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.
The Beatles in Liverpool: A Walking and Driving Tour
A Magical Mystery Tour through some of the most important and iconic sites in the band's hometown.
15 Rock Classics Improved by Nicky Hopkins
The greatest session man ever? Hopkins' keyboard work on songs by the Who, Beatles, Kinks and Rolling Stones makes a pretty good case.
All 167 Pink Floyd Songs Ranked Worst to Best
These songs take trips through time and space, plunging us deep into the mysteries of the human mind. But which one was best?
Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the News: 40 Songs About Doctors
Between drug habits, stage accidents, unhealthy lifestyles and rehab stints, rock stars might visit the doctor (or “doctor,” in some cases) more than the average person.
When Billy Idol’s Generation X Released Their Debut Album
The backlash began before they had even put out this first studio project.
Climbing ‘The Wall’: Are Radiohead This Generation’s Pink Floyd?
Popular culture is obsessed with anointing the “new” version of the “old” thing that proved extraordinarily popular.
The Day the Beatles Got Their First No. 1 … Or Did They?
When Beatlemania took hold across Britain in 1963, the country’s media struggled with the reason for their rampant popularity.
Up Where They Belong?: How Rockers Transitioned to Adult Contemporary
The phrase “Adult Contemporary” might as well be an epithet to rock fans.
25 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Unplugs for ‘Good as I Been to You’
When the river runs dry, Bob Dylan retreats to the well.
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.
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.