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Doo-Wop is a related R&B form based on vocals using phonetic syllables in order to introduce rhythm and harmonic movements. It was introduced in the 1950’s in the streets of New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. It saw its beginning in the African American communities which also enjoyed rhythm and blues and became wildly [...]

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The Many Muses of Mike Oldfield

Mike Oldfield has, you could say, been around the block a few times. The British-born, sometimes Spaniard artist seems to have done it all in his life and career. The now 54 year old Mike Oldfield not only did it, but lived to tell about it; from his earliest of musical ventures, to his inter-continental [...]

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Cover Story for October 5, 2007 – Frank Zappa’s “We’re Only In It For The Money”, cover photo by Jerry Schatzberg by Mike Goldstein – RockPoP Gallery
Sticking with out “psychedelic” theme another week, this week’s Cover Story is on one of the best from the era – Frank Zappa and The Mothers of [...]

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1962 was a revolutionary year for the music industry. Five people came together to take the music industry absolutely by storm – a storm which has not lowered in intensity to this day.
The combination of Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards with Ian Stewart on the piano, Charlie Watts on the drums and Bill Wayman formed [...]

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By Tom Janison
The Canadian band Nickelback has surpassed all expectations and experienced huge commercial success after the release of their album, How you Remind Me. This turned out to be a smash hit in Canada, United States and other parts of the world as well.
Nickelback was formed in the year 1995 at Hanna, Alberta. [...]

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Australian music legend, Billy Thorpe, died of a massive heart attack on February 28. He was just 60 and entering a new phase of a successful career which spanned 5 decades.
With his blues/rock band The Aztecs, not to be confused with his earlier surf music band of the same name, Billy brought new meaning to [...]

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AUSSIE Rock Vocalist Extraordinaire Jimmy Barnes is to undergo open-heart surgery to fix a condition that has been with him since birth.
The former Cold Chisel frontman, renowned screamer and vodka consumer will undergo surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve on February 22.
Barnes is said to otherwise be in good health and remains in good [...]

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More Frank

Frank Zappa’s last project has been released 13 years after his death. Trance-Fusion is a collection of unreleased live guitar solos from 1977 to 1988 and apart from a little Dweezilling on a couple of tracks, they feature Zappa and his band mates.
The music is instantly recognisable, although most of Zappa’s solo workouts, each of [...]

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After what seemed a lengthy support set from Peter Yorn, the Dixie Chicks followed after a break of about 30 minutes, unlike the first Brisbane concert where the break was closer to 90 minutes! Their Accidents & Accusations Tour presented a 2 hour concert the highlight of which was “Not Ready To Make Nice”, their [...]

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One Day At a Time

It’s not often that I’ll watch a music DVD let alone buy one, but I made an exception for The Eagles’ Farewell 1 Tour from Melbourne’s Tennis Centre. I can’t say that I’m a great fan of The Eagles, but Joe Walsh is something else.
He’s a fantastic guitarist, a good singer and can write a [...]

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