Forever Young: 40 Musicians Over 40

“Hope I die before I get old,” Pete Townshend mused on “My Generation” in 1965. Not likely. In fact, rock music hasn’t been the domain of the young since Mick Jagger’s famous lips became the Rolling Stones logo. Some musicians don’t find their true voices until after…

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Taurus: Music's Raging Bulls

If anything sums up a Taurus musician it’s the title of Taurean Iggy Pop’s 1989 autobiography, I Need More. The second sign of the Zodiac, and ruled by Venus, the phrase most associated with these natives born between April 21 and May 20 is, “I have, therefore, I…

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20 Things You Should Know About Ben Harper

The first thing you think about when you meet Ben Harper is that he’s too good to be true. No, it’s not because he has the perfectly symmetrical good looks of Marvin Gaye circa 1973 coupled with the deep soul of Bob Marley, but that certainly doesn’t…

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The Beatles Anthologies: The End Has No End

Who exactly were The Beatles Anthology series intended for when they first came out 25 years ago?   At first I imagined it was aimed at all those generations of listeners who missed Beatlemania by being born too late, didn’t understand the profound cultural or musical significance of the Fabs…

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Aries Musicians Love the Spotlight

Aries are the zodiac’s natural pop stars. Showy, a little arrogant, brutally confident and blunt, they have little problem being the center of attention. They’re extravagant, love clothes, and have their own idiosyncratic style — think Pharrell Williams’ hats and shoe obsession — and get insulted when somebody tries to…

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KISS’ ‘Destroyer’ Turns 40

In the early months of 1973, long before the fire-breathing, the 7-inch platforms, the exploding drumsticks, the drooling blood and the pouting red lips, four rather ordinary guys from New York — Gene Simmons, a former teacher and temp typist at Vogue, Paul Stanley, a cabdriver and rabid Led Zeppelin fan,…

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