Music History

How Crossfaith Made Heavy Metal History at Download 2014

Olly Hunter | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

For those of you who haven't heard Crossfaith before. They're a genre busting band cut from a cloth not that dissimilar from former tour mates Enter Shikari. They mix up hardcore, punk rock, metalcore and electronics from trance to dubstep to produce a sound that's brilliantly fresh, heavy and most importantly unique.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Neil Cossar | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Cossar

The essential story is not pop's greatest enigma: a man confesses a murder to his mother, vainly pleads poverty in a trial and ends up resigned to his fate. But questions remain: who did he kill and why?

Is Rock Dying?

Scott Rowley | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Scott Rowley

The End, it seems, is nigh. "It's strange in rock culture just now," Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie told BBC4's Review Show in December. "It's kinda dead, I think. It's over." The Cult's Ian Astbury, meanwhile, has decided that the album has also reached the end of the line.

Some Girls

Neil Cossar | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Cossar

On 28 December 1978, Rolling Stone magazine voted Some Girls by The Rolling Stones as 'Album of the Year.' Some Girls saw the Stones back with a bang, on an explosive mission to show the world's 'new punks' who was boss...

Whole Lotta Love

Neil Cossar | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Cossar

Whole Lotta Love was my own introduction to Zeppelin. Up until this point, as a 12-year-old, I was a Beatles fanatic. So much so I used to sometimes carry a Beatles album to school in the hope that maybe some other like-minded student might talk to me about the fabs.

Wild Things

Neil Cossar | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Cossar

In Oct 1967, a 16 date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice and Amen Corner kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall, London... can you imagine such a tour, taking place today? No is the answer. Which is a shame, what a great way to see five or six happening acts, all on the same night.

Good Vibrations

Neil Cossar | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Cossar

On 4 Nov 1966, The Beach Boys Good Vibrations, entered the UK chart for the first time. The song went on to be a UK No.1 hit. Released in May 1966, Pet Sounds is now regarded as the masterpiece of composer-producer Brian Wilson, and is often hailed as one of the best and most influential albums in pop music.

Only the Lonely

Neil Cossar | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Neil Cossar

I find it funny to think that various budding English rock musicians were in awe of Orbison, and before they became famous would buy his singles, listening, learning and attempting to copy his singing and writing skills. I am of course taking about The Beatles.

Why I Started the Rock n'Roll Camden Walking Tours

Alison E. Wise | Posted 18.08.2012 | Home
Alison E. Wise

We could feel that Camden was different than anything we knew in California. Southern California was hot and bright, the Santa Anna winds dried out your skin and messed up your hair. I was using SPF 50 and had my hair cut like Justine from Elastica. I didn't fit in to say the least. But when I was in Camden I felt like I finally fit in.

The Prima Donna

Paul Guest | Posted 24.04.2012 | Home
Paul Guest

I turn now to the beginning of time as we know it: The creation of opera, where some great art rose from the ashes of the desolate earth and, from this glorified art form, came the great opera singer: figures of tremendous glamour, worshipped by an adoring public looking for inspiration and role models - these people were the celebrities of their time.