"It's the hardest thing I’ve been facing. It affects so many things: how I write songs, how I record": Lucinda Williams hasn't had it easy, but she's proved herself a fighter
Drive-By Truckers' blend of southern rock, country, classic rock, socio-political commentary and historical nous has manifested itself in a series of albums the world really needs to know
Guns N' Roses changed the shape of rock'n'roll when they emerged in the mid-eighties. Here's a half-century of their very best, and the stories behind them.
Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler looks back on his disastrous first gig with Ozzy Osbourne – and the ‘dirty protest’ that followed
Urge Overkill were just “a scrappy punk rock band that played too fast”: How did they up touring with Nirvana and jet-setting with Chrissie Hynde?
The unfeasibly young-looking 80-year-old Andy Summers talks about conquering the world in The Police, the reunion, his long-time passion for photography, and much more
Metallica have gone from being a cult metal band to a commercial juggernaut and a household name. But even with new album 72 Seasons storming charts worldwide they’re still figuring out what it's all about
Enduring Brummies Magnum recall the making of the classic Chase The Dragon: flash bombs, Ozzy Osbourne, and how the ‘ELO factor’ nearly scuppered everything
As America mourned in the wake of 9/11's terrorist attacks, Bruce Springsteen made The Rising, an album that offered comfort and light in the cruellest, most impenetrable darkness
In the early 90s, Mick Jagger teamed up with LA blues band The Red Devils for what could have been a return to his roots
ZZ Top were a boogie-blues band barely known outside the US – until they recorded Eliminator, slammed into fifth gear and took over the world
Many were longlisted, but this is the final selection – the best rock songs of the 21st century thus far, as voted for by you
From their faltering, psychedelic beginnings, Traffic finally managed to weave a path through the hedonistic early 70s and create three albums of groundbreakingly original progressive music. This is their story.
The greatest American blues band of the early 90s, The Red Devils were as short-lived as their frontman, Lester Butler, was mortally fated
The cult Texan singer took the blues to strange new places. But he never had a chance to conquer his demons.
Veteran sideman guitarist and solo artist Nils Lofgren on back-flips, culinary skills, crying, sugar and more sugar
One of the most captivating voices of her generation, Sandy Denny passed away before she could realise her full potential
From folk roots to Stealers Wheel to solo success, Gerry Rafferty seemed to move through eras of popular music with ease. In truth, the star was struggling with fame – and his own demons
With his latest album A Deeper Understanding, Adam Granduciel has borrowed from some of the greats of the 80s and fashioned a record filled with bittersweet melodies and enveloping drama
Delivering a deafening but dextrous bass-in-your-face assault, John Entwistle was a key part of The Who’s sound – and also of their combustible chemistry. This is his story
Whether he was leading The Waterboys or going solo, this Scottish musician has always been unafraid to hold back, so now we have to ask: how prog is Mike Scott?
Guitarist with Springsteen’s E Street band, leader of his own band, label owner, actor (Silvio Dante in The Sopranos), radio host… And there’s a lot more to Steven Van Zandt than that
In an exclusive extract from his new autobiography, Mick Jones tells the story of how he went from Reading via France to the USA, where he put together a new band called Foreigner