by (@brianajflynn)

Dude Looks Like A Lady: Your Favorite Rockers In Drag

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Original as they may be, there are a few things all famous rockers have in common: attitude, a love of music and occasionally… dressing in drag.
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15 Classic Songs With Truly Tragic Backstories

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Musicians are known for being a sad bunch. They often channel their feelings in a much more refined way than you or I am capable of — song, and we love them for it. Some artists in particular were affected by a tragedy in one way or another, and retold the story through song. Others produced songs that had tragic backstories. From James Taylor‘s “Fire And Rain” to Led Zeppelin‘s “All My Love,” here are 15 classic songs associated with real-life tragic tales.

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10 Truly Insane Music Museums + Shrines

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By Frank Donovan

We here at VH1 music consider ourselves pretty big music fans and connoisseurs, but even we have our limits. Some music lovers will go so far as to devote their entire lives to a single artist–becoming experts and authorities on their lives, collecting and displaying memorabilia and artifacts. From grand gestures like building exact replicas of Britney Spears’ bedroom and Elvis Presley‘s Graceland mansion, to protecting minutiae like Johnny Cash‘s AmEx and a guitar pick that Keith Richards threw at you, the time and effort put in to these 10 museums and shrines put even MTV Fanatic (RIP) fans to shame.

Check out these 10 totally bonkers museums and shrines dedicated to musical heroes.

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The 10 Greatest Rock Movies You’ll Never See

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Try to imagine a Beatles-produced Lord of the Rings starring Paul McCartney as Frodo and John Lennon as Gollum. Now ponder A Clockwork Orange with Mick Jagger as bowler-hatted psycho Alex and Keith Richards as his number-two droog, Georgie. How about Pink Floyd scoring the otherworldly soundtrack to Dune? Or Van Halen blowing up Rock-‘n’ Roll High School?

While these premises may sound like bong-scented conversation snippets among vintage rock and cult movie fans, each and every one of those film possibilities came tantalizingly close to becoming celluloid reality.

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11 Classic Rockers Who Went New Wave For One Album

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In the uncanny pop valley at the dawn of the ’80s—specifically, after disco and before MTV—the music industry bet big on new wave to be the future of rock. Punk had proven too (ob)noxious for mainstream tastes (and heavy metal was essentially taking care of itself), so the record biz turned to the safety-pin brigade’s arty, quirky, less abrasive offshoot “new wave.” Two forms were most prevalent: peppy power-pop as embodied by the Knack and synthesizer-driven dance weirdness on the order of Devo.

Many other new wave acts fell somewhere in between, with Elvis Costello, Blondie, Talking Heads, Billy Idol, and Duran Duran dominating dawn-of-the-’80s radio airwaves and LP sales. It all seemed to spell doom to a multitude of longhaired, bell-bottomed, meanderingly jamming ’70s rockers that had previously ruled radio and record stores. Some of the previous decade’s arena-packers stood their ground and waited for new wave to get old and dry up. Others, though, adjusted their looks and sounds in an attempt to evolve, embracing the notion of “pogo or perish”—at least for a while.

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20 Major Artists Forced Into Contractually Obligated Works By Their Label

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Just because you’re a famous musician doesn’t mean you have carte blanche to do whatever you want. The power of a record contract keeps musicians in check, and sometimes forcing them to do things they’d rather not. From Van Morrison to the Strokes; David Bowie to the Rolling Sones; Marvin Gaye to Meat Loaf, some of the biggest musicians of all time have been forced by duty (and the risk of being sued!) to make albums to fulfil their contractual obligations.

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Controversial Music Moments of the Past That Are No Big Deal Today

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Today’s brash and illicit images in the media have completely desensitized the minds of music lovers. Nicki Minaj‘s overtly sexual “Anaconda” art cover sparked initial shock but quickly blew over once people realized seeing a person’s butt wasn’t anything new. The same goes for rockers dressing in drag, singers getting caught lip syncing and the occasional sex tape scandal. Is it sad to say that in 2014, controversy is not as controversial anymore? Well, yes and no. It’s still a big deal when Rihanna shows up to a red carpet basically naked in a sheer dress but we’ve seen Cher do that at the Oscars more than 20 years ago. Check out original controversial music moments that paved that way for outrageous moments today.

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