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The Byrds' David Crosby (1967)

Interview by Ted Alvy, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1967

The Cros talks about the new vibe of co-operation between musicians, Monterey, the disintegration of Haight-Ashbury, seeing Cream play the Fillmore the night before, and all kinds of other fine stuff

File format: mp3; file size: 36.4mb, interview length: 39' 47" sound quality: ***

Clyde McPhatter (1968)

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1968

From Harlem in the '50s to London in the late '60s: Clyde McPhatter on Billy Ward and the Dominos, The Drifters, Atlantic Records, Alan Freed and the usual trials and tribulations of an R&B artist.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 40.1meg, total interview length: 43' 48" sound quality: ***

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (1969)

Interview by Michael Lydon, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1969

Recorded during the Dead's 1969 peak, Garcia looks back to the early days of the Warlocks, the Acid Tests, goes through the albums to date (including the soon-to-be-released Live/Dead) and expounds on the music.

File format: mp3; file size: 57.6mb, interview length: 1h 02' 57" sound quality: ****

Johnny Otis (1970)

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1970

From Little Esther to Big Mama, "The Duke Ellington of Watts" takes us back to Central Avenue: the shysters, the talent, the clubs and record labels; the hits, the misses and the rip-offs.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 45.6meg, total interview length: 49' 49" sound quality: ***

Bo Diddley (1970)

Interview by Michael Lydon, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1970

When Bo's not being a boxer, truck driver, gunslinger, lumberjack etc. he's being A Man - a husband and father, dealing with life in the USA. The Gunslinger tells Michael Lydon of record company rip-offs, dealin' with the po-lice and the very meaning of life itself.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts (plus introduction), total file sizes: 72.4meg, total interview length: 1h 20' 01" sound quality: **

Jimi Hendrix (1970)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1970

In the last interview Hendrix did, a week before his death, he talks poignantly about his plans for the future, and looks back at his past.

File format: mp3 File size: 28.6mb Interview length: 31 minutes 17 seconds Sound quality: ****

Ahmet Ertegün (1971)

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1971

From his youth as an avid record collector and black music fan, up to signing Ray Charles, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegün tells the whole story.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 103.7mb; total interview length: 1h 53' 29" sound quality: ***

Dr. John (1971)

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1971

From scuffling in the clubs and studios of late-'50s New Orleans, to his reinvention as Dr. John in mid-'60s L.A., Mac Rebennack tells the whole story - the gangsters, the drugs, the hard times and the high times. And, of course, the music, always the music.

File format: mp3; in 6 parts, total file sizes: 157.1mb, total interview length: 2h 51' 32" sound quality: ***

Otis Redding: Phil Walden on Otis Redding and more (1971)

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1971

It's 1971, and the Allmans are on the rise, Jimmy Carter is in the Governor's Mansion, and Otis is four-years-dead: Capricorn man Phil Walden and pals look back at Otis, the MGs, and discuss race and the South with remarkable frankness.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 96.1mb, total interview length: 1h 44' 59" sound quality: **

Tom Dowd (1971)

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1971

The Land of a Thousand Drifters: Charlie Gillett talks with arguably the greatest recording engineer in rock and soul history about the early days with Atlantic, Leiber and Stoller, The Rascals and Stax.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 53.2meg, total interview length: 58' 07" sound quality: ***

America (1972)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1972

The grits and granola boy-band on the Crosby, Stills & Nash copyists issue, playing live and sharing accommodation

File format: mp3; file size: 14.8mb; Interview length: 16' 11"; sound quality: ****

Dr. John with Jerry Wexler (1972)

Interview by Jerry Wexler, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1972

Kick back around the piano and let Dr. John and Jerry Wexler take you back to the R&B glory days of New Orleans: 'Fess, Guitar Slim and many more. (And be patient; Wexler becomes audible after a few minutes!)

File format: mp3; file size: 27.3mb; Interview length: 29' 50"; sound quality: ****

Tim Hardin (1972)

Interview by James Johnson, Rock's Backpages Audio, Spring 1972

The vibrato in his body, the band in his head and the drugs in his veins: the legendary singer-songwriter in revealing, if somewhat dazed conversation.

