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John Lennon Urged Frank Sinatra to Sing 1 of His 'Walls and Bridges' Songs to No Avail

John Lennon thought he had the perfect song for Frank Sinatra on his 5th solo album. Frank didn't take him up on the offer.

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How 'This Land Is Your Land' Roamed And Rambled Into American Life

Woody Guthrie was born into the Dust Bowl's devastation and displacement. His signature song, taught in classrooms and sung at protests, offers an expansive, inclusive idea of what home can be.

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From the sharp-edged genre's founding members to the later artists bringing new wave into the present here's a look at new wave

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The making of The Beatles: Watch the earliest known footage of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, recorded in 1958

We're stepping back in time with Far Out Magazine's vault to dig out a moment of history after The Beatles were filmed by the Liverpool police force.

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Soul singer Bill Coday had two careers 20 years apart | The Secret History of Chicago Music

His early releases, especially on Denise LaSalle’s Crajon label, have been widely reissued—and his later soul-blues recordings are beloved too.

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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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Before The Beatles: The Birth of British Rock

Britain is known for its music. But it didn’t always used to be that way. During the classical period, while the rest of Europe was producing iconic composer...

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Circle Jerks - My Career as a Jerk

Published by MVD Entertainment Group 2012, this was the 1st band to have fast and technical drumming into their music. Fun fact: Chuck Berry mentioned they w...

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The White Stripes play the shortest ever live show

When The White Stripes played the shortest ever live show in 2007 and led to a bizarre dispute between Jack White and Guinness World Records.

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The story of DICK DALE! | Garage Files Ep. 4

If you've ever entered a tiki bar, watched Pulp Fiction, or ridden the epic Disney rollercoaster Space Mountain before 2006, you have been shook by the music...

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Turn it Around, the history of East Bay Punk - 2017 (subtitulado por kultura del subsuelo)

Narra el surgimiento de la movida punk en la bahía este de California a fines de los 80s y principios de los 90s; de la mano de la creación de un lugar de culto cómo es el 924 Gilman Street

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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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Eastside Punks, Episode 2: The Brat

The Brat In our second installment of Eastside Punks, we focus on East L.A. legends The Brat. Formed in the late 1970s, vocalist Teresa Covarrubias, guitaris...

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Lost SF punk rock photos surface: Temple Beautiful, Mabuhay and Deaf Club

Henry Rollins was two years away from joining Black Flag, the Dead Kennedys hadn’t released their first album yet, and punk rock in the U.S. was largely ignored by the masses. In this musical primordial ooze of 1979, The Chronicle sent a reporter and a

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1981 series on the music industry in San Diego and beyond - Part 3

In 1981, News 8’s Larry Himmel presented a three-part series on the business of making and releasing music in San Diego and beyond. Larry wrapped up his musi...

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TAQUILA MOCKINGBIRD: KEEPING PUNK HISTORY ALIVE IN L.A.

Taquila Mockingbird developed a following in LA with her various bands (punk and jazz) beginning in 1977, and she became a fixture on the LA punk scene when, from 1980-1984, she booked acts as Do Monkey Productions with Richard Skidmore for New Wave Theat

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Before Bauhaus: How Goth Became Goth

Goth is many things. It's a Germanic tribe, a style of architecture, a type of literature, of film. It's a youth movement. What ties most of these together i...

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How The Surfaris Wrote Wipe Out

The interview was recorded at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN. Visit us at : https://www.musicianshalloffame.com/ View the whole interview here: ...

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Ex Black Flag Bassist Kira Roessler talks In Depth Black Flag ,Henry Rollins and Greg Ginn

Ex Black Flag Bassist Kira Roessler talks In Depth Black Flag ,Henry Rollins and Greg Ginn Kira Roessler (born June 12, 1962) is an American musician, singer...

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1973: Soul clubs of Memphis and New York

These photographs, taken for The Sunday Times in 1973, are the work of photographer David Reed.

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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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How the Beatles Took Recording Technology to a New Level in 'Abbey Road' | Smithsonian

An expert in sound recording details how the band deployed stereo and synthesizers to put a unique artistic stamp on this iconic album

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'This tape rewrites everything we knew about the Beatles'

Mark Lewisohn knows the Fab Four better than they knew themselves. The expert’s tapes of their tense final meetings shed new light on Abbey Road – and inspired a new stage show

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Top 50 Best-Selling Artists of All Time | Mental Floss

Who are America’s all-time favorite musicians and bands? When it comes to the best-selling artists of all time, The Beatles still rule—yes, even a half-century after their breakup.

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How Stevie Wonder Lost His Sight

Despite being blind since infancy, the “My Cherie Amour” and “Superstition” singer paved a career filled with 25 Grammy awards and social justice work.

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CRITICAL MASS: Gone for 50 years — The Rolling Stones was Brian Jones' band

You might dispute that. You might point out that little Keith Richards and Michael Jagger rode tricycles together until Jagger's family moved the five miles from Dartford to Wilmington, Kent in 1954.

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The 35 Best-Selling Albums in American History

Given the tens of millions of copies each of these albums have sold, you're almost guaranteed to have at least one of them in your collection.

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By Any Means: A Brief History of Black Flag (Part 1: 1976-1980)

Part 1 of a 2 part essay going through the history of Black Flag along with my personal efforts to make a documentary film about the band. PART 2: 1980-1986 ...

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12 Soulful Facts About Aretha Franklin | Mental Floss

The documentary of Queen of Soul's legendary gospel album, 'Amazing Grace,' has finally been released—nearly 50 years after it was recorded.

