Blender‘s got a fun list this month counting down the 100 days that changed music (link is slightly NSFW), a list of landmark dates in pop history that’s savvy enough to include some key pre-history (moments involving Frank Sinatra, Robert Johnson, and Thomas Edison) and some little-known events (the day in 1969 that James Brown sideman Clyde Stubblefield recorded the break in “Funky Drummer” that became the most oft-sampled rhythm track in hip-hop history), along with more famous milestones.
Lots to laugh and cringe at, lots to agree and argue with. (Go ahead, in the comments below.) My beef, as with similar lists elsewhere, is that this one focuses too much on moments when things went bad and not enough on when trends and artists were good — which is why they mattered to us in the first place. Example: Elvis gets mentioned for the day he sold out and signed with Col. Tom Parker (the moment, very early in his career, that began his long artistic decline), and the day he died (which, in retrospect, hardly slowed his career at all, any more than Tupac’s death did), but there’s no mention of the July 5, 1954, the day that he pretty much invented mainstream rock ‘n’ roll by recording “That’s All Right, Mama.” In fact, I might even put that date at No. 1 and demote to No. 2 the Beatles’ America-conquering debut on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. Still, this is a pretty comprehensive list, and I especially love No. 79, though somewhere, Axl Rose (pictured) is not laughing.
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