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Listen to the iconic first demo for The Rolling Stones song 'Start Me Up'

The exact origins of 'Start Me Up' and its progression from a reggae song to an all time rocker are murky, but at least one demo is classic Rolling Stones rock.

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Brian Setzer still strutting to the rockabilly beat in new solo album, ‘Gotta Have the Rumble’

Forty years after the Stray Cats first album, Brian Setzer is still waving the flag for rockabilly. Proudly. The singer and guitarist, who's also led the Brian Setzer Orchestra Big Band, comes this week with "Gotta Have the Rumble," his first new solo alb

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Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts sitting out band's US tour

Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts, who has been with the band since 1963, is likely to miss their upcoming U.S. tour this fall, according to reports.

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How Fleetwood Mac inspired a Led Zeppelin classic

We are dipping into the Far Out vault to look at how Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac inspired jImmy Page's Led Zeppelin to write a classic song

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Elvis wanted The Beatles as his backing band

Tom Jones reveals that his friend Elvis was hopeful that John, Paul, George and Ringo would back him after The Beatles split

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Sunday Conversation: Sammy Hagar And Rick Springfield On Their Rum Business, Wanting To Tour Together And Taking Over Catalina

Sammy Hagar brought fellow rocker Rick Springfield into his Beach Bar Rum business. And now the two tell me they have much bigger plans, from touring together to a monthly party in Catalina.

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Editor Searches for the Source Photos of Everyone on the Cover of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

Since 2017, editor Chris Shaw has embarked on the very noble, if not thankless task of tracking down and identifying the source photos of every person who

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The reason why The Rolling Stones hated ‘Between The Buttons’

Why did The Rolling Stones hate 'Between The Buttons'? Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have both been extremely critical of the 1967 record over the years.

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Keith Richards: "This thing is designed to keep us apart, and everything we want to do is be together"

It’s doubtful that there’s any single individual in the rock firmament more deserving of the accolade ‘needs no introduction’ than Keith Richards. In living the ‘Human Riff’ legend for almost 60 years, the Rolling

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From Chuck Berry to Muddy Waters: 15 of Keith Richards’ favourite songs

We've pulled together a list of Keith Richards 15 most inspirational songs and musicians as we look at the songs which shaped The Rolling Stones guitarist

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Stunning unseen footage reveals The Beatles as never before

Peter Jackson got it back. The Lord of The Rings" director has been sifting through 56 hours of previously-unseen footage of The Beatles rehearsing and horsing around from their final months playing together. Those moments led up to their infamous concert

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The Rolling Stones are set to get The Crown treatment in new TV series about their origins

The team behind Netflix's royal hit will be bringing the story of how Mick Jagger and Keith Richards formed the seminal 1960s rock band to the small screen

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Best Music Album Reissues of 2020 - Rolling Stone

From Prince’s peak opus to a revelatory jazz show at a California high school

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‘Take Five’ Is Impeccable. ‘Time Outtakes’ Shows How Dave Brubeck Made It.

An album of previously unheard recordings from the “Time Out” sessions in 1959 reveals the making of a masterpiece.

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Paul McCartney Unveils New Trailer, Announces Songbook For ‘McCartney III’

Paul McCartney shared a new trailer for his hotly-anticipated ‘McCartney III’ album, which hits stores and streaming platforms December 18.

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The 20 best instrumental songs of all time

Great music does not have to be dependent on memorable lyrics. Simply listening to the composition and creativity of an instrumental track can be just as rewarding.

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The impossible return of AC/DC: 'You could feel the electricity in the air'

The bassist quit, the singer lost his hearing, the drummer was under house arrest and founder member Malcolm Young died from dementia. But somehow AC/DC are back (in black)

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Listen to Bob Dylan’s rare live cover of The Beatles song ‘Nowhere Man’

The relationship between The Beatles and Bob Dylan has always been one of admiration and Dylan decided to perform a rare cover.

