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Ass, Bad, and Disappointed: LEATHERMOUTH BLUNT # 77 TO BE QUITE FRANK a singer and maybe we'll do a record. So they had a friend they tried out on vocals but it didn't work out because he didn't write any lyrics. So they were just like, "We're probably gonna scrap the band. I was like There's no way you can kill this band!' Iasked them to have one practice with me singing. I convinced them to book a practice studio on a weekend and I wrote a few lyrics and we had a practice and that was it." For a long time LeATHERMOUTH was a studio-only project, recording in lero's basement during times when he wasn't touring the world with The Black Parade. "We recorded everything with me and Rob (Hughes) and couple of other guys. Now it's like two years later and it's just me Rob left. The rest of guys that started the band, a couple went off and started another band, "The world is full of people that are hiding from thestuff that's going on in the world today.I wanted to attack these things head-on."-Frank lero that broke up, some people got married, moved away, whatever. So when we wanted to tour, we recruited James DeWees (Get Up Kids, Reggie & The Full Effect) to play drums, my friend John Maguire to play bass and my other friend, Eddie Auletta, to play guitar." Signed to indie godhead Epitaph/Shock, LeATHER MOUTH will release their debut full-length, XO, this January. Subscribing to an unwavering musical aes thetic of relentless, heavy hardcore punk, XO's lyrical tirades are directed towards everyone from the cops to drug dealers to the government to school bullies. With very little melodic ambition to speak of, lero screams like a man literally bursting with things to say. On the touring side of things, the band completed a mini US tour in September with Reggie & The Full Effect, followed in December by four dates support- ing Mindless Self Indulgence "That was a thing where convenience came into play," lero says of the brief bouts of touring. "My Chem was on tour, so of course my good friend James DeWees was on tour with us, he plays keyboards with My Chem. We were talking about doing other bands and stuff, we'd been practicing on the road and we decided a LeATHERMOUTH tour would be cool. James HOLD ONTO YOUR FRINGES MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE FANS FRANK IERO IS ONE PISSED OFF DUDE AND LEATHERMOUTH IS ONE PISSED-OFF SIDE-PROJECT. BY MATT REEKIE hallenging an audience to think is tanta- mount to commercial suicide in the rock game. So it's a damn lucky thing that shift ing units was the last thing on My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank lero's mind when he conceived LeATHERMOUTH Pissed off at the world and all the evil sons of bitches in it, LeATHERMOUTH is set to inflame debate both musical and political. The group's hardcore punk sound is too brutal and unrelenting to appeal to a mass audience, but that's beside the point as far as My Chem then for one, they would probably be really disappointed and two, very offended. "Another reason I wanted to keep it anonymouUS is because I was a little scared of what people would think. But on the other hand, I don't want to run away from anything or pretend that I didn't say some of the things I've said. The world is full of people that are hid- ing from the stuff that's going on in the world today. wanted to attack these things head-on. People are so PC, parents want to shield their kids' eyes to what's actually going on, and I think that's just adding to the misery that's running rampant in the world today." Formed in New Jersey in 2007 by some friends of lero, including Rob Hughes, LeATHERMOUTH could just as easily have never happened. To hear lero explain the whole story, one starts to understand how much his own personal passion and drive brought the thing to life. Clearly,he needed this outlet "It was actually right before [My Chemical Ro- mance] recorded The Black Parade," he begins. "I was back home, we had taken some time off, and a couple of my friends were thinking of starting a new band. "I remember it like it was yesterday. It was right before we were going to see a movie; we were in the parking lot of the movies and we all crowded into their Volkswagen. They played me this 3 song demo, there were no vocals or anything like that, just simple verse- chorus punk rock, and I was like, Wow, how can I be involved with this band? "I have my record label, Skeleton Crew that Irun with a few friends so I told these guys they should find was going to do a Reggie & The Full Effect tour, so we decided that I'd play in Reggie with him and we'd both do LeATHERMOUTH "We had done a few shows here and there but it never felt real until we did the Reggie & The Full Effect tour. It actually felt like the band was finally doing things after two years of just recording in my basement. All these emotions started to come out and the shows just got better every day. By the time we were like, 'This is turning into something incred- ible,' the tour was over. We were like, "We need to lero is concerned book something else.' But then life comes in and you have to do certain things." These "certain things" for lero include his duties with My Chemical Romance, which will almost certainly ensure that LeATHERMOUTH gigs are fewer and farther between in 2009. It remains to be seen whether the thrashy hardcore sound of LeATHERMOUTH will influence lero's con- tribution to the new MCR album. He's fairly certain it won't, but he's not ruling anything out "That's the thing with My Chem, you never say never because anything can come out.I don't know what will "If I kept this inside any longer, I would probably explode," he says flatly of the project, which features himself on vocals alongside an old Jersey friend, Rob Hughes, on guitar LeATHERMOUTH inhabits a completely different realm to the highly commercial one ruled over by My Chemical Romance. Likewise, it's a long way from the singer/songwriter folk ballads, electronica dabbling, or white boy rap that so often rear their ugly heads when members of popular rock bands embark upon side-projects. LEATHERMOUTH is all about hard, fast LEATHERMOUTH and raw punk rock. "It's not better than My Chem, it's not worse than My Chem, it's just different, and I really feel like I need both," lero states. In an effort to soften the blow for MCR fans, he stresses that the two bands could not be more dissimilar. "Originally I thought maybe l'd keep it completely anonymous. I thought if people would automatically check this out solely because they like ATHEAMAUTH Xo happen. Maybe we'll throw a heavy-ass breakdown on the new record? I'd put my money on no, but you never can tell." B XO is out on January 24th on Epitaph through Shock. demolitonlover: Blunt Magazine, February 2009 (x x) Additional record review which was not scanned and received 8 out of 10:When guitarist for New Jersey pretty boys My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero, gets some time away from the band, he likes to relax by getting down in his basement with his other band and screaming till the veins pop out in his forehead. He’s been doing this for the past few years, making recordings with some friends under the banner, LeATHERMOUTH. XO, the full-length debut by the side-project, is brutal hardcore with raw, savage production (it really was recorded in Iero’s basement) and lyrics that are matched for passion and aggression by the guttural delivery. There’s no pop hooks, no emo choruses - nothing to cry over, but plenty to get you fired up. While on one hand it’s sure to attract a lot of curious My Chem fans, mayn of whom are sure to either disappointed or downright frightened, this connection mean it’s also liable to miss its target market slightly due to the fact that regular fans of this type of raging hardcore are sure to be put off by Iero’s day job. Too bad for the snobs who think that way - they’re missing out big time.
