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Leonard Cohen turns 80 on September 21, two days before his 13 studio album comes out, and he has never been more popular. Cohen has long fascinated his chroniclers; hinting at a performative aspect of his public persona, disappearing for long stretches, and candidly discussing his battles with depression and lost love.

The band Little Feat might be little remembered among casual music fans, but like many of its 60s and 70s brethren, the band has soldiered on through brief pop stardom, band deaths and the disagreements that often derail rock groups forever.

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Summer might not be endless here in the Northeast, but our region is gearing up for some more “Fun Fun Fun” before fall when The Beach Boys stop at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts this Monday night, featuring original members Bruce Johnston and Mike Love.

Bob Dylan turned 73 this year, and his music has spawned more than a half-century of enjoyment, argument, scholarship, social change and bewilderment. Often, fan interest has crossed the line over to obsession unique to Dylan fans, many of whom think the meaning of life might be buried somewhere on Self Portrait.

  Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion have been busy and away from home for most of the last year, touring in support of their album, Wassaic Way - which was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone. Nearly a decade after the folk-rock duo put out their first album together, the husband-and-wife pair feel like they’ve finally hit their stride.

Sarah Lee and Johnny will play at The Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, MA this Friday night at 8 o’clock.

Before punk rock and CBGBs, before heroin and cocaine, Richard Hell was Richard Meyers, the son of a university psychologist in Kentucky with an advanced intellect and tendency toward destruction — two traits that would help him define an artistic era in the years to come.

Ed Kowalczyk

During his long career with the rock group Live, frontman Ed Kowalczyk was the one you watched — a unique vocalist and songwriter who led the York, Pennsylvania-group to the top of the charts and worldwide fame.

A tale of youth disaffection amid domestic challenges and international strife in the Bush years, Green Day’s American Idiot transformed from one of the biggest rock albums of the mid-aughts to a Broadway behemoth directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer.

A former heavy metal rock music producer based in Los Angeles is now enjoying success as an innkeeper in the Berkshires.

The sounds Tom Werman used to hear came from a smoke-filled windowless music studio when he was producing records for rock groups like Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Poison and Ted Nugent. Now, his ears ring with the sounds from a smoke-filled kitchen – but don’t worry, it has windows.

When Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain shot himself with a shotgun in 1994, his mother told a reporter, “Now he’s gone and joined that stupid club,” referring not just to the long list of rock stars who also succumbed to drugs, drink and fame, but also to the roster of legends who left the stage forever at the age of 27.