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Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Free Press is the largest daily newspaper in Detroit, Michigan, and is under the same ownership as The Detroit News.

The Rolling Stones: The Girls Waited 8 Hours, Finally Met the Stones!

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, December 1965

NOBODY'S GOING to get Valerie Stewart, 14, or Patricia Curtis, 13, off their clouds. The guys who put them up on cloud 9 are the ...

The Byrds: Those Byrds Flew In For a Gig — You Dig?

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, December 1965

THE BYRDS was here. Between an appearance in Saginaw Monday and one in Cleveland Wednesday, the California-based singers dashed into Detroit to tape numbers for ...

Our Nancy's Life Abroad — with Those British Pop Stars

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, February 1966

The telegram came from Interpop. It read "ARRIVING IN DETROIT FROM LONDON ON PANAM FLIGHT 57 TUESDAY 3:20 PM IS YOUNG LADY OF POSSIBLE INTEREST ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Closest Thing to Blues This Side of Chicago

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, April 1966

THE PAUL Butterfield Blues Band is tearing audiences apart at The Living End with some of the grooviest sounds I've ever heard. The club is ...

Edwin Starr: A Record Is Made — with Sweat and Soul

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, May 1966

EMOTION FILLED the control room at Golden World Records out on West Davison. Driving, big beat sounds were coming through the four speakers hanging on ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones Really Nice Guys

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, July 1966

They Just Hate Stupidity ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: The Mothers of Invention: If You Get A Headache…

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, July 1966

MOTHERS AND fathers, you thought the Beatles were bad. You got up in arms about the Rolling Stones. Sonny and Cher made you cringe. Well, ...

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels: Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels: A Rocket on the Road to Fame: Mitch and His Four Wheels

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, August 1966

THE MONSTER eight-door white Pontiac, looking more like an ambulance than a limousine for stars, stopped in places like Arnold's Park, Iowa; Freemont, Neb.; Sioux ...

The Beatles: Four Smiling, Tired Guys Talk About Their Music

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, August 1966

THEY'RE REAL. The Beatles, that is. I had never seen them in the flesh before, so I expected some kind of supermen to step out ...

The Yardbirds: Yardbirds Are Alive; They Click; They Have Fun

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, August 1966

MENTION THE Yardbirds to a musician and he'll give them mountains of praise. Listen to a Yardbirds' album like the current one Over, Under, Sideways, ...

Bob Seger & the Last Heard: Coming Up — 'Persecution Smith

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, September 1966

WHAT'S 'EAST Side Story' about? Ask Bob Seger, 21, from Ann Arbor — he's the guy who wrote it and sings it. ...

Smokey Robinson, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: The Other Smokey Robinson — Songwriter

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, October 1966

BACK IN 1957 Bill "Smokey" Robinson, then 17, bumped into Berry Gordy Jr. Smokey had a stack of about 100 songs he had written, and ...

Joni Mitchell, Tom Rush: Tom Rush Tells Why He's Now Electrified!

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, November 1966

ONCE UPON a time folk singers looked at electric guitars and top 40 radio in horror. Then several years back the big hero of the ...

Terry Knight & the Pack: Flint's Terry Knight and His Pack: "There's More There Than Hair"

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, November 1966

PRESENTING Terry Knight — long hair worn Prince Valiant style, mod clothes, no tie, much less a tie-tack. Immediately, 99 per cent of the adult ...

Maxine Brown, The Buena Vistas, Chuck Jackson, Jefferson Airplane, The Kingsmen, Terry Knight & the Pack, Love, Peter and Gordon, Lou Rawls, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Bob Seger, Dionne Warwick: Loraine Alterman on Records: The Fascinating Sounds Of a Group Called Love

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, January 1967

THE TREMENDOUSLY talented West Coast group called Love still hasn't made it into the bright spotlight of fame like the Beach Boys or the Lovin' ...

Donna Lynn, MC5, The Outsiders: The MC-5: 'More Like One Big Musician'

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, February 1967

SOME PEOPLE call it psychedelic. The MC-5 call it the "new music." They should know, for they are the leading exponents of the far-out sounds ...

Cream, Aretha Franklin, Harpers Bizarre, The Marvelettes, Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, The Who, The Yardbirds: Loraine Alterman On Records: England's Exciting New Flavor: Fresh Cream

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, April 1967

TO REACH Mecca in pop music means finding your own sound. Very few make it. Most groups fall down somewhere along the way. ...

MC5: Our Hippies — What They Say and Do

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, May 1967

IN SAN Francisco a sight-seeing bus runs tours into the Haight-Ashbury district billing it as "the only foreign tour within the continental limits of the ...

Hippy Ideas That Shock Parents

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, May 1967

LAST WEEK on this page I reported on the teen-age hippies in the Detroit area, on where they hung out, what they looked like, and ...

The Animals, Maxine Brown, Eric Burdon, Country Joe & The Fish, The Doors, Bob Dylan, The Hollies, Chuck Jackson, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: New Albums from the Doors, Country Joe & the Fish et al

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, May 1967

The Doors: A Fascinating New West Coast Sound ...

MC5: 'Aid, Comfort For Parents Of Hippies'

Readers' Letters by uncredited writer, Detroit Free Press, June 1967

In response to the story on the parents of hippies which appeared in the Free Press Women's Section last Sunday, and the two stories about ...

