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Jimi Hendrix 1968

Interview by Michael Lydon, New York Times, March 1968

"Will he burn it tonight?" asked a neat blonde of her boyfriend, squashed in beside her on the packed floor of the Fillmore auditorium. "He ...

The Who in San Francisco

Report and Interview by Michael Lydon, New York Times, September 1968

THE WHO PLAY rock "n’ roll music ("it’s got a back beat, you can’t lose it," says Chuck Berry). Not art-rock, acid-rock, or any type ...

Albert King: Steve Paul's Scene, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, October 1968

Albert King, Guitarist, Gives Loud Support to Blues Power ...

Larry Coryell: Rock Guitarist Moves Along, Shunning the Blues

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, October 1968

IT SEEMS hard, almost impossible, to become a top rock guitarist without embracing the blues. But Larry Coryell, who is currently appearing at the Scene, ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company: Hunter College, NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, November 1968

BIG BROTHER and the Holding Company, which played before a packed auditorium at Hunter College Friday, has less than one month before Janis Joplin leaves ...

Richie Havens: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, November 1968

Richie Havens Puts Sincerity Into Songs, Guitar-Playing, Talk ...

Blood Sweat & Tears: Blood. Sweat & Tears: Hunter College, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, November 1968

Blood Sweat and Tears Rocks with the Music of Al Kooper ...

The Beatles: The Beatles [The White Album] (Apple)

Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, November 1968

TOMORROW THE BEATLES will release their first album in a year, titled simply The Beatles. ...

Canned Heat Adds Blues to Its Rock: Band at the Fillmore East Performs With Power

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, November 1968

CANNED HEAT is a soulful rock group that escaped from the psychedelic badlands of California and now is working hard to become the top blues ...

Lightnin' Slim, Slim Harpo: Slim Harpo and Lightnin' Slim: Steve Paul's Scene, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, November 1968

Slim Harpo Offers Authenticity In Country Blues at the Scene. Harmonica Player Joined by Lightning Slim, Guitarist, in Low-Key Performance ...

The Doors: Jim Morrison and the Doors, LA, 1968

Profile and Interview by Michael Lydon, New York Times, December 1968

"PLAY 'LIGHT MY FIRE’!" "Yeah, ‘Light My Fire.’" Out of the vastness of the Los Angeles Forum, its 18,000 seats filled on a December Saturday ...

Buddy Guy, Jefferson Airplane: Jefferson Airplane, Buddy Guy: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, December 1968

Psychedelic Music Still Keeps The Jefferson Airplane Flying ...

Elvis Presley to Make Personal Appearances

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, December 1968

ELVIS PRESLEY, with one eye to the increasing interest in old-style rock and the other to his decreasing income from movie roles, is making plans ...

Pearls Before Swine: Rock Trio Avoids The Public Eye

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, December 1968

Pearls Before Swine is Content to Make Records ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, December 1968

Country Joe's Fish Make Heads Swim To Electric Sounds ...

Bill Graham: The Producer of the New Rock

Interview by Michael Lydon, New York Times, December 1968

"I dream about doing the Beatles," Bill Graham said, hunched over his desk in the crowded office of the Fillmore West. Outside the office, the ...

Johnny Winter, Sam & Dave: Sam & Dave: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, December 1968

Soul Team Plays 'South of the Border' ...

Arthur Brown: Fillmore East, New York

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, December 1968

Dramatic Rock: Arthur Brown's Costumes Give His Songs an Impressively Added Impact ...

Johnny Winter: The Making Of A Superstar

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, 1969

THERE WAS THE Fillmore East, the East Coast's major rock palace, located ingratiously in a heap of garbage, drunks and weekend freaks on Second Ave. ...

Charlie Musselwhite: The Charlie Musselwhite Blues Band: The Scene, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, January 1969

Group at The Scene Shows It's Together. Gutsy Sound Delivered With Rock Excitement ...

