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Christmas with Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde

One of my favorite Christmas songs was composed and included on the legendary Learning to Crawl  album by the Pretenders, but it was a limited bonus track which appeared only on the initial vinyl pressings. Here is Chrissie Hynde discussing…

John Mellencamp- Uh Huh 35th Anniversary

" I think Uh Huh  is me finally figuring out what it is that I do," John Mellencamp sums up his first fully realized album here on its thirty-fifth anniversary. "Took me a long time, didn't it? Like, five albums or something," he chuckles.…
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YES- 90125 35th Anniversary- Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Alan White, Tony Kaye

After experiencing YES for my third tour, performing in the round on a revolving stage in Fall 1978 in Memphis, I distinctly recall thinking that this was the best way to see any band larger than a quartet.  YES had always consisted of musicians…
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Jimi Hendrix Experience-Electric Ladyland pt2-Mitch Mitchell, author John McDermott

Jimi Hendrix and his British trio the Experience created a landmark double album in 1968 called Electric Ladyland,  and   fifty years after its release it may be difficult for many to fully understand the context in which it was made and the…

30 Years Ago In the Studio: Bryan Adams 10-3-88

After a whirlwind Seattle Saturday in September 1988 with a noon interview session with Heart's Ann Wilson, followed by hamburgers on Mercer Island with Steve Miller for dinner, now I was witness to a spectacular Pacific sunset as I barreled…

The Fixx- Reach the Beach 35th anniversary- Cy Curnin, Adam Woods

"The backstage party at Woodstock had turned really mushy by then," joked The Fixx lead singer/ songwriter Cy Curnin by way of chronicling the dawn of the Eighties musically." You know, the backstage passes had been picked up (figuratively)…
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David Bowie- Let's Dance 35th Anniversary

New York City residents go to great lengths of time and expense to avoid, or at least mitigate, standing in line for the basics of living in one of the most densely populated cities in the world. That knowledge only serves to underscore the…

R.E.M.- Murmur 35th Anniversary- Michael Stipe, Peter Buck

R.E.M. "Murmur" quietly emerged thirty-five years ago and never left my essential music list.
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ZZ TOP- Eliminator 35th Anniversary- Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard

One of my secret weapons at making ROCK 103 the top-rated radio station in Memphis from 1980 through 1983 was the friendship that developed with the late legendary John Fry and his  wonderfully talented staff at the world-renowned Ardent Studios…