Dave Lifton, who writes for both Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser, is a podcaster and author of several books. A native of New York, he now lives in Chicago, where he's usually staring out at Lake Michigan from his apartment or getting into arguments with Bears fans. Also, he likes Bruce Springsteen and pulled pork sandwiches.
When the Beatles Met Cassius Clay
One of the perks that the Beatles had to get used to was rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.
That Time Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash Recorded Together
The two stars recorded a handful of songs in a Nashville studio on Feb. 17-18, 1969.
2016’s Biggest Rock News Stories
We chronicle the biggest rock news stories of 2016 in a continuously updated gallery.
Revisiting the Beatles’ Second ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Appearance
After the history-making appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' fans didn't have to wait too long for another glimpse of the Beatles.
When the Beatles Played Their First U.S. Concert
On Feb. 11, 1964, only two days after their first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' the Beatles made their U.S. concert debut.
The Day the Beatles Recorded (Most of) the ‘Please Please Me’ Album
The notion of artists taking their time has become so ingrained that it's hard to believe musicians used to bang out killer albums in a hurry.
2016 Grammys: What to Watch and Who to Root For
We've sorted through this year's list of nominees to bring you UCR's Guide to the 2016 Grammys.
Carlos Santana Wanted to Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show
In an open letter, Carlos Santana chided the NFL for not booking San Francisco-based musicians to play the Super Bowl halftime show.
60 Years Ago: George Harrison Joins John Lennon and Paul McCartney
The third part of the equation that would become the Beatles fell into place on Feb. 6, 1958.
The Story of ‘Wings for Wheels,’ Bruce Springsteen’s Early Take on ‘Thunder Road’
It would soon become one of Bruce Springsteen's defining songs, but at the time, it didn’t even have its famous title.