The Classic Rock Legacy

Scott McKenzie and That Song About ‘San Francisco’

It was a song of its time, inviting “gentle people” to wear flowers in their hair and migrate to California. Many thousands took his advice.

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Carole King Plays ‘Tapestry’ Live For 1st Time: 2016

Believe it or not, the singer-songwriter legend had never performed her masterpiece from start-to-finish in concert. Until London’s Hyde Park

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Monterey Pop Festival—10 Killer Performances

Here is a look at some of the finest that went down over those 3 days, and which still loom so largely as we bring contemporary ears to bear on them.

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Singing Rock Drummers: From the Skins to the Mike

From Ringo Starr and Levon Helm to Don Henley and Queen’s Roger Taylor, these drummers not only mastered the sticks but belted out the tunes

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9 Signature Rock Classics That Weren’t U.S. Chart Hits

Many songs associated with classic rockers were never actually hits. Here are the surprising back stories to ones by ELO, Billy Joel, Van Halen, Queen & more

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The Summer of ‘Satisfaction’

In 1965, the Rolling Stones hit #1 for a 4-week run. Can later generations even comprehend what it felt like for those of us growing up back then?

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The Cars: Just What We Needed on Their Debut LP

When they first emerged in 1978, some critics were perplexed but rock fans loved this Boston quintet. The song made them a band to watch

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Bobbie Gentry’s ‘Ode to Billie Joe’: Look Back

Why did he kill himself? What was thrown from the bridge? What became of the singer-songwriter behind it? Here’s what’s known.

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Bob Dylan 1965: Evolving to Electric

In the spring of that pivotal year, Columbia Records ran industry ads proclaiming “No One Sings Dylan Like Dylan!” We examine several items not seen since then

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1979 Kampuchea Concerts: McCartney, Queen, Who

Over the course of 4 nights during the Christmas holiday, a Who’s Who of British rock stars performed to raise money for war-torn Cambodia

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