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REELIN' IN THE YEAR — Classic albums from the annus mirabilis that was 1971, reviewed or referenced in contemporary pieces by Disc's Phil Symes (Marvin Gaye's What's Going On), IT's Hugh Nolan (the Doors' L.A. Woman) The Guardian's Geoffrey Cannon (Joni Mitchell's Blue) and NME's Roy Carr (Sly & the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On). Plus 1971 author David Hepworth looks back on T. Rex's Electric Warrior in 2012...

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LIBERAL ELITISTDavid Kamp (left, with some old dude in 2017) pens an introduction to The Rock Snob's Dictionary, the hilarious 2006 guide he compiled with fellow RBP contributor Steven Daly. Plus, for Vanity Fair, David discusses Johnny Cash with Rick Rubin (2004) and tracks down the deeply elusive Sly Stone (2007)…

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HE'LL TAKE YOU THERE — R.I.P. Roger Hawkins, 1945-2021 (pictured with Mavis Staples): Mick Brown tells the glorious story of Muscle Shoals and RBP's Martin Colyer recalls his 1987 visit to Alabama's soul capital...

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“I gave them a stiff shot of realism, singing about the things they talk about: the outside, shooting, trials, families...”

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Stones in Oz, Pt. 2 (1973)
Steeleye Span Are Six (1974)
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AC/DC @ Hammersmith (1976)
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Cabaret Voltaire in L.A. (1980)
Department S (1981)
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Miles Davis @ Festival Hall (1984)
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Prince @ the Mermaid (1999)
Chris Blackwell (2000)
Blacky Ranchette (2003)
Little Richard @ SXSU (2004)
Playing to expats (2006)John Fogerty's Revival (2007)
Bland meets Hucknall (2008)
Yo La Tengo's Songs (2009)
Psychedelic Furs (2010)
Chris Rea (2011)
Neil Young on Americana (2012)
Bowie @ Live Aid (2013)
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WHEN THE MUSIC'S NOT OVER John Tobler discusses the Doors and life after Jim Morrison with (left to right) drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robbie Krieger and keyboard player Ray Manzarek (1983).

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