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Bob Dylan, ‘Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)’ – Album Review

There's no telling what was really going on in Bob Dylan's head in 1970. But that hasn't stopped fans from theorizing over the years that he was tired of his fame and looking for a way out of the mythology that had built up around him throughout the '60s.

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Metallica And Justice For All
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25 Years Ago: Metallica’s ‘…And Justice for All’ Released

After the devastating death of bassist Cliff Burton, on September 27, 1986, thrash metal heroes Metallica had to consistently prove the depth of their resiliency: first by even having the strength to carry on and achieve the most victorious album-tour cycle of their young career in the face of that unspeakable tragedy; and secondly by producing both a video tribute to Burton (‘Cliff ‘em All’) and breaking in his replacement, Jason Newsted, via 1987’s warmly received ‘The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited.’

But the real test to Metallica’s inexorable career ascension woul

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Guns N Roses Use Your Illusion
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15 Years Ago: Guns N’ Roses Cut ‘Use Your Illusion’ in Half

When Guns N' Roses released their 'Use Your Illusion I' and 'Use Your Illusion II' albums in the fall of 1991, large retail chains such as Wal-Mart and K-Mart refused to stock the titles because of the explicit lyrical content featured on tracks such as 'Back Off Bitch' and 'Pretty Tied Up.'

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Brian Johnson Joins AC/DC 33 Years Ago

This week in 1980 the second phase of AC/DC hit the charts with the album “Back In Black”. The album was the first release from the band after the death earlier in the year of Bon Scott featuring the new lead singer Brian Johnson.

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45 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Release ‘Mr. Wonderful’

As the U.K. blues-rock boom of the late '60s escalated, Fleetwood Mac were in the thick of it with their second album, 'Mr. Wonderful,' which was released in August 1968. Having just put out their debut at the start of the year, the Mac were rolling full steam ahead.

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The Beatles
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45 Years Ago: Ringo Starr Temporarily Quits the Beatles

Although they wouldn't officially disband until April 1970, the first signs that the four-headed beast known as the Beatles was starting to come apart at the seams took place on Aug. 22, 1968. A little more than six years to the day that he performed his first show with the group, drummer Ringo Starr walked out during the recording sessions for 'The Beatles.'

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Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog Have ‘Dueling Banjos’ Banjo-Off

Just when we were beginning to worry we would never see Steve Martin doing anything funny again, here he is playing 'Dueling Banjos' with Kermit the Frog!

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35 Years Ago: The Who Release ‘Who Are You’

The final album by the Who's original lineup was a product of its time. Released three years after its predecessor, 'The Who by Numbers' (which indeed sounded like the band on autopilot at times), 1978's 'Who Are You' had a lot to contend with, like punk rock, electronics insurgence and perhaps most importantly, a songwriter who seemed to be growing out of his band.

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45 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen’s Earth Play First Show

Before he was signed as a solo act, Bruce Springsteen gained a reputation as the "Fastest Guitar in Asbury Park" in a series of bands on the Jersey Shore. One of them, Earth, gave its first performance on Aug. 16, 1968, at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, N.J.

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27 Years Ago: Def Leppard’s Rick Allen Makes His First Post-Accident Concert Appearance

The only thing more awe inspiring than Rick Allen's physical recovery from a car accident that left him with one arm is the way that the Def Leppard drummer overcame immeasurable mental anguish in order to return to the stage on Aug. 16, 1986. Allen never allowed himself the time to roll around in the stink of self-pity. Today, he is trying to teach others -- including wounded war veterans -- how to overcome the obstacles along their path to recovery.

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30 Years Ago: Stray Cats Release ‘Rant N’ Rave With the Stray Cats’

It’s been 30 years since rockabilly revivalists Stray Cats strutted onto record-store shelves with ‘Rant N’ Rave With the Stray Cats,’ the first album in the trio’s career that was released at the same time in the U.S. and the U.K. 

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36 Years Ago: The Police Fire Their Original Guitarist

Every loyal rock fan knows that the Police found multiplatinum success in the '80s with a lineup consisting of Sting on bass and vocals, Stewart Copeland on drums and Andy Summers on guitar. But what a lot of people don't know is that Summers wasn't the band's original guitarist.

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