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International Times

International Times (it or IT) was an underground newspaper founded in London in 1966. It ran until 1972, and then reappeared sporadically until 1986.

Ike & Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones/Ike & Tina Turner: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Miles, International Times, October 1966

I ATTENDED the Stones' concert at the Albert Hall which was fun though it turned out to be almost more of a happening than a ...

Pink Floyd, Soft Machine: 2500 Ball at IT Launch

Report by uncredited writer, International Times, October 1966

IT ISN'T SO cool to rave about your own party, but the IT Rave-Up at the Roundhouse two Saturdays ago was such an event we ...

Kim Fowley, The Mothers Of Invention: Kim Fowley: Portrait of a Freak

Interview by uncredited writer, International Times, October 1966

KIM FOWLEY is a hustler. He telephoned International Times and bombarded me with ideas. His main idea was that I should interview him and give ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: A Conversation with Paul McCartney

Interview by Miles, International Times, November 1966

THIS WAS recorded at Paul's house in Cavendish Avenue, Saint John's Wood in November 1966 for  International Times, known as  IT, the London Underground newspaper. ...

The Who: Miles Interviews Pete Townshend

Interview by Miles, International Times, February 1967

WHO? Pete Townshend, that's Who. Lead guitarist, song-writer, destructivist for this off-number-oned-pop group. He walks, he talks, he smashes. The WHO is the most popular ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: The Way Out is In: A George Harrison Interview

Interview by Miles, International Times, May 1967

GH: If you could just say a word and it would tell people something straight to the point, then you take all the words that ...

The Rolling Stones: Pop In The Police State

Comment by Mick Farren, International Times, June 1967

"People try to put us down just because we get around."The Who – 'My Generation' ...

The Fugs, Grateful Dead, The Mothers Of Invention: Miles' Trip: New York

Report by Miles, International Times, June 1967

"Two persons were shot dead and several others injured in a gun battle between shoplifters and store detectives in a Bronx supermarket today." ...

Frank Zappa's Comments on The Mothers of Invention's album  Absolutely Free

Interview by Miles, International Times, August 1967

When Zappa arrived in London in the summer of 1967, he naturally looked to the underground press for support, just as he did in Los ...

Arthur Brown: It's Time To Use Records As Weapons

Interview by Mick Farren, International Times, October 1967

ARTHUR BROWN: I refuse to talk without the presence of my cat near the microphone. Come here... ...

UFO Is Dead – Long Live UFO

Report by Miles, International Times, April 1968

The UFO idea first began in February 1966 when Steve Stollman (front the ESP avant-garde jazz record label in New York – then still in ...

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones: Street Fighting Stone: Mick Jagger Talks

Interview by Miles, International Times, May 1968

This conversation was taped over cups of tea at my house on Lord North Street one afternoon a few days after the famous anti-Vietnam war ...

Frank Zappa: Francis Vincent Zappa & The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra And Chorus: Lumpy Gravy (Verve)

Review by Miles, International Times, July 1968

WITH THE guile and cunning of a Zaptieh, Zappa presents his first 'solo' record: a ballet, an opera, a collage of all the elements then ...

Pink Floyd: A Saucerful Of Secrets (Columbia)

Review by Miles, International Times, July 1968

THE FLOYD have developed a distinctive sound for themselves, the result of experiments with new 'electronic' techniques in live performance, however the result of most ...

The Doors: The Doors (Elektra); Strange Days (Elektra); Waiting for the Sun (Elektra)

Review by Miles, International Times, September 1968

Jim Morrison (Vocal); Ray Manzarek (Organ, Piano, Bass); Robby Krieger (Guitar); John Densmore (Drums). ...

The Rolling Stones: 'Street Fighting Man' (London 45-909)

Review by Miles, International Times, October 1968

CHE GUEVARA'S band were all poets, Buckminster Fuller writes his architectural papers in poetry, The Rolling Stones sing Revolution! ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company: Cheap Thrills (CBS)

Review by Miles, International Times, October 1968

Janis Joplin (lead voc); Peter Albin (bass, voc); San Andrew (lead & rhm gtr); James Gurley (lead & rhm gtr); David Getz (Drms, voc). ...

