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Toronto Rock n Roll Revival 1969

Toronto Rock n Roll Revival 1969

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The Toronto Rock and Roll Revival was held at Varsity Stadium, at the University of Toronto, to an audience of over 20,000. The originally listed performers for the festival were local band Whiskey Howl, Bo Diddley, Chicago, Junior Walker and the All Stars, Tony Joe White, Alice Cooper, Chuck Berry, Cat Mother and the All [...]
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The Theremin - Rock's Strangest Instrument

The Theremin - Rock's Strangest Instrument

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There can be no finer sight in the history of rock and roll than skinny, pale, fragile Jimmy Page summoning the devil's music out of thin air with his theremin. Absolutely, totally what rock and roll should be about: showmanship, weird druggy noises, power, theatre, talent, mystery and just a tiny bit of silliness. The [...]
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Sonic Architecture - The Genius of Frank Zappa

Sonic Architecture - The Genius of Frank Zappa

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What was the single most extraordinary thing about Frank Zappa? Was it the incredible diversity of musical styles - from classical to doo-wop to avant garde to jazz to rock? The facility for sharp, cruel satire? The endlessly surreal innovation? The strident campaigning against censorship? The sheer volume of work? The influence, not just on [...]
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Bat Chain Puller - The Genius of Captain Beefheart

Bat Chain Puller - The Genius of Captain Beefheart

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He retired over 25 years ago to paint and hasn't made a record since. Even at his peak commercial success was elusive. He had a reputation for bullying musicians. He rounded on countless audience members for their real or perceived failure to treat his music with respect. His output in later years was patchy, bordering [...]
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So Uncool He's Cool - Phil Collins

So Uncool He's Cool - Phil Collins

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Hawaiian shirt, balding mullet, the sales rep's CD of choice, the man on all of those car boot 50p records, writing songs for Disney...and then all those awful Motown covers, Phil Collins is, on the face of it, a deeply uncool man. But is that right? No. It's wrong. Very wrong. Firstly, his work in [...]
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So Uncool That They're Cool - The Sweet

So Uncool That They're Cool - The Sweet

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Few British bands of the Seventies havebeen as under-rated as The Sweet.They released their best LP, Desolation Boulevard, in 1974: that year, Bowie did Diamond Dogs and Roxy Music did Country Life. Even Supertramp's Crime Of The Century and Queen's Sheer Heart Attack have been far more kindly judged by posterity. But it is a [...]
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Great Rock Venues - The 100 Club

Great Rock Venues - The 100 Club

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It began as a little basement club that acted as a shelter for jazz fans to dance while the bombs rained down on wartime London. It served as a cauldron for trad jazz, beat music and punk. Later, it helped birth Township and African jazz in the UK, as well as launching some key indie [...]
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Strawberry Fields Festival - Ontario 1970

Strawberry Fields Festival - Ontario 1970

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The Strawberry Fields Festival was held at Mosport Park Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, about 70 miles east of Toronto, between August 7 and the early morning hours of August 10, 1970. Although accounts vary, the audience has been estimated at between 75,000 and 100,000 people. Initially, the promoters put forward plans to host a [...]
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Great Moments in Rock - Velvet Underground's 1st Album

Great Moments in Rock - Velvet Underground's 1st Album

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So you're a 23-year-old New Yorker and you want to re-invent rock music. You've met a Welsh avant-garde classical guy with a love for droning, atonal, challenging noise. You've got your mate from university on guitar, you swap between rhythm and lead, blending together perfectly. You've got a mate's sister in to play drums - [...]
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Ozark Music Festival 1974

Ozark Music Festival 1974

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Have you heard of the Ozark Music Festival held in 1974 at Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri? Unless you're local to the area, probably not. Other, less well-attended festivals have had more prominence in rock culture and history but this three day gig attracted up to 350,000 people and is commonly agreed to being [...]
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Great Moments in Rock - Led Zeppelin Debut Album

Great Moments in Rock - Led Zeppelin Debut Album

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It's the summer of 1968. Jimmy Page and the bassist Chris Dreja are about to play some concerts in Scandinavia to fulfil contractual obligations for The Yardbirds, who now exists as a band in name only. They want Terry Reid to sing, but he declines, suggesting instead a young vocalist from West Bromwich: Robert Plant. [...]
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Love and Peace Open Air Festival - Fehmarn, Germany 1970

Love and Peace Open Air Festival - Fehmarn, Germany 1970

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This went down in history for one very good reason. It was Jimi Hendrix's last gig. Three young Germans had a dream: Helmut Ferdinand, Christian Berthold and Tim Sievers planned a European answer to Woodstock. Inspired by the Isle of Wight, they liked the idea of having the festival on an island, which quickly led [...]
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Slade in Flame

Slade in Flame

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It's 1973, glam rock is at its peak and Slade are the kings. Their boisterous, good-time yobbery has given them 12 consecutive top five hits; Noddy is on his way to becoming a legend and the band look like they are living the dream. The decide to make a movie, and consider a screwball sci-fi [...]
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San Francisco International Pop Festival 1968

San Francisco International Pop Festival 1968

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By 1968 the whole world knew that San Francisco was Freak Central. Bus tours would patrol the streets, treating the long-haired weirdoes like some sort of zoo exhibit. Long time residents will tell you that the age of hippy idealism had already peaked, probably in late '66, early '67. However, while this may be cultural [...]
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Instrumental to Rock - Marshall Amps

Instrumental to Rock - Marshall Amps

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Quiet man, loud machines. Jim Marshall is a pioneer who has had a huge influence on the history of rock. He came from modest beginnings and was a true gent. I don't know if you have been to Hanwell in suburban West London but it is an unremarkable place - apart from being the early [...]
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Cincinnati Pop Festival 1970

Cincinnati Pop Festival 1970

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"Get in your car, brother, and get down with the people in Cincinnati. A gathering of the people. Celebrate the beginning rites of Summer with the spirits of the Sun, Sky, and Stars." This was the press release for the Cincinnati Pop Festival, June 1970. Apparently, brother was invited to party, but sister wasn't. Funny [...]
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Forgotten but Fantastic - The Grease Band

Forgotten but Fantastic - The Grease Band

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The Grease Band only released two albums and even if you've not heard either of them, you will have almost certainly have seen and heard the Grease Band live. They backed Joe Cocker from 1966 to 1969 and it is they who performed with the gravel voiced Sheffield singer at Woodstock, laying down a scintillating, [...]
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Great Moments in Rock - Bob Dylan, Manchester 1966

Great Moments in Rock - Bob Dylan, Manchester 1966

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Something is happening here... but you don't know what it is. It's May 17, 1966 and Bob Dylan is playing Manchester Free Trade Hall. He is coming to the end of one of rock's great periods of creativity, courage and sheer visionary bloody-mindedness. It's a few days before his 25th birthday and a few weeks [...]
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Reading Festival 1973

Reading Festival 1973

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The Reading And Leeds Festivals of today are the UK's longest-running events of their type, and were begat of the National Jazz And Blues Festival, which was born all the way back in 1961. Not much jazz on the bill these days and, in truth, by the early 1970s it was on the out- although [...]
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Great Moments in Rock - The Beatles on the Roof

Great Moments in Rock - The Beatles on the Roof

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JANUARY 30th 1969 The Beatles got together in January 1969 to film Let It Be, with the intention of making a documentary that would show them rehearsing, building towards a big live show that would be the climax of the movie. With tensions high within the group, Paul determined that they should return to basics: [...]
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