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May 9, 2019
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Frank Zappa called them the "Mothers of Prevention," the group of wives married to members of Congress who decided in the mid-80s to go to war against rock lyrics and whip up some good ol' conservative hysteria. Zappa himself had earlier testified in front of Congress and sparred on the Sunday Beltway shows like Crossfire.

Anyway, Tipper Gore's Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) produced a list of the "Filthy Fifteen," including songs like Sheena Easton's "Sugar Walls" and Madonna's "Dress You Up," which either contained lyrics "promoting" violence, sexual references, drug and alcohol, and Satan's favorite, the "occult."

This last category became increasing popularity during the '80s of heavy metal music, which was often invoking Satan in its lyrics, or creating occult-like atmospheres in its production.

This campy, horrorshow culture ran right into the growing power of conservative Christians and evangelical preachers who made a *lot* of money whipping up "Satanic Panic" among their national flock.

They listened to rock records backwards, believing they heard subliminal messages, and looked at the rising teenage suicide rate and used heavy metal as a scapegoat, instead of family breakups, drug abuse, economic uncertainty, and increasing access to guns.

Of course, none of this would have gone much further than churches if it wasn't for Ted Koppel, Barbara Walters, Geraldo Rivera, et al who were fanning the flames of this fire.

The warning label itself appeared in 1990, just as rap was taking off and a new lyrical boogeyman appeared.
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A nod to the past is one of the few traditional aspects of the Laguz. Otherwise, the instrument is a truly unique creation. Rauscher's attention to detail is impressive and meticulous, beginning with his choice of tonewoods. This particular Laguz Custom has a body and neck constructed from Cedrela odorata, also known as Spanish cedar. He chose it, he says, "because we wanted to make a lightweight and airy, acoustic-sounding guitar." He also eschewed typical woods when it came to the fretboard, bypassing ebony, maple and rosewood in favor of ovangkol, which he selected for its clear highs, as well as for the fact that "it looks really nice," he says.
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Chicago Music Exchange resident bass guru Marc takes on a tour of the creation and evolution of the venerable Fender Jazz Bass. From the instrument's introduction thru it's notable transition years to the latest and greatest models.
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Roy Buchanan "The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World," had a distinctive tone, as can be heard in the live video below. He played his vintage Fender Telecaster through a Fender Vibrolux amp with the tone all the way up using the guitar's volume knob mid-solo to create mesmerizing, keyboard-style effects. Buchanan could play harmonics at will and mute individual strings with his free right-hand fingers while picking or pinching others.
    
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Frank Zappa famously proclaimed that "jazz isn't dead, it just smells funny." And while that certainly may have been true in the fusion heyday of the Seventies and Eighties, there's a younger breed of jazz musicians making music that is forward-looking but far less odorous. Here are some personal favorites-seven jazz guitarists you might want to check out.
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Circa 1973, Peavey developed a line of Fender narrow-panel tweed-inspired amps, appropriately called the Vintage Series. These amps utilized 6L6 power tubes and relatively obscure 6C10 preamp tubes. The Vintage Series eventually evolved into what we now know as the Classic Series, with most of the amps utilizing traditional 12AX7 preamp tubes and EL84 power tubes. This is somewhat of an unusual combination, however, since it uses both American (12AX7) and British (EL84) tubes to make a unique sound. Think Fender meeting Vox.
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Born into a musical family in the bush country of Temagog, Australia, Robinson began playing guitar when he was just nine years old, eagerly exploring the Internet to expand and deepen his craft. At the age of 13 he won the Australian National Songwriting Competition and he won first place on the "Australia's Got Talent" television show. Robinson was invited to come to Nashville by his mentor and inspirational savant Tommy Emmanuel. In 2009 he was awarded the Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World award at the World Championship of Performing Arts in Hollywood, where no less than 70,000 contestants vied for the top prize. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfwLLooqSmo

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