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Dr. John: Gumbo

Review by Charlie Gillett, Rolling Stone, June 1972

WIPE YOUR MIND clean of all you have ever heard and read about Dr. John the Night Tripper. If you knew that once he was ...

Dr. John at the London Forum

Live Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, September 1997

COMPARED TO his tremendous gigs at Ronnie Scott's a year or two ago, when Dr John was accompanied by a horn section that included Alvin ...

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Dr. John (1971)

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1971

From scuffling in the clubs and studios of late-'50s New Orleans, to his reinvention as Dr. John in mid-'60s L.A., Mac Rebennack tells the whole story - the gangsters, the drugs, the hard times and the high times. And, of course, the music, always the music.

File format: mp3; in 6 parts, total file sizes: 157.1mb, total interview length: 2h 51' 32" sound quality: ***

Dr. John with Jerry Wexler (1972)

Interview by Jerry Wexler, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1972

Kick back around the piano and let Dr. John and Jerry Wexler take you back to the R&B glory days of New Orleans: 'Fess, Guitar Slim and many more. (And be patient; Wexler becomes audible after a few minutes!)

File format: mp3; file size: 27.3mb; Interview length: 29' 50"; sound quality: ****

ARTICLES IN LIBRARY

Dr. John, The Night Tripper: Gris Gris (Atlantic)/Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Strictly Personal (Blue Thumb)

Review by Miles, International Times, November 1968

THE ALBUM of huge underground word-of-mouth reputation in the States these days, an album far removed from the fashion changing ladder of the high chart ...

Dr. John, the Night Tripper: Steve Paul's Scene, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1969

Dr. John Accents Drum's Rhythms. Afro-Cuban Music at Heart of Coast Musician's Songs ...

Dr. John From Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, April 1972

DR. JOHN'S contributions to pop music have been highly original and creative. Even if he claims that all the credit is due to the music ...

Dr John: The Mind And Music Of A Delta Voodoo Rocker

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1972

ACCORDING to Dr. John almost everything started in New Orleans, from rock and rail to rhythm and blues to himself. ...

Dr. John's Gumbo

Profile and Interview by Dave Marsh, Creem, July 1972

GUMBO IS DR. JOHN'S fifth album, but it seems like his first. For once, the record and the recording both feel right, as though they ...

Dr John: In The Right Place

Review by Charlie Gillett, NME, March 1973

Out of the swamp, into the chart? ...

Dr. John: In The Right Place

Review by John Pidgeon, Let It Rock, June 1973

MAC REBENNACK'S situation is Jekyll and Hyde reversed. Mac took something and turned into the Doctor, split from his identity as a New Orleans songwriter/session ...

Dr. John: In The Right Place

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, June 1973

PACK UP the voodoo, stash the gumbo, 'cuz Dr. John has gone legit. Used to be a time when he was Numero Uno Witch Doctor. ...

The Dr. John Story

Retrospective and Interview by Charlie Gillett, Let It Rock, June 1973

BY THE TIME you read this, Dr. John's 'Right Time, Wrong Place' will probably be in the American Top Ten. Which will be mighty gratifying ...

The Dr. John Story part II: Los Angeles, The World

Retrospective and Interview by Charlie Gillett, Let It Rock, July 1973

"It's O.K. Mac, you can come out now" ...

Dr John aka Mac Rebennack

Overview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, July 1973

THE STORY OF NEW ORLEANS ROCK 'N' ROLL ...

Doctor John: Doctor Feelgood!

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

COULD THAT possibly be Mac Rebennack peeping through the Dr. John persona? Just like, say, Sly Stone and Sylvester Stewart. ...

A Modern Musketeer

Report and Interview by Bruce Pollock, Sounds, October 1973

ON THE broadwalk at Asbury Park, New Jersey, you can hear the black waters of the Atlantic rippling against the rotted sides of the pier ...

Dr John: Anytime, Anyplace

Review by Charlie Gillett, NME, May 1974

Chance discovery yields delightful work ...

Dr John: Finally In The Right Place

Interview by John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, June 1974

From Gris Gris to Gumbo to the Top of the Charts, with "goofer dust an' powders an' oils an' sachets an' lotions an' candles an' ...

Dr John's Minstrel Trip

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, November 1975

WHEN DR John was coming off heroin some time ago, it was suggested that a visit to a faith-healing meeting might help in the cure. ...

Dr. John: Cut Me While I'm Hot and Hollywood Be Thy Name

Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, November 1975

"DOCTOR JOHN THE Night Tripper, he's the King of New Orrlins". ...

The Meters and Dr John: Walking to New Orleans

Review by Don Snowden, Pasadena Guardian, December 1975

WHILE UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED as one of the birthplaces of jazz, New Orleans has never received its due as a rhythm and blues center in the ...

