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"Rocket to Russia" with the Ramones and Win!

"Win what?" you wonder, "The election?" No, no, win the Saturn V solid-rocket- booster fortieth anniversary deluxe edition  of The Ramones' third album, Rocket to Russia,  on three CDs + vinyl. This was the essential 1977 collection which…

Sting-...Blue Turtles/...Nothing Like the Sun 30th Anniversary

...Sting's sophomore solo release in October 1987,...Nothing Like the Sun, which followed up his first post-Police effort entitled The Dream of the Blue Turtles.

Talking Heads '77- 40th Anniversary- David Byrne, Jerry Harrison

In 2002, their first year of eligibility, the Talking Heads were elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. No wonder: the following year many of the same music industry people would  place no less than four Talking Heads albums onto Rolling…

Billy Idol 35th Anniversary

There was no indication from his days fronting English punk band Generation X that Billy Idol ( christened William Broad ) would be the most successful and ( along with The Clash and The Police ) among the only original London punk rockers to…

Sting-Best of 25 Years

... In The Studio classic rock interview, Sting covers a lot of ground, including paying his dues pre-Police by playing in cabarets and backing stand-up comedians; the pejorative term "Third World countries" and the "Catch 22" of developing nations; the alarming lack of heroes in our society today , and the failure of politicians to provide leadership ; ecology , global warming , and threat of pandemic disease; how fatherhood changed his relationship with his own father; losing both parents at the height of international stardom; his favorite pop songwriter; the Nordic myth that inspired "The Soul Cages"; and the satisfaction he derives from songwriting...(more)

Police- Outlandos d'Amour- Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland

"Outlandos d'Amour   has a certain grotesque, naive charm about it," Sting confesses in this rockumentary about the Police debut,"but Regatta de Blanc   was infinitely a much better record." He was absolutely correct, of course, but it was…

Pretenders- Learning to Crawl- Chrissie Hynde

 Chrissie Hynde with the life-and-death story, times two, behind one of the Eighties' great comeback albums Learning to Crawl   in this particularly tough yet tender classic rock interview about the January 1984 Pretenders effort including…