The lobster roll began as a Maine institution, then a Northeast tradition, and now they’re ubiquitous. Simple in concept but executed in a multitude of personalized ways, this story tracks the rise and world-conquering success of the hallowed lobster roll.
The Definitive Oral History of the Lobster Roll
Polly Jean Harvey is a badass rock star. This is the story of the caustic creation and caustic results behind 1993’s Rid of Me, an album that is credited with influencing many of her rock contemporaries.
Let It Bleed: The Oral History of PJ Harvey’s ‘Rid of Me’
Boogie Nights (1997) launched many careers: Director Paul Thomas Anderson, star Mark Wahlberg, vixen Heather Graham, as well as the pudgy duo of John C. Reilly and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It’s entrancing mix of 70s naivete and porn exploitation, with the decor to match, still stands up nearly 20 years later.
Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of ‘Boogie Nights’
Max Headroom, the glitchy cyberpunk AI, was everywhere in the 80s, on both sides of the Atlantic. He “worked” at an MTV-like TV station, interviewed celebrities, and, of course, he was in commercials. The Verge covers the conception of the unique project, his blazing success, and his lasting social impact.
Live and direct: The definitive oral history of 1980s digital icon Max Headroom
Most college basketball fans couldn’t tell you where Butler is located (Indianapolis) but they remember the greatest Cinderella run in recent memory, as Butler crashed the Dance and made it to the championship game against vaunted Duke. Butler stayed with Duke throughout the game and had a chance to win it on Gordon Hayward’s half-court shot. It wasn’t meant to be but the ride is certainly worth revisiting. The Indianapolis Star does a great job of recapping the run and the piece includes a full video feature as well.
3 inches from the greatest basketball story ever told
The story of Swingers is a bunch of nobodies with no money and no real experience making an incisively funny look at 90s single culture and burgeoning bro-hood. It launched the careers of Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, and Ron Livingston and remains one of the more successful independent projects of recent vintage.
So Money: An oral history of Swingers
One of the legacies of Seinfeld is the rotating cast of Jerry’s guest star girlfriends, many of whom went on to achieve stardom in their own right. The ladies dish on getting the gig and then interacting with the most famous TV cast of the 1990s.
An Abridged Oral History of Jerry’s Girlfriends on Seinfeld
It’s one of the true “rock out” scenes in American film: five white boys headbanging to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in a tiny car. Mike Myers insisted on the song choice, and the rest is history.
The Oral History of the ‘Wayne’s World’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Scene
Weird Al Yankovic has carved out a unique career providing musical parodies that have sold millions. His turn as a leading man in film, however, was less commercially successful but did lead to cult hit UHF.
An Oral History of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s UHF
Star Trek long ago solidified itself as the most influential science-fiction TV drama in American history. This piece gathered all the principals to discuss the launch and trajectory of the long-lived show.
An Oral History of “Star Trek”
SmithsonianMag.com, May, 2016
Kevin Garnett is by far the most successful player to skip college in NBA history, but that almost sells the future Hall of Famer short. His unmatched intensity, his legendary mouth, and his long career are all covered in this expansive piece by Bleacher Report.
A Man in Full: An Oral History of Kevin Garnett, the Player Who Changed the NBA
The Chronic stands as the most influential rap album of all time and established Death Row Records as the definitive gangsta rap label, soon to nurture the brilliant careers of Snoop, Tupac, and Eminem. L.A. Weekly provides choice excerpts from the 2013 book Welcome to Death Row: An Oral History of Death Row Records.
The Making of The Chronic
GQ asked a bunch of Prince’s associates for their best stories about the esoteric pop-funk legend. They did not disappoint.
Prince’s Closest Friends Share Their Best Prince Stories
How many business ideas have been discussed in big league bullpens? Thousands, easily. What’s the one that was actually successful? Big League Chew, shredded bubble gum created by guys who were sick of tobacco juice being spit on their shoes.
Big League Chew: An Oral History
The first Frog Fractions came out in 2012 and was a darling of the game development community due to its subversive humor and satirical take on “edutainment” games. The sequel released at the end of 2016 after an unprecedentedly complicated launch requiring fans to piece together clues from the web and over 20 other independent games.
The jig is up: Behind the years-long reveal of Frog Fractions 2
A motley collection of unique talented and uniquely eccentric personalities came together at Japan’s Capcom to create the now-iconic video game Street Fighter 2.
Street Fighter 2: An Oral History
Jon Heder turned in a virtuoso performance as spectacularly awkward teenager Napoleon Dynamite, catapulting him and his filmmaker buddies into stardom.
Here There Be Ligers: An Oral History of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’
8 Mile was a bit of a surprise hit in 2002 and maybe more so because the filmmakers focused on the grimy underbelly of much-maligned Detroit. What showed through was talent, intense ambitious talent–all taken from the thriving local rap scene.
Losing Yourself All Over Again
Insiders from both sides reflect on the acrimonious 2016 presidential campaign and Trump’s ultimate victory.
How Donald Trump won: The insiders tell their story
Netscape was one of the first heavily used web browsers in the world, and it was created by a handful of astonishingly talented individuals. This transcribed retrospective covers the innocent beginnings of the Netscape corporation as well as the laundry list of impressive projects the principals have worked on since.
On The 20th Anniversary – An Oral History of Netscape’s Founding