Being ahead of their time, too offbeat for mass consumption, or through plain old bad luck – some artists became wildly influential without becoming household names.
From doorknobs to ‘Nessun Dorma’, Decca Records’ story is one of innovation, revolutionising the way sound has been recorded, sold and enjoyed.
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.”
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.
This is music without frontiers. Today, soundtracks often introduce us to music through its use on TV adverts, television programmes and in movies, used to heighten the effect of the images we are seeing.
Highway 61 runs for 1,400 miles between New Orleans and Wyoming, but for our purposes, we'll concentrate on the section dubbed “The Highway Of The Blues”, the area that is the Mississippi Delta.
Dub music is often associated with dance music, but its origins, invention and progression, firmly owes Jamaica its dues.
In inner-city clubs young West Indians were meeting Mods, who loved the sharp style, and British youths’ love affair with Jamaican music grew ever stronger.
From original pioneers Elvis and Little Richard, to the Allmans and Cadillac Three, Southern rock has made a global impact far beyond its original boundaries. But then again… maybe it had no boundaries to begin with?
Rock’n’roll defined freedom for a new generation of youths in the 50s, spawning icons such as Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Chuck Berry, and going on to inspire The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
8 May 1965. When DA Pennebaker pointed his camera at Bob Dylan in a London alley, did he realise he was making what many consider to be the most influential music video of all time?
The very idea of a group of young men singing together in harmony has been the bedrock of pop music for as long as young people have been buying records.
From PiL to The Cure via Siouxsie And The Banshees, we take a look at the artists that were some of the movement's major innovators.
Thrash metal established itself throughout underground clubs and tape-trading communities across the globe, thanks to the success of Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth and Metallica.
Due to the success of Judas Priest & Iron Maiden, The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal wedged the door open in the US, led by denim-clad misfits who struck fear into the hearts of parents.