Posts From Steven Mirkin

10 Times the Beatles Used Pseudonyms on Records

You may not think you know Dr. Winston O’Boogie, Percy Thrillington, Jai Raj Harrison or Richie Snare, but trust us, you do.

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10 Best Second Classic Rock Albums

A sophomore slump is a common classic rock jinx. Here are some where artists like CCR and Talking Heads made a big creative leap between albums one and two

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Brian Wilson + ‘Pet Sounds’ Shine at 50th Bash: 2016

Brian Wilson led a 12-piece band in a “wonderful” golden anniversary celebration of his masterpiece at the Hollywood Bowl

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Talking Heads’ ‘Fear of Music’: A Transitional Gem

“The first step in David Byrne’s assumption of power, moving Talking Heads from a band to his band… It was dance music that reflected the time.”

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10 Memorable Rock Concert Riots

Sometimes concerts get far wilder than planned and riots break out. Here are 10 of the more significant rock shows that spiraled into chaos.

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Buffalo Springfield Tribute Concert: Furay, Dolenz +

An all-star group including the band’s own Richie Furay paid tribute to Buffalo Springfield at an L.A. benefit concert for a great cause.

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The Clash’s ‘London Calling’: Cathartic & Exciting

Although disjointed and sprawling, it was one of the best albums of its time, and marked the evolution of the UK quartet from punk heroes to great rock band

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Dream Syndicate: Majestic, Loud, Noisy, Fun, Alive

They came roaring back with the kind of majestic, loud, noisy, fun, alive show that would be impressive from a band half their age.

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Review: The New Bio That Jann Wenner Hates

It’s “an ambitious, dishy, well-written biography, with a backstory worthy of its subject.” So why is the Rolling Stone magazine founder so unhappy with it?

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Lou Reed ‘A Life’: An Exemplary Biography

“The Lou Reed that inhabits this book is powerfully drawn, from moment to moment deeply appealing and appalling,” says our reviewer.

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