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Dire Straits 40th Anniversary- Mark Knopfler

The debut of the first Dire Straits   album is indelibly etched in my memory as the "alternative to the alternative" that Autumn 1978. While the likes of the Sex Pistols, Ramones, and Elvis Costello stole the headlines away from rock's Establishment…
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Billy Joel- 52nd Street 40th Anniversary

 William Martin Billy Joel has sold more albums in the U.S. than any pop/rock singer except for Elvis Presley. Superstar musicians in that rarified league ( and many more only pretenders to it ) always surround themselves with gaggles of managers,…
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Styx- Pieces of Eight 40th Anniversary- Tommy Shaw, James"JY" Young

Back when deejays on FM rock stations still chose the songs that you heard on the radio, before pre-scheduled computerized playlists, it wass not possible to accurately quantify exactly how many times a particular song or album was getting airplay…

Styx- Blue Collar Man- 2120 Michigan Ave, Chicago- 2004

Styx here live in blues legend Willie Dixon's recording studio at 2120 Michigan Avenue, the site of the original Chess Records, back in 2004 laying down a soul-infused reading of Tommy Shaw's working class musical manifesto "Blue Collar Man".…
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Boston- Don't Look Back 40th anniversary- Tom Scholz

Forty years ago, the sweltering Summer 1978, the band Boston was a major player in a drama playing out in Memphis TN. The band's debut Boston   two years earlier had by August  sold seven million copies on its way to becoming the top selling…

Talking Heads- Take Me to the River- NYC Central Park 8-80

I have long suffered from chronic foot in mouth disease. You know, that person with unbridled enthusiasm in social situations who just does not know quite what to say, so invariably says the wrong thing. Case in point: the first time that I…

Alan Parsons Project- Pyramid 40th Anniversary

This was my second interview with Parsons, the producer/engineer/electronic composer, the first occurring a decade earlier and specifically focused on the Alan Parson Project's breakthrough 1977 album I Robot, their second . This time we would cover the three million-sellers that followed between 1978 and 1982, Pyramid, The Turn of a Friendly Card, and Eye in the Sky. Parsons was at the time releasing the album A Valid Path, the summation of a divorce, a move from his native England to Southern California, remarrying, & building his own recording studio, where this interview was done.

Sgt Pepper's Golden Touch Eluded 1978 Movie

In 1978 a film was made about "Sgt Pepper's..."On paper the  concept couldn't possibly miss, but as Peter Frampton reveals here In the Studio, it was all lipstick on a pig.

Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band-Factory-Cleveland 8-9-78

With the release of the album Darkness on the Edge of Town in 1978, Bruce Springsteen went from the Cinemascope sweep of Born to Run three years earlier to the Rock Generation's defacto Secretary of Labor.