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Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star (Bearsville)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, April 1973

A MAZE. A truly amazing album. That might well have been the subtitle of this latest excursion into the land of magic from henna-haired hero ...

Something/Anything?: 30 Years On

Interview by Rob Steen, unpublished, December 2001

I RANG TODD in his Maui studio in December 2001, while he was remixing Something/Anything? for 5.1 Surroundsound. ...

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A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren, part 1 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1997

On Todd's childhood and early musical adventures, culminating in the formation of The Naz and a sudden immersion in the teen pop world

File format: mp3 File size: 38.5mb Interview length: 42 minutes 06 seconds Sound quality: ****

A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren, part 2 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1997

On getting involved with Albert Goldman and the Woodstock scene, recording The Band and dressing up and taking acid

File format: mp3 File size: 39.6mb Interview length: 43 minutes 15 seconds Sound quality: ****

A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren, part 3 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1997

Meeting the Sayles Brothers, working on Ritalin, the Concept for A Wizard, A True Star, building Secret Sound Studio and developing his recording techniques

File format: mp3 File size: 33.1mb Interview length: 36 minutes 09 seconds Sound quality: ****

ARTICLES IN LIBRARY

Todd Rundgren: Something/Anything? (Bearsville)

Review by Ben Edmonds, Creem, July 1972

THE NAME TODD Rundgren has passed across so many lips in the past few months that you can almost detect traces of chapstick around its ...

Todd Rundgren Unchained

Interview by Ben Edmonds, Creem, August 1972

THE FIRST SIGNAL of his approach is the abrupt appearance of a small black dog, hauling its thoroughly pregnant belly behind a couch just quickly ...

Todd Rundgren

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, November 1972

There are some parts of New York City that nice people just don't walk around. The East Village, for instance, is one of them. It's ...

The Inauguration of Todd Rundgren

Profile and Interview by Ron Ross, Phonograph Record, March 1973

NOO YAWK, NU YORK — Beneath the red fluorescence of Max's Kansas City, where the boys wear lipstick and the girls have nails, Alice Cooper, ...

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, June 1973

BOY, IS THIS a great record. I love it and that's saying a lot seeing as I don't seem to like that much of anything ...

The Thinking Man's Todd Rundgren

Interview by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, January 1974

TODD RUNDGREN, whose name conjures visions of teenager-grown-up, multicolored hair, GeeGee awards from 16 magazine, production for younameit/you'vegotit, and self-made man extraordinaire, is a realistic ...

Todd: Rundgren Reviews Himself

Interview by Alan Betrock, Phonograph Record, March 1974

TODD WAS RECORDED mostly during July; actually July and August, 1973, and it was my usual hodgepodge approach to performance in the album. ...

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star and Todd

Essay by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, March 1974

SHOO AWAY, Todd, and stop filling my head with this blue vinyl trash because it turns my head to glass and I'll never see light ...

Todd Rundgren: Todd (Bearsville)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, March 1974

WHEN TODD Rundgren stopped being in rock bands (circa his second solo-ish album, The Ballad of Todd Rundgren) his musical leanings toward that which was ...

Todd Rundgren: Odd Todd

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1974

TODD RUNDGREN loped into Bearsville's offices on East 55th Street the other day with a South American raccoon on one arm and a lady dressed ...

Todd Rundgren: Todd

Review by Wayne Robins, Creem, May 1974

‘Raking Turquoise Ruts Across the Velveeta Sky’ ...

Todd Rundgren: Thank God for Todd

Live Review by Michael Gross, New Musical Express, July 1974

Todd Rundgren: Central Park, NYC ...

Todd Rundgren Tells the Truth (or The Things His Hairdresser Doesn't Know)

Report and Interview by Ben Edmonds, Creem, November 1974

1972: THE FIRST – and to be disastrously short-lived – tour of Todd Rundgren's Utopia has stopped for a breather in Chicago. The band is ...

Todd Rundgren: Utopia

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, December 1974

A LOT OF Todd Rundgren fans may not like this album, sad to say, for the Todd of Something/Anything is as visible as dust in ...

Todd Rundgren: Initiation

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, June 1975

"I WAS BORN to fly higher, born to stand where I'm standing now/Basking in the light of the neon fire/As it burns my useless body ...

Todd Rundgren: Initiation

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, July 1975

INITIATION IS A RECORD in two senses of the word. That is to say, it's a world record, as Todd Rundgren has been at pains ...

Todd Rundgren: Man, Myth Or Rabbit?

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, July 1975

THE BOY FROM Upper Darby is pressed into the corner of a Blake's Hotel settee. He looks so much like a very glum rabbit that ...

Todd Rundgren: The Man Born To Synthesize

Interview by Andy Childs, ZigZag, December 1975

A ZigZag interview with Todd Rundgren could get well out of hand if we weren't too careful. Not only has he been around long enough ...

Todd Rundgren - Another Live

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, January 1976

POOR OLD TODD'S taken a lot of stick of late, not least in this paper, for adhering to his mystical mind games in the face ...

Faithful: The Todd Rundgren You've Been Waiting For

Review by Ben Edmonds, Phonograph Record, April 1976

THIS IS THE Todd Rundgren album that a lot of people have been waiting for. The part of his audience that considered Something/Anything pop heaven ...

Todd Rundgren: Faithful (Bearsville)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, May 1976

I NEVER REALLY gave up hope on Todd Rundgren. Even when the maestro was seemingly irreconcilably immersed in expounding his slant on poe-faced spiritualist dogma, ...

