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Jen Mooney
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09.22.2007

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The Whigs' Parker Gispert: In Search of the Lost Guitar

Josh Baron
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09.21.2007

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“Let’s car test it,” says the Whigs’ drummer Julian Dorio to guitarist-singer Parker Gispert. The two walk out of Los Angeles’Sound Factory recording studio and into their rental car, a Chevrolet HHR, parked in the driveway. The temperature outside is hovering in the high 90s, and inside the car it’s absolutely torturous. They crank the latest mix of “Rock the Vibration,” one of roughly ten songs that will comprise their sophomore album and debut for ATO Records.
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True Adventures in Rock Journalism: What I Learned About Parenting from Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Ozzy Osbourne

Jerry McCulley
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09.21.2007

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It was a dark, rainy afternoon in Los Angeles. I was tucked in a modest corner suite at the Sunset Marquis with Foreigner’s Mick Jones, working up historical background material for the liner notes to the band’s multi-disc Anthology. As my tape recorder whirred, Jones recalled that when the Beatles played a stand at the Paris Olympia just before heading off to America, Ed Sullivan, and unparalleled world conquest, he was onstage opening for them as guitarist for French pop chanteuse Sylvie Vartan. His gigs backing Vartan would go on to make a favorable impression on her husband, Johnny Hallyday, better known as the “French Elvis,” and Hallyday soon hired Jones on for his own band. Given Hallyday’s clout and budget, Mick found himself working with many of his idols but feeling very much the foreigner in the midst of it all—a sentiment he would well remember when it came time to form his own band a decade later.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kenny Chesney

Ellen Mallernee
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09.21.2007

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When Kenny Chesney arrived in Nashville in ’91, he wasn’t yet the rum-gulping, island-hopping millionaire his fans have come to love. An ambitious everyman from small town Tennessee, Chesney began in the music business down on his luck and lovesick, the spitting image of the fellow he’s crooned about in so many of his sweet, stirring songs. A pop culture phenomenon for 20 years running, the unassuming Chesney, who stands all of 5’7” with his boots on, has to do little more than blink his baby blues and twist his baseball hat backwards to capture the adoration of millions. Here, Gibson reveals 10 things you may not know about arguably the most written about man in country music.
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Rock Math: Bulletboys + Candlebox = Hinder

Chris Gill
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09.20.2007

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Bulletboys plus Candlebox equals Hinder
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Paramore: Outta School and Onto the Charts

Jonah Bayer
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09.20.2007

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If you’re on this web site, chances are you spent most of high school daydreaming about playing music in front of adoring fans instead of sitting in biology class—well Paramore guitarist Josh Farro is living proof that it can be done. Propelled by a love for rock acts like the Foo Fighters and Jimmy Eat World, Farro formed Paramore with his brother Zac, bassist Jeremy Davis, and pint-sized vocalist Hayley Williams in Franklin, Tennessee, in 2002 when all the members were barely into their teens. However, over the past five years the band have been steadfastly refining their unique pop-punk sound, a process that’s culminated with their latest release Riot!
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Found Treasure: The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru

Josh Baron
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09.20.2007

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It’s said that one should not judge a book by its cover. That’s true—but how often have you been in a bookstore, or a record store for that matter, and something strange catches your eye?
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Jimmy Page: Guest of Honor

David Sprague
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09.20.2007

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If you listen to rock radio with any regularity, it’s difficult to go more than a day or so without hearing Jimmy Page kick out the jams with Led Zeppelin—but long before he joined forces with Robert Plant, Page was one of the most-heard guitarists in the world. As one of the most in-demand session players in Britain, he’s said to have contributed to more than 50 percent of the singles released in ol’ Blighty between 1963 and 1965—unleashing his Les Paul Black Beauty on sides by artists as varied as Lulu (of “To Sir With Love” fame), the Kinks, Marianne Faithfull and Van Morrison. And while his guest appearances have become less frequent in the post-Zep era, they’re certainly no less powerful. For starters, check out these seven deadly shots of pure Page in unexpected places.
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Gibson Custom Proudly Presents the ES-339

Chris Gill
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09.20.2007

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Lighter, more compact and comfortable than a traditional semi-hollow guitar, the ES-339 feels like a Les Paul but sounds like an ES-335. Despite its smaller body dimensions, the ES-339 does not look like an awkward dwarf version of a 335. The craftsmen at Gibson managed to shave several inches off the traditional semi-hollowbody design while retaining perfect proportions that look classy and natural. You may not even notice the difference until you pick up the ES-339 and instantly realize how much lighter and more comfortable it feels.
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Lost Classic: Blue Oyster Cult, On Your Feet or on Your Knees

Chris Gill
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09.19.2007

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The double live album phenomenon that would reach its apogee with the release of KISS Alive! and Frampton Comes Alive! was less than a year away when Blue Öyster Cult released On Your Feet or on Your Knees, in February, 1975. (Apparently, BOC didn’t get the memo that exclamation points would be de rigueur on live albums.) Even so, the waves were cresting, and BOC, despite having released a scant three studio albums with no hits to speak of, were a strong live draw, and this record is a fascinating time capsule that allows listeners to discover a band approaching its creative peak, only moments before breaking through with “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” the song that would change their lives forever.
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