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Hear Paul Stanley Explain Why Kiss Is Saying Farewell

Paul Stanley joined the latest episode of the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast to talk in depth about Kiss’ just-announced End of the Road world tour (which they’ve said will mark the end of their touring career) and much more, from the making of “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” to the dangers of pyro.

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AC/DC sighting in Vancouver sparks new album rumours | CTV Vancouver News

Singer Brian Johnson and drummer Phil Rudd were spotted outside The Warehouse Studio in Gastown.

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PBS Announces Woodstock Documentary Honouring Festival’s 50th Anniversary

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of historic festival, PBS announced a new Woodstock documentary for 2019 as part of their American Experience series.

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How we made Steppenwolf's Born to Be Wild

It soundtracked the counterculture in Easy Rider – and ended up being played on the moon and Mars

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USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely

HONOLULU (AP) — Damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely, officials said. Boat t

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Inside Jimi Hendrix’s blood-spattered record collection

Jimi Hendrix's record collection is viewable at Handel & Hendrix in London, on Mayfair's Brook Street. Here's what's in it

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Nokie Edwards, the Ventures' Lead Guitarist, Dead at 82

Prolific, influential surf rock musician dies of complications from hip surgery

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Vic Damone, Who Crooned His Way to Postwar Popularity, Dies at 89 - The New York Times

In an era dominated by Sinatra, Como and Bennett, Mr. Damone built his own following on records and television and in nightclubs.

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Is the Rock Star Dead? - Noisey

We speak with rock critic David Hepworth, author of 'Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of The Rock Stars,' about the rise and fall of music's chaotic anti-heroes.

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Rick Hall, Music Producer Known for Muscle Shoals Sound, Dies at 85

Mr. Hall turned small-town Alabama into a crucible of music, recording the likes of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, the Osmonds and Mac Davis.

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Tom Petty, legendary rocker, is dead at 66

The musician reportedly suffered cardiac arrest

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Elvis Presley Could Extend U.K. Albums Chart Record

Elvis Presley is in striking distance of what would be the late rocker's 14th U.K. chart crown.

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Glen Campbell dies at 81 after battle with Alzheimer's

Glen Campbell dies at 81 after battle with Alzheimer's

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The Beatles' accountant 50 years on: 'They were scruffy boys who didn't want to pay tax'

In The Beatles’ 1966 song Taxman, George Harrison berates Harold Wilson’s proposed 95pc “supertax” on the UK’s highest earners.

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Inside Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Last Big Tour

Behind the scenes as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers battle the elements, remember old times and celebrate a 40-year bond during their "last big one."

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Why the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” Hasn’t Shown Signs of Aging | The New Yorker

Jonathan Gould writes about the Beatles’ eighth album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year.

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The Secret History Of Aretha Franklin's "Respect"

50 years ago today, "Respect" became Aretha Franklin's first chart-topper. But when the song was first written by Otis Redding, it was no feminist anthem.

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Listen to a New Chuck Berry Song

After all those years of duck-walking, crisscrossing the United States on tour, and giving his disciples and imitators hell, the man still had it.

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For The Benefit of Beatles Fans: The Beatles 50 Sgt. Pepper Facts

50 interesting facts about The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!!

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David Bowie's Birthplace May Soon Be Home to a Giant Lightning Bolt Sculpture

The sculpture would resemble the one painted across Bowie's face on the cover of 1973's 'Aladdin Sane.'

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Doors' Debut Album: 10 Things You Didn't Know

Shelved tracks, drugged-out vandalism and Jim Morrison's bogus backstory: Read 10 little-known facts about the Doors' 1967 debut LP.