Deep Purple: Shades Of Deep Purple (Parlophone)

Review by Miles, International Times, October 1968

Rod Evans (voc); Jon Lord (voc, org); Nic Simper (bass gtr); Ritchie Blackmore (lead gtr); Ian Paice (drms). ...

Fever Tree: Fever Tree (UNI)

Review by Miles, International Times, October 1968

Rob Landes (pno, org, et al); Dennis Keller (voc.); Michael (gtr); E.E. Wolfe III (bass); John Tuttle (drms). ...

Bob Dylan: From Rock to Acid Rock

Essay by Michael Gray, International Times, October 1968

FROM ROCK to Acid Rock is first a ride to freedom, second an illusion. Rock, the kind of music for which Rosko still does extravagant ...

Captain Beefheart, Dr. John: 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 ...

The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album)

Review by Miles, International Times, November 1968

WELL, THE new Beatle album's here with 30 catchy little numbers for you to whistle on your way to work, glide around the Mecca to, ...

Soft Machine: The Soft Machine: The Soft Machine (ABC)

Review by Miles, International Times, November 1968

SEVERAL exotic people were sitting on the floor at an Indica Gallery opening in 1966, the tall one with the Dr Strange cape was called ...

Lady Wootton talks to Caroline Coon about Pot

Interview by Caroline Coon, International Times, January 1969

THE BARONESS Wootton of Abinger was chairman of the subcommittee on 'Cannabis' of the Advisory Committee on Drug Dependence whose Report was published on 8th ...

Spirit: The Family That Plays Together (Ode)

Review by Miles, International Times, February 1969

From The Ergot Fields ...

Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield: The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper (CBS KGP6)

Review by Miles, International Times, March 1969

Recorded September 26-28, 1968, San Francisco. ...

MC5: Kick Out The Jams (Elektra EKS-74042)

Review by Mick Farren, International Times, March 1969

MC5 Muddle ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Country Joe: Fish Head

Interview by Mark Williams, International Times, April 1969

INTERVIEWING COUNTRY Joe McDonald was an escapade I embarked on with fear in my heart, butterflies in my stomach and a copy of How to ...

Led Zeppelin: Plant

Interview by Mark Williams, International Times, April 1969

IT'S NOT hard to suss that Led Zeppelin are well on the way to becoming a 'Supergroup', in the best tradition. ...

The Edgar Broughton Band: Magic Triangle: The Edgar Broughton Band

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, International Times, April 1969

THE EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND came to London from Warwick in November of last year and have, in relatively short time, gained a solid reputation as ...

The Nice: Two Thirds Nice

Interview by Miles, International Times, April 1969

This interview is transcribed from a tape recorded conversation done at my house in Westminster. It has been edited for grammer and coherence only. Lee ...

Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline (CBS)

Review by Miles, International Times, May 1969

PART THREE of the new-style Dylan saga Is a direct continuation from the previous two albums: Kenny Buttrey (drums) and Charles McCoy (bass) have both ...

Janis Joplin: Janis

Report by Mark Williams, International Times, May 1969

JANIS WAS WANDERING round rapping and goofing with her band when I ventured onstage during her pre-concert rehearsal at the Albert Hall. She was obviously ...

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page

Interview by Mark Williams, International Times, May 1969

A VERY WELL respected record producer recently informed me that Led Zepplin were the ONLY band that we're going to elevate themselves to the ranks ...

The Pink Fairies Motorcycle Club And All Star Rock And Roll Big Band: A Fairy-tale

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, International Times, May 1969

A NUMBER of musicians from various well known bands in London have, it was revealed to IT in an exclusive interview this week, formed an ...

The Who: Pete on Tommy #1

Interview by Miles, International Times, May 1969

THIS INTERVIEW is the edited result of a two hour tape recorded Sunday May 4 at Miles's house. The story of The Who's two volume ...

King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson

Interview by Mark Williams, International Times, June 1969

[NOTE: The first two paragraphs of this piece – along with one or two others – appear to bear no relation whatsoever to Mark's piece... ...

The Who: Pete on Tommy #2

Interview by Miles, International Times, June 1969

M: IS THERE any musical influence on this album at all? Outside of the WHO itself I suppose the nearest thing is The Mothers, except ...

