#TBT: Happy Birthday, Patti Smith!

Patti Smith

Multitalented poet, artist and singer-songwriter Patti Smith turns 70 on December 30. In this Throwback Thursday post, we celebrate her long and varied career as a boundary-pushing artist who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has won the National Book Award. Smith was born in Chicago in 1946, grew up in […]

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#TBT: Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the U.K.”

On this Throwback Thursday, we look back at the Sex Pistols’ first single, “Anarchy in the U.K.” The song topped the British music charts 40 years ago, in November 1976. At that time, the band consisted of John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) on vocals, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassist Glen Matlock, who […]

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#TBT: iPod Turns 15

For this Throwback Thursday, we're celebrating the iPod, which was introduced 15 years ago on October 23, 2001. The device began a revolution in how we listen to and, ultimately, how we buy music. In fact, the iPod set the stage for how we use devices now. And it was the beginning of everyone having earbuds in their ears! I […]

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#TBT: Chuck Berry Turns 90

Publicity photo of Chuck Berry

Happy birthday to one of the undisputed kings of rock 'n' roll, Chuck Berry! This icon turns 90 October 18. For this Throwback Thursday, let's take a brief look back at Berry's legendary career. Chicago's own Chess Records put out Berry's earliest records, which were notable for merging white country music with black rhythm and blues. 1950s hits like "Maybellene" and […]

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Top Picks: Paul Simon Turns 75

In honor of Paul Simon's 75th birthday on October 13 and a career that spans five decades, I've put together a top picks post based on a survey of four people whose tastes in music helped to shape and influence my own. With tracks such as "Diamonds on the Sole of Her Shoes," "Boy in the […]

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Top Picks: Nevermind by Nirvana Turns 25

When Nirvana’s second album, Nevermind, was released in 1991, the album's first single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” was an astonishing success. Although Nirvana's fame was brief, it's considered one of the greatest bands of all time. As the album turns 25 this month, celebrate the phenomena of Nirvana with these top picks for fans of the band. […]

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, David Crosby!

Musician David Crosby on stage playing guitar.

David Crosby—whom Rolling Stone called “…the golden years of rock's unlikeliest survivor”—turns 75 this Sunday, August 14. For this Throwback Thursday, let’s take a look back at his lengthy career. While he spent his younger years playing in a folk duo in the Los Angeles area with his brother Ethan, it wasn’t until Crosby wound […]

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A Little Bit of Vinyl Love

record player

Back before MP3s, before CDs, even before cassettes, there was the record. The visual and tactile experience as well as listening to the record itself is magical. And many people make the argument that the best way to listen to music, if you are not listening to it live, is to listen to it on vinyl. That magic […]

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, Tony Bennett!

Tony Bennett performing

Singer Tony Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday Wednesday, so for this Throwback Thursday post, let’s look at Tony through the years. Born and raised in Queens, Bennett started his career as a teenager singing in restaurants while waiting tables. He later sang in military bands while serving in World War II, but his big break […]

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For Fans of Stranger Things

Stranger Things

Are you obsessed with Stranger Things? Netflix's bingeable new series starts with a search for a missing child and leads to psychics, conspiracies and monsters. If you, like many fans of the addictive show, are looking for what's next, here are some recommendations for books and music. (In the spirit of Netflix, I’ve also noted if […]

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