Real Rock Today: September 29, 2015

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Is Bob Dylan’s latest album the craziest box set ever?

Bob Dylan’s recording career has never followed a predictable path. In the Sixties, he was the most bootlegged artist of his generation. Some songs he’d never released himself even ended up as hits for other artists.

But his latest release, The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12, has been met by fans with both excitement and bewilderment.

This 379-track collection sprawls across 18 CDs, nine mono 45 RPM singles and includes, it is claimed, absolutely everything Dylan recorded in the two-year period when he released Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde, some of his greatest albums.

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Three Ways Eddie Van Halen Changed Rock Guitar Forever

Love him or hate him, Eddie Van Halen changed the rock-guitar world forever. I play guitar and have been in bands for many years, so he was always someone I was aware of. There was no way to ignore Eddie’s presence if you were interested in hard rock of any kind back in the early ’80s. He was one of those polarizing players who people either wanted to imitate or strongly reacted against.

For a long time, I fell somewhere in the middle. I admired his obvious mastery of the electric guitar, but I generally hated the kind of “Camaro culture” that seemed to be Van Halen’s (the band) bread and butter. But even though I never embraced their albums, I came to the realization that Eddie Van Halen changed rock guitar forever, and for several reasons. Here are a few.

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Ten Interesting Facts and Figures about the Rolling Stones You Might Now Know

Forming in 1962, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts may have had little inkling that they were going to become one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Still touring 53 years later, they’re possibly the oldest continually performing band in the world and have shown no signs of slowing down. Though the lineup has changed over the years, the music goes on. With at least a half-century of history, the Stones have plenty of interesting facts to indulge your curiosity.

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Review: AC/DC shakes San Francisco all night long

On the one hand, there’s the clichéd image of Butthead in his constant AC/DC shirt. On the other, it’s a wonder to think how many classics guitarist Angus Young and his various bandmates in 40-plus years have written. The Aussie band is one of the most celebrated names in the hard rock genre, with more than 200 million records sold.

The lineup has changed numerous times during those years, most notably, singer Bon Scott passing away in 1980, bassist Malcolm Young retiring last year after being diagnosed with dementia and drummer Phil Rudd being fired just before the band’s performance at the Grammy Awards earlier this year after being charged with drug possession and making threats.

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Bruce Springsteen Releases 2005 Devils & Dust Tour Concert

Bruce Springsteen has released a concert album from his Devils & Dust tour. The audio comes from the Boss’ July 31, 2005 show at the Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The 24 song set includes the live premiere of “Lift Me Up,” the tour debut of “Back In Your Arms” and the first-ever live acoustic version of “Cynthia.”

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