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Ray Davies Discusses Inspiration for New Album 'Americana': Exclusive Video Premiere

Ray Davies also shares snippets of the title track from his first new album in almost a decade.

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Van Morrison's 'The Authorized Bang Collection' Scheduled for Release

Between his debut as a member of Them and his celebrated 1968 album 'Astral Weeks,' Van Morrison recorded a series of songs for Bang Records.

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Listen to Anthrax Tear Through Kansas' 'Carry On Wayward Son': Exclusive Premiere

Like many music fans, Anthrax grew up listening to this gold-selling No. 11 1976 hit by Kansas.

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Tom Scholz Weighs in on the 'Abysmal' State of Rock 'n' Roll

Veteran artists offering their thoughts on the current state of rock 'n' roll has become something of a tradition in recent years.

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The Search for Bob Seger's Out of Print Back Catalog

The music industry's reliance on reissues has become a source of complaint among fans over the last couple of decades, but it's still possible for an artist's back catalog to be under-exploited. Continue reading…

Billy Gibbons and Sammy Hagar Talk About Favorite Blues Artists

Sammy Hagar is offering fans a sneak peek at the new season of his Rock & Roll Road Trip with a clip capturing him in conversation with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.

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Lemmy's First-Ever Solo Album Due Later This Year

Late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister's debut solo album is scheduled for release later this year.

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Dickey Betts' Wife Jailed After Threatening to Shoot Student Rowers

Donna Betts' 911 call apparently indicated that "the crew from Sarasota High School have destroyed her life and she has had it." Continue reading…

Bob Dylan archives open in Oklahoma; public center planned

Part of music icon Bob Dylan's once-secret 6,000-piece archive, including thousands of hours of studio sessions, film reels and caches of unpublished lyrics, has opened in Oklahoma, curators announced this week.

More than 1,000 pieces spanning Dylan's six-decade career are available to scholars at the Gilcrease Museum's Helmerich Center for American Research in Tulsa.

The public will get a glimpse of some of the material when the Bob Dylan Center opens in the city's downtown Brady Arts District in about two years. The center will, fittingly, occupy another part of a building that houses a museum devoted to Oklahoma-born Woody Guthrie, one of Dylan's major influences.

The George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa announced last year that the collection had been acquired from Dylan for an estimated $15 million to $20 million. The foundation also snapped up Guthrie's archives in 2011, paying $3 million. The Woody Guthrie Center opened two years later.

"A couple hundred books have been written about Bob Dylan, maybe equal to or more books than have been written about Abraham Lincoln, but none of the writers have had the access to any of this material," said Stanton Doyle, a senior program officer at the foundation. "I think people will get an insight into Dylan and his creative process that's never been released."

The archive is a goldmine for Dylan fans. There are pages of unrecorded verses — one for a song called "No Particular Length of Time"— lyrics scrawled across hotel stationary; pocket memo books of every shape and color, filled with notes on royalty rates and telephone numbers for notables like Allen Ginsberg and John Lennon. Faxes from former President Jimmy Carter and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and letters from former first lady Michelle Obama, director Martin Scorsese and Bono are also in the trove.

Then there are the audio recordings and film reels — enough so that it would take around 113 days to consecutively listen to and watch all of the available material, estimates curator Michael Chaiken.

"Nobody knew Bob held onto so much stuff," Chaiken said in an interview Wednesday. "The materials we are opening up have never been seen before by the public at large."

Chaiken found himself doing a deep dive on the sessions that would become the album titled "John Wesley Harding."

"To hear the alternate versions to 'All Along the Watchtower,' it was amazing," Chaiken said. "He's like a Miles Davis character when he goes into the studio, there's so much improvisation going on and moving things around, trying to find the rhythm."

When it was announced that the archive was coming to Tulsa last year, it raised a few highbrow eyebrows among those who wondered why it wasn't going to an Ivy League school, for example, or a much larger city like New York or Los Angeles, or even to Minnesota, where the singer is from. Curators explained then that the move was vintage Dylan —zigging when everybody else was zagging.

