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Classic Rock July 2021

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

The BBC’s Desert Island Discs is one of my all-time favourite radio shows, and over lockdown I’ve found myself raiding their archive. And I’m always delighted when I find the unexpected castaway who has a secret penchant for rock. It also gets me thinking about what my own desert island choices would be (I imagine everyone does this). Impossible, right? Only eight songs? That’s just cruel. Surely we should be allowed eight albums, and even that would be a ridiculously tough ask… But if the premise was albums over songs, I know for damn sure what one of them would be, and that’s the album we’re celebrating in this month’s issue; an album that’s celebrating its halfcentury in 2021; a little record most commonly known as Led Zeppelin IV. We’ve tried…

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this month’s contributors

DAVE LEWIS Just after the release of Led Zep IV (about which he writes this issue), Dave was lucky enough to be in attendance at Zep’s Empire Pool Wembley show – the first of 15 occasions he saw them play live. The effect has been a lasting one. Evenings With Led Zeppelin, the acclaimed book he wrote with Mike Tremaglio, is out in an expanded edition by Omnibus Press on September 9. MILTON MERMIKIDES Milton is a composer, guitarist, academic and unapologetic nerd. His academic and popular writing is published widely, and this month he explains the technical musical genius of Led Zep IV (p26). He is Reader in Music at the University of Surrey, Professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music and Deputy Director of the International Guitar Research Centre.…

8 min
jim steinman

November 1, 1947 – April 19, 2021 Following the death of Jim Steinman, at the age of 73, having succumbed to kidney failure at a hospital in Connecticut, Meat Loaf has led the many tributes to the Grammywinning songwriter and eccentric genius behind his classic 1977 album Bat Out Of Hell. “We belonged heart and soul to each other,” an emotional Meat Loaf told Rolling Stone, of their sometimes difficult yet immensely successful relationship that spanned five decades. “We didn’t [simply] know each other. We were each other.” A “devastated” Bonnie Tyler paid tribute to her “friend and musical mentor”, declaring him a “true genius”. “He was also a funny, kind, supportive and deeply caring human being, and the world is a better place for his life and his work and a…

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thank you for the music

“Stop. Right. There. Three words [on Paradise By The Dashboard Light] that changed my life forever. Three words that gave me a career in music. Three words penned by the most brilliant, hilarious and unique human being I have ever known. Jim, I will love you forever.”Ellen Foley“Jim Steinman carved his own path and created a style that others could only hope to follow. I feel privileged to have known him and to have recorded one of his incredible songs [Making Love Out Of Nothing At All]. Legends are not made on Earth, they are created in Heaven!”Graham Russell, Air Supply“Jim was a legendary songwriter for Meat Loaf and many others. Our hearts and prayers go to his family and friends.”Scorpions“I learned a great deal from Jim, a unique talent…

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Al Schmitt April 17, 1930 – April 26, 2021 New Yorker Al Schmitt’s production credits read like a Who’s Who of rock, including Elvis Presley, Jefferson Airplane, Neil Young, Spirit, Steely Dan, Toto and Madonna. The multiple Grammy winner recorded and mixed more than 150 gold- and platinum-selling releases. Schmitt was 91 years old. Ralph Schuckett March 2, 1948 – April 7, 2021 After working on Todd Rundgren’s album A Wizard, A True Star, between 1973 and 2018 Ralph Schuckett had four spells as keyboard player with Rundgren’s band Utopia. Carole King, who hired him for her celebrated album Tapestry, described Schuckett as “a sweet guy, a great friend and a very talented cat”. He was 73 at the time of his passing. Lew Lewis Died April 2021 Having starting out alongside future Dr. Feelgood singer Lee Brilleaux…

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les mckeown

ALONG WITH HIS fellow members of the Bay City Rollers, Les McKeown was among the most popular figures in the music of the 1970s. And yet when called upon to replace founding lead singer Gordon ‘Nobby’ Clark in 1973, McKeown later admitted that the Rollers had not been “high on my list of bands I’d have wanted to join”. What a life he’d have missed. Sporting obligatory tartan trousers, the Edinburgh quintet notched a string of bubblegum-lite hits including Shang-A-Lang, Summerlove Sensation and the UK chart toppers Bye, Bye Baby and Give A Little Love. The band sold more than 120 million records worldwide. After quitting in 1978, McKeown re-joined for a number of comebacks, although the band would never match the heights of Rollermania in the mid-70s. When he was 20…