The Who: Who? It's The Who, That's Who

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, June 1967

FIRST OUT the door of customs at Metro Airport Tuesday was a blond fellow in a paisley, mandarin-collared coat. A few moments later a shorter, ...

Jefferson Airplane, MC5, The Rationals: Jefferson Airplane, the Rationals, the MC5: Ford Auditorium, Detroit

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, July 1967

The Jefferson Airplane, Soaring on Pop Power ...

Jefferson Airplane, The Rolling Stones, The Who: The Jefferson Airplane Here

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, July 1967

"WE JUST played and let the music take us instead of us taking the music," said Marty Balin, lead singer of the Jefferson Airplane, talking ...

The Rationals: One of Detroit's Real 'In' Groups

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, July 1967

WHO DOES Mitch Ryder demand back him up when he does a special appearance in Detroit without his band? Who stole the show at the ...

The Supremes: Supremes' Flo Ballard: It's Said She's Leaving

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, August 1967

FLORENCE BALLARD of Diana Ross and The Supremes has temporarily asked to be withdrawn from the group, according to a spokesman for Motown Records. ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: 'Frantic — Yet Somehow Casual'

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, August 1967

NO EXAGGERATION: The Jimi Hendrix Experience is the most exciting act I have yet seen in pop music. ...

The Supremes: Roostertail, Detroit

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, August 1967

Cindy Birdsong, the New Supreme: A Detroit Debut ...

The Bee Gees, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Four Tops, Bobbie Gentry, The Kinks, Van Morrison, Otis Redding, Vanilla Fudge, Dionne Warwick: Loraine Alterman on Records: New Albums from Vanilla Fudge, Big Brother et al

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, September 1967

Vanilla Fudge: Exciting Album ...

Cream, Donovan: Cream/Donovan: The Cream Set Records in Detroit

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, October 1967

LAST WEEKEND about 4,500 kids proved that Detroit knows good contemporary music. ...

Bobby Darin: Hate to Ruin His Image, but He's Nice

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, November 1967

I REALLY hate to ruin anyone's reputation, but Bobby Darin just doesn't live up to his: During his years in show business, Bobby has often ...

Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie, The Frost, Taste: Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie, the Frost, Taste: Olympia Stadium, Detroit

Live Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, August 1969

In Detroit Debut at Olympia, Pop Pantheon's Blind Faith is 'Nothing Really Special' ...

B.B. King, The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble: B.B. King, New York Rock 'n' Roll Ensemble: Meadowbrook Theater, Oakland University, Rochester MI

Live Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, August 1969

B.B. IS the Blues King At Meadow Brook ...

The Stooges: The Very New 'Iggy' Approach To Rock Music

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, September 1969

"On Saturday, Iggy appeared onstage wearing only sneakers and dungarees cut down to shorts. Iggy, who was a high school valedictorian back home, seeks to ...

Dennis Coffey: Guitarist Dennis Coffey: "No Room for Temperament in Music"

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, November 1969

WHEN YOU talk to him he impresses you as a confident man. He knows what's going on but chooses to do things his way rather ...

The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (London)

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, November 1969

Stones Make a Softer Sound With a Strong Hint of Dylan ...

The Band: "It's Great Growing Up": The Hard Hawks Became The Relaxed Band

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, November 1969

THE BAND. Free-flowing, graceful, country-spiced music from an ex-hard, hard rock band. ...

Chairmen Of The Board, Freda Payne: Eddie Holland: A Musical Magician, Once of Motown, Bidding for His Own 'Detroit Sound'

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, February 1970

Yes, Holland-Dozier-Holland DID Split with the Giant; Yes, Eddie Holland DID form Invictus Records; Yes, Invictus IS Climbing the Charts ...

John Fred and his Playboy Band, Van Morrison, Peter Sarstedt: Albums from Van Morrison, John Fred & His Playboy Band and Peter Sarstedt

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, March 1970

VAN MORRISON — MOONDANCE — WARNER BROS. A tremendous album. The production is tight, the songs are good and Morrison's voice, weird as it is, fits perfectly. ...

Grand Funk Railroad: The Bigtime Rock Band That's Ignored Back Home in Detroit

Report and Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, May 1970

THERE'S NOTHING small-time about Detroit in the music business. More and more, record company executives come here first to tap talent. They know it's here. ...

Bill Cosby, Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band: Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band: Cosby Was Never the Boss

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, September 1970

THE WATTS 103rd Street Rhythm Rand is probably best remembered for its million seller 'Loveland'. The group's had several records that have done just as ...

Tim Buckley: Lorca (Elektra)

Review by Mike Jahn, Detroit Free Press, September 1970

Tim Buckley — Folk's Own Jazz Singer ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly & the Family Stone: Cobo Hall, Detroit

Live Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, November 1970

YOU HATE to admit that a man who put you off three times and thus openly displayed his lack of interest in you, turned out ...

Mike Curb Congregation, John Sebastian: Mike Curb: Record Boss Keeps Mum

Report and Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, December 1970

The 'Curb 18' Still Unidentified ...

Creem Reflects Detroit Rock 'n' Roll And Tries to Direct 'the Monster'

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, December 1970

ROCK 'N' ROLL has always had its own journalistic field. The teen magazines used to tell us about Paul Anka's nose job and Elvis Presley's ...

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