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Guns N' Roses original lineup

Classic Rock Landmarks: Sweet Child ‘O Mine

“I was f@#king around with this stupid little riff,” Slash has said of the origins of Guns N Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” That “stupid little riff” is, by the way, the riff that in 2004 Total Guitar magazine readers voted the greatest guitar riff of all time, beating out the opening riffs of Nirvana’s … Continue reading Classic Rock Landmarks: Sweet Child ‘O Mine

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I Can't Get No Satisfaction

Classic Rock Landmarks: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

If you get to talking with the great songwriters, you’ll notice a common thread, a connecting theme, and you’ll hear it over and over. They generally have no idea where their songs come from. In 1965, a 21-year-old guitarist in a London band supersized that notion when he wrote a guitar lick for the ages. … Continue reading Classic Rock Landmarks: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

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Do They Know It's Christmas

Classic Rock Landmarks: Do They Know It’s Christmas?

There we were, in mid-December 1984, and Christmas songs were in heavy rotation everywhere. Sleigh bells, reindeer, Santa, and chestnuts roasting. ’Twas the season, and the season was jolly — until good tidings were suddenly being interrupted by a new Christmas song with a decidedly unjolly message of “clanging chimes of doom,” “bitter sting of … Continue reading Classic Rock Landmarks: Do They Know It’s Christmas?

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Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who

Classic Rock Landmarks: Baba O’Riley

Roughly a thousand years ago, the elite class in Ireland began taking surnames that began with O’ — O’Sullivan, O’Brien, O’Connor —with the O’ translating to “grandson of.” Before we approach the complexities of “Baba O’Riley,” one of The Who’s — and, indeed, all of rock music’s — most lasting songs, it bears explaining the … Continue reading Classic Rock Landmarks: Baba O’Riley

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