And here’s the entirety of Nirvana's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and performance, in glorious HD.
Giacchetto says his greatest deal was the 1994 Sub Pop sale to Warner. ‘I can now reveal that Universal was the top bidder, $25 million,’ says Giacchetto, ‘but it wasn’t the right creative fit. Sony Music bid $5 million. David Geffen bid $8 million—I told him his bid was way too fucking low—and Microsoft bid a paltry $4 million, frankly insulting. Bill Gates, who at the time considered himself to be “the future of entertainment,” couldn’t have been a more dull character. It definitely would have made Microsoft a bit more hip, which in hindsight might have actually made Microsoft a player in entertainment. They’re still not.’
And here’s Nirvana's acceptance speeches. (King Buzzo gets a shout-out!)
Let the video dump from last night begin! Here’s Michael Stipe inducting Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Mills and Peter Buck will be on the Late Show tonight backing Joseph Arthur, which means those two guys were on hand for something of a landmark show-business moment. Mills tweeted: “Dave just announced his retirement #2015 #muchlovedave,” effectively announcing Letterman’s retirement to the world.
Above watch R.E.M.’s first television appearance, back on Late Night in ‘83. “So. Central Rain” didn’t even have a name yet!
“First We Take Manhattan” by R.E.M.
(Words/Music: Leonard Cohen, Album: I’m Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Atlantic 1991)
Perhaps my favorite cover song of all time, R.E.M., at the height of their popularity during the Automatic For the People era, bring some grit and attitude to the Leonard Cohen song originally recorded by Jennifer Warnes (oh, and Stevie Ray Vaughan played guitar on the Warnes version). Particularly of note is the dual vocal track with Michael Stipe speaking and singing the lyrics which gives it a somewhat more haunting feel.
They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I’m coming now, I’m coming to reward them
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin
One of my favorite covers of all time.
I wrote a short piece for the new issue of Rolling Stone (out today) about Moving the Still, the first-ever large-scale exhibition of animated GIFs (in Miami through Monday). I interviewed Michael Stipe, one of the open-call show’s judges, for the story. The above submission was his top pick.
Artist: Vlad Lunin