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The Mars VoltaThere was a time when rock bands mattered. They topped charts, defined fashion trends, and shaped the culture. The biggest bands were so big that, as a culture, we had room in our hearts for every member, turning guitar players, drummers—even bassists!—into icons in their own right. Being a rock star meant more than just trashing hotel rooms and conspicuously consuming cocaine. It meant that people all over the world knew what Eddie Van Halen’s guitar looked like, that the drummer for Mötley Crüe was stalked by the paparazzi, and that the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers could run a side gig as an occasional movie star. That era is long passed. If you’re old enough to remember it, and you look at the…

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