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BAM (Bay Area Music), was a free bi-weekly music magazine founded in 1976 and in the San Francisco Bay Area starting in January 1976 and continuing on for 23 years until 1999. BAM's editorial focus when it was first published was on covering the musicians and culture of the local Bay Area music scene but expanded to cover the entire California music scene when it began publishing separate Northern and Southern California editions in the 1980s.

Alice Cooper Is Back From Hell

Interview by Howie Klein, BAM, December 1978

FIRST THE reality — huge smokestacks are belching soot and grime into the cramped grayish sky. It looks like a job for the Environmental Protection ...

Chaka Khan: The Risk Pays Off

Interview by Howie Klein, BAM, December 1978

LOS ANGELES – In the stately Beverly Hills suite of offices which houses B and B Associates, Chaka Kahn's prestigious management firm, the air is ...

Terry Reid: Still Making Waves

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, December 1978

SANTA MONICA — Suppose for a moment you're a member of some English supergroup in the midst of a 30-city tour of the United States ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young: Crazy Horse: In Full Gallop

Profile and Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, January 1979

SAN FRANCISCO – During the past several years Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina, and Frank Sampedro played before standing room only crowds in some of the ...

Aynsley Dunbar, Jefferson Starship, Journey: Aynsley Dunbar: Let There Be Drums!

Interview by Howie Klein, BAM, February 1979

SAN FRANCISCO – Within the world of rock and roll there are certain performers whose distinctive virtuosity transcend their individual works recorded with a particular ...

Bob Welch: Three Hearts Up His Sleeve

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, February 1979

IT ISN'T EVERY DAY that a song, Phoenix-like rises from the ashes of its own failure and goes on to be a hit. It's even ...

McGuinn, Clark & Hillman: McGuinn Clark and Hillman: Flight From The Past

Profile and Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, March 1979

LOS ANGELES — To examine the fates of original Byrds members Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, and Chris Hillman as they form a new act for ...

Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills and Nash, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Stephen Stills: Stephen Stills Carries On

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, April 1979

LOS ANGELES – Ambitious, blunt but expressive, forceful, aggressive when the occasion requires it, capable of manic dedication and drive towards work and life goals...a ...

Stephen Stills Carries On

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, April 1979

LOS ANGELES – Ambitious, blunt but expressive, forceful, aggressive when the occasion requires it, capable of manic dedication and drive towards work and life goals… ...

Doobie Brothers, Tom Johnston: Tom Johnston: The Former Doobie Still Listens To The Music

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, October 1979

THE YEAR was 1972. Summer had waned and I was driving along Highway 101, with the only source of music being a static-laden AM car ...

Crosby and Nash, Crosby Stills and Nash, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Graham Nash, The Hollies: Graham Nash: The Winds Of Change

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, February 1980

INTEGRITY, MORE than any other word seems to define what Graham Nash is all about. ...

Flying Burrito Brothers: More Hot Burritos: the Flying Burrito Brothers

Report and Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, March 1980

LOS ANGELES — If tradition in music is meaningful in any way, it is because performers can emerge and fade, groups can split up and ...

Pink Floyd: Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Mark Leviton, BAM, March 1980

MONEY CAN'T buy you love, but it can buy you the most expensive, elaborately mounted rock show you've ever seen. As spectacle, there's no question ...

The Specials: The Whisky, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Mark Leviton, BAM, March 1980

BEFORE THERE was reggae as we now know it, Jamaica had a ferociously happy, syncopated music variously called bluebeat, rock steady or ska. ...

Waddy Wachtel: Confessions of a 'Mafia' Guitarist

Interview by David Gans, BAM, March 1980

WADDY WACHTEL, ace guitarist and member of Peter Asher's "L.A. Mafia", has just finished the most important recording sessions of his career – his own. ...

Ambrosia: Life Beyond Ballads

Profile and Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, April 1980

LOS ANGELES — "About the time we were doing our first album we used to play a club up the street here on Lankershim that ...

