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Sandy Pearlman R.I.P.

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On Monday, July 26, famed rock producer, manager, and lyricist Sandy Pearlman died at the age of 72. His Wikipedia page says he "was the recipient of 17 gold and platinum records." He managed that despite not actually producing many bands, or even albums -- but he left a big imprint on every one he worked on.

Born in Rockaway (Queens), NY in 1943, he got a college degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook on Long Island in 1966.

A year later, still in the Stony Brook area, he recruited a band so he could have a series of science-fiction poems he'd written (the Imaginos saga, about a group secretly controlling world history) set to music and performed. He named the band Soft White Underbelly after Winston Churchill's epithet for Italy, but changed its name to Oaxaca after Soft White Underbelly got a negative review at a big concert. »

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The Rolling Stones in ‘C—sucker Blues’: a verité gas, gas, gas

21 July 2016 12:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There is hardly such thing as an underground movie anymore — except, perhaps, for the ones that have to go underground because they aren’t allowed to be shown. The rough, grainy, outlaw king of those is “C—sucker Blues.” Not because you can never see it, but because on the rare occasions when you can, it has acquired the aura of an unholy testament: the ultimate down and dirty peek behind the curtain of 1970s rock & roll excess. It’s the time capsule that keeps on giving because it’s still semi-buried.

In 1972, the Rolling Stones recruited photographer Robert Frank to shoot a fly-on-the-wall film of their up-and-coming U.S. tour after the release of “Exile on Main Street.” Frank had created the extraordinary cover art for “Exile,” that tawdry collage of photographs that merged the Stones in all their let-it-loose glory with an homage to the rootsy mysteries of Americana. »

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Mike Huckabee Campaign Pays $25K to Settle With ‘Eye of the Tiger’ Songwriters

27 June 2016 8:04 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Mike Huckabee is still paying for his failed presidential campaign. The former candidate has been ordered to pay $25,000 for using the Survivor hit song “Eye of the Tiger” at a political event last year without the band’s permission, CNNMoney reported. Huckabee played the triumphant song — best known as the theme for “Rocky III” — at a rally he held for Kim Davis, the controversial Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Also Read: Led Zeppelin Trial: 5 Reasons Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Won The Republican hopeful — who suspended his campaign on Feb. 1 — agreed to »

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Led Zeppelin Found Not Guilty Of Copyright Infringement On ‘Stairway To Heaven’

25 June 2016 1:56 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Led Zeppelin were cleared of copyright infringement charges on Thursday — when a Los Angeles jury decided the band did not steal from Spirit’s “Taurus” when writing “Stairway to Heaven.” Led Zeppelin Found Not Guilty In Copyright Suit Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page were accused of copying key note patterns in the […]

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Robert Plant -- Whole Lotta Love for 'Stairway to Heaven' Jury (Video)

23 June 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_jo1lg45m"]] Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant took a victory lap after jurors sided with his legendary band in the battle over "Stairway to Heaven." Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page testified in the trial where they were accused of ripping off part of the 'Stairway' guitar riff from the band Spirit -- but this was the first time we saw him outside court. Just a few hours after the jury ruled in Zepp's favor on Thursday ... Plant »

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Led Zeppelin Trial: 5 Reasons Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Won

23 June 2016 5:18 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant walked away triumphant on Thursday in a trial over whether their signature song “Stairway to Heaven” was stolen from the 1968 Spirit track “Taurus.” How did the musicians clear their names in the case? Well, primarily, the eight-person jury found that the songs weren’t similar enough to constitute copyright infringement. But TheWrap took a deeper delve into the strategies and situations surrounding the trial, speaking to legal experts about the nitty-gritty of the proceedings. Read on to find out how the group convinced the jury that the songs don’t sound »

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Led Zeppelin Triumphant in 'Stairway to Heaven' Copyright Lawsuit: 'We Are Grateful the Jury Has Ruled in Our Favor'