File format: mp3; file size: 29mb, interview length: 31' 37" sound quality: ****

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi (1973)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1973

From collapsing at the Hollywood Bowl to Geezer Butler's gallstones, via the making of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and enjoying a nice game of Monopoly at home, the Riff King chats with Keith Altham.

File format: mp3; File size: 32.6meg, interview length: 35' 34" sound quality: ***

Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore (1973)

Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1973

Take the limo to Purple's West Palm Beach Arena show! Listen to Ritchie badmouth his bandmates! The rancour, the hatred, the splits, and the imminent departure of Ian Gillan and others!

File format: mp3; file size: 63.2mb, interview length: 1h 08' 58" sound quality: ***

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger (1973)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1973

Ol' Rubber Lips on the reception afforded to Exile, the making of latest album Goat's Head Soup, what current music is or isn't turning him on, and the Stones' place in the scheme of things

File format: mp3 File size: 29.5mb Interview length: 32 minutes 13 seconds Sound quality: **

Barry Manilow (1974)

Interview by Tom Graves, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1974

Interviewed by Kini Kedigh and Tom Graves just as he's starting to hit big, Manilow talks about his background in music, backing Bette Midler at the Continental Baths, and gives his opinions on just about everything under the sun.

File format: mp3; file size: 45.1mb, interview length: 49' 16" sound quality: *

Country Joe McDonald (1974)

Interview by Mick Gold, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1974

Country Joe talks about being brought up by communist parents, his current musical and political interests, the Paris Sessions album, songwriting, the Beats, jazz and... Bowie!

File format: mp3; file size: 81mb, interview length: 1h 28' 27" sound quality: ***

Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant (1974)

Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1974

The southern rock icon on 'Free Bird'; recording the first three albums; the band's poor backgrounds; and thoughts about music in general and guitar players in particular.

File format: mp3; file size: 27.4mb; Interview length: 29' 56"; sound quality: **

Marc Bolan (1974)

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1974

Bolan looks back at Tyrannosaurus Rex and the British underground scene; turning electric and the Beard of Stars album; 'Ride a White Swan'; and ruminates on glitter, image and stardom.

File format: mp3; file size: 21.8mb, interview length: 23' 49" sound quality: ****

Humble Pie's Steve Marriott (1974)

Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1974

The Pieman tells some splendid road stories; talks about recording their latest, Thunderbox; looks back at his schooldays and the Small Faces, and talks about his immediate plans.

File format: mp3; file size: 25.6mb, interview length: 27' 56" sound quality: ***

John Cale (1974)

Interview by Mick Gold, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1974

Cale talks about his musical life, from King's College Cambridge to Fear, via La Monte Young and the Velvet Underground.

File format: mp3; file size: 48.1mb, interview length: 52' 32" sound quality: ***

Tim Buckley (1974)

Interview by Andy Childs, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1974

From Van Gogh to Hank Williams to Hunter S Thompson via RD Laing and Ray Charles: Tim Buckley on life, America, and all his albums.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 75.6meg, total interview length: 1h 22' 29" sound quality: ***

Alexis Korner (1975)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1975

The Father of British Blues talks about splitting from skiffle in the late '50s; working with such luminaries as Chris Barber and Cyril Davies; his band Blues Incorporated which, at various times, included Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts; meeting Brian Jones and wet-nursing the early Rolling Stones; and talks at length about where the Stones go post Mick-Taylor.

File format: mp3; file size: 36.6mb, interview length: 39' 36" sound quality: ****

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan, parts 1 & 2 (1975)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1975

Marc on life on the road, rock'n'roll literature, his image and clothes, guitars, "chicks", Elvis and a whole lot more

File format: mp3; Part 1: file size: 26.2mb; length: 28 minutes 37 seconds. Part 2: file size: 28.1mb; length: 30 minutes 43 seconds.Sound quality: ***

Paul Kossoff (1975)

Interview by Dave Schulps, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1975

The somewhat-stoned Backstreet Crawler guitarist looks back at his time in Free – Alexis Korner, Tetsu and Rabbit's involvement – and gives his opinion of Rogers and Kirk's post-Free Bad Company.

