Bryan Wawzenek is a freelance journalist who writes for Diffuser.fm and Ultimate Classic Rock. He learned more from a three-minute record than he ever learned in school. His mind is racing, as it always will. Don't start him talking, he could talk all night. The sunshine bores the daylights out of him. Don't touch him, he's a real live wire. Most things he worries about never happen anyway. But he's been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come.
45 Years Ago: Steely Dan Release First LP, ‘Can’t Buy a Thrill’
Donald Fagen didn’t think he had a voice – limited range, low power – that was worthy of fronting a rock ’n’ roll band, despite the encouragement of Steely Dan’s own members.
Why Alice Cooper’s ‘In Concert’ Episode Was Cut Off in Cincinnati
A performance at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., had been filmed for use on the ABC network.
50 Years Ago: ‘Rolling Stone’ Magazine Prints Its First Issue
In 1967, rock ’n’ roll was flourishing, the hippie movement was happening and pop sensations had gone from being perceived as teen heartthrobs to experimental artists.
55 Years Ago: The Beatles Make Their Television Debut
The Beatles’ first television appearance wasn’t the band’s big break, a star-making performance or anything like that. But it did help them sell a few more records.
When Tom Petty Took on the Music Industry on ‘The Last DJ’
Fans, critics and even casual listeners largely came away with the impression that he had become bitter.
40 Years Ago: The Police’s Classic Lineup Plays Their First Show
In the summer of '77, the Police traded their founding guitarist for Andy Summers and played their first gig with their famous lineup in Birmingham, England.
Revisiting John Mellencamp’s Only No. 1 Album, ‘American Fool’
By the time John Mellencamp had the No. 1 song and the No. 1 album in the country, it had been a long road to get there.
Why Bruce Springsteen Got Angry on ‘Wrecking Ball’
He started out trying to make a gospel album, but soon found that didn’t suit his level of frustration.
U2 Gets Cinematic on ‘Where the Streets Have No Name': The Story Behind Every ‘Joshua Tree…
Producer Brian Eno claims that it took about half of the 'Joshua Tree' sessions to complete 'Where the Streets Have No Name.' In the end, U2 had a classic.
45 Years Ago: Jackson Browne Finally Sings His Own Songs on His Debut Album
Jackson Browne had already been a cog in the music industry machine for half a decade before he released his debut album.
Mick Jagger: Movie Star? Exploring the Rolling Stones Singer’s Film Career
It's only a movie role, but he likes it.
50 Years Ago: Dark, Mysterious ‘Hey Joe’ Introduces the World to Jimi Hendrix
The Jimi Hendrix Experience debuted on Dec. 16, 1966, with "Hey Joe," a folk song of uncertain origin.