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Kinks-Low Budget 35th Anniversary-Ray Davies

The Kinks were probably a lock for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction for their British Invasion Sixties output alone, but the middle 1970s were tough going for them until reclaiming their rock bona fides with a trifecta of revitalized rock on 1977′s Sleepwalker, 1978′s Misfits, and their biggest seller ever, Low...
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Johnny Winter, Texas Guitar Legend, Passes Away on Tour

It is with sadness that we confirm the death of Beaumont, Texas legendary blues rock guitarist/ singer/ songwriter Johnny Winter while on tour in Austria. Here at In the Studio, we had obtained Johnny Winter’s still unreleased impressive next album Step Back which became a guitar summit meeting featuring Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons,...
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Alice Cooper-Mascara and Monsters-Best

Alice Cooper was the first rock star to fall to substance abuse…and survive. Think about it: Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Keith Moon, Elvis Presley. To 99% of us, the first indication that those titans of rock had a dangerous addiction was when we read the headlines that they were already dead. ...
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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers-Red River

This gem from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers‘  full album Hypnotic Eye potentially could be the biggest song for them since “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” in the mid-’90s. Check out these lyrics by following along after clicking the Big Green Button. Hypnotic Eye is out now & the tour starts Sunday with Steve...
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Don Henley-The End of the Innocence 25th anniversary

The evening before my first interview with him was scheduled to occur regarding his third solo album The End of the Innocence, Don Henley wanted to check me out. You see, Henley doesn’t suffer fools lightly, and now that I’ve lived for more than 30 years among the rural Northeast Texas hard-scrabble ranchers...
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Pink Floyd Reportedly Releasing”The Endless River”in October

Hopes are exceedingly high on the news from Pink Floyd lyricist ( and David Gilmour spouse) Polly Samson that unreleased music which began twenty years ago by Gilmour, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, & the late PF keyboard player Rick Wright during The Division Bell sessions is now scheduled for October release as...
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Cars-Candy O-35th Anniversary-Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes

By the July 4th 1979 holiday, a scant fourteen months after The Cars‘ debut album had surprised all but a handful of early adopters around their Boston assembly line, all eyes and ears were trained upon the quintet’s next model, Candy O. The consensus that The Cars’ debut was one of the strongest...
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Eric Johnson-Europe Live

The kind of gushing, jaw-dropping reaction to Austin guitarist/ singer/ songwriter Eric Johnson has been pretty much consistent since he started attracting heady praise in the mi-1970s as guitarist in the Electromagnets. By 1980 Eric Johnson was already developing an almost mythical reputation as a spectacular player, enough to garner the cover story...
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Soundgarden-Superunknown 20th Anniversary-Chris Cornell

When it came time for Soundgarden to enter the studio in 1993, the song stash was empty, a daunting creative challenge to main songwriter Chris Cornell. All of the ripe musical fruit had been harvested for the series of singles,  EPs, and three  albums including Badmotorfinger, but Chris found the un-tilled earth liberating...
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Crosby, Stills, & Nash 45th Anniversary-David, Stephen, Graham

Graham Nash tells several back stories about the formation of Crosby, Stills, and Nash and that legendary debut forty-five years ago in his entertaining autobiography Wild Tales. Regarding their unique triad harmonies first displayed in such Hall of Fame classics as “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, “You Don’t Have to Cry”, “Wooden Ships”,”Guinevere”, and...
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