Posts From Rob Patterson

B.B. King May Be Gone But the Thrill Remains

In our tribute, we describe how he gave his all to blues music, and as a result became its preeminent ambassador the world round.

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Rolling Stones Ya-Ya’s Still Unrivaled

The late Lester Bangs had “no doubt that it’s the best rock concert ever put on record.” Decades later, our writer feels that’s still true

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Kinks’ Masterful ‘Show-Biz’ LP Gets a 2nd Act

The Kinks returned to America in 1972 after a ban to become the arena rock band they deserved to be. This expanded reissue catches them at that juncture

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10 1970s Classic Rock Songs You Won’t Forget

You don’t need to spin some of the biggest rock songs of all time. Just hit that button in your brain and voila! They play!

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Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival: First-Hand Stories

Those who saw Bob Dylan play his first electric show at Newport in ’65 offer differing yet still compatible memories of that seminal rock music event

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The Beatles at Budokan in 1966: Tokyo Rocks

The Fab Four catalog could add another great concert album to convey their live energy and brilliance: a show from their stand in Japan

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Rod Stewart’s Unequaled Masterpiece @50

Gasoline Alley, his second solo album, showcased an artist who excelled at both rollicking rock ‘n’ roll and tender, emotive ballads

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13 Best Rock Organists (& Their Most Killer Tracks)

Every one of the players here is an acknowledged master that helped etch the instrument into the rock music legacy. See who made our list and where they rank

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12 Standout 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 a dozen of the best

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55 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones’ Summer of ‘Satisfaction’

In 1965, the Stones hit #1 for a 4-week run. Can later generations even comprehend what it felt like for those of us growing up back then?

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