Posts From Jeff Tamarkin

55 Years Ago: Bob Dylan’s Brush With Death

He was living in bucolic Woodstock, having sought sanctuary from the noise, chaos—and drugs—that had consumed his life during the past year. Then he took his motorcycle for a spin

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1968—The Year in 50 Classic Rock Albums

Rock was still very intense in ’68 but it began giving way to quieter, more roots-oriented sounds. More than anything though, the music was diverse.

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The Classics IV Trio: ‘Spooky,’ ‘Stormy’ & ‘Traces’

They had three huge hits in less than a year and a half. Who were they and what became of them? We look back at the brief career of the Classics IV.

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Blues Image’s ‘Ride Captain Ride’: A Tale of 73 Men

The singer and the keyboardist were having trouble coming up with a lead lyric for the new song they were writing. The answer was sitting right in front of them.

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Linda Ronstadt on Eagles’ Start and SoCal Music Scene

In an intimate conversation, the Rock Hall of Famer discusses the ’70s SoCal singer-songwriter boom and how her backing band evolved into Eagles

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Jim Gordon: From A-List Drummer to Convicted Killer

He’s played on hundreds of hits but you won’t find any gold records on his wall: Since the ’80s he’s been locked away for murder.

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A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Cynic Visits the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

After 35 years of critiquing the Rock Hall’s induction process, our editor finally made his way to the actual Hall in Cleveland. What did he think of it?

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‘In the Year 2525’: The Gloomiest #1?

It was, to be sure, one of the bleakest songs ever to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. And then Zager and Evans never charted again.

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Arlo Guthrie Talks Woody, ‘Alice,’ Seeger

A half-century after the death of his folk legend father, Woody, and the release of ‘Alice’s Restaurant,’ the singer-songwriter still heard the call

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Little Feat’s Paul Barrere: A Previously Unpublished Interview

“The most important part is the music itself. When we get together and we play these songs, it always brings the best out in you.”–Paul Barrere

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