Ass, Bad, and Disappointed: LEATHERMOUTH
 BLUNT # 77
 TO BE
 QUITE
 FRANK
 a singer and maybe we'll do a record. So they had a
 friend they tried out on vocals but it didn't work out
 because he didn't write any lyrics. So they were just
 like, "We're probably gonna scrap the band. I was like
 There's no way you can kill this band!' Iasked them to
 have one practice with me singing. I convinced them to
 book a practice studio on a weekend and I wrote a few
 lyrics and we had a practice and that was it."
 For a long time LeATHERMOUTH was a studio-only
 project, recording in lero's basement during times when
 he wasn't touring the world with The Black Parade.
 "We recorded everything with me and Rob (Hughes)
 and couple of other guys. Now it's like two years later
 and it's just me Rob left. The rest of guys that started
 the band, a couple went off and started another band,
 "The world is full of people that
 are hiding from thestuff that's
 going on in the world today.I
 wanted to attack these things
 head-on."-Frank lero
 that broke up, some people got married, moved away,
 whatever. So when we wanted to tour, we recruited
 James DeWees (Get Up Kids, Reggie & The Full Effect)
 to play drums, my friend John Maguire to play bass and
 my other friend, Eddie Auletta, to play guitar."
 Signed to indie godhead Epitaph/Shock, LeATHER
 MOUTH will release their debut full-length, XO, this
 January. Subscribing to an unwavering musical aes
 thetic of relentless, heavy hardcore punk, XO's lyrical
 tirades are directed towards everyone from the cops to
 drug dealers to the government to school bullies. With
 very little melodic ambition to speak of, lero screams
 like a man literally bursting with things to say.
 On the touring side of things, the band completed
 a mini US tour in September with Reggie & The Full
 Effect, followed in December by four dates support-
 ing Mindless Self Indulgence
 "That was a thing where convenience came into
 play," lero says of the brief bouts of touring. "My
 Chem was on tour, so of course my good friend James
 DeWees was on tour with us, he plays keyboards with
 My Chem. We were talking about doing other bands
 and stuff, we'd been practicing on the road and we
 decided a LeATHERMOUTH tour would be cool. James
 HOLD ONTO YOUR FRINGES MY
 CHEMICAL ROMANCE FANS FRANK
 IERO IS ONE PISSED OFF DUDE AND
 LEATHERMOUTH IS ONE PISSED-OFF
 SIDE-PROJECT. BY MATT
 REEKIE
 hallenging an audience to think is tanta-
 mount to commercial suicide in the rock
 game. So it's a damn lucky thing that shift
 ing units was the last thing on My Chemical
 Romance guitarist Frank lero's mind when
 he conceived LeATHERMOUTH
 Pissed off at the world and all the evil sons of
 bitches in it, LeATHERMOUTH is set to inflame debate
 both musical and political. The group's hardcore punk
 sound is too brutal and unrelenting to appeal to a
 mass audience, but that's beside the point as far as
 My Chem then for one, they would probably be really
 disappointed and two, very offended.
 "Another reason I wanted to keep it anonymouUS
 is because I was a little scared of what people would
 think. But on the other hand, I don't want to run away
 from anything or pretend that I didn't say some of the
 things I've said. The world is full of people that are hid-
 ing from the stuff that's going on in the world today.
 wanted to attack these things head-on. People are
 so PC, parents want to shield their kids' eyes to what's
 actually going on, and I think that's just adding to the
 misery that's running rampant in the world today."
 Formed in New Jersey in 2007 by some friends of
 lero, including Rob Hughes, LeATHERMOUTH could just
 as easily have never happened. To hear lero explain the
 whole story, one starts to understand how much his
 own personal passion and drive brought the thing to
 life. Clearly,he needed this outlet
 "It was actually right before [My Chemical Ro-
 mance] recorded The Black Parade," he begins. "I was
 back home, we had taken some time off, and a couple
 of my friends were thinking of starting a new band.
 "I remember it like it was yesterday. It was right
 before we were going to see a movie; we were in the
 parking lot of the movies and we all crowded into their
 Volkswagen. They played me this 3 song demo, there
 were no vocals or anything like that, just simple verse-
 chorus punk rock, and I was like, Wow, how can I be
 involved with this band?
 "I have my record label, Skeleton Crew that Irun
 with a few friends so I told these guys they should find
 was going to do a Reggie & The Full Effect tour, so
 we decided that I'd play in Reggie with him and we'd
 both do LeATHERMOUTH
 "We had done a few shows here and there but
 it never felt real until we did the Reggie & The Full
 Effect tour. It actually felt like the band was finally
 doing things after two years of just recording in my
 basement. All these emotions started to come out
 and the shows just got better every day. By the time
 we were like, 'This is turning into something incred-
 ible,' the tour was over. We were like, "We need to
 lero is concerned
 book something else.' But then life comes in and you
 have to do certain things."
 These "certain things" for lero include his duties
 with My Chemical Romance, which will almost
 certainly ensure that LeATHERMOUTH gigs are fewer
 and farther between in 2009.
 It remains to be seen whether the thrashy hardcore
 sound of LeATHERMOUTH will influence lero's con-
 tribution to the new MCR album. He's fairly certain it
 won't, but he's not ruling
 anything out
 "That's the thing with My
 Chem, you never say never
 because anything can come
 out.I don't know what will
 "If I kept this inside any longer, I would probably
 explode," he says flatly of the project, which features
 himself on vocals alongside an old Jersey friend, Rob
 Hughes, on guitar
 LeATHERMOUTH inhabits a completely different
 realm to the highly commercial one ruled over by My
 Chemical Romance. Likewise, it's a long way from the
 singer/songwriter folk ballads, electronica dabbling,
 or white boy rap that so often rear their ugly heads
 when members of popular rock bands embark upon
 side-projects. LEATHERMOUTH is all about hard, fast
 LEATHERMOUTH
 and raw punk rock.
 "It's not better than My Chem, it's not worse than
 My Chem, it's just different, and I really feel like I need
 both," lero states. In an effort to soften the blow for
 MCR fans, he stresses that the two bands could not be
 more dissimilar. "Originally I thought maybe l'd keep
 it completely anonymous. I thought if people would
 automatically check this out solely because they like
 ATHEAMAUTH
 Xo
 happen. Maybe we'll throw
 a heavy-ass breakdown on
 the new record? I'd put my
 money on no, but you never
 can tell." B
 XO is out on
 January 24th
 on Epitaph
 through Shock.
demolitonlover:

