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NEVER SURRENDERSounds' metal guru Geoff Barton sees Saxon's light shining in 1980 and The Guardian's Mary Harron takes stock of metal's new "lustre" that same year. Plus MOJO's Paul Elliott looks back on the Barton-coined NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) in 2007…

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CAN I GET A WITNESSMelody Maker veteran Chris Welch reports on "pop weirdies" the Rolling Stones in January 1964. Plus Chris converses with new blues supergroup Cream (1966) and drops in on wild American import Jimi Hendrix (1967)…

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