Son of Chess records co-founder Leonard Chess, Marshall Chess gives uDiscover Music an exclusive guide to the Chicago label that helped invent rock’n’roll.
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.
Reflecting and commenting on the world around them, the most gifted and charismatic MCs have taken the politics of hip-hop into the mainstream.
Staged for causes as disparate as famine relief, racism and AIDS awareness, the biggest benefit concerts have been unforgettable global events.
Many misunderstood political songs have been taken to be calls to rebellion or patriotic chest-beaters – a far cray from the artists’ original intentions.
Were the censors right? These banned songs caused controversy at the time, but they ultimately beat the authorities, earning their place in music history.
Unsung musicians who are more than guns for hire, the best sidemen in rock don’t always get their due, but are crucial to shaping a band’s sound.
The loudest bands in history have damaged buildings, destroyed eardrums and become health-and-safety hazards. Where are those earplugs…?
From the dawn of rock to the present day, the best power trios have stretched sonic boundaries far beyond the limitations of just three instruments.
The best guitar riffs in rock have become part of the cultural fabric, shaping the face of music and influencing wannabe axe legends down the generations.
From floor-shaking stadium anthems to paeans to a lost past and roadmaps for a new life, here are 12 songs that glorify rock’n’roll.
Orb mainman Alex Paterson gives uDiscover an exclusive run down of his Top 11 electronic music influences – with some surprise choices.
Whether they’re unapologetic in their politics, deploying shredding solos or rolling with swagger, here are seven bands keeping rock alive.
The best country duets in history have captured magic between dynamic pairings such as Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
The best female guitarists of all time prove that the guitar isn’t just for phallic fretwork and cock-rock grandstanding.
Fearlessly innovative, the best German musicians include electronic pioneers, rock bands and film composers alike, pushing music to its limits.