Blunt Magazine, February 2009 (x x)
Additional record review which was not scanned and received 8 out of 10:When guitarist for New Jersey pretty boys My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero, gets some time away from the band, he likes to relax by getting down in his basement with his other band and screaming till the veins pop out in his forehead. He’s been doing this for the past few years, making recordings with some friends under the banner, LeATHERMOUTH. XO, the full-length debut by the side-project, is brutal hardcore with raw, savage production (it really was recorded in Iero’s basement) and lyrics that are matched for passion and aggression by the guttural delivery. There’s no pop hooks, no emo choruses - nothing to cry over, but plenty to get you fired up. While on one hand it’s sure to attract a lot of curious My Chem fans, mayn of whom are sure to either disappointed or downright frightened, this connection mean it’s also liable to miss its target market slightly due to the fact that regular fans of this type of raging hardcore are sure to be put off by Iero’s day job. Too bad for the snobs who think that way - they’re missing out big time.

demolitonlover: Blunt Magazine, February 2009 (x x) Additional record review which was not scanned and received 8 out of 10:When guitarist ...

Destiny, Memes, and Tumblr: HALL OF HEAVY METAL ISTORY WACKEN 02.08 04.08 metal-memes: heavymetalhall: JUDAS PRIEST Wacken 2018 Hall Of Heavy Metal History Induction JUDAS PRIEST at Wacken Open Air 2018 x Hall of Heavy Metal History — Heavy Metal band Judas Priest accepts their induction into the Hall of Heavy Metal History, with speech by Rob Halford. Read Our Full Press Release Here: https://thehallofheavymetalhistory.org/2018/08/16/judas-priest-wacken-2018-induction/. Welcome, Judas Priest, into the Hall of Heavy Metal History! Current 2018 JUDAS PRIEST Members are Rob Halford (singer), Ian Hill (bassist), Glenn Tipton (guitarist), Scott Travis (drummer), and Richie Faulkner (guitarist). Judas Priest’s Induction Ceremony took place backstage at Wacken Open Air 2018 before the band’s performance on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018. Judas Priest Albums: Rocka Rolla, Sad Wings Of Destiny, Sin After Sin, Stained Class, Killing Machine [US title Hell Bent For Leather], Unleashed In The East [live], British Steel, Point Of Entry, Screaming For Vengeance, Defenders Of The Faith, Turbo, Priest…Live, Ram It Down, Painkiller, Jugulator, ‘98 Live Meltdown, Priest, Live Rare [compilation], Demolition, Live In London, Angel Of Retribution, Nostradamus, Firepower. Massive Congratulations to JUDAS PRIEST on their Hall Of Heavy Metal History Induction 🤘
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JUDAS PRIEST Wacken 2018 Hall Of Heavy Metal History Induction
JUDAS PRIEST at Wacken Open Air 2018 x Hall of Heavy Metal History — Heavy Metal band Judas Priest accepts their induction into the Hall of Heavy Metal History, with speech by Rob Halford. 

Read Our Full Press Release Here: https://thehallofheavymetalhistory.org/2018/08/16/judas-priest-wacken-2018-induction/. 

Welcome, Judas Priest, into the Hall of Heavy Metal History! 

Current 2018 JUDAS PRIEST Members are Rob Halford (singer), Ian Hill (bassist), Glenn Tipton (guitarist), Scott Travis (drummer), and Richie Faulkner (guitarist).

Judas Priest’s Induction Ceremony took place backstage at Wacken Open Air 2018 before the band’s performance on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018. 

Judas Priest Albums: Rocka Rolla, Sad Wings Of Destiny, Sin After Sin, Stained Class, Killing Machine [US title Hell Bent For Leather], Unleashed In The East [live], British Steel, Point Of Entry, Screaming For Vengeance, Defenders Of The Faith, Turbo, Priest…Live, Ram It Down, Painkiller, Jugulator, ‘98 Live Meltdown, Priest, Live  Rare [compilation], Demolition, Live In London, Angel Of Retribution, Nostradamus, Firepower.

Massive Congratulations to JUDAS PRIEST on their Hall Of Heavy Metal History Induction 🤘

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Swansea, we loved playing for you!! You sang SO loud! My guitarist Paul Sidoti took this, look at you 😍😍😍 Thank you BBC!

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Black History Month, Fire, and Life: <p><a href="https://libertarirynn.tumblr.com/post/170744530739/black-history-month-day-10-gospelblues-singer" class="tumblr_blog">libertarirynn</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Black history month day 10: Gospel/Blues singer Blind Willie Johnson.</p> <p>Johnson was born to sharecroppers in a small town near Waco, Texas on January 25, 1897. His mother died when he was only 4, and his father remarried. When he was five years old his father gave him a cigar box guitar as his first instrument. He was not born blind, but acquired the condition early in life. It is unclear exactly how, although some historians agree that he was blinded after being splashed in the face with a caustic liquid by his stepmother. Other theories are that he was wearing the wrong glasses or that he viewed a partial solar eclipse that was visible over Texas in 1905. At any rate, Johnson became a musician and street preacher, earning change on street corners for his performances. In 1927 he recorded several sessions at a pop up studio with talent scout Frank Buckley Walker, Who also discovered stars such as Hank Williams. Johnson was given $50 for each usable side, plus a bonus for relinquishing any royalties from the sales of the records.</p> <p>He had four more recording sessions and a fairly successful career as a recording artist and street preacher until the great depression minimized his audience. In 1945, his home was destroyed by a fire but he continued to live in the ruins as he had nowhere else to go. Because of these living conditions he was exposed to the humidity and contracted malarial fever. The local hospitals would not admit him, either because of his visual impairment or because of his race. Over the course of the year his condition steadily worsened and he died on September 18, 1945. His death certificate reported syphilis and blindness as contributing factors.</p> <p>Johnson’s music was revived in the 1960s thanks in large part to his inclusion on Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music in 1952 and the efforts of the blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, a highly regarded figure in New York’s blossoming folk scene who taught Johnson’s music to young musicians. This led to his music being re-interpreted by acts like Peter, Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan. </p> <p>This is the only known picture of Blind Willie Johnson.</p></blockquote> <p>And I just have to include one of his most famous songs, in fact one that was selected by Carl Sagan and others to be placed on Voyager 1 (which is now the furthest man-made object from earth at over 10,000,000,000 miles away) in case extraterrestrial beings ever came across it and wanted to learn something about the people of earth. No words, just plaintive humming. Meant to represent abject and total loneliness: <a href="https://youtu.be/BNj2BXW852g">https://youtu.be/BNj2BXW852g</a></p>
Black History Month, Fire, and Life: <p><a href="https://libertarirynn.tumblr.com/post/170744530739/black-history-month-day-10-gospelblues-singer" class="tumblr_blog">libertarirynn</a>:</p>

