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2020 Tori Amos releases her second memoir, Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage.

2020 The Guns N' Roses version of "Live And Let Die" blares as President Donald Trump tours a mask factory in Arizona during the coronavirus pandemic without wearing a mask. Intrigued by the irony, many news outlets show the footage. The band later sells T-shirts saying "Live N' Let Die With COVID 45."

2016 Arsenio Hall files a $5 million defamation suit against Sinead O'Connor after the singer posts a message on Facebook suggesting the comedian was the recently deceased Prince's drug dealer. O'Connor responds to the suit: "I'm more amused than I've ever dreamed a person could be and look forward very much to how hilarious it will be watching him trying to prove me wrong."

2008 To thank fans for years of support, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) posts the album The Slip for free on his website.

2008 Country/pop singer Jerry Wallace, known for the 1959 hit "Primrose Lane," dies at age 79 of congestive heart failure.

2007 Avril Lavigne lands her only US #1 hit with "Girlfriend," the first single from her third album, The Best Damn Thing.

2004 Jamaican record producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, who signed Bob Marley & the Wailers to his Studio One label, dies of a heart attack at age 72.

2001 Zydeco musician Boozoo Chavis dies in Austin, Texas, at age 70.

1998 Bad Religion release their tenth full-length studio album, No Substance.

1998 Tori Amos releases her fourth solo album, From The Choirgirl Hotel. The lead single, "Spark," is inspired by the first of three miscarriages the singer suffers before welcoming daughter Natashya in 2000. The album debuts at #5 in the US.

1992 Mike Love and Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys appear on the Full House episode "Captain Video (Part 1)," where Uncle Jesse records their song "Forever." A version of the song sung by John Stamos, who plays that character, appears on the group's album Summer in Paradise a few months later.

1990 Lou Reed, Al Green, Terence Trent D'Arby, Kylie Minogue and Randy Travis are among the performers at a John Lennon tribute concert in his hometown of Liverpool, England.More

1989 Chris Brown is born in the small town of Tappahannock, Virginia.

1988 Singer and TV personality Brooke Hogan is born Brooke Ellen Bollea in Tampa, Florida. Dad is professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

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Jagged Little Pill Musical Debuts


The musical Jagged Little Pill, based on Alanis Morissette's 1995 album of the same name, debuts at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Despite being based on a 23-year-old album, the musical is very much rooted in the present, touching on issues of racial and gender identity, sexual assault, gun control, and drug addiction, with the New York Times suggesting it "may just be the most woke musical since Hair." Written by Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, Jagged Little Pill tells the story of the Healys, a suburban family from Connecticut that struggles to keep up with their picture-perfect facade. Mom Mary Jane, whose name is borrowed from a track on the album, is addicted to opiates, her method of dealing with her sexless marriage to distant husband Steve. Adopted daughter Frankie struggles with being black in a white family and navigates her complicated sexual identity, while son Nick is faced with the fact that his best friend might be a rapist. Songs like "Ironic," "You Oughta Know," and "Hand In My Pocket" - help express the family's pain and put them on the path to healing. "They speak to being marginalized, they speak to addiction and recovery," Morissette says of her iconic tunes, "and ruptures within relationships, ruptures within relationships with God or spirit."



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