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‘Everybody was at their worst’: Lindsey Buckingham on the difficult birth of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Big Love’

‘Everybody was at their worst’: Lindsey Buckingham on the difficult birth of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Big Love’

That Fleetwood Mac’s “Big Love” has survived into another century’s playlists is its own kind of miracle, as far removed as author Lindsey Buckingham is from this late-1980s hit.

‘Always something you can learn’: For Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Duck Dunn and James Jamerson were huge

Largely self-taught, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones learned most of his early craft on the bass from listening to albums from the Stax and Motown legacy.

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2013 (Metal and Hard Rock): Amon Amarth, Tom Keifer, Black Sabbath, Carcass

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2013 (Metal and Hard Rock): Amon Amarth, Tom Keifer, Black Sabbath, Carcass

Any time my year-end list starts with more than 20 candidates, it’s been a pretty metal year for me. That was the case for 2013

The Band’s Robbie Robertson on his emotional last meeting with Levon Helm: ‘I spent an hour holding his hand’

The Band’s Robbie Robertson on his emotional last meeting with Levon Helm: ‘I spent an hour holding his hand’

Long after the Band’s initial split, Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm remained torn by disagreements over songwriting credits.

‘Worth whatever grief and stress we may have experienced’: Eric Clapton on Cream’s unlikely 2005 reunion

‘Worth whatever grief and stress we may have experienced’: Eric Clapton on Cream’s unlikely 2005 reunion

Cream’s unlikely 2005 reunion followed just one such similar appearance going back to their 1968 breakup. Eric Clapton remembers the days leading up to that out-of-nowhere musical event with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce.

How everything came together on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side: ‘The ultimate stereo test record’

How everything came together on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side: ‘The ultimate stereo test record’

Dark Side of the Moon has become, four decades after its release, not only Pink Floyd’s signature studio effort but one of the most important recordings in rock history.

Readers’ Top 10 for 2013: The Beatles, Peter Banks, the Band, Adrian Belew, Carcass, Led Zeppelin

Readers’ Top 10 for 2013: The Beatles, Peter Banks, the Band, Adrian Belew, Carcass, Led Zeppelin

Never mind that our readers’ top pick for 2013 was actually published on December 27, 2011. It’s part of a trend involving a certain mop-topped bunch.

Daniel Lanois remembers Bob Dylan collaboration on Oh Mercy: ‘A real dripping, nighttime record’

Daniel Lanois remembers Bob Dylan collaboration on Oh Mercy: ‘A real dripping, nighttime record’

For Daniel Lanois, producing an album can typically be about “the documenting of time, and what’s going on in people’s lives — emotionally and otherwise.” And with Bob Dylan, that time was typically after sundown.

‘We cherish you’: Carlos Santana’s emotional reunion with homeless former bandmate

‘We cherish you’: Carlos Santana’s emotional reunion with homeless former bandmate

Carlos Santana has reunited with the original congo player from the Santana Blues Band, after discovering that Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone had fallen on hard times.

David Crosby never got over early preview of the Beatles’ ‘Day in the Life’: ‘Didn’t know you could do that’

David Crosby never got over early preview of the Beatles’ ‘Day in the Life’: ‘Didn’t know you could do that’

The Byrds were running neck and neck with the Beatles commercially. Then, David Crosby says, the Fab Four did something that blew him away.

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