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Who’s That Lady? The True Stories Of 15 Iconic Women On Classic Rock Album Covers

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Not every rock star is a musician. Some don’t even say an actual word, let alone sing a note. Yet, the rock-and-roll icon status is indisputable among the following females who emblazon landmark album covers. Their images exude the ideas and energy of the music contained within, as well as each embodying a very specific time and place in rock history.

Still, while fans may obsess over chords and lyrics and who played what instrument on which track, the facts regarding many of rock’s most toweringly totemic album-topping sirens remain unknown or unsung.

Let us now lift the veil, then, and crack open the backstories of 15 iconic women on classic rock album covers.

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The Ides Of March: Is This The Most Rocking Day of the Year?

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March 15 is a heavy day in general, and for rock in particular. To the ancient Romans, the “ides” marked the mid-point of any given month—a period of time that was sacred to Jupiter, the god-of-gods among the ancients. The Ides of March, then, was Jupiter’s feast day smack in the middle of the month named for Mars, the sword-wielding deity of war. That’s not just heavy, it’s cosmic.
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15 Terrible Songs That Ruin Supposedly Perfect Albums

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By Frank Donovan

The Beatles’ Abbey Road, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, Nirvana’s Nevermind–Even the most iconic and highly-regarded albums have a track that we always skip. We’re all for artists evolving their sound, but it’s often painfully clear when the sonic experimentation in the studio should have remained in the scrap pile instead of sandwiched between way better songs.

Read on for 15 subpar tracks that detract from music’s greatest albums.

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Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath Reveals Heavy Metal’s Bloody Origins In New Animated Short


67 years ago today clouds blackened the skies over Birmingham, England to herald the birth of the future Father of Heavy Metal, Anthony Frank “Tony” Iommi of Black Sabbath. But did you know that if it weren’t for a tragic industrial accident which chopped off the tops of two of the fingers on his fretting hand, he might not ever have created the heavy metal guitar sound that has reverberated through the ages? The new VH1.com animated short The Complete History of Heavy Metal: Fingers Bloody Fingers explores how the guitarist made “a good thing off a bad thing.”  Read more…

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The Dawn Of The Heavy: 20 Proto-Metal Hard Rock Pioneers

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[Photo: Getty Images]

This month, heavy metal turns 45 years old. The unofficially official birthdate is Friday, February 13, 1970. That’s when the band Black Sabbath released its first album, Black Sabbath, which opened with a terrifying first song titled “Black Sabbath.” But alas, Black Sabbath (and Black Sabbath and “Black Sabbath”) didn’t just come from nowhere. Rock-and-roll had been branded “the devil’s music” from its roots up, as embodied by the myth of 1930s blues shaman Robert Johnson obtaining his guitar powers from Satan “down at the crossroads.” That same infernal spirit carried on through Chicago blues blazers such as Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters before Screamin’ Jay Hawkins explicitly combined horror and heavy sounds, most famously in 1956’s “I Put a Spell on You.”
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Celebrate Metal All Month Long With 28 Classic Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Album Openers

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It might be the shortest month on the calendar and for many its one of the coldest times of the year, but that don’t matter ’cause we’re keeping warm all month long thanks to the molten riffs and fiery antics of heavy f***ing metal music. Yep, in honor of the impending season 14 return of That Metal Show, the only show on television on all things hard rock and heavy metal, and the premiere of Rock Icons on VH1 Classic on Saturday, February 21st, we’re going hard and heavy with our coverage of the loudest music genre in the known universe. Hell, we’ve even got some surprises planned that are going to blow your mind. And just to show you we’re serious, we’re counting down the 28 greatest album openers in the history of hard rock and heavy metal. Get it, 28? Like, one for each day of the month. Pretty clever, huh? Check back all month long to see what else we’ve got coming your way because it’s Metal F***ing February and it’s gonna rock! Read more…

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Side One, Track One: The 25 Greatest Album Openers In Classic Rock History

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-By Frank Donovan

Today we rarely listen to entire albums, track by track, as one cohesive experience painstakingly crafted by musicians and their producers. But it used to be nothing short of crucial, especially for debut albums, to open with a bang. The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” was a jubilant yet bold testament to their new progressive, symphonic sound; Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” introduced not only their album Nevermind, but also the Seattle sound to the world. Like they say, first impressions matter!

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