Boz Scaggs: Middle Man (Columbia)

Review by Mark Leviton, BAM, April 1980

WATCHING THE degeneration of an artist's talents is no fun, especially when they've done truly classic work in the past. Boz Scaggs has never recovered ...

John Stewart: Wheels of Thunder

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, April 1980

If you can laugh in the face of the fireIf you can dance in the light of the flamesAnd if you don't look down when ...

Grace Slick, Jefferson Starship: Grace Slick: Making Her Own Dreams

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, August 1980

MILL VALLEY – "I can't do anything middle of the road. My music is either very polite, with classical instruments, or, its rude and offensive." ...

X: Heart of the City

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, September 1980

A Journey Into the Dark Underbelly of L.A. ...

The Eagles, Randy Meisner: Randy Meisner: Ex-Eagle Flies High Solo

Profile and Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, November 1980

DURING THE FRANTIC throes of the late '60s, this city devoured more musicians than it rewarded. The situation hasn't changed much since. But back in ...

Wall of Voodoo: Separating The Myths From The Lies

Profile and Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, November 1980

HOLLYWOOD – They warned me. They all warned me. The woman at Index Records warned me. The disc jockey who interviewed them on the air ...

Stephen Bishop's Escape From Hollywood

Profile and Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, January 1981

IN APRIL 1975, an obscure singer-songwriter named Stephen Bishop wrote an article for the small Los Angeles publication Folkscene which stated he'd been writing songs ...

The Adolescents, Circle Jerks: The Adolescents/Circle Jerks: The Starwood, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Mark Leviton, BAM, January 1981

A PACKED house and a dance floor that demanded knee pads and crash helmets provided the Black Hole of Calcutta ambiance for an evening of ...

Captain Beefheart: The Country Club, Reseda

Live Review by Mark Leviton, BAM, February 1981

"YOU EITHER LOVE it or hate it," explained the guy standing behind me to his wary girlfriend during Captain Don's blistering set. "It's the weirdest ...

Rosanne Cash Comes Into Her Own

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, April 1981

COTATI – LONESOME steel guitar moans waver and echo throughout the Inn of the Beginning – a classic Old West watering hole 50 miles due ...

The Grandmothers: Grandmothers: We Are The Motherpeople

Profile and Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, May 1981

LOS ANGELES — In Don Preston's Echo Park rehearsal room, a band is running through what they refer to as a "punk version" of Frank ...

Little Feat : A Fan Remembers America's Greatest Unsung Band

Retrospective and Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, August 1981

LOS ANGELES – I have in my closet a roll of grainy 8mm silent film taken in spring 1970 at a concert near the base ...

Captain Beefheart: Ted Templeman on Captain Beefheart

Interview by David Gans, BAM, September 1981

What did you expect when you did Captain Beefheart's Clear Spot? ...

Captain Beefheart, Doobie Brothers, Little Feat, Van Halen, Van Morrison: Ted Templeman: Super Producer

Interview by David Gans, BAM, 1982

The super producer talks about Little Feat, Van Halen, the Doobies, and staying sane in a world of crazies. ...

Randy Newman: Ragtime to Riches

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, January 1982

EVER SINCE his 1968 debut album, many have considered Randy Newman one of the greatest songwriters in America. ...

Tom Waits Undercover

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, February 1982

Everybody looked like a broken-down movie extra; a withered starlet, disenchanted stuntmen, midget auto racers, poignant California characters with their end-of-the-continent sadness, handsome, decadent, Casanova-ish ...

Tom Waits: Hollywood Confidential

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, February 1982

LA's Hobo Laureate Creates the Score for Coppola's One From the Heart. ...

The Blasters

Profile and Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, May 1982

Records can be great, but hearing a great live performance is still, for me, the essence of music. Vinyl is only the documentation of a ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: Crosby, Stills & Nash: Together Again

Report and Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, July 1982

CLOSED SESSION No Admittance – these words are scrawled on the door of Studio 2 on the Zoetrope film lot in Hollywood. A young woman, ...

