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Michael Gallucci is the senior editor at Ultimate Classic Rock. His previous gigs include editor of chief at Diffuser.fm, managing editor of Cleveland Scene and writing about music and movies for All Music Guide, American Songwriter, the A.V. Club, Goldmine, M Music & Musicians, Paste, Spin, the Village Voice and other publications and websites.
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50 Years Ago: Bob Dylan’s ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ Album Released

 

Bob Dylan was already the darling of the modern folk movement when he released his second album on May 27, 1963. 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' is the LP that delivered on Dylan's early promise and provided his springboard to legendary status.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Play New ‘Pawn Stars’ Theme

Lynyrd Skynyrd played their new theme song for the TV show 'Pawn Stars' at an event held for the program in Las Vegas last month. The song, 'Winning Isn't Everything,' has been available on iTunes since April 30. You can see a video of the live performance above.

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Billy Joel Clears Up DUI, Bankruptcy Rumors

Billy Joel opens up about a lot of things in a new interview with The New York Times Magazine, including dating, not writing any new pop songs and Elton John's "mom hair." But he also addresses two subjects the tabloids have mostly focused on since Joel stopped making pop records two decades ago: his drinking and the state of his finances.

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Roger Daltrey Tells Howard Stern About the Time He Knocked Out Pete Townshend

Roger Daltrey set the record straight about the time he knocked out Pete Townshend today. The Who singer told Howard Stern, on his radio program and TV show, that the story, which Townshend told a couple of years ago, is indeed true.

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40 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Release ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’

The numbers attached to ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ are pretty impressive. More than 50 million copies sold worldwide. Fifteen straight years on Billboard’s album chart. Consistently ranked in the Top 10 of many best-albums-ever-made polls. But Pink Floyd’s achievements with their eighth LP go deeper than that. In a way, their 1973 epic changed the way people made and listened to albums. Forty years after its release, there’s still no better head trip -- legally at least -- available.

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Eric Clapton, ‘Old Sock’ – Album Review

There comes a point in most artists’ careers where they just don’t care about making records anymore. Or at least they don’t care about making records that their fans want to hear. They tour sporadically, playing the old songs to pay the bills. And they release new albums every five years or so because they feel it’s something they should do. Eric Clapton got to this point years ago, but on his 21st solo album, ‘Old Sock,’ he settles into not caring like it’s his full-time job these days.

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25 Years Ago: The Beatles’ ‘Past Masters’ Albums Released

EMI's decision to overhaul the Beatles catalog in 1987, spurred by the CD revolution, was a long time coming. For more than 20 years the world’s most popular band’s albums were known one way to U.S. fans and another way to fans in Europe.

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David Bowie, ‘The Next Day’ – Album Review

Nobody really expected anything from David Bowie at this point, let alone his best album in 30 years. After virtually disappearing following the release and aborted tour in support of 2003’s underwhelming ‘Reality,’ even the rock ‘n’ roll changeling’s biggest fans figured he was finished. He was rarely seen in public, and there certainly were no rumors swirling about a new record or anything like that.

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