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All Hail the King: Chuck Berry Reinvented Music, and America

After Chuck Berry, rock music would forever be a gumbo of competing and complimentary source points, but his first-person flights of fancy still represent its most undiluted potential.

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"The Goodness of Privacy in a Warm Room with Books"

We all search for escape, and while music, drugs, radicalism, or fame may ease the monotony, the protagonists of so many of these tales find themselves at the end of their narratives still constrained.

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Guessing the 2014 Grammys

Predictions and behind-the-scenes info on who will win the 2014 Grammys in ten major categories.

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Fab Four, Five Thugs, Six Years, 'Beatles vs. Stones'

John Lennon brooded: "Everything we do, the Stones do four months later."

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The Nadas: Lovejoy Revival

The Nadas never stray far from their roots. Almost 20 years in, they're not showing any signs of changing.

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10 Great Comeback Singles

The year 2013 is already setting itself out to be the Year of the Comeback. In acknowledgement, Sound Affects looks at ten fantastic returns by artists who had lost their mojo and/or been away for far too long.

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The Rolling Stones - "Doom and Gloom" (stream)

The Rolling Stones have just released a lyric video for their new song "Doom and Gloom". It's a tune from their upcoming greatest hits compenium 'GRRR!' releasing on 12/13 November.

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Black Box Revelation: My Perception

The Belgian rockers arrive a tad late to the garage rock revival, but come bearing a bevy of scorching tunes.

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Rock 'n' Roll Is Dead? Again?

Actor Jack Black recently joined a long line of prognosticators shaking the death rattle for rock 'n' roll. However, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl says, "There will always be rock 'n' roll." If saltine crackers are any way of judging, I'm with Grohl on this.

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On Making that Holiday Music List and Checking It Twice

It's that time of the year, again. Music fans are making their lists of what they hope to find wrapped in pretty paper at Christmas, and music publications are making their lists of what should be on those lists. Now, I have something to say about lists.

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The Battle to Stay Relevant

Watching your favorite band become irrelevant is like watching Michael Jordan unable to elevate high enough to dunk in his final year in the NBA.

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In the Oft-Reviled Genre of Memoirs, Here are Some Memoirs to Love

A subgenre has emerged that should placate memoirphobes and please memoirfiles: the artist-teacher memoir.

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'Stones In Exile': An Autobiographical Rock 'n' Roll Bible

By exiling themselves to small-town America's "Main Street", the Rolling Stones began serving up a rich, steamy gumbo of sounds they certainly didn't invent, but undeniably put their stamp upon.

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Turning Over Stones: 'The Rolling Stones: Rare and Unseen'

Is there anything left to discover about the World's Greatest Rock 'n Roll Band?

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Verse-Chorus-Verse: The Mutant Blues of Devo and James Blood Ulmer

Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.

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Rolling Stones: In the 1960s

This two-disc set is a decent attempt at encapsulating the group's early career -- a formidable task given the complexities of both the band and the era.

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Always Trying to Waste Me: The Rolling Stones' "Cocksucker Blues"

Onan rejoices. Dionysus despairs. Robert Frank, the Rolling Stones, and Cocksucker Blues -- a polarizing document for upwards of 35-years, now -- unreleased, and perhaps unreleasable.

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