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Specializing in rock/classic rock news coverage and commentary with the occasional flair for TV/movies and cocktail culture.

WMMR's Essential 200: A-H

Rock and Roll has shaped history, pop culture and countless lives. Many might even say that rock and roll saved their life. So, if someone were to approach you and ask which songs are most important to the genre, where would you start? That question is answered and explored in MMR’s Essential 200, our list of 200 rock songs from the entire history of the genre that helped influence, elevate or flat out change what we call “Rock and Roll.” These are songs every rock fan should know ranging from

WMMR's Essential 200: I-R

Rock and Roll has shaped history, pop culture and countless lives. Many might even say that rock and roll saved their life. So, if someone were to approach you and ask which songs are most important to the genre, where would you start? That question is answered and explored in WMMR’s Essential 200, our list of 200 rock songs from the entire history of the genre that helped influence, elevate or flat out change what we call “Rock and Roll.” These are songs every rock fan should know ranging from

WMMR's Essential 200: S-Z

Rock and Roll has shaped history, pop culture and countless lives. Many might even say that rock and roll saved their life. So, if someone were to approach you and ask which songs are most important to the genre, where would you start? That question is answered and explored in MMR’s Essential 200, our list of 200 rock songs from the entire history of the genre that helped influence, elevate or flat out change what we call “Rock and Roll.” These are songs every rock fan should know ranging from

An Ode to 'Whole Lotta Rosie': Rock's Big Girl Banger

Queen had their “Fat Bottom Girls.” U2 had their b-side tribute to the wonder that are pregnant women with “Big Girls Are Best.” However, the definitive rock anthem for plus-size ladies everywhere is AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie.” Featured on Let There Be Rock, the band’s fourth studio album released on March 21, 1977, “Whole Lotta Rosie” brings the LP to an epic close and has become one of the most beloved tracks in AC/DC’s catalog.

This is the Most Annoying Thing About the Rock Hall Nominations Every Year

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations and the subsequent class selections are easily the most popular debate topics in the rock world every year. Regardless of who actually is nominated and voted into the Rock Hall, the discussions around the whole process are passionate, lengthy and often fun. However, without fail, one take is always dragged out year after year by someone, and frankly, it must stop.

Ozzy Osbourne's 'Ordinary Man' Was One Of The Bright Spots Of 2020

Considering everything that happened in 2020, it’s actually quite easy to forget about some of the positive things from this year, especially if they happened pre-coronavirus, which seems like another lifetime ago. However, something rock fans the world over need to be grateful for this year was the release of Ordinary Man, the twelfth studio album from Ozzy Osbourne. Released on February 21, Ordinary Man marked Ozzy’s first new album since 2010’s Scream. Despite being shut out from receiving a

'Blinded By The Light' & 9 Other Covers Better Than The Original

Manfred Mann celebrates a birthday today (October 21), and obviously, this brings up one of the best debate topics ever: Original vs. cover. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band is responsible for one of the greatest covers of all time with “Blinded By The Light,” which is a track originally by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. In honor of Mann’s birthday, we gathered ten covers that we think are better than the original. Enjoy…and debate if you disagree.

'The Living Years' & 6 Other Songs That’ll Make You Cry

Mike Rutherford celebrates his birthday today (October 2), and in addition to all of his work with Genesis, he also co-wrote one of the best tear-jerker songs of all time. “The Living Years” is many things. Besides being one of the most majestic songs ever about a guy not talking enough to his dad before he died, it was Mike & The Mechanics’ biggest hit. And you’d hard-pressed not to get emotional when you hear it Of course, it’s not the only song that makes reach for a tissue. Scroll through
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