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Maria Moita author passes away

Our contributor from Brazil Marcelo Soares writes: Legendary bossa nova composer Carlos Lyra has died today, December 16, 2023, at the age of 90. You may not be a bossa nova fan, but you definitely have heard of at least one of his songs, Maria Moita — the riff, originally written by Tom Jobim for […]

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Blind man shooting at the world

Child in Time and Flight of the Rat are featured in the new action flick The Creator, released to theatres on September 29. Both can be heard on the car stereo while the protagonist (played by John David Washington) is driving the sufficiently retro pickup truck, escaping from the bad guys. Both tunes can only […]

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Big fat tyres and everything

A 1969 Jaguar E-Type once owned by Jon Lord (in which he drove himself down to Montreux, no less) is up for sale at the Evoke Classics auction site. The starting price is ¬£20,000, and as a carefully restored low mileage classic car it is expected to fetch well into the six digits even without […]

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Easter egg from Lars

Metallica has a new single out, and at one point Kirk Hammett directly quotes several bars of Blackmore’s solo from Speed King

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Heartbreaker

A fairly obscure 1970s band called Heartbreaker recorded some demos at the Kingsway Studios run at the time by Ian Gillan, with the man himself and Colin Towns making guest appearances on several of the tracks. Said demos have now been issued as a limited edition CD album. The label blurb reads: Heartbreaker was formed […]

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Rachmaninoff to Grieg

Ivory tinker extraordinaire Jordan Rudess talks about the heaviest keyboard riffs of all the time. Watch out for Jon’s entry, and it’s probably not what you think…

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Complaining about Smoke even before it was finished

A couple of things that are probably not really news for the people frequenting our site. Far Out magazine has a story about Lars Ulrich’s favourite band, you know which one: His love affair with music dates back to a concert in 1973 in Copenhagen at the K.B. Hallen when he witnessed Deep Purple in […]

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Gregorian chant one day, Bob Dylan the other

On this slow news day the mailman brought us a couple of semi-interesting tidbits for the trainspotting department. In a recent interview, Hollywood star Jim Carrey professes his love for Deep Purple and recommends Lazy off Machine Head in particular as “one of the great, great jams ever”.

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Burntwood Hall up for sale

Mansion Global reports that a stately country house in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, once owned by Jon Lord is up for sale. The Burntwood Hall has an eponymous track dedicated to it on Jon’s ’82 Before I Forget album. Today, Kate and Ian Gethin are the owners of the home. They paid a little over ¬£5 million […]

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The last common ancestors

It’s not that we can quote a preeminent scientific publication in every news item here on THS, but today’s the day. An article in Communications Biology, a Nature family journal, enticingly entitled Miniaturization during a Silurian environmental crisis generated the modern brittle star body plan deals with 420+ million years old fossils of modern starfish […]

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