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.

Mad Magazine: Required Reading For Generations

Many of Mad’s articles exposed staples of American culture—nothing and no one was safe from its pointed humor, from hit movies to products to the media.

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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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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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When Steve Miller, Peter Cetera Criticized the Rock Hall

After airing their grievances about the HoF, two of its 2016 inductees did a joint interview, sharing details about the events leading up to that night

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Dave Edmunds Shares Two Chuck Berry Stories

“I don’t know if Chuck recognised I was copping his licks, or whether he was just feeling lazy, but he had me play all the guitar solos – to every song”

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50 Years Post-‘Tapestry,’ Carole King is Finally in the Rock Hall as a Performer

She practically invented a genre and influenced countless other singer-songwriters. The 1971 album earned 4 Grammy Awards and set records and trends

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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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On Being Music Mogul Walter Yetnikoff’s ‘Rabbi’

The passing of the colorful executive elicited plenty of memories from those who worked with him. Here’s one from a journalist who was hired to write a speech

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Bob Dylan Streamed Concert: ‘What a Joy’

The last concert I saw before the pandemic shut everything down was Dylan. I can’t think of anybody better to enjoy my return with

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Handicapping the Rock Hall’s Class of 2021

Now that the Class of 2021 has been selected, we’ve looked back at the predictions we made when the nominees were announced

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