As with most things involving Bob Dylan, the publication of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech came out of the blue and minus much fanfare. It was uploaded to YouTube -- with piano accompaniment! -- and that's pretty much it.
The musician, who won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition," upended tradition last year when he coyly avoided the spotlight that most winners take for granted.
Sunday's benefit show, assembled quickly in reaction to the deadly suicide bombing at Ariana Grande's May 22 Manchester Arena concert, brought a mix of talents together in combinations that would be right at home on the annual music awards broadcast. (The Times' Mikael Wood called the concert "a moving expression of resilience.")
There were solo performances from Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, and Oasis' Liam Gallagher took the mike with the backing of Coldplay (and without brother Noel). But a number of artists teamed up on duets designed to strike emotional chords with the crowd at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, England, and those worldwide via multiple outlets.
Rock 'n' roll icon Chuck Berry, who died in March at age 90, left behind a legacy that includes seminal American songs including "Roll Over Beethoven," "Maybellene" and "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man." He also left behind a final musical testament called "Chuck," which NPR Music is now previewing ahead of the album's release on June 9.
Berry's 20th studio album is his first since 1979's "Rock It" and sees him employing his longtime St. Louis backing band as support.
In addition to accompaniment by two of his children, Ingrid and Charles Berry Jr., the record also features guest appearances from guitarists Gary Clark Jr., Tom Morello and Nathaniel Rateliff.
There's hope yet for Kathy Griffin. She might just need to wait for a new presidential administration.
That seems to be the situation for Hank Williams Jr., whose rollicking "All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night" will return to Monday Night Football this fall after a six-year hiatus.
The cause of the original split from ESPN? A 2011 interview with "Fox & Friends" where Williams compared then-President Obama to Adolf Hitler after a golf outing with then-House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
A little before 4 a.m. Monday, the disc jockey who will forever be known as Rodney on the ROQ bid farewell to his long-running radio station home, KROQ-FM, with a song by the Monkees.
At the end of a four-hour final edition of a show he has curated for nearly 40 years -- which included archival interviews with Van Halen and Elvis Costello and on-air well wishes from Joan Jett, Debbie Harry and others -- the DJ born Rodney Bingenheimer played one last piece of music: "Porpoise Song."
The song, written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, concludes with an eerie refrain.
The "Yeah" singer was scheduled to join the star-studded show but never took the stage. Instead, he took to Instagram on Monday to explain his absence.
"So happy to see that last night's concert in Manchester proved that love always prevails," the "Voice" alum wrote. "I would have loved to be there but It was my son's first day at Camp Kudzu, one of the few summer camps for kids living with diabetes. This was an important day for him and for myself as a proud father. Stay strong UK."
#ThingsThatHaveJohnOliverRollingHisEyes: American media coverage of Saturday's attack on London Bridge that left seven people dead and dozens of people injured
Sunday's installment of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" began with Oliver rebuking the tone of news reports that developed following the terrorist strike.
"Obviously, our thoughts go out to everyone affected, but as a British person living in America, I feel compelled to address a certain theme that emerged through American coverage of this tragedy," the comedian said at the start of the program.
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