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Why Kinks’ alumnus Dave Davies is content to declare ‘I Will Be Me’

Dave Davies The Kinks

Sex. Drugs. A stroke. An epic feud with his bandmate (and brother). Dave Davies makes no apologies for his life. But he keeps making music, as evidenced by “I Will Be Me,” the latest chapter in the legendary career of The Kinks’ lead guitarist and co-founder — who also explains that’s he’s wanted to quit the music business at least once a year for the past 50 years.

Behind-scenes drama made Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’ live up to its name

Def Leppard Hysteria era Ross Halfin photo

The story behind “Hysteria, Def Leppard’s 1987 landmark album, reads like a rock and roll soap opera. You’ve got power struggles (the band dumped producer Jim Steinman for Mutt Lange), money (the band pumped millions into the project), tragedy (drummer Rick Allen lost his arm in a car crash) and triumph (Allen’s comeback). There’s even sex, as the band created the closest thing to a national anthem for strippers with ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me.’

North Americana: Big Star, Monkeyjunk and Samantha Fish

Samantha Fish

Two great bands and one hot mama: Big Star may have broken up 38 years ago but interest is at an all-time high. Monkeyjunk takes its name from a Son House quote so you know where that band is coming from! And Samantha Fish? Well, all it takes is one listen … or one look.