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Alone Now with Tommy James: A Revealing Interview

With a new film based on his memoir in the works, and a new album on the way, the ’60s/’70s hitmaker reflects on his long career.

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The Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’

1966 was a watershed year for the group, with the release of Brian Wilson’s masterpiece album, Pet Sounds, and this song, recorded with the Wrecking Crew

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10 (More) Re-Released Singles That Became Hits

Sometimes the timing just wasn’t right. When many of these classic rock songs first went to radio they flopped. The stars were aligned the second time

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David Bowie ‘Loving the Alien’ Box Set: Review

The latest retrospective takes us to a time when Bowie did a rather abrupt about-face, opting for a much more commercial approach.

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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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‘Hotel California’ Producer on the Making of the LP

They had one song prepared when they entered the studio. By the time they finished the album nine months later, they’d created a masterpiece. Our exclusive talk with Bill Szymczyk

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2018 in Review: New Albums by Classic Rockers

Our comprehensive guide to this year’s newly recorded albums by classic rockers, including Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler, Ann Wilson and many others.

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The Doors’ ‘Love Her Madly’ – A Perfect Rock Song

An early review of the song described it as a “terrific new rocker… sounds like it will rank among their best single songs.” They were right

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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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First-Generation Rockers: Who’s Still With Us?

With the deaths of Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, we began to wonder: Which of the earliest rock ‘n’ rollers are alive? Here are 9 who made the music what it was

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How Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ Came to Be

Every rock fan knows the classic riff but what exactly is Deep Purple’s best known song about? We take you behind the scenes in 1971.

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Byrds’ ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ @50 Live: Review

They didn’t dare bill it as a Byrds reunion, but to those fans who caught a show on one of the year’s most talked-about tours, that’s exactly what it was.

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Radio Hits in December 1977: Look Back

A Queen song, synonymous with sports championships, topped the radio charts this week, which also included hits by Santana, Randy Newman and Fleetwood Mac

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How Blue Öyster Cult Came to Be

Lead singer Eric Bloom talks about the band’s late manager/producer Sandy Pearlman and their major label deals. More cowbell!

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Handicapping the 2019 Rock Hall Nominees!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for the 2019 class. We predict which artists we think will make the final cut.

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2018 in Review: The Best Music Books of the Year

We put on our reading glasses and dug in to the year’s best books for fans of classic rock and related music. Happy reading!

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12 Finest Male Blue-Eyed Soul Singers

Our writer loves few things more than a great blue-eyed soul singer. Here he offers up what he believes are the dozen finest.

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Label Exec Reflects on Signing John Lennon to Solo Deal

Mike Sigman interviews many execs who shaped the industry, in a book for HITS magazine. In our excerpt: former Geffen Records chief Eddie Rosenblatt discusses signing John Lennon and the fateful night of December 8, 1980

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