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Michael Gallucci

Michael Gallucci is the editor in chief of Diffuser.fm. His previous gigs include associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock, 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.
Pink Floyd
Capitol Records

40 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Release ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’

The numbers attached to ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ are pretty impressive. More than 50 million copies sold worldwide. Fifteen straight years on Billboard’s album chart. Consistently ranked in the Top 10 of many best-albums-ever-made polls. But Pink Floyd’s achievements with their eighth LP go deeper than that. In a way, their 1973 epic changed the way people made and listened to albums. Forty years after its release, there’s still no better head trip -- legally at least -- available.

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Van Halen
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35 Years Ago: Van Halen’s Debut Album Released

Hard rock hadn’t really hatched a band like Van Halen before 1978. There were groups with guitar heroes. There were metal bands that covered ‘60s classics with new-style flash. And there were corny frontmen with overeager libidos. But they were never tossed together into one simmering pot made up of part dinosaur stomp, part lightning-fast guitar acrobatics and part Hollywood arrogance before Van Halen’s self-titled debut album was unleashed.

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Fleetwood Mac
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Fleetwood Mac, ‘Rumours (Expanded Edition)’ — Album Review

Breakup albums don’t get much better than ‘Rumours,’ Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 blockbuster that was recorded as band members went through various stages of relationship adjustment. When they made their breakthrough self-titled album in 1975, Fleetwood Mac included two couples, one married; by the time ‘Rumours’ was released, they were broken up. Listen to the record, and you’ll get an idea what happened.

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Rolling Stones
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The Rolling Stones, ‘Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965′ – DVD Review

In 1965, the Rolling Stones’ manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, asked filmmaker Peter Whitehead to accompany the group on a two-day trip tour of Ireland following the massive success of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’

Whitehead shot the band onstage, backstage and outside of the shows. The result, ‘Charlie Is My Darling,’ is one of rock’s most legendary lost movies, with a complicated history -- essentially, it never was released, and the small amount of footage that has surfaced over the years didn’t tell the whole story.

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Eric Clapton
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35 Years Ago: Eric Clapton Releases ‘Slowhand’

‘Slowhand,' released on the first day of November 1977, came at a crucial point in Eric Clapton’s career. After more than a decade as rock’s reigning guitar god, the 32-year-old Cream and Derek and the Dominos leader was coming off two unremarkable solo albums. ‘461 Ocean Boulevard,’ from 1974, proved Clapton could carry a song-oriented record under his own name; ‘There’s One in Every Crowd’ (1975) and ‘No Reason to Cry’ (1976) sank under their aimless and bloated self-importance.

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