Punk: Holding a free concert for 300,000 people when you’re the biggest band in the world. Not: Having the stupid idea of hiring the Hells Angels to do security.
In 1969 the Rolling Stones headlined a free concert at the Altamont Speedway. In its postmortem it was described as “rock and roll’s all-time worst day… a day when everything went perfectly wrong“. Read More
“George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
Ah, nothing like using live TV to cause a stir.
Kanye West says what he wants, when he wants. But before he was storming MTV stages to interrupt poor Taylor Swift, he used a charity telethon for Hurricane Katrina relief to say what a lot of people were thinking. Read More
Faith sold over 20 million copies and earned a Grammy for Album of the Year. It spawned hit songs like Faith, Father Figure, and I Want Your Sex. It transformed George Michael’s image from a cutesy teenybopper crush into a full-fledged sex symbol. It rocketed him into superstardom.
With his follow–up album, George Michael rejected it all. Read More
When most people think of country music they think pick up trucks and songs about girls sippin’ warm summer beer. Other than Johnny Cash country music isn’t typically known for rabble rousers. But leading up to the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the Dixie Chicks changed that. Read More