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Why Bob Dylan Deserves His Nobel Prize - Rolling Stone

According to the Swedish Academy, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

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Elvis Presley 'Way Down in the Jungle Room' 40 years later - LA Times

Tuesday marks the 39th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death at age 42 on Aug. 16, 1977, and as usual, there will be a plethora of activities in and around Graceland to celebrate his life for thousands of fans who make a pilgrimage to his final resting

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Kiss: Scooby-Doo movie was better bet than new album - News - Classic Rock

Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer says the band’s 2015 Scooby-Doo cartoon movie did more for them than a new album might achieve

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MTV Launches 'Classic' Channel Dedicated to 1990s

MTV will transform VH1 Classic into MTV Classic and air "an eclectic mix of fan-favorite MTV series and music programming drawn from across its rich history."

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Keith Richards Shares MAJOR News About The Future Of The Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has answered a question that fans of the rock legends have been questioning forever. In a recent interview with NME, Richards revealed that...

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Coldplay & Michael J. Fox Play 'Johnny B. Goode' -- Vulture

Marty McFly is the rockstar on that stage.

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Watch Slash Cover Jimi Hendrix at Whitford/St. Holmes Surprise Spot | Rolling Stone

Slash made a surprise appearance at a Whitford/St. Holmes concert in Nashville for a Jimi Hendrix cover.

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Hear Jeff Beck's Hendrix-Inspired New Ballad | Rolling Stone

Jeff Beck's new song, "Scared for the Children," off his upcoming album 'Loud Hailer,' is now streaming.

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Could This Be the End of Paul Simon’s Rhymin’? - The New York Times

Mr. Simon, 74, said in an interview that he was ready to give up music, despite the popularity of his latest album, “Stranger to Stranger,” and his current tour.

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Watch Bob Dylan Finally Cover Free Bird at a California Concert!

Bob Dylan cover's Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Free Bird' for the first time during a California show.

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Ronnie Wood Welcomes 'Perfect' Twin Girls

The Rolling Stones guitarist says he's looking forward to changing nappies and getting involved in taking care of the newborns.

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Duke Ellington: National Jazz Museum in Harlem to Auction Late Musician's Personal Belongings

From Yahoo Finance: Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, today announced that is partnering with Guernsey’s, the New York City-based auction house, to offer online bidding on the Forever Ellington

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‘Dearly Inebriated’: The Story Behind One of Prince’s Last Great Performances at the ‘SNL40’ After-Party

The night Prince blew Hollywood’s—and New York City’s—mind. RIP.

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Merle Haggard, Country Legend, Dead at 79

Music legend died at his home in California

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Guns N' Roses Confirm North American Tour

Reunited group reveal 21 cities, yet full lineup and tour dates remain a mystery

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Paul McCartney Hopes To Finally Get The Beatles Song Rights Back

Paul McCartney is hoping to get the rights to his songs he wrote for The Beatles, which were long owned by Michael Jackson, back.

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Brian Johnson's hearing issues force AC/DC to reschedule tour dates - Johnson Out

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson has been advised by doctors to stop touring or risk total hearing loss, the band said.

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Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Maurice White Dead at 74 - ABC News

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said.

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Buddy Holly: the rocker next door – a classic profile by Mick Farren | Music | The Guardian

On the 57th anniversary of the his tragic death we revisit this profile of the clean-cut icon, first published in NME in September 1975 and taken from Rock’s Backpages

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Was 1966 pop music’s greatest year? | Music | The Guardian

Fifty years ago, Revolver (The Beatles), Blonde on Blonde (Bob Dylan) and Pet Sounds (The Beach Boys) made the LP supreme and launched an era of unparalleled creative momentum

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Elvis Presley on TV: 10 Unforgettable Broadcasts | Rolling Stone

Relive 10 unforgettable Elvis Presley television appearances with this comprehensive round-up.

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David Bowie, Glenn Frey and the End of the Classic Rock Era | Rolling Stone

We're starting to lose some of our most beloved musicians to the natural impacts of age.

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Don Henley on Glenn Frey: 'He Changed My Life Forever' | Rolling Stone

Read Don Henley's poignant tribute to Glenn Frey, his Eagles bandmate who passed away at age 67

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Guns N' Roses to Reunite for Coachella, Possible Stadium Tour: Sources | Billboard

The band will headline this year's Coachella as well as take dates in Vegas -- possibly before heading out on a 20-plus date stadium tour.