Missing Persons: Found In L.A.

Profile and Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, November 1982

I MUST CONFESS something. Before even having heard Missing Persons produce a single note, I was attracted to the group because of a photograph I'd ...

Joni Mitchell: Wild Things Run Fast

Review by Dave Zimmer, BAM, December 1982

JONI MITCHELL'S in love. At least she was while writing and recording Wild Things Run Fast. You can hear it in the loose and easy ...

Sparks

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, April 1983

THE BEVERLY CENTER IN LOS ANGELES is a mod-a-go-go kind of shopping mall, acres of parking, chock full of stores devoted to video equipment, "intelligent ...

The Band, Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson: Robbie Robertson: Between Trains

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, May 1983

QUALITY IS something that Robbie Robertson definitely understands. ...

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil: Still Going Strong After 20 Years

Retrospective and Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, May 1983

HOLLYWOOD— The walls of their workroom are covered floor to ceiling in awards certificates, gold records and photographs of the biggest hit-makers of today and ...

Black Flag

Profile and Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, August 1983

LET'S FACE IT – much of what passes for music in our country is, in fact, nothing more than product, the worthless, soulless result of ...

The Long Ryders Shoot 'Em Up

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, September 1983

LOS ANGELES – Fringe jackets, mini-skirts, turtlenecks, striped trousers, long hair, 12-string guitars, LSD, acoustic instruments, garage rehearsals – lots of things are coming back ...

Ray Manzarek Opens Another Door

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, November 1983

FEW MUSICIANS have the opportunity, or possess the talent, to expand the capabilities of their instruments, to redefine for ensuing generations just how far musical ...

Christine Perfect/McVie: Fleetwood Mac's Songbird Flies Solo

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, March 1984

"’Got a Hold On Me’ is totally fictional, 'cause at the time I wrote it no one did have a hold on me. If all ...

The Pretenders: Spending Time With The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, August 1984

THE PRETENDERS have landed in Pittsburg. It's a Monday night, about 9 pm, and Chrissie Hynde is bored. ...

Rickie Lee Jones: The World According to Rickie Lee Jones

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, December 1984

RICKIE LEE Jones is telling a story on the radio: "In the dreamscape where you write, there are people who shadow you. Like I have ...

Cyndi Lauper Bops Through The Night

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, January 1985

PADDING SLOWLY through Burbank Airport, clutching a grey handbag and a Walkman cassette player, Lauper, at first glance, resembles a simple immigrant from "the old ...

John Fogerty: The Natural Is Back

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, March 1985

WHAT BECOMES a legend most? You won't find John Fogerty in mink. He favors checked flannel shirts, suspenders, jeans and work boots, would rather go ...

Bruce Springsteen, Nils Lofgren: Nils Lofgren: The E Street Flip

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, November 1985

NEW JERSEY – There he is, taking windmill swipes at his guitar with wild abandon, then doing a complete flip on the Meadowlands stage while ...

Jefferson Starship: The Starship Strikes Back

Profile and Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, December 1985

"Say ya don't know me?Or recognize my face?...Don't you remember?We built this city on rock and roll!"– from 'We Built This City'by Bernie Taupin, Martin ...

The KBC Band: Kantner Balin Casady Band: Old Flight Mates Carry On

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, December 1985

"WE DON'T play many tapes submitted by unsigned bands," said KFOG DJ John Russell on the air a couple of weeks ago. "But I think ...

Kantner-Balin-Casady Band: Old Flight Mates Carry On

Profile and Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, December 1985

"WE DON'T play many tapes submitted by unsigned bands," said KFOG DJ John Russell on the air a couple of weeks ago. "But I think ...

10,000 Maniacs: At Least Six Are Not Insane

Profile and Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, February 1986

JAMESTOWN, NEW York, about 400 miles from NYC, is home for 10,000 Maniacs. ...

