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NOT FADE AWAY — Remembering the great Jerry Garcia, 25 years after his death: Rolling Stone's Michael Lydon meets the Grateful Dead's head man in 1970 and NME's Mick Farren "exhumes" the group in 1974. Plus Tom Hibbert's superb Q obituary from 1995…

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Almost Famous

APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTIONNME legend and Observer mainstay Barbara Ellen grills Guns N'Roses (1987), discusses Courtney Love and Catholicism with lady Madonna (1995) and bids farewell to the print version of her old alma mater the NME (1998).

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STEP INTO THE REALM — Remembering the Roots' Malik B: Vibe's Michael Gonzales profiles the "Illadelphian" hip hop band and NME's Dele Fadele reviews the astonishing Things Fall Apart. Plus, in tribute to Judith "Miss Mercy" Peters, we offer up Miles' review of the GTOs' Zappa-produced Permanent Damage (IT, 1970)…

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