Music News: Summer of Love turns 50 with special reissues


A hippie in San Francisco, 1967
A hippie in San Francisco, 1967 (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

With Memorial Day coming up, it's almost the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love: the 1967 hippie convergence in San Francisco. Rhino is celebrating the anniversary with vinyl reissues of landmark albums from that year — including Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, Judy Collins’s Wildflowers, and Aretha FranklinAretha Arrives. The label will also be releasing thematic compilations of songs from the Grateful Dead and the Monkees, as well as an overall Groovy Sounds from the Summer of Love LP featuring songs from artists including the Association, the Hollies, and Tommy James and the Shondells.

The reissues and compilations will be released at various dates throughout this summer. (Rolling Stone)

Manchester crowd sings for peace

At a Thursday vigil for victims of the Manchester concert attacks, a moment of silence was followed by a spontaneous singalong to the song "Don't Look Back in Anger" — a song by one of Manchester's own storied bands, Oasis. (Billboard)

Lust for July 21

In an understated tweet, Lana Del Rey has announced a release date for her new album: Lust for Life will be out on July 21. (Pitchfork)

Roy Orbison tracks to get orchestral backing

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which has had success with two albums pairing Elvis Presley’s vocal tracks with newly-recorded orchestral backing, will work its magic on tracks by Roy Orbison. A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, out Nov. 3, will reimagine Orbison classics like "Oh, Pretty Woman," "Crying," and "Only the Lonely," with Orbison's sons and grandson pitching in on guitar and drums. (Rolling Stone)

Feelin' not-so-groovy

Paul Simon and Stephen Colbert have updated the Simon & Garfunkel "59th Street Bridge Song" for an era in which a lot of people aren't feeling quite so groovy anymore. "The arctic's meltin', seas are boilin'," sing the duo. "These aren't the first pants that I'm soilin'." (Billboard)

225-person choir pays tribute to Chris Cornell

The Toronto-based mass singing project Choir! Choir! Choir! put together a tribute to the late Chris Cornell on Tuesday, enlisting 225 fans to join in on a rendition of Soundgarden’s "Black Hole Sun." (Consequence of Sound)

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