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Wolfgang Van Halen Says Rumors Are 'Hurting Me and My Family'

Wolfgang Van Halen said rumors about Van Halen continuing without Eddie Van Halen were hurting him and his family in October 2020.

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Paul McCartney to release new album recorded alone in lockdown

McCartney III, about ‘freedom and love’, continues solo series begun in 1970 in secret as the Beatles broke up

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Charlie Brown And The Peanuts Soundtrack: The Music of Vince Guaraldi

The iconic music of Charlie Brown and Peanuts was created by jazz composer Vince Guaraldi. This is the story of how it came to be.

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Vanilla Fudge Adds a Little Led to the Mixture on Upcoming Record

Singer/keyboardist Mark Stein reflects on 50+ years of Vanilla Fudge, Led Zeppelin, Quentin Tarantino, and...Michael Jackson??

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Watch the power of The Kinks with rare footage of their 1965 Paris performance

We dip into the Far Out Magazine Vault to bring you this brilliant footage of The Kinks performing some of their best tracks in Paris, 1965.

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All of David Bowie's albums ranked in order of greatness

As we're such big David Bowie fans here at Far Out we thought we'd give ourselves the unenviable task of ranking all 27 of his album in order of greatness

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Keith Moon: isolated drum track on The Who's Pinball Wizard

Take a look back at The Who's iconic drummer Keith Moon and marvel at his unique style on the 1969 classic, 'Pinball Wizard'

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When The Who replaced Keith Moon with an audience member

When Keith Moon passed out on stage so The Who replaced him with an audience member and 19 year old Scott Halpin lived out his dream.+

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The Beatles: Paul McCartney gives explanation on WHY he sued the band

THE BEATLES struggled towards the end of their career, as all four members of the band decided to go their separate ways. While their discrepancies with one another have become well-known, a few issues have not completely been aired out since their split,

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Penny Lane from The Beatles Song “in Danger of Being Renamed” over Possible Slavery Ties

Liverpool street Penny Lane, made famous by The Beatles' song, may have to be renamed if ties to slave trader James Penny are proven.

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Who Was ‘She’ In The Zombies Hit, ‘She’s Not There?’

Th Zombies first hit was "She's Not There" in 1964. Keyboardist Rod Argent wrote the song as a teenager in just two weeks.

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The Pandemic Kicked The Rolling Stones Off The Road, So Ronnie Wood Revived His Art Studio In Quarantine

The collages and etchings caught the eye of Other Art Fair founder Ryan Stanier, who met with Wood to the rocker’s London studio and discuss the art.

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Listen back to a bootleg of Led Zeppelin’s first recorded concert, 1968

We're dipping into the Far Out Magazine vault to bring you the first ever live recording of Led Zeppelin form a 1968 performance in Spokane, Washington

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Bill Wyman: Why Bill Withers Was the Definition of Timeless

Withers, who died earlier this week on March 30 at 81 of heart complications, had talent and an air of imperturbable gravity. That combination made his deceptively simple songs sound genuinely real — and somehow necessary.

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Classic Rock on Amazon Prime: Documentaries and Concerts

We searched through Amazon Prime and rounded up some of our favorite classic rock documentaries, concert films and miniseries.

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Keith Richards quits smoking in advance of U.S. tour

Richards, who quit drinking in 2018, says he hasn't had a cigarette since October. He once said quitting nicotine was harder than kicking heroin.

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The Chart-Topping Rock Band You’ve Never Heard Of

Breaking Benjamin has gained a huge following between the coasts but is largely invisible to everyone but its fans.

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Ginger Baker: a master and monster who split rock music apart

The drummer fought his bandmates, alienated his children and lived a life of turmoil – but had an utterly new vision for what rock music could be

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Elvis Presley’s Lincoln Limousine "Family Car" Is Hitting the Auction Block | Mental Floss

The King didn't just love peanut-butter-bacon-and-banana sandwiches—he also loved cars. And now you might be able to buy one of his vehicles.