Johnny Winter: Blues Guitar Sound of Johnny Winter Comes North

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, January 1969

JOHNNY WINTER has spent years playing bars and lounges in the South and now, with fingers that fly across his guitar like a Texas tornado, ...

Mother Earth: Scene Is Rocked By Mother Earth

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, January 1969

Texas-Influenced Band At Nightclub Through Tonight ...

Ian and Sylvia: Café Au Go Go, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, January 1969

Ian and Sylvia, Folk Duo, Arrive With a New Country Sound Here ...

The Doors: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, January 1969

20,000 Hear Doors Give Rock Concert In a Packed Garden ...

Janis Joplin: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, February 1969

NEW BAND LIBERATES JOPLIN BLUES SOUND ...

John Mayall, Ten Years After: Ten Years After, John Mayall: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, March 1969

10 Years After and John Mayall Present Blues at Fillmore East ...

Danny Kalb, Karen Dalton, Tim Buckley: Tim Buckley: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY; Danny Kalb: Café Au Go Go, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, March 1969

Poet-Singer Draws Throng With Band at Philharmonic ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, March 1969

Californians Play Refreshing Rock At Fillmore East ...

Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline

Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, April 1969

WARMTH INVADES DYLAN RECORDINGNashville Skyline Reveals a More Polished Singer ...

The Band Breathes Fresh Country Air Over Fillmore East

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, May 1969

THE BAND, WHICH was first known as Bob Dylan's back-up group, spent Friday and Saturday coolly circulating mountain air through the Fillmore East, 105 Second ...

The Byrds, Procol Harum: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, June 1969

PROCOL HARUM, the Britons who fuse rock and classics, played their loud, dramatic music at the Fillmore East this weekend. ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Schaefer Music Festival, Central Park, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1969

Jerry Lee Lewis Mixes Rock Styles In Schaefer Concert ...

Dr. John, the Night Tripper: Steve Paul's Scene, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1969

Dr. John Accents Drum's Rhythms. Afro-Cuban Music at Heart of Coast Musician's Songs ...

Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1969

Blind Faith Group Sings ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Schaefer Music Festival, Central Park, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1969

Miss Sainte-Marie Is Heard In Park: Individual Stylist Performs Some Protest Songs ...

Muddy Waters: Museum of Modern Art, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1969

Easy Does It as Muddy Waters Plays Blues at Outdoor Concert ...

Johnny Winter: Forest Hills Music Festival, Queens NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1969

Agility Marks Blues By Johnny Winter At Forest Hills Fete ...

Jose Feliciano, Willie Bobo: Downing Stadium, Randall's Island, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1969

Jose Feliciano Gives A Bilingual Concert On Randall's Island ...

Pacific Gas & Electric: Museum of Modern Art, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, August 1969

Coast rock band plays at museum: Pacific Gas & Electric at "Jazz in Garden" Series ...

Joe Cocker & The Grease Band: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, August 1969

Joe Cocker and the Grease Band Sound Off at the Fillmore East ...

Elvis Presley's Comeback Gets Off To Exciting Start

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, August 1969

ELVIS PRESLEY, the "old groaner" of the rock 'n' roll generation, still has his snarl. The acknowledged king of early rock opened a month's engagement ...

The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family Stone: The Band, Sly & The Family Stone, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin: Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Bethel, NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, August 1969

Rock Audience Moves to Dusk-to-Dawn Rhythms ...

Poco: The Pavilion, Flushing Meadow Park, Queens, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, August 1969

West Coast Band Pavilion Winner: Poco Plays Country Music in Flushing Meadow Park ...

The Stooges: The Pavilion, Flushing Meadow Park, Queens

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, September 1969

Stooges, Rock Group, Prefers To Accent Roll – and Squirm ...

