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Dave Lifton

Dave Lifton, who writes for both Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser, is a podcaster and author of several books. A native of New York, he now lives in Chicago, where he's usually staring out at Lake Michigan from his apartment or getting into arguments with Bears fans. Also, he likes Bruce Springsteen and pulled pork sandwiches.
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Meet Dave Van Ronk, The Artist Who Inspired ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

'Inside Llewyn Davis,' the new Coen Brothers movie that is generating Oscar buzz, takes place around the Greenwich Village scene of the early '60s. The film is believed to be loosely based on the life of Dave Van Ronk, whose name is familiar to scholars of folk music, but not very well-known outside of it. To prepare you for the movie, we give you this introduction to the man known as the "Mayor of MacDougal Street."

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42 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Concert Fire Inspires ‘Smoke on the Water’

On Dec. 4, 1971, the small town of Montreux, Switzerland, became a place forever linked to rock history. A fire at the Montreux Casino during a concert by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention inspired Deep Purple's classic 'Smoke on the Water.'

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Bob Dylan
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Bob Dylan Charged With Hate Crime In France

Given that songs like 'Blowin' in the Wind,' 'Only a Pawn in Their Game' and 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll' perfectly captured the mood of the Civil Rights Movement, you'd think Bob Dylan would be one of the last people to be accused of racism. But the legendary songwriter has officially been accused by French authorities of "public insult and inciting hate."

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The Faces Inducted into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame

We're as shocked as you are given the competition but, for the second consecutive month, Rod Stewart has knocked off Led Zeppelin in the finals of the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, as the Faces took with 57 percent of the vote. With the win, Stewart joins George Harrison as the only two-time inductee into the Hall of Fame, while Zep gets a third and final chance at induction.

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Duets Between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson Might Get Released

In 1983, Freddie Mercury recorded some tracks with Michael Jackson that have remained in Queen's vault. Now, drummer Roger Taylor tells us that he and Brian May have completed them, and the songs will see the light of day, pending approval from Jackson's estate.

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Van Halen
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David Lee Roth Offers Timetable for New Van Halen Album

It was 14 years between Van Halen's last two albums (or even longer if you don't want to count the Gary Cherone debacle), but it seems like we won't have to wait nearly as long for new music from them again. In a new interview, David Lee Roth says that they could have something ready by the middle of 2015.

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Garth Brooks
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Garth Brooks Covers Eagles, Queen + Many More Classic Rockers on New ‘Roots’ Collection

Country superstar Garth Brooks has never been shy about his rock influences, from smashing his guitars onstage to his hit re-working of Billy Joel's 'Shameless.' His new eight-disc box set, 'Blame It All on My Roots,' which was released on Thanksgiving Day, features four discs of covers, two of which are packed with his favorite rock songs.

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Guns N' Roses
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Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Says He’s ‘Out’ If He Can’t Pursue Solo Career

For all the benefits of being in Guns N' Roses, for Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal it has one particular drawback. In a new interview, the guitarist says that it's been very difficult to keep his solo career afloat, and that he would leave the band if he had to choose.

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Paul McCartney
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Paul McCartney Sponsors Sumo Wrestling Tournament

In this day and age where it becomes more and more difficult for artists to promote their work, Paul McCartney deserves credit for looking for new ways. The legend recently sponsored the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan, and put in a personal appearance.

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