what is a “record album” and where did the term come from?

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THE WORLD TURNS, WORDS EVOLVE. Some­times the evo­lu­tion of a word is gradual and log­ical and few no­tice the change. Some­times it hap­pens quickly—often through ig­no­rance and misuse—and the change is jar­ring. In the 21st cen­tury, a word can go through a tremen­dous up­heaval if one in­flu­en­tial person mis­uses it one time on the internet. [Continue reading]

did sid vicious, elvis, and sinatra really do it their way?

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HOW HAVE WE MISSED THE OBVIOUS for so long? Look, I know that old-school rock & roll fans in gen­eral and Elvis fans specif­i­cally are sup­posed to re­ac­tionarily hate punk rock—and most do! But the punks of the ’70s were car­rying on some of the spirit of the ’50s rock & roll that we love so much—especially the un­tamed Elvis of the Dorsey Brother Shows! [Continue reading]