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The all time best hits of classic rock, WJAD gives them to you track after track.

Classic Rock 101

If you can answer that question definitively, then you can probably also tell us who it was that put the ram in the ram-a-lam-a-ding-dong. There’s little agreement on the definition of rock, much less the more specialized genre of classic rock. Rock ‘n roll appears in many dictionaries, but its definitions vary substantially. It's important to make a distinction between Classic Rock and Oldies. Classic Rock grew out of a radio format that used to be called AOR -- Album Oriented Rock. Classic Rock defines entire albums, whereas the Oldies genre encompasses selected singles that were commercially successful.

 

Pink Floyd are the premier space-rock band. Since the mid-'60s, their music has tinkered with electronics and all manner of special effects to push pop formats to their outer limits. At the same time they have wrestled with lyricathemes and concepts of such massive scale that their music has taken on almost classical, operatic quality, in both sound and words. Despite their astral image, the group were brought down to earth in the 1980s by decidedly mundane power struggles over leadership and, ultimately, ownership of the band's very name. Since that time, they've been ...

You could say it's an accident that I was ideally suited for the work I am doing. It's the feeling of a bowstring being pulled back for 22 years and suddenly being let go. I am primarily an American, second, a Californian, third, a Los Angeles resident. I've always been attracted to ideas that were about revolt against authority. I like ideas about the breaking away or overthrowing of established order. I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos - especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom - external revolt is a way to bring about internal freedom.

 

It started in 1957 when a young John Lennon started the Quarrymen. Later that year his friend Ivan Vaughan introduced Paul McCartney into the group. They begin to cooperate on songwriting and a couple years later in 1958 George Harrison joined the group. During the fall ...

Formed in 1962, The Rolling Stones have become one of the world's most recognized and enduring bands. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first crossed paths at Dartford Maypole County Primary School. A decade later the two had become avid fans of blues and American R&B, and shared a mutual ...

There's been a lot of bunk stirred up about Led Zeppelin over the years. Accuse the band of blues-ploitation, accuse them of occultism, accuse them of selling out. Join, if you wish, the Lilliputian chorus assembled against them; or join the majority for whom mere mention of the band inspires awe.

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