'Beggars Banquet,' released 45 years ago, is generally acknowledged as the moment when the Rolling Stones came of age. After three albums that found Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and group indulging in every kind of studio trickery, this 1968 masterpie
The biggest news stories of 2013 were mostly about the people behind the music. The music figures into some of it -- like the successful comebacks staged by two of the '70s' greatest artists -- but the heartbreak of death, disease and drug addiction dominated our news feeds this past year
'A Hard Day's Night' may not have started as a rock 'n' roll movie, but it certainly perfected the genre. Conceived as a day in the life of the Beatles, the 1964 film idealized the Fab Four as music's Marx Brothers who encounter (and often wreak havoc on) various stock characters. The hijinks are broken up by one kinetic musical sequence aft
Before he died at the age of 52 on Dec. 4, 1993, Frank Zappa released a vast body of work that remains frustrating, complex, confusing and brilliant. He was as prolific as he was restless, jumping from genre to genre, and from target to target, with all the control and tempe
Part of the reason Garth Brooks became one of country's biggest superstars, if you'll forgive our bias, is that his music has got a whole lot of rock 'n' roll in it. He's never been shy about how deeply the genre influences him, sharing ti
As we all know, the Prince of Darkness, or Ozzy Osbourne, as he is known to friends and family, has survived countless scrapes with life-threatening disaster through the years, including a harrowing ATV accident that nearly finished him for good, ten years ago. However, Ozzy’s frequent dances with the grim reaper have als
Anyone who was there will tell you: 1988 was ruled by one band, and one band alone -- Guns N’ Roses, who by that point were well on their way to conquering the world. But when we started sifting through the year’s best and bigg
As far as classic-rock albums go, 2013 was all about familiar sounds by old favorites, with a few welcome returns and at least one totally surprising comeback that nobody knew was coming. We also got another posthumous Jimi Hendrix album -- but at least
Though they may have been far from technically sound, Big Brother and the Holding Company were, in fact, the perfect band for a young Janis Joplin to have on her side. Nevertheless, her departure from the group in December of 1968 seemed inevitable right from the start.
There's an old perception that the music business is one big party of sex, drugs and rock and roll. But sometimes, as this list of 15 infamous rock lawsuits plainly demonstrates, the reality is closer to something like "court, lawyers and legal briefs."
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