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This Day in Music Spotlight: John Lennon Fights Nixon, and Wins

John Lennon had arrived in New York in September 1971 for a short visit with Yoko Ono. Basically, the trip was set up so that Yoko could look for her daughter, Kyoko, who had been kidnapped by her father during his and Yoko’s custody battle. They didn’t find Kyoko, but Lennon, in particular, found peace in New York and rediscovered moments of the kind of anonymity he’d long lost in his homeland. ...

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This Day in Music Spotlight – Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’ Hits No. 1

It’s tough to know what must have felt better for Peter Gabriel on this day in 1986: finding out that he had scored his first No. 1 hit in the U.S. or hearing the news that he had replaced his former band at the top spot. His blockbuster single “Sledgehammer” went over big-time and replaced the previous chart-topper, Genesis’ “Invisible Touch.” ...

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This Day in Music Spotlight – Bob Dylan Goes ‘Electric’

Before rock and rollers dipped into the folk music world in the mid-’60s, the folk scene was largely academic with students and professors studying rather than feeling the American traditional music of yesteryear. That would all change in the’60s, of course, as artists like Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds and Neil Young and other young rock and rollers fused and blended folk, blues, country and rock and roll ...

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Lzzy Hale Chalks Up Another Milestone

Chalk up another milestone for Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale. The band’s most recent single, “Amen,” is set to hit Number One on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart next week, making Halestorm only the second female-fronted rock act to achieve that distinction three times. Since the chart’s 1981 inception, only The Pretty Reckless, fronted by Taylor Momsen, can lay claim to the same achievement. ...

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Keith Richards Hosts Listening Party

On Tuesday night (July 21), Richards joined several dozen guests at Manhattan’s Electric Lady Studios to preview Crosseyed Heart, his first solo album in 23 years. As reported by Rolling Stone, Richards and drummer Steve Jordan stationed themselves in a corner of the room, where Richards offered commentary as the tracks played. ...

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10 Things You May Not Know About Slash

Slash has weathered the rock ‘n’ roll storm, going from playing lead guitar in one of the biggest rock bands of all time, Guns N’ Roses, to forging ahead with his solo work, backed by Myles Kennedy (of Alter Bridge) and the Conspirators. Here are 10 things you may not know about Slash. ...

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