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Mike Love of The Beach BoysMike Love of The Beach Boys
The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.
Michael Glabicki of Rusted RootMichael Glabicki of Rusted Root
Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.
Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)
The Brazilian rocker sees pictures in his riffs. When he came up with one of his gnarliest songs, there was a riot going on.
Justin Hayward of The Moody BluesJustin Hayward of The Moody Blues
Justin wrote the classic "Nights In White Satin," but his fondest musical memories are from a different decade.
Songs About Historical Events
1913 Massacre - Woody Guthrie
4 June 1989 - Mary Chapin Carpenter
A League Of Notions - Al Stewart
A Pot in Which to Piss - Titus Andronicus
Aberfan - Dulahan
Agincourt Carol - Traditional
All and Everyone - PJ Harvey
American Witch - Rob Zombie
Amerigo - Patti Smith
Antarctica - Al Stewart
Ballad Of Tim Evans - Ewan MacColl
Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
Belfast Child - Simple Minds
Belsen Was A Gas - The Sex Pistols
Black Day In July - Gordon Lightfoot
Black Friday - Steely Dan
Blue Sky Mine - Midnight Oil
Boeing 737 - The Low Anthem
Boney Was A Warrior - Traditional
Boston Tea Party - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Burial Of Wild Bill - Captain Jack Crawford
Burke and Hare - The Scaffold
Bye Bye Badman - The Stone Roses
C.16th - These New Puritans
Calypso - John Denver
Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot
Canvey Island - British Sea Power
Charlie Darwin - The Low Anthem
Charlotte Corday - Al Stewart
Cherokee - Europe
China - Joan Baez
Choucoune - Michel Mauleart Monton
Cities In Dust - Siouxsie and the Banshees
Cold Harbor - The Outlaws
Constantine's Dream - Patti Smith
Cortez The Killer - Neil Young
Countdown - Rush
Crystal Morning - The Dillinger Escape Plan
Dallas 1pm - Saxon
Desolation Row - Bob Dylan
Don't Drink The Water - Dave Matthews Band
El Fusilado - Chumbawamba
English Curse - Frank Turner
Enola Gay - OMD
Face The Fire - Dan Fogelberg
Fall Of The Peacemakers - Molly Hatchet
Flight 19 - B.A. Robertson
Flower Of Scotland - The Corries
Foster's Mill - Traditional
Greed and Gold - Seth Lakeman
Gresford - Robert Saint
Headless Cross - Black Sabbath
Heartbeat - The Fray
Heresy - Rush
History - Funeral for a Friend
Holland, 1945 - Neutral Milk Hotel
Holy Grail - Hunters & Collectors
Hudson - Vampire Weekend
Hush Yael - Oh, Sleeper
I Thought It Was Over - The Feeling
In Memory Of The Martyrs - Barclay James Harvest
In Red Square - Al Stewart
Indian Sunset - Elton John
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - They Might Be Giants
Jack Ruby - Deep Purple
Jack The Ripper - Screaming Lord Sutch & the Savages
January 28, 1986 - Owl City
Jarrow Song - Alan Price
Jefferson Jericho Blues - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Joan Of Arc - Arcade Fire
Justice in Ontario - Steve Earle
Keep A Workin' Big Jim - Johnny Rebel
Kenji - Fort Minor
Kill Devil Hill - Bruce Dickinson
King of Rome - Pet Shop Boys
King of the Junkies - Stone Gossard
Kitty Jay - Seth Lakeman
Krakatoa - Saxon
L.A.P.D. - Ill Wind
Let Him Dangle - Elvis Costello
Lindy Comes To Town - Al Stewart
Little Big Horn - Running Wild
Little Mary Phagan - Rosa Lee Carson
Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
London Pride - Noël Coward
Long Hot Summer - Tom Robinson Band
Lord Grenville - Al Stewart
Louisiana 1927 - Randy Newman
Ludlow Massacre - Woody Guthrie
Made In Dagenham - Sandie Shaw
Marshal Dear - Savages
Massacre Of Glencoe - John McDermott
Me Or Him - Roger Waters
Millennium - Robbie Williams
Mississippi Goddamn - Nina Simone
Money Road - Rosanne Cash
Monterey - The Animals
Mr. Custer - Larry Verne
Mr. Powell - Ozark Mountain Daredevils
My White Bicycle - Nazareth
Ned Ludd - Robert Calvert
Never Again - Remedy
Never Again - Disturbed
New Speedway Boogie - Grateful Dead
Oh Wot A Big One! - Jonathan Hodge
Old Judge Thayer - Woody Guthrie
On Battleship Hill - PJ Harvey
One Bell Ringing - Elvis Costello
Out Of The Woods - Public Image Ltd.
P.L.U.C.K. - System of a Down
Platform Fire - Jack's Mannequin
Pompeii - Bastille
Porton Down - Man's Hate
Pulmonary Archery - Alexisonfire
Red Alert - Saxon
Red Wine - Woody Guthrie
Remember - John Lennon
Rose in Paradise - Waylon Jennings
Roulette - Bruce Springsteen
Rox In The Box - The Decemberists
Ruby's Shoes - Lori McKenna
Run To The Hills - Iron Maiden
S.O.S. - Saxon
Save The Country - The 5th Dimension
Scarborough Fair / Canticle - Simon & Garfunkel
Shah Of Shahs - Al Stewart
Ship Ahoy - The O'Jays
Sink the Bismarck - Johnny Horton
Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
Solomon Browne - Seth Lakeman
Spanish Bombs - The Clash
St. Swithin's Day - Billy Bragg
Sympathy For The Devil - The Rolling Stones
Taro - Alt-J
Tempest - Bob Dylan
Thank God I'm Old - Cast of Barnum
The Battle of Hampton Roads - Titus Andronicus
The Big Three Killed My Baby - The White Stripes
The Cradle of Humankind - Flogging Molly
The Death of Love - Cradle of Filth
The Dreaming - Kate Bush
The Ellan Vannin Tragedy - Richard Hawley
The Great 1974 Mining Disaster - Barclay James Harvest
The Gresford Disaster - Traditional
The Gunner's Dream - Pink Floyd
The Hennessy Murder - Traditional
The Infanta - The Decemberists
The Longest Day - Iron Maiden
The Loyalist - Dave Nachmanoff
The Marvelous Dream - Damon Albarn
The Next Day - David Bowie
The Pass - Rush
The Rising - Bruce Springsteen
The Skye Boat Song - Traditional
The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby
Tom Dooley - The Kingston Trio
Trains - Al Stewart
Tupelo Blues - John Lee Hooker
Two Good Men - Woody Guthrie
Typhoid Mary - God Dethroned
Vagabond Ways - Marianne Faithfull
Valentine's Day - James Taylor
Vanzetti's Letter - Woody Guthrie
Vanzetti's Rock - Woody Guthrie
Vietnow - Rage Against the Machine
We Welcome You To Heaven - Woody Guthrie
When The Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin
When The War Came - The Decemberists
White Riot - The Clash
Wide Awake - Audioslave
Wiener Blut - Rammstein
Woodstock - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Yankee Rose - David Lee Roth
Zombie - The Cranberries
Zoot Suit Riot - Cherry Poppin' Daddies