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  • Richard Hell on New Memoir: 'I Never Really Thought of Anything I Did As 'Punk''

    Richard Hell on New Memoir: 'I Never Really Thought of Anything I Did As 'Punk'' | ARTICLE

    "I wanted to have a life of adventure," writes Richard Hell in his clear-eyed, surprisingly moving new autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp. "I didn't want anybody telling me what to do." The...

    March 27, 2013 1:20 PM ET
  • Late Bloomer Charles Bradley Eager to Release Second Soul Album

    Late Bloomer Charles Bradley Eager to Release Second Soul Album | ARTICLE

    Charles Bradley waited more than 60 years to tell his story on his debut album, 2011's No Time for Dreaming. Even as he was touring relentlessly to support that album with his backing group, Brooklyn's Menahan Street...

    February 21, 2013 2:35 PM ET
  • Modern Lovers' 'Roadrunner' Proposed as Massachusetts' Official Rock Song

    Modern Lovers' 'Roadrunner' Proposed as Massachusetts' Official Rock Song | ARTICLE

    Jonathan Richman used to describe "Roadrunner," the best-known song by his band the Modern Lovers, as a "geographical love song." Now his affection for his home state is on the verge of being institutionalized: there is a...

    February 18, 2013 3:55 PM ET
  • Tim Hardin - Songwriter Dylan Once Called 'the Greatest' - Set for Revival

    Tim Hardin - Songwriter Dylan Once Called 'the Greatest' - Set for Revival | ARTICLE

    As a toddler, Damion Hardin once knocked over a guitar in his parents' home in Woodstock. The guitar belonged to Bob Dylan, who was annoyed. That didn't stop Dylan from calling Damion's father, the late Tim...

    February 13, 2013 11:45 AM ET
  • Brazil Nightclub Fire Creates Blowback for Concert Industry

    Brazil Nightclub Fire Creates Blowback for Concert Industry | ARTICLE

    This week, the special effects company Strictly FX will meet with fire department officials in New Orleans, where they'll present a massive workbook full of licenses, insurance forms, product information and checklists. It's part of the process...

    January 31, 2013 12:25 PM ET
  • Steven Tyler Slams 'Spinal Tap' in Rare Library of Congress Interviews

    Steven Tyler Slams 'Spinal Tap' in Rare Library of Congress Interviews | ARTICLE

    A few years before he retired, record industry executive Joe Smith began recording interviews with the biggest pop, rock and jazz stars of his lifetime, many of whom he signed as the head of several labels, including...

    December 27, 2012 2:55 PM ET
  • Adam Yauch's Film Company Carrying Out His Vision

    Adam Yauch's Film Company Carrying Out His Vision | ARTICLE

    After brothers Bill and Turner Ross screened their new film for the first time at SXSW earlier this year, they went to lunch with representatives of Oscilloscope Laboratories, the film distribution company started by the late...

    December 26, 2012 2:20 PM ET
  • Q&A: The Coup's Boots Riley on Occupying Minds With Music

    Q&A: The Coup's Boots Riley on Occupying Minds With Music | ARTICLE

    The Coup's Boots Riley knows the power of a dire warning. His group's second album, Genocide and Juice, first came to life as backing tracks for the late provocateur Gil Scott-Heron. Yet the deeply committed activist, a...

    November 29, 2012 2:40 PM ET
  • The Ghetto Brothers, Pioneers of Hip-Hop Culture, Get Album Reissue

    The Ghetto Brothers, Pioneers of Hip-Hop Culture, Get Album Reissue | ARTICLE

    Benjy Melendez and his brother Robert still get together every Friday in their Bronx studio, practicing songs they wrote together more than 40 years ago. These days, it's a low-key affair. Back then, however, it felt like...

    November 20, 2012 2:30 PM ET
  • First Song From Johnny Marr's Solo Debut

    First Song From Johnny Marr's Solo Debut | VIDEO

    The Messenger, Johnny Marr's forthcoming album, grew out of the guitarist's urge to return to Manchester, the place of his youth. The architect of the tragically short-lived Smiths' one-of-a-kind sound had been living with his family...

