Points of View

These articles examine and opine on the state of rock music as well as trends, issues and other matters of consequence related to classic rock and its business and culture.

Tom Petty, a True Rock ‘n’ Roll Star

Petty idolized the Byrds and he famously incorporated their 1967 song, “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,” into the Heartbreakers concert repertoire

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Mets Legend Tom Seaver Dies: Best Pitcher of His Era

When the sports world first heard he was suffering memory loss, it was a gut punch. For it was the 24-year-old ace who took the Miracle Mets to the top in ’69

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Rob Halford on Judas Priest’s 2018 Rock Hall Rejection

One of the world’s top metal bands was rejected by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voters. How did their lead singer feel about the snub?

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Best Classic Bands’ 5th Anniversary: Thanks to You

We flipped the “On” switch on June 12, 2015 to celebrate the artists, music and pop culture of the classic rock era. Thanks for letting us be a part of your day

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Bob Dylan: Still the Colossus

Is there any contemporary popular music singer, songwriter and musician as significant as Bob Dylan? The answer is no.

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Herb Alpert Calls Leon Russell ‘A Special Talent’

Russell was one of the studio musicians that played on many of the Tijuana Brass LPs. Alpert says, “I’m glad he was in my life”

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Dave Edmunds Shares Two Chuck Berry Stories

The singer-songwriter-guitarist tells 2 stories of playing with the rock ‘n’ roll legend. “Who said the white man can’t play the blues?”

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Handicapping the 2020 Rock Hall Nominees!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced 16 nominees for the 2019 class. We predict which artists we think will make the final cut.

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New Rock Hall Foundation Head Promises Changes

The new Chairman of the Hall’s Foundation, which selects the artists for induction, revealed some of his plans in an interview with the Los Angeles Times

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Woodstock 50 Debacle: No Peace. No Love. No Music

A 50th anniversary doesn’t just sneak up on you. So how did the plans for a worthy celebration of the 1969 festival fall apart?

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