Music News: Minnesota student sneaks complete 'Bohemian Rhapsody' into months of tweets


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Freddie Mercury performs with Queen in 1982. (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Noel Gallager finds an album in his sock drawer, Jessica Hopper talks about the women of Rolling Stone in the '70s
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Starting in May, a University of Minnesota student named Madie Hart started an experiment: without telling anybody, she began ever tweet with one word, in order, from the lyrics of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." She finished the song last week, and triumphantly tweeted, "IS IT JUST ME, OR DID I JUST PULL OFF THE GREATEST TWITTER SCHEME OF ALL TIME?????"

She even did it backwards, so that her timeline would contain the complete lyrics in order. Among the tweets: "'Landslide' (the Dixie Chicks cover) is my mood rn." "Your mcm's back to school shopping list is a Patagonia visor, Ramen noodles and a 24 pack of natty light." "Poor college student Madie's budget for this month: $50 groceries, $40 gas, $15 snax, $400 fix car for the 4th time this year." (MPR News)

People didn't even notice when she got to words like "magnifico," "Figaro," "Galileo," and "bismillah" — multiple times. What an icon.

Telling the history of women at Rolling Stone

Inspired by Joe Hagan's recent Jann Wenner biography Sticky Fingers, music journalist Jessica Hopper talked with several women who worked at Rolling Stone in the 1970s for a new oral history published in Vanity Fair.

"Their stories have historically been obscured by the long shadows of the men they worked for and wrangled," writes Hopper, "but the history these women recall is the story of how Rolling Stone became a true journalistic endeavor, and the story of women learning to speak for themselves decades before topics like sexual harassment and equal pay became mainstream."

Marianne Partridge led the charge starting in 1974, ultimately getting six women on the magazine's masthead. Often working behind the scenes, the women helped establish the magazine's house style and professionalize the publication with fact-checking and proofreading.

Aretha Franklin funeral update

Public viewing is now ongoing for fans to pay their respects to the late Aretha Franklin. The remains of the Queen of Soul are lying in state in a gold casket at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, where they will be available for viewing through Wednesday. (Rolling Stone)

Franklin's funeral on Friday, which will feature a star-studded lineup of performers and speakers, will be live-streamed online and broadcast on multiple TV stations. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. EDT. (Rolling Stone)

Orwells cancel show after misconduct allegations

Chicago-area rock band the Orwells have canceled a scheduled Nov. 23 show after a Reddit thread surfaced allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse against three members of the band. "While callow altercations and vulgar language we've used in the past must be recognized and owned up to, the accusations of sexual assault are completely unfounded," the band said in a statement. (Consequence of Sound)

Lauryn Hill responds to allegations of musical theft

Lauryn Hill says she would now have handled the collaborative process differently on her 1998 landmark The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, but nonetheless denies allegations that she "stole" the music on that album from the artists in the studio with her. "I may have been inclusive, but these are my songs," she said in a statement.

The allegations came from a recent interview with musician Robert Glasper, who said Hill "stole" his friends' music in the sessions for that album. A lawsuit over writing credit for the album was settled in 2001. (Rolling Stone)

Noel Gallagher finds album in sock drawer

Noel Gallagher is the latest musician to have lost music discovered in an unexpected place. In this case, it was Gallagher himself who did the finding: in the back of a sock drawer, he said in a recent interview, he found a tape of the record that would have been his first solo album after leaving Oasis in 2009. He says the masters are out there somewhere, "but it won't be coming out any time soon." He previously said he disliked the "space rock" album so much, he destroyed it. His feelings about the music don't seem to have changed. (

Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
Lauryn Hill: "Doo-Wop (That Thing)"
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: "Holy Mountain"
Queen: "Bohemian Rhapsody"

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