Happy Birthday Paul Simon

Paul SImon © Per Ole HagenPaul Simon is one of rock history’s most important artists. Both as a solo artist from the 70s and on, but first of all from his collaborations with Art Garfunkel in the 60s. They created rock history with their songs, moving the pop music from the high school kids to the college. On October 13th Paul Simon is 72 years old.

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Jackson Browne – Artist and Activist

Jackson Browne © Per Ole HagenJackson Browne is probably more famous through his songs sung by others than for his own artistic achievements. He is also known for his activism against political injustice, and against nuclear weapons, co-founding Musicians United for Safe Energy. Today, October 9th, he is 65 years old.

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Happy Birthday Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof © Per Ole HagenBob Geldof started his career in the Boomtown Rats, who had one really big hit in 1979, “I Don’t Like Mondays”, about a sixteen years old who killed two and maimed eight. When asked why, she answered “Because I don’t like Mondays”. After Boomtown Rats, Bob Geldof starred in the Wall in 1982. The rest is history, as they say. Today he is 62 years old.

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Happy Birthday Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen © Per Ole HagenEveryone know about Bruce Springsteen, and his songs are well known throughout the western world. He has also toured extensively with his E Street Band, so many have also seen him live. September 23rd Bruce Springsteen turned 64 years old, with no plans to stop making and performing music. (Picture above: Bruce Springsteen with Th E Street Band at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, 2013.)

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Happy Birthday Nick Cave

Nick Cave © Per Ole HagenNick Cave is and has been the most influential Australian artist for the last thirty plus years. Both as an artist with Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, as a songwriter, as a member of Grinderman and also as a writer. September 22nd is his birthday, when he is 56 years old. (Picture above: Nick Cave at the Norwegian Wood Festival in Oslo 2009)

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Amy Winehouse Would Have Been 30 Today

Amy Winehouse © Per Ole HagenAmy Winehouse is one of the most talented and also one of the most successful British artists in the first decade after 2000. She was nominated for six Grammys for her second CD, Back in Black, and won five. When she died in 2011, the same album was the best-selling album in the UK after 2000. September 14th it is 30 years since she was born.

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Happy 50 Year Birthday, James Hetfield

Metallica © Per Ole HagenMetallica have been the leading band in the trash metal style since the early 80’s. Since 1991 they have also been the commercially most successful band in the genre. James Hetfield has been their lead singer and guitarist all these years, and today, August 3rd, he is 50 years old.

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