Posts From Jim Sullivan

10 Classic Punk Rock Songs

Any list of top songs of any genre are going to be subjective. But, says its author, here are ones by Blondie, Devo and more for punk rock

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Mark Farner on Grand Funk Railroad’s Highs & Lows

In a wide-ranging conversation, GFR’s guitarist recalls the band’s early days, peak years and the often bitter aftermath

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Keith Moon: Rock’s Greatest Drummer

We celebrate the career of the man who thought what he played with The Who was “lead drums” with some insights from those who knew/admired him, and some amazing videos

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Yup, We Once Reviewed a Madonna Concert

Our reviewer may not be a fan of her music. But he knows an entertaining concert when he sees one, and her 2015 tour was just that

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Deaths of Older Rock Legends Continue to Shake Us

A wave of deaths of older rock legends has given boomers reason to pause. Is 67 or 70 the new 27? “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.”

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Paul Anka Interview: So Square That He’s Hip

The legend wrote the classics “She’s a Lady” (the Tom Jones hit), “My Way” and The Tonight Show theme. At 75+, he’s still entertaining his fans

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‘Dylan Goes Electric’ Author Talks Newport 1965

Author and folklorist Elijah Wald explores the myths, context and events surrounding the famous electric live debut at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival

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Mark Farner on Grand Funk Railroad’s Legacy

What was it like to be in a band popular enough to sell out Shea Stadium, even while rock critics despised you? We asked Mark Farner.

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Ringo Starr’s Drum Beat Can’t Be Beat

Is it possible that Ringo Starr is underrated? Our assessment of the 2015 Rock Hall inductee’s Beatles and solo career says “yes”

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Santana’s Michael Shrieve on Playing Woodstock at Age 20

The drummer had a big moment at the ’69 festival – at age 20. When that lineup reunited for a 2016 album + concerts, the chemistry was there

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