Why Ed Sheeran Might Need to Pay up in Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Ed Sheeran is having a tough summer. In June, the writers of Matt Cardle’s single "Amazing" slapped Sheeran with a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit, claiming that Sheeran's 2014 song "Photograph," from his album X, copied "note-for-note" Cardle's "Amazing," written in 2009. On August 10, Sheeran was hit with another ...

The “Stairway to Heaven” Lawsuit: How Permanent a Victory?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Led Zeppelin's successful defense of "Stairway to Heaven" against an accusation of copyright infringement over the song "Taurus" is a victory for creativity -- but how permanent a victory? The opening notes of "Stairway to Heaven" share, at best, a passing similarity to a brief chord progression in "Taurus," written by ...

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. ...

The Golden Shaman: Robert Plant’s Journey

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Photo credit: Ed Miles A Robert Plant concert sends you on a journey. On September 23, his concert at Northerly Island took me to the mountains of Appalachia, the plains of the Mississippi Delta, and the west coast of Africa. Great artists always challenge you to leave your comfort zone and ...

Would Led Zeppelin Succeed Today?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Led Zeppelin. The name evokes the hammer of the gods, hypnotic music forged in the mists of Mordor and the mountains of Kashmir, and the heavy gravitas of legend. Here is a band whose place in rock history is secure. Five of its albums are listed in Rolling Stone's ranking of ...

How Robert Plant Reinvented Himself

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

One of the consequences of fame is being pigeonholed. McDonald's is so well known for serving burgers, fries, and milkshakes that the fast-food giant has struggled to become a credible alternative for salads and smoothies. Sean Connery found it difficult to transition his acting career beyond James Bond. And then ...

Jimmy Page Shares Three Lessons for Content Marketers

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Jimmy Page: legendary guitarist, producer, all-around rock god . . . and a marketing teacher. Yes, the guitar magus knows marketing in addition to music. He not only founded Led Zeppelin but also influenced the band's image, down to crucial details such as the choice of album artwork (most famously for Led ...

How AC/DC Turned Loss into Triumph with “Back in Black”

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The rock and roll world recently exploded with rumors that AC/DC was finally calling it quits. Unfortunately, those rumors included speculation that founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young was suffering a debilitating health problem. The band responded with some good news and bad news. The bad news was that ...

“What You Want Is in the Limo”: Michael Walker Discusses the Birth of the Modern Rock Star

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The year 1973 was a traumatic one for the world, but it was a great time for rock and roll. While America wallowed in Watergate and the Yom Kippur War raged in the Middle East, the rock world witnessed an eruption of ground-breaking music that has never since been equaled.  Hard ...

Visual Storytelling in Today’s “All Access” Era

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Access. It's the most valuable currency of celebrity journalism. Photojournalists Bob Gruen and Ken Regan built celebrated careers by getting access to coveted rock stars such as Madonna, whom Ken Regan photographed as she was about to become a star. Regan, who passed away in 2012, was welcomed into the ...