Rock Flashback

Detail From the Cover of "The Adventures of Panama Red"

Rock Flashback: New Riders of the Purple Sage

If the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Grateful Dead[/lastfm] were a tree, its offshoots would be many. One that’s occasionally overlooked is [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]New Riders of the Purple Sage[/lastfm].

01/25/2012

Suzanne Vega (Getty Images/Anoek De Groot/AFP)

Rock Flashback: “Tom’s Diner” By Suzanne Vega

The people at Mental Floss put out another great list last week, of the 25 Most Powerful Songs of the Past 25 Years. These are songs that changed the world in some way, and one […]

01/05/2012

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Rock Flashback: James Taylor in “Two-Lane Blacktop”

In the summer of 1970, film director Monte Hellman saw a Los Angeles billboard with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]James Taylor[/lastfm]‘s face on it, and he believed he’d found a star. After the jump, read about Taylor’s road […]

12/28/2011

The Cover Image From "The Concert for Bangla Desh"

Rock Flashback: The Concert for Bangla Desh on Vinyl

In the summer of 1971, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar organized the Concert for Bangla Desh to benefit refugees in the newly-independent country of Bangla Desh (formerly East Pakistan), which was ravaged by war and […]

12/27/2011

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Rock Flashback: The Moody Blues’ “December”

Earlier this month, we mentioned The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jethro Tull[/lastfm] Christmas Album and how well the band’s folk-inflected style lends itself to holiday music. Find out about another holiday album that’s a perfect match for the band […]

12/24/2011

The Grounds of Elvis Presley's Memphis Mansion, Graceland, Decorated for Christmas (Getty Images/Greg Campbell)

Rock Flashback: Elvis Presley’s Christmas Album

In those first white-hot years after “Heartbreak Hotel,” guardians of American virtue passionately hated [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elvis Presley[/lastfm] for corrupting the youth of America and threatening All We Hold Dear. In 1957, Elvis committed the greatest blasphemy […]

12/20/2011

From the Cover of "In the Christmas Spirit" by Booker T and the MGs

Rock Flashback: Booker T. and the MG’s Get the Christmas Spirit

By 1966, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Booker T. and the MG’s[/lastfm] were well-established as one of the greatest groups in history, laying down the groove for superstar acts at Stax Records in Memphis and scoring hits on their own. […]

12/14/2011

David Bowie's Marlene Dietrich-Inspired Cover Shot for "Hunky Dory"

Rock Flashback: David Bowie’s “Hunky Dory”

Perhaps we could have seen what was coming from the album’s very first song, “Changes”: how [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]David Bowie[/lastfm] would reinvent himself repeatedly, taking on new personas and then discarding them. Hunky Dory, released 40 years […]

12/14/2011

ELO's Jeff Lynne (Getty Images/Kevin Winter)

Rock Flashback: The Electric Light Orchestra Is Born

Forty years ago this month, a new band from Britain released its first album. The album’s release in the States led to one of the most hilarious misunderstandings in rock history.

12/13/2011

On stage with Stephen Stills (L), Graham Nash (C), and David Crosby (R) (Getty Images/Robert Vos/AFP)

Rock Flashback: The Stephen Stills-Graham Nash-Rita Coolidge Triangle

If you need a Christmas gift for a music fan or want to put something cool on Santa’s list for yourself, we strongly recommend David Browne’s book Fire and Rain: [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]the Beatles[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Simon […]

12/13/2011

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