Alan Parsons: The Alan Parsons Project: Studio Rats

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, April 1986

"You know Poe has been a big influence on me and Alan," says Parsons collaborator Eric Woolfson. "And when I saw this word, 'stereotomy,' I ...

James Brown: Papa's Got A Brand New Hit

Report and Interview by Ben Fong-Torres, BAM, April 1986

"CALL HIM MR. BROWN," a colleague advised me on the eve of my first meeting with James Brown. "Or he might not talk to you." ...

The Beatles: The Final Invasion

Retrospective by Dave Zimmer, BAM, September 1986

Twenty-four thousand screaming fans couldn't be wrong. But what they didn't realise on that late August evening was that the Beatles didn't want to be ...

Peter Case: Travellin' Man

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, December 1986

NO ONE will ever accuse Peter Case of being a schemer or a planner. "When it comes to building a career," admits the 32-year-old singer/songwriter, ...

David Crosby: Scared Straight

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, January 1987

THE FIRST thing you notice is the twinkle in his eyes. That is the clearest signal that David Crosby is, indeed, back among the living. ...

The Brat, Carlos Guitarlos, Los Illegals, Los Lobos, The Plugz, Ruben and the Jets: East LA Rocks!

Report and Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, July 1987

But bands find it's a long way from the Barrio to Hollywood... ...

Fleetwood Mac: Dirty Dancing

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, October 1987

Fleetwood Mac Swap Partners For Tango Tour ...

Rock & Advertising: The Selling Of A Revolution

Report by Dave Zimmer, BAM, December 1987

Madison Avenue Buys A Big Piece Of The Rock: How The Ad Industry Takes Your Favorite Songs And Turns Them Into Jingles For Toothpaste, Tennies ...

Buster Poindexter, David Johansen: David Johansen: Buster Poindexter Does L.A.

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, January 1988

"I LOVE L.A.," announces Buster Poindexter, fingering the stem of a martini glass. "I think it's great." And why shouldn't he? ...

Ry Cooder: Fascinatin' Rhythms

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, February 1988

FIVE YEARS may have passed since Ry Cooder last put together an album of non-movie music, but it's not as if the guy has been ...

Cindy Lee Berryhill: Beat Wise

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, March 1988

ONCE UPON a time Cindy Lee Berryhill tried to make it as a Top 40 singer in San Diego. ...

Neil Young: Blue Notes for a Restless Loner

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, April 1988

THE ROBERT De Niro of rock 'n' roll, Neil Young has continually transformed himself throughout his career and inhabited musical characters in much the same ...

Van Halen: Tales From The Crypt

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, July 1988

THE ITINERARY for Van Halen's Monsters of Rock Tour reads like a combined schedule for the Washington Redskins and University of Miami football teams. ...

Eric Burdon: An Ex-Animal Leaves His Cage

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, October 1988

LOOKING MORE LIKE A bantamweight boxer than a veteran rock singer, Eric Burdon stares out the window of his publicist's tenth floor office in the ...

Mark Knopfler, Randy Newman: Randy Newman And Mark Knopfler: Newman's Navigator to A Land of Dreams

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, October 1988

'IT'S MONEY That Matters', the first single from Land of Dreams, bristles with guitarist Mark Knopfler's trademark guitar licks, Randy Newman a la Dire Straits' ...

Randy Newman: A Nightmare on Main Street

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, October 1988

RANDY NEWMAN was sitting in the Forum Arena in Inglewood a while ago, watching the Lakers put on yet another basketball clinic at the expense ...

Chris Hillman, The Desert Rose Band: The Desert Rose Band: Chris Hillman's Hot Burrito #3

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, December 1988

ROCK IS no longer the dirty word it once was in Nashville. But after LA's Desert Rose Band placed four singles on the country charts ...

Was (Not Was): Spies In The House Of Funk

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, December 1988

MASTERS OF funkified musical left turns, that was one way to describe Was (Not Was) after listening to their 1983 LP, Born to Laugh At ...

