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.
20 Years Ago: Pearl Jam ‘Yield’ to Maturity
After years of battles with Ticketmaster, the music industry and each other, Pearl Jam emerged with a calmer mood and bolder music on their fifth album.
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.
30 Years Ago: Billy Idol Rides ‘Mony Mony’ to the Top
At the height of his popularity, Billy Idol took a live cover of Tommy James's "Mony Mony" to the top of the American charts - and helped inspire a lewd chant.
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.
Influence and Infamy: How the Sex Pistols Impacted the Future of Music
The Pistols are a singular influence on much of what came in their wake – fellow British punks, thrash, college rock, Britpop, glam metal and grunge.
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.
30 Years Ago: Remixes Prove ‘Vital’ for Billy Idol
To capitalize on Billy Idol's fame in September 1987, Chrysalis compiled eight of the singer's remixes for release in the U.S.
Moon the Loon: Keith Moon’s 25 Craziest Antics
Keith Moon took rock ’n’ roll excess and made it into something approaching performance art. We’re taking a look at the late Who drummer’s craziest stunts.
How ‘Eclipse’ Provided an Epic Finale for Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’
Pink Floyd were onto something, as sessions continued for 1973's 'The Dark Side of the Moon.' They just didn't have an ending.
Radiohead Crushed by Wall of Sound on ‘Let Down’: The Story Behind Every ‘OK Computer’ Son…
Thom Yorke cries, “Don’t get sentimental / It always ends up drivel” on 'OK Computer’'s fifth track, about so many forms of alienation.
Radiohead Give Star-Crossed Lovers Their ‘Exit Music’: The Story Behind Every ‘OK Computer…
After Radiohead was asked by director Baz Luhrmann to contribute a song to 'Romeo + Juliet,' the result was 'Exit Music (For a Film).'
50 Years Ago: The Who Play Their First U.S. Show
In March 1967, the Who made their live U.S. debut by taking part in a musical revue hosted by Murray the K. The legends played five times a day for nine days.