File format: mp3; file size: 14.2mb, interview length: 15' 22" sound quality: **

Dr. Feelgood (1975)

Interview by Mick Gold, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1975

The men from Canvey Island talk about how they got together, getting into the London pub-rock scene, their aggressive performances and recording Down by the Jetty.

File format: mp3; file size: 71.8mb, interview length: 1h 18' 25" sound quality: ***

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley (1975)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1975

The day after his legendary Lyceum show, Marley expounds on Babylon, Rastafari, Jamaica, his universal message, and the meaning of 'I Shot The Sheriff'.

File format: mp3; file size: 11.5mb, interview length: 25' 01" sound quality: ****

Casablanca Records' Neil Bogart (1976)

Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1976

The Casablanca Records mogul gives his record industry background, selling bubblegum, radio censorship, big-sellers Kiss and, extensively, about Donna Summer and her disco/sex smash 'Love To Love You Baby'.

File format: mp3; file size: 42.8mb, interview length: 46' 45" sound quality: ***

Donna Summer (1976)

Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1976

Disco Diva Donna on living and working in Europe; meeting Pete Bellotte and Giorgio Moroder; her family background in Boston and being a rebellious schoolkid, and tells us all about the making of the epochal 'Love To Love You Baby'.

File format: mp3; file size: 66.4mb, interview length: 1h 12' 28" sound quality: ***

Grace Slick (1976)

Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1976

Interviewed at the Airplane house in San Francisco, the chanteuse of psychedelia rambles in splendid style on her early days in the Great Society, writing White Rabbit, drugs and drink and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 77.2mb, total interview length: 1h 24' 21" sound quality: ***

Patti Smith (1976)

Interview by Mick Gold, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1976

Ms Smith talks at length about her poetry, her influences, live improvisation, and Bob Dylan.

File format: mp3; file size: 102.8mb, interview length: 1h 51' 56" sound quality: ***

Santana: Carlos Santana (1977)

Interview by Steven Rosen, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1977

Carlos Santana talks to Steven Rosen about his musical background. (1977)

File format: MP3 File size: 427kb<br> Interview length: 36 seconds Sound quality: **

Fleetwood Mac (1977)

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1977

Mick Fleetwood takes us through a history of the band from 'Albatross' on, and is joined by Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham to talk about the Fleetwood Mac and Rumours albums.

File format: mp3; file size: 29.8mb, interview length: 32' 33" sound quality: ****

Sandy Denny (1977)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1977

The Queen of English Folk-Rock talks about going back on the road (the repertoire, the musicians and the nerves), about her recent split from Island Records, and about her new baby Georgia.

File format: mp3 File size: 9.5mb Interview length: 10' 23"; Sound quality: ****

Thin Lizzy (1977)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1977

Phil Lynott and Scott Gorham, mid US tour, talk about playing live, writing songs, punk, and English taxes!

File format: mp3; file size: 40.8mb, interview length: 44' 33" sound quality: ****

Cheap Trick (1977)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1977

Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander, playing San Francisco for the first time, talk about their whacky image and stage personas, being well supported by record company Epic, and how they should be written about in the Gay press!

File format: mp3; file size: 31.4mb, interview length: 34' 18" sound quality: ****

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page (1977)

Interview by Steven Rosen, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1977

Jimmy Page on recording techniques, and the formation of Led Zeppelin, with Steven Rosen (1977)

File format: MP3 File size: 1.2 mb<br> Interview length: 1 minute 49 seconds Sound quality: ***

Wilson Pickett (1977)

Interview by Michael Lydon, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1977

After Michael Lydon's swift intro, an avuncular Wilson Pickett talks about his gospel roots, The Falcons, hooking up with Atlantic and working in Memphis and Muscle Shoals.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 42.3mb, total interview length: 46' 10" sound quality: ***

Alice Cooper (1978)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1978

Eight months into recovery, Alice talks about coming off the booze, what it means to be "Alice Cooper", praises Etta James' cover of 'Only Women Bleed', chats about President Ford (and voting for Nixon), and opines about Patti Smith and punk rock.

