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This Day in Music Spotlight – Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’ Hits No. 1

Bryan Wawzenek
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07.26.2015

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It’s tough to know what must have felt better for Peter Gabriel on this day in 1986: finding out that he had scored his first No. 1 hit in the U.S. or hearing the news that he had replaced his former band at the top spot. His blockbuster single “Sledgehammer” went over big-time and replaced the previous chart-topper, Genesis’ “Invisible Touch.”
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This Day in Music Spotlight – Bob Dylan Goes ‘Electric’

Andrew Vaughan
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07.25.2015

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Before rock and rollers dipped into the folk music world in the mid-’60s, the folk scene was largely academic with students and professors studying rather than feeling the American traditional music of yesteryear. That would all change in the’60s, of course, as artists like Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds and Neil Young and other young rock and rollers fused and blended folk, blues, country and rock and roll into a new dynamic music scene.
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10 Things You May Not Know About Slash

Anne Erickson
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07.23.2015

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Slash has weathered the rock ‘n’ roll storm, going from playing lead guitar in one of the biggest rock bands of all time, Guns N’ Roses, to forging ahead with his solo work, backed by Myles Kennedy (of Alter Bridge) and the Conspirators. Here are 10 things you may not know about Slash.
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It's Not Wrong if it Sounds Good - Five Guitar Pick Alternatives

Daniel Eriksson
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07.23.2015

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Here are five guitarists who have made a name for themselves playing guitar using unconventional guitar picks or body parts.
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Innovative New 2015 SGs Elegantly Bridge the Past and Future

Ted Drozdowski
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07.23.2015

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After 53 years in production, the new 2015 Gibson SG models prove this durable line of guitars that passed through the hands of a generational chain of legendary players including Angus Young, Pete Townshend, Duane Allman, Robby Krieger and Dickey Betts and Derek Trucks can still offer surprises.
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Pickup Joint: Magnets Decoded

Peter Hodgson
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07.23.2015

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When you really get down to it, a pickup is simply a magnet with a bunch of wire wrapped around it. The magnet creates its own magnetic field (obviously) and the guitar string interacts with that field, and this is translated by the coil of wire, and then some stuff happens in an amp, and then an audience gets rocked.
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Five Reasons Why the World Actually Does Need Another Guitar Cable

Craig Anderton
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07.22.2015

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After all, it’s not like there’s some great cable shortage. But Gibson is introducing a line of Gibson Pure cables, and in typical Gibson fashion, these cables feature innovative technology that takes them way out of the “me-too” category.
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5 Famous Gibsons that Passed from One Great Player to Another

Russell Hall
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07.22.2015

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Every guitar aficionado can reel off the names of famous Gibsons: B.B. King’s “Lucille,” Billy Gibbons’ “Pearly Gates” and Neil Young’s “Old Black,” to name just three. What’s more remarkable, however, is the number of iconic Gibsons that have passed from one legendary player to another.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: The Heartbreaking Loss of Howie Epstein

Bryan Wawzenek
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07.21.2015

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Special thanks to ThisDayinMusic.com. Although Howie Epstein wasn’t one of the founding members of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, he quickly became an integral part of the band after joining in the early ’80s. The bassist was present for Petty’s most commercially successful period, playing both on full band releases and on the singer’s “solo” records. Keyboardist Benmont Tench called Howie “the coolest guy in the band.”
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Dylan and the Gibson SJ-200

Ted Drozdowski
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07.20.2015

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Gibson SJ-200 signature model artist and the world’s preeminent songwriter Bob Dylan celebrates his 74th birthday on May 24.
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