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Musicians Who’ve Flexed Their Acting Chops By Playing Classic Artists

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With the release of Jimi: All Is By My Side, fans have glimpsed Andre 3000 in his starring role as Jimi Hendrix. The rapper holds his own in the biographical film, giving a great portrayal of the legendary rock star. Of course, the OutKast star isn’t the first musician tapped to depict an iconic artist on the big screen.

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Andre 3000′s Transformation Into Jimi Hendrix Is The Highlight Of Jimi: All Is By My Side

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The highly anticipated Jimi Hendrix biographical film, Jimi: All Is By My Side, opens today in select cities. The movie explores the late legend’s life from 1966 through 1967, just ahead of his U.S. breakthrough. However, Hendrix won’t be the only musician at the forefront of viewers’ minds. Andre Benjamin a.k.a. Andre 3000 shines in the lead role as the rock star, the rapper’s first major film role in six years.

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10 Music Legends Who Eerily Predicted Their Own Death

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It’s not news to say that rock ‘n’ roll is a pretty dangerous lifestyle. From plane crashes, drug overdoses, murders, freak accidents, and even stage mishaps, it makes sense that many musicians contemplate their own premature demise a little more often than most folks. But some stars have had eerily specific visions that tragically came true.

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20 Legendary Rockers That Changed Music With A Fender Guitar In Their Hands

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This past Sunday was the birthday of one of the legends of the electric guitar, though it wasn’t as a player that he made his fame. Born on August 10th in 1909, Leo Fender however did irrevocably change not just guitar playing but music itself with his introduction of the first mass-produced solid body electric guitars (the Telecaster), the electric bass (the Precision or “P-Bass”) and his myriad amplifier innovations. He also invented perhaps the coolest looking electric guitar ever, the Stratocaster, whose sleek look and bold curves is an almost visual representation of rock n’ roll. Starting with musicians like Buddy Holly and Dick Dale, rockers took to Fender guitars, basses and amps early and are a major reason much of rock sounds the way it does. Read more…

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Wish You Were Here: The 10 Greatest Posthumous Classic Rock Records

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Classic rock fans were abuzz last week with the news that Pink Floyd would be releasing their first new record in 20 years. The album, titled The Endless River, is to be released this October and feature posthumous 1994 recordings with founding keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008. David Gilmour’s wife, and sometime Pink Floyd lyricist, Polly Samson described the record as “Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.” Read more…

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The Last Words Of 15 Music Legends

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We’ve offered up many reminders that rock ‘n’ roll has more than its fair share of occupational hazards, from plane crashes, drug overdoses, murders, freak accidents, and even stage mishaps. Tragically, we’ve lost so many of music’s finest far too soon, but now we’d like to share their final messages with the world. Yes, these are their last words before they went up to that great gig in the sky.

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Off To A Good Start: The 40 Greatest Debut Singles In Music

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We rarely get things right the first time, but the same can’t be said for these stellar artists. They came fresh out of the recording studio gate with unforgettable songs that still have us talking even after all this time! A musician’s first single is like their mission statement to the world, offering the words and style that best define them…in three minutes or less. These debut tracks often give us our very first taste of a fresh new sound, or the first impression of a future legend.

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A Very VH1 Classic New Year’s: Rockin’ Anthems To Ring In 2014!

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The biggest party night of the year is here and you’re going to need some righteous jams to keep you rocking to midnight. While there aren’t that many classic rock songs specifically about New Years, there are a hell of a lot about partying down and knocking back a few cold ones and we know that is definitely on the menu tonight. I mean, your better half doesn’t honestly expect you to celebrate New Year’s Freakin’ Eve with some lame P!nk or Miley Cyrus tunes do they? What you need is some hot rockin’ songs to keep you and up and take things to the next level so here are some of the hottest classic rock party joints, seasonal or otherwise, to help you ring in 2014! Read more…