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David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd Arrive on U.K. Stamps

January 8th, 2010
Photo: David Parry/PA British letters have acquired a taste for rock music. Yesterday, the Royal Mail released a set of 10 special stamps featuring classic British album covers including David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, the Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed, New Order’s Power, Corruption and Lies and Coldplay’s A Rush of Blood to the Head. The Royal Mail was first created by Henry VIII in 1516 and continues to serve as the national postal service for ...

“Who Shot Rock and Roll” Celebrates the Photographers Behind the Iconic Images

November 13th, 2009
Photograph © Henry Diltz courtesy of Who Shot Rock and Roll (Knopf) When Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival he created one of rock’s most perfect moments. Standing in the front row of that concert was a 17-year-old boy named Ed Caraeff. Caraeff had never seen Hendrix before nor heard his music, but he had a camera with him and there was one shot left in his roll of ...

What Made “Braid” a Punk-Rock Video Game? A Look Back at the Innovative Title

September 4th, 2009
Last year the video gaming community was abuzz over Braid, an Xbox title that has been described as “Super Mario set in the future.” It wasn’t like most popular games: it was short (it could be beat in a day), its graphics were pretty but far from state of the art, and it was designed in unrevolutionary 2-D. It had also been made independently, not by a large commercial game company but mostly by one ...

Experience New York In Audio at City’s “Central Park Sound Tunnel”

September 1st, 2009
Photo: Honda/AFP/Getty People travel from all over the world to experience the strange tranquility of Central Park — 843 acres of scenic nature in the middle of New York City. But this summer visitors have been accosted by sound as they pass through one of the park’s tunnels near the children’s zoo. Six speakers perched inside the tunnel play a loud but artful arrangement of sounds recorded around the park over the course of a year. ...

New Exhibit Explores New York’s ’70s Punk and New Wave Scenes

August 18th, 2009
Photograph by Stephanie Chernikowsk. Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York In 1975 New York was bankrupt. President Gerald Ford famously told the city to “drop dead” when asked for federal financial assistance. But as the rest of the country predicted the Big Apple’s demise, a fervent musical revolution was taking place in the city’s squalid downtown nightclubs, studios and galleries. Artists and musicians were producing raw work that exhibited their anger and frustration, ...