In those first white-hot years after “Heartbreak Hotel,” guardians of American virtue passionately hated Elvis Presley for corrupting the youth of America and threatening All We Hold Dear. In 1957, Elvis committed the greatest blasphemy […]
Music has had its share of famous fatal crashes. It’s not much of an exaggeration to compare one that happened this week in 1963 to the one that killed rocker [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Buddy Holly[/lastfm] four years earlier.
In the summer of 1970, film director Monte Hellman saw a Los Angeles billboard with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]James Taylor[/lastfm]‘s face on it, and he believed he’d found a star. After the jump, read about Taylor’s road […]
In the summer of 1971, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar organized the Concert for Bangla Desh to benefit refugees in the newly-independent country of Bangla Desh (formerly East Pakistan), which was ravaged by war and […]
Earlier this month, we mentioned The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jethro Tull[/lastfm] Christmas Album and how well the band’s folk-inflected style lends itself to holiday music. Find out about another holiday album that’s a perfect match for the band […]
By 1966, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Booker T. and the MG’s[/lastfm] were well-established as one of the greatest groups in history, laying down the groove for superstar acts at Stax Records in Memphis and scoring hits on their own. […]
Perhaps we could have seen what was coming from the album’s very first song, “Changes”: how [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]David Bowie[/lastfm] would reinvent himself repeatedly, taking on new personas and then discarding them. Hunky Dory, released 40 years […]
Forty years ago this month, a new band from Britain released its first album. The album’s release in the States led to one of the most hilarious misunderstandings in rock history.
If you need a Christmas gift for a music fan or want to put something cool on Santa’s list for yourself, we strongly recommend David Browne’s book Fire and Rain: [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]the Beatles[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Simon […]
In the summer of 1972, just a few months after the release of his career-making album Nilsson Schmilsson, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nilsson[/lastfm] returned with a sequel, Son of Schmilsson. It included a dizzying variety of songs, including a […]