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David Fricke’s Year in Rock 2017

Tom Petty’s final tour, Phish’s Bakers Dozen, the rebirth of the Dream Syndicate and other musical highlights from the year that was

David Fricke's Year in Rock 2017

David Fricke looks back on his most memorable shows, albums and music books of 2017.

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I always wait to crack open a new calendar, to another January, before I review my year in music – in records, concerts and pivotal events – because the best of it can still happen in the December innings: Steve Miller playing the blues with fire and ardor; the blistering return, after a 30-year sabbatical, of the Dream Syndicate; and Warren Haynes’ moving epitaph, via Pink Floyd, to a rock & roll year laden with loss. This set of reflections is not everything that mattered to me in 2017. But it will give you a good idea of how my year in rock got me through the year in darkness. 

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