Guitar 101: What You Don’t Know


Since I’m getting old now, I thought I’d tell you about the most important things that you need to know and put them all together, just in case I become debilitated before the next article. In this issue, I’d like to cover several topics that are all related. I’ve been playing guitar professionally since 1966, […]

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U2, “Pride (In the Name of Love)”

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“I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.” That Martin Luther King Jr. quote […]

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“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Darlene Love

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“(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home“ As the decades pass, we tend to think less frequently of Christmas carols when considering Christmas music, though many carols are melodic marvels that have endured for centuries. But numerous contemporary Christmas songs, such as John and Yoko’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” or Sara Bareilles’ “Love Is Christmas,” have […]

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Track Review: U2, “Ordinary Love”

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U2 “Ordinary Love” Rating: dos out of catorce stars For discerning U2 fans and cautious apologists — and completists who weren’t warded off with How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and No Line on the Horizon — the arrival of a new track from Bono and the boys is met with as much trepidation as […]

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Various Artists: Released! — The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998


Various Artists Released! — The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998 (CD/DVD) (Shout!Factory) Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Plowing through over 16 hours of music, documentary footage, interviews, home movies, videos and background information in this mammoth 6 DVD set (also available as a slimmed down double CD) of Amnesty International concerts from the titular years, it […]

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Alex Da Kid On Discovering Imagine Dragons And Crafting Tracks For Rihanna, Eminem, U2

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Chris Rock once said that the music business is “fickle, fickle, fickle. You’re here today… then gone today!” Navigating the rough waters of the present-day, ever-changing industry can be exceedingly difficult, but Alex da Kid has apparently managed to break through unscathed. Born and raised in England, Alex has improbably dominated multiple genres of music, […]

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Tworopa: U2’s Zooropa 20 Years Later


As college students in the 1990s, American Songwriter contributor Stephen M. Deusner and Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter-sociologist Brady Potts spent hours arguing the merits and demerits of U2, in particular the Irish quartet’s divisive 1993 album Zooropa. Deusner hated it; Potts loved it. To mark the twentieth anniversary of the Irish band’s eighth album, the two […]

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Video Premiere: Bambi Lee Savage, “Nearly Gone”

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Bambi Lee Savage has been one of the music industry’s best-kept secrets for nearly three decades. A Florida native, she played with a string of underground punk bands during the ‘80s before moving to Berlin, where she worked as an audio engineer on landmark albums like U2’s Achtung Baby and Nick Cave and the Bad […]

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Bono Joins Glen Hansard At Intimate New York City Show (Video)

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Last night at the The Living Room in New York City, U2 frontman Bono dropped in on his fellow Irishman Glen Hansard, and joined him for a song. Uber-music fan Billie Joe Sheehan was one of the lucky few who caught the Bono guest appearance. Here’s her report. Over the years, I’ve seen hundreds of […]

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News Roundup: Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Bright Eyes And More


The mesmerizing 37-minute jam session recently posted on Neil Young’s website is in fact “Horse Back,” a hodgepodge of songs performed by Neil Young and his backing band, Crazy Horse. Neil Young has now confirmed that he has completed an album with the band, and expects a spring release. Ben Kweller tells the New York […]

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U2: From The Sky Down

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U2 From The Sky Down (Interscope) Rating: U2 is clearly again at a major crossroads in its career and has entered a self-evaluation process. To compound the sense of revisionism, the group has released a film on DVD entitled From The Sky Down, which received its theatrical debut at the Toronto Film Festival. Directed by […]

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Win A Copy OF U2′s From The Sky Down Documentary

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We’re giving away a copy of From The Sky Down (in stores January 24), which documents the creation of U2′s groundbreaking 1991 album Acthung Baby. All you have to do is enter the contest below, and tell us your favorite U2 song or lyric and why. You’ll be eligible to win a copy of From […]

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