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Sterling Whitaker is a Nashville-based musician and music journalist. He is the author of two books; 'Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar,' and 'The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx.' He has appeared as a guest on VH1, BBC Radio, and radio all over North America. Whitaker is also very involved in animal rescue.
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Andy Summers of the Police Calls Puff Daddy’s ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ a ‘Major Rip-Off’

Rapper Puff Daddy may be prone to, uh, "borrowing" from classic rock songs in his work, but that doesn't mean we have to like it. Police guitarist Andy Summers slammed the rap mogul in a new interview, calling his use of a sampled Summers guitar riff "the major rip-off of all time."

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Upcoming Jimi Hendrix Album – ‘New and Unreleased,’ or ‘Old and Recycled’?

One of the most hotly anticipated classic rock releases of 2013 is the the Jimi Hendrix album 'People, Hell & Angels,' which Experience Hendrix is advertising as a collection of 12 new and previously unreleased tracks. But not so fast -- according to our friends over at Antiquiet.com, that may not be entirely accurate.

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29 Years Ago: The Who Announce Breakup

The Who were undoubtedly one of the most innovative and important hard rock bands of all time. Ranging from psychedelic pop rock material like 'I Can See For Miles' and 'Pinball Wizard' all the way through epic arena rock classics like 'Won't Get Fooled Again' and 'Who Are You,' they virtually single-handedly perfected both the concept album and the rock opera. But the latter part of the decade was unkind to the group, who experienced a series of misfortunes leading into the early part of the '80s. On Dec. 16, 1983, guitarist Pete Townshend announced that he was leaving the Who, effectively ending the group.

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Carole King to Receive 2013 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Legendary singer-songwriter Carole King will receive the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, announced the award today (Dec. 13), saying King will travel to Washington to perform at the Library's Coolidge Auditorium next spring.

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Pete Townshend Admits He Swiped His Trademark ‘Windmill’ From Keith Richards

Pete Townshend is undeniably one of rock music's most dynamic performers. The Who guitarist has always been notable for his energetic stage exertions -- particularly his signature "windmill" move, which consists of Townshend swinging his arm around in a furious windup before delivering a powerful strike to sound power chords on his guitar. In an interview with David Letterman, the musician says his trademark move was inspired by fellow rock icon Keith Richards.

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New Music Releases – December 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Kissmas -- er, that is, Christmas -- and the New Music Releases for December 2012 list means that classic rock releases are winding down for the year. December is always a light month for new music, but that doesn't mean there aren't still some great stocking stuffers arriving just in time to bring comfort and joy to the classic rock fan on your holiday list.

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Van Halen Reschedule Dates for Summer 2013

Van Halen fans around the world wound up being disappointed when the group cut their tour in support of their recent album 'A Different Kind of Truth' short after guitarist Eddie Van Halen underwent emergency surgery. But things appear to be looking up, as the band have booked three new dates for the summer of 2013 to replace the shows they had to cancel in Japan.

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