Monday, May 18, 2015

Ian Curtis of Joy Division died on this day in 1980. There’s an interesting post on Legacy which details songs influenced by Curtis, and there’s also the surprising news that Peter Hook is playing Joy Division’s entire back catalog at a concert tonight. 

Many people recognize Ian Curtis’s name, but not many recognize John Chowning’s. That’s a shame, because he basically invented the digital synthesizer. 

Most people know Herbie Hancock’s name, and here’s the story of his hit “Rockit.” 

And finally, in the age of Spotify and streaming music, do the charts matter anymore? I remember intently studying the Billboard charts each week back in the ‘80s. It’s the end of an era.

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