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MUSIC HISTORY CLASS: Paul McCartney

On this day in 1942 Sir Paul McCartney was born James Paul McCartney in Liverpool, England. The son of working class parents, Paul grew up modestly, but comfortably, in post-war England. His father, a jazz player and pianist, encouraged Paul to play music at an early age. In the spring of 1957, at the age of fifteen, Paul joined his first band, The Quarrymen. It was the start of a musical revolution that would change not only Rock n’ Roll, but culture in general.

As a member of the Quarrymen, Paul worked closely with another local musician by the name …

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MUSIC HISTORY CLASS: Sticks and Stones

On this day in 2002, pop-punk institution, New Found Glory, released their third album, Sticks and Stones. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as “just generic kiddie fodder,” Sticks and Stones broke the Coral Springs, Florida quintet into the mainstream. Featuring such abiding Scene hits as “My Friends Over You” and “Head on Collision,” Sticks and Stones was “upstreamed,” or transition from a smaller label to a major label, due to its commercial success. The record was released via Drive-Thru Records and MCA Records and was produced by famed boardman, Neal Avron (Disturbed, Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy). ​Sticks and

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MUSIC HISTORY CLASS: Enema of the State

On this day in 1999, pop-punk icons, Blink-182, released their mainstream shattering third album, Enema of the State. The album sold four times more than Blink’s underground breakthrough, Dude Ranch (1997), and would go on to be a massive world-wide seller. By August 1999, Enema of the State was certified Platinum, selling over 3 million copies during the second half of the year alone. As of today, Enema of the State has sold over 15 million (!) copies worldwide. With its teenage anthems and iconic album cover (teenage boys everywhere yearned to be tended to by the Enema

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MUSIC HISTORY CLASS: The Marshall Mathers LP

On this day in 2000, Eminem’s third album, The Marshall Mathers LP, became the fastest selling album of all time, turning 1.76 million copies in its first week. Eminem’s sales bounced the week-one sales record from the legendary Ms. Britney Spears and her sophomore record, Oops…I Did it Again (which sold 1.3 million records in its first week). Yet, Mathers was just getting started. All in all, The Marshall Mathers LP has sold over 19 million copies (!) worldwide, with over 10 million records being sold in the United States alone. That is enough to be certified Diamond. …

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MUSIC HISTORY CLASS: Pumpkins and Spandex

On this day in 2000, the Smashing Pumpkins called it a day after twelve years and six albums. The breakup of the influential alternative rock quartet has been a mystery ever since their final, four-hour Chicago show in December of 2000. Singer Billy Corgan blamed anyone and everyone he could for the Smashing Pumpkins’ demise. He called bassist D’arcy Wretzky a “mean-spirited drug addict,” and later stated that guitarist James Iha was to blame. However, Iha would respond by stating, “No, I didn’t break up the band. The only person who could have done that is Billy.” Corgan even went …

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MUSIC HISTORY CLASS: Emo Elopes

On this day in 2008, pop-starlet Ashley Simpson and emo-figurehead Pete Wentz got married. The ceremony took place at the Simpson’s home in Encinco, California and was officiated by Simpson’s father. Two weeks later, Simpson and Wentz announced that they were going to have their first child. On 20 November 2008, a baby boy named Bronx Mowgli Wentz was born. After several years of family life, the star couple began to grow apart. On 8 February 2011, Simpson filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences.” Wentz would later explain to People Magazine that the divorce “…was honestly a classic case of …

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MUSIC HISTORY CLASS: Cocaine, Heroin, and Backing Tracks

 

On this day in in 1995, Stone Temple Pilots eccentric lead singer, Scott Weiland, was arrest in Pasadena, California on  cocaine and heroin possession charges. It was the first of his several drug-related arrests. Weiland claims that he was first introduced to heroin when vocalist Gibby Haynes gave Weiland some of the drug while Stone Temple Pilots was on tour with Hayne’s Butthole Surfers (oh…the band names in the 1990s). Haynes denies Weiland’s allegations.…

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MUSIC HISTORY CLASS: The Piano Man

On this day in 1949 legendary rock pianist and song writer, Billy Joel, was born in the Bronx. Joel would spend most of his childhood on Long Island in Hicksville, New York. Born to Jewish parents, Joel took a liking to music at an early age, receiving piano lessons from a Julliard-trained pianist named Frances Neiman. However, Joel’s interest in music and lack of interest in sports lead to turbulent relationships with his pears, often ending with Joel being bullied. In 1964, while watching The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show, Joel decided that he wanted to pursue …

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MUSIC HISTORY CLASS: All Killer, No Filler

On this day in 2001, Canadian pop-punk outfit, Sum 41, officially blew up thanks to the release of their sophomore album, All Killer, No Filler. Filled to the brim with youthful anti-establishment rhetoric, catchy-as-AIDS choruses, and unabashed immaturity, All Killer, No Filler was a welcomed distraction from the monotony of the post-grunge onslaught. Riding high on the coat-tails of monster lead single, “Fat Lip,” Sum 41 would go onto dominate MTV’s Total Request Live and spend time opening for the likes of Blink-182 and The Offspring. All Killer, No Filler detonated the lid of mainstream pop-rock. …

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MUSIC HISTORY CLASS: From Under the Cork Tree

On this day in 2005, emo pop-punk outfit, Fall Out Boy, released either their sophomore record or their third record (depending on your view of 2003’s Evening Out with Your Girlfriend), From Under the Cork Tree. The record was Fall Out Boy’s mainstream breakthrough, thanks to the massive hits “Sugar, We’re Going Down” and “Dance Dance.” The former peaked at number eight and the latter at number nine on the charts. From Under the Cork Tree would go on to sell three million copies worldwide and is certified double-platinum.…

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MUSIC HISTORY CLASS: Speed of Sound

On this day in 2005, United Kingdom alternative rock juggernauts, Coldplay, became only the second UK band to have a new song enter the Billboard Top Singles chart with their song, “Speed of Sound.” Coldplay’s first single off of their third album, X&Y, entered the charts at #8. What was the previous UK band to achieve such a feet? None other than The Beatles with “Hey Jude” in 1968. In other words, UK bands do not often get their fresh tracks on United States’ charts.…

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MUSIC HISTORY CLASS – Whole Lotta Love

On this day in 1969, Hard Rock legends, Led Zeppelin, first performed their massive hit, “Whole Lotta Love.” The track comes off of Led Zeppelin’s massively successful sophomore album, Led Zeppelin II, which came out in October 1969. “Whole Lotta Love” hung around on the United States charts for fifteen straight weeks, peaking at number four. It would be Led Zeppelin’s only top-ten single. Led Zeppelin II, however, would go on to hit number one on the Billboard Top-200, becoming their first album to reach such heights.…