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Led Zeppelin Facing Trial Over 'Stairway to Heaven' Copyright Infringement Suit: Jury to Make 'Subjective Assessment'

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Led Zeppelin Facing Trial Over 'Stairway to Heaven' Copyright Infringement Suit: Jury to Make 'Subjective Assessment'
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page are about to climb the stairway to the Los Angeles courthouse. On Friday, U.S. district judge Gary Klausner ruled that while there is no evidence of a "striking similarity," Led Zeppelin's classic "Stairway to Heaven, bears enough resemblance to "Taurus" by Californian rock band Spirit for a jury to decide on a possible breach of copyright. The L.A. court must now rule whether the British rockers ripped off the opening tabs of "Taurus" for their most famous song, which Judge Klausner called "arguably the most recognizable and important segments" of the two tunes.
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Led Zeppelin Facing Trial Over 'Stairway to Heaven' Copyright Infringement Suit: Jury to Make 'Subjective Assessment'

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Led Zeppelin Facing Trial Over 'Stairway to Heaven' Copyright Infringement Suit: Jury to Make 'Subjective Assessment'
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page are about to climb the stairway to the Los Angeles courthouse. On Friday, U.S. district judge Gary Klausner ruled that while there is no evidence of a "striking similarity," Led Zeppelin's classic "Stairway to Heaven, bears enough resemblance to "Taurus" by Californian rock band Spirit for a jury to decide on a possible breach of copyright. The L.A. court must now rule whether the British rockers ripped off the opening tabs of "Taurus" for their most famous song, which Judge Klausner called "arguably the most recognizable and important segments" of the two tunes.
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Steve's Favorite New Rock, R&B, and Electronic Albums of 2014

The mainstream drew me back in a little this year, though mostly by looking back several decades to the same things I love and incorporating them into music that doesn't especially sound like 2014.

1. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra: Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything (Constellation)

I think of Silver Mt. Zion as the post-rock Pogues. They have the drunken singing and the scratchy fiddling and the punky energy, but in a sort of gritty yet sophisticated Godspeed! You Black Emperor musical context (and in fact founder/singer/guitarist Efrim Manuel Menuck used to be in Godspeed!). On their eighth album, the added intensity that appeared on their previous album is increased; this may be their best yet. My favorite track is "What We Loved Was Not Enough," where at first it seems like he's singing "The days come when we no longer fail," but then when
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Led Zeppelin Being Sued for Alleged 'Stairway to Heaven' Plagiarism

Led Zeppelin Being Sued for Alleged 'Stairway to Heaven' Plagiarism
It's a riff you've likely heard hundreds of times. And it might not even belong to the band most associated with it. Led Zeppelin are in court (again) for allegedly plagiarizing their best-known work, "Stairway to Heaven," from a little-known band called Spirit. "It's been a long time coming," attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy told Bloomberg Businessweek. Indeed: Videos showing the suspicious similarity between the introductory riff of "Stairway" and a passage from Spirit's instrumental "Taurus" have persisted for years on YouTube. Zeppelin also toured with Spirit in 1968, the year the group released "Taurus" and two years before Page claims to have written "Stairway.
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Report: Neil Young records covers album with Jack White

Report: Neil Young records covers album with Jack White
Have Neil Young completed an album of covers, produced by Jack White? So says Days of the Crazy website. And the idea isn’t that farfetched. Young was spotted in Nashville recording a few covers for Record Store Day, including Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” and Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter" (Of course, White also produced Lynn's "Van Lear Rose"). Young is also on “Willie Nelson & Friend At Third Man Records,” which came out last year. The blog cites a source associated with the project, who confirmed that the pair have recorded the full album and it will likely come out...
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This week's new films

Gangs Of Wasseypur Part 2 | Stoker | Arbitrage | Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters | Caesar Must Die | The Bay | Sleep Tight | Broken City | Trashed | Safe Haven | Hi-So | Michael H. Profession: Director | The Gospel According To Matthew | The Attacks Of 26/11 | Acoustic Routes

Gangs Of Wasseypur Part 2 (18)

(Anurag Kashyap, 2012, Ind) Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Zeishan Quadri, Aditya Kumar, Huma Qureshi. 160 mins

It's over five hours long in all, but there's barely a slack moment in this exhilarating Indian epic as it races through generations of smalltown criminal, industrial and political enmity. Yes, it's violent, but like all great crime stories it's also a vibrant tapestry of family life and modern history, closer to Leone, Coppola or Tarantino than Bollywood.

Stoker (18)

(Park Chan-wook, 2013, Us/UK) Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode. 99 mins

The Oldboy director gives us a sensual, tantalisingly ambiguous thriller, centred on Wasikowska and her shifty smalltown family.

