Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist based in metro Detroit. In addition to Loudwire, he contributes regularly to Billboard, Ultimate Classic Rock, Media News Group, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer/Cleveland.com, Consequence, Music Connection, VenuesNow, United Stations Radio Networks and others. He reports every Friday on music news with Bob & Brian in the Morning on WHQG-FM in Milwaukee and periodically with the Drew & Mike podcast out of Detroit. He is the co-founder and co-producer of the Emmy Award-winning Detroit Music Awards. He was the founding editor of the MusicHound Essential Album Guide series and has co-written and edited books about Neil Young, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Rock & Roll Myths and, forthcoming, Alice Cooper.
Kansas Albums Ranked Worst to Best
It's been a dramatic half-century for the American progressive rock heroes.
The Secret to Gary Rossington’s Resilience
Late Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist played with the band for close to 60 years.
How Journey Took Flight With ‘Wheel in the Sky’
Band's first charting single was inspired by a poem by bassist Ross Valory's wife.
How Deep Purple Took on Hard Times With ‘Woman From Tokyo’
"We had burned out," keyboardist Jon Lord admitted, but the band pressed on.
The Live Album Becomes an Art Form: 20 Classics From 1972
With classic concert recordings by the Band, Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond and Deep Purple, the format came into its own.
50 Pink Floyd ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ Facts You Need to Know
The 1973 masterpiece remains a generational rite of passage.
Songs That Are Best Known for Their Live Versions
Stage performance energy connected with audiences and gave these tracks new life.
15 Years Ago: Arnel Pineda Overcomes Nerves for His First Journey Concert
Singer was discovered by guitarist Neal Schon 10 months earlier on YouTube.
25 Years Ago: Van Halen ‘III’-era Gets Off to Fast Start With ‘Without You’
Lead single actually became just the second ever to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
55 Years Ago: David Gilmour’s Arrival Transforms Pink Floyd
David Gilmour's addition to the Pink Floyd lineup in February 1968 had been a gradual – then very quick – process.