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What Archeologists Found at the Farm Where Woodstock Was Held

A team of scientists explored the farm in Bethel, New York, where the 1969 Woodstock concert was held.

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Metadata is the biggest little problem plaguing the music industry - The Verge

Metadata problems have plagued the music industry for decades. Not only are there no standards for how music metadata is collected or displayed, there’s no need to verify the accuracy of a song’s metadata before it gets released, and there’s no one

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Gene Simmons visits White House and Pentagon, tells story of mother surviving Holocaust

He went on to discuss how his mother would cry when she saw the American flag and his gratitude for coming to America.

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Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly are going on tour, even though both of them are dead

In a move that many believed would be impossible until the government perfected zombie technology, both Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly will be going on tour soon—even though the former died in 1988 and the latter died in 1959. Rather than reanimating the a

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Roger Daltrey on swagger and sensitivity, the new Who tour, plus the Beatles question

As Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend prepare a new album and tour, The Who rocker talks with the L.A. Times about sex, drugs and whether a Beatles-Who supergroup makes sense.

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Why Mainstream Rock Sucked in 2018

From Imagine Dragons’ overproduced posturing to artists ripping off a whole lotta Led Zeppelin, here’s what went wrong this year

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Who Is Greta Van Fleet’s Music For?

The rock band Greta Van Fleet is riding high on a bunch of very apt Led Zeppelin comparisons, but do they have more to offer than that, and who wants this kind of music anyway?

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Otis Rush, Pioneering Chicago Blues Guitarist, Dead at 84 | Pitchfork

He passed due to complications from a stroke which he initially suffered in 2003

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It’s 3 p.m., let’s watch Little Richard freak out about Jimi Hendrix’s greatness

It’s 3 p.m.! Let The A.V. Club briefly make use of the waning hours of your productivity with some pop culture ephemera pulled from the depths of YouTube.

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A Brief History of Willie Nelson and Frank Sinatra’s Bromance

Ahead of Nelson’s tribute LP to his favorite singer, watch a series of surreal space travel PSAs they recorded in the early Eighties

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Rock's king of Cadillacs: the story behind Elvis Presley's incredible car collection

"You may have a pink cadillac, but don't you be nobody's fool,” Elvis sang on Baby, Let’s Play House.

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Robert Plant Revisits Led Zeppelin And Examines The Blues Tradition On Father's Day In Chicago

On-stage in Chicago, former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant performed a 90 minute set that put a unique spin on the Zeppelin canon thanks to his band The Sensational Space Shifters. In looking back on his own terms, Plant continues to push the music fo

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Jeff Beck Talks Eric Clapton Rivalry and What Motown Taught Him

Ahead of a new doc telling his life story, the guitar legend reflects on more than 50 years of work with everyone from Jimmy Page to Tina Turner

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Who was the real fifth Beatle? - CNN.com

Following Beatles producer George Martin's death, we take a look at 11 men who could hold the title of 'fifth Beatle.'

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50 Years of 'Rubber Soul': How the Beatles Invented the Future of Pop | Rolling Stone

Rob Sheffield explains how the Beatles truly came into their own on 'Rubber Soul,' released 50 years ago today.

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Bob Seger on friend Glenn Frey: 'He was my cheerleader'

The late Glenn Frey is remembered by an emotional Bob Seger, a collaborator going back to the '60s Detroit scene.

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Hear Radiohead's Unused James Bond Theme 'Spectre'

"It didn't work out ... but became something of our own which we love very much," Thom Yorke writes of band's new song.

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A young Frank Sinatra, dapper and rebellious from birth

Back when Ol' Blue Eyes was just Blue Eyes. On Dec. 12, 1915, Francis Albert Sinatra was born in a tenement in New Jersey, the son of Italian immigrants Natalina Garaventa and Antonino Sinatra. His delivery was rough, leaving him with a perforated eardrum and scarring on his neck, cheek and ear.

