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The Launch of MTV: "People's 'Feel-Good Hub'"

18 days ago
On August 1st, 41 years will have passed since the initial launch of MTV in the US. To mark this anniversary, we share a section from Greg Prato's book MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video, which details the channel's initial launch, i... more info

In Defense of Jethro Tull: Revisiting Ian Anderson's Greatest Songs

33 days ago
The Jethro Tull catalog cries out for reappraisal. Here, then, is an album-by-album overview of Ian Anderson's greatest songs, stopping in the mid-1980s, when Tull settled into a folk-rock maturity, producing fewer stylistic troughs but also fewer co... more info

Re-Covered: 5 More Popular Songs that are Actually Covers

45 days ago
By popular demand, AllMusic takes a look at songs made popular by Santana, Natalie Imbruglia, They Might Be Giants, and Brothers both Isley and Righteous, as well as the stories behind the originals. more info

The Origin of the Striped Design of Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstrat

47 days ago
Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstrat is one of the most famous guitars in rock history, and author Greg Prato analyzes when and how the legendary guitarist assembled his now-instantly identifiable axe. more info

"Girls Just Want to Have Fun": Excuse, Defiance, and Reassurance

60 days ago
When most people hear the song "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," they immediately think of Cyndi Lauper's 1983 version, but what they may not know is that Lauper's version is actually a cover. The original was by Robert Hazard in 1979, and was written f... more info

Rumor and Sigh: An Appreciation of Richard Thompson's Solo Albums

69 days ago
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Richard Thompson's debut album, the magnificent Henry the Human Fly, author Daniel de Visé offers insights and highlights of Thompson's solo career. more info

AllMusic Trivia: 50th Anniversary Albums - 1972

101 days ago
1972 was an incredible year for classic albums from The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Nick Drake, Marvin Gaye and more. In this round of AllMusic Trivia, we test your knowledge of the albums celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. more info

Carrie Underwood Frosts New Single with Haunting Themes

137 days ago
Like her 2006 hit "Before He Cheats," Carrie Underwood's newest single "Ghost Story" is a declarative revenge song that seeks retribution for a disgraced lover. more info

Klassic Kinks: Revisiting Those Early "K" Albums

144 days ago
Your typical Kinks fan of the '70s and '80s did not own a stack of their albums and only one or two of their 1960s LPs scaled the upper reaches of the Billboard album chart. Author and contributor Daniel de Visé focuses on some of the highlights of ... more info

Sweet Oblivion and Whiskey for the Holy Ghost — Remembering Mark Lanegan

172 days ago
Mark Lanegan left behind a darkly haunting and honestly beautiful body of work, from psych-revival through heavy melodic rock and finally as a gruff troubadour, as well as a respected collaborator on some of indie rock's more compelling projects. All... more info

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