<blockquote><p>Black history month day 10: Gospel/Blues singer Blind Willie Johnson.</p>

<p>Johnson was born to sharecroppers in a small town near Waco, Texas on January 25, 1897. His mother died when he was only 4, and his father remarried. When he was five years old his father gave him a cigar box guitar as his first instrument. He was not born blind, but acquired the condition early in life. It is unclear exactly how, although some historians agree that he was blinded after being splashed in the face with a caustic liquid by his stepmother. Other theories are that he was wearing the wrong glasses or that he viewed a partial solar eclipse that was visible over Texas in 1905. At any rate, Johnson became a musician and street preacher, earning change on street corners for his performances. In 1927 he recorded several sessions at a pop up studio with talent scout Frank Buckley Walker, Who also discovered stars such as Hank Williams. Johnson was given $50 for each usable side, plus a bonus for relinquishing any royalties from the sales of the records.</p>

<p>He had four more recording sessions and a fairly successful career as a recording artist and street preacher until the great depression minimized his audience. In 1945, his home was destroyed by a fire but he continued to live in the ruins as he had nowhere else to go. Because of these living conditions he was exposed to the humidity and contracted malarial fever. The local hospitals would not admit him, either because of his visual impairment or because of his race. Over the course of the year his condition steadily worsened and he died on September 18, 1945. His death certificate reported syphilis and blindness as contributing factors.</p>

<p>Johnson’s music was revived in the 1960s thanks in large part to his inclusion on Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music in 1952 and the efforts of the blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, a highly regarded figure in New York’s blossoming folk scene who taught Johnson’s music to young musicians. This led to his music being re-interpreted by acts like Peter, Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan. </p>

<p>This is the only known picture of Blind Willie Johnson.</p></blockquote>

<p>And I just have to include one of his most famous songs, in fact one that was selected by Carl Sagan and others to be placed on Voyager 1 (which is now the furthest man-made object from earth at over 10,000,000,000 miles away) in case extraterrestrial beings ever came across it and wanted to learn something about the people of earth. No words, just plaintive humming. Meant to represent abject and total loneliness: <a href="https://youtu.be/BNj2BXW852g">https://youtu.be/BNj2BXW852g</a></p>

libertarirynn: Black history month day 10: Gospel/Blues singer Blind Willie Johnson. Johnson was born to sharecroppers in a small town nea...

Black History Month, Fire, and Life: <p>Black history month day 10: Gospel/Blues singer Blind Willie Johnson.</p> <p>Johnson was born to sharecroppers in a small town near Waco, Texas on January 25, 1897. His mother died when he was only 4, and his father remarried. When he was five years old his father gave him a cigar box guitar as his first instrument. He was not born blind, but acquired the condition early in life. It is unclear exactly how, although some historians agree that he was blinded after being splashed in the face with a caustic liquid by his stepmother. Other theories are that he was wearing the wrong glasses or that he viewed a partial solar eclipse that was visible over Texas in 1905. At any rate, Johnson became a musician and street preacher, earning change on street corners for his performances. In 1927 he recorded several sessions at a pop up studio with talent scout Frank Buckley Walker, Who also discovered stars such as Hank Williams. Johnson was given $50 for each usable side, plus a bonus for relinquishing any royalties from the sales of the records.</p> <p>He had four more recording sessions and a fairly successful career as a recording artist and street preacher until the great depression minimized his audience. In 1945, his home was destroyed by a fire but he continued to live in the ruins as he had nowhere else to go. Because of these living conditions he was exposed to the humidity and contracted malarial fever. The local hospitals would not admit him, either because of his visual impairment or because of his race. Over the course of the year his condition steadily worsened and he died on September 18, 1945. His death certificate reported syphilis and blindness as contributing factors.</p> <p>Johnson&rsquo;s music was revived in the 1960s thanks in large part to his inclusion on Harry Smith&rsquo;s Anthology of American Folk Music in 1952 and the efforts of the blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, a highly regarded figure in New York&rsquo;s blossoming folk scene who taught Johnson&rsquo;s music to young musicians. This led to his music being re-interpreted by acts like Peter, Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan. </p> <p>This is the only known picture of Blind Willie Johnson.</p>
Black History Month, Fire, and Life: <p>Black history month day 10: Gospel/Blues singer Blind Willie Johnson.</p>

<p>Johnson was born to sharecroppers in a small town near Waco, Texas on January 25, 1897. His mother died when he was only 4, and his father remarried. When he was five years old his father gave him a cigar box guitar as his first instrument. He was not born blind, but acquired the condition early in life. It is unclear exactly how, although some historians agree that he was blinded after being splashed in the face with a caustic liquid by his stepmother. Other theories are that he was wearing the wrong glasses or that he viewed a partial solar eclipse that was visible over Texas in 1905. At any rate, Johnson became a musician and street preacher, earning change on street corners for his performances. In 1927 he recorded several sessions at a pop up studio with talent scout Frank Buckley Walker, Who also discovered stars such as Hank Williams. Johnson was given $50 for each usable side, plus a bonus for relinquishing any royalties from the sales of the records.</p>

