REVIEWS:

What’s the read on the latest reissue releases and live performances by classic rock artists? What biopics, movies or documentaries are worth seeing in theaters and at home? What books about rock music and the people who make and work with it are worth reading. Our team also takes a fresh look at notable works in our Album Rewind series

Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll? A Vote For Sam Phillips

Esteemed music scribe Peter Guralnick delivers a biography of the Sun Records/Studio proprietor that’s major history and a great read

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Elvis Costello’s ‘Armed Forces’: What’s So Funny?

The band’s third album was a leap forward in songcraft and sonic ambition, a song cycle weaving the personal and political.

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Pete Townshend’s ‘Empty Glass’: The Who Album That Wasn’t

Although it’s fully satisfying on its own, the album, the most successful of Townshend’s solo releases, has been called a Who record that never was.

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2019 in Review: The Best Music Books of the Year

We put on our reading glasses and dug in to the year’s best books for fans of classic rock and related music. Happy reading!

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Jimi Hendrix @ Fillmore East (Nearly) Complete: Review

The Fillmore shows were the new group’s first live gigs, and they produced the first and only concert LP authorized by Hendrix during his lifetime.

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Keith Richards ‘Under the Influence’: Review

Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville captures Keef’s essence in the masterful Netflix documentary about the blues and tales of the road

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2019 in Review: Best Boxed Sets, Collections & Reissues

It’s that time of year and we’ve ID’d great titles from the Beatles, Dylan, Hendrix, Allmans and more. Our guide to the year’s best. Happy shopping!

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Badfinger Straight Up: A Power Pop Masterpiece

They began as proteges of the Beatles, then became power pop heroes. The story behind one of the classic Apple Records albums.

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Alice Cooper’s #1 Breakthrough: Billion Dollar Babies

Alice Cooper was still a band, not just one guy, and this was the album that took started their transition from novelty act to classic rock legends.

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‘Slowhand’ Revisited: Eric Clapton’s 1977 Platinum Balancing Act

‘Slowhand’ offers a lucid balance of technical mastery and artistic modesty. It became his best-selling studio album to date upon its release.

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