The Classic Rock Legacy

2016 in Review: New Albums by Classic Rockers

2016 was a banner year for new studio albums by classic rockers: the Stones, Santana, Neil Young, Paul Simon, the Monkees and many more. Here’s our guide to the best!

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The Wrecking Crew: Musicians Behind 100s of Hits

It was a labor of love for Denny Tedesco to document the LA studio musicians who played on hit singles by the Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, Mamas & the Papas + more

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Remembering Joe Cocker: Rock’s Soulful Interpreter

Cocker’s gift was that among all the British R&B belters, he may have been the most ballsy + uninhibited of them all and an outstanding interpreter of songs

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Handicapping the 2017 Rock Hall Nominees

Shortly after the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2017 nominees, we made our predictions of who would get in. See how we did

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Pete Townshend’s 10 Best Guitar Moments With The Who

How do you narrow down the most memorable guitar parts ever played by one of rock’s all-time greats? Our writer happily digs deep inside the Who’s catalog.

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The J. Geils Band & the Angel Who Was a Centerfold

The only #1 hit for this dynamic Boston band was about a schoolboy crush later being crushed for real. We look back at an early MTV favorite.

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2016 in Review: The Best Music Books of the Year

For some of us, the best way to spend the holidays is curled up under a blanket by the fireplace with a huge stack of music books. Our guide to 2016’s best.

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14 Best Double Albums of All-Time

In the pre-digital era, many rock legends released a two-record set. Here are favorites from The Who, Derek and the Dominos, the Clash, Elton John, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin

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50 Years Ago: Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’ Hits #1

The Beach Boys and their longtime label Capitol Records have released a special 50th Anniversary edition of their masterpiece

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December 8, 1980: A Day We Can Never Forget

We lost one of our heroes on this day. Instead of dwelling on his death, let’s remember his life. All he was saying was give peace a chance.

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