March 13 – Crumb & Kronos, Stone Roses, Clapton

1970

US avant-garde composer George Crumb finishes composing his work Black Angels, ‘Thirteen Images from the Dark Land’. (*)

 ( Crumb site Crumb interview  Angels intro 

Angels, a work ‘for electric string quartet‘, is credited with inspiring the creation in Seattle of the adventurous Kronos Quartet(*), which performs it first. Kronos moves to San Francisco in 1978 and releases first album In Formation in 1982. The group’s discography now includes over 40 studio albums, most released on Nonesuch Records.

 ( Kronos site Escalay, from 1992 Pieces of Africa 

1989

Brit band Stone Roses, which had just kicked off the Madchester thing the previous October with Elephant Stone, releases its eponymous debut album (UK#9,US#86).

It’s now considered one of the more important Brit albums ever. It’s rated one of the top-50 albums by the Guardian; NME calls it the greatest British album of all time; 40,000 vote it #7. The Roses disband in 1996 after two albums, but re-unite in 2012 for a Reunion Tour.

She Bangs  Fool’s Gold  Adored 

A Guy Called Gerald (Voodoo Ray) and Happy Mondays (Bummed) (*) are a couple of the other bands in the mix of 24 Hour Party People and Factory Records at the Hacienda.

1993

Brit guitarist, singer-songwriter Eric Clapton‘s live album Unplugged, released the previous August, reaches US#1 (international top-10), eventually selling 10M copies.

It also wins 6 awards at the 35th Grammy Awards, including album of the year. Three of the awards go to the single track Tears in Heaven, which Clapton wrote about the death of his son.

In 2000, Clapton becomes the first 3-time inductee to the Rock Hall of Fame, for his solo work and as a member of Cream and The Yardbirds.
 ( Website