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Today in History: The world lost rock legend Jim Morrison

“I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps “Oh look at that!” Then–whoosh, and I’m gone…and they’ll never see anything like it ever again…and they won’t be able to forget me–ever.” —Jim Morrison
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On July 3, 1971, the world lost music legend and poet Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, at age 27 to heart failure. Famed for his countercultural mysticism, striking lyrics, and powerful voice, Jim Morrison remains one of the most prolific figures in rock music, with a cult of personality that goes unrivaled. And for good reason—few other musicians did charisma, danger, and broodiness like Jim did.

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Is this the greatest David Bowie photo ever taken?

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David Bowie first burst onto the music scene way back in 1969, when his single “Space Oddity” reached the top five of the UK charts. In the forty-five years since then he’s sold an estimated 140 million albums, but in our opinion his greatest music was produced as his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust. His album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which tells the story of Ziggy “the human manifestation of an alien being who is attempting to present humanity with a message of hope in the last five years of its existence.” has to be one of the greatest concept albums of all time.

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Cover story: 11 fascinating facts about The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover

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Arguably, the most recognisable album cover in pop music history and certainly the most parodied, The Beatles’ Abbey Road album still draws fans to the road forty four years after the photo was taken. But how did this iconic image come about? We put on our sleuthing hats to find out. The result of this detective work, eleven little known nuggets of knowledge and five fantastic behind the scenes photos.

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