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Classic Rock April 2020

Every month Classic Rock is packed with exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes features on rock’s biggest names, from Led Zeppelin to Deep Purple, from Guns N’ Roses to the Rolling Stones, from the Sex Pistols to AC/DC and beyond. Each issue plays host to the heftiest rock reviews section on the planet. In an average issue, you’ll find over 150 albums reviewed, all from the ever-varied, multi-faceted world of rock - whether it’s hard rock or heavy metal, prog or punk, goth rock or southern rock, we’ve got it covered.

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Sometimes things can get a little, er, fractious at Classic Rock HQ. You see, we share an office with our chums from sister magazines and websites Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder, and while usually it’s an amazing place of bonhomie and banter, ever so occasionally hackles and voices are raised over what makes its way onto the office stereo. And in instances such as those, there are but a few albums we can throw on that will bring the peace (by, er, kinda bringing the noise). One such record is, unsurprisingly, AC/DC’s majestic Back In Black, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and is the album we’re celebrating this issue. Four decades ago last month, AC/DC singer Bon Scott tragically passed away. Despite being in shock, rather than throw in…

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this month’s contributors

PAUL ELLIOTT This month Paul writes about AC/DC’s Back In Black (p26), which he first heard as a 13-year-old schoolboy and which he still rates as the greatest album ever made. His forthcoming book, Rock: 101 Iconic Rock, Heavy Metal & Hard Rock Albums, is published in September. ROBERT ALFORD Robert Alford’s photographs have appeared in the pages of Creem, Rolling Stone and People magazines, to name just a few, and this month we feature some of his great AC/DC photos from their Back In Black tour (page 26). Robert estimates he has worked with more than 500 artists and performers during his career. You can check out more of his work at robertalfordphotography.com MICK WALL A former editor of Classic Rock, Mick wrote the cover stories for the first five issues of the magazine.…

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Reed Mullin February 12, 1966 – January 27, 2020 A much-loved character in the metal community, Reed Mullin was the drummer with North Carolina-based band Corrosion Of Conformity. From their inception in the mid-1980s, the band played a variety of styles, beginning as a hardcore punk act and later developing southern rock strains. No cause of death has been confirmed. He was 53. David Olney March 23, 1948 – January 18, 2020 The worlds of folk and Americana have voiced shock and sadness after noted singer and songwriter David Olney, 71, passed away on stage during a gig in Florida. He had suffered a heart attack. Olney was cited as an influence by Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt and Emmylou Harris, all of whom covered his songs, as did Linda Ronstadt. Marty Grebb September 2, 1945 –…

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andy gill

FLEA FROM RED Hot Chili Peppers is one of many to pay tribute to the Gang Of Four guitarist and noted record producer who succumbed to pneumonia at the age of 64. Mancunian Gill co-founded Gang Of Four in 1976, and they released their seminal debut, Entertainment!, three years later. Gill’s slashing, volume-charged guitar was at the forefront of the group’s style as they spearheaded the movement known as post-punk. The group’s line-up changed often, but Gill was the sole original member throughout. Although GOF had just completed an extensive fortieth-anniversary tour, Gill was already planning their next outing from his hospital bed. He also produced records for artists including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Jesus Lizard, The Stranglers, Killing Joke, Therapy?, the Young Knives and former INXS frontman Michael Hutchence. The…

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ivan král

THE FORMER GUITAR player with the Patti Smith Group has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 71. Ivan Král played on Smith’s first four albums, helping to transform them from poetry-based to rock’n’roll, and co-wrote some of Smith’s best-known songs such as Dancing Barefoot, Ask The Angels, Pissing In A River and Birdland. He also played in the studio and on stage with Iggy Pop. His songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Iggy, David Bowie, U2, Pearl Jam, John Waite, Simple Minds and French rockers Téléphone. Král was born in Prague in 1948. His father, a translator for the United Nations, moved the family to New York in 1968, just before the Soviet Union closed the Czechoslovakian border. He taught himself English, which was helped…

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Chris Darrow July 30, 1944 – January 15, 2020 South Dakota-born multi-instrumentalist Chris Darrow was a member of the American country act the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (whose members over the years have included Jackson Browne and Bernie Leadon), also of The Corvettes who backed Linda Ronstadt. The 75-year-old died of complications following a stroke. Joe Payne Died January 24, 2020 Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares described his former Divine Heresy collaborator as “a great friend, a great band member and an incredible musician”, adding: “At 35 he is another one gone way too young.” Cause of death is still unknown. Wes Wilson July 15, 1937 – January 24, 2020 You may not know Wes Wilson’s name, but you’ll have seen some of the iconic gig posters that he designed for Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead,…