“Easy Rider”: A timeless portrait of freedom

Released on July 14, 1969, “Easy Rider” it’s an absolute landmark on counterculture and one of the most iconic and memorable movies ever made, it portrays freedom in a way that remains timeless to this day while it still serves as a 1960’s social portrait

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Artist Steve Ditko, the influential creator of Doctor Strange and co-creator of Spider Man dies at age 90

Unlike Stan Lee, Steve Ditko always preferred to live his life away from the spotlight, despite being the creator and co-creator of some of the world’s best known characters including Spider Man, Doctor Strange and The Green Goblin, among many others

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In 1969 the Rolling Stones paid tribute to the fallen Brian Jones in a free concert at Hyde Park

With an estimated crowd between 250,000 and 500,000 fans, the Rolling Stones played a free concert at Hyde Park, London, to pay tribute to Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Look back at the film of the famous concert

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When The Doors played their memorable Hollywood Bowl concert on July 5, 1968

At the height of their popularity, The Doors played the prestigious Hollywood Bowl on July 5, 1968, a performance that is now regarded as historical. On the audience, a very special and famous guest wanted to learn how to play and control bigger venues and audiences. Learn more about it and read also more facts about this legendary concert

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July 3, 1969 – July 3, 1971: A dark circle on Rock history that begun with Brian Jones and ended with Jim Morrison

July 3 it’s one of the darkest days on the history of Rock music, during exactly two years several Rock stars died at age 27 between July 3, 1969 and July 3, 1971 beginning with the Rolling Stones’s Brian Jones and ending on The Doors’ Jim Morrison

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The legendary and influential Willie Dixon was born on this day in 1915

Willie Dixon has influenced and continues to influence generations of Blues and Rock artists. His songs have been covered extensively since the 1960’s by some of the most important artists and bands and he is one of the most important important links between the Blues and Rock

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The influential songwriter, singer and actor Kris Kristofferson turns 82 today

Kris Kristofferson penned the classic “Me And Bobby McGee”, which became his most well known song, but for a while, music wasn’t the direction he was following during his early years. We look back at Kristofferson’s life and career on the day he turns 82

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The Kinks’ Ray Davies turns 74

With The Kinks, Ray Davies sung and played on some of the most memorable songs of the 1960’s and 1970’s. The band, “outsiders” on the British Invasion music scene, influenced important music movements such as Punk Rock and Britpop and remain relevant ever since their hit “You Really Got Me” played for the first time. Ray Davies turns 74 today

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Greg Munford, the voice of the Psychedelic Rock classic “Incense And Peppermints” turns 69 today

Greg Munford provided the lead vocals for Strawberry Alarm Clock only No.1, the 1967 Psychedelic Rock classic hit “Incense And Peppermints” but despite that, he never joined the band, Today he turns 69

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The 1967 Monterey Pop Festival: An important milestone of counter culture and Rock revolution

The Monterey Pop Festival it’s perhaps the very first blueprint for the modern open-air Rock festivals as we know it, with an estimated 200,000 attending during three days, featuring acts such as Otis Redding, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, Janis Joplin with the Big Brother and The Holding Company, The Who, Mamas & Papas, Grateful Dead, Canned Heat and the first major appearance of The Jimi Hendrix Experience in the U.S

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The unique Greek singer and performer Demis Roussos was born on this day in 1946

Demis Roussos achieved the peak of his popularity during the 1970’s with songs such as “Forever And Ever”, a No.1 on the UK singles charts, but despite his success and popularity in Europe, he was never able to replicate the same in other parts of the world. We look back at his career on the day he would have turned 72

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Singer-songwriter Nilsson was born on this day in 1941

With the 1969 “Midnight Cowboy” movie theme “Everybody’s Talking” Nilsson scored his first big hit. During the 1970’s, he became one of the most popular singer-songwriters while at the same indulging in excess together with John Lennon. Nilsson was born 77 years ago

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The day Brian Jones was dismissed from the Rolling Stones

After several months of alienation and self-reclusion in his Cotchford Farm home, Brian Jones, founding member, and guitarist of the Rolling Stones was visited by Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Charlie Watts to discuss the future of the band

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The Beat Poet and free thinker Allen Ginsberg was born on this day in 1926

Allen Ginsberg vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism, and sexual repression, he was a pioneer on Gay rights and inspired music artists such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith or Jim Morrison. We look back at the life of this legendary poet

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The Beatles score their fourth U.S No.1 with “Love Me Do” in 1964

“Love Me Do” it’s one of The Beatles signature songs, it was recorded with three different drummers in 1962 and in 1964, within only five months it earned the band their fourth U.S No.1

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Procol Harum’s classic “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” enters the UK singles charts for the first time in 1967

It’s one of the anthems for the 1967 Summer Of Love, the popular Bach-derived Psychedelic Rock “A Whiter Shade Of Pale”, entered the charts for the first time on this day in 1967. Learn more about this music classic

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Celebrate the legendary Bob Dylan anniversary with his Top 20 songs

Bob Dylan is one of the most important and respected musicians, songwriters and poets of all time, a “voice of a generation” with countless songs that influenced generations of bands and artists including The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. Today, he turns 77 and we’ve put together what we consider to be his Top 20 songs by order of influence and popularity.

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12 Bob Dylan inspirational and thoughtful quotes

Bob Dylan, poet, and songwriter, was awarded the Literature Nobel Prize in 2016. The influential, iconic and legendary figure is a man of few words when in public, and we’ve compiled some of his best ones on these 12 quotes

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Revisiting The Who’s timeless masterpiece “Tommy”, a perfect example of Rock music as an art form

The Opera-Rock tale of the deaf, dumb and blind boy, mostly composed by Pete Townshend, remains one of the perfect examples of Rock music as an art form. We revisit this influential masterpiece released on May 23, 1969

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Celebrate the legendary Pete Townshend birthday with 10 of the very best The Who songs

Pete Townshend remains one of Rock’s biggest legends and influential figures. The Who guitarist and the man behind the groundbreaking Rock-Opera “Tommy” turn 73 today. We look back at 10 of the very best The Who songs

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Have you ever been experienced? Revisiting the 1967 debut and seminal The Jimi Hendrix Experience album “Are You Experienced?”

A timeless and influential Rock album that hasn’t aged a second since it’s original release The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Are You Experienced?” came out on May 12, 1967, a golden year for music. We revisit Hendrix’s strong LP debut

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The “Mr. Dynamite” James Brown was born on this day in 1933

James Brown, aka Mr. Dynamite and the Godfather Of Soul, is undoubtedly one of the most influential and respected artists of all time. His music helped to develop genres such as Funk, Dance, and House music while at the same time also influencing Rock acts. He was born 85 years ago today

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Lesley Gore, the voice of the 1960’s hit “It’s My Party” was born on this day in 1946

Lesley Gore was one of the most successful teen acts of the early 1960’s, she became famous with the smash hit “It’s My Party”, which she remains heavily associated with, later in life she became an activist for LGBT rights. Gore was born on this day 72 years ago

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The Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook turns 73 today

Stu Cook rose to fame as the bass player for the legendary Californian band Creedence Clearwater Revival during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s with whom he had an impressive string of Rock hits, today, he turns 73

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Mark Volman of The Turles turns 71 today

During the late 1960’s Volman scored hits as a member of The Turtles with songs such as “Happy Together” and “Eleanore” and later became also a member of Frank Zappa’s The Mothers Of Invention. Today he turns 71

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The legendary and impressive Rock producer and engineer Eddie Kramer turns 76

Eddie Kramer has one of the most impressive careers in Rock music. Since the 1960’s his collaborations as producer and engineer with names such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, KISS, The Rolling Stones and Blue Cheer among many others, have earned him a big place on Rock N’Roll history.

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The legendary 1964 “T.A.M.I.” The show was released on theaters in the U.K on this day in 1965

“T.A.M.I.” Show (“Teen Age Music International”), was held during two dates on October 1964 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and featured acts such as James Brown, Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Chuck Berry among many others. The film of the concert was first released in theatres in December 1964, and on April 19, 1965

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The legendary Rock music producer Paul A. Rothchild was born on this day in 1935

Paul A. Rothchild was one of the most respected and requested producers in Rock music. He produced several legendary Rock acts during the 1960’s and 1970’s including The Doors, Janis Joplin, Love, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. We look back at the career of this legendary figure in Rock

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Revisiting The Rolling Stones 1964 debut album, that marked the beginning of their amazing journey

In 1964 the Rolling Stones began their amazing journey with their debut album “The Rolling Stones”. Essentially a Blues and Rock N’ Roll covers LP, the album also included some of the first compositions by the Stones and Jagger/Richards. We revisit this essential classic Rock album released on this day 54 years ago

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The Prince Of Soul, Marvin Gaye was born on this day in 1939

The legendary Marvin Gaye was pivotal in taking Soul music to the mainstream during the 1960’s. He released several memorable songs such as “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology”), “What’s Going On” and “Sexual Healing” among others. His life was cut short at the age of 44 by his own father. We look back at his career on what would had been his 79th birthday

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Serge Gainsbourg: A Life Dedicated to Music, Poetry, Art, Women and Controversy

Serge Gainsbourg was born on April 2, 1928, 90 years ago. He lived a lifetime dedicated to life’s best things, with high dosages of scandal and controversy mixed along with his unique genius for writing poetry and music. We look back at the life and career of this French icon.

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Celebrate Eric Clapton’s 73rd Birthday with his Top 10 Songs

To make a Top 10 list of Eric Clapton’s best songs it’s a hard task, and perhaps for some will never possible. To celebrate the Rock Legend Eric Clapton we picked 10 of some of his very best songs solo or with the several bands he had been in.

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The Jefferson Airplane co-founder and guitarist Paul Kantner was born on this day in 1941

Paul Kantner, who wrote many of the band’s best songs, co-founded the Jefferson Airplane in 1965. He had one of Rock’s longest careers and contributed immensely to the 1960’s West Coast sound. We look back at his life and career

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Otis Redding posthumously released single “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” peaks to No.1 on this day in 1968

The song, that Redding intended “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” to be different from all his previous work, though he didn’t have time to finish it the way he wanted, it became his most popular release selling 4 million copies worldwide after his untimely death in 1967. Read more facts about this classic

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Bob Dylan releases “Subterranean Homesick Blues” single on this day in 1965

Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” it’s one of the most influential songs of all time, but it impacts, which encapsulates the 1960’s social culture, was also felt through the promotional film. Learn more interesting facts on this iconic Dylan track

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Remembering the artist and politician Sonny Bono on his birthday

Sonny Bono helped to launch Cher’s career with their successful duo Sonny & Cher back in the 1960’s, with a string of hits such as “I Got You Babe” or “The Beat Goes On”. But he also wrote many songs for other artists and had an active acting career and later in his life, as a politician too. We look back at Sonny Bono’s life

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Manfred Mann scores were No.1 in the UK on Valentine’s Day 1968 with Dylan’s cover of “The Mighty Quinn”

“The Mighty Quinn” was originally written and recorded as a demo by Bob Dylan in 1967 under a different title, the Manfred Mann version reached No.1 on Valentine’s Day 1968. Learn more about the background of this popular song

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The Beatles”Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane” was first released on this day in 1967

The double A-side single release of “Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane” is perhaps the greatest single release ever. Simultaneously the beginning and pinnacle of The Beatles Psychedelic period, the importance of the two songs to Pop and Rock music history is undeniable

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Remembering Ray Manzarek, the legendary and influential founder and keyboardist of The Doors

Ray Manzarek was the working mastermind behind The Doors, he kept the legacy running during decades after lead singer Jim Morrison’s demise. We look back at his life and career on what would be his 79th Birthday

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The Beatles became early pioneers on promoting singles through music videos in 1967 when they premier on Top Of The Pops “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever”

On February 9, 1967, The Beatles sent promotional films of their new single to be broadcast on Top Of The Pops instead of actually performing it on stage

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The Righteous Brothers classic “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” became one of the songs of the year on this day in 1965

Written and produced by Phil Spector, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” by The Righteous Brothers went No.1 on the Hot 100 on this day in 1965. The song is still considered the prime example of Phil Spector’s “Wall Of Sound”

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In 1968, when Psychedelic Rock ruled the charts, The Lemon Pipers reached No.1 on the Hot 100 with “Green Tambourine”

In 1968 the Psychedelic Rock revolution was alive,loud and well. Ohio based band The Lemon Pipers scored a big international hit with “Green Tambourine” that peaked to No.1 on the Hot 100 on February 3, 1968

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The Kinks’ founder and guitarist Dave Davies turns 71

Dave Davies founded The Kinks in 1963, the band went on to became one of the 1960’s most successful Rock acts with songs such as “You Really Got Me” and “All Day, All Night”. We look back at Dave Davies life and career on his 71st birthday

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Folk singer Melanie Safka turns 71

Melanie Safka was part of the American Folk music artists scene, however, unlike Joan Baez, Melanie failed initially to succeed in the U.S. From performing at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, she got inspiration to write her biggest hit “Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)”. She turns 71 today

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On this day in 1988 The Beatles were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, but Paul McCartney decided to not show up

When The Beatles were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1988, there was still an ongoing feud among the members that most people weren’t aware of

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The Life And Career Of Janis “Pearl” Joplin On Her 75th Birthday

She paved the way for the modern female Rock Star, through her attitude, looks, and voice, her unique vocals and charisma have placed her on the Rock Stardom Pantheon, we look back at the force of nature that was Janis Joplin on the day that marks her 75th birthday

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15 Quotes By Janis Joplin 

Janis Joplin only lived for 27 years, but those years were as intense as it gets. She loved to sing, she loved to live and she loved to see people having fun. She also gave many society outcasts a voice not just through her singing but also her own personal words. We’ve assembled 15 quotes by one of Rock’s most ferocious voices ever.

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Influential photographer Francesco Scavullo was born on this day in 1921

One of the most influential photographers of all time, Francesco Scavullo captured dozens of iconic celebrities and artists throughout decades such as Madonna, Christopher Reed, Sting, Janis Joplin, Joe Dallesandro, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol among others. We’ve put together a gallery with some of his most iconic photographs

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Johnny Cash plays a legendary live concert at the Folsom State Prison on this day in 1968

After his 1955 song “Folsom Prison Blues”, Johnny Cash had been interested in recording a performance at a prison and on January 13th, 1968 he finally played a live concert at the Folsom State Prison in California that became one of Rock and Country Music seminal moments

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The influential Long John Baldry was born on this day in 1941

Long John Baldry might be remembered by some only for his 1967 hit “Let The Heartaches Begin”, but he was much more than that. He gave some of the first professional opportunities to artists such as members of The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and Elton John and served as their mentor; Elton adopted John as his name to honor him. We look back at his influential life and career on his birthday

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Top 12 1960’s Jimmy Page songs as a session musician

To celebrate the birth of the legendary Rock God Jimmy Page we’ve selected the Top 12 1960’s tracks where he’s featured as a session musician, from Nico to David Bowie to Petula Clark to The Who and even Shirley Bassey, Page left a deep mark on the 1960’s Rock and Pop scene even before he was famous

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The Eternal King Of Rock N’ Roll Elvis Presley was born on this day in 1935

Elvis Presley still holds his title as the King Of Rock N’ Roll even 40 years after his untimely death, celebrate Elvis life, on the day of his 83rd Anniversary by looking at some of his best and most iconic photos.

