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Ryan Reed is a freelance music / pop culture journalist / editor. Besides Diffuser.fm, he currently contributes to Rolling Stone, Paste, Billboard, eMusic, The Phoenix, Metro Pulse, Blurt, Relix, American Songwriter, and many other outlets. He's also an adjunct English and Communications professor. When he's not writing or teaching, he's probably recording his own music, record shopping, playing with his Brittany Spaniel (Tegan), eating copious amounts of chicken wings, or drinking girly beverages.
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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Play ‘Rattle Your Jewelry’ Concert

On Nov. 4, 1963, the Beatles strode onstage to politely thunderous applause at London's Prince of Wales Theatre, as the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret gazed fondly amid the crowd. But these four charming Liverpool lads were clearly royalty themselves -- at least in pop music terms.

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45 Years Ago: Pink Floyd’s ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’ Album Released

Even though it was only Pink Floyd's second album,  'A Saucerful of Seconds' is the literal sound of a band in transition, clinging to its past even as it plunges forward into the unknown. The album -- released 45 years ago -- is often overlooked by casual fans. It isn't a front-to-back masterpiece like 'The Dark Side of the Moon' or 'Wish You Were Here,' and it lacks a distinctive radio classic. But it's a crucial album in the band's sonic evolution.

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35 Years Ago: Peter Gabriel’s Second Solo Album Released

Peter Gabriel's second solo album boasts one of rock's most iconic cover photos: the singer and songwriter, gazing directly into the camera, literally scratching apart his visage. It's an appropriate metaphor for the record itself: For the first time since leaving Genesis, it truly felt like Gabriel was obliterating his old image and reinventing himself as a songwriter and sonic craftsman.

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45 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Releases ‘Lumpy Gravy’

Frank Zappa is often regarded as one of the most brilliant, idiosyncratic musicians in rock music. But, looking back at his eclectic, monstrous body of work as a composer, guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader, Zappa really wasn't a "rock" musician. That fact is cemented on 'Lumpy Gravy,' Zappa's first official solo album, which was released 45 years ago today (May 13, 1968).

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