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At the start of 1987, Metallica were teetering on the edge of a crisis – until they knocked out a cheaply recorded EP of covers
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They rocked hard on record, caused mayhem with Motörhead on the road, and cared about only one thing: the music. Here's Girlschool's 10 Best songs
They rocked hard on record, caused mayhem with Motörhead on the road, and cared about only one thing: the music. Welcome to the world of Girlschool
They had Eric Clapton. They had Jeff Beck. They had Jimmy Page. In the late 60s, no other band could get close to them. And without The Yardbirds, there would be no Led Zeppelin
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In 1976, Thin Lizzy were just another rock band. Then they released Jailbreak, and the boys weren’t so much back in town as running it. But after a disappointing follow-up, the pressure was on
With drug use rampant in the band, it’s no surprise that the 80s and 90s delivered Fleetwood Mac some dizzying highs and crashing comedowns
Mick Wall achieved worldwide notoriety via his namecheck in Guns N’ Roses’ legendary Get in The Ring, and even seven years later people still ask him why.
In August 1975, Led Zep were about to begin another huge US tour – then disaster struck. But out of the wreckage climbed Presence, and an album Jimmy Page rates as one of their best
In the autumn of 1977, it looked as if Queen’s reign might be over. Instead the band rose to the challenge, hit back with the globally successful News Of The World album and ruled once more
Disenchanted by the British post-punk scene from which they’d risen, The Cult reappeared in 1987 with straight-out rock album Electric – and sparked off a revolution in the process
1987 saw classic album releases from Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, U2, Whitesnake, Anthrax, Heart, Motley Crue, Marillion, The Replacements and more...
When the reigning kings of rock holed up in the Welsh countryside to write a new album, no one expected the folky pastoral results. But it became one of the band's essential albums...
Houses Of The Holy was the sound of Led Zeppelin at the top of their game. Producer Eddie Kramer was at the helm, and these are his memories of those eight landmark songs
In late August 1966, The Doors entered the studio to record their debut album. Released five months later, it laid down a singular marker that still resonates today
Mad time changes, dark imagery and oblique lyrical references – but was it inspired by a bad drug trip?