One of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.
How well do you know this shock-rock harbinger who's been publicly executed hundreds of times?
The Yardbirds drummer explains how they created their sound and talks about working with their famous guitarists.
Petula talks about her hits "Downtown" and "Don't Sleep In The Subway," and explains her Michael Jackson connection.
When he joined Guns N' Roses in 1990, Matt helped them craft an orchestral sound; his mezzo fortes and pianissimos are all over "November Rain."
"Veronica" was inspired by Elvis Costello's grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
The title of Florence + the Machine's "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" was inspired by the Los Angeles skyline.
"Paper Planes" was inspired by M.I.A.'s hassles trying to get a visa to enter America.
"Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who is about a revolution, but it doesn't have a happy ending, since in the end the new regime becomes just like the old one. Pete Townshend thought that whoever was in power was destined to become corrupt.
Jimmy Webb was inspired to write "Up-Up and Away" by a balloon that his friend William F. Williams flew on promotions for radio station KMEN.
Sting wrote "Fields of Gold" after buying a house near a barley field and enjoying the majestic sunsets.