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December was full of great moments for the culture. We had some highly anticipated and unexpected videos and albums from artists like J. Cole, Chris Brown, Childish Gambino, and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def). We also got some great trailers for Alien Covenant, Dunkirk, War for the Planet of the Apes, and more. We've highlighted some of the best drops over the month and now we're ready to crown the best album, movie trailer, and music video for the month of December.
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'Walk Through British Art', the permanent exhibition at London’s Tate Britain, is also a walk through British music. From Elizabeth I to Stephen Lawrence, adding music allowed me to connect with artworks that may have otherwise felt distant. Music pours silently from the paintings in this collection, and I found reuniting these different forms of artistic expression to be a thrilling experience.
The complete, remastered film and its accompanying soundtrack full of previously unreleased material finally reaches audiences 50 years later.
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Oftentimes music documentaries are aimed squarely at their respective fandoms, but there’s quite a few that should be viewed from a much wider cultural perspective. Here's a list of some that should be essential viewing.
Julien's Auctions, in collaboration with the Recording Academy, are holding an auction to support artists suffering financially during this COVID-19 pandemic. The list of big name contributors is extensive and growing.
According to reports, FX is preparing a new scripted TV series about The Rolling Stones, from the band's formation in the early '60s through 1972.
Coda Collection, the channel will feature rare concerts and new documentaries as well as premiere films, alongside other music programming.
The infamous concert took place at Altamont Raceway Park in 1969 and featured performances by The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and more.
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Blue & Lonesome is a passion project for the legendary and it shows. They don't subvert the songs they cover and stick to the traditions of blues rock but they sound so good together and Jagger's voice sounds so at home, that it leaves you wondering what took so long.
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Claudine Longet, a French singer/actress who got somewhat famous, but also infamous, in the US has been almost all but forgotten by the general public. But there’s a lot to her story, from her marriage to the '60s superstar Andy Williams, friendship with Bobby Kennedy, a prominent murder trial, and more.
Three special edition reissues in particular, from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Gene Clark, deserve special notice.
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Gram Parsons may not have had the most extensive catalog of music, but he's become a cult icon nonetheless and widely considered one of the most influential pioneers of Country Rock and Americana.
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The Philadelphia radio station drew major national attention with its countdown of the top 2,020 songs of all time, which was dominated by classic rock and saw "Thunder Road" come in at #1.
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'Underexposed!: The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made', by Joshua Hull, is a fun, engaging read that takes a look at a long list of movies that for whatever reason never saw the light of day. An intriguing collection of "what-ifs."
The biography titled 'Charlie’s Good Tonight: The Life, the Times, and The Rolling Stones', features forewords from both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.