<p>He had four more recording sessions and a fairly successful career as a recording artist and street preacher until the great depression minimized his audience. In 1945, his home was destroyed by a fire but he continued to live in the ruins as he had nowhere else to go. Because of these living conditions he was exposed to the humidity and contracted malarial fever. The local hospitals would not admit him, either because of his visual impairment or because of his race. Over the course of the year his condition steadily worsened and he died on September 18, 1945. His death certificate reported syphilis and blindness as contributing factors.</p>

<p>Johnson&rsquo;s music was revived in the 1960s thanks in large part to his inclusion on Harry Smith&rsquo;s Anthology of American Folk Music in 1952 and the efforts of the blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, a highly regarded figure in New York&rsquo;s blossoming folk scene who taught Johnson&rsquo;s music to young musicians. This led to his music being re-interpreted by acts like Peter, Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan. </p>

<p>This is the only known picture of Blind Willie Johnson.</p>

Black history month day 10: Gospel/Blues singer Blind Willie Johnson. Johnson was born to sharecroppers in a small town near Waco, Texas on...

9/11, Apparently, and Arguing: 0 IN MID-2004, WITH THE GLOBAL DOMINATION THAT WAS TO COME JUST A MURMUR ON THE HORIZON, WE FOLLOWED MCR AROUND THE UK FOR ONE OF THEIR VERY FIRST METAL HAMMER FEATURES WORDS: JOHN DORAN PHOTOS: JOHN McMURTRIE mcrscans.tumblr.com G- prepared for the accident that was to happen tonight at premier sauna-cum-venue, The Garage. During erard Way had been having premonitions that he was going to be blinded for months. The lead an eviscerating performance, Gerard throws himself singer of My Chemical Romancetoward the crowd just as one particularly lust-crazed kept on seeing it happen in dreams and each time he would young woman thrusts her arms up to touch him. Gerard, now wearing onyx-black shades, takes up the story: "I head-banged into her finger and it went right in my eye. It was the weirdest feeling. It was painful but the worst thing was how weird it was. I could feel her finger in my eye and all this really warm fluid running down my face. I thought my eyeball had burst and I just kept on thinking about the dreams I'd been having about wake up in a cold sweat, shaking. So he was almost going blind. I was like, 'Dude, I've lost this left eye: But the finger was right back into my socket around the eyeball where all the tendons and shit are. It made LEAP OF FAITH: THE MCRMY PILE IN ANK GENUFLECTS AT HE ALTAR OF SCREAM 38 METLHAMNERCOUK THE BROTHERS WAY: DIVVENT MESS garage RISTOR music "DOESTHE NUMBER 30 GO FROM HERE MATE?" a really weird slurping noise when she took it out.the outfit) from Newark, NJ, who, despite only having Metal Hammer has very strict rules about what girls acouple of single releases in this country, are starting can and cannot stick into its various orifices and this should definitely be a no-no. Gerard and the rest of themuch for their own safety, then they do about their fans. band are sitting around sharing coffee, beers and soft They walk out on stage to hand out bottles of water to drinks, waiting for their Manchester Hop And Grape show the people at the front and regularly douse the ones who soundcheck this evening and telling us all about how they look like they need it. They also try to protect their fans are beginning to take off in this country-while swapping from the carnage on stage if they get up there. It's Metal gig injury stories. Gerard reckons it would have been cool Hammers view that moshing is a good thing because it in a way to have lost his eye, saying: "Can you imagine gives people the chance to have catharsis and get the how cool it would be to wear an eyepatch on stage?" to cause a huge stir over here. And if they don't care violence out that is in us all without hurting anyone else You'd be the screamo Bluebeard!", adds taciturr drummer Matt Pelissier. All of the band have horror stories in this country under the age of 40 was made to go to one to tell when it comes to playing live and, watching thepunk or screamo gig a week then football violence would powerhouse performance that they put on, you can't help probably die out overnight. But Gerard still thinks there's but feel they should take out a hell of a lot more personal anegative element to it sometimes, saying: "Some of it injury insurance. "Frank [Iero] hit me in the face with the is macho bullshit. Some of the nu metal acts were just head of his guitar one night and it was bleeding so much encouraging violence for violence's sake. It gives punk that my entire face was covered in blood," says Ray Toro, rck a bad name and it makes it harder for the kids. Their the Afro-haired guitarist. "It was like a mask of blood." parents aren't going to let them go and watch bands if (usually). In fact, we'd go so far as to say that if everyone "We're a really physical band on stage," adds Gerard.they go and get the shit kicked out of them." "I slipped a couple of discs in my back on tour. Frank hasThe Garage is heaving hours before the gig even starts broken his wrist. We've all been hurt." It was the gig the night before when we first met up with the five-piece (Gerard's brother Mikey plays bass in and people keep on coming up to Gerard in the pub beforehand. He's nearly mobbed at one point by two girls coming out of McDonald's. "Oh! My! God!" says "We've all been hurt GERARD ON SOME OF THE NOT-SO-MUCH-PERKS OF THE JOB mcrscans.tumblr.com METALHAMMERCOUK 39 VEHICLES AND CONTENTS ARE LEFT ENTIRELY AT OWNERS RISK MCR'S WARM-UP YOGA one with hermouth full of Curly Wurly McFlurry "My! Chemical! Romance! for a quick pint. Now Gerard's got over the fear of nearly becoming a rocknrolcyclops, he can explain the genesis. And you can see why they're starting to attract this of their strange name. "The name is taken from an Irvine kind of attention when the gig kicks off. Within seconds Welsh book. Me and Mikey were looking at a copy of Ecstasy, of the first song, Gerard is in the crowd, screaming and thrashing like a younger, better-looking Casey Chaos. Their music is reminiscent of other emo/post-hardcoreChemical Romance mean so much on so many different bands such as Funeral For A Friend and Hundred Reasons, levels. It seemed to be the only way to describe the music. but they have a scruffier, punkier edge, which comes fromAnd in another way, Trainspotting is generally set in this the fact that they're all massive fans of Black Flag. and on the inside it said, Three tales of chemical romance." The de facto leader of the group