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16 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Releases ‘Time Out of Mind’
As an artist who had already reinvented himself several times over the years, Bob Dylan’s 1997 rebirth turned out to be not only his greatest comeback but also the greatest third act in rock ‘n’ roll history. Partly inspired by his own mortality, partly inspired by his own mythology and partly inspi…
35 Years Ago: Aerosmith’s ‘Live! Bootleg’ Released
You could make a strong case that 1978 was “the year of the live album,” with a slew of now-legendary releases including AC/DC’s ‘If You Want Blood (You’ve Got it),’ The Band’s ‘Last Waltz,’ Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Some Enchanted Evening,’ David Bowie’s ‘Stage,’ Kansas’ ‘Two for the Show,’ Ted Nugent’s …
40 Years Ago: ‘Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert’ Debuts
From his days at New York's famed Brill Building, through the behind-the-scenes power struggle with the Monkees and on through the years, Don Kirshner's position in the world or pop music in unquestionable. "The Man with the Golden Ear," as he was commonly known, built his legend as a mav…
48 Years Ago: ‘The Beatles’ Animated Series Premieres
48 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play . . .
Actually, that's not true, but it was 48 years ago -- on Sept. 25, 1965 -- that ABC first broadcast 'The Beatles,' a 30-minute Saturday morning cartoon that became an instant ratings smash for the network. Several years before they all liv…
41 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Vol. 4′
Metal pioneers Black Sabbath were reaching beyond their heavy musical roots by the time they recorded their fourth album in 1972, coming up with an amalgam of classic heavy riffing, a growing sense of melody, and even some touches of progressive rock. The album endures as a classic today - even thou…
35 Years Ago: Blondie Release ‘Parallel Lines’
In 1978, Blondie began to skyrocket to the big time. When the band first appeared on the scene at famed NYC club CBGB in 1975, they were dismissed as a '60s throwback pop group. But they had the last laugh, becoming the most successful act to emerge form that rock 'n' roll underg…

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