Family bands have provided some of the greatest popular music of the past 100 years. As Sister Sledge once sang: “We are family. Get up everybody and sing.”
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.
The subject of evil will remain one of interest to songwriters, no matter how controversial & unsettling. The Devil does indeed get some of the best songs.
Heavy metal and horror have co-existed with one another since the music’s inception. One could say that metal has been macabre since its very first notes.
Glam rock added a splash of colour and sparked a different kind of cultural evolution - thrilling music, the spectacle of identity, dressed up in spectacular costume, and a frisson of provocative sexual tension.
Despite the claims of many in a streaming world, the album isn’t dead. Taylor Swift and Sam Smith are just a few artists keeping it alive.
Every year, critics and so-called experts ask: is rock music dead? Not with a new breed of young talents aiming for legendary status.
The power of the protest song looks set to be exploited as politics takes centre stage again. That music is used as a means to raise awareness and share a common goal looks set to continue.
Touring will continue as long as there are new ears to listen to music. The desire for success, money and creative fulfilment will remain, but for many musicians, it is an essential way of life.
LGBTQ musicians haven’t always benefitted from today’s attitudes towards sexuality, but many pioneers fought for LGBTQ rights in the mainstream.
Too often remembered for its clichés, 80s music actually has far more to offer than many remember – and it's cooler than you think.
Music and art will always go together as artwork can be as much a part of a record as the sound. Music fans have always taken pleasure from looking again and again at old album covers.
Whether it’s joyous escapism, political anger or a personal spiritual quest that provides fuel for a great album is not of importance. What matters, as Coltrane said, is wanting "to speak to a listener’s soul".
Rock clubs come and go, but there was only one CBGBs, the hallowed club for the New York punk scene that spawned many major music superstars.
A question of boundaries lays at the heart of music censorship, but artists have always pushed back, fighting for the freedom to express themselves.