adds: "Well, the words area with people getting caught up in a scene and a vibe The band, it has to be said, as nice as they are, don't appear to be very rock'n'roll. Hammer groans inwardly when it gets on the tour bus, as the two DVDs that are out on show are Dungeons & Dragons, the cartoon, and a stop-motion animation of Wind In The Willows. Nearly all the band go straight to bed, leaving Hammer Matt, who looks like he would sooner be pulling his own up with just Matt and the drummers from Hondo Macleanteeth out with pliers than being interviewed, perks up and The Bled, drinking Stella, listening to Refused and slightly and says, "Newark is in the State of New Jersey, talking about hi-hats. C-c-c-call the cops! where there's a lot of drugs about and that resonated with us because of all the stuff we had to fight through to become a band. The strange thing is that when you watch the movie with the drug addiction and murder, it evern looks like Newark, where we come from!" a few hours outside of New York. It's a complete goddamn The next day, when Hammer has unstuck its tonguewasteland. It's been shut down for about 20 years. It from the floor and tried to rub its aching pancreas better, we look for the band, but apparently they all got up What does it smell of?" we ask. to go sightseeing around Manchester at 5.30 this morning. "Dead bodies", he replies nonchalantly. 5.30am? That was only half an hour after Hammer went to bed! Later, after a lot of fannying about with gaffa tape says, "and during that period I was using substances and hairspray, the band finally say theyre ready to go out to overcome other substances. smells godawful." "Also, at the time I was drinking severely," Gerard "I could feel her finger in my eye... I thought my eyeball had burst" NO, ITS NOT A WEIRD GROUPIE STORY mcrscans.tumblr.com 40 METRIHAMMERCOUK "Id had a really bad year before the band and that helped me get out of it. My art career had gone down the like he could have stepped straight out of Flock Of shitter, 9/11 had just happened. I was quite close to that Seagulls, Gerard is a goth-rock marauder with raven- at the time and it affected me in a very bad way. I became black hair, torn black clothing and aviator shades, and like a hermit and just started drinking all the time and Matt, with his backwards cap and goatee beard, looks I didn't want to do anything with my life. And drinking like he's ready to walk on stage filling in for Metallica. and not doing anything else is the worst thing you can Frank is the most 'modern-looking guy in the band do in terms of depression. I had to go and see a therapist with his punctured face, gun and heart tattoos, and for the first time ever and she put me on antidepressants. asymmetrical haircut. Suddenly all their disparate looks But it wasn'tthe counselling or the drugs, it was the band gel and they look like a band should: a band of brothers. that got me out of my depression. I had a purpose again." "In this life you gotta do what you gotta do!" yells with his MC5/Mars Volta 'fro, the rake-thin Mikey looks All of the band have had similar experiences. "I think Gerard before pausing and adding, "And if that means you'll find none of us was the cool kid at school," offers doing a line of coke and getting a blow job, then that's Frank. "I felt like I never fitted in when I was younger and what you gotta do!" I think depression is a normal thing that happens in thatHammer ain't gonna argue, and by the end of the show situation. So a lot of those emotions go into our songs. there have been more members of the audience running We keep it in check now. Sometimes I go a little bit off the across the stage and diving off than those who haven't. rails but we keep each other in check. There's always beer After dragging Frank off for a quick curry in nearby around when you're on tour. You're more likely to get beer Rusholme, just to prove that all English food isn't shit, tickets than meal tickets." we rejoin the others in Manchester's premier rock bar, The reason that bands drink so much on tour is because Big Hands, where a dizzying array of beers are drunk of all of the downtime there is to kil. Matt, who doesnt by the band, and by the swelling ranks of girls who want drink that often, says: You'll get kids who are desperate to drink with them. to come backstage and when they run into the dressingWe leave them at about 3am, cavorting on the streets of room there will be, like, one guy asleep, two having a chat, Manchester, singing note-perfect impressions of English one watching the TV and another smoking a cigarettebands while dreaming about world domination. they always look so depressed, like they've walked into the wrong room. Why? You feel like saying, Look, you'd be having a better time if you were out at the bar." Frank agrees: The hour you're on stage and meeting the kids afterwards is what it's all about. It is the 22.5 GERARD WOULD NEVER LET ANYONE INTO HIS SACRED CRYPT hours of the day which is boring when you're on tour." But if last night's gig was incendiary, tonight's is certifiably cooler. Ray looks like a 1960s urban guerrilla If 'DUDE, WHERE'S MY EYE?" mcrscans.tumblr.com METALHAMM ERCOUK 41 mcrscans: My Chemical Romance (UK tour special, 2004) article for Metal Hammer Special, 2013 by John Doran, photography by John McMurtrie.
9/11, Apparently, and Arguing: 0
 IN MID-2004, WITH THE GLOBAL DOMINATION THAT WAS TO COME
 JUST A MURMUR ON THE HORIZON, WE FOLLOWED MCR AROUND
 THE UK FOR ONE OF THEIR VERY FIRST METAL HAMMER FEATURES
 WORDS: JOHN DORAN PHOTOS: JOHN McMURTRIE
 mcrscans.tumblr.com
 G-
 prepared for the accident that was to happen tonight at
 premier sauna-cum-venue, The Garage. During
 erard Way had been having
 premonitions that he was going
 to be blinded for months. The lead an eviscerating performance, Gerard throws himself
 singer of My Chemical Romancetoward the crowd just as one particularly lust-crazed
 kept on seeing it happen in
 dreams and each time he would
 young woman thrusts her arms up to touch him.
 Gerard, now wearing onyx-black shades, takes up the
 story: "I head-banged into her finger and it went right in
 my eye. It was the weirdest feeling. It was painful but the
 worst thing was how weird it was. I could feel her finger
 in my eye and all this really warm fluid running down
 my face. I thought my eyeball had burst and I just kept
 on thinking about the dreams I'd been having about
 wake up in a cold sweat, shaking. So he was almost
 going blind. I was like, 'Dude, I've lost this left eye:
 But the finger was right back into my socket around
 the eyeball where all the tendons and shit are. It made
 LEAP OF FAITH: THE
 MCRMY PILE IN
 ANK GENUFLECTS AT
 HE ALTAR OF SCREAM
 38 METLHAMNERCOUK

