The Jimi Hendrix Experience


In January 1964 Hendrix decided to make a first step on his own, after playing for 2 years at a circuit of venues throughout the South, he decided to move to Harlem, NY. In Harlem he joined various bands as ”The Isley Brothers”, Little Richards touring band ”The Upsetters” or ”Curtis Knight and the Squires”.…

MAKING OF UNDER PRESSURE


Before “Ice Ice Baby” became the most ubiquitous earworm of 1989, its sampled groove drove a song recorded 8 years earlier, Queen and David Bowie’s brilliant collaboration “Under Pressure.” Stylus magazine—who declared Queen bassist John Deacon’s three-note riff the number one bassline of all time—called the song “possessed of understated cool […] minimal and precise.” And if…

SMOKE ON THE WATER


On Dec. 4, 1971, the small town of Montreux, Switzerland, became a place forever linked to rock history. A fire at the Montreux Casino during a concert by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention inspired Deep Purple‘s classic “Smoke on the Water.”

CLASSICAL ROCK


Art rock, eclectic branch of rock music that emerged in the late 1960s and flourished in the early to mid-1970s. The term is sometimes used synonymously with progressive rock, but the latter is best used to describe “intellectual” album-oriented rock by such British bands as Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, and Yes.