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Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane: San Francisco Bay Rock

Guide by Gene Sculatti, Crawdaddy!, 1966

The San Francisco rock scene is a complex one. It is a plentiful jumble of hard rock, folk-rock, blues-rock, bubble-gum, and adult bands that have ...

Crawdaddy: Get Off Of My Cloud!

Comment by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, February 1966

YOU ARE looking at tho first issue of amagazine of rock and roll criticism. Crawdaddy will feature neither pin-ups nor news-briefs; the specialty of this ...

Folk, Rock & Other Four-Letter Words

Comment by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, March 1966

THERE HAS BEEN a great increase recently in the number of popular artists whose songs are influenced by or taken from American folk music–both traditional ...

Love: Love (Elektra)

Review by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, August 1966

What the World Needs Now ...

Bob Dylan: Understanding Dylan

Essay by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, August 1966

PERHAPS THE FAVOURITE indoor sport in America today is discussing, worshiping, disparaging, and above all interpreting Bob Dylan. According to legend, young Zimmerman came out ...

Buffalo Springfield: Everybody Look What's Going Down...

Comment by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, March 1967

LET ME tell you about popsicle sticks. ...

The Kinks: Face to Face

Review by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, March 1967

IF YOU ARE not a Kinks fan, you are either a) uninformed, or b) not a Kinks fan. If it's the latter, there's nothing you ...

The Doors: A Discussion of a Doors Song

Essay by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, May 1967

VERY FEW PEOPLE have the balls to talk about "rock and roll" anymore. Revolver made it difficult. Between the Buttons, Smile, and the Doors lp ...

Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane: The Golden Road: A Report on San Francisco

Overview by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, June 1967

SITTING IN THE window. Sixth Avenue, Greenwich Village, flirting with the girls going by, the Grateful Dead very loud on 4X speakers somewhere in the ...

Procol Harum: Procol Harum

Review by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, September 1967

THE Procol Harum album just keeps getting better and better. So far anyway. Maybe one day it gets worse, but long after I've gotten as ...

Record Business '68

Comment by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, March 1968

THERE IS confusion afoot in the rock music world, a familiar confusion that arises from lack of understanding, lack of communication, and lack of common ...

The Who: From the Marquee to the Met: Watching The Who

Interview by Miles, Crawdaddy!, September 1970

SAY THE WORD. "Who". Who did you think of? Pete Townshend, great underrated rock guitarist adrift in a Sargasso sea of eulogies to Clapton and ...

Cat Stevens: It Must Be Destiny

Live Review by Bud Scoppa, Crawdaddy!, June 1971

CAT STEVENS couldn't come along at a better time. Time magazine has informed us that we're entering a period of gentle, reflective, and introspective music, ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Emerson, Lake & Palmer Ascending

Profile and Interview by Michael Gray, Crawdaddy!, August 1971

Their first album rides high in the bestseller lists. Their first tour, from the Fillmore East to Carnegie Hall, has been a real and resounding ...

The Who Puts the Bomp

Comment by John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, December 1971

WHO NIGHT. The crowd waits reverently, attention vaguely focused on the massive half-ton fortress of amplifiers looming in the shadows of the dimly lit stage. ...

Jethro Tull: Thick As A Brick

Review by John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, August 1972

THE NEW Tull package is clever, very, and complicated enough to sustain interest over an extended series of listenings. Most albums can be assimilated in ...

Chicago: What Do You Think They'll Call Their Seventh Album?

Interview by John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, February 1973

It all began when, after my particularly scathing review of Chicago V appeared in the October Crawdaddy, I received the following telegram from Bobby Lamm, ...

Bonnie Raitt Gives It Back

Interview by David Rensin, Crawdaddy!, March 1973

LOS ANGELES – Bonnie Raitt is by nature a purposeful woman. On a personal level, she is attempting to forge a new ethic reaching beyond ...

Eric Weissberg: Dueling Banjos

Profile and Interview by Noe Gold, Crawdaddy!, June 1973

TWO SETS of calloused digits have been seen onscreen recently in movie houses large and small, strutting over the frets of a Yamaha guitar and ...

Little Feat Keeps On Truckin'

Interview by David Rensin, Crawdaddy!, June 1973

"You try to be a low-key individual and stay out of people's way and you end up owning the top floor of some hotel in ...

Will Reggae Make It? Jamaica Says It Will!

