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Michael Gallucci is the senior editor of Ultimate Classic Rock. His previous gigs include editor of chief at Diffuser.fm, managing editor of Cleveland Scene and writing about music and movies for All Music Guide, American Songwriter, the A.V. Club, Goldmine, M Music & Musicians, Paste, Spin, the Village Voice and other publications and websites.
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35 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Releases ‘Sleep Dirt’

Like much of the material that came out under Frank Zappa's name in the late '70s, 1979's 'Sleep Dirt' has a complicated history. Also like much of the work that ended the artist's most prolific decade, 'Sleep Dirt' had its roots in a shelved, four-LP set that Zappa's record company refused to release.

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Billy Joel Announces 2014 Tour

Billy Joel is filling out his his recently announced hometown concert residency with a series of tour dates throughout 2014. Scattered among the New York City shows Joel has lined up in 2014 are a bunch of new concerts that will keep him busy across the U.S. through summer.

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Neil Young Will Reportedly Release a Covers Album With Jack White

Neil Young has reportedly completed work on an upcoming album, which is nothing new for the prolific singer-songwriter. The big news here is that the record is supposedly an all-covers project with Jack White.

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Bruce Springsteen, Robert Plant and Eric Clapton Headline New Orleans Jazz Fest

Bruce Springsteen, Robert Plant and Eric Clapton are among the headliners for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The annual music fest will take place over two three-day weekends from April 25 through May 4.

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Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
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Beatles Reunion? Paul and Ringo May Perform Together on ‘Letterman’

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr may mark the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania hitting U.S. shores next month by performing together. Showbiz 411 reports that the two surviving Beatles could show up on David Letterman's late-night show during his network's week-long celebration of the Fab Four.

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47 Years Ago: The Doors’ Debut Album Released

When the Doors entered a Hollywood recording studio to make their debut album at the end of August 1966, they knew what they wanted. Months of serving as house band at the Whisky a Go Go had sharpened their playing and performing skills to the point where one member of the quartet could abruptly swerve toward a new direction and the others would follow without missing a beat.

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31 Years Ago: Neil Young’s ‘Trans’ Album Released

What was Neil Young smoking in the ‘80s? He jumped from one lazy genre exercise to the next, trying on everything from rockabilly (‘Everybody’s Rockin’’) to old-school country (‘Old Ways’) to big-band swing (‘This Note’s for You’). He started and ended the decade strong, with 1980’s ‘Hawks and Doves’ and 1989’s ‘Freedom,’ respectively. But everything in between (except for 1981’s ‘Re-Ac-Tor’) was puzzling at best.

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46 Years Ago: Bob Dylan’s ‘John Wesley Harding’ Album Released

In mid-1966, following a whirlwind couple of years in which he became a legend and a reluctant star, Bob Dylan withdrew from the public eye. And he found a reason that was fitting of his testy image at the time: He claimed he was in a motorcycle accident, which fans still dispute to this day. Was it real? Or was it staged so that the increasingly agitated and reclusive singer-songwriter could get away from it all for a while and clear his head?

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WTF of the Week: Paul McCartney Wants a Free T-Shirt

Apparently being a member of one of the greatest groups of all time and one of the richest and most popular people on the planet isn't enough for Paul McCartney. Now the dude wants a free T-shirt to go with his knighthood and power to shut down Times Square.

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