Dylan did it his way again last year when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, but declined to attend the traditional Nobel Prize banquet in December, citing other commitments.

It was announced Wednesday that he'll accept his diploma and medal this weekend while performing concerts in Stockholm.

St. Louis services set for April 9 for rock icon Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry fans will have their chance to pay their respects to the late rock 'n' roll visionary.

Berry's family announced in a statement Wednesday that a public viewing will be held from 8 a.m. to noon April 9 at The Pageant club, where Berry frequently performed in his hometown of St. Louis. That will be followed by a service for Berry's family and friends, including those in the music industry.

The Pageant's owner and longtime Berry friend, Joe Edwards, told The Associated Press that Berry will lie in repose in an open casket, giving fans their last glimpse of the music legend.

Berry was 90 when he died March 18 at his home near St. Louis.

Berry's classics include "Johnny B. Goode," ''Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Roll Over Beethoven."

Family and close friends say goodbye to George Michael

Singer George Michael's publicist says his funeral has been held in London.

The private funeral service took place Wednesday at Highgate Cemetery in north London. Michael's publicity agency, Connie Filippello Publicity, said in a statement it was attended by family and close friends

The family thanked his fans for their "many messages of love and support" and asked for its privacy to be respected.

Karl Marx and authors George Eliot and Douglas Adams are among the famous people buried at Highgate.

A post-mortem investigation found that Michael died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver.

The former Wham! singer was found dead at his country home in Oxfordshire on Dec. 25 at age 53.

The singer had battled health problems and drug addiction.

Allman Brothers Band co-founder's wife arrested in Florida

The wife of an Allman Brothers Band founding member is accused of pointing a rifle at members of a rowing team in Florida.

Sarasota County Sheriff's officials say 62-year-old Donna Betts was charged Tuesday with 18 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. She's married to guitarist Dickey Betts.

The Herald-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2oaJPEI ) reports a 911 caller said the woman was standing on the dock behind her home Monday, pointing a rifle toward about 100 teens and coaches from the Sarasota Crew rowing team in boats and on a nearby dock.

Arrest records say Donna Betts threatened to shoot them and called 911, saying the rowers have destroyed her life.

She lives next to the team's practice facility.

Betts is being held without bond. An attorney wasn't listed on jail records.

Riverdogs Announce New 'California' Album

It's taken a little time to come together, but Riverdogs are finally almost ready to deliver their long-promised next album of new material.

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Bob Dylan, 'Triplicate': Album Review

Why has Bob Dylan made a third album of cover songs from the '40s and '50s? Because he's Bob Dylan. Continue reading…

Watch the New Lyric Video for 'Lifeline' by America's Gerry Beckley: Exclusive Premiere

Ultimate Classic Rock is pleased to premiere the lyric video for "Lifeline," from Gerry Beckley's 2016 album 'Carousel.' Continue reading…

Bret Michaels on Poison Reunion: 'We Haven't Killed Each Other Yet'

Poison singer Bret Michaels has posted a picture of the band together in the studio, and assured fans that their 2017 reunion tour will go ahead as planned.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reveals Journey and ELO Induction Presenters

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed more of the presenters and performers set to appear at this year's induction ceremony, scheduled for April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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Bob Dylan Will Finally Get His Nobel Prize

So ends a strange saga of recognition, confusion and then outright avoidance.

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Snoop Dogg to induct Tupac into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Snoop Dogg will induct the late rapper Tupac Shakur into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while Pharrell Williams will induct Nile Rodgers during the ceremony in Brooklyn next month.

The Rock & Roll Hall announced Wednesday additional guests who'll be on hand April 7 at the Barclays Center to induct this year's newest class.

Dhani Harrison will induct ELO and Pat Monahan will induct Journey. Previously announced guests including Neil Young inducting Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne inducting Joan Baez, and Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush inducting Yes.

Additional performers at this year's ceremony include Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys, Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Indigo Girls.

The Swedish Academy says Nobel literature winner Bob Dylan will receive his diploma and medal in Stockholm this weekend

The Swedish Academy says Nobel literature winner Bob Dylan will receive his diploma and medal in Stockholm this weekend.

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