Overview by Greg Shaw, Crawdaddy!, June 1973

THE STONES, Aretha, Traffic, Paul Simon and Roberta Flack have all made celebrated pilgrimages to the island and bandwagon trend-watches are beginning to mutter about ...

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention: Over-Nite Sensation (Discreet)

Review by Noe Gold, Crawdaddy!, December 1973

THERE HE sits, perched atop his Olympian toadstool, dropping farts and thunderbolts into a tape recorder. Few have escaped his world unscathed by his grungy ...

Bonnie Raitt: Takin' My Time

Review by Noe Gold, Crawdaddy!, January 1974

SPUNKY, THAT'S got to be the word for it. A hybrid of spicy and funky. ...

Jackson Browne: Such a Clever Innocence

Interview by David Rensin, Crawdaddy!, January 1974

I've been out walking,I don't do that much talking These days.These days I seem to think a lot About the things that I forgot to ...

Lou Reed: Berlin

Review by Michael Gross, Crawdaddy!, January 1974

LOU REED IS the grand ghoul of them all. He happens to scare people. He stands in the same relation to Bowie and Iggy and ...

Genesis: No 'Pale' Imitation

Profile and Interview by John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, March 1974

Genesis combines surreal songwriting with an interesting instrumental and visual approach. Lead singer Peter Gabriel notes: "We all took courses in pretentiousness." ...

Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel

Review by Noe Gold, Crawdaddy!, April 1974

GRIEVOUS ANGEL is the final, triumphant chapter of an epitaph Gram Parsons must have begun writing years ago. No one could have done it better ...

Boz Scaggs: Slow Dancer (Columbia)

Review by John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, June 1974

SLOW DANCER is Boz Scaggs' fifth album, and you have to wonder when he's going to start repeating himself, because none of them sound the ...

Dr. John: 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' ...

Mott The Hoople: Mott the Hoople: The Hoople (Columbia)

Review by John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, July 1974

IT'S TOUGH being a rock and roll star these days. Ask Ian Hunter, Mott the Hoople's lead singer and group dictator. After five years of ...

The Eagles Have Stopped Takin' It Easy

Report and Interview by David Rensin, Crawdaddy!, July 1974

With a new lead guitarist, a new producer, a hit and a series of almosts, the Eagles step out on the border... ...

David Bowie: Lindsay Kemp: The Man Who Taught Bowie His Moves

Interview by Mick Brown, Crawdaddy!, September 1974

LONDON — Lindsey Kemp doesn’t converse. He orates. Words spill out, like wine from a jug, in a long, liquid flow; pictures spring to life, ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Second Helping (MCA)

Review by Bud Scoppa, Crawdaddy!, September 1974

FLORIDA's Lynyrd Skynyrd keeps getting compared to the Allman Brothers Band, mostly because the group is Southern, and because lead singer Ronnie Van Zant has ...

Alice Cooper: Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits

Review by Michael Gross, Crawdaddy!, November 1974

THEY'VE CALLED the perpetration of Alice Cooper on the pop public one of the greatest PR coups of all time. They've called Alice a charlatan, ...

The Beach Boys: Wild Honey, 20/20 and Endless Summer

Review by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, November 1974

CAPITOL HAS BEEN repackaging the Beach Boys for a long time, but they haven't done a good job of it since Best Of Volumes I, ...

The Rolling Stones: The Stones: It Wasn't Only Rock 'n Roll (And I Liked It)

Retrospective by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, November 1974

IN EARLY 1967 a rumor shot through the Crawdaddy office that Brian Jones had left the Stones. Tim Jurgens and I agreed that, if true, ...

Jack Bruce: Back on Harmony Row

Interview by Barbara Charone, Crawdaddy!, March 1975

COMBINE CREAM, the Stones, and some avant-garde jazz and you've got this year's talk of the town. ...

Kiki Dee: More Than Opening For Elton

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Crawdaddy!, March 1975

NEW YORK – The first time Kiki Dee came to New York City, she was showcased by her newest record company, Rocket Records, at the ...

Leonard Cohen: The Romantic in a Ragpicker's Trade

Interview by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, March 1975

"I THINK MARRIAGE is the hottest furnace of the spirit today," Leonard Cohen said on the phone from Mexico. "Much more difficult than solitude, much ...

