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Austin City Limits Performance Collection Comes to Library and Archives

Thursday, June 21: 3:30 p.m.
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Neil Young is among the hundreds of artists who've performed live on Austin City Limits

Today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced a partnership with KLRU-TV, Austin PBS to make nearly 40 years of Austin City Limits performances available to the public for the first time. The announcement came from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum president and CEO Terry Stewart and Austin City Limits executive producer Terry Lickona, who shared the mic at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Landmark KLRU Studio 6A, where Austin City Limits had been filmed for 36 years (since 2011, it has broadcast from the ACL Live at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin). “Austin City Limits uniquely represents more than three decades of some of modern music’s most significant artists and their performances — from iconic musicians to cutting-edge talent,” said Stewart. “It’s one of the most significant archives that documents the American culture and Austin City Limits shares our mission of celebrating and interpreting popular music’s impact on our world.”

The unprecedented collection features more than 800 performances from 1975 to 2012, including memorable shows from dozens of Hall of Fame inductees, including Ruth Brown, Jackson Browne, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Etta James, B.B ...

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Today in Rock: Billy Gibbons is Born

Friday, December 16: 4 p.m.
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Billy Gibbons / photo by Antti Salonen

On December 16, 1949, guitarist Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top was born in Texas. Together with bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard, Gibbons launched ZZ Top, as the group shared a passion for such blues masters as 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Freddie King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. From the beginning, they took a hard-rocking power-trio approach to the blues, cultivating a new audience for it in the Seventies and Eighties with superior musicianship as well as attitude, style and some devilishly funny songs. They have written about fast cars, fishnet stockings, sharp clothes, TV dinners, cheap sunglasses and “tush.”

"Rock and roll was certainly considered for so long… the stepchild that didn't have any place to go and yet at the same time it was probably the underlining current carrier that so many people depended on," said Gibbons in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame interview. Gibbons translated his love of basic blues, boogie, rock and all things Texas-related into the no-frills approach to songwriting that guided ZZ Top's earliest albums, and evolved into a sound that also embraced a union of Texas blues and Memphis soul. T ...

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