23 June 2016 12:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After a week-long trial - and two years of legal posturing - Led Zeppelin have won the copyright lawsuit claiming that they had plagiarized the music for their beloved classic, "Stairway to Heaven." Following a day of deliberation, the eight-member Los Angeles jury reached an unanimous decision that guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant did not lift the song's iconic arpeggiated intro from the California band Spirit's 1968 instrumental, "Taurus." Witnesses say the rock legends warmly embraced their defense team as the verdict was read. Following the decision, Page and Plant issued a joint statement: "We are grateful for the »

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Led Zeppelin Triumphant in 'Stairway to Heaven' Copyright Lawsuit: 'We Are Grateful the Jury Has Ruled in Our Favor'

23 June 2016 12:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After a week-long trial - and two years of legal posturing - Led Zeppelin have won the copyright lawsuit claiming that they had plagiarized the music for their beloved classic, "Stairway to Heaven." Following a day of deliberation, the eight-member Los Angeles jury reached an unanimous decision that guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant did not lift the song's iconic arpeggiated intro from the California band Spirit's 1968 instrumental, "Taurus." Witnesses say the rock legends warmly embraced their defense team as the verdict was read. Following the decision, Page and Plant issued a joint statement: "We are grateful for the »

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Led Zeppelin Climbed ‘Stairway to Heaven’ on Their Own, Jury Finds

23 June 2016 11:53 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Led Zeppelin, the’70s rock supergroup led by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, was cleared of copyright claims over it’s classic 1971 song “Stairway to Heaven,” in a case that could have had massive implications for artists and the music industry. Michael Skidmore, trustee for the estate of musician Randy Craig Wolfe, claimed in a lawsuit that Page and Plant lifted the introduction to “Stairway to Heaven” from “Taurus,” a 1968 tune written by Wolfe for his group Spirit. ...Read MoreLed Zeppelin Climbed ‘Stairway to Heaven’ on Their Own, Jury Finds was first posted on June 23, 2016 at 2:53 pm.

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Led Zeppelin -- Wins 'Stairway to Heaven' Suit ... It's Not a Rip-Off

23 June 2016 10:18 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant didn't jack the rock classic "Stairway to Heaven" ... according to the jury in their song theft trial. The verdict came in Thursday morning -- after less than a day of deliberation -- and the jury ruled in favor of Zeppelin. The trustee for songwriter Randy Wolfe, from the group Spirit, had sued claiming the iconic 'Stairway' guitar riff was lifted from Spirit's song, "Taurus." The jury didn't »

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Led Zeppelin Wins ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Trial

23 June 2016 10:16 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The courtroom did echo with victory for Led Zeppelin on Thursday, as a jury of eight people determined that the group did not rip off the 1968 Spirit song “Taurus” with its signature 1971 anthem “Stairway to Heaven.” The verdict brought to an end a two-year legal saga that began in 2014, when Michael Skidmore — trustee of the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust — filed suit, claiming that “Stairway” infringed on “Taurus,” which was written by Spirit frontman Wolfe, who performed under the name Randy California. The jury found that, while Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant did have »

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Lawyer: Led Zeppelin Just ‘Session Musicians Playing Other People’s Music’

22 June 2016 12:49 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

As the copyright trial revolving around Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” winds to a close, the heated rhetoric that’s marked the legal proceedings has not cooled off, with the attorney for the plaintiff calling the group “session musicians playing other people’s music” during his closing statement. The comment drew a disgusted head shake from Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, who was in the Los Angeles courtroom, along with the group’s guitarist Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin is being sued by Michael Skidmore, the trustee of the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust, named after the deceased frontman for the group Spirit. »

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Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Robert Plant Detail ‘Stairway’ Origins as Trial Nears End

21 June 2016 4:44 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jurors in a Los Angeles courtroom received a rock ‘n’ roll history lesson on Tuesday, as Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant testified about the development of their signature song “Stairway to Heaven.” Plant and Page are accused of ripping off the 1968 Spirit song “Taurus” while writing “Stairway,” released in 1971. During Tuesday’s testimony, jurors were played four early recordings, providing insight into what would eventually become one of the best-known anthems in rock history. In one recording, Page could be heard playing the song on acoustic guitar while teaching the tune to Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul. »

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Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant Testifies: ‘I’ve No Recollection of Mostly Anybody I’ve Ever Hung Out With’

