Mods had their origins in London in the mid-1960s but it wasn't long before Lambrettas, Vespas and all-nighters in clubs were being seen all over Britain.
The bands that recorded at Olympic Studios reads like a who’s who of popular music - The Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Queen, The Who, U2 - all worked there.
In 1968 the Bonzo Dog Band asked ‘Can Blue Men Sing The Whites?’ It was their take on a musical question that was being raised by many music journalists.
Virgin vigorously developed a series of sub-labels, which acted like indies that gave artists like Placebo and The Chemical Brothers room to develop.
Jazz is America’s one true original art form. During the 1960s, on the inner bag of every Verve vinyl record was written ‘the Jazz of America is on Verve’.
With the coming of the new millennium it was obvious that hip-hop had come a long way and now became a commercial powerhouse in mainstream culture.
Virgin Records began life as a very independent-minded label in the 1970s, one with a definite sound, releasing some of the best records of the decade.
Within two short and exciting years of punk, there were rapid changes, as the creative innovators starting experimenting on a worldwide scale.
What is Prog Rock? Rick Wakeman stated that for musicians, it "wasn’t just about breaking the rules, but knowing which rules to break in the first place!"
With the likes of DMX, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Nelly, and 2Pac all selling albums in their tens of millions, hip-hop around the early 1990s became a game changer.
Called America’s band, the soundtrack to summer, they've been making the world a more harmonious place for us for over 5 decades. They are The Beach Boys.
Not only did some of the most important British folk records come out on one label, Island, but also one producer, Joe Boyd, was responsible for them all.
Virgin Records, a mail-order-only business before becoming the hippest vinyl store in London was instrumental in a shift towards experimental sound.
Four Motown singers, the pillars of Motown Records – Smokey, Stevie, Marvin and Diana – all became global soul superstars due to one man, Berry Gordy.
A man who is unquestionably one of the greatest writers of popular music of the last one hundred years; who, in the modern era, has but a handful of peers.