How I Fell in Love with Rock & Roll

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Led Zeppelin turned me on to rock and roll 40 years ago. In 1976, I was 13 years old. My family had settled into a new home in Wheaton, Illinois, after moving from Battle Creek, Michigan, the year before. Music figured large in our lives. My older sister Karen enjoyed disco. ...

From Coachella to Jimmy Fallon: Five Ways Classic Rockers Stay Relevant

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Photo credit: Matt Becker, www.melodicrockconcerts.com A bunch of old rock and rollers are the toast of Coachella. AC/DC, rebounding after the loss of two key members, played a set April 10 that earned the band the kind of acclaim and attention that any artist would envy. Stereogum rated AC/DC the best act ...

The marketing genius of “Led Zeppelin IV”

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Imagine if Apple unveiled the latest iPhone without a logo or if Lady Gaga had released Born This Way without her name, face, or album title on the cover. That’s what Led Zeppelin did 40 years ago when the band issued its fourth album with a cover consisting solely of a ...

"Classic Rock" magazine gets physical

Friday, October 1st, 2010

If you appreciate the lost art of LP cover design, then get thee to a newsstand and grab the September issue of Classic Rock before they sell out. The issue painstakingly reproduces the extravagant artwork for the iconic 1975 Led Zeppelin album Physical Graffiti to illustrate the lead article by ...