The Origins and Scope of the Rolling Stones’ Music

The Rolling Stones were like many other British acts of the 1960s as they were heavily influenced by American rock ‘n’ roll and R&B. They were at the leading edge of the so-called British Invasion of the mid-1960s, as the Stones and contemporaries such as the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Kinks, the Animals, the Yardbirds, the Who, Herman’s Hermits and the Hollies all made at least a significant showing on the charts, both in America and at home in Britain. Out of all of those groups, the Beatles, in spite of breaking up in 1970, became and still remain the most successful act in music history in terms of sales and influence. The Rolling Stones became a constant presence that is still active today. In addition to their longevity, the Stones have had significant success on the charts in America, Britain, and around the world. There is little doubt that any act since the Beatles fails to meet the Beatles’ standards, however there are few acts that meet the standards of the Stones either. For the most part, comparing the Beatles to the Stones is like comparing apples to oranges as they have different styles, with the Beatles being more influenced by early rock ‘n’ roll while the Stones were not only influenced by early rock ‘n’ roll but also by American Blues.

As noted above, the Stones and their British contemporaries were indeed influenced by early American rock ‘n’ roll artists such as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly the Everly Brothers and Jerry Lee Lewis, and therefore had a foundation deeply rooted in rock ‘n’ roll. Once again, what made the Stones stand out from the Beatles and all of their other contemporaries, save for maybe the Yardbirds, was the fact that they were also heavily influenced by American Blues and R&B artists such as Muddy Waters, Rev. Gary Davis, Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf and Arthur Alexander. A significant majority of the Stones’ recordings from their first three years (1963-1965) showcased both their rock ‘n’ roll influences and their blues influences. As a matter of fact a great deal of their recordings from this period would be cover songs of the American Blues and R&B artists mentioned above.

As the years went on however, the Stones added and incorporated more genres into their blues and rock ‘n’ roll foundation such as country, folk, baroque pop, psychedelia, adult contemporary, reggae, dub, new wave, punk and disco too name a few. It is this characteristic of the band which has made them very successful over the years as their ability to incorporate these other genres into their repertoire has enabled them to build upon their original foundation and consequently build an enormously successful career. Artists that influenced the Stones to incorporate news genres into their sound include George Jones, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Otis Redding. Hits and popular songs over the years such as “Ruby Tuesday,” “Angie,” “Wild Horses,” ‘Tumbling Dice,” “Miss You,” “Paint It Black,” “Sympathy For The Devil,” “Start Me Up” and “Honky Tonk Women” are all indicative of their musical diversity. “Ruby Tuesday” is baroque pop; “Angie” is a 70s-style adult contemporary ballad; “Miss You” is a disco-rock fusion; “Wild Horses” and “Honky Tonk Women” have a strong country influence; “Tumbling Dice” is inflicted with gospel and soul; “Paint It Black” is eastern-tinged psychedelia; “Sympathy For The Devil” has a tribal meets rock ‘n’ roll sound, while “Start Me Up,” although sounding like a straight-forward rocker, is in fact a reggae based track. Even their biggest hit, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” is an example of the Stones building upon their foundation as it features a much harder edge than their early cover songs.

The sound of the Stones would help lay the groundwork for a diverse array of rock artists which followed them such as Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, The Doors, The Stooges, Thin Lizzy, Oasis, Blur, The Stone Roses, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, T. Rex, The Ramones, AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, New York Dolls, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Earle, Neil Young, Elton John, The Sex Pistols, Bon Jovi and Pearl Jam–And that is just the first generation. One must consider the number of artists that the Stones-influenced artists have influenced themselves. The only thing that is as long-lasting as the Rolling Stones themselves is without a doubt the legacy they have left and will continue to leave even after the band calls it a day. When that day comes, it will be long after most of their British Invasion contemporaries have hung it up, most of them retiring back in the ’60s and ’70s. As rock music has changed, and even faltered over the years, the Rolling Stones remain one of the few constants as an excellent source of entertainment.

Electronic Press Kits – Why Every Artist Needs One And How It Helps Boost Promotion And Sell Music

A salesman needs a business card. A job applicant needs a resume. In the same manner, an artist /musician/band needs an artist profile. In music industry circles, artist profiles are called press kits, and now in this digital day and age, an Electronic Press Kit or EPK would always come in handy. An EPK is every musician’s business card or resume, and what does it aim to do? The bottom line is to SELL. It is a vital promotional tool that could help sell music online.

If an artist is signed to a music distribution deal, an EPK is one of the resource materials used by music distribution aggregators to pitch to online music stores such as iTunes, Amazon, among others. For concert and event promoters/organizers, club and show venue booking agents, an artists’ EPK could make or break a potential gig or event booking. And for music fans seeking more information about an artist, an EPK could establish that connection that could eventually build-up to a fan base.

What makes for a great EPK?

1. Artist Information
a. Bio or Profile = a brief yet concise write-up about the artist and his/her music. Include some personal background about your hometown, your childhood, your hobbies, your musical influences, etc., but make sure to tie it up on how these background information affected or shaped you as an artist.

b. Music work experience = if you are an artist who has done gigs in clubs, malls, local events, or even done some audio recordings like compilation albums, EPs, digital tracks, and the like, be sure to include these in your general artist information.

2. Music Listening Station or Samples/Previews/Music Streaming Links
Online EPKs are mostly built-in with facilities to host music files that could be used as listening or preview stations. Take utmost advantage of this facility. This is your chance for your music to be heard. Upload a snippet or even a full version of your song/s. At the end of the day, your music is worth more than a thousand words.

