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.

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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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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I Went to a 2021 Concert and It Was Glorious

After a year-plus like no other, when the group took the stage, the audience let out a pent-up, emotional round of applause

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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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When a Label Chief Threatened to Cancel Metallica Signing

An Elektra Records senior executive paints a great picture of an industry legend: “You have to get out of here. That guy is crazy”

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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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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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