Links We Like

Click your mouse to enjoy all kinds of cool rock ‘n ‘roll stuff around the Web curated by the Best Classic Bands staff.
Good Reads  All the news that’s Fab to print

Beggars Banquet Online   Archive site for the now-defunct official Rolling Stones fanzine where you can order back issues and enjoy other historical info and occasional Stones news items.

Billboard   Longtime music industry trade magazine with charts, articles and reviews that is largely considered the bible of the biz.

ELO Beatles Forever News on all things ELO

Expecting Rain  Everything Dylan (and lots more)

Future Rock Legends  Analysis of who’s eligible for and who’s been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Guardian   We’re consistently impressed by the intelligence and quality of the popular music coverage in this English national daily newspaper.

Hits   The more renegade record business trade that features latest charts and reports reliably with delicious dollops of snark and insider smarts even outsiders can enjoy.

Just Backdated  Chris Charlesworth’s excellent blog, largely about The Who, but so much more.   A wide variety of fascinating articles about music and its makers from the site that curates the best long-form journalism to be found on the Web.

Mojo   England’s Mojo magazine is the finest print music publication today, maybe ever, delivering superbly written articles about historical and contemporary popular music, with reviews and other cool music journalism and photography every month.

NME    Online home of the long-time, UK-based music newsweekly.

Philzone  All things Phil Lesh… because the phans want to know.

SXSW Daily Chord   Five days a week the South By Southwest Music team aggregates pertinent articles about the music business from around the Web.

Good Listening

KCRW   Driven by the spirit of Los Angeles and world renowned for its savvy, tasteful and  music programming.

KUTX    Music programming that reflects Austin, TX’s creative spirit and diverse tastes.

Little Steven’s Underground Garage   Online home of Steven Van Zandt’s internationally syndicated radio program with archives of its hundreds of shows to listen to plus lots of other elements suffused with his deep love for rock ‘n’ roll.

WDST LogoRadio Woodstock   Woodstock, NY-based WDST-FM combines classic rock with Adult Album Alternative programming.

SiriusXM Classic Rewind Channel  Songs from the late ’70s onward.

SiriusXM Underground Garage Channel  Produced by “Little Steven” Van Zandt.

WFMU  Listener-supported and the U.S.’ longest-running free-form station, HQ’d in Jersey City, NJ.

WFUV    Non-commercial station of Fordham Univ. (Bronx, NY) featuring Adult Album Alternative music.

WRCU   Student radio station at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY where the founder/CEO of Best Classic Bands spun records on the air in the 1970s. ‘Nuff said!

Record Stores

Amoeba Music   Music superstores with locations in Berkeley, Hollywood and San Francisco, CA.

Electric Fetus  Minnesota’s long-time home for record collectors, with locations in Mpls and Duluth.

Finders Records   Bowling Green, OH’s “Independent music library since 1971.”

Forever Young Records  Over 250,000 new and used LPs, CDs, cassettes, memorabilia and more at this Grand Prairie, TX store in the DFW metro area.

Grimey’s  Nashville’s home of new and “preloved” music.

Indy CD & Vinyl  Serving Indianapolis, IN since 2001.

Music Millennium  Serving Portland, OR since 1969.

Newbury Comics   New England-based chain with 26 stores.

Princeton (NJ) Record Exchange   One of the leading independent record stores since 1980.

The Record Parlour  The newest and most distinguished vintage record store to open up in Los Angeles has an authentic vibe: as artists perform live, they’re surrounded by over 30,000 vinyl records, vintage stereo gear and music memorabilia.

Record-Store-Day-Logo1-560x245Record Store Day  Conceived in 2007 to celebrate (on the third Saturday in April and on Black Friday) the 1400 independent record stores in the U.S. and thousands more around the world, with special, limited edition releases.

The Sound Garden  Two locations–in Baltimore and Syracuse–with a wide array of new and used music.

Twist & Shout   Denver-based independent record store.

Waterloo Records  Independent store with deep stock and a music-loving staff that has served Austin, TX and its visitors since 1982. Devoted supporter of its city’s scene and Texas music.

Rock ’n’ Roll Collecting

Austin Record Convention  The largest sale of recorded music and collectibles in the nation takes place twice a year (Spring & Fall) as top dealers gather in the Texas city that likes to call itself “The Live Music Capital of the World.”     Boutique online auction house specializing in authentic rock’n’roll music memorabilia.

Roger Dean

Roger Dean artwork for 1973’s Yessongs

Roger Dean The artist perhaps best known for his designs of album covers for Yes.   Founded in 2000 and on a mission to build the biggest and most comprehensive music database and marketplace.

The Fest  The longest running Beatles celebration, since 1974.

WFMU Annual Fair    Annual NYC event featuring various vendors; admission fee goes to the listener-supported station.

Goldmine    Online home of the music collector’s magazine.

Kosh Design   John Kosh is the former creative director for Apple Records and a Grammy Award-winning designer of many iconic albums in your collection.

LandyVision    Official website of photographer Elliott Landy, well known for his iconic images of Dylan, Hendrix, the ’69 Woodstock Festival, and more.


Abbey Road Crossing    Webcam offering a 24-hour view of the London street made famous by the Beatles.

Graceland    The Memphis, TN home of Elvis Presley.

Jim Morrison’s Grave   It’s not just the final resting place of the lead singer of The Doors that makes the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris the most-visited graveyard in the world. Such other famed folks as Oscar Wilde, Isadora Duncan, Edith Piaf, Getrude Stein and more are also buried there.

Motown museum_about_1Motown Museum   Visit the Detroit house that became Hitsville, U.S.A. and see Studio 1 where many classic soul hits were created by the Motown team of producers, writers, players and artists.

Standin’ On The Corner Park  Yup, it’s in Winslow, AZ and it’s such a fine sight to see.

Stax Museum   The recreated former movie theater in Memphis, TN that was the Stax Records studio features memorabilia, vintage videos and standing and special exhibits dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of American soul music.

Sun Studio  Where much of what we call rock ‘n’ roll was born. The Memphis, TN landmark studio run by Sam Phillips was the launch pad for such legends as Elvis, Jerry Lee, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and other innovators  and, of course, Sam.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum     The Cleveland, OH-based institution, designed by I.M. Pei, created to give voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock’n’roll.

Rock Junket

Experience Music Project    Seattle, WA-based nonprofit institution “dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary pop culture.”

Surf Ballroom    Historic performance space and landmark in Clear Lake, IA and final (1959) concert venue of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson.

Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue   Big bronze memorial to the famed blues-rock guitarist on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake in Austin, TX. A short stroll away you can also visit Doug Sahm Hill.

Woodstock (NY) Chamber of Commerce    What to do and where to go in the Colony of the Arts.

Woodstock Museum     Since 2008, the official museum of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair, built on the actual site of Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel, NY.

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