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Dave Lifton, who writes for both Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser, is a podcaster and author of several books. A native of New York, he now lives in Chicago, where he's usually staring out at Lake Michigan from his apartment or getting into arguments with Bears fans. Also, he likes Bruce Springsteen and pulled pork sandwiches.
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Bruce Springsteen’s ‘High Hopes’ Leaks Two Weeks Early

Bruce Springsteen fans temporarily got a bit of an extended Christmas yesterday (Dec. 28) when his upcoming album, ‘High Hopes,’ was made available for download -- accidentally perhaps -- from Amazon’s mobile site. The scheduled release date is Jan. 14, 2014.

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47 Years Ago: The Beatles Begin Recording ‘Penny Lane’

The Beatles’ decision to give up touring in August 1966 gave them unlimited and unprecedented time to spend in the studio experimenting and inventing new recording techniques. One of the first songs to come out of that period, Paul McCartney’s ‘Penny Lane,’ was first committed to tape on Dec. 29, 1966.

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Carlos Santana Reunites With Homeless Former Band Member

If you thought reconnecting with your old high school friends on Facebook was awesome, we’ve got a story for you. Thanks to a Bay Area TV-news report, Carlos Santana has reunited with Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone, who was once a percussionist in Santana and is currently homeless in Oakland.

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Def Leppard Will Not Sue One Direction for Plagiarism

It looks like One Direction have escaped another potential lawsuit for plagiarism. In a recent interview, Def Leppard said that they have no problems with the similarities between their anthem ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’ and the boy band’s ‘Midnight Memories,’ saying, “It’s all good.”

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One Direction May Have Plagiarized Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’

For the second time this year, British boy band One Direction are being accused of ripping off a classic rock tune. The chorus to their new hit, ‘Midnight Memories’ sounds suspiciously like Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me.’

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Bruce Springsteen Discusses ‘High Hopes’

Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming album ‘High Hopes’ is a collection of covers and outtakes, with a few reworkings of existing songs. In a new interview, Springsteen discussed how the process of recording it differed from his previous practices, calling the album an “anomaly.”

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Led Zeppelin’s Spotify Deal Hits Tribute Bands Hard

Led Zeppelin’s decision last week to finally allow their music to be streamed on Spotify may be a financial boom to the two parties involved, but it is likely to negatively affect the bottom line of those who were covering the band’s catalog on the popular online service.

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Beatles Releasing Rarities Album to Fight Copyright Laws

Yesterday (Dec. 13) we learned that the Beatles were putting out a set of 59 outtakes, demos and songs cut for the BBC. Today we learn that ‘The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963’ is being released on Tuesday (Dec. 17) in order for them to retain their copyrights.

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