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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Review: Elvis Costello’s Life as a Wordsmith Continues in Memoir

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There may be more famous rock performers, there may be bands that pack larger venues and whose albums outsell his, but for my money, the absolute pinnacle of cool in the world of modern music is Elvis Costello. Darkly humorous and slightly dangerous, simultaneously catchy and cerebral, his songs helped form the foundation of the punk movement in the 1970s. Through nearly four decades since then, his music spanned a broad variety of genres, from jazz to classical to soul to pop to country to orchestral. His work has won him multiple awards, landed him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and placed him on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. And the…

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Twenty years after Kurt Cobain: Five things you should know about the grunge legend

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It’s one of the most iconic album covers of the late 20th century: bright blue water, naked baby, floating money. Nevermind was Nirvana’s breakthrough album, the one that catapulted them—and particularly frontman Kurt Cobain—from a mostly unknown Pacific Northwest grunge band (and there were a lot of those) to a worldwide musical sensation. On April 5, 2014, it will be twenty years since Cobain killed himself. And yet his legacy burns on. On April 10, 2014, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. Here are five things that you might not (but should) know about the talented lead singer, along with five iconic Nirvana videos to watch, either for the first time or in honor…

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