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Rolling Stone: Now More "Standardized"

Hunter S. Thompson exhales a mouthful of lighter fluid at Jann Wenner in 1976. Photo by Annie Leibovitz.

Rolling Stone magazine is switching to a smaller, rack-friendly size. This is certainly not the first time the Stone has changed its format. It started out with a double-folded newspaper style similar many current local alt-weeklies (which is pretty much what it was). So whatever.

Details after the jump…

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New video: The Escapist by The Streets

Video: The Streets – “The Escapist”

From Everything is Borrowed, due in the UK on September 15.

Mike Skinner says: “During a great period of intense mixing we decided that it might be nice to shoot a video. This isn’t the way the record industry works and so it was under the radar of the label and done totally for us by us on a shoe string. It was totally different from any other promo that I’ve made in that it was something real that we just filmed rather than trying to create something real looking using lots of people and lots of angles. I feel like it’s more than a video in that sense. As well as looking quite odd without all the singing and quick cuts.”

The StreetsWeb, MySpace, Wiki.

GLONO at Lolla 2008

Lollapalooza 2008 is nigh and Glorious Noise will be covering it in style. Want to keep tabs on where the crew is? Check out our schedules and look for the GLONO gear. If you’re over six feet tall, stand the fuck BEHIND us.

Phil’s Lolla Schedule

Jake’s Lolla Schedule

AMP’s Lolla Schedule

You can also follow our real-time reporting on Twitter

Post your schedule in the comments or tell us who you’re looking forward to seeing.

Ten "Fiercest" British Frontmen Revealed

Jake has long bemoaned the fact that British singers all sound like pansies. [Specifically, English singers -ed.] It’s his main argument for abandoning a genre that once fueled his music collection and has led to hilarious arguments at countless bars with me and Loftus. But is the Old Man right?

MuchMusic has a list of the The 10 Fiercest British Frontmen Of The Past Decade and I gotta say, there’s a fair amount of dandy-ism on display and maybe only one dude I definitely wouldn’t fight in an alley (Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, who I am sure would fight dirty to protect his hair).

Seven sissies I could stomp and three dudes I would not fight after the jump.

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John Lennon: Christian Warrior

Ban the Beatles!Just as the Beatles‘ hype was reaching a fevered pitch, John Lennon uttered an off-hand comment that sparked protests, led to their records being banned, and even incited death threats. But a newly released interview from 1969 sheds more light on what Lennon meant, and it turns out he was stumping for Jesus.

On March 4, 1966, Lennon told the London Evening Standard, “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I do not know what will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. We’re more popular than Jesus now. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.”

Lunkheads around the world, especially in the southern United States, wigged out and proclaimed Lennon a blasphemer. Shortly thereafter he issued a half-hearted apology, but stuck to his guns on what he meant.

“I was not saying whatever they’re saying I was saying. I’m sorry I said it really. I never meant it to be a lousy anti-religious thing,” Lennon said in a press conference in Chicago on August 11. “I apologise if that will make you happy. I still do not know quite what I’ve done. I’ve tried to tell you what I did do, but if you want me to apologise, if that will make you happy, then OK, I’m sorry.”

In a newly available interview from 1969, Lennon defends his first statement and echoes some language that would warm the hearts of evangelicals…had they heard it. He saw the Beatles’ popularity as an opportunity to turn kids on to Jesus’ message:

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GORBACHOV: THE MUSIC VIDEO – BIGGER AND RUSSIANER

One hundred percent Russian=one hundred percent awesome.

GORBACHOV: THE MUSIC VIDEO – BIGGER AND RUSSIANER


GORBACHOV: THE MUSIC VIDEO – BIGGER AND RUSSIANER from Tom Stern on Vimeo.

The song is by ANJ.

Hard Rock Park: Rock and Roll Theme Park

The New York Times profiles a new theme park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that recently opened.