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Frank Sinatra Has a Cold - Gay Talese - The Best Profile of Sinatra

"Frank Sinatra Has a Cold," ran in April 1966 and became one of the most celebrated magazine stories ever published, a pioneering example of what came to be called New Journalism.

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See ABC's 1980 Broadcast on John Lennon's Death - ABC News

On this day 35 years ago, the world lost an icon when John Lennon was shot outside his New York home by Mark David Chapman. He was 40 years old.

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Aerosmith: Steven Tyler 'Abandoned' Us | Rolling Stone

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford claims Steven Tyler has canceled the group's touring plans for next year to work on his country solo record.

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New Elvis album teams king with royal orchestra - Yahoo News

From Yahoo News: Priscilla Presley closes her eyes and bites her lip as she listens to a new album of Elvis songs, with the king of rock and roll's voice backed by Britain's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. "I am emotional because I watched him singing

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Now Chrissie Hynde attacks today's 'sex worker' pop stars

In an obvious reference to scantily-clad stars such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, the former Pretenders lead singer branded them ‘sex workers’ for selling music by ‘bumping and grinding’ in their underwear.

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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard Team for 'Django and Jimmie' Tour | Rolling Stone

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard will travel together this fall on the 'Django and Jimmie' Tour, named after their duets album.

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Science Proves the Supreme Power of Bassists | Mental Floss

Bass players are the butt of many a musician joke. ("Did you hear about the bassist who was so out of tune his band noticed?") Well, guess what, haters: scientists have found that bassists are the musical key to bandmates and audiences alike being able to keep the beat.

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All 74 Led Zeppelin Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best

It's difficult to remember now how precious the blues seemed to rockers in the 1960s. The blues were a serious matter, meant to be played a certain way. Rock bands always fooled around with doing the blues louder and with less finesse, of course, but beyond that, folks like Eric Clapton were the models, with their sincere embarkations into the music. They were done with brio, but with probity and respect, too.

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50 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Inch Toward Greatness on 'Out of Our Heads'

Up until the release of Out of Our Heads, the Rolling Stones were primarily known as a group that reworked blues and R&B songs to fit their British background. But with their fourth U.S. album — which was released on July 30, 1965 — the Stones inched toward the greatness.

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Neil Young Pulling Catalog From Streaming Services | Rolling Stone

Neil Young announced that he is pulling his music off of streaming services over frustration with the medium's sound quality.

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Ornette Coleman Dies at 85; Composer and Saxophonist Reshaped Jazz - NYTimes.com

Mr. Coleman was a leader in making jazz less beholden to rules of harmony and rhythm.

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Keith Moon, Drummer of The Who, Passes Out at 1973 Concert; 19-Year-Old Fan Takes Over | Open Culture

In November 1973, Scot Halpin, a 19-year-old kid, scalped tickets to The Who concert in San Francisco, California. Little did he know that he'd wind up playing drums for the band that night -- that his name would end up etched in the annals of rock 'n'

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Art Garfunkel On Paul Simon: I 'Created A Monster'

Art Garfunkel spoke openly with The Telegraph about his split with former bandmate Paul Simon.

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‘King of Blues’ B.B. King, 89, Dies Amid Tug-Of-War Between Children, Longtime Manager « CBS Sacramento

Three of King's 11 surviving children appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom last week in a bid to take control of their father's affairs. Two said they suspect the musician's manager of stealing his money and neglecting his medical care. All three complained

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Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth review – a celebration of a true original

A revealing ‘meditation’ on Billie Holiday focuses on her talent, rather than the tragedy

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Album of unreleased Kurt Cobain songs will be released in summer | EW.com

Kurt Cobain’s legacy as a musical giant only expands and becomes deeper in the 20 years after his death. On Monday, HBO will air the Brett Morgen-directed documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which is already in theaters to heaps of praise. Coba