Dr John: Hollywood Be Thy Name (United Artists)

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, December 1975

WHEN DOCTOR John failed to deliver a hit single (and album) to follow the success of 'In The Right Place' Atlantic promptly ditched him. That's ...

The Band's "Last Waltz": Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Stephen M H Braitman, Phonograph Record, December 1976

WHEN THE announcement came, 5,000 tickets at $25 each were sold out almost immediately. This was the final show, "The Last Waltz." The Band — ...

Bruce Springsteen & Dr. John: Fan Recalls First Close Encounter

Memoir by Don Snowden, Thunder, February 1978

WELL, IT WAS the summer of '74 and all in all life was reasonably comfortable but pretty boring. Home was the spacious second floor of ...

Dr John: City Lights

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, December 1978

DR JOHN is clean (and mean) and on the scene; so Hail on Mac 'cause it's a stone fact (y'all), the gritty gumbo hustler's back. ...

Ace Records: Dealing Aces Vols. 1 and 2

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, January 1979

THESE TWO volumes, together with the indispensable Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns collection in the same series (Ace CH 9) represent the first time ...

Dr John: On Becoming Mac Rebennack

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1982

The legend of Dr. John and his gumbo ragtime voodoo funk medicine, as told by the man who invented him, lived him and let him ...

Dr. John: A Shot of Rhythm 'n' Snooze

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1984

BACK IN New Orleans in the '50s, when he was one of the few white people involved in one of the last great watersheds in ...

Dr. John/The Meters: I Been Hoodood

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1984

THERE ARE GROOVES and there are grooves: that which is laid down by the Meters is definitely one of the latter. ...

Nights For Trippin' With Dr. John At The Lingerie

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1985

DR. JOHN SHOULD feel right at home this weekend at the Lingerie in Hollywood. ...

Dr. John Comes Clean: Kicking Dope & Taking Names

Interview by John Sinclair, Offbeat, 1994

John Sinclair: First things first: everybody wants to know who did your hair for the record cover of Television? ...

Hoodoo Man: Mac Rebennack

Interview by Hank Bordowitz, Jazziz, July 1994

MAC REBENNACK'S music continues a 40 year long mardi gras of the mind, a sound that never gets old, never gets tired. ...

Dr John: The Very Best Of (Rhino)

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, August 1995

IF THIS COMPILATION ULTIMATELY fails to live up to its title, it's at least partly due to the strain of trying to encapsulate a career ...

Doctor John: An Incantation to the Jollamallawalla Gods

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1995

A QUARTER OF A CENTURY HAS PASSED SINCE MALCOLM Rebennack, trading under the sinisterly exotic stage name "Dr John The Night Tripper", descended the steps ...

Dr. John: Funky Business

Interview by Bill DeMain, Performing Songwriter, September 1997

FUNK IS one of those words, like cool or hip, that is difficult to define. In music, it's an amorphous thing, an attitude, a looseness, ...

Dr. John: The Forum, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, September 1997

Dr John: organic groover ...

Ten Questions For Dr John

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, October 1997

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The Return Of The Native: A Conversation With Dr John, The Night Tripper

Interview by Joss Hutton, Bucketfull of Brains, 1998

NEW ORLEANS-bred musician Mac Rebennack, better known as Dr John, has seen a lot hair-curling sights during his forty year career on the fringes. ...

Dr John: Black Or White - Dr John's Shady Past

Interview by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, April 1998

DR. JOHN is as much identified with New Orleans as gumbo is. In a May '97 interview with FI magazine, Dr. John, "Mac" to his ...

Dr John: Voodoo Lounge

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, July 1998

MAC REBENNACK, IS SLUMPED ON A chaise longue in an elegant London hotel suite, the ubiquitous walking cane by his side, a straw Homburg tilted ...

The Doctor and the Duke: A Night with Mac Rebennack

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, July 1999

ON A WARM Saturday afternoon, in a studio just off 5th Avenue, in the downtown section of New York, Dr John is recording an album ...

Dr John: Barbican, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2005

DR JOHN'S LONG journey to this concert hall has been faltering and nearly fatal. Born Mac Rebennack in New Orleans, he is as steeped in ...

Wade In The Water: Dr. John Weathers the Flood

Interview by John Sinclair, Honest Tune, 2006

THERE IS no native son of New Orleans more fiercely native than Mac Rebennack, known professionally now for almost 40 years as Dr. John. ...

Dr. John: Locked Down

Review by Holly Gleason, Paste, April 2012

TO LIVE AND BREATHE in the sketchiest part of the Quarter...to hustle and flow, to let go... to get saved and find a funky kind ...

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