REVIEWS:

Informed and inquiring rock fans want to know: What’s the read on the latest albums and reissue releases and live performances by classic and newer artists? What biopics, dramatic movies or documentaries are worth seeing in theaters and on home entertainment formats and sources? What books about rock music and the people who make and work with it are worth reading. Our expert and aesthetically discerning crew of reviewers offer their assessments and also take a second look at notable works in our Rewind reviews.

Bryan Adams CD ‘Get Up’ a ‘Gem’

I never expected to say “my favorite album of 2015 is by Bryan Adams.” Then again, I had yet to listen to his set of rock gems from October, Get Up.

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Blackmore, Private Guitar Star, Opens Up

The recently released Ritchie Blackmore Story DVD may very well have helped Deep Purple’s selection for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. “A rock eccentric’s life worth witnessing.”

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Janis Joplin Doc: ‘Little Girl Blue’

In the new documentary, “Little Girl Blue,” the legend bares her soul. The soundtrack is now out; the film airs on PBS’ American Masters in May 3. Review…

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO Lights Up NYC Stage

It was a triumphant night for Jeff Lynne and ELO as they played to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd at NYC’s Irving Plaza.

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO Alone In The Studio

The new album credited to Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Alone In The Universe, is really more of a solo effort, writes our reviewer. It’s great to have the old maestro back

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Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll? Sam Phillips

Esteemed music scribe Peter Guralnick delivers a biography of the Sun Records/Studio proprietor that’s major history and a great read

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‘Cutting Edge’ Best Dylan Bootleg Yet

A fascinating in-depth look into the creative process as one of rock music’s monumental artists was recording world-changing music

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Rod the Mod Kinda Comes Back

Fans of Stewart’s golden years of too-long-ago will appreciate his return to writing songs on an album that is a mixed bag, but not without moments of merit.

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Don Henley ‘Cass County’: A Sure and Sincere Touch

His solo country album is the sort of mainstream country album Nashville rarely makes anymore, and certainly a paradigm shift away from The Eagles.

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Tower Records All Things Must Pass: Rise, Sad Fall

Tower grew from a one store in Sacramento, CA to a global chain at the core of the record business. Colin Hanks’ documentary captures its experience.

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