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Published on July 17th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Monday, July 17, 2017

It was on this day in 1976 that the Montreal Olympics opened. Twenty-five African teams boycotted the games because the IOC wouldn’t kick out New Zealand for having played sporting events against South Africa, which was still under apartheid. And now, the music news for July 17.

  1. So Bluesfest in Ottawa was “overwhelmed” by drunk and injured fans. Reinforcements had to be called in.
  2. And police in Saskatchewan had to warn people against dancing naked at a country music festival.
  3. Yay, United Airlines! They sent a rapper’s dog to the wrong city.
  4. The copy of the album Double Fantasy that John Lennon signed for Mark David Chapman shortly before Chapman assassinated Lennon is going up for auction.
  5. Roger Waters explains his anti-Trump tour to CNN.
  6. What would happen if you never took your earbuds out?
  7. Did Chance the Rapper save SoundCloud over the weekend?
  8. Still, people, back up your music–especially anything you’ve uploaded to SoundCloud. Just in case, you know?
  9. The B-52s keep on keepin’ on. America’s most subversive band?
  10. Cool! These birds sing like jazz musicians.
  11. Even Justin Bieber can get pulled over for talking on a cell phone while driving.
  12. A happy ending. This Syrian refugee rocker just got his own home in the Netherlands.
  13. Lionel Richie: Now a start-up entrepreneur.
  14. A prog rock cruise? Why not?
  15. What do this year’s summer hits taste like? Let’s ask a guy with synesthesia who tastes music to go through some music for us.
  16. Ronnie Hawkins is selling Hawkstone Manor, his cottage and compound in Ontario’s Kawarthas. Just $4.25 million, too.
  17. Now that Black Sabbath is done, Ozzy has officially restarted his solo career.
  18. All-American Rejects are now accepting wedding bookings, apparently.



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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.

In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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