21 June 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A week into the copyright trial over the Led Zeppelin classic “Stairway to Heaven,” the band’s singer took the stand to testify on Tuesday. Plant’s appearance followed earlier testimony by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page — who was called back to the stand on Tuesday — and bassist John Paul Jones. Read on for highlights from Robert Plant’s testimony. Also Read: Led Zeppelin Asks Judge to End 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial Plant revealed the inspiration for his “Stairway to Heaven” lyrics. Under questioning Tuesday, the vocalist recalled the origin of “Stairway to Heaven,” saying that the song was created at rehearsal and recording. »

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Led Zeppelin Asks Judge to Stop "Stairway to Heaven" Trial With Victory in Band's Favor

20 June 2016 8:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The "Stairway to Heaven" trial — the one examining if Led Zeppelin lifted its famous song from Spirit's 1967 instrumental "Taurus" — hasn't yet made it to the chorus of a jury's deliberations. However, on Monday, attorneys for Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Warner Music urged U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner to halt the proceedings now because the plaintiff hasn't established the elements of copyright infringement. The move comes after Michael Skidmore, the trustee who manages the estate of songwriter Randy Wolfe, rested his case after three days of testimony. The plaintiff, represented by attorney Francis Malofiy, played the two songs and tried to pin Page

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Jimmy Page Testifies In Led Zeppelin Copyright Infringement Trial

16 June 2016 2:14 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

The rock band Led Zeppelin is in the midst of a copyright trial over the song “Stairway to Heaven.” The group is being sued by the band Spirit, which accuses the group of stealing elements from their song “Taurus.” Guitarist Jimmy Page testified Wednesday that he’d never heard “Taurus“ until a few years ago, “Something like […]

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Led Zeppelin Trial: Jimmy Page Plays Air Guitar, Denies Meeting ‘Taurus’ Writer

16 June 2016 12:43 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page wrapped up his testimony at the copyright infringement trial over his 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven” on Thursday, telling the court that he never met the man whose song he’s accused of ripping off. Page is accused of lifting from the 1968 Spirit song “Taurus” while writing “Stairway.” A lawsuit filed by Michael Skidmore, the trustee of the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust, dubbed after the real name of Spirit frontman Randy California, notes that Spirit and Zeppelin played a number of shows together before the release of “Stairway.” But during Thursday’s testimony, Page said that he. »

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"Stairway to Heaven" Trial: Jimmy Page Gets Quizzed on Music Vocabulary

16 June 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Before the jury entered court Thursday morning, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page listened to a sound recording of Spirit's "Taurus" — the song he's accused of copying for "Stairway to Heaven." Attorney Francis Malofiy, who represents the man suing Page, then tried to question the rocker about the similarity between the two recordings, which isn't the legal issue at hand. After multiple sustained objections, U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner had enough. "Nobody cares," he said. "It's not an issue in this case." Michael Skidmore, who manages Spirit songwriter Randy Wolfe's estate, is suing Led

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Led Zeppelin Guitarist Jimmy Page Testifies at ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Trial: 5 Biggest Bombshells

15 June 2016 5:29 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page took the stand in a Los Angeles courthouse in a trial to determine whether he ripped off the 1968 Spirit song “Taurus” while writing “Stairway to Heaven.” Michael Skidmore, the trustee of the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust, dubbed after the real name of Spirit frontman Randy California, filed suit in 2014. His suit notes that Spirit and Zeppelin played a number of shows together before the 1971 release of “Stairway.” Wearing a black suit, blue tie and white shirt, Page weighed in on an array of topics including his impressive guitar skills and lack of »

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Jimmy Page Takes the Stand in "Stairway to Heaven" Trial

15 June 2016 4:09 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page says he never heard the song he's accused of copying in "Stairway to Heaven" until a few years ago, when people started posting comparisons online. The guitarist doesn't use computers or the Internet, he says, and didn't know people were buzzing about a potential similarity until his son-in-law showed him a video online. When Page heard the orchestral intro to Spirit's "Taurus," it was "totally alien" to him, he said. "Something like that would stick in my mind." Page owns several Spirit albums, but only remembered acquiring two of them — neither

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