Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Presenters Announced

Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame-LogoWe already knew the artists who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2014, but now we know who will be inducting them.

Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana. Makes sense. Kurt Cobain expressed his deep admiration for close friend Stipe on more than one occasion.

Bruce Springsteen will induct his E Street Band. The Boss is already in the Hall solo. No-brainer.

Tom Morello will induct KISS, because someone has to do it.

Chris Martin will consciously couple the Hall of Fame with Peter Gabriel. OK?

Glenn Frey will induct Linda Ronstadt. That’s a good one – the Eagles started out as her backing band.

Questlove will induct Hall and Oates, which is pretty cool. The Roots’ mainman and walking music encyclopedia will hopefully shine a nice light on the often overlooked rock and soul duo.

Peter Asher, of ’60s duo Peter and Gordon, as well as a noted producer (of James Taylor, among others), will induct Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.

Salman Rushdie will induct Cat Stevens. No, I’m kidding, no word yet on who has that honor.

The ceremony will take place on April 10th and will be aired on HBO on May 31st. (h/t CoS)

Rutgers University Offering Beyoncé Class

drake-featuring-james-fauntleroy-girls-love-beyonceRemember when Rutgers University offered a class on the theology of Bruce Springsteen? That was pretty wild, right? Well now the university that brought you insight into the Boss is giving interested students the chance to dissect “American race, gender and sexual politics” through  Beyoncé’s music and unfolding career.

“This isn’t a course about Beyoncé’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama‘s inauguration weekend,” explains Kevin Allred, the Ph.D student who will be teaching the class. The course will take a look at music videos, lyrics, and the strategy behind Beyoncé’s portrayal of her music. “It’s important to shift students away from simply being consumers of media toward thinking more critically about what they’re engaging on a regular basis.” Allred said.

In what seems to be a new trend, the school will also offer a course for Jay-Z fanatics titled, “The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Theodicy of Jay-Z.”

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Bruce Springsteen To Launch Bootleg Series

bruce-springsteenWhile it’s true that watching a concert live is a completely different experience than hearing a recording, there’s been more than one time I’ve wished I could relive a show. Beginning Jan. 26th, Bruce Springsteen will allow fans to do just that, by offering a USB wristband available for purchase online or at the tour venue. With this wristband, fans will be able to pick one show of their choice to download onto their USB wristband.

Speaking to NPR about the idea, Springsteen said, “I’d like to make things more available through the Internet. The Internet has become our friend . . . I think we live more in a Grateful Dead touring idea, that everything you do is recorded now. And that’s OK with me, you know. As a matter of fact, I believe on this tour, we’re starting to do something like you can come in, you can buy a [wrist]band, you can get a copy of the night’s show. So hopefully we’re gonna do that at a really nice-quality level.”

Springsteen kicks off his tour in Cape Town, South Africa Jan. 26, before continuing on to Australia and New Zealand for a month of shows. Although he currently has no U.S. dates beyond the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in May, he told Rolling Stone that as for adding more U.S. dates, “it’s not impossible.”

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Springsteen And Fallon Mock Chris Christie's Traffic Jam Scandal

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Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon joined forces once again on the latter’s Late Night show, this time for a joint impression of a young Boss lamenting the plight of the working man stuck in “Governor Chris Christie‘s Traffic Jam,” to the tune of “Born To Run.”

Springsteen’s well-known lefty bent has always precluded him from being much of a fan of the governor, who has been mired in scandal over the past few weeks regarding both allegations of misuse of Hurricane Sandy relief funds and, of course, the intentional traffic jam caused by his office as retribution to a political foe. It could not have taken much arm twisting to get him to lampoon Christie for the latter. Enjoy.

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Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" Manuscript Sells For $197,000

If you were hoping to get your hands on Bruce Springsteen‘s “Born To Run” manuscript that was auctioned off by Sotheby’s yesterday, we have some bad news. The lyrics, handwritten on ruled notebook paper in blue ink, have sold for $197,000 to an unidentified bidder. Since pre-auction estimates varied from $70,000-$100,000, we’d say that’s a pretty big increase in profit.

Including rough scribbles and ideas, along with a close to perfect chorus, Sotheby’s says about the manuscript, “Although Springsteen is known to have an intensive drafting process, few manuscripts of ‘Born to Run’ are available, with the present example being one of only two identified that include the most famous lines in the song.”

I guess that explains the $197,000 price tag.

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Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" Manuscript To Be Auctioned

Is it just us, or is Bruce Springsteen all over the news lately? First we learn of a Bruce Springsteen Theology course being offered at Rutgers University (um, yes please!) and now there’s talk of a handwritten working manuscript of 1975’s “Born To Run” being auctioned off on December 5. So just how much might a manuscript like this run you? Pre-sale estimates are already coming in as high as $100,000.

Written on a small sheet of ruled notebook paper in blue ink, Springsteen wrote the lyrics “This town’ll rip the (out your) bones from your back/ It’s a suicide trap (rap) (it’s a trap to catch the young) your dead unless/ You get out (we got to) while your young so (come on! with) take my hand cause tramps/ Like us baby we were born to run” along with several notes in the margins. Check out a photo of the manuscript below.  (more…)