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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 35th annual class of inductees, honoring six musical acts — Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T-Rex — as well as veteran rock journalist, producer and artist manager Jon Landau.

The inducted musicians were chosen from a ballot of 16 finalists, which meant fans of Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden and Thin Lizzy will have to wait at least another year for Rock Hall validation.

From Texas Standard:

In August 1969, Henry Kissinger met in secret to try and end the Vietnam War. Hurricane Camille struck the Mississippi coast, killing over 250 people. The Manson family went on a murderous rampage through Los Angeles. And amid the turmoil, Billy Kirby was just kind of hanging out.

Exploring The Legacy Of Elvis Presley

Aug 16, 2019

Friday marks the 42nd anniversary of the death of music legend Elvis Presley.

Last year, Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson spoke to Eugene Jarecki, whose documentary “The King” looks at how Presley continues to resonate today.

Dave Bartholomew, photographed on January 12, 2013 in New Orleans.
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On Feb. 3, 1959, at only 22 years old, Buddy Holly left this world as one of the founding fathers of rock and roll. Now, 60 years after the crash that killed Holly, Mexican-American star Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper — or "the day the music died" — Holly's high school classmates from Lubbock, Texas, remember the young musician in the years before his rise to fame.

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A secret history of the punk rock scene in East Germany is unveiled by author Tim Mohr, who began his exploration as a DJ in Berlin during the 1990s, after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the television event that recrowned Elvis Presley as the king of rock ‘n’ roll. The TV broadcast was sponsored by Singer sewing machines, but it became known as the ” ’68 Comeback Special.” Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins takes a listen back.

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Tribute bands reproduce another group’s music to keep it alive for an interested audience and San Antonio is definitely interested. What's behind the homage industry? What keeps fans coming back for more? The San Antonio Current's Sanford Nowlin, local musician Nathan Alvarado and the University of Rochester's John Covach speak on "The Source." 

From Texas Standard:

There’s Ronnie, Charlie, Bill, Mick, Keith and – Bobby?

The man who many consider the sixth member of the Rolling Stones is a Texan named Bobby Keys. He grew up in Slaton, just outside Lubbock, and played saxophone with just about everyone, it seems –from Chuck Berry and Carly Simon, to John Lennon and Sheryl Crow. Plus the Stones, of course.

A documentary about Bobby Keys is screening Wednesday in Austin.

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The British classic rock group Moody Blues is marking 50 years since the release of its first album with a concert Friday in San Antonio.