Over the Wall: A Rockfield Playlist

Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” Coldplay’s “Yellow” and Ace’s “How Long” are among the iconic songs that came to life at Rockfield. Over the course of five decades, the studio has produced a diverse array of music as significant (if not as popular) as those massive hits. Here’s an introduction to that rich history.

Pogues, “Rain Street” (1990):

Making his final appearance on a Pogues studio album, singer Shane MacGowan mutters about drunkenness, disease and dreams on a jig that still manages to sound bright and optimistic.

Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm

In the '60s, two Welsh brothers turned their dairy farm into one of the most successful recording studios of all time, producing decades of legendary music. Featuring interviews with Robert Plant and members of Black Sabbath, Hawkwind, Stone Roses and more, this is the fascinating story of Rockfield.

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Bob Gendron has been obsessing over music, albums and audio ever since he landed a job at an indie record store at age 13. A longtime contributor to the Chicago Tribune and the first Associate Editorial Director at The Coda Collection, he was also the longtime Music Editor at The Absolute Sound and performed the same role at TONEAudio. Gendron is the author of “Gentlemen” (Bloomsbury) and a coauthor of “Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History” (Voyageur). His writing has also appeared in DownBeat, Rolling Stone, Revolver and other outlets.

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