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The A – Z Of Grunge: Everything You Need To Know About The Seattle Sound That Shook The World

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Grunge. Even the bands hated the term, which was apocryphally attributed to Mudhoney singer Mark Arm and exploited to great effect by Bruce Pavitt in the ad copy for the releases on his Sub Pop record label. Though the word itself means dirt or grime it is now forever synonymous with those grimey rockers that emerged from the Pacific Northwest in the late ‘80s and by the mid ‘90s had changed…well, pretty much everything. Read more…

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Classic Rock Kama Sutra: 18 Songs That Taught Us Everything We Needed To Know About Sex

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Sex. Rock n’ roll bands have been singing about it since the beginning, when the term “rocking and rolling” was an actual euphemism for the act of, in Shakespeare’s words, “making the beast with two backs.” There’s no shortage of classic rock songs specifically about having sex, from Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” to AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” (actually there are very few Led Zeppelin or AC/DC songs that aren’t specifically about having sex). Without getting too graphic however, there are many different ways one can have sex besides the good old fashioned way we all know and love.  Rock n’ roll being an innately rebellious form of musical expression has never shied away from talking about these…alternate means of getting one’s rocks off, as The Rolling Stones might say. Read more…

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The Most Intense Guitar “O-Faces” In Rock History

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Playing guitar can be ecstasy for some people. Just check the expressions on Prince, Slash, John Mayer, Jimmy Page and other rockers as they get down with their axes! If that’s not the face of pure joy, we don’t know what is.

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Watch Eric Clapton And Friends Pay Tribute To Iconic Americana Songwriter JJ Cale


You know his songs even if you’re not familiar with his name. “After Midnight,” “Cocaine,” “Call Me the Breeze,” these are just some of the rock n’ roll standards that came from the pen and tattered guitar of Tulsa, Oklahoma songwriter JJ Cale. Now the man responsible for making his music a staple of classic rock radio is celebrating his music on a new album of his songs and in a new half hour show, both entitled Eric Clapton – The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, which aired last night on VH1 Classic and will air again tonight on Palladia at 9/8C. In the show, the storied English blues rock guitarist explores Cale’s life and music along with famous friends like John Mayer as well as live performances of some of JJ’s most well-known songs. Watch the full presentation now and learn the impact of one of America’s greatest songwriters.

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Comically Bad Amazon Reviews Of Beloved Classic Rock Albums

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“Good music” is a subjective thing. One person’s favorite band could sound like tuneless electronic white noise to someone else. Even albums that are widely hailed as among the best in recorded history have their fair share of detractors. To prove it, we’ve read the Amazon.com customer reviews for every entry on VH1′s 100 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Many are positive, but there still a few who awarded a lowly one-star to these classics -usually for hilarious reasons. We guess there’s just no pleasing some people. Nirvana fans, AC/DC fans, Jimi Hendrix fans, Beatlemaniacs and more: prepare to get royally bummed out.

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The 10 Lamest Album Covers In Classic Rock History

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It’s not uncommon to hear music fans of a certain temperament, and often a certain age, wax poetic about the glory days of the 12” vinyl album. How it was the perfect template for the great classic rock records of old and how the packaging went hand in hand with the music to create a total artistic experience. Unfortunately, not every classic album had a classic album cover to go with it. In fact, some of them were quite lame. Read more…

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REVIEW: Can Adam Lambert-Led Queen Keep The Band’s Classic Legacy Alive?

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It can’t be easy being Adam Lambert these days. Sure, he’s living everyone’s rock ‘n’ roll fantasy by fronting the rock icons in Queen on a cross-country arena tour. On the surface his life seems to rule in a major way, but I began to think again as I approached Madison Square Garden Thursday night. I had expected to see a mixed crowd of young Glamberts who have followed Adam’s art and antics since his American Idol days, as well as classic rock fans thrilled to hear the vintage songs played live once more. But the well-worn Queen t-shirts were plentiful and the Lambert love appeared few and far between as I took my seat.

He is about to play to a packed crowd of 20,000 people (New Yorkers, no less!), who all seemed to be thinking the same thing: “Can the kid pull it off?” Under pressure, indeed.

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Shine On: The 10 Best Rick Wright Pink Floyd Songs

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With the forthcoming release of Pink Floyd’s The Endless River, a collection of posthumous recordings with late keyboardist Richard Wright during sessions for 1994’s The Division Bell, it got us thinking of all the fantastic material that the founding Floyd member wrote or co-wrote during his time with the legendary band. Read more…

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Johnny Winter, Acclaimed Blues Rock Guitarist, Dead At 70

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Acclaimed guitarist and blues rock pioneer Johnny Winter died yesterday at the age of 70. Like his heroes, he was a touring bluesman to the end and was found dead in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland after having played a festival in nearby Austria. Years before Stevie Ray Vaughan or Billy Gibbons came to fame, Johnny Winter was the archetype of the hotshot Texas blues guitarist that could play fast but tasty with an earnest reverence for the genre’s original masters. Read more…

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10 Crazy Cameos By Heavy Metal Bands That Still Make Us Laugh

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Everyone loves those unexpected “OH SNAP!” appearances of a famous name in a bit part, whether on the big screen, small screen, or in a buzz-generating ad. This week the biggest heavy metal band in the known universe (A.K.A. Metallica) got people talking when they made a cameo in a hilarious new promo spot for the ESPN show This Is SportsCenter.

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