AP was there: The Beatles invade America in 1964

Feb 9, 2014

AP was there: The Beatles invade America in 1964

In February 1964, the Beatles took America by storm, and rock ‘n’ roll was never the same. AP reporters covering the band’s Feb. 7 arrival at New York’s Kennedy Airport and their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” two days later never failed to ...

Feb 8, 2014

Canadian band bills Pentagon for using its music at Gitmo

A Canadian hard rock band has sent the Pentagon a $666,000 bill after a former Guantanamo Bay guard alleged that the U.S. military used the band’s music to torture detainees. Skinny Puppy found out their music was blasted out at the detention center in ...

Feb 7, 2014

Former Pussy Rioters 'sold out'

Six members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot on Thursday accused their previously imprisoned bandmates of undermining the group’s ideals by appearing at a charity concert introduced by Madonna. A letter posted on the group’s blog lashed out at Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina ...

Pussy Riot urges U.S. to look past Olympic hype

Feb 5, 2014

Pussy Riot urges U.S. to look past Olympic hype

Americans who will be at the Winter Olympics should look beyond the facilities created for the games and take a hard look at the host country, two members of the Russian protest punk band Pussy Riot said Tuesday. Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova made ...

New Jersey university offers course on Beyonce

Feb 3, 2014

New Jersey university offers course on Beyonce

Beyonce is one of the world’s most scrutinized pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia. The department of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University is offering a course called Politicizing Beyonce. Kevin Allred, a doctoral student who is teaching the ...

Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies in New York

Jan 29, 2014

Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies in New York

Pete Seeger, the banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents, has died at the age of 94. Seeger’s grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, said his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep around 9:30 p.m. Monday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he ...

At Grammys, Daft Punk, Pharrell dominate with awards

Jan 27, 2014

At Grammys, Daft Punk, Pharrell dominate with awards

Daft Punk’s electronic-funk grooves have won big at the Grammys. The French electronic duo’s “Random Access Memories” won album of the year and their infectious hit, “Get Lucky,” won record of the year at the awards show. The song features Pharrell Williams and Nile ...

Jan 24, 2014

Liberace lover to spend eight to 20 years in prison

A former lover of Liberace who was the subject of an HBO film on the pianist’s life has been sentenced to eight to 20 years in a Nevada prison for failing another court-ordered drug test while on probation for burglary and identity theft convictions. ...

Jan 18, 2014

China rocker bucks censors, quits gala

A Chinese rocker known for his rebellious style will not perform at a state broadcaster’s variety show for the upcoming Lunar New Year after he refused a request by the organizers to sing a different song than the one he had chosen to sing, ...

Chinese state TV eyes Tiananmen rocker for gala: manager

Jan 6, 2014

Chinese state TV eyes Tiananmen rocker for gala: manager

China’s state broadcaster has invited rock singer Cui Jian — an inspiration for 1980s prodemocracy protesters — to perform at its annual new year’s gala, his manager said Monday. “We have some details we are working on” ahead of Cui’s possible appearance at the ...

Phil Everly, half of pioneer rock duo, dies at 74

Jan 4, 2014

Phil Everly, half of pioneer rock duo, dies at 74

Phil Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock ‘n’ roll singers for decades, including the Beatles and Bob Dylan, died Friday. He was 74. Everly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary ...