Classic Rock

Content related to the classic rock artists and the classic rock time period.

The Band Live in 1970

Perhaps they're one of the more overlooked bands of the classic rock era (I don't really think so, but it's possible), but it took far too long for me to come to a band simply called "The Band" after I started listening to classic rock, and actually even longer before I could actually name a song they played. Looking back that is really a shame as this group was probably one of the most influential bands of the late 60s early 70s (as well as later) and made some great music to boot.

5 Reasons to Listen to the Velvet Underground

When I first came to the music of the Velvet Underground, I couldn't understand why some people seemed so devoted to this band; it was certainly a cult following. Now, a few years later, other people surely look at me the same way I used to look at the others, as I've grown to be such a huge fan of this band. I've already written a few things for the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll about the Velvet Underground and I even wrote a piece on their work with Andy Warhol during college, but there always seems to be more I can say about this group.

Jeff Beck has the Touch, Live in Japan: What Every Musician Should Strive For

There are certain musicians who understand precisely the effect the smallest change can make in their musicality; it's all about subtlety. I use the term subtle in terms of rock and roll a lot (and often in reference to sounds most people would NOT call subtle), despite the fact that describing a musical genre that almost requires being played far louder than anyone would deem sane. It may seem even less appropriate to talk about subtlety in guitar playing to some people, but that's really what it's all about for me.

Yardbirds to Tour With Page and Beck?

Just the other day, I caught the glimpse of what might be one of the most exciting concert announcements in a while. Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck will be reconvening with the two remaining members of the Yardbirds to tour... That sounds like one killer show.

The Allman Brothers Band just isn't the Same Without Duane: Live 1970

When you listen to classic rock, blues rock and blues it just always seems like there are so many great bands to be listening to. Back when I first started playing guitar, with my interest in these genres just starting to peak, I mentioned to another musically inclined friend of mine that I was interested in learning to play guitar. Of course his first recommendation of people to listen to was the Allman Brothers Band. I picked up Live at the Filmore East and listened to it non-stop for nearly a month... I was hooked.

Rock & Roll Feature: Jefferson Airplane and the Summer of Love on their Surrealistic Pillow

This is the eighth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Ringo Starr Catalog Goes Digital

It seems that there has been yet another sign that the Beatles catalog will soon be released digitally as I just read today that Ringo's solo catalog has been released in this format. Although perhaps not as exciting as hearing that the deal for the digital Beatles has been settled, I still think this news is worth mentioning.

Imagine: A Song for the Current Political and Social Climate

Perhaps you've watched the news recently and caught a glimpse of the Middle East disintegrating into violence, the on going war in Iraq, tension of Iran, clashes of religion, political squabbling, teen violence, college shootings, corruption, corporate scandals, tens of thousands of people dying of hunger and AIDS, and climate change threatening to forever change the planet as we know it. I know I've caught a glimpse or two and it has made it increasingly difficult to focus on music when there is so many negative things in the world.

40th Anniversary of the Monterey Pops Festival this Month

This year, 2007, has already had a number of major anniversaries. The most obvious to come to mind being the 40th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band just earlier this month, but there was more than just a classic Beatles album debuting in the summer of 1967.

The Rolling Stones A Biggest Bang: A DVD Set Review

Some bands have a serious shortage of concert footage in their catalog while others have a multitude available for their fans. Take the Rolling Stones... they've been performing now for 40+ years, which has resulted in a lot of concert footage, and recently they have made a point to release entire concerts from their recent world tours. Just the other day I got the chance to check out the latest DVD set, The Biggest Bang, from the band of "no farewell tours" and I thought I'd write a review.

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