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Gibson Remembers Mick Ronson

Russell Hall
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05.24.2007

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Ziggy played guitar in David Bowie’s amphetamine-fueled glam rock outerspace masterpiece, but in real life it was Mick Ronson—the classically trained, understated guitar hero behind some of the most glittering and groundbreaking rock ’n’ roll innovators of the ’70s and ’80s. Fourteen years since his passing, Ronson lives in the hearts of millions of fans and the fond memories and seminal recordings of his famous friends. On Saturday, May 26, Mick Ronson would have been 61 years old.
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From Honeyboy to Sugar Pie: The Sweet Sound of The Blues Lights Up Memphis Blues Awards

Tim Sampson
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05.21.2007

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Always one of the most magical nights of the year in Memphis, Tennessee, the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards recently attracted an international crowd of people who gathered to celebrate their collective love for the blues.
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Hand-to-Hand Blues: Gibson Interviews Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars

Ellen Mallernee
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05.10.2007

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In the '80s, when Luther Dickinson was just a boy, his father would bring him to the legendary Junior Kimbrough's Mississippi juke joint and let the rolling, one chord Delta blues wash over him like a rural river baptism. Now the frontman of the North Mississippi Allstars--the band he formed with his younger brother Cody, a gifted drummer--Luther was born to legendary Memphis musician and producer Jim Dickinson, who has harnessed the musical mayhem of Big Star and the Replacements, played piano on the Stones' "Wild Horses" and Dylan's Time Out of Mind, and befriended the most gifted and underappreciated talents in Hill Country blues.
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Elvis Perkins Channels Love and Loss with Cathartic Debut

Ellen Mallernee
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05.08.2007

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Folk singer Elvis Perkins has been rootless much of his life. As an adolescent, Elvis was shepherded between L.A. and New York by his famous parents, and now that his burgeoning career has him employed on the road, he doesn’t keep an apartment anywhere. “I have no need to,” he says, “and by now I’ve forgotten that it was ever any other way than the constant shuffle between cities.”
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Oh When The Sun Begins to Shine: New Orleans Legends Come Home for Jazzfest

Ellen Mallernee
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05.07.2007

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Under a crumpled cowboy hat, Lucinda Williams choked up during her Jazzfest performance Friday night. “Faces look familiar, but they don’t have names,” she sang across a sea of sunburned faces, her tough-as-nails voice suddenly wilting. “Towns I used to live in have been rearranged. Highways I once traveled down don’t look the same. Everything has changed.”
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Gibson Salutes Angus Young

Jonathan Toubin
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05.07.2007

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Electrified by the screaming SG of pint-sized powerhouse Angus Young, AC/DC exploded out of Australia in the mid-’70s with a sound and a style that rewrote the definition and possibility of hard rock. Gone were the wizards, warlocks, and wood nymphs; no more black masses or sweet leafs. Bustles in the hedge row were replaced with boozy, bruising blues about the clap (“The Jack”), Oy!-powered gang choruses (“T.N.T.”), and gritty, tell-it-like-it-is tales of on-the-road debauchery and squalor (“It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ’n’ Roll)”). When AC/DC sang about a whole lotta love, they meant it literally (“Whole Lotta Rosie”).
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Punk Legend Cheetah Chrome Puts His Les Paul BFG Through the Paces

Ari Surdoval
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05.03.2007

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Rumor has it that the Dead Boys and Pere Ubu—the two bands that rose out of the smoldering ashes of Cleveland’s proto-punk cult heroes Rocket From the Tombs—were practically tame in comparison to the band that spawned them. Hard living, hard drinking, hard playing, Rocket From the Tombs survived for just 1974 and 1975, leaving behind no trace but for the songs that were reworked for Dead Boys and Pere Ubu albums.
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The Wild Ones: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Rise Up with Electrifying New Album

Ellen Mallernee
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05.01.2007

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club sound like they are from the other California. Not the sun-drenched land of good vibrations and little deuce coupes, but the dark, desperate underworld of Altamont and the Manson murders, of the Doors and X and the Gun Club. With ES-335s and open-tuned J-200s they create a tough and brooding sonic landscape that owes more to Joan Didion’s White Album than the Beatles’. BRMC bassist Robert Been and guitarist Peter Hayes, both singers, met innocently enough at their San Francisco high school. They copped their band name from the Marlon Brando rebel cult classic The Wild Ones, and recruited English transplant Nick Jago to pummel the drums during furious, adrenalized live sets. Over the last five years, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have released four distinctly different albums, culminating with the upcoming, electrifying Baby 81, due out May 1.
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Alvin Youngblood Hart Brings the Blues Back to Its Rock and Roll Roots

Andrea Lisle
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04.23.2007

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It’s a cool Memphis morning, and Alvin Youngblood Hart is sitting in his kitchen talking music—particularly the grab bag of guitar greats who have inspired him, and whose music he welds together into a jagged, grinding stomp, much to the frustration of fans who want to pigeonhole him.
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How Hard Times and 335s Shaped the Sound of VietNam

Jonathan Toubin
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04.23.2007

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While the children at the Mexican bakery in Brooklyn stare with curiosity at the rock ’n’ roll Rasputin hunched over the counter sipping coffee from a blue paper cup, the staff and locals greet Michael Gerner with warm hellos. The VietNam frontman smiles and speaks through his (Rick) Rubenesque beard in a humble, down-to-earth tone,giving no hint that he is a rock star in the making, currently on the cover of Fader, and featured in Rolling Stone. Slowly and deliberately, but with bemused enthusiasm, he discusses the band’s long and winding tour of duty.
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