Ray Levy Uyeda is a writer and reporter based in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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The messages of Ziggy Stardust: Do not believe in endings

Perspective: We can listen to David Bowie's 1972 "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" as if it were released this year, as if its messages were precisely of this time, urgent and unrelenting.


50 years later, Eagles fans embrace the romance of the road

"Take It Easy," remains one of the Eagles' most notable songs. Eagles drummer Don Henley once said it highlights Americans' "search of freedom, identity, fortune and this illusive thing we call 'home.' "

While Al Green was looking to get to God, he became a star

Al Green's 1972 album "Let's Stay Together" bisects the point between his own musical traditions, with albums released before 1973 reflecting a life ungrounded and quickly unraveling, and albums released after speaking toward God.


50 years later, Aretha Franklin's 'Young, Gifted and Black' teaches love awakens the soul

By the time "Young, Gifted, and Black" was released in 1972, Aretha Franklin had released 21 albums, including recordings of live concerts. Church and holy belief is everywhere in her voice.