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Rock Music News: Metallica Win Glastonbury

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Glastonbury 2014 was a success. It has an excellent reputation for consistently delivering a great event despite its significant (and growing) size. Though, if any year was going to be the undoing of the popular festival, 2014 was in with a shout. Last minute bookings seem to be somewhat inevitable, but the announcements of acts like Dolly Parton and Metallica certainly raised a few eyebrows. Rumours of desperation circulated the event's build-up, and though we may never know how truly pressed the event's organisers were to secure some big acts for the main stages, their choices, ultimately, seem to have been inspired. Yesterday we looked at Dolly Parton's performance: a favourite for many attendees who were initially unsure of what to expect, but who were ultimately thrilled with Parton's sheer warbling weirdness. However, today we're going to look at Metallica - the real champions of Glastonbury 2014.

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Topics: rock icons, Glastonbury, Metallica

Rock Music News: How Fans and Musicians Now Walk Hand in Hand

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Topics: rock icons, Foo Fighters

Celebrity News and Gossip: One Direction's Recent Highs and Lows

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Fresh off the heels of some of One Direction’s boys being caught smoking weed on camera, there’s still hope for at least one role model left in the band. Harry Styles has given up sex in favour of religion!

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Topics: one direction, pop music

Classic Rock Bands: Pink Floyd & Art

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From a flying pig above Battersea Power Station to stunning light shows in concert, Pink Floyd have always aimed to impress visually. Passionate about their visual craft as well as their musical reputation, their career has encompassed varying artistic accomplishments from the poignant to the downright bizarre. 

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Topics: rock icons, 70s music, 60s music, Pink Floyd

Rock and Roll History: Kurt Cobain

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With their music still listened to widely even today, Nirvana were pioneers of alternative rock music. Formed by their eloquent frontman Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic, Nirvana found huge success with their second album, Nevermind. Sadly, April 5th marked the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. This article takes a quick look back at Cobain's life and the legacy he left behind.

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Topics: rock icons, Nirvana, Kurt Cobain

Classic Rock Bands: Left-Handed Guitarists

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There are many talented guitarists across the world who soothe our ears with their music, and a surprising number of these famed artists play their music 'left-handed' – i.e. picking and strumming with their left hand. This probably sounds like a huge endeavour for any right-handed player – indeed it's not too long ago that left-handed guitar playing was even heard of – but, little did you know, there are many big-name pioneers for whom playing with their left hand was and is far more natural.

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Topics: rock icons, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Kurt Cobain

Rock and Roll History: David Bowie, Rebel Rebel

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Glam rock was in full swing in 1974 when this signature song by the erstwhile Davey Jones hit the charts. A pivotal point in rock and roll history, this was an era of regrettable sartorial and musical fashions in many ways, when builders called Clive from Slough would dress up in skintight lurex, call themselves Dayglo Dave and play watered-down Sweet covers in working men’s clubs. Our man Bowie largely avoided these errors, carving himself an image somewhere between visiting alien and demon mullet-wearer with wonky eyes, and to this day his glam-era material is worth your time, ‘Rebel Rebel’ in particular, which was effectively his last foray into the genre. The opening riff, with its top-heavy overdrive and tinkling arpeggiated chord, is instantly recognizable, even if the amp and effect he’s using on it sound as if they cost tuppence.

 

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Topics: 70s music, David Bowie

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