The Flock: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, September 1969

THE FLOCK ROCKS AT FILLMORE EAST7-Man Group Mixes Music of Many Eras Well ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, September 1969

COAST ROCK GROUP AT FILLMORE EAST. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Offer 2 Concerts in Debut ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road (Apple)

Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, October 1969

Abbey Road by Beatles Marked by Moderation ...

Donovan: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, October 1969

Garden (Madison Sq.) Is Ideal For the Ever-Florid Donovan ...

The Who: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, October 1969

THE WHO BRINGS ROCK OPERA HERETommy Begins 6-Day Run at the Fillmore East ...

Richie Havens: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, November 1969

RICHIE HAVENS, who has become one of the most important figures in folk music, performed at Philharmonic Hall last night. ...

Tim Buckley: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, November 1969

Tim Buckley sets Low-Keyed Mood At a Jazz Concert ...

The Archies: The Archies Are Fictional, But Their Success Is Not

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, November 1969

CRITICS MAY debate whether some rock groups that make hit records should exist at all but what can one say about a hit record made ...

Santana: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, November 1969

SANTANA'S RHYTHMS HEARD IN 2 CONCERTS ...

Chicago, Johnny Winter: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, November 1969

Blodwyn Pig Also on Bill of Jazz and Blues Rock ...

Ike & Tina Turner, Sam & Dave: Felt Forum, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, November 1969

Soul Selections Get Sensual Treatment From Tina Turner ...

The Rolling Stones: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, November 1969

The Rolling Stones Are Still ExcitingMadness of the Beatles Brought Here Again ...

Johnny Cash: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, December 1969

20,000 AT GARDEN HEAR JOHNNY CASH ...

Jethro Tull: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, December 1969

JETHRO TULL FOUR AT FILLMORE EASTFlute and Vocals Mainstay of British Rock Croup ...

David Ackles: The Bitter End, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, December 1969

DAVID ACKLES is one of the more interesting young performers working in the Brecht/Weill area of dramatic song. The 32-year-old Californian, a former playwright, writes ...

Janis Joplin: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, December 1969

Janis Joplin Gives A Rousing Display Of Blues and Rock ...

Arlo Guthrie: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, December 1969

Love Tales Sung By Arlo Guthrie – Talking-Blues Style Marks Concert at Carnegie Hall ...

The Band, The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble: The Band: Felt Forum, New York NY; The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, December 1969

'The Band' Rocks With Hillbilly Ease ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, January 1970

Quicksilver Group Brings New Pianist To Fillmore East ...

Peter, Paul & Mary, Richie Havens, The Voices of East Harlem: Richie Havens, Peter, Paul & Mary, the Voices of East Harlem et al – Vietnam Moratorium Benefit, Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, January 1970

Garden Thronged for Songfest In Aid of Vietnam Moratorium ...

Ronnie Hawkins: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, March 1970

Ronnie Hawkins on Fillmore Bill – Arkansan Shares Program With Stone the Crows ...

The Stooges: Watch the Freak: Iggy Pop

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, April 1970

IGGY POP – magnificent name, much better than Jim, which is really his name – is on national television. He is lead singer in a ...

John Denver: The Bitter End, New York NYC

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, April 1970

John Denver Spins Folk Spell In Bow At The Bitter End ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, May 1970

Garden Audience Dances and Sings To Creedence Rock ...

Alice Cooper: Boy-Girl Alice Cooper Puts on a Freaky Show

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, May 1970

ON STAGE, THE lead singer of a rock band, a young man named Alice Cooper, has taken off his silver jump suit to reveal black ...

Dave Van Ronk, Townes Van Zandt: Townes Van Zandt: Bitter End, New York NY; Dave Van Ronk: Gaslight Café, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, May 1970

Two Folk Singers Show Varied Styles At Village Clubs ...

The Doors: Felt Forum, New York NYC

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, June 1970

The Doors Draw Active Audience. Rock Group's Singer Has to Be Saved From Fans. ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: Max's Kansas City, NYC

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1970

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND was playing experimental rock in 1965 when the Beatles just wanted hold your hand and San Francisco was still the place where ...

Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band: Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, August 1970

Janis Joplin and Her New Group Give Rousing Forest Hills Show ...

Delaney & Bonnie: Wollman Rink, Central Park, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, August 1970

Delaney & Bonnie And New Friends Give Park Concert ...

Led Zeppelin: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, September 1970

ZEPPELIN BRINGS DRIVING STYLE HERE ...

Eric Burdon, War: Eric Burdon & War: Felt Forum, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, September 1970

Eric Burdon Bows with New Group. Singer's Band, War, Proves It's a Magnificent One ...

Derek & The Dominos: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, October 1970

DEREK AND the Dominos is Eric Clapton's new rock group, and the people in the audience who were chanting "Clapton" before the group came onstage ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Buddy Miles: Buddy Miles, Big Brother & The Holding Company: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, January 1971

Buddy Miles Group And the Holding Co. Heard on Rock Bill ...

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: Ungano's, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, January 1971

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & the Magic Band, a Los Angeles group, is playing through tonight at Ungano's, 210 West 70th Street. ...

Manhattan Transfer: Hunter College, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, March 1971

Old Songs Receive A Rock Treatment At Hunter College ...

The Kinks Draw An Unruly Crowd

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, April 1971

The Kinks: Philharmonic Hall, NYC ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Ike and Tina Turner: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, April 1971

The Turners Shift To a New Category Called Porno Soul ...

Mountain: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, April 1971

MOUNTAIN TURNS UP ROCK-MUSIC VOLUME ...

Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker: John Lee Hooker, Canned Heat: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, April 1971

Hooker Performs With a Pop Group He Helped Inspire ...

Isaac Hayes: Isaac Hayes... To Be Continued

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, April 1971

The 'Black Moses' Should Move Ahead ...

Phil Ochs: Hunter College, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, April 1971

Real Phil Ochs Back, But There's a Penalty ...

Grateful Dead: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, April 1971

Grateful Dead Draws Far-Out Fans ...

Alice Cooper: Town Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, May 1971

Concert in Drag By Alice Cooper, A Boy and Band ...

Linda Ronstadt: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, May 1971

Bright Song Style Of Linda Ronstadt Lights Up Fillmore ...

Nina Simone: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, May 1971

Throng Welcomes Nina Simone, Back After Long Absence ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: ELP: Fillmore East, New York NYC

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, May 1971

BRITISH BAND MAKES DEBUT AT FILLMORE ...

Carly Simon: The Bitter End, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, May 1971

CARLY SIMON SINGS AT THE BITTER END ...

Fanny: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, May 1971

Fanny, a Four-Girl Rock Group, Poses a Challenge to Male Ego ...

If You Think It's Groovy To Rap, You're Shucking

Overview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, June 1971

WHEN YOU are trying to be a suburban Dharma Bum you have to try harder. Between the tennis court and the parking lot I read ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, June 1971

Zappa's Musicians Rock Through Epic Of Stylized Traveler ...

Elton John: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, June 1971

Solo, or With Group, Elton John Thrills Carnegie Audiences ...

Tom Jones: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, June 1971

TOM JONES EXCELS IN GARDEN RECITAL ...

The Holy Modal Rounders: Folk City, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, June 1971

Holy Modal Rounders Playing Fractured Country Music Here ...

Last Rites Are Merry Ones at the Fillmore East

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, June 1971

WITH SEVERAL thousand dollars worth of free food and beer and what one Fillmore regular described as "the best vibes since the place opened," the ...

John Denver: The Bitter End, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1971

John Denver Shows Sensitivity and Style In Bitter End Songs ...

Elephant's Memory: Folk City, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1971

Elephant's Memory Mixes Radicalism And a Rough Sound ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Shea Stadium, Brooklyn NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1971

THE MAMMOTH Grand Funk Railroad concert last night before 55,000 people at Shea Stadium was really a spectacle, not a concert. ...

