Courtney E. Smith
35 Years Ago: Los Lobos’ ‘La Bamba’ Returns Ritchie Valens to Spotlight
They weren’t an obvious choice to turn this cover into one of the songs of the summer in 1987.
When Steve Miller Found ’80s Pop-Rock Success With ‘Abracadabra’
Album's title track led the way, even though his record label hated it.
How Carly Simon’s ‘Coming Around Again’ Sparked New Success
Her career hit a rut in the '80s, but not for long.
When Def Leppard Drew on Bart Simpson for ‘Let’s Get Rocked’
Hit single and fun video provided respite for a band still working to overcome Steve Clark's death.
Meet Pattie Boyd, the Muse Who Inspired Rock’s Best Love Songs
"I became a reflection for them."
40 Years Ago: Stevie Nicks Conquers Her Fears at First Solo Shows
Nervous about how Fleetwood Mac fans might feel, Nicks embarked on her first-ever run of solo shows.
How ‘Network’ Went From Cinematic Satire to Prophetic Reality
The 1976 film about a fictional television network has proved more prescient than ever since its release 45 years ago.
How ‘Halloween II’ Became One of the Most Divisive Horror Movies
Sequel to box office smash divided critics and fans upon release on Oct. 30, 1981.
Why R.E.M. Wanted to End on a High Note
"We needed to not drive it into mundaneness, and that's where it was going to go."
25 Years Ago: Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan Briefly Dies
Singer "flatlined for a couple of minutes" before paramedics brought him back to life.