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Week in Music: Saying Goodbye to Amy Winehouse

Plus: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bon Iver in concert, Kelly Rowland and Tom Morello interviewed and more

July 29, 2011 5:00 PM ET
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
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Rolling Stone mourned the loss of Amy Winehouse this week. In addition to memorializing the extraordinarily talented British singer, we surveyed the response of musicians and critics to the news of her death, looked back over her troubled life and published touching tributes from Jared Leto and Ronnie Spector, who also gave us an exclusive stream of her recording of the Winehouse hit "Back to Black."

Photos: Amy Winehouse Remembered

Rolling Stone also chatted with Kelly Rowland about the success of her single "Motivation," talked to Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello about his upcoming comic book series Orchid, learned that Dennis DeYoung is open to the possibility of a Styx reunion, interviewed Pete Townshend about his plans to take Quadraphenia on tour again and caught up with Linkin Park's progress on their next album. We also reviewed hot concerts by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Allman Brothers, Young Jeezy, Bon Iver, the stars of The Voice and the Weeknd.

Photos: Rockers Lost Before Their Time

Plus, indie rockers the Elected performed a brief set at our office, enigmatic hip-hop collective Shabazz Palaces were named our latest Band to Watch, we analyzed this week's pop charts, listed off the most exciting new tour kickoffs, looked back on this week in rock history and, as always, we reviewed all the week's biggest new releases.

Photos: Cosplay at the 2011 Comic-Con

We also posted a gallery of your Top 10 favorite U2 songs of all time as determined by your votes on Facebook and Twitter. Our question for you this weekend is: Who are the best punk rock band of all time?  You can answer on our website, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.

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