Loudon Wainwright III: The Gaslight, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1971

Loudon Wainwright At Gaslight Evokes Dylan Comparisons ...

Rock Festivals: Sometimes You Can Even Hear The Music

Overview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1971

"EVERYONE'S SAYING the music's for free" — that's the line from a recent rock album by singer David Crosby. But there have been signs that ...

Bo Diddley, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tower of Power: Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1971

Bo Diddley Returns on Guitar At Forest Hills Rock Concert ...

Bill Withers: Bitter End, New York NYC

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1971

Bill Withers Plays In Soul-Folk Style ...

The Who: Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Queens NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, July 1971

The Who Play First Program Of '71 Here Despite Downpour ...

Donny Hathaway: Donny Hathaway (Atco)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, August 1971

EVER SINCE Otis Redding's tragic death in 1967, record companies have been searching for the great black hope to fill his shoes. Whenever a new ...

Stephen Stills: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, August 1971

Stephen Stills Plays at Garden In His First Solo Concert Here ...

Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar: George Harrison et al: Concert for Bangla Desh, Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, August 1971

Raga and Rock Link 2 Cultures ...

Three Dog Night: If You Encounter a 6-Foot Frog

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, August 1971

I HAD NEVER been to Dallas. I had not been opposed to going to Dallas. It just was not one of those places I had ...

The Impressions, The Staple Singers, Stephen Stills, Tom Rush: Stephen Stills, The Impressions, The Staple Singers, Tom Rush albums

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, September 1972

Stephen Stills: Manassas (Atlantic); The Impressions: Times Have Changed (Curtom); The Staple Singers: Be Altitude: Respect Yourself (Stax); Tom Rush: Merrimack County (Columbia) ...

Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen: Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers Favorites (Paramount)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, October 1972

Truckin' the Blues Away ...

Bobby Womack: Understanding (United Artists)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, October 1972

ALTHOUGH HE'S one of the most respected rhythm 'n' blues guitarist/songwriters, Bobby Womack hasn't yet hit the big time the way an Isaac Hayes or ...

T. Rex: The Slider (Reprise)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, October 1972

AT LEAST every other week another group appears that's hailed by its publicists as the biggest thing since the Beatles. in the case of T. ...

Bonnie Raitt: Give It Up (Warner Bros.)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, December 1972

Bonnie Branches Out ...

The Persuasions: Spread The Word (Capitol)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, December 1972

GHETTO KIDS don't have parents who can spare a few hundred dollars for an electric guitar like their suburban counterparts. But they do possess an ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk's Thin Din

Comment by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, December 1972

THEY'RE too loud. Their playing is mediocre. They can't sing – all war cries for a cobweb-brained establishment confronted with rock-music it can't understand. ...

La Lupe, Tito Puente: When La Lupe Sings, She Gets Involved

Profile and Interview by Ian Dove, New York Times, February 1973

THE HOUSEWIFE in Engelwood, N.J., who shops the local supermarket with her mother is also the official "Queen of Latin Song," with partisan audiences that ...

Alice Cooper: Alice and His $1 Million

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, April 1973

"TO BE HONEST, I was a little worried about the guillotine," Alice Cooper says. "The safety doesn't work too well, and, well, there was that ...

Carole King, Melissa Manchester: Carole King: Fantasy (Ode); Melissa Manchester: Home To Myself (Bell)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, July 1973

A Bland Carole King ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Max's Kansas City, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, July 1973

Waiters Serve Up Genuine Reggay ...

Harry Nilsson, Joel Grey: Harry Nilsson: A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night (RCA); Joel Grey: Joel Grey Live! (Columbia)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, August 1973

Harry? He's Lost in the Woodwinds ...

