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Woodstock 50 hangs in the balance




A plaque marks the site of the original Woodstock festival in Bethel, N.Y.
A plaque marks the site of the original Woodstock festival in Bethel, N.Y.
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On today's show:

Will there be another '3 Days of Peace & Music'?

(Starts at :45)

The 50th anniversary festival of Woodstock is up in the air. The event's primary financial backer, the Japanese company Dentsu, has pulled out and the festival's promoter, Michael Lang, has accused the company of siphoning $17 million. Lang says all the musical acts — including Jay-Z, Dead & Company and Miley Cyrus — have already been paid and that the festival will happen as planned from Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, N.Y., but he has to raise a lot of money in short order. Variety music writer Chris Willman fills us in on the latest.

Put down that phone and read!

(Starts at 7:45)

Max Joseph is a filmmaker who’s made a movie about bookstores and also about reading. It’s called “Book Stores: How to Read More In The Golden Age Of Media” and it’s part love letter to bookstores and part guide to putting down the phone and picking up a book. John Horn recently chatted with Joseph at the venerable Vroman's bookstore in Pasadena.

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The final work from Dolores O'Riordan and The Cranberries

(Starts at 18:40)

From the latest episode of the Song Exploder podcast:  The Cranberries formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989. Singer Dolores O’Riordan joined a year later, and the group went on to become one of the defining bands of the '90s, eventually selling more than 40 million records worldwide. In January 2018, while the band was working on its eighth album, O’Riordan  passed away unexpectedly. Later that year, remaining members Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler announced that they would end the band, and that their final album would be titled, "In The End." It was released in April 2019, and in this episode, guitarist and songwriter Noel Hogan breaks down a song from the album called “All Over Now.” You’ll hear how Hogan and O’Riordan first started the song, and how the remaining members worked to finish it without her. You can hear the full version of this Song Exploder episode here.