Blossom Toes: If Only For A Moment (Marmalade)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, July 1969

BLOSSOM TOES. Now there IS a band. Amazing people, a gas to be with, group looners of the old school but as music makers they've ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Bayou Country (Liberty)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, July 1969

HOORAY FOR this bopping, rhythm muslc! What more can a groover of a leaper ask for than to be socked endlessly by the compulsive unpretentious ...

Family Planning

Interview by Mark Williams, International Times, July 1969

THE FAMILY used to scare me a bit. Onstage they seemed to perform with a mixture of super coolness, a nonchalance that sometimes gave me ...

The Rolling Stones: Jagger Rap/Stoned Earful

Interview by Mark Williams, International Times, July 1969

FEELING RATHER like a tin can on a conveyor belt, moving along waiting to be filled with fruit salad or spaghetti, I went along to ...

Blossom Toes: Blossom Told

Profile and Interview by Mark Williams, International Times, July 1969

WHILST STARVING in Birmingham, trying to make ends meet, the dreary winter days were claeered up a little by an album called We Are Ever ...

Johnny Winter, Tony Joe White: Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter (CBS); Tony Joe White: Black And White (Monument)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, July 1969

THE ONLY OTHER record I possess on English Monument, is Ray Steven's single, 'Mr Businessman', which is beautiful and so is this album by Mr ...

Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left (Island)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, July 1969

I DON'T think I've been so impressed by an unknown singer/songwriter since I got the Duncan Browne album on Immediate, eighteen months ago, (why don't ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa Interview

Interview by Miles, International Times, August 1969

FRANK: There are some things I'd like to clarify about my editing technique. The editing technique is an extension of the composition because, as I ...

Bonzo Dog Band: The Bonzo Dog Band: Tadpoles (Liberty)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, August 1969

LIBERTY RECORDS have gone to an almost unusual amount of trouble to supply record reviewers, deejays and other assorted irks with a copious, track-by-thrusting-track run ...

The Nice: Nice (Immediate)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, August 1969

THE NICE just keep escalating from strength to strength, their reputation solidifying as their incorporation of classical phraseology (sometimes admittedly borrowed wholesale) becomes even more ...

The Band, Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton: Bob Dylan, The Band: Isle of Wight Festival

Live Review by Miles, International Times, September 1969

VISITORS to the 2nd Isle of Wight Music Festival at Godshill near Ryde more than doubled the population of the Island, outnumbered the 130 local ...

Tea & Symphony: Rock In The Sticks: Tea & Symphony

Interview by Mark Williams, International Times, September 1969

THE MOST INTERESTING group in this article, from an historical point of view, is Tea & Symphony. They have had almost as many changes in ...

Deep Purple with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Mark Williams, International Times, October 1969

THE ALBERT Hall Concert on Wednesday September 24th, featuring Deep Purple in concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, was possibly the most important musical event ...

The Deviants: The Deviants (Transatlantic)

Review by Miles, International Times, October 1969

FIRST CAME PTOOFF!: an album of outrageous London Underground freakery, soggy nostalgia and general-purpose nastiness – as English as potting sheds and The Goon Show ...

Delaney & Bonnie And Friends: Accept No Substitute (Elektra)

Review by Miles, International Times, November 1969

THE ALBUM that Apple wanted to get so much because George liked them so much and so for that matter did Derek Taylor which might ...

Jerry Yester, Judy Henske: Judy Henske & Jerry Yester: Farewell Aldebaran (Straight)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, November 1969

JUDY HENSKE'S magnificent, almost butch voice makes this album memorable. Jerry Yester's vocals, arrangements and production (shared with ex-Lovln' Spoonful man Zal Yanovsky,) don't. ...

Mountain: Leslie West: Mountain (Bell)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, November 1969

LESLIE WEST is a large American who sings a bit like a white Buddy Miles (or a black Terry Reld) and plays guitar just like ...

Sam Apple Pie: Sam Apple Pie (Decca)

Review by Miles, International Times, November 1969

FROM THE depths of London's East End, the old Liberties, comes another underground group – a real one this time. ...

The Byrds: Preflyte (Together Records)

Review by Miles, International Times, November 1969

THEY'RE CUTTING ACROSS BARRIERS WHICH MOST PEOPLE WHO SING ARE NOT EVEN HIP TO. THEY KNOW IT ALL. IF THEY KEEP THEIR MINDS OPEN THEY'LL ...

