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50s/60s rockabilly bop +/- boogie
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Summer Beach Read – Fun Fluff

Breezy, offbeat, trashy, yet intermittently illuminating – and just in time! Zero to 180’s curated highlights from 1983’s Rolling Stone Rock Almanac humbly serves as your Summer Beach Read!  These carefully selected bits of humor and offbeat information have been lavished with picture sleeves from around the world, streaming audio,

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"I Don't Believe You"
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Waylon Did Dylan in ’65

How humorous to browse a chronological listing of Waylon Jennings albums starting in 1964 – eleven on RCA by my count, following his debut LP At JD’s – when out of nowhere, A&M suddenly decides to issue its first and only album by Jennings, long after his brief run of singles (1963-65)

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"One Too Many Mornings"
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John Hartford’s Pop 45 + Strings

John Hartford‘s strings version of Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings,” which kicks off the Jud soundtrack LP:  Is it true, as the person who posted this YouTube video states, that this 45 was “never released”? “One Too Many Mornings” John Hartford (1971) As the one commenter on this YouTube clip

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"The Name Game"
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Bob Johnston’s Moldy Goldies

Bob Johnston – who famously produced Bob Dylan‘s Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde and Johnny Cash‘s Folsom Prison, among many other classic albums – left us last August.  How startling to discover that Johnston used Nashville’s finest session musicians in 1966 to record a “dazzling anti-masterpiece” (as notes

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"Streamline Train"
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“Streamline Train”: Folk Deco

Interesting to see the original 1936 recording of “Streamline Train” by Red Nelson recast in the UK as a skiffle tune in 1957, as the folk movement began to gain momentum in the US: “Streamline Train“ The Vipers Skiffle Group (1957) Check out these striking images of streamlined locomotives that

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"Forever Young"
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Kitty Wells: Renegade Country Rocker

In that same October-November 2001 issue of No Depression, there was another piece that caught my ear — Bill Friskics-Warren‘s historical account that documented Kitty Wells‘ somewhat radical musical experiment with members of the Allman Brothers and Marshall Tucker Band in a brave attempt to inject her music with a

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"Abilene"
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“Abilene”: It’s the Bass

“Abilene” was originally an album track on Bob Gibson‘s 1957 album, I Come For To Sing:.  “Little is known about the origins of this song,” say the liner notes on the back of the LP, and yet “Abilene” is widely known to have three authors — Bob Gibson, Lester Brown,

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"Bob" (2003)
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“Bob”: Palindromic in the Extreme

I took a chance on Weird Al‘s eleventh album – 2003’s Poodle Hat – and had a good laugh when I realized that his send-up of Bob Dylan‘s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” was palindromic from beginning to end: At the time of the album’s release, MTV reported that Eminem gave permission

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"Bin Wieder Frei"
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“Bin Wieder Frei”: Unrelenting Verbal Onslaught

The unrelenting verbal onslaught of 1978’s “Bin Wieder Frei” by German heartthrob, Benny, immediately made me think of Joey Levine‘s famous feat of rapid-fire elocution from 1974, “Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)” – which later helped inspire REM’s “End of the World (As We Know It)” and

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