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Obituary: Roy Orbison - Rock ’n’ roll romantic

He sang songs steeped in melancholy with a voice that could hit the sweetest heights. As a member of the first generation of rock-and-rollers, he was a loner, a shy teetotaller who, despite his tough-looking, dark attire and ever-present sunglasses, preferred wrenching ballads to the rugged side of rock. And when he died last week from a heart attack at 52, Roy Orbison touched off a new wave of emotion from a diverse range of musicians and fans. At the peak of his career in the 1960s, Orbison had 27 consecutive records on the charts, including “Only the Lonely” and “Oh Pretty Woman.” Recently, he returned to the charts by collaborating with Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Tom Petty in the gro...
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Music Feature: Chimes of Freedom - Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! tour

Even in the Live-Aid era of pop music, when star-studded concerts for good causes have become a fixture on the rock ’n’ roll calendar, it was a landmark event. Amnesty International brought its Human Rights Now! show to Toronto last week, with an eight-hour concert featuring six of pop’s leading artists, kicking off the North American leg of the most ambitious world tour in rock history. The six-week tour, which began in London on Sept. 2, was to touch down in Montreal last Saturday before continuing to scheduled concerts this week in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco.While pop musicians in the 1980s have increasingly adopted social concerns and appeared in concerts aroun...
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Music Feature: A Palace of Rock - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

As museum pieces, they are the most humble of artifacts: a few report cards, a black leather jacket, a pair of government-issue eye glasses. Yet for many, the three objects are priceless. Once the property of John Lennon, those treasures are now on display at the recently opened Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, where they are already among its most popular exhibits. Looking at the articles, it is easy to see why: each of them brings the viewer closer to the real Lennon. His elementary school report card reveals that one of his teachers found rock’s future genius “hopeless,” while the well-worn, sloppy jacket somehow perfectly captures the musician’s irreverent charm....
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Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes

New Jersey’s favorite son is a road warrior, an artist whose marathon-like concerts are the stuff of legend. Even at 64, the iconic rocker shows no sign of letting up: later this month, he opens another world tour in South Africa. So it’s no surprise that Springsteen’s 18th studio album is a road record, largely made during his last global trek. There’s also previously unreleased studio material, some of which features Springsteen’s old sidekick, saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died in 2011. There’s gospel exuberance on “Heaven’s Wall” and a stirring Celtic tinge on “This is Your Sword.” But the album’s best moments come during thrilling live performances of “American Skin (41 Shots),” Bru...
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