File format: mp3; file size: 51.5mb, interview length: 56' 12" sound quality: ***

The Clash's Joe Strummer (1978)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1978

A typically splendid Strummer interview: He explains Ska! He digs Steve Miller! He prefers the Sun to the Guardian! He's in hospital with hepatitis! Plus stuff on gobbing, politics, the upcoming 2nd Clash album etc.

File format: mp3; file size: 25mb, interview length: 27' 17" sound quality: ***

The Clash's Paul Simonon (1978)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1978

The Clash's bassman talks about his life pre-Clash; the Clash's politics (personal and public); his development as a musician and a showman, and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; file size: 53.4mb, interview length: 58' 16" sound quality: ***

Generation X's Billy Idol (1978)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1978

The Generation X frontman talks about the evolution and nature of the band, and extemporises about the nature of punk rock and the power of rock'n'roll.

File format: mp3; file size: 46.6mb, interview length: 50' 54" sound quality: ***

Patti Smith on KSAN San Francisco (1978)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1978

Ms Smith regales the listeners to KSAN, San Francisco, with stories about Tina Turner, Sandy Pearlman and the Clash; sings the praises of Fred 'Sonic Smith and Tom Verlaine; gives respect to Bill Graham. She also makes Public Service announcements, and comments on the commercials!

File format: mp3; file size: 81.9mb, interview length: 1h 29' 27" sound quality: ***

Chaka Khan (1978)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1978

Just having left Rufus, Chaka talks about making her solo debut (featuring 'I'm Every Woman'), her Chicago roots, her dislike of disco and her surprising love of punk rock.

File format: mp3; file size: 33.9mb, interview length: 36' 59" sound quality: ***

Bill Monroe (1979)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1979

The King of the bluegrass Mandolin discusses his approach to music, the influence of the blues, playing with the likes of Flatt & Scruggs, and gives his view of contemporary bluegrass artists such as the Dillards.

File format: mp3; file size: 9.4meg; Interview length: 10' 16"; sound quality: ***

Michael Jackson (1980)

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1980

John Pidgeon, via a 13-year-old Janet, hears from the King of Pop about how he linked up with Motown, learned about the studio, how he sees his future and his defense of disco

File format: mp3; file size: 9.2mb; Interview length: 10' 01"; sound quality: ****

Wolfman Jack (1980)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1980

The Personality Jock numero uno takes us through his entire career bestriding the airwaves: after his East Coast initiation, heading South of the Border to the big Mexican stations – pistoleros, gunfights, corruption and R&B; the move to Los Angeles, TV with Midnight Special and starring in George Lucas' American Graffiti, and he also runs down his pretty immaculate Top Ten tunes.

File format: mp3; file size: 53.1mb, interview length: 57' 59" sound quality: ***

Talking Heads' David Byrne

Interview by Van Gosse, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1980

The Heads' head talks in depth about new album Remain In Light, tensions within the band, his interest in World Music and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 71.6mb, interview length: 1h 18' 13" sound quality: **

Kate Bush (1980)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1980

Ms Bush talks about her recent (and only) tour – the practice, pleasures and fears of performing live; about her new (third) album Never For Ever; the 'paedophilia' allegations surrounding the song 'The Infant Kiss'; and ruminates on the pressures of success.

File format: mp3; file size: 28.6mb, interview length: 31' 16" sound quality: **

The Beatles: Gypsy Dave with The Beatles in India (1981)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1981

Travel with Donovan-acolyte Gypsy Dave to the ashram at Rishikesh to witness The Beatles meeting the Maharishi. Gypsy Dave is the cynic in the camp, and makes his escape with Ringo and Maureen.

File format: mp3; file size: 19.8mb; Interview length: 21' 38"; sound quality: **

Public Image Ltd. (1981)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1981

John Lydon, Keith Levene and (a barely audible) Jeanette Lee on: the Flowers of Romance album; what was wrong with Wobble; Satin tour jackets; the Futurists & Steve Strange; problems with Virgin Records and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 41.2mb, interview length: 45' 01" sound quality: **

Peter Gabriel (1981)

Interview by Mick Gold, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1981

On the back of his breakthrough solo hit single 'Games Without Frontiers', Gabriel talks about making Peter Gabriel 3, drum machines and technology, the influence of African music, the death of John Lennon and his take on punk, the Pistols and PiL.