Arbitrage (15)

(Nicholas Jarecki, 2012, Us) Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling.
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Acoustic Routes – review

Billy Connolly shows good folk knowledge in this winning documentary on the works and influence of guitarist Bert Jansch

This is a 20th anniversary reissue of the documentary about folk guitarist Bert Jansch (who died in 2011), a pioneering musician who was to be an influence on Neil Young and Bob Dylan. It's a film that is preaching to the converted, and probably best savoured by those with a connoisseurship of folk, but I found myself won over by the music's melancholy beauty, and by Jansch's matter-of-fact modesty. This is not a music star who is after wealth and bling; in this film, he looks as if he lives just like the rest of us mortals. Billy Connolly introduces us to his work, and the comedian's love and expertise in all matters relating to folk music in general, and Jansch in particular, are very engaging. Jansch's musicianship and mastery of the acoustic guitar are quietly impressive.
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This week's new films

Cloud Atlas | To The Wonder | Lore | Gangs Of Wasseypur Part 1 | Song For Marion | Mama | Before Dawn | Crawl | Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World | Fire In The Blood | The Road: A Story Of Life And Death | We Are Northern Lights | Breath Of The Gods

Cloud Atlas (15)

(Andy & Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, 2012, Ger/Us/Hk/Sin) Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent. 172 mins

You've got to admire the ambition of trying to tell six stories at once, together spanning the 19th to 24th century. There are connections and parallels, of course, but also wild variations in tone and effectiveness. The experience is a little like channel surfing between Tom Hanks movies, but it's greater than the sum of its parts.

To The Wonder (12A)

(Terrence Malick, 2012, Us) Olga Kurylenko, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams. 113 mins

Those entranced (or put off) by The Tree Of Life will get more of the same from
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Readers' reviews: tributes to Bert Jansch, and can documentaries change the world?

The best of your comments on the latest films and music

After the great guitarist Bert Jansch died last week, Pete Paphides penned a lengthy tribute for Film&Music – a tribute a great many of you appreciated (and which brought tears to the eyes of gpwayne and steewart54). In fact, just about the only gripes were from those complaining that a musician of Jansch's stature did not need character references from mere rock musicians in order to persuade the world of his greatness. "I hate having to read about Johnny Marr, Neil Young and no-marks like Devendra Banhart in whatever few Jansch pieces I read," wrote DeathByEnnui. "Bert Jansch needs no validation, no stamp of approval. All you need to do is tell people that they simply must own a copy of Rosemary Lane because it's one of the greatest albums of all time."

Amid some discussion about who was the better guitarist,
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Music: Music Review: P.G. Six: Starry Mind

In the past decade, New York City folkie Pat Gubler has recorded a series of weird, gorgeous records under the name of P.G. Six, with a revolving cast of musicians. But for the fifth P.G. Six LP, Starry Mind, Gubler put himself at the forefront of a real band that imbued his eccentric songs with rock ’n’ roll grit and breathtaking majesty. A skilled guitar player whose style has been likened to the late British six-string legend Bert Jansch, Gubler teams up with second guitarist Bob Bannister to make Starry Mind a rousing, subtly virtuosic electric folk record ...
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Scottish Folk Guitarist Bert Jansch Dead At 67

AP Scottish folk guitarist Bert Jansch

Bert Jansch, who helped invigorate the British folk movement of the 1960s, died today in Hampstead, London, following a bout with lung cancer. He was 67.

Born in Glasgow, Jansch was one of the most influential guitarists of the 20th century, counting among his fans and followers Bernard Butler, Donovan, Nick Drake, Johnny Marr, Jimmy Page, Paul Simon and Neil Young. As a solo artist, with guitarist John Renbourn and later as a member of Pentangle,
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Scottish songwriter Bert Jansch dies at age 67

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Scottish songwriter Bert Jansch dies at age 67
London (AP) — He was quiet, modest, uncomfortable in the spotlight — not looking for No. 1 hits or commercial ditties. But when Bert Jansch picked up an acoustic guitar, people listened, often spellbound by his subtle innovation and mastery. Jansch, who died of lung cancer Wednesday at the age of 67, was a virtuoso, hailed by the likes of Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Canadian rocker Neil Young and Johnny Marr of the Smiths as a force to be reckoned with, and learned from. He was at the center of the British folk revival of the late 1960s and early 1970s...
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Pentangle star Bert Jansch dies, aged 67

Bert Jansch has died at the age of 67. The founding member of folk-rock band Pentangle reportedly passed away in a hospice in Hampstead after suffering from cancer for many years. Matt Everett on BBC 6 Music received a statement from the family confirming the news. "Bert Jansch has unfortunately passed away last night after a long battle with cancer," Terrascope wrote on Twitter. "A true legend the likes of which we shan't see again for a while." Jansch had recently been forced to cancel a live show in Edinburgh due to his ill health. The guitarist (more)
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Pegi Young performs on Late Show with Jimmy Fallon, Dec. 14, plus tour dates

Fantastic news for fans of American singer Pegi Young, who has announced she will be touring in December opening shows for legendary guitarist Bert Jansch on the east coast. This follows the west coast trek they did together at the start of the summer just after Pegi released her new CD titled Foul Deeds on Vapor Records. (Their original dates from October which was sidelined due to Bert.s health have been rescheduled where possible.) Pegi will also be performing on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, December 14. .The CD is full of dark themes.divorces, debauchery, disillusionment and despair. So the titled .Foul Deeds. summed it up,. laughs Pegi. According to allmusic.com: .The set thematically
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