Monterey Pop – “The greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival”

Jimi Hendrix sets fire to his guitar, The Who leaves no equipment undestroyed - Yeah man! Those were the days. Think about history’s first legendary rock festival and you’ll probably see a picture of Woodstock 1969 in front of your mind’s eye. But, there’s a precursor.

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Even in the darkest hour there is always a sparkle of light – the story behind AC/DC’s historic album Back in Black

What do you do as a band when your frontman dies tragically while you are on the verge of becoming world famous? Back in Black is much more than just a hard rock album.

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Historic album of the month – Live Killers by Queen

One of the world’s most influential bands release their first live album at the apex of their musical abilities. This, we think, describes a more than suitable candidate for a glance into rock history’s rearview mirror. That’s why this month we shine a light on the celebrated Live Killers by Queen.

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Covert covers – part two

And, did your mom unfriend you on Facebook after you told her that "With a Little Help From My Friends" is not from her favorite Joe Cocker, but a song by The Beatles? Get ready for some more mind-blowing trivia, because this is part two of Covert Covers.

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Historic album of the month – Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys

If Sir Paul McCartney himself says that without this album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band would not have been made, you know it's a historic piece of art. We're talking about Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys.

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Historical album of the month – Tokyo Tapes from Scorpions

Tokyo Tapes is the first live album of the German band Scorpions. This album, recorded in April 1978, is the official recognition of the rockers as a force to be reckoned with in the hard rock universe.

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Historical album of the month – Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven

What does it take to turn a record into a historical milestone? That’s what we’ve been asking ourselves in the editor room. Our first answer would be that a historical record needs to inspire and stand at the beginning of a new genre. A shining example is Pantera’s album Far Beyond Driven.

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Historic Live Albums – The Concert in Central Park by Simon & Garfunkel

Some concerts turn out to be different than you had expected. The show by folk duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel in New York for example. The charity concert for the renovation of Central Park is listed in the history books as one of the best live performances of the two musicians.

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Gated Reverb:
the sound that defined ’80s music is back

What started as a recording accident, went on to define much of the sound of the ‘80s. The technique behind the drum sound featured on so many hit songs back in the day, is called gated reverb.

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Chordify Relics:
My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields

From crazy custom instruments to obscure musicians, Chordify Relics is the place to discover fun facts, music myths and other top-notch trivia!

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