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22 September 2020

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David Bowie Scores His First No. 1 Hit With ‘Fame’

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David Bowie‘s first career left turn emerged in part from a bitch session with John Lennon. Known today as perhaps rock’s premier shapeshifter, Bowie had found his first widespread fame with a space-alien version of glam rock on 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The album soared to […]

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22 September 2020

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Prince, ‘Sign O’ the Times: Super Deluxe Edition’: Album Review

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The period leading up to Prince‘s masterpiece Sign O’ the Times has become a thing of legend. Three albums were started, aborted and eventually reshuffled to make the double LP that eventually surfaced in 1987. The released record occasionally shows its battle scars: Sign O’ the Times is sweet pop one minute, dirty R&B the next […]

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22 September 2020

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Bagpipers Cover Europe’s ‘The Final Countdown’

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A band of bagpipers have released their own unique rendition of Europe‘s classic hit “The Final Countdown.” The cover was the brainchild of musician Archy J. – aka the Snake Charmer – a bagpiper from New Deli regarded as “India’s First Professional Female Bagpiper” (that’s her in the video with dragon-headed bagpipes). To pull the […]

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21 September 2020

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How ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ Found a Hero in Cornered Bank Robber

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A little more than a year before Dog Day Afternoon premiered on Sept. 21, 1975, Richard Nixon became the first president to resign from office. The Vietnam War ended just four months earlier. And the United States was still reeling from a cultural revolution that spilled over from the final years of the previous decade. Was […]

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21 September 2020

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Bruce Springsteen Is Planning a Second ‘Tracks’ Box Set

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Among the projects Bruce Springsteen has in the pipeline is a second volume of Tracks, his 1998 four-CD box set of unreleased songs and B-sides. “There’s a lot of really good music left,” Springsteen told Rolling Stone. As he’s done with some of his archival releases, Springsteen isn’t just giving the material a modern mastering, […]

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21 September 2020

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The Stories Behind 16 Famous LP Covers

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Swirls of sperm and blood, a blindfolded and bare-breasted Lady Justice, an armless mannequin, a cartoonish fist, a magnetic grave — Metallica have always experimented with album art designs, using whatever image best fits the themes and mood of their music. In a 2018 Maxim interview, drummer Lars Ulrich — always their most outspoken member — […]

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21 September 2020

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Guitarist Damon Johnson Plans ‘Massive’ Thin Lizzy Tribute

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Damon Johnson and his band will hit the virtual stage later this week for a tribute to Thin Lizzy. The guitarist – who’s played with Thin Lizzy since 2011, as well as with Alice Cooper and Brother Cane – will be joined by Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner on Sept. 25 at 8PM ET for “A Tribute to Thin Lizzy.” “Thin Lizzy is […]

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20 September 2020

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Neil Young Reveals Track List for ‘Archives Volume 2’

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Neil Young has announced the release of Archives Volume 2, a sprawling 10-disc box set, due out in November. The collection, which follows his celebrated 2009 Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972 release, will cover material from 1972-1976. Among the many highlights are 12 never-before-released songs: “Letter From ‘Nam,” “Come Along and Say You Will,” “Goodbye Christmas […]

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20 September 2020

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Bruce Springsteen Wrote New Album on Guitar Gifted by a Fan

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The songs on Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming album Letter to You were crafted on an unlikely instrument; not a high-priced piece of equipment or a storied classic rock relic, but an acoustic guitar given to the Boss by a fan. The rocker was presented with the gift following one of his Springsteen on Broadway performances. “I […]

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20 September 2020

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Van Halen’s Denver Concert Rocked by Snow Storm

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You know what Van Halen probably didn’t need during their already troubled 1995 summer tour? A snow storm. But that’s exactly what hit them on Sept. 20 at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, just outside Denver, Colo. An unseasonal blizzard dumped up to eight inches of wet snow on the area, knocking down power lines and damaging millions […]

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