Bryan Wawzenek is a freelance journalist who writes for Diffuser.fm and Ultimate Classic Rock. He learned more from a three-minute record than he ever learned in school. His mind is racing, as it always will. Don't start him talking, he could talk all night. The sunshine bores the daylights out of him. Don't touch him, he's a real live wire. Most things he worries about never happen anyway. But he's been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come.
45 Years Ago: Jeff Lynne Becomes the Maestro on ‘ELO 2’
In the 13 months that separated Electric Light Orchestra’s 1971 debut LP and the band’s 1973 follow-up 'ELO 2,' the partnership between founders Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne fell apart.
45 Years Ago: Deep Purple, Mark II, Burn Out on ‘Who Do We Think We Are’
Deep Purple, Mark II, is generally agreed to be the ultimate version of the hard rockers.
In Defense of … Alice Cooper’s ‘DaDa’
Alice Cooper can’t recall making 'DaDa,' but that doesn’t mean that the 1983 album isn’t worth remembering.
20 Years Ago: Paul Simon Previews ‘Songs From the Capeman’
It can be argued that Paul Simon put more effort into 'The Capeman' than any other project in his long career – he certainly put in more time.
Up Where They Belong? How Rockers Transitioned to Adult Contemporary
The phrase “Adult Contemporary” might as well be an epithet to rock fans.
45 Years Ago: Lou Reed Becomes a Top 40 Star With ‘Transformer’
“If Bowie’s doing Lou, and if Lou’s doing Bowie, Lou’s still doing Lou.”
25 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Unplugs for ‘Good as I Been to You’
When the river runs dry, Bob Dylan retreats to the well.
45 Years Ago: Steely Dan Release First LP, ‘Can’t Buy a Thrill’
Donald Fagen didn’t think he had a voice – limited range, low power – that was worthy of fronting a rock ’n’ roll band, despite the encouragement of Steely Dan’s own members.
45 Years Ago: Alice Cooper Taped for TV, Banned From the Airwaves
In the early ’70s, when ABC was considering dipping its toe in the world of rock ’n’ roll, the television network called upon music publisher and producer Don Kirshner ... who called Alice Cooper.
50 Years Ago: ‘Rolling Stone’ Magazine Prints Its First Issue
In 1967, rock ’n’ roll was flourishing, the hippie movement was happening and pop sensations had gone from being perceived as teen heartthrobs to experimental artists.
55 Years Ago: The Beatles Make Their Television Debut
The Beatles’ first television appearance wasn’t the band’s big break, a star-making performance or anything like that. But it did help them sell a few more records.
15 Years Ago: Tom Petty Takes on the Music Industry on ‘The Last DJ’
When they first heard Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 'The Last DJ,' fans, critics and even casual listeners largely came away with the impression that Petty was bitter.