 THE BROTHERS
 WAY: DIVVENT MESS
 garage RISTOR
 music
 "DOESTHE NUMBER 30
 GO FROM HERE MATE?"
 a really weird slurping noise when she took it out.the outfit) from Newark, NJ, who, despite only having
 Metal Hammer has very strict rules about what girls acouple of single releases in this country, are starting
 can and cannot stick into its various orifices and this
 should definitely be a no-no. Gerard and the rest of themuch for their own safety, then they do about their fans.
 band are sitting around sharing coffee, beers and soft They walk out on stage to hand out bottles of water to
 drinks, waiting for their Manchester Hop And Grape show the people at the front and regularly douse the ones who
 soundcheck this evening and telling us all about how they look like they need it. They also try to protect their fans
 are beginning to take off in this country-while swapping from the carnage on stage if they get up there. It's Metal
 gig injury stories. Gerard reckons it would have been cool Hammers view that moshing is a good thing because it
 in a way to have lost his eye, saying: "Can you imagine gives people the chance to have catharsis and get the
 how cool it would be to wear an eyepatch on stage?"
 to cause a huge stir over here. And if they don't care
 violence out that is in us all without hurting anyone else
 You'd be the screamo Bluebeard!", adds taciturr
 drummer Matt Pelissier. All of the band have horror stories in this country under the age of 40 was made to go to one
 to tell when it comes to playing live and, watching thepunk or screamo gig a week then football violence would
 powerhouse performance that they put on, you can't help probably die out overnight. But Gerard still thinks there's
 but feel they should take out a hell of a lot more personal anegative element to it sometimes, saying: "Some of it
 injury insurance. "Frank [Iero] hit me in the face with the is macho bullshit. Some of the nu metal acts were just
 head of his guitar one night and it was bleeding so much encouraging violence for violence's sake. It gives punk
 that my entire face was covered in blood," says Ray Toro, rck a bad name and it makes it harder for the kids. Their
 the Afro-haired guitarist. "It was like a mask of blood." parents aren't going to let them go and watch bands if
 (usually). In fact, we'd go so far as to say that if everyone
 "We're a really physical band on stage," adds Gerard.they go and get the shit kicked out of them."
 "I slipped a couple of discs in my back on tour. Frank hasThe Garage is heaving hours before the gig even starts
 broken his wrist. We've all been hurt."
 It was the gig the night before when we first met up
 with the five-piece (Gerard's brother Mikey plays bass in
 and people keep on coming up to Gerard in the pub
 beforehand. He's nearly mobbed at one point by two
 girls coming out of McDonald's. "Oh! My! God!" says
 "We've all been hurt
 GERARD ON SOME OF THE NOT-SO-MUCH-PERKS OF THE JOB
 mcrscans.tumblr.com
 METALHAMMERCOUK 39

 VEHICLES AND
 CONTENTS
 ARE LEFT
 ENTIRELY AT
 OWNERS RISK
 MCR'S
 WARM-UP YOGA
 one with hermouth full of Curly Wurly McFlurry "My!
 Chemical! Romance!
 for a quick pint. Now Gerard's got over the fear of nearly
 becoming a rocknrolcyclops, he can explain the genesis.
 And you can see why they're starting to attract this
 of their strange name. "The name is taken from an Irvine
 kind of attention when the gig kicks off. Within seconds Welsh book. Me and Mikey were looking at a copy of Ecstasy,
 of the first song, Gerard is in the crowd, screaming and
 thrashing like a younger, better-looking Casey Chaos.
 Their music is reminiscent of other emo/post-hardcoreChemical Romance mean so much on so many different
 bands such as Funeral For A Friend and Hundred Reasons, levels. It seemed to be the only way to describe the music.
 but they have a scruffier, punkier edge, which comes fromAnd in another way, Trainspotting is generally set in this
 the fact that they're all massive fans of Black Flag.
 and on the inside it said, Three tales of chemical romance."
 The de facto leader of the group adds: "Well, the words
 area with people getting caught up in a scene and a vibe
 The band, it has to be said, as nice as they are, don't
 appear to be very rock'n'roll. Hammer groans inwardly
 when it gets on the tour bus, as the two DVDs that are
 out on show are Dungeons & Dragons, the cartoon,
 and a stop-motion animation of Wind In The Willows.
 Nearly all the band go straight to bed, leaving Hammer Matt, who looks like he would sooner be pulling his own
 up with just Matt and the drummers from Hondo Macleanteeth out with pliers than being interviewed, perks up
 and The Bled, drinking Stella, listening to Refused and slightly and says, "Newark is in the State of New Jersey,
 talking about hi-hats. C-c-c-call the cops!
 where there's a lot of drugs about and that resonated
 with us because of all the stuff we had to fight through to
 become a band. The strange thing is that when you watch
 the movie with the drug addiction and murder, it evern
 looks like Newark, where we come from!"
 a few hours outside of New York. It's a complete goddamn
 The next day, when Hammer has unstuck its tonguewasteland. It's been shut down for about 20 years. It
 from the floor and tried to rub its aching pancreas
 better, we look for the band, but apparently they all got up What does it smell of?" we ask.
 to go sightseeing around Manchester at 5.30 this morning. "Dead bodies", he replies nonchalantly.
 5.30am? That was only half an hour after Hammer went
 to bed! Later, after a lot of fannying about with gaffa tape says, "and during that period I was using substances
 and hairspray, the band finally say theyre ready to go out to overcome other substances.
 smells godawful."
 "Also, at the time I was drinking severely," Gerard
 "I could feel her finger in my eye...
 I thought my eyeball had burst"
 NO, ITS NOT A WEIRD GROUPIE STORY
 mcrscans.tumblr.com
 40 METRIHAMMERCOUK