Al Stewart: A British Eccentric Finds A House In Bel Air — And A Home

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, March 1989

SINGER-SONGWRITER Al Stewart has a theory about why he'll never sell as many records as Lionel Richie or Billy Joel. ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys: Tom Petty: Once In A Full Moon

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, May 1989

BY THE time Tom Petty became a Traveling Wilbury last year, he had every reason to stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Roy ...

k.d. lang: Prairie Fire

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, June 1989

WELCOME TO the Griffith Park Pony Rides. Assorted toddlers, most of them 2- or 3-something, are circling a dusty track, strapped onto tired ponies. Not ...

Stan Ridgway: Drawing Mosquitos With An Eye For Detail

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, October 1989

STAN RIDGWAY is a great painter of life. Rather than oil or water colors, however, his medium has always been the English language. He creates ...

Steve Vai, Whitesnake: Steve Vai: Vaiing For Attention

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, January 1990

NO, YOUR eyes aren't deceiving you. Steve Vai is holding a seven-string guitar, custom-made for him by Ibanez. ...

Whitesnake: Fangs of Fortune

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, January 1990

WAKING UP before noon is still a foreign idea to many working musicians, and not just the ones who are hopeless drug addicts. It's just ...

Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, The Notting Hillbillies: Mark Knopfler: Going His Own Sweet Way

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, April 1990

NO, THE Notting Hillbillies are not Mark Knopfler's version of the Traveling Wilburys. In fact, there was never supposed to be a band at all. ...

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 ...

Jane's Addiction: Addiction By Subtraction

Profile and Interview by Roy Trakin, BAM, November 1990

PERRY FARRELL is onstage at LA's Henry Fonda Theater on Halloween night, haranguing the hippie generation for selling out its ideals, and urging his followers ...

Green Day: If Today Is Yesterday’s Tomorrow, Is Green Day Today’s Beatles?

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, BAM, May 1992

IF YOU BUY one album this coming year buy this one: Green Day’s Kerplunk! ...

Warrant: Up To Date With The Down Boys

Interview by Metal Mike Saunders, BAM, September 1992

AS GOOD A place as any to start here might be with a letter I wrote to an unnamed Pacific Northwest fanzine editor on January ...

The Motels: The Dual Life Of Martha Davis

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, November 1993

TAKE MARTHA DAVIS, the sultry, dark-eyed leader and lead singer of the Motels. Last year, her band's third album, All Four One, went Top 20 ...

Green Day Rising

Review and Interview by Metal Mike Saunders, BAM, January 1994

Popcore Ascending? Or Is That Just The First Phase Of 'The Greatest Band In America'? ...

Tori Amos: So You Found A Girl Who Thinks Really Deep Thoughts

Interview by Kim Fowley, BAM, March 1994

THE PROSTITUTES who work at Nevada's infamous Chicken Ranch brothel, just outside of Las Vegas, once raved to me about Tori Amos's debut Atlantic LP, ...

Marianne Faithfull Springs Eternal

Interview by Deborah Frost, BAM, October 1994

"Since AIDS, I've changed my attitude. Now I'm honored. I want to be part of the gay community and I am." ...

Frank Zappa: Zappa Honors The Hall Of Fame

Report and Interview by Bill Holdship, BAM, February 1995

IF ANYONE OUT there is wondering why Lou Reed (who never had a good word to say about Frank Zappa during Zappa's lifetime) was chosen ...

That Dog: Bow Wow Wow! That Dog Learns New Tricks

Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, BAM, July 1997

TONY MAXWELL is hedging his bets. Sure, the floor of the Mercury Lounge – a sweaty club on Manhattan’s Lower East Side – barely allows ...

King Cotton: Bad Acid, the Bonedaddys and the Blues! King Cotton Has Lived Through 'Em All

Profile and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, BAM, July 1997

IF YOU happen to find yourself at B.B. King's at the Universal Citywalk on a Sunday night, you'll encounter an unusual musical aggregation. ...

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