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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Real Reason Songwriters Keep Stealing Tom Petty's Rifs

Tom Petty’s copyright settlement with Sam Smith, announced Monday, marks at least the third time that Petty has heard similarities between his own songs and more recent hits by other artists. 
I think there’s a reason this keeps happening to Petty in particular: His music is so simple that a song can hardly play with the building blocks of rock ‘n’ roll without evoking a Petty hit.
To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in Slate, click here.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I Want to Hold Your History Book Makes McCartney Amazed

Paul McCartney understands the Beatles' overwhelming impact on music history, but he's still blown away by the band's presence in literal history books used in school classrooms.

"To be told – as I was years ago now – that the Beatles were in my kid's history books? That was like 'What?! Unbelievable, man!'" McCartney said in a recent Q&A for Lily Cole's Impossible website.

To continue reading this story, which 1st appeared in Rolling Stone, click here.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Rock's Top 10 Loser Songs

Even rock stars get down on themselves sometimes, a topic we’re investigating in the Top 10 Loser 

Songs. You’d think the artists below — people with talent, fame, groupies and money — wouldn’t be

so depressed about love and luck, but these songs prove otherwise. 

Rod Stewart sang about female frustration. Tom Petty railed against being forgotten. John 

Lennon wrote about feeling like a phony. Even those who appear to want for nothing can’t have it 

all, which might be of some consolation when the rest of us feel lame. So, the next time you’re lost 

and despondent, commiserate with these Top 10 Loser Songs.

To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in Ultimate Classic Rock, click here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bob Dylan Is Doing American Standards HIs Way

For a man who has lived in the public eye for more than 50 years, Bob Dylan is fiercely private. 
When he’s not on stage — since 1988, he’s maintained a performance schedule so relentless it’s known as the Never Ending Tour — he slips back into anonymity.

 But early last summer, Dylan’s representatives reached out and told me he wanted to speak to AARP The Magazine about his new project. “I don’t work at Rolling Stone anymore,” I told them, thinking it was a case of crossed wires, since I put in 20 years there. No, they said, there’s no mistake; he wants to talk to your readers.

To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in AARP magazine, click here.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Greg Allman Discusses His Career, Competing with His Brother

Gregg Allman is a legend. 

He either coined the term "Southern rock" himself or inspired it with the Allman Brothers Band. 

Gregg kept the band going for 45 years through countless reformations and pushed on after the fatal motorcycle crash of his brother Duane Allman. The group only recently called it a day this past October.

To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in New Times, click here.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Are These the Best 10 Classic Rock Double Albums of All-Time?

Releasing a double album in the ’60s and ’70s was a rite of passage. 

Even if an artist had no reason, let alone the material, to put out a two-record album, it was 

something that just needed to be done sometime during a career. The best double albums don’t 

leave you picking out half of the songs you’d think would work better on a single LP. 

For the most part, there’s nothing disposable on the records that made our list of the Top 10 Double 

Albums. Every single one of them belongs in your collection.

To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in Ultimate Classic Rock, click here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

51 Years Ago It was Meet The Beatles

It may have taken Capitol Records a year to decide to distribute the Beatles in America, 

but when it did, the label quickly flooded the market with music.

The first entry, ‘Meet the Beatles!,’ reached shelves on Jan. 20, 1964.

To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in Ultimate Classic Rock, click here.

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