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What If the Stones Quit in 1970?

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Our podcast marks the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones with a game of "What If?" Rock scholar Anthony DeCurtis joins us to imagine how music history would be different if the band broke up in 1970, after "Let It Bleed" and the tragedy at Altamont.

Imagine a World Without The Stones

This Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ first gig, which took place at London’s Marquee Club on July 12, 1962. While the band celebrates yet another milestone in its sprawling career, Soundcheck wants you to join us in an alternate universe and answer the question: What if the Rolling Stones – like the Beatles – had called it quits in 1970? John asks music critic and author Anthony DeCurtis how music history would be different without mid- and late-career Stones? We want you to weigh in: Leave a comment below.

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Summer Resolutions Check-In: Listener Frank

Soundcheck listener Frank contacted us back in May with his "summer resolution": learn a 12-bar blues chord progression in all twelve major keys on guitar. Frank told us, "I bought an acoustic guitar about a year ago, but since then it's been mostly sitting in it's bag in the corner of my bedroom. I told myself the first thing I wanted to do was learn a blues progression - but working on my goal hasn't happened. I think learning the blues in major keys would be a fast track to the basics." 

We checked in with Frank to see how his summer resolution is going - and here's what he had to say.