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Lyricapsule: Fats Domino, the Riot Inciter; May 22, 1955

Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr., the roly-poly post-war, ivory-tinkling rock legend, arrived at the Ritz ballroom in Bridgeport, Connecticut on this day back in 1955 to find that police shut the man’s scheduled show down. […]

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Lyricapsule: Neil Young Records ‘Ohio’ With CSNY; May 21, 1970

Neil Young went into the studio on this day in 1970 with David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, 17 days after four unarmed, peacefully protesting students at Kent State University were shot and killed […]

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Lyricapsule: RIP Ian Curtis; May 18, 1980

Post-punk poster boy Ian Curtis took his life on this day back in 1980, halting the momentum of Joy Division‘s first American tour, of which the band was set to embark on the following day. Curtis’ […]

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Lyricapsule: Lewis & Clark Head West; May 14, 1804

Lewis & Clark took off from St. Louis on this day in 1804, embarking on the head-west journey of all journeys west to study, catalogue and map unknown ‘murrica. ‘Dudes put the Rocky Mountains on […]

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Lyricapsule: Battle of the Sexes; May 13, 1973

The first of three chest-puffing tennis matches that became one of the main veins leading to the heart of second-wave feminism began on this day in 1973, coincidentally on Mother’s Day. Dubbed the Battle of […]

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Lyricapsule: Marley is Taken From Us; May 11, 1981

Cancer took Bob Marley from the world on this day back in 1981. The reggae legend was 36-years-young. As with most of Marley’s tunes, their pliability was what made them classics, rife with religious plugs, but presented […]

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Lyricapsule: Dylan Creates the Lyric Video; May 8, 1965

Written on shirt cardboards from a laundromat, wily Dylan, in his “give the anarchist a cigarette” Bringing It All Back Home prime, flipped a stack full of lyric cue cards for “Subterranean Homesick Blues” for […]

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Lyricapsule: The Stones Begin Their ‘Satisfaction’ Quest; May 6, 1965

Kooky brit-rock poster child Keith Richards awoke from a slumber on this day in 1965, mid-US tour, and fumbled out the iconic riff for The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” telling his bandmates he couldn’t get any, […]

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Lyricapsule: LA Riots Inspire Myriad Songs; April 29, 1992

It seems like an afterthought compared to the ugliness that’s happening in Baltimore and a bevy of contentious cases recently cracking wide open the divide between white cops and black citizens, but when all four […]

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Lyricapsule: John & Yoko Drop ‘Woman is the Nigger of the World’; April 24, 1972

The first single, “Woman is the Nigger of the World,” from John Lennon‘s third solo album, Sometime in New York City, was released on this day in 1972, arguably just as controversial a title as it […]

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