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19 years ago today: Oprah Winfrey launched her book club

17 September 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On this day in 1996, Oprah Winfrey launched her book club and announced that “The Deep End of the Ocean” by Jacquelyn Mitchard would be her first selection. Oprah’s Book Club quickly became a hugely influential force in the publishing world. The popular daytime talk show host's stamp of approval on books often sent them to bestseller lists. Other notable Sept. 17 happenings in pop culture history: • 1957: Louis Armstrong canceled his trip to the U.S.S.R.. Announcing that he would not participate in a U.S. government-sponsored tour of the Soviet Union, the jazz musician said, “The way they are treating my people in the South, the government can go to hell.” • 1967: The Who ended a nationally televised performance of “My Generation” with a literal bang — an explosion, caused by explosives packed into Keith Moon’s drum kit, rocked the stage, singed Pete Townshend’s hair and »

- Emily Rome

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Sock It to Me: A Brief History of Rock & Roll Variety Shows

10 September 2015 5:26 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

When Neil Patrick Harris returns to TV next week, he won't be cracking jokes in another sitcom. Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (debuting on September 15th on NBC) marks the return — overdue or not  — of the variety show, that long-dormant format in which kooky skits, musical guests, and frenzied production numbers are jammed into an hour of family-friendly entertainment. "When you think of the variety shows we all grew upon — Sonny and Cher and Donny and Marie — those [programs] all said, 'Sit on the couch, be entertained with a little song, »

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Watch the trailer for The Who: Live in Hyde Park

27 August 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A trailer has arrived online for the concert film The Who: Live in Hyde Park. , which was filmed in June of this year and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary band. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

This Autumn comes the chance to see one of the greatest live bands of all time bring their epic live show to the big screen with The Who: Live in Hyde Park, arriving in cinemas around the world from October 7th for a limited time only.

Filmed in June this year, this is a chance for fans young and old to experience the phenomenal finale of The Who Hits 50! Tour which Roger Daltrey described as “The beginning of the long goodbye.” The legendary pioneers of British rock celebrate their 50th anniversary with this stunning show, performed on a glorious summer evening in front of a 65,000 strong crowd in London’s Hyde Park. »

- Gary Collinson

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Lambert & Stamp – The Review

7 May 2015 3:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

And now for yet another documentary feature set in the world of art. Nope, we’re not following another globe-trotting photo-journalist. This is in the world of music, rock n’ roll, to be precise. We’re heading back over fifty years, when the Beatles ruled the pop charts. Seems that another quartet were becoming pop icons beside the “fab four”. As the years have passed, both groups have been whittled down to duos. I’m referring to The Who, but this film’s title doesn’t profile anybody at the footlights, smashing up their instruments. No, it’s about the unlikely pair behind the pandemonium. They might sound like an old vaudeville team to rival Bud and Lou, but those rock standards might never have become a part of our lives without Lambert & Stamp.

In swinging mod, mad London of the early 1960’s, two fledging film makers had a unique »

- Jim Batts

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