Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Meet the Class of 2015, from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Bill Withers

December 16, 2014 8:00 AM

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The racially mixed Paul Butterfield Blues Band blasted off from [Chicago] with a wall-of-sound fueled by Butterfield's inspired harmonica and Mike Bloomfield's explosive lead guitar – at that moment, American rock and roll collided with the real Southside Chicago blues, and there was no turning back.

Fueled by the manically prolific imagination of lyricist, guitarist and lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day are the perennial punk adolescents, true to the ethos of every basement and garage-rock band that preceded them. ... The pickings were slim for a pair of teenagers from the East Bay e...

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