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How Classic Rock Survived the '80s
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How Classic Rock Survived the ’80s

During the '80s, trends and technology combined to change the industry in ways that often sounded — and looked — like they'd altered the rock 'n' roll landscape forever.

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EMI
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35 Years Ago: The J. Geils Band Release ‘Freeze-Frame’

After 10 years and 11 albums, the J. Geils Band nudged into the pop mainstream with 1980's Love Stinks — but that was just the warm-up for their next, and biggest, album.

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45 Years Ago: Don McLean Mourns an Era on ‘American Pie’

Don McLean’s first album didn’t exactly set the world on fire.

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Colgems
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50 Years Ago: The Monkees Release Their Debut Album

The Monkees released their eponymous first album on Oct. 10, 1966, about a month after the premiere of The Monkees TV show.

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A&M Records
A&M Records
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25 Years Ago: Soundgarden Astonish With ‘Badmotorfinger’

Soundgarden meshed metal riffs and punk on 1991's 'Badmotorfinger.'

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Jeff Kravitz, Getty Images
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20 Years Ago: The Van Halen / David Lee Roth Reunion Turns to S—

Van Halen's brief mid-'90s reunion with original frontman David Lee Roth ended with a thud – or, more specifically, a scathing open letter from Roth.

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Warner Bros.
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45 Years Ago: Grateful Dead Release Their Second Live Album, ‘Skull and Roses’

Even back in 1971, barely five years after they formed, the Grateful Dead knew the power of their live shows.

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MCA
MCA
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30 Years Ago: Boston Reach New Chart Heights With Belated ‘Third Stage’

'Third Stage' was the nexus point between what could have been the end of Boston, and an entirely new beginning.

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Columbia
Columbia
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35 Years Ago: Billy Joel Releases ‘Songs in the Attic’

Billy Joel took the long road to success, and by the time he hit it big with 1977's The Stranger, he'd already released four other albums.

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Apple
Apple
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45 Years Ago: John Lennon Reclaims His Legacy With ‘Imagine’

John Lennon wasn't exactly feeling the post-Beatles blues in 1971, but his first few solo albums fell short of his band's commercial achievements.

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Epic
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35 Years Ago: Meat Loaf Releases Belated ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Follow-Up, ‘Dead Ringer’

Meat Loaf should have been on top of the world after the multi-platinum success of 1977's 'Bat Out of Hell.' But behind the scenes, his career started falling apart almost immediately.

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27 Years Ago: Motley Crue Release ‘Dr. Feelgood’

Five albums into their career, Mötley Crüe were unapologetically obsessed with crafting the kind of sticky, sleazy hard rock that defined MTV hair metal.

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