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Dave Lifton, who writes for both Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser, is a podcaster and author of several books. A native of New York, he now lives in Chicago, where he's usually staring out at Lake Michigan from his apartment or getting into arguments with Bears fans. Also, he likes Bruce Springsteen and pulled pork sandwiches.
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35 Years Ago: Talking Heads’ ‘More Songs About Buildings and Food’ Album Released

As the saying goes, artists have their entire life to make a debut album, but only a year to record the follow-up. But Talking Heads managed to avoid the dreaded sophomore jinx on their second album, 'More Songs About Buildings and Food,' which was released in July 1978.

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Paul Rodgers
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Paul Rodgers Working on Two New Albums

It's been a busy year for Paul Rodgers. He's currently finishing up a five-week tour fronting Bad Company on a co-headlining tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd, both of whom are celebrating their 40th anniversary. And in a new interview, he reveals that he's working on two new albums.

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Ted Nugent
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Ted Nugent Blames Liberals for Detroit’s Bankruptcy

On Thursday (July 18), the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, with more than $18 billion in debt. One of its most famous native sons, rocker Ted Nugent, has taken aim at those whom he feels is responsible for the city's long-standing financial woes.

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Ian Stewart
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Remembering Ian ‘Stu’ Stewart: The Forgotten Rolling Stone

He was one of the most important figures in their early days, and yet he's often overlooked in most discussions about the Rolling Stones. Known as the "Sixth Stone," Ian Stewart served double duty for the World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band as both their piano player and their road manager.

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Paul McCartney
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Paul McCartney Rocks Milwaukee’s Miller Park

Paul McCartney's performance of 'Hey Jude' at last summer's Olympics caused some people on social-networking sites to wonder if it was time for him to finally retire that chestnut. But his sold-out concert at Milwaukee's Miller Park on July 16 proved why he shouldn't: Nothing can unite a massive crowd like that famous coda.

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40 Years Ago: Ray Davies Temporarily Quit the Kinks

The early '70s took their toll on quite a number of rock's biggest acts. The combination of artistic ambition, family life, the demands of stardom, increasing drug use and aging in a medium originally designed to celebrate youth resulted in many artists rethinking their career choice. For Ray Davies, all of these issues came to a head in July 1973, when he announced onstage that he was quitting the Kinks.

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