Dave Lifton, who writes for both Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser, is a podcaster and author of several books. A native of New York, he now lives in Chicago, where he's usually staring out at Lake Michigan from his apartment or getting into arguments with Bears fans. Also, he likes Bruce Springsteen and pulled pork sandwiches.
That Time Joe Jackson Got Jazzy on ‘Body and Soul’
Joe Jackson released 'Body and Soul' on March 14, 1984.
The Day the Beatles Began Filming ‘A Hard Day’s Night’
The Beatles had barely any time to reflect on their history-making first journey to America before moving on to their next project.
That Time Ozzy Osbourne Sorta Urinated on the Alamo
Let's see: you're a rock star, stumbling around an unfamiliar city while wearing your girlfriend/manager's dress. You feel the call of nature and ...
When the Beatles Met Cassius Clay
One of the perks that the Beatles had to get used to was rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.
When the Beatles Played Their First U.S. Concert
On Feb. 11, 1964, only two days after their first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' the Beatles made their U.S. concert debut.
The Day the Beatles Recorded (Most of) the ‘Please Please Me’ Album
The notion of artists taking their time has become so ingrained that it's hard to believe musicians used to bang out killer albums in a hurry.
60 Years Ago: George Harrison Joins John Lennon and Paul McCartney
The third part of the equation that would become the Beatles fell into place on Feb. 6, 1958.
The Story of ‘Wings for Wheels,’ Bruce Springsteen’s Early Take on ‘Thunder Road’
It would soon become one of Bruce Springsteen's defining songs, but at the time, it didn’t even have its famous title.
Revisiting Rock’s First Tragedy: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper Killed in …
Rock 'n’ roll was still in its infancy when it suffered its first tragedy.
How a School Shooting Inspired the Boomtown Rats’ ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’
While Bob Geldof's philanthropic efforts remain his greatest contribution to humanity, it should be remembered that he also was the frontman for the Boomtown Rats.
Revisiting John Lennon’s Posthumous ‘Milk and Honey’
When John Lennon was killed on Dec. 8, 1980, he was in the middle of recording the follow-up to the recently released Double Fantasy.
The History of Bruce Springsteen’s Flawed ‘Working on a Dream’
After a decade that saw him reunite the E Street Band, release two strong albums of new material, an acclaimed folk music project and seemingly endless touring, Bruce Springsteen took a step backward with his next project.