This week in music history, Marvel Comics launched a comic book based on the rock group [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kiss[/lastfm] in 1977. Not wanting to pass up a good marketing opportunity (that surely wouldn’t fly today), the whole band agreed to have their blood drawn, to be mixed into the first batch of red ink! Look it up on Snopes, it’s true. And they have photos and documentation to prove it! Click “more” to learn other interesting facts, this week in music history.

This Week in Music Over the Years (June 26- July 2)

June 26, 2008 – Total Guitar magazine voted [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Celine Dion[/lastfm]’s rendition of the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]AC/DC[/lastfm] track ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ as the world’s worst cover version ever, the magazine’s editor Stephen Lawson said Dion’s cover was “sacrilege”. In the best cover versions list, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm] was voted first place with his version of the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan[/lastfm] song ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm]’ rendition of ‘Twist and Shout’, (first recorded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Top Notes[/lastfm]), was in second place, followed by the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Guns N’ Roses[/lastfm] version of the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wings[/lastfm] song ‘Live and Let Die’.

[photogallerylink id=24682 align=left]June 27, 1967 – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mick Jagger[/lastfm] was found guilty of illegal possession of two drugs found in his jacket at a party given by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Keith Richards[/lastfm]. He was remanded overnight at Lewes jail, England (prison number 7856). Jagger requested books on Tibet and modern art and two packs of Benson & Hedges cigarettes.

June 28, 1997 – The classic [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pink Floyd[/lastfm] album ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ spent its 1056th week on the US album chart. It was rumored at the time that if the album was played while watching The Wizard of Oz movie, and started exactly when the MGM lion roared the third time during the movie’s intro, very interesting connections could be made between the two.

June 29, 1967 – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rolling Stones[/lastfm] Keith Richards was found guilty of allowing his house to be used for the illegal smoking of cannabis. He was sentenced to one year in jail and a $850 fine, (prison number 5855). Mick Jagger was also fined $170 and given three months in jail on drug charges. Jagger and Richards were both released and granted bail of $11,000 the following day.

[photogallerylink id=35002 align=left]June 30, 1977– Marvel Comics launched a comic book based on the rock group Kiss.

July 1, 1995 – DJ [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wolfman Jack[/lastfm] died of a heart attack. He was the master of ceremonies for the rock ‘n’ roll generation of the ’60s on radio, and later on television during the ’70s.

July 2, 2008 – The gravestone of former [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joy Division[/lastfm] frontman [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ian Curtis[/lastfm] was stolen. Cheshire Police said his memorial stone was taken from where he is buried in Macclesfield Cemetery. Officers were appealing for anyone with information on its whereabouts, detectives said the stone, had the inscription ‘Ian Curtis 18 – 5 – 80’ and the words ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

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