A professional pop culture junkie for more than 25 years, Jeff Giles regularly surfaces in a number of far-flung locations on the Web.
30 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Gets Angry and Defiant on ‘Vs.’
Selling millions of records has helped more than a few artists mellow out, but not these guys.
30 Years Ago: Rush’s ‘Counterparts’ Pushes Back Against Grunge
This LP might mark the spot where they evolved past trends once and for all.
35 Years Ago: Traveling Wilburys Transform Concept of Supergroups
One of the all-time greatest started as a refreshingly low-key accident.
35 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Finds His Next Great Guitar Player
Given how fortunate he'd been, it wouldn't have been surprising if his luck finally ran out.
45 Years Ago: Yes Reaches a Crossroads With the Murky ‘Tormato’
They seemed poised to build momentum, but things didn't go according to plan.
45 Years Ago: ‘Blue Collar Man’ Keeps Styx’s New Momentum Going
Tommy Shaw helped them deliver a follow-up that could build on 'The Grand Illusion.'
50 Years Ago: The Doors Finally Break Up
They'd released a pair of albums in the two years since Jim Morrison died.
How Keith Richards Used ‘Beast of Burden’ to Apologize
It arrived after a period of turmoil for the band.
30 Years Ago: Billy Joel Suddenly Says Goodbye to Rock
By all appearances, he seemed happy and fulfilled. 'River of Dreams' told a different story.
30 Years Ago: Billy Idol’s Ambitious ‘Cyberpunk’ Fails to Connect
There's perhaps small comfort in the knowledge that he was ahead of his time.