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10 Crazy Facts About Willie Nelson | Mental Floss

As he was born close to midnight, there are varying accounts as to whether Willie Nelson’s true birth date is April 29, 1933 or April 30, 1933. What’s not in dispute is that Nelson is by far one of the world’s most accomplished musicians—and not just in the country music world. Nelson’s talents transcend genre, and go far beyond music. Here are 10 things you might not know about the legendary outlaw country singer

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Van Halen Set Tour, First TV Performance With David Lee Roth in Decades

Van Halen will make their first major TV performances since David Lee Roth rejoined the group in 2006. The first will take place over two nights on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, airing on March 30th and March 31st, and the second will be on Ellen on April 2nd.

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Lambert & Stamp (2014) - IMDb

Directed by James D. Cooper. With Richard Barnes, Heather Daltrey, Roger Daltrey, Robert Fearnley-Whittingstall. Aspiring filmmakers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert set out to find a subject for their underground movie, one that will reflect the way it feels

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How Marvin Gaye's Family Reacted to 'Blurred Lines' Verdict

The family of late musician Marvin Gaye is hopeful for harmony.

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Meet the World's Greatest Elvis Impersonator | Mental Floss

Even when he’s not on stage, Shawn Klush speaks with Elvis Presley’s unmistakable drawl. The Pennsylvania native is so convincing as his hero, the BBC named him the World’s Greatest Elvis. We asked him what it’s like to become—not just impersonate—the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.

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Watch David Lee Roth, Tenacious D Rock Out With Foo Fighters | Rolling Stone

The Foo Fighters' concert at the Forum, which doubled as a birthday party for Dave Grohl, turned into an all-star jam session.

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Elvis Presley's 80th Birthday Celebrated With Reissues, New Website

January 8, 2015 marks what would have been Elvis Presley's 80th birthday and Legacy Recordings have planned a yearlong celebration of the King's music

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21 Obscure References in Classic Songs—Explained! | Mental Floss

Even if you know all the words, do you know what they were about?

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Exclusive: Check Out 9 Rarely-Seen Photos of the Rolling Stones

Nine rarely-seen photographs of the Rolling Stones, taken from TASCHEN's new Los Angeles gallery show 'It's Just a Shot Away: The Rolling Stones in Photographs.'

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Hear the Who Play 'A Quick One' for First Time in 44 Years | Rolling Stone

The Who's tour kickoff featured a mix of hits and rarities, including a performance of a song they haven't played in 44 years.

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The World's 12 Highest-Paid DJs - In Photos: The World’s Highest-Paid DJs 2014 - Forbes

Calvin Harris is once again EDM’s Cash King, pulling in $66 million over the past 12 months. The top ten earners on our list racked up a staggering $268 million this year, 11% more than the $241 million haul of last year’s top ten. Rea

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Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dies at 70 | Nashville Cream | Nashville Scene

Photo: Eric EnglandBobby Keys in 2012 Bobby Keys, longtime saxophonist for The Rolling Stones, has died. Michael Webb, keyboardist for Bobby Keys and the Suffering...

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Robert Plant Reportedly Rips Up $800 Million Led Zeppelin Reunion Offer | Ultimate Classic Rock

A new report says Robert Plant turned down a huge offer from Virgin's Richard Branson to reunite with Led Zeppelin.

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Hear Chrissie Hynde's Heartfelt Cover of the Beatles' 'Let It Be' | Rolling Stone

Chrissie Hynde's cover of the Beatles' "Let It Be," which will appear on the Paul McCartney tribute 'The Art of McCartney,' is streaming online.

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Malcolm Young's Family Confirms AC/DC Guitarist's Dementia | Rolling Stone

AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young's family has confirmed that the guitarist is suffering from dementia

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The Lion in Johnny Winter: A Tribute to the Guitar Icon

The life of the Texas guitarist, who died on July 16th at 70, was a testament to the power of the blues

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From The Archives: The Durable Led Zeppelin (1975)

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin's bassist and keyboard player, was quietly playing backgammon and half listening to a phone-in radio talk show on New York FM.

