While Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show’s tongue in cheek ode actually helped to land the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, the legendary music rag doesn’t give up that honor to just any act with a catchy tune. While the distinction is usually reserved for recognizable names, earlier this week Rolling Stone announced their Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star? talent search. The six month contest will pit 16 unsigned bands against each other for a chance to not only land on the cover of the August 18th issue, but also receive a recording deal with Atlantic Records and the chance to perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Head on over to Rolling Stone’s website now to help determine who makes the first cut.
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Finally, on April 12 Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings will put out their first live Bob Dylan archive release outside the context of their fantastic Bootleg Series with the release of Bob Dylan In Concert: Brandeis University, 1963, which had previously been issued as a limited edition exclusive. Originally recorded on seven-inch reel to reel during Dylan’s appearance at Brandeis University’s First Annual Folk Festival, the tapes sat on a shelf in the archives of music writer and Rolling Stone co-founder Ralph J. Gleason for nearly 40 years until they were rediscovered by Gleason’s son.
The release will feature seven songs culled from his two sets that night, and mixes early Dylan nuggets like Talkin’ Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues and Honey, Just Allow Me On More Chance with classics like Masters Of War and Ballad Of Hollis Brown. Looks like a winner to us.