How a Harlem Hellfighter spread the ‘Jazz Germ’ throughout Europe after WWI

In the afterglow of the armistice in 1918 that ended World War I, Europe, and particularly the city of Paris, exhibited a wild exuberance. In mid-January 1919, future civil rights pioneer and American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) officer Charles Hamilton Houston encapsulated the mood and sounds of European joy: “Paris is taken away with [jazz] and…

Jimmy Page on his career, Led Zeppelin and how he changed music

Watch this 50-minute interview with Jimmy Page where he goes into his early days, why he founded Led Zeppelin, how he came up with the band’s name and his plans for Led Zeppelin’s fiftieth anniversary. “Let’s be perfectly honest about this. When I formed Led Zeppelin, I formed it with the idea and ethos that…

I Went With Johnny Cash to Folsom Prison

The gates of Folsom State Prison closed behind Gene Beley. It was 1968, and it was the first time the 28-year-old had ever been to state prison. “When you walk through there and they shut that door,” he says, “you realize that many men who have that happen never see their freedom again. It’s pretty…