The Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul is an embarrassment of riches. In addition to its stellar material, it signaled the final days of Beatlemania and a transition into more experimental sounds and sophisticated songwriting.
Hall and Oates are rightly praised for their six career charttopping pop hits, an accomplishment that no doubt helped bolster their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame credentials. Less discussed is how they reached that pinnacle — by way of earlier successes on the R&B charts.
That Jackson Browne, one of the 1970s and ’80s most prolific and recognizable singer-songwriters, hasn’t already had one of these all-out, star-flecked tribute moments boggles the mind, really.
Jeff Walker’s just-published book Sex and the Beatles: 400 Entries is exactly what the title suggests — a look at the sexy underbelly of the Fab Four in 400 ways you probably couldn’t imagine.
Andy Summers’ echoing, textural approach to the guitar is forever linked with the Police, but he’d been an established figure in music for more than a decade before rising to stardom with that sound alongside Stewart Copeland and Sting.
When Neil Young was presented as a potential addition to the trio of Crosby Stills and Nash by Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, Graham Nash admits he had never met the mercurial Buffalo Springfield vet.
The introduction of a new studio to experiment with might have felt like a happy challenge for another Band, in another place. Instead, Albert Grossman’s just-opened Bearsville facility ended up feeling, as Robbie Robertson once said, “too bright and cold.” Much of the music on 1971’s Cahoots, to be honest, did too
You may not recognize the voice. Certainly, you’ve never heard of the band. But that guitar, echoing and minimalistic? Well, that could only belong to the Police’s Andy Summers. And so Circa Zero’s new song, an all-hook blast of old-school straight-ahead rock called “Levitation,” lures you in anyway.
Sticking with the Kiss lifestyle for four decades, as Paul Stanley has done, has its rewards. The group, after all, is going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this spring. But it all hasn’t been easy.
Was the legendary Sharon Tate murder, though typically chalked up to random violence, more closely related to the Beach Boys than anybody guessed? Al Jardine discusses the connections, and how Charles Manson’s failed music career may have lead to this viscous 1969 crime.