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Why Are These Famous Rock Stars Playing Cheap, Junk Shop Guitars?

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No less an authority than Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain once said “I use whatever I can find at junk shops – junk is always best.” Junk shops, thrift stores and garage sales have always been alluring to guitarists in their quest for vintage scores. However, far more often what they’d find there were the cheap, funky – though frequently well-made and good sounding – beginner guitars one could order from a Sears and Roebuck mail order catalog. And for every axe-slinger that found fortune playing the famed stock in trade Stratocasters and Les Pauls, there have always been those that made it a point of pride to wrangle ferocious sounds from far rarer rock n’ roll beasts. Read more…

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25 Iconic Music Video Vixens That Will Make A Man Out Of You

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You know her. Your early memories of her were probably as a teenager in the ’80s or ’90s, watching an early morning music video show on MTV while your parents slept. She was lithe, with big hair. Barely dressed. Legs forever. She was the music video vixen. What started with Tawney Kitaen and took us all the way to Emily Ratajkowski is an obsession with some of pop culture’s most recognizable women. August is VH1 <3′s Video Vixens month, and today we’re looking back at the ones dancing ladies who first stole our hearts.

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Happy Birthday James Hetfield Of Metallica! See His Facial Hair Evolution!

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Today we celebrate the 51st birthday of one of the greatest heavy metal musicians of all time, James Hetfield of Metallica. From the legendary right hand that has fired up some of the most memorable metal riffs of all time, to his manly yet emotional vocals to his songwriting which has struck a nerve in metal fans for over 30 years, he contribution to the genre is as weighty as his guitar sound. And though metal heads would be embarrassed to discuss such things, he is also a bit of a fashion icon. Read more…

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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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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…