Many record labels run by musicians have been little more than vanity imprints, but the most important of them have pioneered artists’ rights in the music industry.
Hailed as “America’s band”, The Beach Boys gave the world so much more than the surf-pop that made their name – as the best Beach Boys songs reveal.
Forever altering the world’s perception of the humble pop song, the best Beach Boys arrangements continue to astound with their seemingly endless invention.
All killer, no filler, Weezer’s “Blue Album” is an ageless reminder of the life-affirming powers of rousing and raucous pop music.
The best music festivals of 2019 cover everything from rootin’ tootin’ country music to ear-blasting rock and all-nighters in the heart of Europe.
From awards-laden lyricists to those whose creativity has reached new heights of expression, these musicians could – and should – be considered poets.
A dazzling album that defined black America both musically and lyrically, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ is a visionary album that will resonate for decades to come.
Unafraid to speak up against injustice, the best protest songs take on the issues of their day, but transcend their eras to speak to future generations.
Staged for causes as disparate as famine relief, racism and AIDS awareness, the biggest benefit concerts have been unforgettable global events.
Were the censors right? These banned songs caused controversy at the time, but they ultimately beat the authorities, earning their place in music history.
A song doesn’t have to have a message in order to change society. Race relations, gender equality and identity politics have all been shaped by music.
John Lennon’s second solo album, ‘Imagine’, was his biggest post-Beatles hit, yet was typically uncompromising, influencing the generations that followed.
Intimate and spontaneous, ‘Roman Candle’ laid bare the threads of Elliott Smith’s songwriting, acting as a prelude to his career.
Paul Simon closes his European tour with a poignant, virtuoso performance of solo hits and Simon & Garfunkel classics at London’s BST Hyde Park Festival.
From classic rawkfests through to Americana hotbeds, cutting-edge jazz and stunning natural landscapes, these are the best music festivals of 2018.