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Week in Review: Mourning the Loss of Steve Jobs

Plus: Foster the People, Smokey Robinson, the Flaming Lips, Jeff Mangum, Portishead and more

October 7, 2011 6:15 PM ET
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Steve Jobs delivers the keynote address at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
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Rolling Stone mourned the loss of Apple founder Steve Jobs this week by looking back over his career, reckoning with his massive impact on the music industry and revisiting features from our archives. We also reported on the world's response to his passing and talked to artists whose careers got a boost from being featured in ads for Apple products.

Photos: Steve Jobs' Technological Legacy
We also talked to Foster the People about MTV censoring their hit song "Pumped Up Kicks," got a guided tour of the Flaming Lips' new six-hour song from Wayne Coyne, chatted with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea about his movie career and reminisced with Smokey Robinson about his late creative partner Marv Tarplin.

Photos: David Bowie's Years as a Rock Recluse
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also reviewed hot concerts by Jeff Mangum, Portishead, Talib Kweli, the Smashing Pumpkins, Black Eyed Peas, Robert Plant and the all-star tribute to Sting featuring Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel. We also analyzed this week's pop charts, looked back on this week in rock history and, as always, reviewed all the week's biggest releases.

Photos: 'Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson the Immortal' Premieres
On the pop culture front, Peter Travers raved about George Clooney's cynical but excellent new political movie The Ides of March, and we recapped the latest episodes of X Factor, The Sing-Off, Jersey Shore, Boardwalk Empire and Glee.

Photos: Random Notes

We also posted a gallery of your least favorite songs of the Eighties as determined by your votes. Our question for you this week is: What is the best Radiohead song? You can answer on our website, at facebook.com/rollingstone, or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag.

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Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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