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.
50 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix’s Seattle Homecoming Ends in Embarrassment
One morning in 1968, Jimi Hendrix found himself in a familiar place: onstage, with a microphone, in front of a horde of teenagers. But he wasn’t able to play.
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.
15 Years Ago: Billy Corgan Finds Temporary Salvation in Zwan’s ‘Mary Star of the Sea’
After Smashing Pumpkins called it a day, frontman Billy Corgan found solace in writing more positive, faith-based music for his short-lived band Zwan.
25 Years Ago: Jesus Jones Embrace the Computer Age on ‘Perverse’
In 1991, Jesus Jones were having a moment. But frontman Mike Edwards was having difficulty living in the “Right Here, Right Now.”
The Song Stays in the Picture: Rock Soundtracks in the New Hollywood
In 1967, 'The Graduate' pioneered the use of rock and pop music in serious movie-making. Hollywood took notice and movies have never been the same.
35 Years Ago: Dire Straits Turn Back the Clock on ‘ExtendedancEPlay’
In direct contrast to his band's heavily produced recent work, Mark Knopfler spearheaded this breezy 1983 EP.
45 Years Ago: Jeff Lynne Becomes the Maestro on ‘ELO 2’
In the 13 months that separated Electric Light Orchestra’s 1971 debut LP and the band’s 1973 follow-up 'ELO 2,' the partnership between founders Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne fell apart.
35 Years Ago: Nena Soars to Pop Stardom with ’99 Luftballons’
When German new wave band Nena released their debut album in 1983, they had little idea of the worldwide success they would score with one of the LP's tracks.
35 Years Ago: Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ Become Reality
The second LP from Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart's duo, and its blockbuster single, made the duo instant synthpop stars.
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.