Fact or Fiction

Sorting Myth from Reality in the Musical Realm

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  • Band NamesBand NamesWas "Pearl" Eddie Vedder's grandmother, and did she really make a hallucinogenic jam? Did Journey have a contest to name the group? And what does KISS stand for anyway?
  • Don KirshnerDon KirshnerHe made Carole King and Neil Sedaka stars as both artists and songwriters, then he created The Monkees. See if you know the real stories about Don Kirshner.
  • GracelandGracelandWhat happened when Paul Simon went to South Africa to record tracks for Graceland? And who is the Al in "You Can Call Me Al"? See if you can know your Graceland fact from fiction.
  • Little RichardLittle RichardWas Long Tall Sally a cross-dresser? Did he really set his piano on fire? See if you know the real stories about one of rock's greatest innovators.
  • Alice CooperAlice CooperHow well do you know this shock-rock harbinger who's been publicly executed hundreds of times?
  • Todd "Runt" RundgrenTodd "Runt" RundgrenWhich popular band did songwriter and producer Todd Rundgren find to be "Slow, scared, and overrated"? Did he really raise Liv Tyler? Find out in our Todd Rundgren Fact or Fiction.
  • 867-5309867-5309The most famous phone number in song, it tells the story of Jenny, and her digits on the bathroom wall.
  • Jethro TullJethro TullStage urinals, flute devices, and the real Aqualung in this Fact or Fiction.
  • AC/DCAC/DCDoes Angus really drink himself silly? Did their name come from a sewing machine? See if you can spot the real stories about AC/DC.
  • Black SabbathBlack SabbathDwarfs on stage with an oversize Stonehenge set? Dabbling in Satanism? Find out which Spinal Tap-moments were true for Black Sabbath.
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