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Today’s Music News: Paul Revere, of Paul Revere and the Raiders, dies at 76

Paul Revere, leader of Paul Revere and the Raiders, has died of cancer at age 76. Known for their signature Revolutionary-era costumes, Paul Revere and the Raiders had a string of 1960s hits including “Kicks,” “Good Thing,” and “Him or Me—Who’s It Gonna Be?” Their biggest hit—and their only chart-topper—was one of their last, 1971’s “Indian Reservation (Cherokee People).” The band had remained active up until Revere’s death. (Billboard)

Two other music notables have also died: Rob Skipper, just 28 years old, was guitarist of the London indie group the Holloways. (BillboardKevin Metheny, 60, was a radio programmer nicknamed “Pig Virus” by Howard Stern. A character based on Metheny, named “Pig Vomit,” was played by Paul Giamatti in the film adaptation of Stern’s autobiography Private Parts. “Of course, this isn’t the way I’d prefer to be known,” said Metheny. “You just have to roll with it.” (Billboard)

The city of Folsom, California has unveiled the first section of the Johnny Cash Trail: a pedestrian and bike bridge designed to resemble Folsom Prison’s signature guard towers. The trail, which will cross prison property, honors Cash’s landmark 1968 album At Folsom Prison. (Billboard)

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is scoring the new Paul Thomas Anderson film Inherent Vice, an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel. Radiohead will debut a new song in the film, which is due for release on Dec. 12. The song, “Spooks,” is an instrumental number that Radiohead have previously played live. (Billboard)

Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner were bandmates in Joy Division and New Order until 2007, when Hook left New Order. The two have been feuding since then, which of course—Billboard surmised—made Hook the perfect reviewer for Sumner’s new autobiography. Unsurprisingly, the review is not positive. “I found Bernard often very contradictory and his narration towards me is cruel and spiteful,” writes Hook. “We all have different memories and we all remember things differently. However Bernard only ever seems to remember the things that suit his purpose.” (Stereogum)

Even J Mascis, a notoriously tough interview, couldn’t resist the cute factor of being interviewed by a ten-year-old.

Bruce SpringsteenRihanna, Dave GrohlMetallica, and Eminem are among the artists who will play a Veterans Day (Nov. 11) show on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. “The Concert for Valor” will air live on HBO. (Rolling Stone)

On Oct. 31 via Third Man Records’ subscription series, Jack White‘s 2014 Bonnaroo performance will be released on as a triple vinyl/DVD set. Because this is Third Man Records, the set will be “housed in a soft-touch, telescoping box, topped off with a lenticular television on the cover” and will also include “8×10 photographs from the concert, a customized Jack White patch, a backstage pass sticker, a poster., and a custom-designed USB drive with bonus material.” (Consequence of Sound)

On Thursday night, Patti Smith performed a multimedia “exploration of the tragic death of Nico” at New York’s French Institute Alliance Francaise. (Rolling Stone)

“Rock and Roll Part 2,” the signature jock jam by Gary Glitter, is slowly fading from play, reports Billboard—in part because of the glam rocker’s multiple convictions of sex offenses involving young children. Still, the song generates a quarter-million dollars each year in performance royalties alone. (Check out our Music Rights 101 guide for an explanation of what “performance royalties” are.)

Mocking U2‘s iTunes giveaway, Everclear shot a parody video for Funny or Die, announcing that they’re giving away a copy of their new album—on CD-ROM—to everyone who buys Windows 10. (Consequence of Sound)

By 2020, streaming revenue is expected to account for the majority of the recording industry’s income. Apple is reportedly negotiating with major labels to reduce the monthly rate of its Beats Music service, mindful that Google Play will be a tough competitor. (Billboard)

There’s another 30-second teaser for the new Pink Floyd album (The Endless River, out Nov. 10). Consequence of Sound calls this clip “exciting.” Decide for yourself.

  • John @ Stony Brook

    no Roger Waters, no Pink Floyd…