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Joe Satriani Remembers the Great Les Paul

Russell Hall
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06.08.2015

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Next Tuesday (June 9), the Les Paul Foundation will kick off a yearlong celebration of the late guitarist, inventor and innovator. The celebration gets underway with a star-studded event at the Hard Rock Café in New York’s Time Square. Featured performers include Steve Miller, Joan Jett, Neal Schon and Joe Satriani, among others
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What Song Links Gibson Legends Clapton, Hendrix, Page and Bloomfield?

Ted Drozdowski
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06.05.2015

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How bluesman Howlin’ Wolf inspired Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Bloomfield with his classic recording “Killing Floor.”
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Retro Looks and Modern Tech Meet in Gibson’s New Les Paul Studio Monitors

Ted Drozdowski
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06.04.2015

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Gibson Pro Audio’s new Les Paul Studio Monitors blend retro looks and modern tech to honor Les’ engineering and production innovations.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: Leather Tuscadero Rocks for Real!

Andrew Vaughan
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06.03.2015

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Best known in the U.S., perhaps, for her three years on TV hit Happy Days as Leather Tuscadero, Suzi Quatro was in fact a legitimate musician and a huge ’70s pop star in England with a string of glam power-pop hits like “Can the Can” and “Devil Gate Drive.”
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15 Facts About Les Paul

Anne Erickson
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06.03.2015

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Les Paul's solid-body electric guitar and studio advances changed popular music in the 20th-century. In honor of what would have been Paul's 100th birthday this month, here are 15 facts about the guitarist and innovator.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: I Spy – Franz Ferdinand Singer Detained in Russia

Andrew Vaughan
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06.02.2015

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Bizarre and unusual events and rock and roll have always gone go hand in hand but when rock band Franz Ferdinand headed to Moscow in the summer of 2005, lead singer Alex Kapranos was about to become embroiled in an espionage saga straight from the pages of Ian Fleming 007 frolic.
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Top 10 Awesome Rock Bassists

Daniel Eriksson
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06.02.2015

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Playing backup to a lead guitarist who gets all the attention. If you’ve ever doubted the importance of the bassist, imagine any song by the likes of AC/DC, The Who, or the Rolling Stones without bass — it would sound flat and incomplete. It is the bassist’s job to fill out the sound and give depth to a band’s music. But some bassists go above and beyond that main requirement. Here we’ll take a look at some of the best bass players to ever walk the earth. Who did we forget? Let us know in the comments!
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The Great Album The Beatles Nearly Made

Russell Hall
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06.01.2015

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For many Beatles fans, 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band represents the pinnacle of the Fab Four’s achievements. Densely textured, sublimely arranged and packed with some of Lennon and McCartney’s best songs, the disc remains a touchstone for every pop band that puts a premium on melody and craftsmanship. Incredibly, however, as writer Philip Norman and even Sir George Martin have pointed out, The Beatles’ psychedelic masterpiece might have been even better, had some grievous missteps not occurred.
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Ken Mary on KRK Monitors & Alice Cooper

Daniel Eriksson
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06.01.2015

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Drummer-turned-producer Ken Mary talks about life on the road with Alice Cooper, working as a producer at SonicPhish Productions, and his involvement in an upcoming documentary called “The Drumming Hall Of Fame.”
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Top 10 Gibson ES-335 Heroes: Clapton, Grohl, Berry and More

Ted Drozdowski
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05.28.2015

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The Gibson ES-335 made its debut in 1958 and immediately began making history. As the first thin-line, semi-hollowbody guitar in production, it gave players interested in exploring the warmer tones of hollow-body guitars and the joy and power of loud amplification a license to kill on stage and in the studio. And they took it.
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