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Today: Peter Buck is 56

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Almost all the fans I meet are pretty cool people. They’re intelligent and tend to think about things a bit more than your average rock’n’roll fans: sensible people I wouldn’t mind having a drink with.

Eddie Vedder inducts REM Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions 2007:

Find The River – unplugged:

From Wikipedia:

Birth name Peter Lawrence Buck
Born December 6, 1956 (age 56)
Berkeley, California, United States
Genres Alternative rock, college rock,jangle pop
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, mandolin, banjo,keyboards, bass guitar, electric sitar, Appalachian dulcimer,drums
Years active 1980–present

Peter Lawrence Buck (born December 6, 1956) is an American rock guitarist who is best known for playing in and co-founding alternative rock band R.E.M.

The One I Love (Perfect Square ’04):

Throughout his career with R.E.M., which was founded in 1980, Buck has also been an official member of various ‘side project’ groups. These groups include Hindu Love GodsThe Minus 5TuataraThe Baseball ProjectRobyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 and Tired Pony each of which have released at least one full-length album. Additionally, another side project group called Full Time Men released an EP while Buck was a member; ad hoc “supergroups” Bingo Hand Job (Billy Bragg and R.E.M.) and Nigel & The Crosses (Robyn Hitchcock, Peter Buck, Glenn Tilbrook and others) have each commercially released one track; and a current side project group called Slow Music plays semi-regular gigs.

Buck also has a notable career as a record producer (including releases by Uncle Tupelo, Dreams So Real, The Fleshtones, Charlie Pickett, Saint John and the Revelations, and The Feelies), as well as a session musician (for the likes of The Replacements, Billy Bragg, and Eels.)

The Great Beyond:

Album of the day:

Automatic For The People (1992)

Turning away from the sweet pop of Out of Time, R.E.M. created a haunting, melancholy masterpiece with Automatic for the People. At its core, the album is a collection of folk songs about aging, death, and loss, but the music has a grand, epic sweep provided by layers of lush strings, interweaving acoustic instruments, and shimmering keyboards. Automatic for the People captures the group at a crossroads, as they moved from cult heroes to elder statesmen, and the album is a graceful transition into their new status. It is a reflective album, with frank discussions on mortality, ….. read more @ allmusic
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine

 

Other December 06:

  • Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), also known by the nickname ‘The Big O’, was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly/country and western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records between 1960 and 1964, when 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top Forty, including “Only the Lonely”, “Crying”, and “Oh, Pretty Woman”. His career stagnated through the 1970s, but several covers of his songs and the use of “In Dreams” in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet revived his career in the 1980s. In 1988, he joined the supergroupTraveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne and also released a new solo album. He died of a heart attack in December that year, at the zenith of his resurgence. His life was marred by tragedy, including the death of his first wife and his two eldest sons in separate accidents.
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  • David Warren “Dave” Brubeck (born December 6, 1920 – died  December 5, 2012) is an American jazz pianist. He has written a number of jazz standards, including “In Your Own Sweet Way” and “The Duke”. Brubeck’s style ranges from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother’s attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities. He passed away yesterday, one day short of 92 years old. He will be missed.
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  • Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1888 – December 6, 1949) was an iconic American folk and blues musician, and multi-instrumentalist, notable for his strong vocals, his virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced.
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  • Randall William Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982) was an Americanheavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. A devoted student of classical guitar, Rhoads combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style. Despite his short career, Rhoads is a major influence on neo-classical metal, is cited as an influence by many guitarists, and is included in several “Greatest Guitarist” lists.

- Egil

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