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Friday Night with Guitar George: Happy Birthday (again!) Keith Richards

His coat is torn and frayed, it’s seen much better days But as long as the guitar plays, it’ll steal your heart away -Rolling Stones “Torn and Frayed” On December 18 Keith Richards will be seventy-four years old, a feat

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Chuck Berry

If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it “Chuck Berry.”          -John Lennon He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers.         -Mick Jagger Charles

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Number Ninety-eight

Dear friends, tonight is the ninety-eighth edition of Friday Night with Guitar George. Barring any unforeseen calamities, two weeks from tonight—May 20, 2016—will be the 100th edition, and the last regular installment in the series. I won’t say that it

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Notable Covers Edition

A recent television appearance by a heavy metal band featured an impressive cover version of a well-known pop song half a century old. This got me thinking about other unlikely cover versions—the White Stripes’ rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” came

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Prince Memorial Edition

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today To get through this thing called life Electric word life It means forever and that’s a mighty long time  –from “Let’s Go Crazy” A day and a half after the shocking news broke,

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Friday Night With Guitar George: Pete Townsend Edition

It’s difficult to talk about rock & roll because it’s essentially a category and a category which embodies something which transcends the category. –Pete Townsend, 1968 Thus spake rock music’s resident philosopher in a 1968 interview. While the Beatles were

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Ron Wood Edition

It has steadily fallen for the past decade or two, but there was a time when Rod Stewart’s 1971 album Every Picture Tells a Story routinely landed near the top of most “Best Albums” lists. There are probably several reasons

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Atlanta Rhythm Section Edition

When you grow up in Montgomery, Alabama the name “Atlanta” has a certain magical charm to it. The city’s towers of steel and glass rose on the horizon of our imaginations like Oz’s Emerald City, full of wonder and delight.

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Harmony Edition

The 2016 death parade claimed two more victims last week: Maurice White and Dan Hicks. The former was widely successful and amassed an incredibly impressive resume. The latter was a lifetime musician who never quite hit the big time but

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FNWGG: Jefferson Airplane Edition

Sadly but fittingly, Paul Kantner and Signe Toly Anderson passed away on the same day last week: Thursday, January 28th, 2016. Kantner and Anderson both were members of the original lineup of Jefferson Airplane when the band formed in San

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