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The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger turns 72 today

Like every other member of The Doors, Robby Krieger had an important key role on developing the band’s unique sound. He wrote some of the band’s greatest hits such as “Light My Fire”, “Love Me Two Times”, “Touch Me” and “Love Her Madly”, today he turns 72

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David Bowie Birthday Special

A visionary since the very beginning of his career, David Bowie was the legit Pop and Rock chameleon, he was Ziggy Stardust, Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke and so many others, his influence can be be heard, seen and felt in every artistic expression. To celebrate his 71st anniversary we’ve put out a special feature

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The Style And Fashion Of David Bowie: Changes 1960’s-1970’s

David Bowie was during his lifetime one of the most influential musicians and songwriters but he also was an icon for style, visual and fashion that understood from an early stage of his career the importance of both the music and visual worlds

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Pink Floyd’s “Crazy Diamond” Syd Barrett was born on this day in 1946

Syd Barrett was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd and had a key role in developing their early sound between their Psychedelic and experimental period. He was the main vocalist and songwriter until he left the band in 1968. We look back at Barrett’s life and career.

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The flawless and timeless debut album of The Doors

“The Doors” was released on January 4th, 1967 and remains a timeless and fresh Rock album, featuring classics such as “Break On Through (To the Other Side)” , “Light My Fire” or “The End”, this was one of the breakthrough albums of 1967 and one that embodies The Doors signature sound the most. We revisit one of the most flawless debut Rock albums of all time

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Iconic Andy Warhol Superstar “Little” Joe Dallesandro was born on this day in 1948

Joe Dallesandro became one of the absolute icons of the underground culture during the 1960’s and 1970’s, he starred on some of the most memorable Andy Warhol movies and is one of the most famous Andy Warhol’s Superstars, his looks and image have influenced style and fashion for decades now, today he turns 69

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The Bee Gees brothers Maurice and Robin Gibb were born on this day in 1946

The Bee Gees remains one of the most popular of all time, since the begging of their success during the late 1960’s with a string of Pop hits such as “Words”, “Massachusetts” and “To Love Somebody” till their crowning as Disco music kings during the 1970’s. Twins Maurice and Robin were born on this day in 1946

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On this day in 1967 one of the most legendary Christmas parties for Rock fans took place in London

On December 22nd, 1967, Christmas On Earth Continued featured an All Star line up that shockingly didn’t had the expected attendance, with names such as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd among other very strong names, a future huge Rock Star and perhaps the world’s most legendary Rock DJ ever. Check our article to see how much you’d had to pay to attend this amazing Christmas party

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Joe Meek’s “Telstar” performed by The Tornados becomes the first US No.1 by a British group in 1962

 “Telstar” was named after the Telstar communications satellite and one of the first sci-fi-influenced pop songs
, it became the first No.1 by a British group in the U.S but despite it’s success, it also contributed for Joe Meek’s mental health decline

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Remembering the Beach Boy Carl Wilson on his 71st anniversary

Together with his brothers Brian and Dennis, Carl Wilson made the Beach Boys one of the most successful Rock bands of all time, he wrote and sung lead vocals on many of the band’s hits including “Good Vibrations” and “God Only Knows”, we look back briefly at his productive and influential career

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The Legendary Frank Zappa was born on this day in 1940

Frank Zappa is one of the most influential musicians of all time with one of the most diverse and vast bodies of work, with a career that spanned for over 30 years, he was one of the 1960’s most revolutionary artists. He lived a life dedicated to music, arts and performing. Today would had been his 77th anniversary, we recap his life and career

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The legendary Bad Company and Free vocalist Paul Rodgers turns 68 today

Paul Rodgers owns one of the most powerful and influential vocals in Hard Rock. He came to prominence at a very young age with Free in the late 1960’s and was even thought once to replace Jim Morrison in The Doors. Today he turns 68

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Influential Rock drummer Carmine Appice turns 71 today

Carmine Appice came to prominence during the 1960’s as part of the Psychedelic Rock band Vanilla Fudge, but his career after that has been one of the most diverse and influential in Rock music, being credited as one of the main pioneers and developers of the Heavy Metal and Hard Rock drumming technique. Appice was born 71 years ago today, we briefly recap his career.