The Youngbloods: Elephant Mountain (RCA)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, November 1969

THIS ALBUM is one of the essential records one would possess if a broad cross-sectlon of Rock is the ultimate zenith of one's collecting habits. ...

The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (Decca)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, January 1970

IT'S ONLY after deliberately listening to the complete Stone's recorded output (9 albums, umpteen singles, 1 promotional album, 2 EPs) that one really appreciates just ...

The GTOs: Permanent Damage (Straight/CBS)

Review by Miles, International Times, February 1970

IT'S NOT TOO difficult to reject the spectacle of Hollywood, to drop out, find yourself, re-evalue your ideas, unless you LIVE in Hollywood. What if ...

Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath (Vertigo)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, March 1970

A BLOW JOB. Just get the gear on stage and wind it up Marshall stacks nine feet high on big & harsh with an edge ...

John and Beverley Martyn: John & Beverley Martyn: Stormbringer! (Island)

Review by Miles, International Times, March 1970

J & B LAY IT DOWN AND STOMP ON IT ...

Yes: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Mark Williams, International Times, April 1970

IT HAS BEEN many months since I've seen YES and the consequent starvation of tight British progressive rock music par excellence left me eagerly awaiting ...

Frank Zappa: Zappa Press release, on disbanding Mothers, 1970

Report by Miles, International Times, April 1970

"The Mothers of Invention, infamous & repulsive rocking teen combo, is not doing concerts any more." ...

The Sound of the Seventies and The Pop Proms: It's All a Put On

Report by Mark Williams, International Times, May 1970

Pop Proms, Rock machine & the penis of promoting. ...

The Doors, Hawkwind, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, The Pink Fairies, Sly & The Family Stone, The Who: The Isle of Wight Festival: 5 Days of Peace, Music and Love

Report by uncredited writer, Mick Farren, International Times, September 1970

2011 note: this report on the 1970 IoW festival is led off by Mick Farren but includes contributions by other, unnamed IT writers. The title ...

Janis Joplin: Pearl (CBS)

Review by Hugh Nolan, International Times, March 1971

A FITTING epitaph for the maverick First Lady of Rock. ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: Loaded (Cotillion import)

Review by Hugh Nolan, International Times, March 1971

HAVING BEEN overtaken back in the early days by the Airplane, the Dead et al as the Most Identifiable sound of the underground, the Velvets ...

The Mothers Of Invention: Mothers Of Invention: Fillmore East — June 1971 (Kinney)

Review by Mick Farren, International Times, August 1971

FOR THE most part this could be a live recording of the concert I saw at the Colosseum in January of this year. The band ...

The Doors: L.A. Woman (Elektra)

Review by Hugh Nolan, International Times, August 1971

TITLE TRACK sounds like a typical Ballard fantasy — 'Woman viewed as linear plan of the City' or something — a beautifully imperceptible change from ...

Gene Vincent

Obituary by Mick Farren, International Times, October 1971

GENE VINCENT, after years of illhealth and injury, died this week of a perforated ulcer. ...

Sandy Denny: The North Star Grassman & the Ravens (Island)

Review by Mick Farren, International Times, October 1971

THERE SEEMS to be a line that lady singers have to cross before they begin to exhibit real soul. The transition also seems, to many, ...

Jeff Beck, Kim Fowley: My Style of Cock: Being An Interview With Kim Fowley, In The Company Of Jeff Beck

Interview by Chris Rowley, Howard Parker, International Times, 1972

"IF YOU CAN’T get cunt, you want to be a rock ‘n’ roll Something so you can get it, and when you have it you ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Mick Farren, International Times, April 1972

"The trouble with a lot of kids who come to our concerts is that they can't see beyond the drugs. They get so ripped that ...

Smith, Perkins & Smith: Smith, Perkins & Smith (Island)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, International Times, June 1972

I THINK I'M going crazy. Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu, Rabbit, Fishbaugh, Fishbough, Zorn, Brewer, Shipley, Demick, Armstrong, Seals, Crofts, Scott, Ethridge, Barbata, ...

The Persuasions: Street Corner Symphony (Island)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, International Times, June 1972

THE PERSUASIONS are a five-strong black vocal group who perform acappella. Their album Street Corner Symphony is just what it says: a set of songs ...

The Rolling Stones: The Long Road to Room Ten-O-Nine

Comment by Mick Farren, International Times, June 1972

The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street ...

