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Smithsonian Rock

Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen

Between December 2015 and August 2017 the Smithsonian called upon rock and roll lovers around the world to submit photos and stories of their favorite moments in music. This coffee table book is the result of mostly crowd-sourced rock and roll photography of some of rock’s most iconic artists both onstage and behind the scenes. Featuring 142 artists, spanning more than six decades of music industry, the book creates a unique viewpoint of music history, perfect for music lovers of all ages.

Smithsonian Rock and Roll Live and Unseen, by Bill Bentley,

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominations Are In

The roster of nominations for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for 2018 has just been announced. The list includes The Cars (and members Elliot Easton of Local 47, Los Angeles, and Ric Ocasek of Local 802, New York City), The J. Geils Band (and Seth Justman of Local 9-535), The longtime New Orleans band, The Meters, with Art Neville and George Porter, both of Local 174-496 (New Orleans), and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste of Local 47.

Other candidates include Depeche Mode, LL Cool J, MC5, Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan, Link Wray, and The Zombies. Among the first-time nominations are Radiohead, Nina Simone, Kate Bush, Judas Priest, Dire Straits, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Eurythmics, and Rage Against the Machine (and Brad Wilk and Tom Morello, members of Local 47, Los Angeles).

The voting body comprises more than 900 international artists, historians, and members of the music industry who weigh an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation, and superiority in style and technique.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning Oct. 5 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 5, 2017, fans can visit rockhall.com/vote to cast votes for their choice. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. Fans will need to login with a Facebook account or email to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees will be announced in December 2017.


History of Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll

The History of Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll

Over the years, a huge number of Canadian bands such as Arcade Fire; The Band, Rush, and Nickelback; and other artists like Diana Krall of Locals 149 (Toronto, ON) and 802 (New York City); Gordon Lightfoot of Local 149; Tegan and Sara Quin and Sarah McLachlan of Local 145 (Vancouver, BC); Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Alanis Morissette of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA); and Paul Anka of Local 6; and many others have made invaluable contributions to rock ’n’ roll. Yet, the story of Canada’s rock  History of Canadian Rock ‘n’ Rollevolution is largely untold. This book traces the country’s music history from the folk rock and psychedelic rock of the 1960s through Canada’s indie-rock renaissance of the 2000s.

The History of Canadian Rock ’n’ Roll, by Bob Mersereau, Backbeat Books, www.backbeatbooks.com.