with the Billionaires for Bush under the name "50 Billion."

Wil Bannister a.k.a 50 Billion is the founder of The Political Power of Hiphop. He has teamed up with Cliff Tasner, a classically trained writer/arranger to create songs that inspire and inform young disenfranchised voters in the swing states. Following the release of their first hit "The Billionaires Are In The house," and the accompanying video, they're on BFB tour dubbed "Get On The Limo."

50 Billion and Felonius Ax (pictured above) also opened for Moby at CMJ concert which drew a crowd of 7000. He was also present at The Million Worker March in Washington DC on the Licoln Memorial Stairs on October 17th. The event drew nearly 250,000 fans including spokesperson/actor Danny Glover and guests Dick gregory and Martin Luther King III.

"We've just performed with Max Cleland in Melbourne, FL and another one with Isaac Hayes in Orlando, FL (Congresswoman Corrine Brown was present). Our song "DON'T VOTE" has been reaching thousands in Florida inspiring them all to run out and vote. We've been featured in back-to-back stories in the Florida Today," says Wilb.

"Don't Vote" http://billionairesforbush.com/dontvote.php
Hear the song and see the video, www.DearMrBush.com
Watch the video by Wilb aks "50 Billion" who wrote a song called "Dear Mr Bush" -- to view the video here - you may need to update/download Windows Media or Real

Media inquiriest: Email Wilb or call 727-418-5979 or 323-233-3156 (after Nov 2nd)

Springsteen & Friends Rock for Political Change

Members of the group "Vote for Change" will perform in a series of fund-raising concerts in nine swing states before the presidential election in an effort to unseat President Bush. From left are Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard: Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band, Jackson Browne; Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks, John Fogerty, Steven Van Zandt from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen, Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks, Patti Scialfa of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, John Mellencamp, Nick Harmer of Death Cab for Cutie and R.E.M's Mike Mills.

Effigy Studios Opens In Detroit

A New Monumental Motor City Recording Facility Chooses API Legacy

"Twenty years ago, I started to get work recording bands around the Detroit area," recalls Thomas Johnson about the beginnings of his career. "I later got a job at a Boston studio, and then moved to New York. The whole time I was in New York I was looking to build a studio there until one Thanksgiving when I came back to Detroit. I happened to drive by a building for sale in a great area, stopped in, and bought it. Three years later, we finally have Effigy Studios coming together," says Johnson.

Designed by Vantine/Guthrie Studio of Architecture in Northville, Michigan, Effigy Studios is The 1400 square-foot studio features 17-foot ceilings with no parallel walls in the main room alongside a multi-purpose isolation room and conjoining vocal booth. Johnson elected to install a 48-input API Legacy Plus analog console - currently loaded with 32 channels - and a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD system with plenty of I/O. For more Info Contact: Thomas Johnson

Avatar Artists

L-R: Scott Ian (Anthrax), Rob Caggiano (Scrap 60)

September was a busy month at Avatar studio C (Neve) where Elvis Costello & The Imposters recently were recording an exclusive set for Apple iTunes. Chris Shepard engineered with help from Ross Petersen. Elvis Costello produced. AOL Music recently in taping performances by Paul Westerberg, Vanessa Carlton, Simple Plan, Sugarland. Gregg Thompson engineered along with Anthony Ruotolo. Engineer Rich Costey recently in mixing new material by Breaking Benjamin album for Hollywood Records. Brian Montgomery & Claudius Mittendorfer assisted in the SSL room.

Mos Def Masters New Album at Bernie Grundman's

(L-R) Mos Def and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman.
Photo: David Goggin

Multi-talented recording artist and actor Mos Def mastered his new album The New Danger at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Including the first single, "Sex, Love, and Money," the album is his first since 1999's celebrated Black on Both Sides. On the Geffen label, the new album was released on October 19th.
For Bookings or Info: Bernie Grundman Mastering 323.465.6264

Gear Sale

Planet V Inc. Audio Post in NYC is selling off all the gear...everything from Neumanns to Beta SP- from Time Code DAT machines to Macs... and so on. For a complete list, please see the PDF at www.planetvinc.com/sale For detailed photos of most gear, please see www.planetvinc.com/gear If you have any questions, please call me at 212-253-1788 or email info@planetvinc.com Frank Verderosa., Planet V Inc 212-253-1788

"I heard someone from the music business saying they are no longer looking for talent, they want people with a certain look and a willingness to cooperate...I thought, that's interesting, because I believe a total unwillingness to cooperate is what is necessary to be an artist - not for perverse reasons, but to protect your vision...That's why I spend my time now painting."
--Joni Mitchell

View Mitchell Art Sample Here

Take Home Mitchell's Dreamland From Rhino -- beautifully packaged single-disc collection spanning her career with 17 classic tracks, including "Big Yellow Taxi," "Help Me," and "Free Man In Paris." Package includes complete lyrics, liner notes by Cameron Crowe, and reproductions of several of Joni's original paintings.

"We're on the threshold of a whole new system. The time where accountants decide what music people hear is coming to an end. Accountants may be good at numbers, but they have terrible taste in music. I don't know how I'm going to get paid, but I'd rather go out into the brave new world than live with dinosaurs that are far too big for their boots."
--Keith Richards

The Rock N Roll Circus is coming to town - The DVD and 5.1 Suround Sound were released on October 12th, 2004 and it captures an historic era in music history with amazing performances by the progenitors of the rock 'n roll revolution. Performances include:The Who, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithfull, Taj Mahal, Yoko Ono and The Dirty Mac, a "super group" formed by John Lennon, specifically for the occasion. Dirty Mac's scorching version of The Beatles song "Yer Blues" in Rock and Roll Circus marked Lennon's first public performance outside the confines of "The Fab Four." The band included Eric Clapton, who had just broken from The Cream; Mitch Mitchell, the drummer from the Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Rolling Stones' own lead guitarist, Keith Richards, on bass.

"There are only two kinds of music - good and bad. And you can tell when something is good."

--Duke Ellington

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