In line with this, music streaming links are often positioned along with “buy” or “share” links. In a music distribution standpoint, these ‘buy’ links give your audiences direct access to where they can buy or download your music. Once a listener likes what they hear, you should be feeding their impulse to buy. In the same manner, ‘share’ links are of equal importance. Statistics have shown that peer recommendation also propels a fan’s buying instincts.

3. Photos
It’s a blatant reality that music sells partly because of imaging. With the dawn of the MTV, fans are always curious and eager to see how an artist looks like. Photos also serve a professional purpose of providing news write-ups, album reviews, blog features, and the like, an accompanying image of the artist.

4. Press Section or Links
Perhaps at one point or another you have been written about by a music blogger, or a music site reviewed your album or song. It is best to provide a link to the site where the write-up was published, and/or place a quote or a section of the article where the writer put in a good word about you and your music.

5. Gig Sked/Calendar of Events
It has been said that one gig leads to another. Keep your fans updated where, when, and what time they can catch your live shows. Also keeping a reference of your previous gigs show potential promoters and booking agents that you are an experienced and bankable live performer.

How to Gain Fans For Your Music Through the Internet

The internet is huge, especially for the music industry. How does a new artist in the music industry manage to climb out of the masses and get to and gain fans? It feels confusing doesn’t it?

Well there is good news and bad news:

1. The bad news is… that it is not really about being the best musician.
2. The good news is… most new artists are doing it really badly, so you can relax.

You just have to do it better than badly.

What do I mean by this?

I have been in the music industry for nearly 20 years actively, not just as an artist. I have worked on new music releases and gained the trust of new artists and established artist.

There was a stage that all one simply had to do is put together a good quality package of music, music video and great looking people. A club version release which you send to all your DJs contacts with a personal note about how much you have admired their incredible taste in music. A couple of plays and you would be on the road from club to club enjoying the rock and roll life stile. This is no longer the case

So what do you have to do now?

You need a cool group, artist, band. Then you are ready to pour out your thoughts to the masses.

So now you need to find fans. Your kind of people, they understand what you say and get excited when they see you. Yes, all your friends tell you that you are great but 20-30 friends do not make a career. Get a record deal and the record company would do it all for you. Now they expect you to arrive on the doorstep with your fans following behind. A that point it is question if you need an old style record company at all. But that is a different article.

You need to do more to get your own fans no matter what you do

There are many things you can do.

The Music Industry is still in a state of major change. One solution is to just wait until the whole thing settles down. See what the new playing field looks like and then release. You are likely to be at least 10 years older and that rock and roll life style won’t feel the same. You body will be too old for the late nights and the girls and boys will be too young.

My solution comes from a saying that I heard a long time ago.
“I don’t want a piece of the cake, I want the recipe!”

Take that energy you have inside. The one that says, “I know I have what it takes”. Point it in the right direction and let it lose. It has a good chance of getting you further than you are now.

The only thing that is certain is that the internet is going to be a major part of everyone’s interaction with music, artists, managers and of course Fans. From music, music videos to concerts, either selling music, selling tickets or even online concerts or online TV, the internet will become of the main areas that this will be carried out in.

We know this as a near certainty. You have hear those conversations as people hurriedly hand out YouTube addresses or MySpace friend suggestions. “Listen to this, they are great. They are going to be the next big thing”. They say to their friends on the bus or over the phone or even in a quick mail over the net mid work.. They need to be talking about you.

Fans… fans… fans….

In the music world we have long understood one thing and that gives us a huge advantage. We know that our fans are all me have and they are what make or break us. Understanding how to use the internet in the music business is learning how to transfer this ability to work with or fans to it.

There is good news and better news here.

1. the good news is that the internet makes it easy to talk to fans if you do it right and know and understand what you are doing..
2. the better news is that it is ALL FREE.

Top 10 Entertainment News Stories of 2006

The world of entertainment holds great fascination for the young and old alike. It is a magical world with heroes, heroines, and rags to riches stories, romance and more. The year 2006 was full of excitement and of the many eventful happenings the most popular stories followed avidly through all media avenues were:

1. Death of Steve Irwin the crocodile hunter who brought the world close to crocs through his many films and talks. His death by a croc a species he loved and as devoted to shocked the world.

2. Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was trying to break a land speed record which resulted in a high speed crash. The news of his accident and injuries spread like wild fire.

3. The British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen scored a huge box office hit when he shocked and offended ordinary Americans. He was adjudged as one of the “men of entertainment of 2006.”

4. The guerrilla artist Bansky hit headlines when he dared to replace Paris Hilton CD with his own CD of remixes titled “Why am I famous? And What am I for.”

5. Romance turned sour always interests fans and Sir Paul McCartney’s split with Heather Mills was blockbuster news.

6. The Oscars were swept away by a dark horse a Los Angeles race drama Crash which got a late and unexpected surge of support and overtook hot favorite Brokeback Mountain. The win made headlines and created a buzz.

7. Britney Spears poster featuring a nude and pregnant Britney created a furor after which Tokyo subway officials decided to reverse a ban on display of the posters.

8. A fairy tale romance and marriage means news in Hollywood especially when the couple is Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Scientology and a wedding in Italy added spice to the occasion and the wedding was popular news.

9. Oops mistakes happen even at BBC news. In the Apple versus Apple court case interviewed the wrong “Guy” was put in front of the camera. Instead of IT expert Guy Kewney a newcomer looking for a job Guy Goma was put on air.

10. The world looked forward to and enjoyed the new 007 film. The film created such excitement, that even the Queen of England went to see it.

Entertainment news and views vary and choices depend on individual taste. CNN news, Variety, and MSN have showcased online their choices as also a zillion other reviewers. While some based their lists on expert choices or the number of times a news story was read, others conducted online polls.