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This Day in Music Spotlight: Getting Ley-ed – The Hippie Origins of Glastonbury

Andrew Vaughan
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06.22.2015

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Current Glastonbury Festival chief Michael Eavis put on a small music festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset in September 1970. The following year, the same location saw another more ambitious, more magical festival, where ancient ley lines met in some mystical pattern and which organizer Andrew Kerr and his cohorts called the Glastonbury Fayre, setting the spiritual tone for Glastonbury festivals to come.
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Riding with the King

Daniel Eriksson
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06.22.2015

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As a tribute to the remarkable life of the late B.B. King, we take a look at some of his most important, and/or odd collaborations throughout the years.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: The Bloody Murder of a Radio Mogul

Andrew Vaughan
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06.21.2015

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On this day in 1966, rock promoter and pop radio visionary Reg Calvert took his final steps when he entered Major Oliver Smedley’s home. Embroiled in a radio turf war with Smedley, Calvert was gunned down to death by his rival.
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10 Children of Famous Musician Fathers

Ellen Barnes
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06.21.2015

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This Sunday is The Day of Heinous Neckties And Obligatory Sentiment (otherwise known as Father’s Day). But while you’re taking your ‘Pop’ out for a steak dinner and forking over a greeting card, there are others out there who are watching their father from the side stage, bathed in spotlight and adulation. These are the children of famous musicians and many have felt compelled to venture down that same career path.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: Chet Atkins Saves Country Music

Sean Patrick Dooley
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06.20.2015

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Over the years the word “revolutionary” has been bandied about from time to time to describe some of the great musical pioneers who have helped shape the musical landscape. Rarely, however, has the word been more fitting than when describing Chet Atkins.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: Mick Jones, the Glam Years

Andrew Vaughan
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06.19.2015

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London band The Delinquents made their live debut on June 19, 1974 at the student union bar of Queen Elizabeth College, Kensington. The sound and image was pure glam, modeled heavily on Mott the Hoople. Novice guitarist Mick Jones [The Clash, not Foreigner] was so devoted to main man Ian Hunter that he carried a copy of Hunter’s Diary of a Rock'n'Roll Star book everywhere he went. It was young Jones’ rock and roll bible.
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ES-Les Paul Limited Run Models

Ted Drozdowski
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06.19.2015

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Gibson Memphis’ new limited run of ES-Les Pauls offers staggering playability and tone with custom finishes, pickups and wood options – and more.
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10 Great Music Books You Need to Read

Anne Erickson
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06.19.2015

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Rock ‘n’ roll has birthed music books and memoirs packed with more twists-and-turns than even the best fiction novel. From Slash to B.B. King, here are 10 great music books you need to read.
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Les Paul’s YouTube “Hits”

Ted Drozdowski
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06.19.2015

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Les Paul wasn’t just an inventor, producer and musical visionary — he was also, as these video performances prove, one of the greatest guitarists of the 20th century.
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Riff-Mania! The Stories Behind 10 Iconic Guitar Riffs

Russell Hall
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06.18.2015

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From Chuck Berry to The Beatles to the Stones and beyond, the guitar riff has served as the foundation for many of rock and roll’s most enduring classics.
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