Throughout the history of pop music, the studio changed for musicians and producers from being a place of work to becoming a creative hub.
When African-American innovators of the 50s met Black Power and Flower Power head on, the psychedelic blues was born.
A collection of 50s singles, ‘Moanin’ In The Moonlight’ brought all of Howlin’ Wolf’s best qualities together: “a tail dragon with a voice like an angel”.
From Muddy Waters to B.B. King and Koko Taylor to Shemekia Copeland, discover the records that made it onto our list of the best blues albums ever.
This list of the best songs of the 50s celebrates far-ranging sounds that changed music forever.
Gospel music has always had a major influence on R&B, with many of the biggest soul singers having started their vocal careers in gospel church choirs.
The subject of Satan and evil will always remain one of interest to songwriters, no matter how controversial and unsettling.
Chess Records laid the foundation for rock’n’roll, and its influence can still be felt today, as this guide to the 10 best Chess blues records shows.
'Wheels Of Fire' introduced the classic ‘White Room’ and other great performances by the rock trio.
The notion of DIY music stretches back to 19th-century flutes made from bird bone, through punk anarchy and the digital revolution.
The histories of the most iconic recording studios – Sun, Motown, Abbey Road – have made them almost as famous as the musicians who have recorded there.
In 1956, the great bluesman recorded his commemoration of a Mississippi tragedy.
Cotton also collaborated with a remarkable array of stars of both rock and blues, including Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and B.B. King.
Willie Dixon was a fixer, arranger, talent scout, boxer, performer, and songwriter, who did more to shape the sound of post-war Chicago blues than any other.
Many people mistake pop music as disposable. But from the blues to The Beatles, some of the most important artistic statements have been wrapped up in the world’s most popular songs.