Full-time freelance writer based in Glasgow, Scotland… author of 17 books, three of which are in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Permanent Collection… former news editor at TeamRock.com… former band manager, drummer and keyboardist… TV and radio presenter… real ale fan.
How the Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ Took Flight From Racism
Paul McCartney was inspired by disgraceful scenes in ‘50s America to write a message to a fictional black girl.
When the Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ Started a Prison Riot
Actor and former inmate Danny Trejo recalls 1968 moment in solitary confinement.
Tom Petty’s Family Hits Donald Trump With Cease and Desist Notice
President did not have family's permission to use “I Won’t Back Down” at campaign rally.
Bruce Springsteen Calls George Floyd Killing a ‘Visual Lynching’
The Boss says America is “haunted by our original sin of slavery.”
35 Years Ago: Tom Petty Releases a Song He Hates
“Make It Better (Forget About Me)” diverted the course of ‘Southern Accents’ album during a period of cocaine overindulgence.
Don Henley Argues for Copyright Law Change Before Congress
Eagles co-founder says current regulations are “a relic of a MySpace era in a TikTok world.”
Rod Stewart Sends $6,000 to Nurse Who Caught COVID-19
Singer offers financial support as mother of three faces a year of recuperation.
Watch Pat Benatar’s Video for COVID-19 Song ‘Together’
Track seeks “beauty and hope and positivity” in lockdown struggle.
Listen to an AC/DC Song Written by Artificial Intelligence
YouTuber creates “Great Balls” after processing band’s lyrics through computer.
When Billy Joel Lashed Back With ‘It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me’
His first No.1 single was a dig at music industry misdirection - and the critics who wanted to classify him as “adult contemporary.”
What Bret Michaels Did and Didn’t Do With Stevie Nicks
Poison singer discusses rumors about the time he spent with Fleetwood Mac icon as they wrote “Love’s a Hard Game to Play.”
Watch Billy Joel Light Up Empire State Building With ‘Miami 2017′
Surprise performance ends ‘Rise Up New York’ coronavirus telethon.