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UPDATE: FAMILY CONFIRMS YOUNG SUFFERS FROM DEMENTIA

UPDATE: Since the story below was first published, the family of AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has confirmed to People that Young is suffering from dementia. “The family thanks you for respecting their privacy,” they added in their statement. –ED. ***** Apparently, rumors of the death of AC/DC have been greatly exaggerated. Despite the prolonged and debilitating illness of guitarist Malcolm Young (the details of which are still being kept under […]


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Rock Rewind: The Beach Boys “I Get Around”

Pretty much everyone either remembers or has heard about The Beatles’ remarkable American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. What many people forget is that The Beach Boys were running a close second on the overall radio charts, and were arguably just as influential as the Fab Four on the evolution of rock. The two bands were in something of a friendly creative competition during the 60s—Paul McCartney has […]



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Rock Rewind: Fiona Apple “Criminal”

Happy Birthday to Fiona Apple. Not only does the alternative piano-rocker turn 37 today (Sept. 17), but this week also marks 17 years since her biggest hit single “Criminal” was released, garnering Apple a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, and catapulting her debut album Tidal to triple-Platinum sales. While “Criminal” ended up being Apple’s first (and so far, only) single to break the mainstream Top 40 in the […]


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Rock Rewind: Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”

It’s interesting how things play out sometimes. Take Aerosmith. Here’s a band that since its beginnings in 1970 has gone on to iconic standing, selling more than 150 million records and becoming the biggest selling American rock band of all time—and yet it took them 28 years to score their first number-one single on the Billboard Top 100 chart. The song was “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” from […]


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Rock Rewind: Bob Dylan “The Times They Are a-Changin'”

He’s in his 70’s now, and he can barely sing (not that he was ever known for his pristine vocal abilities), but the legendary Bob Dylan announced this week that starting in October he’ll be embarking on a fall tour that hits 41 cities. While Dylan’s initial claim to fame was as a folk singer in the 1960s, his lasting influence on rock music can’t be denied–especially the social consciousness […]


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Rock Rewind: Timbuk3 “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”

In true one-hit-wonder fashion, married duo Pat and Barbara K. McDonald (aka new wave/post-punk act Timbuk3) arrived on the music scene in 1986, made an indelible mark on 80s pop culture with their single “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”—then quickly faded into obscurity. The duo first attracted attention from I.R.S. Records after appearing on an edition of MTV’s The Cutting Edge in 1986. After signing with them, […]


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Rock Rewind: R.E.M. “Losing My Religion”

Sometimes, the band is right and the label is wrong. When alternative rockers R.E.M. were preparing to release their seventh studio album Out of Time, their choice for a first single off the album was “Losing My Religion,” a wandering, rambling, minor-key song that basically emerged out of guitarist Peter Buck’s recorded attempts to learn to play the mandolin. Lacking anything that Warner Bros. Records could consider to be a […]


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Rock Rewind: Tom Petty “Runnin’ Down a Dream”

The word is out that after 37 years making rock & roll (and becoming a household name in the process), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have scored their first-EVER number-one album with Hypnotic Eye, released July 25.  (It’s a good album—you should listen to it.) Of course, some industry reports are reminding us that this number-one has come during the slowest sales period of the year, during a particularly slow […]


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Rock Rewind: Bruce Springsteen “Born In the U.S.A.”

One can hardly think of the Boss (aka Bruce Springsteen) without thinking of his signature album Born In the U.S.A. While he was already considered successful in the music business before that album was released in 1984, Born In the U.S.A. (his seventh album) not only marked a change in his style and tone, but its politically charged content struck a unique balance between questioning authority and patriotic hope for […]


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Rock Rewind: Billy Joel “Uptown Girl”

We’ve featured Billy Joel before on the Rock Rewind, but seeing how this week it was announced that the Piano Man will be receiving the coveted Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (an honor shared by the likes of Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Carole King), it seemed appropriate to pull another of his many landmark hits from the vault. The second single off of 1983’s […]


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U2 Could Still Release New Album in 2014

Remember earlier this year when U2 was getting all that buzz about a new album release in the spring?  Remember when they won that Golden Globe for their song “Ordinary Love” from that Nelson Mandela biopic?  Remember when they released their song “Invisible” as a free download during the Superbowl and raised like a bajillion dollars for (RED)?  Remember their sparkling appearance during Jimmy Fallon’s debut broadcast as the new […]


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Rock Rewind: Johnny Cash “Hurt”

It might seem odd to feature a country singer in the Rock Rewind, but then again, Johnny Cash was “crossover” before crossover became a thing.  He’s always appealed to the counter-culture in some way, and when he released his cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” in 2003, it was an indelible moment in music history that can’t be overlooked. Already in failing health while recording his American series of albums, […]


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Tommy Ramone Passes Away, Age 62

In a manner of speaking, Friday marked the end of an era. Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of pioneer New York punk act The Ramones, died on Friday at the age of 62. He had been in hospice care after unsuccessful treatment for bile duct cancer. The news was confirmed late last night by a post on The Ramones’ official Facebook page: We are saddened to announce the […]


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Rock Rewind: The Clash “Rock the Casbah”

Here’s another example of the many ironies of the music business: The Clash’s biggest hit, 1982’s “Rock the Casbah,” the song that put the British punk band on a worldwide stage, also marked the beginning of their demise. Part of the pioneering first wave of British punk in the mid-1970s, The Clash had spent the past six years building a solid reputation as stalwarts of the emerging punk scene wth […]


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