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Billy Corgan Glumly Riding a Disneyland Rollercoaster Is the Photo of the Week

Billy Corgan, longtime frontman of the band Smashing Pumpkins, went to Disneyland, and all he got was this sad photo.

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Watch Paul McCartney's Backstage Antics at Rock Hall Ceremony | Rolling Stone

Ringo Starr turned 75 last week, and to celebrate, Paul McCartney has shared behind-the-scenes video from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony.

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The 10 Least Punk Things Ever

Given punk's vaunted anticapitalist bent and the Pistols' legendary refusal to play nice with corporations looking to profit off their notoriety, there's been a predictable online outcry about squares trampling over what was apparently the last remaining shred of punk rockness left in the world.

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'Louie Louie' Singer Jack Ely Dies in Oregon at 71

Jack Ely, the singer known for “Louie Louie,” the low-budget recording that became one the most famous songs of the 20th century, died at his home in Redmond, Oregon, after a long battle with an illness.

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Fallon Sings Neil Young with Neil Young - Fallon Plays 'Old Man' on 'Tonight Show' - Esquire

Watch Jimmy Fallon pull off his best Neil Young impression for an intimate performance of 'Old Man'... with Neil Young.

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"If I Can Dream" - Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Elvis Presley Songs | Rolling Stone

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite songs by the King. See the results here.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Announced | 100.3 The Sound

In case you didn’t hear, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2015. The 2015 inductees are The

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Rolling Stones' Keith Richards Remembers Saxophonist Bobby Keys | Rolling Stone

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards penned a touching tribute to his friend and sideman Bobby Keys.

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Johnny Cash at San Quentin Prison Photos - Esquire

Never-before-seen photos of Johnny Cash performing live at San Quentin Prison in 1969.

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AC/DC, Rock or Bust, review: 'vertebrae-jolting stuff' - Telegraph

The heavy metal band end their tumultuous year with a solid, Glastonbury-ready record, says Helen Brown

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Bob Seger's New Album: Ride Out | Rolling Stone

New Bob Seger albums don't show up too often (this is his second since 1995). But he's still the same heartland warrior with the same sturdy, elastic rock & roll vision. Ride Out goes from "Detroit Made," a tribute to Motor City automotive ingenuity steeped in Rust Belt rock and soul, to the Chicago-blues overdrive of "Hey Gypsy," to the freedom-loving "Ride Out," where he growls his message for our times over a tight boogie with a Southern-soul feel: "Time to disconnect from clutter/Time to hit the road."

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Rolling Stones kick off Australian tour seven months after postponement for death of L'Wren Scott - Telegraph

"We're sorry we kept you waiting," jokes Mick Jagger, as Rolling Stones play postponed Adelaide concert of Stones on Fire tour seven months after death of L’Wren Scott

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The Supreme Court connection to the Led Zeppelin lawsuit - Yahoo News

From Yahoo News: Led Zeppelin is now in a literal battle of the bands over the rights to its biggest song “Stairway To Heaven,” in an interesting twist related to a copyright decision handed down by the Supreme Court in June.

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Presley photographer Alfred Wertheimer shares these rare snapshots of the legend in concert and on a romantic date Image

These never-before-seen photos of Elvis Presley include snaps of the icon on a romantic date and playing the drums before a show.

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Robert Plant Goes Doo-Wop With Jimmy Fallon on "Duke of Earl" | Rolling Stone

Jimmy Fallon enlisted Robert Plant in a new iPad-assisted doo-wop experiment with a cover of "Duke of Earl."

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Gene Simmons: 'Rock Is Finally Dead' - Esquire

Get the latest in pop culture as Stephen Marche and the writers of Esquire recap what's new in movies, TV, music, books and more.

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Best Albums Of All Time - Best Vinyl Records - Esquire

Get the latest in pop culture as Stephen Marche and the writers of Esquire recap what's new in movies, TV, music, books and more.

