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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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Freddie Mercury Biopic Gets a New Star

After months of delays, word is now circulating that Dexter Fletcher has been tapped to direct the Freddie Mercury biopic. Perhaps more importantly, Ben Whishaw will play Freddie Mercury, replacing Sacha Baron Cohen, who left over the summer.

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David Bowie, Rolling Stones Lead Classic Rock Nominees for 2014 Grammys

David Bowie and the Rolling Stones were among the classic rockers who have been nominated for 2014 Grammy Awards. The nominees were announced last night (Dec. 6).

Bowie, the Stones, Black Sabbath and Paul McCartney each have three nominat

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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 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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