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Michael Gallucci is the senior editor at Ultimate Classic Rock. His previous gigs include editor of chief at Diffuser.fm, managing editor of Cleveland Scene and writing about music and movies for All Music Guide, American Songwriter, the A.V. Club, Goldmine, M Music & Musicians, Paste, Spin, the Village Voice and other publications and websites.
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Sting, ‘The Last Ship’ – Album Review

Sting has never hid his pretensions. In fact, he's gone out of his way to flaunt them, going all the way back to the Police, when he casually referenced Vladimir Nabokov in the band's first Top 10 U.S. hit and then explored Jungian philosophies on the band's biggest-selling album. Things only got worse with his solo career.

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Sting With AC/DC’s Brian Johnson – Exclusive Song Premiere

When we first heard that AC/DC singer Brian Johnson would be guesting on Sting's new album, we were somewhat dubious. After all, AC/DC's boozy barroom crunch couldn't be further away from Sting's classy jazz-speckled pop.

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45 Years Ago: Ringo Rejoins the Beatles

On Aug. 22, 1968, Ringo Starr had enough of his bandmates' constant bickering. So he packed up his drumsticks and walked out of the Beatles' chaotic recording sessions for their upcoming double album, 'The Beatles' (better known as 'The White Album'). And he planned to stay away for good.

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Rod Stewart, ‘Rarities’ – Album Review

Rod Stewart has taken his punches over the years. First in the late '70s for his disco hit 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?' and most recently for his series of albums featuring a bunch of old songs your grandma and grandpa used to get busy to back in the day. But before all that, he was one of rock's greatest singers.

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45 Years Ago: The Byrds Release ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’

Commercially, the Byrds weren't exactly at the top of their game in 1968. Their fifth album, 'The Notorious Byrd Brothers,' released in January, topped out at No. 47, and its only single, 'Goin' Back,' barely cracked the Top 90. Plus, the band's revolving door spit out cofounder David Crosby midway through the recording sessions.

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Paul McCartney, ‘New’ – Song Review

The last time Paul McCartney released a new song (not counting the two originals that showed up on 2012's standards collection 'Kisses on the Bottom'), he was getting all reflective. Even the title of his last album of all original songs, 'Memory Almost Full,' mused on the passing of time and growing old.

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