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How we made Booker T and the MGs' Green Onions

‘It was originally called Funky Onions – but to laced-up, deep-south America, that sounded like a cuss word, so we had to retitle it’

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A Thousand People In The Street: 'For What It's Worth' Captured Youth In Revolt

Though often associated with the Vietnam War, Buffalo Springfield's signature song was inspired by a confrontation back home, which erupted on a few famous blocks in Los Angeles.

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The forgotten story of Pure Hell, America’s first black punk band

The four-piece lived with the New York Dolls and played with Sid Vicious, but they’ve been largely written out of cultural history

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Rolling Stones' Keith Richards Fends Off Stage Invader with Telecaster in 1981

The Rolling Stones, awhile back, uploaded this video, which you can check out above, to their YouTube channel.It features a (very) jumpy 1981 performance of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" at Hampton Coliseum in Virginia. As the video's de

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A Brief History of Rock Musicians Who Went Electronic

Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus recently announced that he’d be going electronic on his next solo record. It’s a weird move, but from Neil Young to Eric Clapton, it’s not without precedent.

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Chip Kinman and the Return of the Dils -

Founder tackles the shocking regroup in the wake of his beloved brother’s death

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The Beatles’ White Album at 50: When They Was Fab

Dominic Green on a half-century of the marvelous, mixed-up mess that may be the Beatles’ greatest album.

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How Geoff Emerick Helped the Beatles Reinvent Music

The crucial collaborator in the Beatles’ glory years helped them find endless new ways to change the way music sounded

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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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The Secret Jewish History Of Aretha Franklin – The Forward

Aretha Franklin, who has died at 76, was known as the "Queen of Soul" — and many Jewish artists helped her get that royal title.

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The Beatles‘ ‘Revolver’: The Most Ambitious Pop Music Committed To Vinyl

Upon its release in August 1966, The Beatles' 'Revolver' was the most ambitious pop music committed to vinyl and introduced us all to psychedelic music.

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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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Five myths about the Beatles - The Washington Post

Why did producer George Martin actually take on the band? As punishment.

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First ever vinyl release being reissued for its 70th anniversary

.In 1948, a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in e minor by the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York became the first album pressed to vinyl.

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How David Bowie Invented Ziggy Stardust

An excerpt from the new book 'Strange Stars' explores how classic sci-fi and the works of William Burroughs fueled Bowie's iconic alter ego

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The Most Valuable Vinyl Records on Earth | Digital Trends

From rare Beatles originals to one-off test pressings, these are some of the most expensive vinyl records on earth — the kind of discs that make plaid-clad record collectors and average listeners alike green with envy, worth everything from a nice used

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The Sad Story of Elvis Presley's Senior Prom | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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At 70, Smithsonian Folkways Is An Antidote To Music Algorithms

Smithsonian Folkways, known for its broad-based music catalog, wants to surprise you with sounds you didn't even know existed. The treasured American label turns 70 years old on May 1.

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The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records |

“If you were cool, you were cool. If you were an asshole, then you got treated like an asshole.”

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Sparkle Moore: The Mysterious Rockabilly Pioneer You've Never Heard Of | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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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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Watch a Rare Video of Nirvana Rocking Out at Radio Shack in 1988

The band appeared at the Shack the day after they recorded their first studio demo.

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Prince's Epic 'Purple Rain' Tour: An Oral History - Rolling Stone

Members of the Revolution look back on Prince's massive, awe-inspiring 'Purple Rain' tour in our exclusive oral history.

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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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The History - Monterey International Pop Festival

The Big Idea The impetus behind the staging of the Monterey International Pop Festival evolved one night in 1967, at Mama Cass Elliot’s house. Paul McCartney, J

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History of the Eagles Trailer

The music made them...then tore them apart. Learn the real History of the Eagles, Saturday at 8pm on CNN.

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Nancy Sinatra Talks “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” on the Eve of Its Golden Anniversary

The hit song that inspired a generation of women to “start walkin’” turns 50 tomorrow.

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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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Black-And-White Photos Chronicle The Early Days Of Rhythm And Blues

It's not easy, as an artist, to make your primary subject a certain sound. For example, the sound of deep pain mixed with a flame of hope. Photographer Benny Joseph, however, made a career of it. Throughout the 1950s, '60s and '70s, the photographer chronicled the bourgeoning roots of the movement known as rhythm and blues.

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Elvis Presley Artifacts Sold at Graceland Auction | Mental Floss

From handwritten notes to diamond rings to a jacket worn in the film 'Viva Las Vegas,' the items are part of royal rock and roll history.

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Forever Changes is a stunning indictment of The Summer Of Love · Permanent Records · The A.V. Club

On a recent episode of the WTF podcast with Marc Maron, Paul Thomas Anderson mused on what he thought the central themes of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice were, and talked a bit about how he tried to translate them to the screen. Anderson can be evasive about the meaning behind his art—what artist isn’t, really?—but he touches on an intriguing idea

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Jack Bruce: five songs that chart his journey through the 60s to Cream

Here are five performances tracing the late Jack Bruce’s journey from 19-year-old upright bass player to part of rock’s first supergroup

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Onetime Elvis Presley home in Palm Springs to be auctioned - LA Times

A Palm Springs home once owned by Elvis Presley, currently being marketed at $2.59 million, will be sold at auction Oct. 25.

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See 30 Years Of Music Industry Change In One Handy GIF

Track 30 years of music industry evolution in 30 seconds.

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The Palomino: An Oral History - Los Angeles Magazine

The sign outside the squat rental hall reads Le Monge, an odd faux-French touch for a North Hollywood neighborhood that never had any pretensions, not even when music’s elite came cruising past the liquor stores and auto body shops lining this stretch of Lankershim Boulevard.

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The history of the Walkman: 35 years of iconic music players

We take portable music for granted these days. Any commuter in any big city in the world is more likely than not to have a pair of earbuds or headphones on as they walk, bike, or ride to their...