The Who: The Celluloid Passion Of Roger Daltrey

Interview by Barbara Charone, Crawdaddy!, April 1975

LONDON – "They just don't make records like they used to," the mini-cab driver complained, battling the mid-day London traffic, edging the car towards Battersea. ...

John Cale, Nico: John Cale: Fear (Island); Nico: The End (Island)

Review by Mick Brown, Crawdaddy!, May 1975

ALONG WITH Lou Reed, John Cale and Nico were members of the first – and definitive – incarnation of the Velvet Underground. ...

Leo Sayer: Star Gazing With Leo Sayer

Interview by Barbara Charone, Crawdaddy!, June 1975

THE MATRONLY ladies selling ice creams and chocolates have fled the lobby. The theatre grows dark. A four-piece band ambles out from the wings, barely ...

Al Kooper, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mose Jones: Southern Rock: Gone With The Trend

Report and Interview by John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, July 1975

Al Kooper may not give a damn, but with Lynyrd Skynyrd hot and the Atlanta Rhythm Section burnin', Southern Music is rising again. ...

Dr. Feelgood Is On The Case

Profile and Interview by Barbara Charone, Crawdaddy!, October 1975

LONDON – "Where did they come from?" demanded a rock 'n roll lifer, pointing towards Dr. Feelgood who were entertaining at a star-studded and overstuffed ...

Ace, Brinsley Schwarz, Dr. Feelgood, Ducks Deluxe: Pub Rock: Grass Roots On the Other Side of the Fence

Overview by Bud Scoppa, Crawdaddy!, October 1975

IN BRITAIN DURING the late '60s and early '70s, while rock 'n roll was being transformed into Big Business, a network of bands sprang up ...

Eric Clapton: Please Take This Badge Off Of Me

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Crawdaddy!, November 1975

Trying to transcend the past, Eric Clapton puts reggae on the laidback burner and rediscovers electricity ...

The Band: Across The Great Divide with Robbie Robertson

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Crawdaddy!, March 1976

A Portrait of the Artist as a Mystery Man ...

Rock Dreams/Schemes: The History of Crawdaddy(!)

Retrospective by John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, March 1976

YOU ARE looking at the first issue of a magazine of rock and roll criticism. Crawdaddy! will feature neither pin-ups nor news briefs; the specialty ...

Peter Frampton Comes And Gets It

Report and Interview by John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, May 1976

NEW YORK – Peter Frampton seems an unlikely hero. Soft-spoken, he projects something of a folk ambiance, not the glitter/stud machismo characteristic of so many ...

Santana: The Ice Cream Man Cometh

Interview by John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, July 1976

LACROSSE, WISC – "Everything OK with the Dip?" ...

The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger: I Want To Go Out On A Limb

Interview by Barbara Charone, Crawdaddy!, August 1976

PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE hovering around the sedate Scottish hotel lobby like desperate fireflies. They have been buzzing about all afternoon, nervously checking shutter speeds and light ...

The Ramones: Ramones (Sire)

Review by John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, August 1976

DA RAMONES: NO MERCYBEATS ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Agents Of Fortune (Island)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Crawdaddy!, September 1976

It’s back-to-the-roots for the Oysters this time; the roots being the band’s late-’60s incarnation as the Stalk-Forrest Group. Which is to say, Agents Of Fortune ...

Rod Stewart: Lean And Hungry Rod

Interview by Barbara Charone, Crawdaddy!, September 1976

YESTERDAY ROD STEWART wanted his picture taken. Today he's not so sure. Flaunting a carefully arranged scruffy look, the singer strolls into a rented London ...

Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers: Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers

Review by Gene Sculatti, Crawdaddy!, October 1976

WHAT WE HAVE here, as every pop observer knows, is a four-piece band led by a highly eccentric singer-songwriter full of inspiration and highly visible ...

Electric Light Orchestra: Facing Up To ELO: Electric Shocks, Leapin' Lasers, Light Opera & Dueling Cellos

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Crawdaddy!, November 1976

LOS ANGELES – "Hughie [McDowall] just smashed one cello absolutely to pieces," Bev Bevan recalls with a laugh. "He throws it in the air and ...

Patti Smith: Radio Ethiopia (Arista)

Review by Fred Schruers, Crawdaddy!, December 1976

CHATTY PATTY: PISSIN' IN WAX ...

