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There’s also a sensational free CD: We’re An American Band – 15 chest-thumping tracks of new US rock, including Clutch, Beware Of Darkness, Vista Chino, Walking Papers, Scorpion Child and more.
Elsewhere in the new issue:
Cover feature: The Bands That Built America
Sometime in the late 1960s, American psychedelia and garage rock gave way to a sound that ushered in the golden age of US rock’n’roll. Of those bands, only Creedence Clearwater Revival get the respect they’re due. The rest have effectively been written out of history. It’s time to claim them back and celebrate the bands that built America, including…
Bob Seger – The Detroit rock veteran bites the silver bullet and looks back on his career.
Aerosmith – The band recall some of the best, worst and decidedly average albums of their turbulent 40 years.
J. Geils Band – They were America’s original ass-shaking, rock’n’roll party starters, and they had the Hollywood marriages and the celebrity fans to prove it.
Pacific Gas And Electric – Fêted by critics, mobbed by crowds, admired by Hendrix and Clapton… then God intervened to dim their lights.
James Gang – They looked unstoppable, but they were inspired by a kick-ass guitarist who would both make and break the band.
Brownsville Station – Once Michigan’s biggest band of the glam era, they’re still smokin’ (although now not in the boy’s room).
Steve Miller – Educated by blues and jazz legends and fired up by radicalism and riots, he was at the heart of a musical revolution.
Ozark Mountain Daredevils – The Missouri hillbillies look back to the mellow times when country rock ruled the US airwaves.
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Hit singles and albums, critical acclaim, screaming fans
and Woodstock – the magic years of 1969-70…
Cactus – Born out of prog pioneers Vanilla Fudge, contemporaries of Led Zep, they’re the unsung innovators of 70s US rock.
Plus further features on…
Roger Taylor – With a new solo album, new Queen activity and more on the way, he gives one of his most revealing interviews ever.
Ginger – The Wildheart on his new partner, Victoria Liedtke, in his new project: Hey! Hello!
Q&A: John Densmore – The former Doors drummer on litigation, his old band’s legacy, loss, love and the genius of Jim Morrison.
The Story Behind The Songs: The Rolling Stones – Written at a time of doom and gloom, recorded during one of the band’s most testing times, Gimme Shelter captured the death of the 60s, when peace ’n’ love tuned to rape and murder.
Fly On The Wall: ZZ Top – “Bill Ham asked: ‘Can you train a buffalo?’ I said: ‘Yes’ He said: ‘You’re hired!’” When ZZ Top took Texas on the road.
Buyer’s Guide: Steven Wilson – With Porcupine Tree plus collaborative and solo projects, his progressive flights of fancy include some real gems.
Competition – Win an Epiphone Les Paul Special II guitar – and meet Joe Bonamassa who’ll sign it for you!
Heavy Load: Roy Harper – The veteran singer-songwriter and old cricketer on sheep and drugs and rock’n’roll.
All this and more in the new Classic Rock – issue No.188; September 2013 edition – in the shops and available electronically now.
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