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The Isley Brothers: "We-e-e-e-e-e-elll!"

Ben Edmonds, MOJO, January 2000

Their cry was first heard in 1959. The Isley Brothers are about to enter their sixth decade of pop stardom. They inspired The Beatles, employed Hendrix, funked-up Neil Young and cut great records that two generations have swooned, grooved and made love to. As rock's first century closes, Ben Edmonds celebrates the one group to have lived through it all, from doo wop and rock to disco and hip hop, and tells their extraordinary story.

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