The Eagles: One Of These Nightmares

Interview by Barbara Charone, Crawdaddy!, April 1977

Say a Prayer for the Pretenders... ...

Mink DeVille: Cabretta

Review by Gene Sculatti, Crawdaddy!, August 1977

ALONG WITH THE New Wave, there seems to be a related roots discovery phenomenon taking place: the full scale re-examination of mid-'60s pop R&B that ...

Roger Daltrey: One of the Boys

Review by Ira Robbins, Crawdaddy!, August 1977

DALTREY'S FOUR-YEAR solo career, apart from his personal excess/success as a matinee film idol, has certainly left much to be desired by anyone with more ...

The Dictators: Manifest Destiny

Review by Gene Sculatti, Crawdaddy!, August 1977

IT WOULDN'T BE hard. One could assemble a tidy list of contemporary Major Acts whose initial fate it was to be cast as "critics' favorites": ...

Hall & Oates: Magic: Hall & Oates' Wizardry

Interview by Don Snowden, Crawdaddy!, October 1977

LOS ANGELES – "I think I would have been either Gary Gilmore or a musician," Daryl Hall maintains in deadly earnest, nonchalantly flicking an ash ...

Be-Bop Deluxe, Ian Hunter, Steve Harley: Be Bop Deluxe: Live! In The Air Age/Steve Harley: Face To Face/Ian Hunter: Overnight Angels

Review by Ira Robbins, Crawdaddy!, November 1977

Every British band knows it: only American success buys the Bentleys. Be Bop Deluxe, Steve Harley and Ian Hunter have all had their stateside ups ...

Linda Ronstadt: Simple Dreams

Review by Fred Schruers, Crawdaddy!, November 1977

WHEN LINDA Ronstadt dropped her hands down the mike-stand and went to make some small talk with the audience at a New York concert early ...

David Bowie: Heroes (RCA)

Review by Ira Robbins, Crawdaddy!, January 1978

SMARTS AND KRAFTWERK ...

John Martyn: One World (Island)

Review by Steven X Rea, Crawdaddy!, April 1978

JOHN MARTYN'S music is a blur of blues and jazz and rock: Bessie Smith's emotiveness, Hoagy Carmichael's mellowness, Skip James' growl and bellow, and Martyn's ...

Jonathan Richman, Tyla Gang: Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers: Live (Beserkley); The Tyla Gang: Yachtless (Beserkley)

Review by Dave Schulps, Crawdaddy!, April 1978

BESERKLEY RECORDS certainly keep things interesting. Slightly over a year ago they became the first American New Wave independent to secure a distribution deal with ...

Television: Adventure (Elektra)

Review by Dave Schulps, Crawdaddy!, June 1978

TELEVISION USE the energy and the imagery of the Big Apple, cross-pollinating them with a musical vision akin to what was coming out of the ...

Carly Simon: Boys In The Trees (Elektra)

Review by Jon Young, Crawdaddy!, July 1978

CARLY SIMON used to be dangerous. Remember? She had to her credit a lethal attack on marriage ('That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should ...

The Who: Who Are You

Review by Ira Robbins, Crawdaddy!, October 1978

Ever since Pete Townshend immortalized teenage rebellion with the phrase "Hope I die before I get old," he has been haunted by the obvious ramifications ...

The Bottle Rockets

Report by Geoffrey Himes, Crawdaddy!, October 1996

ON OCTOBER 20th, 1977, the single-engine prop plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed into a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi, killing the band's lead singer Ronnie Van ...

The Who: A Bargain... The Best You Ever Had: Thoughts On Compiling The Who's 30 Years of Maximum R&B

Essay by Chris Charlesworth, Crawdaddy!, 1998

THREE YEARS AGO I met Paul Williams for the first time at the Frankfurt Book Fair. This resulted in Omnibus Press, of which I am ...

The Beach Boys: The Disciples of Brian: The Beach Boys' legacy in Decade #4

Essay by Geoffrey Himes, Crawdaddy!, 1998

What were the best Beach Boys records of the 1990s? Geoffrey Himes takes issue with his friend Paul Williams. ...

Elvis Presley and the Impulse Towards Transculturation

Essay by Rob Bowman, Crawdaddy!, Spring 2000

ELVIS WAS A hero to most but he never meant shit to me/You see straight out racist the sucker was simple and plain/Motherfuck him and ...

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