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Michael Gallucci is the senior editor at Ultimate Classic Rock. His previous gigs include editor of chief at Diffuser.fm, managing editor of Cleveland Scene and writing about music and movies for All Music Guide, American Songwriter, the A.V. Club, Goldmine, M Music & Musicians, Paste, Spin, the Village Voice and other publications and websites.
Bruce Springsteen
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31 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’ Album Released

When Bruce Springsteen started recording a batch of new songs to a four-track tape machine in his New Jersey bedroom in January 1982, he wasn’t planning to release an album. The acoustic demos were to be used as guidelines for the E Street Band, who would bring their epic heft to the two dozen or so songs Springsteen had recently written. But something happened along the way to Springsteen’s sixth album: The more he listened to the bare, stark songs on the cassette he carried around, the more he thought this was how they were supposed to sound.

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Bob Dylan
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16 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Releases ‘Time Out of Mind’

As an artist who had already reinvented himself several times over the years, Bob Dylan’s 1997 rebirth turned out to be not only his greatest comeback but also the greatest third act in rock ‘n’ roll history. Partly inspired by his own mortality, partly inspired by his own mythology and partly inspired by whatever goes on inside Bob Dylan’s head, ‘Time Out of Mind’ is a milestone in a career that’s had plenty of them over the past five decades.

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Frank Ockenfels
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Sting, ‘The Last Ship’ – Album Review

Sting has never hid his pretensions. In fact, he's gone out of his way to flaunt them, going all the way back to the Police, when he casually referenced Vladimir Nabokov in the band's first Top 10 U.S. hit and then explored Jungian philosophies on the band's biggest-selling album. Things only got worse with his solo career.

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Roger Waters Admits He Shouldn’t Have Sued Pink Floyd

Roger Waters has admitted that he shouldn't have sued his former Pink Floyd bandmates after he left the group in 1985. In an interview scheduled to air on Sept. 19 on BBC World News, Waters said, "I did think that was wrong, and I was wrong."

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Danny Clinch
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Elvis Costello and the Roots, ‘Wise Up Ghost’ – Album Review

Elvis Costello has been down this path before. New collaborators. New sounds. Old songs approached in new directions. On 'Wise Up Ghost,' an album recorded with hip-hop crew the Roots, he slips into a new groove, for him at least, that adds some fresh texture to his old style.

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