Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist based in metro Detroit. In addition to Loudwire, he contributes regularly to Billboard, Ultimate Classic Rock, Media News Group, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer/Cleveland.com, Consequence, Music Connection, VenuesNow, United Stations Radio Networks and others. He reports every Friday on music news with Bob & Brian in the Morning on WHQG-FM in Milwaukee and periodically with the Drew & Mike podcast out of Detroit. He is the co-founder and co-producer of the Emmy Award-winning Detroit Music Awards. He was the founding editor of the MusicHound Essential Album Guide series and has co-written and edited books about Neil Young, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Rock & Roll Myths and, forthcoming, Alice Cooper.
45 Years Ago: ‘Let There Be Rock Song’ Gives AC/DC a Chance to Preach
Title track of their third album turned into a lengthy hard-rock sermon.
Hopeful Def Leppard Already at a ‘Starting Point’ for Next Album
Vivian Campbell also discusses pending material from his other band, Last in Line.
How the Beatles Inspired Billy Joel’s ‘The Nylon Curtain’
He explored new levels of sonic sophistication on his 1982 album.
Tom Petty’s 1997 Fillmore Residency Gets Box Set Treatment
Famed 20-date run with Heartbreakers included several cover songs and many guest appearances.
Billy Idol, ‘The Cage EP': Album Review
Four-song EP recalls rebel yeller's glory days.
40 Years Ago: Dire Straits Ramps Up on ‘Love Over Gold’
Three years later, the multiplatinum 'Brothers in Arms' would turn them into superstars.
Ringo Starr, ‘EP3′: Album Review
Prolific former Beatle recruits famous friends to record four new songs in the name of peace and love.
How ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’ Saved Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’
Costly LP was dead in the water — then the 11th-hour single exploded in the U.S.
40 Years Ago: Billy Joel Escapes Writer’s Block With ‘Pressure’
A secretary's comment helped spark his seventh Top 20 single.
50 Years Ago: America Sparks the Kinks’ ‘Everybody’s in Show-Biz’
The country that banned the group in 1969 served as inspiration for 1972 album.
How Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston Wound Up on ‘Dirty Dancing’ LP
"It was completely out of left field, to be honest with you," singer says of appearing on soundtrack to 1987 film.
How Nikki Sixx’s ‘Heroin Diaries’ Spawned a New Band and Album
Motley Crue bassist recorded companion soundtrack to best-selling memoir with new band Sixx:A.M.