A professional pop culture junkie for more than 25 years, Jeff Giles regularly surfaces in a number of far-flung locations on the Web.
30 Years Ago: R.E.M. Clear the Vaults With ‘Dead Letter Office’
As they prepared their jump to the big time, R.E.M. released a handful of b-sides on 'Dead Letter Office.'
20 Years Ago: INXS Fight Through Trouble to Make ‘Elegantly Wasted’
INXS came back from a lengthy hiatus with 'Elegantly Wasted,' but it would soon mark the end of an era.
When Led Zeppelin Clashed With the Police in Pittsburgh
They were already a force to be reckoned with – both on and off stage.
When Supertramp Blew Up With ‘Breakfast in America’
On paper, this era looked like a recipe for disaster.
When Jimmy Page Won a ‘Satanist’ Libel Lawsuit
He took the undisclosed settlement and donated it to a favorite charity.
How Van Halen Used Tension to Build ‘Women and Children First’
Having earned a reputation for flashy technique, Eddie Van Halen was eager to push the boundaries of their sound.
When Lynyrd Skynyrd Headed for Trying Times With ‘Nuthin’ Fancy’
The trouble actually started while they were still in the studio.
How Journey Shaped Their Career With ‘Departure’
True to its title, this album served notice that they were closing a chapter.