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David Bowie 1947 – 2016

It’s difficult to believe that David Bowie passed away because it’s difficult to believe that he was a mortal man. Throughout his astonishing music career, he shape-shifted unpredictably. The one thing that remained a constant during Bowie’s many phases – he was always relevant.

Pub Rock: Pour Another One

Originally an underdog movement led by bands with small but passionate followings, the roots of pub rock stretch back to pubs of the United Kingdom during the early-to-mid 1970s. Bands like Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile and Eggs Over Easy exemplify the genre of pub rock which later helped spark the sound of English punk.

Remembering Freeform Radio

In reference to our new genre station Classic Rock Album Tracks

“Classic” doesn’t have to mean listening to the same exact songs for the rest of your life. Hearing Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker” for the trillionth time inspired me to build Pandora’s Classic Rock Album Tracks station. Don’t get me wrong; I really like Steve Miller Band. But when my local classic rock radio station plays that song seven times a day…well, its sonic patina gets moldy.

Vinyl

I’m a dude who was born in the early ‘70s – classic rock was the soundtrack of my youth. I remember Jimmy Page’s fierce guitar riff from “Bring It On Home” cranking from my dad’s Camaro speakers; the magical accompaniment of turning over the engine of my very first car. Today, sadly, my local station thinks that playing the reggae infused “D’yer Maker” constitutes “Getting the Led out.”
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