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WHEREVER THEY MAY ROAM — How Metallica evolved from thrashing brats to stadium-packing Godzillas: Sounds' Neil Perry meets them on the eve of Cliff Burton's death in 1986, while the Boston Phoenix's Ted Drozdowski recalls a decade of close metallic encounters in 1997. PLUS Deborah Frost's exemplary essay on the band for their 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction…
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“I told him, ‘Just go out and say who you are’. So he went out and said ‘Hello, I'm Johnny Cash’. I turned on the tape and let the bitch roll… ”
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THE MIX MASTER — Legendary disco jock Francis Grasso recalls the heady '70s days of NYC's Sanctuary and talks "slip-cueing" and "beat-matching" with DJ History's Frank Broughton (1999).
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