Who Killed Biggie? Inside The Shooting Death Of The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G. was at the height of his fame when he was murdered in Los Angeles in 1997. And to this day, no one knows who shot Biggie Smalls. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images Wallace in Chicago in September 1994. Nearly a quarter-century ago, Biggie Smalls’ death in Los Angeles shocked the hip hop world. The … Read more

33 Velvet Underground Pictures That Capture Their Wild Heyday

As the house band at Andy Warhol’s Factory, The Velvet Underground played at some of New York City’s wildest and most debauched parties, all while changing the sound of rock forever. 1 of 34 From left to right, The Velvet Underground in its original lineup: Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, Maureen “Moe” Tucker, Nico, and John … Read more

Inside ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot’s Death — And What Really Caused It

When “Mama” Cass Elliot died on July 29, 1974, rumors spread that she had choked on a ham sandwich. But it was later revealed that the singer had died in her sleep. Michael Putland/Getty ImagesCass Elliot in 1972. “Mama” Cass Elliot initially dreamed of becoming an actress but soared to hippie-era celebrity with The Mamas … Read more

The Surprisingly Tolerant Origins Of The Skinhead Movement

Before linking with neo-Nazism, skinhead culture started out as an alliance between young English and Jamaican working-class communities in 1960s London. John Downing/Getty ImagesA police officer detains a skinhead in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. April 7, 1980. They just weren’t having it anymore. Sick of the hippie movement’s empty promises and the austerity that pervaded the British … Read more

Iconic Punk Rocker, Drug Addict, And Murderer?

Sid Vicious was the infamously troubled bassist for the Sex Pistols. But was he really a killer? 1 of 44 Sid Vicious, bassist and vocalist with punk rock band the Sex Pistols, injects himself with heroin. Circa 1978. Sunday People/Mirrorpix/Getty Images 2 of 44 Sid Vicious in a hotel room. January 1978. Richard E. Aaron/Redferns … Read more

How Did Bob Marley Die? Inside The Reggae Icon’s Tragic Death

On May 11, 1981, reggae superstar Bob Marley died from acral lentiginous melanoma — a skin cancer that had been detected under his toenail four years earlier. Mike Prior/Redferns/Getty ImagesBob Marley at the Brighton Leisure Centre in the U.K. in 1980. Days after Bob Marley played Madison Square Garden to thunderous applause, the singer collapsed … Read more

Inside Buddy Holly’s Death In A Plane Crash And ‘The Day The Music Died’

On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly boarded a plane with Ritchie Valens and J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson near Clear Lake, Iowa. Just minutes after takeoff, the plane crashed. Harry Hammond/V&A Images/Getty ImagesBuddy Holly was 22 years old when he died. When it comes to impact on the nascent genre of rock and roll, Buddy Holly’s … Read more

Víctor Jara, The Chilean Folk Singer Killed For His Songs Of Peace

Often described as the voice of Chile’s poor, Víctor Jara was brutally tortured and executed during the military coup that installed General Augusto Pinochet as dictator in 1973. Gems/Redferns/via Getty ImagesVíctor Jara, c. 1960. Jara was a leader in Chile’s folk music scene who was executed during Chile’s 1973 coup for his socialist politics. Like … Read more