We don’t mean to bum you out, but damn—some of our favorite musicians were shockingly young when they released albums that have gone on to become American classics. Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson–they ALL would have had to pay that under 25 car rental fee, even after they had made their magnum opus. It’s not fair, we say, they didn’t have the internet to distract them.
Not every rock star is a musician. Some don’t even say an actual word, let alone sing a note. Yet, the rock-and-roll icon status is indisputable among the following females who emblazon landmark album covers. Their images exude the ideas and energy of the music contained within, as well as each embodying a very specific time and place in rock history.
Still, while fans may obsess over chords and lyrics and who played what instrument on which track, the facts regarding many of rock’s most toweringly totemic album-topping sirens remain unknown or unsung.
Let us now lift the veil, then, and crack open the backstories of 15 iconic women on classic rock album covers.
Tonight is the beginning of the end, fellow Mad Men fans. And if you’re like us, you’re anticipating higher highs and lower lows than ever as the final seven episodes of the series air this spring. As we well know, the show is not for the faint of heart–It’s an emotional roller-coaster ride that we sort of wish weren’t scheduled right when the Sunday night blues tend to hit. We blame the soundtrack.
When the voice goes, it doesn’t come back. Try as they might, Roger Waters and Neil Diamond can’t hold a note like they once could. Age is cruel! Find out which other iconic rock stars can no longer sing like they used to in their heydays.
Musicians are known for being a sad bunch. They often channel their feelings in a much more refined way than you or I am capable of — song, and we love them for it. Some artists in particular were affected by a tragedy in one way or another, and retold the story through song. Others produced songs that had tragic backstories. From James Taylor‘s “Fire And Rain” to Led Zeppelin‘s “All My Love,” here are 15 classic songs associated with real-life tragic tales.
We here at VH1 music consider ourselves pretty big music fans and connoisseurs, but even we have our limits. Some music lovers will go so far as to devote their entire lives to a single artist–becoming experts and authorities on their lives, collecting and displaying memorabilia and artifacts. From grand gestures like building exact replicas of Britney Spears’ bedroom and Elvis Presley‘s Graceland mansion, to protecting minutiae like Johnny Cash‘s AmEx and a guitar pick that Keith Richards threw at you, the time and effort put in to these 10 museums and shrines put even MTV Fanatic (RIP) fans to shame.
Check out these 10 totally bonkers museums and shrines dedicated to musical heroes.
Perhaps the most tantalizing period in Bob Dylan‘s fabled history is his self-imposed exile while recovering from a motorcycle accident in late 1966. For nearly a year, the folk-rock icon holed up in the cellar of a large pink house in West Saugerties, New York (later immortalized as “Big Pink”) with future members of The Band to write and record music that scholars among his best. Unfortunately for fans, it would go largely unheard for decades. After years of bootlegging, the first fruits of this quietly prolific time saw light of day on The Basement Tapes in 1975— but’s only a fraction of the story. More music from those sessions have since been released, culminating with this year’s The Complete Basement Tapes, which has lead many to believe that the well had finally run dry. Until now.