Hard Rock Park is the brainchild of Jon Binkowski, 49, a veteran theme-park executive, and Steven Goodwin, 40, who developed the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, Fla. Neither man is the kind of rock obsessive who trades obscure 45s or reads back issues of Crawdaddy; they seem to appreciate Led Zeppelin for its music just as much for the fact that the band is represented by one lawyer, making for easier negotiations.

Some of the attractions:

• the Shake Rattle ‘n’ Rollercoaster

• a water ride called Slippery When Wet

• a 50-foot-tall model of the Statue of Liberty holding a Zippo lighter in lieu of a torch

Led Zeppelin the Ride, a 3,738-foot roller coaster with a 120-foot-high loop and top speed of 65 miles an hour, whose hairpin turns are synchronized to Robert Plant‘s wails in “Whole Lotta Love”

• an opening ceremony that featured the song “Come as You Are” by Nirvana

• Life in the Fast Lane, a two-minute (the longest ride in the park), 2,234-foot roller coaster for which the Eagles re-recorded their hit song

• Nights in White Satin the Trip, a 3-D ride based on the Moody Blues tune

• Reggae River Falls, which reinterprets the tough Kingston streets that gave rise to Bob Marley, presenting them as a water-soaked playground

• a nightly fireworks display set to Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody”

• a calliope version of the Arctic Monkeys song “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”

• a sign outside a Moonbounce attraction called the Punk Pit that warns, “All Punks Must Obey the Following Rules.”

Carrie Brownstein has come up with a few attractions they obviously missed including the “Tongue Twister” wherein “Visitors to the park ride on a giant replica of Gene Simmons‘ tongue. A voice emanating from the tongue keeps bragging about how long it is and how it never gets tired.”

Hard Rock Park: web.

Ringo Wishes Chicago "Peace & Love"

Ringo Starr in Chicago, July 7, 2008 - Photo by Phil Solomonson Yesterday, July 7, marked the 68th (!!!) birthday for Ringo Starr. When recently asked by Access Hollywood what he wanted for his birthday, the former Beatle replied, “just more peace and love.”

That seemed to spark an idea for the old boy and he elaborated that it would be cool if “at noon, on July 7, if everyone wherever they are could just make the peace sign and say ‘peace and love.'”

Well, Ringo was in Chicago yesterday at the Hard Rock Hotel on Michigan avenue and GLONO had some peeps there to capture the event. We also got a tiny cupcake from the Hard Rock staff to help celebrate Ringo’s big day.

Ringo's birthday cupcake

Peace and love, y’all.

Ted Nugent: Chicago Bands Too White

Andy Warhol, Ted Nugent, Truman CapoteEverybody knows that Ted Nugent is a madman. To suggest that his attitudes about race are complex is putting it mildly. And generously. Way back in 2003, we liberated a hilarious 1994 interview Bob Mack conducted with the Nuge for Grand Royal magazine.

Recently, the Nuge talked to the Detroit Free Press about some career milestones, including his time in Chicago during the winter of 1965:

“When my family moved to Chicago, I was heartbroken, but it helped create a fire in me. The Cellar was where everybody played, and the Shadows of Knight were the big bad dudes of town. The Chicago bands played well, but really white. It was too ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’; it lacked Detroit attack. Within weeks, my first edition of the Amboy Dukes owned that scene. We wiped the stage with the Shadows of Knight, because we played with the power drive so prevalent at the battles of the bands and BMF dances back in Michigan. That competitive spirit was in my blood.”

The Chicago bands were too white? Apparently, he’s changed his tune a little. Back in 1994, he waxed lyrically about “a REAL America with workin’ hard, playin’ hard WHITE motherfuckin’ shitkickers.”

Then again, in the next breath he defended his statement that he was “a bigger n—– than Russell Simmons will ever be” by claiming: “I meant that I’ve got SOUL, that I don’t resort to fuckin’ electronic drumbeats. And I listen to James Brown and Wilson Pickett and Sam and Dave. THOSE are n—–s! Those are fuckin’ GENUINE, SPIRITED African Americans.” So who knows how Ted really feels.

MP3: Bob Mack vs. Ted Nugent