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George Harrison On ‘Extra Texture’: ‘I Was In A Real Down Place’

This week in 1975, George Harrison’s final album under his contract with Apple Records and EMI was released. George later described ‘Extra Texture (Read All About It)’ as “a grubby album, in a way. The production left a lot to be desired, as did my performance. I was in a real down place.

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Kansas: ‘Masque Is A Kind of Metamorphosis’

Released in September 1975, Masque was described as a “concept album” in the liner notes. If you liked Kansas, you liked this album although I knew a few people who bought Masque just for the album cover art. It’s a portrait made with fish, eels, rays, shells, turtles and coral.

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‘Joe’s Garage, Act I’: A ‘Stupid Little Story About How The Government Is Going To Do Away With Music’

Released in September 1979, Joe’s Garage, Act I made it to No. 27 on the Billboard 200, while Acts II & III reached No. 53. Frank Zappa once referred to Joe’s Garage as a “stupid little story about how the government is going to do away with music.” Over the years, its reputation has grown. Today it stands as one of Zappa’s best albums

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Lookin’ Back

Bob Seger's song Lookin’ Back was originally released as a single in September of 1971. Four years later it was recorded at Cobo Hall for Live Bullet and I was one of thousands of crazy people in the crowd. I met Bob Seger backstage for the second time. The first time was at the old IMA in downtown Flint when Beautiful Looser came out. He offered me a bottle of beer from an ice-filled garbage can, my first Heineken.

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The Beatles At Olympia Stadium [VIDEO]

Here’s video from The Beatles performance on September 6, 1964 at the former home of the Detroit Red Wings. The Bill Black Combo, The Exciters, Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry and Jackie DeShannon were other acts on the bill.

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The Ramones’ Star-Studded Final Show 19 Years Ago [VIDEOS]

It’s hard to believe The Ramones never had a No. 1 hit. One of the greatest punk rock bands in the world performed over 2,000 live shows and on August 6, 1996, they played their final gig. They weren’t going out without a bang. The Ramones booked the Palace in Los Angeles and invited a Who’s Who of 90s rock. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell

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First Solo Project From Robert Plant

This week in 1982, Robert Plant released his first solo album, "Pictures At Eleven." The collection would top out at #5 on the charts. From the August 16, 1982 Rolling Stone Magazine a review of the album by Kurt Loder. Here's what Kurt had to say.

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The Rolling Stones First Concert Appearance In California 51 Years Ago

This week in 1964, The Rolling Stones had their first #1 record on the charts in England with song 'It's All Over Now'. Three months later they would be appearing in the U.S.A. at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and a concert called "T.A.M.I" which stands for "Teenage Awards Music International".

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‘Tonight’s The Night’: Neil Young Mourns Two Friends [VIDEO]

Tonight’s The Night, released forty years ago this week in 1975, stands as one of the most defining albums in Neil Young’s relentless zigzagging between acoustic and plugged-in, commercial and off-beat, hard and soft.

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Marc Bolan Looking For Freaky Lead Guitarist & Astral Flyers

An ad reading “Freaky lead guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan’s new group. Also any other astral flyers like with cars, amplification and that which never grows in window boxes” appeared in Melody Maker forty eight years ago this week.

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A Bed-In For Peace [VIDEO]

John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded “Give Peace A Chance” 46 years ago today in Room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal during their second Bed-In For Peace (May 26, 1969 - June 2, 1969). Their first bed-in was staged during their honeymoon at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam.

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38 Special Catches On 33 Years Ago

This week in 1982, those good old boys 38 Special had their million selling album "Special Forces" hit the music charts and would eventually make it up to #10. The collection would be their biggest album ever.

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