In this Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009 file photo, Lou Reed performs at the Lollapalooza music festival, in Chicago. (AP Photo/John Smierciak, File) by Hillel ItalieAP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Lou Reed, the punk poet of rock n’ roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after, died Sunday age 71. Reed died in Southampton, N.Y. of an ailment related to his recent liver transplant, according to his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who added that Reed had been in frail health for months. Reed shared a home in Southampton with his wife and fellow musician, Laurie Anderson, whom he married in 2008. Reed never approached the commercial success of such superstars as the Beatles and Bob Dylan, but no songwriter to emerge after Dylan so radically expanded the territory of rock lyrics. And no band did more than the Velvet Underground to open rock music to the avant-garde — to experimental theater, art, literature and film, to William Burroughs and Kurt Weill, to John Cage and Andy Warhol, Reed’s early patron.
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This photo provided by EBONY shows the December 2013/January 2014 cover of EBONY magazine featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor on How Black Men Took Over Hollywood. (AP Photo/EBONY, Peter Hapak) NEW YORK (AP) — Ebony magazine’s celebration of its “Power 100″ list will have a Motown vibe — Berry Gordy is being honored with a lifetime achievement award, the Jacksons will perform in his honor, and the cast of “Motown The Musical” is due to appear, as well.
A woman pushes a stroller past the site of the National Blues Museum, set to open next year, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) by Alan Scher ZagierAssociated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Die-hard music lovers, casual fans and globe-trotting tourists readily embrace Chicago as the home of the blues, spurred in large part by the Great Migration northward of Southern Blacks in the early and mid-20th century. Robert Johnson, the genre’s godfather, famously sang of “Sweet Home Chicago,” and the Chicago Blues Festival draws more than 100,000 people each summer. But come next year, the National Blues Museum won’t find a home in Chicago, but in a rival Midwest city 300 miles to the south.
This theater image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Mary Bridget Davis performing in “A Night with Janis Joplin,” at the Lyceum Theatre in New York. Davies and her “A Night With Janis Joplin,” which opened Thursday, are part of a new wave of musicals featuring female singer-songwriters, a list that includes a Carole King musical making its way to Broadway. Performing with Davies is, background from left, Taprena Michelle Augustine, De’Adre Aziza, Allison Blackwell and Nikki Kimbrough. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus) by Jennifer FarrarAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Legendary blues and soul singer Janis Joplin was an astounding force of nature onstage and off. A new concert musical on Broadway provides a rockin’ good time while imaginatively evoking her impassioned, thrilling talent. Randy Johnson wrote and directed the tribute, “A Night With Janis Joplin.” Featuring a powerful performance by Mary Bridget Davies as Joplin alongside a quartet of extremely talented singers, the loud, colorful, ’60s-saturated spectacle opened Thursday night at the Lyceum Theatre.
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by Mesfin Fekadu AP Music WriterThis July 9, 2013 file photo shows Paul McCartney performing at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. McCartney celebrated his 2-year wedding anniversary with his wife and few hundred students. (Photo by Marc Andrew Deley/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney celebrated his second wedding anniversary with his wife and a few hundred high school students on Wednesday. The 71-year-old performed at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, which was opened by Tony Bennett.
CARLOS SANTANA by Brett ZongkerFor New Pittsburgh CourierWASHINGTON (AP)—For Carlos Santana, music has always been a calling. He idolized his mariachi musician father as a boy in their remote hometown in Mexico and later grew up with the Woodstock generation after immigrating to San Francisco. Now the music legend will join the luminaries receiving this year’s highest national honors for influencing American culture through the arts. Santana is among five who will receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
This Sept. 17, 2013 photo shows American musician Linda Ronstadt poses in New York to promote the release of her memoir “Simple Dreams.” (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP) by John CarucciAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — These days, it’s hard for Linda Ronstadt to get around without her forearm crutches. The debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease require her to relax for a few minutes before starting an interview. But once she’s ready, the 67-year-old has full command of her voice, even though she’s no longer able to sing.
Miley Cyrus performs at IHeartRadio Music Village, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP) by Mesfin FekaduAP Music Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Miley Cyrus can’t stop. The pop singer was a crowd favorite at the iHeartRadio music festival day event Saturday in Las Vegas. Before she hit the stage, the crowd of a few hundred chanted: “Miley! Miley! Miley!”