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12 Kids Impersonating Rock Stars

When I went searching for pictures of kids dressed up as rock stars, I expected to find almost all Michael Jacksons and Madonnas. I guess kids are cooler than I’d imagined. Or maybe their parents are? When I was a kid, I dressed up as Jimmy Page one year. Got my mom to sew zofo [...]

The Devil Wears Headphones: A Brief History of Backmasking

A while back, I was browsing at a favorite used book shop and found a paperback called Backward Masking Unmasked. Written in 1983 by a youth minister named Jacob Aranza, it’s an unintentionally hilarious attempt to expose the alleged backward Satanic messages in rock music. For example, in the chapter called “Which Way Are The Eagles [...]

The Late Movies: Where Led Zeppelin Music Came From

The group Led Zeppelin has copyrights on quite a few songs that were recorded much earlier. Other songs they never filed for copyright, but credited to themselves instead of the composer. And still others were properly credited, but you may not know about the original. You might recognize these. When the Levee Breaks “When the Levee Breaks” [...]

Found: Stephen Davis’s 1975 Led Zeppelin Tour Notes

N.B.: Don’t miss your chance to win a copy of this awesome new book, after the interview below. Imagine touring with one of the biggest rock bands of all time—taking notes, scoring interviews with the band, getting never-before-seen photos, etc. Now imagine losing it all. That’s exactly what happened to rock author and journalist Stephen Davis back [...]

The Late Movies: Guitar Virtuosos

This is by no means a complete list — instead, it’s a collection of videos of my favorite guitarists doing their mind-bending thing, whether that be shredding, flatpicking, fingerpicking, playing the blues, or jazz, or classical. See if you can watch any of these videos without your jaw dropping a little! Leo Kottke One of the best [...]

The Quick 10: The Former Names of 10 Bands

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who has never heard of The Beach Boys or Led Zeppelin. The Pendletones and The New Yardbirds? Maybe not so much. Check out 10 bands who are probably thankful they changed their names before they hit the big time. 1. The Beach Boys were once known as “The Pendletones.” It [...]