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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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Billy Joel Donates Piano to University

Billy Joel has long taken an interest in educating younger generations of musicians. This runs from his acclaimed Evening of Questions and Answers and a Little Bit of Music series to today’s news that he has given a piano to the music department of Stony Brook University on his native Long Island.

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Carlos Santana Reunites With Homeless Former Band Member

If you thought reconnecting with your old high school friends on Facebook was awesome, we’ve got a story for you. Thanks to a Bay Area TV-news report, Carlos Santana has reunited with Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone, who was once a percussionist in Santana and is currently homeless in Oakland.

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Freddie Mercury Biopic Gets a New Star

After months of delays, word is now circulating that Dexter Fletcher has been tapped to direct the Freddie Mercury biopic. Perhaps more importantly, Ben Whishaw will play Freddie Mercury, replacing Sacha Baron Cohen, who left over the summer.

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David Bowie, Rolling Stones Lead Classic Rock Nominees for 2014 Grammys

David Bowie and the Rolling Stones were among the classic rockers who have been nominated for 2014 Grammy Awards. The nominees were announced last night (Dec. 6).

Bowie, the Stones, Black Sabbath and Paul McCartney each have three nominat

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Meet Dave Van Ronk, The Artist Who Inspired ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

'Inside Llewyn Davis,' the new Coen Brothers movie that is generating Oscar buzz, takes place around the Greenwich Village scene of the early '60s. The film is believed to be loosely based on the life of Dave Van Ronk, whose name is familiar to scholars of folk music, but not very well-known outside of it. To prepare you for the movie, we give you this introduction to the man known as the "Mayor of MacDougal Street."

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