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AndyTaylor

Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor: No Relation

My earliest memory of Duran Duran was watching the music video for The Reflex on television on a Saturday evening when I was seven. And so began my love affair with Duran Duran. My sister had a copy of their…

peter-gabriel

Peter Gabriel: A Boombox God

I started listening to Peter Gabriel when ‘So’ was released in 1986. The first song I heard off the album that I liked was “In Your Eyes.” I heard the song on the radio. I was in the thrall of…

peter-hook

Peter Hook: Life Beyond Joy Division and New Order

Arguably best known as the bassist of Joy Division and New Order, Peter Hook (aka ‘Hooky’) has had a long and colorful career, not only as an accomplished bass player, but also as a vocalist, DJ, club owner, record producer…

pearljamyield

Pearl Jam Milestones With ‘Yield’

This week marks 19 years since the release of Pearl Jam’s fourth album, ‘Yield.’ Surely I am not the only one who journeyed through my teenage years with a soundscape frequented by Pearl Jam, and followed the ebbs and flows…

Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Mike Campbell: Guitar Hero

I first picked up the guitar when I was in sixth grade, maybe 12 years old, with the hopes of being the next great guitar god. After seeing George Lynch of Dokken and his tiger-striped guitar in the “Breaking the…

Lucinda-Williams

Lucinda Williams: Happy Woman Blues

To be honest, I can’t say when I discovered Lucinda Williams. I know it was within the last decade, which is considered late to the game since this amazingly talented singer/songwriter has been crafting her passionate and rebellious blend of…

belly

Belly’s ‘Star’ Shines Bright After 24 Years

After Throwing Muses’ critically acclaimed 1991 album, ‘The Real Ramona,’ co-founder Tanya Donelly left the band to form Belly (Donelly reportedly named the band “Belly” because she thought the word was “both pretty and ugly”). With Donelly on lead vocals…

Paul-Stanley

An Open Letter to Paul Stanley, On His Birthday

Paul, happy birthday, my friend. Another year has passed and you’re still rockin’ as hard as ever. Good for you, pal. Good for you. It’s well known in my circles that you’ve been a huge influence since ‘Alive II’ was…