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Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize

By Marjorie Nichols.

Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize

By now, most of you have heard the news that Bob Dylan, America's own troubadour, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Dylan, 75, is the first musician to ever receive the prestigious honor and, by all accounts, public opinion of the decision is generally favorable. 

Born Robert Zimmerman to a middle-class Jewish family in Minnesota, Dylan plied his trade in the early days in the folk music clubs in and around New York City. What set him apart from so many singer songwriters of the early to mid '60s was the depth of his lyrics. They were complex enough, interesting enough, to stand alone as poetry. Whether the words were ever married to music wasn't nearly as relevant as you might think.

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John Bonham

By Marjorie Nichols.

John Bonham

The first wave of American rock n' rollers said Music died the day the little plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson (aka "The Big Bopper") went down near the town of Clear Lake, Iowa in 1959.

I say much of rock n' roll hit the skids 21 years later, the day John Bonham died.

Bonham, the iconic and hard-partying drummer for Led Zeppelin, died on this day in 1980 at the age of 32. His demise brought about the breakup of one of the biggest, most celebrated bands in rock n' roll history.

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Rossington-Collins Band

By Marjorie Nichols.

Rossington-Collins Band

Over the weekend, my kids and I ventured into a local deli. The piped-in music at this place is usually pretty lame with mostly pop hits from the late '80s to the early '00s. So when I heard the chorus of "Don't Misunderstand Me," by the Rossington-Collins Band, I must have gasped out loud because the kids all turned to look at me like I was about to hit the floor.

"It must be the song," my older son said, smirking. "Mom always acts like this when she hears some old rock song that nobody else knows." 

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