The Charlie Daniels Band: Charlie Daniels: Writer Rides High on 'Uneasy Rider'

Interview by Ian Dove, New York Times, September 1973

PICKING ITS way carefully across the playlists of the music radio stations is a song titled 'Uneasy Rider', performed by its composer Charlie Daniels. The ...

Art Garfunkel: Angel Clare (Columbia)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, September 1973

Garfunkel On His Own ...

Peter Yarrow, Professor Longhair: Peter Yarrow: Max's Kansas City/Professor Longhair: Kenny's Castaways, both New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, October 1973

Solo YarrowPETER YARROW would appear to have shed all semblance of times past when he fronted an all-electric group at Max's Kansas City on Park ...

Bette Midler, Yoko Ono: Bette Midler: Bette Midler (Atlantic); Yoko Ono: Feeling The Space (Apple)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, November 1973

No Torches for Bette and Yoko ...

Wings: Band On The Run (Apple)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, December 1973

Paul's Grooves Will Grab You ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle (Columbia)

Review by Bruce Pollock, New York Times, December 1973

WHEN BRUCE Springsteen's first Columbia album, Greetings From Asbury Park, came out almost a year ago, it was met with the most extravagant and outrageous ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Why They Won't Bach Around The Clock

Interview by Ian Dove, New York Times, December 1973

WITH EMERSON, Lake and Palmer,
apparently nothing succeeds
like excess. The successful British rock trio, which is known for its appearances with symphony orchestras, is due at ...

Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark (Asylum)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, January 1974

Joni's Songs Are For Everyone ...

Buck Owens: The Pop Life: Buck Owens Bringing Nashville North by Way of West Coast

Interview by Ian Dove, New York Times, January 1974

"THERE'S SO much prejudice in New York — I think they're afraid of it." The speaker was the country music singer Buck Owens, and the ...

Bob Dylan: Planet Waves (Asylum)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, January 1974

Dylan Is His Own Dilemma ...

Foghat: Energized (Bearsville)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, February 1974

Pop: Foghat's Energy Zap ...

Rita Coolidge, Ry Cooder: Ry Cooder: Paradise & Lunch (Reprise); Rita Coolidge: Fall Into Spring (A&M)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, June 1974

Setting a Scene for Rock ...

Dory Previn: Dory Previn (Warner Bros.)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, September 1974

The Perceptive Songs Of Dory Previn ...

Lorraine Ellison, Tracy Nelson: Lorraine Ellison: Lorraine Ellison (Warner Bros.); Tracy Nelson: Tracy Nelson (Atlantic)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, September 1974

A Rising Star Needs a Setting ...

John Sebastian, Randy Newman: Randy Newman: Good Old Boys (Reprise); John Sebastian: Tarzana Kid (Reprise)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, October 1974

The Songwriter Sings ...

Aretha Franklin: With Everything I Feel In Me (Atlantic)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, November 1974

Aretha, You're the Top ...

Sonny Sharrock: A Musician With Lightning In His Hands

Profile and Interview by Mark Dery, New York Times, May 1991

Sonny Sharrock knew his route would be rocky. ...

Kraftwerk Redux

Profile and Interview by Mark Dery, New York Times, June 1991

WHEN VOLUNTEERS are needed for the first brain chips – surgically inserted microcircuits that, the theory goes, will boost brainpower – Kraftwerk will be first ...

Jane's Addiction: Jane’s Addiction and Lollapalooza: A Woodstock For The Lost Generation

Interview by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, August 1991

There’s no contest: this summer's biggest tour is the aptly titled Lollapalooza, a mobile rock festival featuring a bill of premier alternative bands – Siouxsie ...

Nirvana: Nevermind (Geffen)

Review by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, November 1991

NIRVANA'S VERTIGINOUS ascent to stardom has to be the year’s most surprising success story. The single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ has been in heavy rotation ...

Hole: Belting Out That Most Unfeminine Emotion

Interview by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, February 1992

SUSAN FALUDI, the author of Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, said recently in a magazine interview that "anger is not something that's an ...