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City's oldest musician, jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos dies at 103

Lionel Ferbos, a trumpeter and icon of New Orleans’ traditional jazz scene hailed as the city’s oldest musician, performing well past his 102nd birthday, has died, just 2 days after celebrating his 103rd birthday this week.

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Jimi Hendrix's Early Recordings as a Sideman to Get Proper Release

Hendrix's recordings as a member of Curtis Knight and the Squires will be issued over next three years

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    Chrissie Hynde Steps Out, But She's Not Alone

    Hynde recruited a Swedish indie rocker, an American tennis star and a Canadian guitar hero to help make her new LP, Stockholm.

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    Whatever happened to live albums?

    When wire announced they were set to re-release their live album Document and Eyewitness, Geoff Travis was caused to comment the post-punk veterans were “completely mad”. The Rough Trade label boss who originally put out the record in 1981 has since a

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    Soul Legend Bobby Womack Dead at 70

    Veteran singer had numerous hits, yet suffered multiple health issues throughout seven-decade career

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    Song Premiere: Robert Plant's Bold New Band

    With a new project every few years, including work with Alison Krauss and Patty Griffin, Robert Plant remains vital. A new album, out in September, includes the song

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    Flashback: Keith Urban Covers the Stones on 'Fallon'

    Performance doubles as tribute to flood-ravaged Nashville

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    Heavy Lifting From the Vaults: Lots of Allmans and Elvis on the Way

    A six-CD set of the Allman Brothers Band at the Fillmore East in 1971, and and eight-CD, two-DVD set of Elvis Presley performances will released this summer.

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    The Confounding, Enigmatic 'Ode To Billie Joe'

    Tuesday is June 3, a date memorialized in a 1967 hit by singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry. Even with a suicide in the first verse, the song helped Gentry bump the Beatles off the top of the charts.

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    Jack White's Private World: Inside Rolling Stone's New Issue

    A rare invitation into the mysterious world of rock roll's Willy Wonka

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      Led Zeppelin are never ever getting back together – get over it

      Jimmy Page has got fed up of Robert Plant dipping one toe in and then out on the subject of a reunion. But surely no one seriously believes Plant would want to rejoin Zeppelin?

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      Jack White And Neil Young Make History On 'The Tonight Show'

      Neil Young and Jack White made history when they were guests on

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      Jimmy Page Busy Writing New Songs: 'I've Got Lots of Material'

      I intend to start getting to a point where I could play some gigs, he says. I love playing live.

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      Robert Plant Slams Idea of Zeppelin Tour: 'I'm Not Part of a Jukebox'

      At the time of the O2 show we were led to believe there were going to be more, Jimmy Page tells RS

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      A Crash Course in Jazz Appreciation

      Jazz. It's the music that many men say they like, but don’t actually know anything about. Which is a shame for a whole host of reasons. For starter

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      ‘Having Fun with Elvis on Stage’: All banter, no songs, this is the weirdest Elvis album ever

        Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s friend/assistant/manager/svengali/whatever, was trying to figure out a way to release an Elvis album to which RCA, Elvis’ usual recording label, would own no rights. The problem was, contracts being w

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      Architects Of Electric Guitar Sounds: Gary Usher, Link Wray

      Mark Smotroff explores the music of two pioneers who helped architect the sound of early guitar rock...

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      The little-known collage art of Louis Armstrong

        I consider myself to be a more-educated-than-average jazz fan, especially in regards to the early New Orleans stuff. (I even did a report on Louis Armstrong in the fourth grade!) So how am I just now learning of Louis Armstrong’s cool collage

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        Still 'Out To Lunch' 50 Years Later

        Eric Dolphy's creativity was exploding early in 1964, and he was finding more players who could keep up. Out to Lunch is free and focused, dissonant and catchy, wide open and swinging all at once.

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          Frank Sinatra: Photos From the Chairman’s Private World, 1965 | LIFE | TIME.com

          LIFE.com presents photos of the man LIFE magazine, in 1965, called

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              Playboy called him “the coolest man who ever lived.”

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