    November 13, 2012 2:45 PM ET
  • Aerosmith Rock Free Show in Front of Old Boston Apartment

    Aerosmith Rock Free Show in Front of Old Boston Apartment | ARTICLE

    "Where we all live ain't a soul around," Aerosmith sang on "Movin' Out," the first song Steven Tyler and Joe Perry wrote together. A little after noon on Monday, it was a mob scene, with thousands of...

    November 5, 2012 4:40 PM ET
  • Springsteen Leads Stars in Sandy Benefit

    Springsteen Leads Stars in Sandy Benefit | ARTICLE

    "I was born in Staten Island," Christina Aguilera said at the top of the broadcast. Most of the hosts and performers crammed into the benefit show Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together have direct connections to the Eastern Seaboard...

    November 3, 2012 7:50 AM ET
  • A Pocket Guide to Republican Rockers

    A Pocket Guide to Republican Rockers | ARTICLE

    The few, the proud, the right-wing dudes with guitars: An exhaustive search by Rolling Stone's research team has found the rockers who actually cop to voting conservative, from Kid Rock to Ted Nugent and beyond. Read on...

    October 25, 2012 10:50 AM ET
  • Led Zeppelin Concert Film Director: 'This Is How the Band Will Be Remembered'

    Led Zeppelin Concert Film Director: 'This Is How the Band Will Be Remembered' | ARTICLE

    Led Zeppelin is often discussed in terms of their enormity. They were the world's biggest rock band; they sang about mountains and epics and laid down the hammer of the gods. However, according to Dick Carruthers,...

    October 16, 2012 2:30 PM ET
  • Jack Kerouac's Lost 'Beat Generation' Play Premieres

    Jack Kerouac's Lost 'Beat Generation' Play Premieres | ARTICLE

    Rumors of a movie based on Jack Kerouac's On the Road have been around for so long that Montgomery Clift, who died in 1966, was once floated for a leading role. Francis Ford Coppola bought the rights...

    October 11, 2012 1:45 PM ET
  • Morrissey Induces Swooning in Boston Tour Opener

    Morrissey Induces Swooning in Boston Tour Opener | ARTICLE

    Morrissey doesn't need your help. "It's my life to wreck my own way," he crooned languidly on "Alma Matters," two songs into the kickoff date of his latest American tour at the gilded, palatial Wang Theatre...

    October 6, 2012 2:29 PM ET
  • Levon Helm Band Sets Date for 'Midnight Ramble Sessions Vol. 3'

    Levon Helm Band Sets Date for 'Midnight Ramble Sessions Vol. 3' | ARTICLE

    Click to listen to Levon Helm's 'Same Thing' Set for release on November 20th, the third installment of the Levon Helm Band's Midnight Ramble Sessions...

    September 24, 2012 7:00 AM ET
  • Q&A: Author Michael Chabon on the Vinyl Soul of 'Telegraph Avenue'

    Q&A: Author Michael Chabon on the Vinyl Soul of 'Telegraph Avenue' | ARTICLE

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon has an essay in a recent issue of Rolling Stone on what he calls "backbeat jazz" – the hard bop and soul-jazz that inspired his teeming new novel, Telegraph Avenue. The...

    September 14, 2012 1:30 PM ET
  • Q&A: David Byrne Explains 'How Music Works'

    Q&A: David Byrne Explains 'How Music Works' | ARTICLE

    Just as he's debuting his new work with St. Vincent, the creatively insatiable David Byrne is also publishing a book, called How Music Works. Beautifully designed by Dave Eggers' McSweeney's publishing house, it's a smart, accessible...

    September 12, 2012 11:30 AM ET
  • Q&A: Twitter Star Rob Delaney on 'Conan,' Shakespeare and 'Slappa-Dappa-Doodle'

    Q&A: Twitter Star Rob Delaney on 'Conan,' Shakespeare and 'Slappa-Dappa-Doodle' | ARTICLE

    You know Rob Delaney, or at least you're familiar with his beefy, hairy midsection: He's the outrageous, wildly popular Twitter presence (584,000 followers and counting) with the ridiculous avatar in the green Speedo. He's got sex...

    September 7, 2012 5:30 PM ET
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