Gnarly History


What We Loved About Record Stores Back In The Day

April 24, 2019

Left: Shop founder Geoff Travis in the Rough Trade Shop, London, circa 1977. Source: (Photo by Estate Of Keith Morris/Redferns/Getty Images) Right: browsing in a record store. Source: (Wikimedia Commons) Are we witnessing the death of the record store? Disappearing, sure — there are certainly fewer local record stores than there once were. And that’s […]

Outlaw Country: How Willie, Waylon And Others Broke Free

April 11, 2019

Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings enjoy a drink together in New York in 1978 (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns) Today, they don’t seem like outlaws: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Jr., David Allan Coe, Tompall Glaser, Johnny Paycheck and numerous others are simply considered country legends. But “outlaw […]

The Other Singing Jacksons: Where Are They Now?

April 10, 2019

1978: Janet Jackson (C) with her brothers (L-R) Marlon, Michael, Tito, Randy, and Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons pose during a publicity photo shoot at Jackie Jackson’s home on August 17, 1978 in Westlake Village, California. Source: (Photo by Gregg Cobar In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, the nine siblings of the Jackson family […]

True Stories Of Big Hair And Bad Judgment: The Dirt On Motley Crue

March 29, 2019

Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil of Motley Crue on May 11, 1984 in Chicago, Il. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage) For the hair metal band Mötley Crüe, The Dirt was a fitting title for a collection of true stories and biographical film. The fact is, these guys were filthy — unkempt, unclean, unpleasant, unrepentant — and they liked […]

Stevie Nicks Has A Shawl Vault And Harry Styles Is Her Love Child

March 20, 2019

Stevie Nicks performing live onstage in 1978. (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns) Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac is 70 years old and, as shown in a recent Rolling Stone interview, still going strong. The Gold Dust Woman herself is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the second time (she’s already in as […]

Bon Scott: The AC/DC Frontman’s Real-Life Highway To Hell

March 4, 2019

Written by Guy Cruz Singer Bon Scott from Australian rock band AC/DC posed in a studio in London in August 1979. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns) Think of the great frontmen of rock history — Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury and others — certainly AC/DC’s Bon Scott makes any shortlist. Or he would, if his […]

Ringo Starr’s $2M Drum And 10 Other Bank-Breaking ’60s Artifacts

March 2, 2019

Written by Guy Cruz The Beatles rehearsing at the Deauville Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida for THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. From left: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon. Image dated February 16, 1964. Source: (CBS via Getty Images) The most expensive rock ‘n roll memorabilia from the ’60s is a moving target — […]

The Beatles And The Maharishi: Failed Spiritual Quest ‘Saved’ The Fab Four

February 27, 2019

The Beatles and their wives at the Rishikesh in India with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, March 1968. Seated in front of the Maharishi are Jane Asher, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pattie Boyd. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) There’s a handful of people who were able to shape the sound of The Beatles and one […]

‘Big Chill’ Soundtrack: A Baby-Boomer Nostalgia Overdose

February 25, 2019

The soundtrack to ‘The Big Chill’ was excellent driving music for Baby Boomers. Source: (   What’s more memorable for you — The Big Chill, or the Big Chill soundtrack? In 1983, several famous (or now-famous) movie stars got together for an ensemble comedy-drama called The Big Chill. The consensus critical and audience opinion on the movie was: It’s […]

The 24 Songs Elton John Will Play On His Farewell Tour

February 24, 2019

Elton John performs in concert circa 1975 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)   When he announced that he was retiring from music, Elton John’s farewell tour became one of the hottest tickets worldwide. The three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour will see him play his most loved songs night after night, all over […]

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