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Neil Young’s Time in the Ditch: A Retrospective

Neil Young has had a long and eventful career. He’s achieved fantastic success, and also experienced significant lows, both professionally and personally. It seems that Neil Young is a man who also is at his best in times of turmoil, particularly during times of personal turmoil.

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Rough and Rowdy Ways: Bob Dylan’s Latter-Day Defining Moment

Over the decade’s Bob Dylan has seen and sung on just about every important topic of the last half-century. We find ourselves as a nation collapsing unto itself, and directly into a great divide. It’s a chasm of our own doing. Our blatant refusal to be kind and decent to one another is coming to a head now. What happens next is in our hands.

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The New Abnormal: Your Soundtrack to the Apocalypse

When the Strokes show up – we know it. When they hit – they hit hard. And when they do what they do– no one does it better. This is an album that for better or worse, will define a moment in time.

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Top-5 Rhythm Sections Essential to Jazz, Funk, Soul and, Rock

The rhythm section. Often overlooked, or all together forgotten, but none the less essential to the Jazz, Funk, Soul and Rock genres. Yes, it’s true, that without bass and drums, music would be nothing more than an endless void of overly flamboyant lead singers and noodling guitar players.

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Remembering Little Richard

On December 5th of 1932, Richard Wayne Penniman, also known as Little Richard, screamed into this world, and didn’t stop screaming for the next 87 years.

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Am I a Punk or a Poseur?

I had a rough time growing up. I had no group. From a young age, I was attracted to the rebels, renegades, and antiheros. I loved the shake, rattle, and roll of Elvis Presley. I was fascinated with the idea of Outlaw Country perpetuated by Johnny Cash. Most importantly, I loved the way they seemed to piss people off.

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High Fidelity: A Mix-Tape of Life, Love and Vinyl

I’m twenty years old. I’ve just read the opening lines of Nick Hornsby’s novel High Fidelity. I’m hooked. I knew then and there that this was something that would require repeat readings for the rest of my life.

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Chris Knight: A Singular Songwriter

“My roots are anchored solid. I ain’t machinery…I’m a man.” These are the words of one of my absolute favorite song writers, Chris Knight. You probably haven’t heard of him, but I aim to change that.

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One for the Guitar Players

Before the 1950’s there really wasn’t any such thing as “Rock ‘n’ Roll” as we know it today. Mostly a new form of music, dreamed up by the likes of Les Paul, and other like minded men of the day. These were men no longer interested by the politics of folk. These were men who lacked the time, and energy for the complexity of jazz.

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