On this day in 1967, Keith Moon celebrated his 21st birthday by taking a Rolls Royce for a swim – or did he? Eyewitnesses explain what they saw – or think they saw...
Robert Calvert’s manic imagination was fuelled by bipolar disorder, but it helped him conceive one of the 70’s most outlandish concept albums
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Harmonising brothers The Moon City Masters have served time in lousy bands but now they're a Technicolour delight, proclaiming "The first step to being awesome is being bad"
Kiss frontman Paul Stanley on Strutter, a song he wrote as a homage to the women of New York
Jane’s Addiction and Porno For Pyros main man Perry Farrell picks his records, artists and gigs of lasting significance, and reveals how he accidentally leaked David Bowie's phone number
Hard rockers Night Ranger on lockdown recording, new album ATBPO, longevity, and appearing in a cocaine-filled house in Boogie Nights
Half a century on, Don McLean's folk-rock anthem about the souring of the American Dream continues to confound and inspire
The 1984 Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donington is often hailed as the best ever single-day festival by those who know best: the fans who were there
The albums that left a stain on the otherwise unblemished back catalogue of some of the decade’s greatest bands
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Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready looks back at the making and the aftermath of their game-changing debut album Ten
The Grateful Dead's best albums are a kaleidoscopic, loose-limbed, ever-adventurous alchemy of psychedelia, country, folk and blues
If you were expecting Judas Priest’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at Bloodstock to just be a perfunctory run through of the hits… well, you’ve got another thing comin’
Devin Townsend headlined Bloodstock Festival last night, and his fan-picked setlist was a series of delights from a vast and diverse back catalogue
He was the maverick genius who conceived the Space Ritual and embodied Hawkwind’s progressive spirit in the 70s. But Robert Calvert played with fire for the sake of his art, as we discover in this edited extract from Hawkwind: Days Of The Underground.
One is a prog rock titan who saw the writing on the wall in 1977. The other is a punk hard man who spent the year brawling with other bands. So when Rick Wakeman and The Stranglers’ Jean-Jacques ‘JJ’ Burnel got together in 2012, you’d expect bickering, bloodshed and epic keyboard solos, right? Wrong.