 "Id had a really bad year before the band and that
 helped me get out of it. My art career had gone down the like he could have stepped straight out of Flock Of
 shitter, 9/11 had just happened. I was quite close to that Seagulls, Gerard is a goth-rock marauder with raven-
 at the time and it affected me in a very bad way. I became black hair, torn black clothing and aviator shades, and
 like a hermit and just started drinking all the time and Matt, with his backwards cap and goatee beard, looks
 I didn't want to do anything with my life. And drinking like he's ready to walk on stage filling in for Metallica.
 and not doing anything else is the worst thing you can Frank is the most 'modern-looking guy in the band
 do in terms of depression. I had to go and see a therapist with his punctured face, gun and heart tattoos, and
 for the first time ever and she put me on antidepressants. asymmetrical haircut. Suddenly all their disparate looks
 But it wasn'tthe counselling or the drugs, it was the band gel and they look like a band should: a band of brothers.
 that got me out of my depression. I had a purpose again." "In this life you gotta do what you gotta do!" yells
 with his MC5/Mars Volta 'fro, the rake-thin Mikey looks
 All of the band have had similar experiences. "I think Gerard before pausing and adding, "And if that means
 you'll find none of us was the cool kid at school," offers doing a line of coke and getting a blow job, then that's
 Frank. "I felt like I never fitted in when I was younger and what you gotta do!"
 I think depression is a normal thing that happens in thatHammer ain't gonna argue, and by the end of the show
 situation. So a lot of those emotions go into our songs. there have been more members of the audience running
 We keep it in check now. Sometimes I go a little bit off the across the stage and diving off than those who haven't.
 rails but we keep each other in check. There's always beer After dragging Frank off for a quick curry in nearby
 around when you're on tour. You're more likely to get beer Rusholme, just to prove that all English food isn't shit,
 tickets than meal tickets."
 we rejoin the others in Manchester's premier rock bar,
 The reason that bands drink so much on tour is because Big Hands, where a dizzying array of beers are drunk
 of all of the downtime there is to kil. Matt, who doesnt by the band, and by the swelling ranks of girls who want
 drink that often, says: You'll get kids who are desperate to drink with them.
 to come backstage and when they run into the dressingWe leave them at about 3am, cavorting on the streets of
 room there will be, like, one guy asleep, two having a chat, Manchester, singing note-perfect impressions of English
 one watching the TV and another smoking a cigarettebands while dreaming about world domination.
 they always look so depressed, like they've walked into
 the wrong room. Why? You feel like saying, Look, you'd be
 having a better time if you were out at the bar."
 Frank agrees: The hour you're on stage and meeting
 the kids afterwards is what it's all about. It is the 22.5
 GERARD WOULD
 NEVER LET
 ANYONE INTO
 HIS SACRED
 CRYPT
 hours of the day which is boring when you're on tour."
 But if last night's gig was incendiary, tonight's is
 certifiably cooler. Ray looks like a 1960s urban guerrilla
 If
 'DUDE, WHERE'S MY EYE?"
 mcrscans.tumblr.com
 METALHAMM
 ERCOUK 41
mcrscans:

My Chemical Romance (UK tour special, 2004) article for Metal Hammer Special, 2013 by John Doran, photography by John McMurtrie.

mcrscans: My Chemical Romance (UK tour special, 2004) article for Metal Hammer Special, 2013 by John Doran, photography by John McMurtrie.

Jay Z, Memes, and Cbs: Jay Z Becomes First Rapper to Be Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame @ball eralert NETS Jay Z Becomes First Rapper to Be Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame - blogged by: @msjennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Wednesday, the 2017 inductees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced, revealing a historic accomplishment for the hip-hop community. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hip-hop icon, business-man and music mogul, JayZ, will be the first rapper to be awarded with the prestigious honor. Among the living legend are several big-name musical geniuses who will also be inducted into this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame, including Kenneth “ Babyface” Edmonds, MaxMartin, BerryGordy, JimmyJam and RobertLamm, JamesPankow and PeterCetera of Chicago. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers announced the 2017 inductees on CBS This Morning, providing a few words of the 21-time Grammy winner’s historic induction. He revealed that Jay Z’s ties to hip hop initially left the more traditional voters with reservations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rodgers says that Jay Z “was in a space where, even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else, because he did it through rap,” the voters were initially skeptical about considering him for the honor, so it took a little longer to convince them. Still, according to Rodgers, “It’s massive. He has changed the way that we listen to music. He’s changed the way we have fun.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “With our 2017 roster of inductees, the Songwriters Hall of Fame moves definitively into recognizing music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honor the greats of earlier decades. The combination of contemporary sounds and timeless hits of the past is certain to make for an unforgettable evening,”said Hall co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and President Linda Moran. “The songwriters we honor cross genre, regional and even national boundaries – R & B, Rap, Pop and Rock & Roll from both coasts, the American heartland and Sweden. We are thrilled to once more have the opportunity to preside over an event that recognizes the convergence of song craft and musical performance at the very highest level.”
Jay Z, Memes, and Cbs: Jay Z Becomes First Rapper to Be
 Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame
 @ball eralert
 NETS
Jay Z Becomes First Rapper to Be Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame - blogged by: @msjennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Wednesday, the 2017 inductees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced, revealing a historic accomplishment for the hip-hop community. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hip-hop icon, business-man and music mogul, JayZ, will be the first rapper to be awarded with the prestigious honor. Among the living legend are several big-name musical geniuses who will also be inducted into this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame, including Kenneth “ Babyface” Edmonds, MaxMartin, BerryGordy, JimmyJam and RobertLamm, JamesPankow and PeterCetera of Chicago. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers announced the 2017 inductees on CBS This Morning, providing a few words of the 21-time Grammy winner’s historic induction. He revealed that Jay Z’s ties to hip hop initially left the more traditional voters with reservations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rodgers says that Jay Z “was in a space where, even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else, because he did it through rap,” the voters were initially skeptical about considering him for the honor, so it took a little longer to convince them. Still, according to Rodgers, “It’s massive. He has changed the way that we listen to music. He’s changed the way we have fun.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “With our 2017 roster of inductees, the Songwriters Hall of Fame moves definitively into recognizing music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honor the greats of earlier decades. The combination of contemporary sounds and timeless hits of the past is certain to make for an unforgettable evening,”said Hall co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and President Linda Moran. “The songwriters we honor cross genre, regional and even national boundaries – R & B, Rap, Pop and Rock & Roll from both coasts, the American heartland and Sweden. We are thrilled to once more have the opportunity to preside over an event that recognizes the convergence of song craft and musical performance at the very highest level.”

Jay Z Becomes First Rapper to Be Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame - blogged by: @msjennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Wednesday, the 2017 i...