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Top 10 Best Rock and Pop Christmas Songs

The 1970’s and 1980’s were a strong and fertile ground for Pop and Rock artists to do Christmas songs and turning it into memorable No.1 hits, while not all of the songs on this list are from those decades and not all made it to No.1, they all are memorable and have resisted the test of time for decades

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1960’s Fashion icon, actress and singer Jane Birkin was born on this day in 1946

Jane Birkin emerged as a model and actress from the Swinging London scene and ended up in Paris as a singer with Serge Gainsbourg where in 1969 she recorded the controversial duet “Je T’Aime…Moi Non Plus”. An icon of style and beauty, Birkin turns 71 today

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The Motown Soul classic “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” gives Marvin Gaye his first No.1 in 1968 on the Hot 100

“I Heard It Through The Grapevine” was not initially written for Marvin Gaye, it was rejected as a single by Motown, and only after demanding and heavy airplay on the radio, it was made into a single. Marvin Gaye’s version remains the most acclaimed and popular, it reached No.1 in the Hot 100 on this day in 1968

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The Doors play their last concert with Jim Morrison at The Warehouse, New Orleans in 1970

In late 1970, The Doors were recording what would be their final studio album with Jim Morrison. Five days after Jim Morrison’s 27th birthday, on December 12th, the band plays at The Warehouse, a popular venue in New Orleans, without knowing it would be the last time the four of them would play together. Read about that evening and what happened to the tapes that recorded the show.

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Jim Morrison 74th Anniversary Special

To celebrate the 74th anniversary of the legendary and iconic Jim Morrison, we’ve put together six articles about his life and work, including a recap of his short but significant life, a quiz, a review of all The Doors six studio albums with Morrison, a collection of his best quotes and more

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The  Doors Studio Albums With Jim Morrison Rated And Reviewed 

We’ve rated, reviewed and tell you some of the back story behind all the six Doors studio albums made with Jim Morrison between 1967 and 1971

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The Official 1967 Jim Morrison Biography By Elektra Records

In 1966, after being signed by Elektra, The Doors were asked to write their biographies so it could be used for promotional purposes. Read Jim Morrison’s one, where among many curiosities he states that his family is dead, which was not true.

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Jim Morrison: The Eternal Rock Poet

Together with The Doors he made some of the best and most timeless music in Rock, he lived fast, only 27 years, believing the “road to excess” would lead to the “palace of wisdom”. Today Jim Morrison would had turned 74, we look back at his influential life and career.

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The Jim Morrison Tribute To Brian Jones: “Ode To L.A. while thinking of Brian Jones, Deceased”

In July 1969, three weeks after The Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones died at age 27, Jim Morrison distributed to concert goers at two performances by The Doors, a self-published four page pamphlet featuring a poem/meditation on the death of Jones titled “Ode To L.A. while thinking of Brian Jones, Deceased” Read the full poem

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The Rolling Stones’ Altamont Speedway Free Festival: The final stab on the 1960’s peace and love generation

December 6th, 1969 became one of the darkest days on Rock history, along with the Manson Family murders, The Rolling Stones’ Altamont Speedway Free Festival in California, gave the final stab on the 1960’s peace and love generation

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Dennis Wilson, the freedom lover Beach Boy was born on this day in 1944

Dennis Wilson co-founded the Beach Boys with his brothers Carl and Brian as a drummer, but despite the band’s image and name he was the only real surfer on it. Dennis was a freedom lover and a bohemian, he crossed paths with Charles Manson and The Manson Family and recorded a cult masterpiece in 1977 “Pacific Ocean Blue”. Dennis was born on this day in 1944

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