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  • The Wall at the Wall: Roger Waters’ Historic Berlin Concert

    Before the Berlin Wall fell, it wasn’t just a physical barrier; it was a scar running through the heart of a divided city. For nearly three decades, it symbolized the ideological conflict between East and West, splitting families and friends, and casting a shadow over Berlin. Potsdamer Platz, the concert’s location, held heavy symbolism from…

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  • The Vinyl Beat

    The Vinyl Beat is a new column that will dig up notable vinyl nuggets, past and present.

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  • Pink Float: The Unforgettable Venetian Concert

    On July 15, 1989, the historic and picturesque Venice Lagoon in Italy became the stage for one of the most iconic concerts in rock history. Pink Floyd, the legendary British rock band, performed a free concert that drew an estimated 200,000 people, with countless more tuning in to the live broadcast. This event is etched…

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  • July 13, 1973: The Day Rock Got a New Monarch

    On July 13, 1973, the tectonic plates of rock music shifted dramatically. On that day, an unassuming yet audacious British band named Queen unleashed their self-titled debut album, “Queen.” This seismic release marked the genesis of a band destined to transcend the boundaries of rock, etching their indomitable legacy into the annals of music history.…

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  • Disco Demolition Night: The Day the Disco Ball Dropped

    July 12, 1979, started like any other summer evening at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The White Sox were set for a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. But as night fell, baseball fans, rock aficionados, and disco haters converged in what would become one of the most infamous promotions in sports history—Disco Demolition Night. Orchestrated by…

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  • Shazamfest is Back!

    Back for its 19th edition, Canada’s favourite madcap festival is more flamboyant, more freaky and more family-friendly than ever!

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  • Inside the Rolling Stones’ First US Tour

    The Rolling Stones’ inaugural U.S. tour in 1964 was a wild ride of rock ‘n’ roll chaos and cultural clashes. Here’s a deeper dive into the anecdotes and adventures that marked this historic tour, setting the stage for the band’s legendary status. The Flight That Almost Didn’t Happen Before the Stones could even set foot…

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  • Rock Chronicles, Part 10 — From Badfinger to Bangladesh

    George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh was an unqualified success, and the first-ever pop concert for charity.

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  • When the King of Pop Defied the Stasi: Michael Jackson’s 1988 Berlin Performance

    Michael Jackson’s Berlin Wall Concert: When Pop Met Politics In the annals of pop culture, Michael Jackson’s legacy is studded with iconic performances and groundbreaking achievements. Yet, one performance stands out not just for its musical brilliance but also for its geopolitical significance. On June 19, 1988, the King of Pop performed in West Berlin,…

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  • The Cosmic Dawn: Revisiting Bowie’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”

    David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is often seen as a turning point not just in his career, but in the landscape of rock music itself. Released on June 16, 1972, this album introduced the world to Ziggy Stardust, an androgynous, bisexual alien rock star. But the…

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  • Heaven 11 Billie MKII Integrated Amplifier Review

    Doug More of The Sound Advocate likes what he hears in the new Heaven 11 Billie MKll class-D / tube integrated amplifier.

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  • Hound Dog and the Hip Thrust Heard ‘Round the World: Elvis’s Iconic 1956 Performance

    On June 5, 1956, Elvis Presley stepped onto the stage of The Milton Berle Show, ready to perform his latest single, “Hound Dog.” Little did anyone know, this performance would become one of the most talked-about moments in television history and a defining point in the evolution of rock and roll. Presley, already a rising…

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  • The Birth of Eurovision: How a Swiss Stage Set the Scene for a European Phenomenon

    In the twilight of post-war Europe, a revolution was brewing—not in the streets, but on the airwaves. It was 1956, and amid the rolling hills of Lugano, Switzerland, a spectacle was about to unfold that would change the face of European entertainment forever. The Teatro Kursaal, an elegant theater nestled in this picturesque city, became…

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  • Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant—Why You Should Go

    I go every year to the Montreal International Jazz Festival—I love it. But if you don’t like crowds, or you don’t mind them and just like to go to outdoor music festivals in general, might I suggest a visit to Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant, a smaller, cozier, more laid-back version of its Montreal cousin.

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  • Jazz Kissa and the Rise of Hi-Fi Havens

    Welcome to the inaugural feature of our new column, Hi-Fi Havens, where we’ll explore the world’s most captivating high-fidelity cafés, lounges and listening places. Each edition will take us to a new city, uncovering the local spots where music isn’t just background noise but the main event, played on systems that turn listening into a…

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