Björk: Björk: Debut

Review by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, August 1992

The singer Björk has gone solo, as some devotees always felt she should. ...

The Fall: The Infotainment Scan (Matador)

Review by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, July 1993

THE FALL is one of England’s enduring cult bands. Formed in 1976 by the singer and lyricist Mark E. Smith, it evolved into one of ...

Morrissey: Vauxhall and I (Sire)

Review by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, 1994

IF TWO WORDS come close to encapsulating Morrissey's sensibility, they are isolation and insularity. ...

Seal: A Conjurer Of Lush Grooves

Interview by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, August 1994

What to call Seal’s blend of symphonic dance music and mystical lyrics? New Age funk? Progressive disco? Seal belongs to that strain of maverick, slightly ...

Leadbelly, Nirvana: A Simple Song That Lives Beyond Time: Leadbelly via Kurt Cobain

Essay by Eric Weisbard, New York Times, November 1994

IMMEDIATELY after the suicide of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the rock band Nirvana, last April, MTV broadcasted almost continuously an hourlong Unplugged special that ...

Graham Nash: A Technology to Teach the Children Well

Interview by Charles Bermant, New York Times, March 1995

IN THE INFORMATION age, powerful technology without compelling content is an empty experience indeed. This realization by the singer Graham Nash led to his partnership ...

Blur, Oasis: Blur Vs. Oasis: A U.S. Perspective

Overview by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, September 1995

RIGHT NOW, the British music scene is convulsed with patriotic fervor. For the first time in over a decade, young British guitar bands are penetrating ...

Rancid: What's In A Mohawk?

Report and Interview by R.J. Smith, New York Times, January 1996

EVEN FOR A break-all-the-rules punk rock band, some rules still apply. It's 10 minutes to stage, and the members of Rancid are sitting in their ...

Strolling Down Punk-Rock Lane: Legs McNeil

Profile and Interview by Ira Robbins, New York Times, July 1996

THE CLASS OF 1976 held a reunion in the lobby of the Gershwin Hotel late last month. While inspecting a photography exhibition documenting their youth, ...

The Kinks Online

Guide by Charles Bermant, New York Times, December 1998

THE KINKS ARE the only major British Invasion group aside from the Rolling Stones to continue to perform and record, and, like many musicians, have ...

Smart, Lyrical, Even Genteel, But Is It Rock?

Essay by Eric Weisbard, New York Times, August 1999

FOR ONE breed of rock fan, last year's most important album was probably Lucinda Williams's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, a dozen perfectly turned ...

Pop in the 90's: Everything for Everyone

Essay by Eric Weisbard, New York Times, April 2000

GEORGE STRAIT is a middle-aged country singer with an easy grin about him; even his boxed sets go platinum. Ice Cube is an intense rapper ...

Leonard Cohen's Troubles May Be a Theme Come True

Report by Marc Weingarten, New York Times, October 2005

Betrayal and bitterness have been running themes in Leonard Cohen's work ever since Songs of Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter's debut album, appeared in 1968. ...

Joy Division: Music to Brood by, Desolate and Stark

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, October 2007

THE MYSTIQUE surrounding Joy Division has always been way out of proportion to its record sales. Far bigger bands, like the Clash and Pink Floyd, ...

Rocking Cincinnati's R&B Cradle

Retrospective and Interview by R.J. Smith, New York Times, January 2009

A CROWD GATHERS around crumbling walls that are a small evolutionary step up from a miserable pile of bricks. The facade leaks water, and masonry ...

Ellen Willis: Out Of The Vinyl Deeps – Ellen Willis on Rock Music (University of Minnesota Press)

Book Review by Evelyn McDonnell, New York Times, June 2011

WOODSTOCK WAS A RIP-OFF. Creedence Clearwater Revival eclipsed the Rolling Stones. Bob Dylan struggled with identity. Janis Joplin "was not so much a victim as ...

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