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Flashback: Led Zeppelin's Final Concert With John Bonham

Complete audio from Zeppelin's last stand, taped July 7th, 1980 in Berlin

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Remembering Bobby Womack: A Passionate, Reckless Soul Man to the End

It’s called soul music for the intensity with which its singers deliver a lyric: hearts on fire, the best seem to testify as they sing, wrenching their body when they perform, bellowing a message, funky and free. Bobby Womack was the quintessential soul man.

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10 More Obscure References in Classic Rock Songs—Explained!

We hear some songs so often on the radio that we automatically sing along with them, but how much of what we’re singing do we really understand?

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Eric Clapton Talks Hendrix, Cream and Guitars at Home: Premiere

Guitarist sat down to discuss Guitar Center reproductions, but conversation goes deeper

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The Strypes Bring Maximum RB to New York

In 1964, the Who coined the term Maximum RB, summing up the brawn, blues and ecstasy in their pop art. A full 50 years later, on March 18th, the Stryp...

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Deep Soul: the story of the Muscle Shoals sound - Telegraph

To coincide with the documentary film 'Muscle Shoals: The Greatest Recording Studio in the World', this special multimedia feature from The Telegraph tells the story of the town's signature sound

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How to Survive South By Southwest!!!!!

A veteran attendee shares his tips on making the most of this tech and networking festival.

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What's With All The Drummers Leading Late-Night Bands?

Robin DiMaggio, who leads The Arsenio Hall Show band, says drummers, who have to be ambidextrous to play their instrument, can drive the music and multitask like champions.

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    Home Page Ringo's Beatle Kits

    Check out http://ringosbeatlekits.com! Home Page learning Ringo Starr Beatles drum gear, Premier, Ludwig drum sets, cymbals, drum gear

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      The Beatles: When a new generation of musicians discovered themselves

      Billy Joel, Steve Van Zandt, David Crosby and others discuss how the Fab Four influenced their musical careers

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        The Beatles Invasion, 50 Years Ago: Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964 | TIME.com

        At 8 p.m. on Feb. 9, 1964 an unheard-of 60% of American TVs tuned to CBS to see The Beatles on Ed Sullivan.

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          Stories From Elvis Presley's Band!

          Rare stories from the band who backed Elvis Presley in his final years: Glen D. Hardin, James Burton, Ronnie Tutt and Jerry Scheff.

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            David Bowie Shares the Stories Behind His Songs

            David Bowie shares the stories behind his songs!

            David Bowie has Houdini’d his way out of everything from the shackles of chemical dependency to the ropes of bad management. Over five decades on from his debut record (“Liza Jane” by his first group, The King Bees), he is arguably the most vital musician of his generation.

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              Review: Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck at the Greek Theatre

              Who'd have guessed that the intersection point in Sunday’s odd couple pairing at the Greek Theatre -- Beach Boys architect Brian Wilson and English guitar hero Jeff Beck -- would turn out to be a lovely expanse of musical landscape somewhere outside

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                The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s

                Fug Motivation 101: The noisemakers, funkateers, folkies, proto-punks, and freaks who made the truly radical music of the social revolution

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                  167 Theremin Players Perform Beethoven

                  It's Sunday. It's hot. Why not watch 167 theremin players perform variations on Beethoven's Symphony No. 9???

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                    2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced

                    The new class of inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been announced, and it includes rockers, the Queen of Disco, a group of hip hop pioneers and a band whose fans have long been clamoring for the honor.

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                      Go See The Old Guys: Neil Young, Bob Dylan And Bruce Springsteen Are Still Killing It Live : The Record : NPR

                      Recent live shows by some of the geezers of rock — from Neil Young to Roger Waters — have been much more than exercises in nostalgia.