John Cougar Mellencamp

John Cougar Mellencamp

Despite countless obstacles along the way, John Cougar Mellencamp persevered all the way to the top, managing to carve out a personalized fusion of folk, rock and country music that landed him numerous hits - and made him the voice of millions of ordinary folks struggling to make their own way. Continue reading...

J. Geils Band

J. Geils Band

In the late 60's, there was a whole lot of that crazy hippie music wafting through the East Coast air. But if you found yourself in the decidedly un-wimpy Boston, in front of the decidedly un-wimpy J. Geils Band, you might just forget about that hippie music. These guys were known for their tough, sweaty rock and roll, and their pumping-fist fans ate it up. Continue reading...

A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day’s Night

The Beatles are such an accepted part of pop culture that it's easy to forget how dramatic their rise to worldwide fame was. The eruption of Beatlemania in the early 60s shook up the entertainment world in a way that few overnight sensations have before or since. Inevitably, the 'Fab Four' ended up in a movie designed to capitalize on their success. Released in 1964, A Hard Day's Night is so good that it stands on its own. In fact, many film fans consider it to be the greatest rock and roll musical of all time. Continue reading...

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

With a knack for setting trends and scoring hits, Billy Idol made his mark in the 80s by blurring the boundaries between punk, hard rock and pop. Coupled with his bad boy image and trademark sneer, his music videos quickly became part of the regular rotation of an emerging presence called MTV and, in the process, made him one of the decade's biggest stars. Continue reading...

Van Halen

Van Halen

The world has its fair share of talented rock musicians, but very few achieve the heights attained by Van Halen. With slick songwriting, a dose of lounge act humor, and one the finest guitarists of the genre, Van Halen has filled arenas for decades. Even when they replaced their iconic and flamboyant frontman, a move that would spell the demise of most bands, Van Halen continued forward undaunted, thrilling audiences around the world with incendiary performances that few have equaled. Continue reading...

Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller Band

With a string of hits like “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Take the Money and Run” and “The Joker,” the Steve Miller Band came to epitomize the rock sound of the 70s. A blues guitarist at heart, Miller took these stylings into the pop realm and changed the sound of music forever. Millions of records sold later, many would consider him one of the greatest of his era. Continue reading...

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Class, for the next assignment you’ll need pen and paper and possibly a spreadsheet program to keep track of the tangled morass that is the story of Fleetwood Mac. Visual aids will be needed. Narrative threads will most likely get lost. Children will probably cry. But at least all of it will happen to a high-quality, bluesy rock soundtrack. Into the fray, then. Continue reading...

Meatloaf

Meat Loaf

You might not think that naming yourself after a rectangle of hamburger would be the wisest of career moves, but rock and roll is a funny business. Meatloaf backed up his comical moniker with a set of vocal pipes that rivaled the best in the business, and songwriting skills that would make him one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. Continue reading...