Todd Rundgren: Faithful (Bearsville)

Review by Jeffrey Morgan, Cheap Thrills, June 1976

EVERYBODY KNOWS that there are but two classic answers to that eternal question of the ages, "Why?" They are, of course "Why not?" and "Because." ...

Todd Rundgren: Hermit of Mink Hollow (Bearsville)

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, April 1978

AND JUST when we all thought that Todd Rundgren had finally disappeared into the darkest recesses of his cosmological inner sanctum he comes back at ...

Todd Rundgren: The Roxy, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1978

WHATEVER THE reasons might be, Todd Rundgren is back. That is, Todd Rundgren the pop singer/guitar singer as opposed to the Utopian pyramid-freak. ...

Todd Rundgren: Hermit Of Mink Hollow (Bearsville)

Review by Wesley Strick, Creem, August 1978

TODD RUNDGREN OPENS HIS EYES ...

Todd Rundgren: Back To The Bars

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, December 1978

THE ONE obstacle between Todd Rundgren and a successful live album comes at the stage when he has to rely on other musicians. ...

Todd Rundgren: Back to the Bars

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1979

PROOF OF THE evils of peer-group pressure is found in the phenomenon of the double live album. A more useless trend would be hard to ...

Ghosts Of Progressive Rock Past: Led Zeppelin et al at Knebworth

Report by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, August 1979

EVENTS LIKE KNEBWORTH, the promoter Freddy Bannister had wanly predicted in Saturday's Guardian, cannot continue for much longer. The reasons for the inevitable decline and ...

Led Zeppelin/New Barbarians/Todd Rundgren: Knebworth, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, August 1979

WELL, THAT'S OVER. No more Led Zeppelin front covers for a good while; no more wondering whether Mick would appear with the New Barbarians; no ...

Todd Rundgren: Swinging To The Right And Being Left

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, July 1981

THERE'S A STANDARD story about Todd Rundgren that you've probably already heard. It goes like this: He's great. An enormous talent. Can write songs blindfolded. ...

Todd Rundgren

Interview by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, 'The Record Producers' (BBC Books) , 1982

WHEN SIFTING through the potential candidates for a book such as this, it is obviously essential to reflect the present and future, as well as ...

Utopia in Woodstock: Todd Rundgren

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, April 1982

IF I AM THE LAST writer about pop music of any standing, Alfred G. Aronowitz was the first. He was matchmaking, twitching and joking from ...

Todd Rundgren: The Venue, London

Live Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, June 1982

EVERYTHING YOU remember about rock music is secreted somewhere on some Todd Rundgren record. The synthetic flash, the bullet-browed machismo, the candywisp sentimentality, the filibuster's ...

Todd Rundgren

Profile by John Tobler, History of Rock, The, 1983

THERE ARE FEW FIGURES IN ROCK AS versatile as Todd Rundgren. A skilled producer and engineer, a gifted songwriter and a talented multi-instrumentalist, proficient on ...

Todd Rundgren: In Todd We Trust

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, June 1990

FOLLOWERS OF Todd Rundgren may not get as much publicity as Deadheads, but the loyal legions that flock to Rundgren's concerts – particularly in the ...

Todd Rundgren

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1994

A concerned Mat Snow hogs the joystick ...

Todd Rundgren: The Forum, Kentish Town

Live Review by Rob Steen, MOJO, December 1994

THE ANKLE-LENGTH SKIRT AND black-and-white mane threw us at first, but not for long. The Runt always was a dead ringer for Charlie George. Besides, ...

Todd Rundgren: Up Against It!

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, September 1997

Todd Only Knows ...

Todd Rundgren: With A Twist (Emi/Guardian)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1997

Challenged to re-record a number of his 'greatest hits' – by a label which has tried the same experiment with Jimmy Webb and Alice Cooper ...

Todd Rundgren: Todd in Heaven

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, November 1997

Todd Rundgren, interactive pioneer and, For 25 years, the mad uncle of electronic pop, talks to Paul Lester ...

Todd Rundgren: 'Go Ahead, Ignore Me!'

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1998

HELLO, it’s him. ...

Rundgren Reissued

Review and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, March 1999

Remastered reissues of the original one-man band's first five Bearsville albums – Runt; The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren; Something/Anything?; A Wizard, A True Star; Todd; ...

He Put A Spell On Me: The True Stardom of Todd Rundgren

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2003

It is 30 years since TODD RUNDGREN released the spellbinding A Wizard, A True Star. BARNEY HOSKYNS makes a case for it as The Best ...

Todd Rundgren, Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, July 2004

SINCE his mid-Seventies heyday, Todd Rundgren has always been preaching to the converted, so his religious-themed show is at least appropriate, though unlikely to extend ...

Déjà Entendu: Björk

Comment by Marc Weingarten, slate.com, September 2004

BJÖRK HAS A KNACK for making records that don't sound like anyone else's. With each new offering—from 1993's Debut, an album that roamed freely through ...

Todd Rundgren: Album By Album

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2009

TODD RUNDGREN IS the Philadelphia-born whizzkid who could and should have been the biggest star of the '70s. Next month the man John Lennon referred ...

The Dream Goes on Forever: Todd Rundgren Plays A Wizard, A True Star Live

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2010

OUT INTO THE damp chill of a February night we came, the scattered legions of Toddheads – crossing fingers for transcendence, willing to settle for ...

The MOJO Interview: Todd Rundgren

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 2012

TWO DAYS AFTER a throat-shredding three-night stand at London's Jazz Café, Todd Harry Rundgren seems relieved merely to be talking. Still sporting multi-coloured – black ...

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