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Somatica Divina 103: Pearl Jam, “Release”

Posted in: General,Somatica Divina by Mary McDonough on July 29, 2013

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Somatica Divina 100: Heart, “Stairway to Heaven”

Posted in: Somatica Divina by Mary McDonough on December 29, 2012

Should we celebrate? AC/DC on iTunes

Posted in: Fandom,General,News Items,Somatica Divina by Christian Scharen on November 21, 2012

One album marks my coming of age. One rock album shook my body.  When we cranked an album after beers and late-night pizza in college, it was this. We’d even (I’m now blushing) grab brooms and jump about the dorm room, air guitar gods every one. The one album was AC/DC’s Back in Black.

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Finally, this week AC/DC has given up their principles and released all their music for download on iTunes. What were their principles? iTunes ushered in the era of the single–albums no longer matter because one need not buy an album to get a song (usually–however, sometimes songs are categorized “album only”).   Angus Young, the iconic lead guitarist for AC/DC, put their position this way in at New York Times article in 2008:

“You get very close to the albums,” said Angus, relaxing on a couch while sipping a cup of tea. Without the schoolboy uniform he’s famous for wearing onstage, he comes off calm and soft-spoken in a black T-shirt, blue jeans and Converse Chuck Taylors. Like his brother he’s short and slight, about 5 foot 3 and 110 pounds.

“It’s like an artist who does a painting,” he added. “If he thinks it’s a great piece of work, he protects it. It’s the same thing: this is our work.” The band has said it does not want to break up its albums to sell individual songs as iTunes usually requires.

This past monday that principle went out the window. This despite being the second best selling rock band, below the Beatles, but above the Stones or Zeppelin, and without ever having a chart-topping single. I know, take a breath.  AC/DC are THAT successful, no matter what the purists say. And AC/DC have had their detractors. In fact, in one of the most remarkable snubs in rock history, AC/DC were not featured on the cover of iconic magazine Rolling Stone until . . . wait for it . . . 2008. The band (more…)

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Somatica Divina 99: Florence + the Machine, “Shake It Out”

Posted in: Somatica Divina by Mary McDonough on October 27, 2012

Somatica Divina 98: The Fray, “Be Still”

Posted in: General,Somatica Divina by Mary McDonough on September 18, 2012

Somatica Divina 97: Alabama Shakes, “Be Mine”

Posted in: General,Somatica Divina by Mary McDonough on June 16, 2012

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