Janis Joplin: Janis

Retrospective by Mick Farren, International Times, September 1972

A LOOK AT A JET AGE RED HOT MAMA ON THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Lennon-Ono: Deporting The Great Swan

Report by Jonathon Green, International Times, November 1972

NEW YORK: 'It is with great pleasure that we wish to add PEN American Center's great Roc's voice to the vast chorus of poetic larks and ...

The Band: Rock of Ages (EMI)

Review by Chris Rowley, International Times, November 1972

A WHILE BACK I was leaning up against the pinball machine in our favourite hostelry when one of the company remarked to me that the ...

The Deviants, The Pink Fairies: Pink Fairies

Profile by Chris Rowley, International Times, December 1972

Chris Rowley has been probing the life and times of the Pink Fairies: the women, the liquor, the hot hot music, the grim realities behind ...

Grateful Dead: Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan: 'As Long As He's Been Doin' It Right'

Obituary by Jonathon Green, International Times, March 1973

PIGPEN IS DEAD. Ron McKernan, 27 years old, organist and all-purpose alky crazy for the Grateful Dead. ...

Hawkwind: Space Ritual

Review by Chris Rowley, International Times, May 1973

THIS IS THE definitive Hawkwind LP and very definitely their best. Being live it has all the right qualities to bring back memories of twitching ...

Bobby Charles, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Paul Butterfield's Better Days: Better Days (Bearsville/Polydor)/Bobby Charles: Bobby Charles (Bearsville/Polydor)

Review by Bob Fisher, International Times, May 1973

A COUPLE OF years ago an excellent little gangster movie from the States was doing the circuit, called The Grissom Gang. Now rock has come ...

This Man Hates Little Girls

Comment by Jonathon Green, International Times, May 1973

THEY'RE RIGHT, you know. I always had this sneeking suspicion that they might be, but ferchrissake, I never really wanted to talk about it before. ...

OZ: More Than Simply Another Hippy Rag

Report by Jonathon Green, International Times, May 1973

I TOLD YOU so. I've always wanted to say it, and now I can. Here, as I hack out yet another goddam obituary, I can ...

Reggae: The Rape of Smaug

Overview by Penny Reel, International Times, May 1973

WHITE MAKES his move. Black makes his move. White moves and Black reciprocates. Black moves and White reciprocates. The players perpetuate the game for the ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Wailers: Catch a Fire (Island)

Review by Penny Reel, International Times, May 1973

WITH THE Wailers presently heralded as the reggae band by music acclaimants, I expect to see Catch a Fire amongst those record collections where Eddie ...

Festivals: Whither The Million-Dollar Bash?

Report by Chris Rowley, International Times, June 1973

'During Saturday evening the weather deteriorated with the wind increasing and bringing heavy rain. By this time it was not possible to carry patients by ...

Festivals: Whither The Million-Dollar Bash?

Report by Chris Rowley, International Times, June 1973

'During Saturday evening the weather deteriorated with the wind increasing and bringing heavy rain. By this time it was not possible to carry patients by ...

Dean Martin, Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy and The Stooges: Raw Power (CBS); Dean Martin: Sittin' On Top Of The World (WEA)

Review by Jonathon Green, International Times, June 1973

Punk drunk junk ...

Toots & The Maytals: Funky Kingston (Dragon)

Review by Penny Reel, International Times, June 1973

Jamaican Rock'n'roll ...

Rita Coolidge, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Dir. Sam Peckinpah)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Jonathon Green, International Times, July 1973

Real Blood and Jizzum, Sam... ...

Commander Cody: Commander of the Ozone

Profile by Chris Rowley, International Times, August 1973

OZONE: Form of Oxygen having three atoms per molecule, pungent, refreshing odour and exhilarating influence. ...

The Rolling Stones: ...We Also Sing The Blues

Essay by Mick Farren, International Times, September 1973

THE ROLLING STONES are apt to get tied in with so many images, drugs, decadence, libertine aristos of the jive renaissance, that it gets all ...

What Made Rizla Famous Made A Loser Out Of Me

Comment by Penny Reel, International Times, May 1974

AFTER YEARS OF shadowy unwillingness as one of the mainstays of the dope scene, Rizla and their finest quality gummed papers have finally put one ...

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