Jess Thompson

Articles by Jess Thompson

Christmas Music Is Over (If You Want It)

It hasn’t been long enough since last Christmas to be ready to hear ‘Last Christmas‘ again.  Search the keyword ‘Christmas’ on Discogs and you’ll get over 100,000 results. Granted, that includes artists (it’s not their fault it’s their last name) and bands (that is their fault). Even when you narrow down those results to just […]

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Murder, Abduction, The Devil Himself: Twisted Tales From The Music World

With all the greats, myths sprout and grow around them, often becoming so entwined with the truth that the line between fact and fiction starts to blur. Some of these stories are so compelling and have become so pervasive they’re inseparable from the musicians themselves. Below you’ll find a good mix of you-couldn’t-make-this-shit-up stories, a […]

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How Music Films & Biopics Are Affecting Music Sales

Music films seem inescapable at the moment. Granted, as a music fan, I deliberately put them in my line of vision, many of these films are geared towards fans and non-fans of the artist alike, or even of that particular music genre. Record execs are likely taking note of the incredible achievement of Queen biopic, […]

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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Music Biographies, Memoirs & Music Books

It probably doesn’t come as a big surprise that as huge music fans, we’re voracious readers of any and all music news, artist biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, album reviews, music criticism, analysis, and everything in between (we’ve been banging on about it all week). Our bookshelves are almost as crowded as our record crates. There are […]

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33⅓ Music Books Are the Ultimate Album Companion For Serious Music Nerds

33 1/3 book series

The 33⅓ series revolutionized the music book. If you’re not familiar with the format, it’s a pocket-sized book series (usually just a little bigger than a CD case), that gives an author free rein to crystallize their favourite albums’ spot in the canon and cut to the quick of what fans want to know: How […]

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Think Your Job Is Tough? Try Writing A Music Biography

The role of the rock biographer is a multidisciplinary one. You’re not just a writer. You’re a detective, historian, networker, archaeologist, and interrogator. You’re the reader’s backstage pass. You stand between the perception of these people crafted through their music and image, and the truth. It’s not just the many hats the biographer has to […]

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Music Magazines Are Our Portal To The Past; Their Survival Is Vital

Why read an album review when you can stream it on release day and make up your own mind? Why read an interview in a magazine when you can @ pretty much anyone and ask them anything — or just scroll through their Twitter feed? Why seek out a gig guide when you can click […]

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How Music Books Helped Build Discogs

What does this well-worn edition of Goldmine Standard Catalog Of American Records have to do with the Discogs Database? Ask Discogs’ most prolific contributor and resident expert, Discographies Specialist Brent Greissle (better known by contributors as Diognes_The_Fox). As the proud contributor of over 50,000 items to the Discogs database, he knows a thing or two […]

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Fictional Bands From Movies That Are Better Than Your Favorite Band

Best Bands From Movies

It’s a bold move, crafting a fictional band for a movie. You’re no longer bringing just characters and a plot to life, but also the unique dynamic of a band. And on top of that you’ve got to make music that isn’t terrible! Many have a hard enough time achieving just one of these things, […]

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My Kingdom For A Song: Shakespeare Goes Pop

As the UK is celebrating one of their most famous exports in March, we thought it was time to take a closer look at the pervasive influence of the Bard on popular music. There’s no shortage of references – from lines lifted directly from plays and sonnets, to plotlines reworked and updated for a modern […]

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