Rock was stale, and dinosaurs were lumbering. Then the debut album from Van Halen arrived, an effervescent shot in the arm for an entire genre and a template for a brighter future
As Van Halen released their first album, writer Steven Rosen interviewed their young guitarist and discussed his influences, his hopes, and that fret-tapping thing
Arthur Lee on the early days of Love, working with Jimi Hendrix, weird encounters with the Grateful Dead, and the birth of the 60s dream
Led Zeppelin’s final tour of the US in 1977 should have been their most glorious. But it wasn’t. There was tension, unpleasantness and negativity, and that was just the start
Free burnt brightly and all too briefly. Here's their real story, told in the words of the people who were there...