The Scorpions aren’t known for their nuanced appraisal of sociopolitical realities, but their iconic power ballad “Winds of Change” (1991) and the accompanying heavily politicized video are beautiful odes to a naive hope for a better world ahead.
Scorpions’ ‘Wind of Change’: The Oral History of 1990’s Epic Power Ballad
Trump campaign correspondents tell their war stories regarding covering the most hostile and anti-media presidential campaign in modern American history.
Covering Trump: An oral history of an unforgettable campaign
The Daily Beast provides a humorous tongue-in-cheek look at the ubiquitous dumpster fire analogy in coverage of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
An Oral History of ‘Dumpster Fire’
Howard Dean was a charismatic 2004 Democratic presidential candidate on the upswing when he unleashed an unholy howl ahead of the Iowa presidential caucus. The rest is political and internet history.
The Dean Scream: An Oral History
BlackBerrys were one of the most ubiquitous of the early smartphones, its most devoted business users fatiguingly deriding them as “crackberries.” It’s Canadian founders experienced the heady days of the early Internet boom, but RIM’s story is ultimately one of what could have been.
The Rise and Fall of BlackBerry: An Oral History
Jurassic Park was a excellent idea executed excellently. The CGI stands up 20+ years later like few of its contemporaries. Entertainment Weekly revisited the film for its 20th anniversary and has some wonderful anecdotes, including how the crew was scared of the malfunctioning T-Rex puppet.
Jurassic Park: An oral history
Uproxx goes deep on the odd, and oddly loved, “Potato Chip” sketch from a 2009 show staring Blake Lively, Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis.
‘Potato Chip’: The Behind-The-Scenes Story Of The Weirdest ‘SNL’ Sketch Ever
The 1986 Challenger explosion was uniquely awful because it carried schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe and was broadcast live into hundreds of American schools. The repercussions would be felt for years.
An Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
Early hip-hop often referenced hot brands as a sign of cred, but when hip-hop oddly embraced the preppy stylings of Tommy Hilfiger the gig was soon up.
Top Gear: The Oral History of Hip-Hop’s Love Affair With Tommy Hilfiger
The baseball blog “Fire Joe Morgan” is still remembered fondly by readers who like witty eviscerations of sports cliches and their human embodiments.
We Didn’t Know What The F— We Were Doing: Fire Joe Morgan on Fire Joe Morgan
The Les Grossman part in Tropic Thunder (2008) was added late because the screenwriting team thought they needed another villain besides a 12-year-old Asian drug kingpin. Tom Cruise was originally targeted for the lead ultimately played by Ben Stiller, but agreed to play Grossman and he played the part to the max: an iconically demonic portrayal of a Hollywood studio boss with many incredible one-liners–most of which are completely unrepeatable in decent company.
The Making of Les Grossman: An Oral History
L.A.’s Laurel Canyon housed superstars like Joni Mitchell, the Eagles, CSNY, and Carole King during a particularly creative time in their lives and, of course, they lived it up in classic hippie fashion.
An Oral History of Laurel Canyon, the 60s and 70s Music Mecca
Pop-Up Video premiered in 1996 over the objections of music purists who thought annotated music videos were the harbinger of the apocalypse. The annotations were written in a distinct style that could either lampoon or laud the video or just provide facts loosely tied to the video content.
‘The Internet Before The Internet’: How ‘Pop-Up Video’ Changed The Way We Devour Pop Culture
The gritty details and behind-the-scenes gossip of the stunningly incompetent Bush II presidency.
Farewell to All That: An Oral History of the Bush White House
Yacht Rock was a popular online mockumentary series that took aim at soft rock superstars like Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins and Hall & Oates. These caricatures were often taken to the limit with such plot devices as kidnappings, aliens, and harpoon impalements.
Sail Away: The Oral History of ‘Yacht Rock’
Crash was not supposed to win Best Picture at the 2006 Oscars–the heavy favorite was Brokeback Mountain. Vulture has the behind-the-scenes story of the win and the Brokeback team’s catty response.
How “Crash” Crashed The Oscars
This is a wide-ranging but text-heavy account of American servicewomen’s experience in Vietnam.
Unarmed and under fire: An oral history of female Vietnam vets
The Plastics (and Tina Fey) reunite to talk about casting drama (Rachel McAdams as Cady?!?!), production hyjinks, and what their characters would be doing today.
EW’s ‘Mean Girls’ reunion: The cast looks back on the 2004 hit
This piece is excerpted from the book Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal and provides some choice nuggets from an age of American music many of us wish we could forget.
Welcome to the jungle: The definitive oral history of ’80s metal