Beyoncé is expected to hit the stage this Sunday at the Grammy Awards, along with The Weeknd, Daft Punk, Adele and Bruno Mars. Music’s big awards night will also feature tributes to Prince and George Michael. But Kanye West and Justin Bieber have hinted that they may not attend, and despite having one of 2016’s most popular albums, Frank Ocean will boycott the show because it’s “not representative of the best new music.” We talk about this year’s Grammy nominations — including some for local artists like Fantastic Negrito and Frances England.
The Altamont Free Concert, held 50 miles outside of San Francisco in 1969, featured the Rolling Stones, Santana and Jefferson Airplane and was billed as a “West Coast Woodstock.” But when the event turned violent and resulted in the death of four people, it “bookmarked the end of the 1960s,” according to rock critic Joel Selvin. He joins us in-studio to talk about his new book “Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day.”
When Rich Cohen was 10 years old in the late 1970s, he heard the strains of the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Woman” for the first time. He was hooked, developing a lifetime obsession with the band. Cohen eventually got the chance to cover The Stones as a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine. For two weeks in 1994, Cohen followed Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie on the “Voodoo Lounge” tour getting a backstage view of the self-proclaimed “greatest rock and roll band in the world,” He joins us in the studio to talk about his new book, “The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones.”