File format: mp3; file size: 59.4mb, interview length: 1h 04' 53" sound quality: **

Lionel Hampton (1983)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1983

The hard-swinging vibraphonist takes us back to the '30s LA club scene, taking up vibes, joining Benny Goodman and discovering Dinah Washington.

File format: mp3; file size: 29mb, interview length: 31' 39" sound quality: ***

Aswad (1983)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1983

Brinsley Forde, Tony "Gad" Robinson and Drummie Zeb discuss the sufferation of Brit reggae acts, Rastafari and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 45.1mb, interview length: 49' 19" sound quality: ***

AUDIO: Misty In Roots

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1983

Walford 'Puck' Tyson and pickney dem reason with Simon Witter about Africa, Rasta, Soundsystem culture and a whole lot more. ...

The Gun Club: Gun Club's Jeffrey Lee Pierce (1983)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1983

The Gun Club head honcho talks about the revolving door band membership, the Death Party EP and more, accompanied by yawns, drumming of fingers and spinning coins on the table.

File format: mp3; file size: 23.2mb, interview length: 25' 19" sound quality: ***

Prince Charles & The City Beat Band: Prince Charles (& The City Beat Band) Alexander

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1983

From the ghetto and gangs of Roxbury in Boston to the Lyceum ballroom: Prince Charles Alexander and his trusty Lyricon move on up.

File format: mp3; file size: 48mb, interview length: 52' 27" sound quality: ***

The Fall's Mark E. Smith (1983)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1983

Accompanied by blushing bride Brix, the splendid Mark E. Smith talks about all things Fall: getting the band together, being the 'leader', songwriting, performing, the north v south debate and much more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 53.3mb, total interview length: 58' 13" sound quality: ***

Elvis Costello (1983)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1983

Imperial Bedroom vs. Punch the Clock; Emerick vs. Lowe vs. Langer/Winstanley; reassessing his back catalogue and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 83.9meg, total interview length: 1h 31' 41" sound quality: ***

Robert "Bumps" Blackwell

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1983

Songwriter and producer 'Bumps' Blackwell looks back at his illustrious career in pop and R&B: on Sam Cooke and 'You Send Me', Specialty Records and the West Coast indie scene, and at great length about his major discovery Little Richard.

File format: mp3; file size: 41.3mb, interview length: 45' 08" sound quality: ****

Brian and Eddie Holland

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1983

The Motown legends tallk about their partnership with Lamont Dozier; songwriting and production; Berry Gordy; their work with the Four Tops; crossing over to the pop market, and leaving Motown.

File format: mp3; file size: 37.2mb, interview length: 40' 35" sound quality: ****

Del Shannon (1983)

Interview by Ellen Sander, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1983

Te 'Runaway' man on the trials and tribulations of being a still-creative musician on the "oldies" circuit; songwriting; working with Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Dave Edmunds; and his insecurities and struggle with alcohol.

File format: mp3; file size: 50.5mb, interview length: 55' 11" sound quality: ***

Afrika Bambaataa (1984)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1984

The hip-hop and Electro Funk pioneer talks about the Zulu Nation, Shango, Soulsonic Force and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 28.2mb, interview length: 33' 50" sound quality: ***

Cockney Rebel's Steve Harley (1984)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1984

The cockney rebel talks about his relative failure in America; his songs and songwriting; his new experience on the theatrical stage in musical drama Marlowe, and the similarities and differences between theatrical and rock performance.

File format: mp3; file size: 79.9mb, interview length: 1h 27' 13" sound quality: ***

Whodini (1984)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1984

The Brooklyn rappers Ecstasy and Jalil on working with Thomas Dolby, touring Europe, and their loathing of the UK music press!

File format: mp3; file size: 37.6mb, interview length: 41' 05" sound quality: ***

ZZ Top (1984)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1984

A two parter: firstly, all tres hombres on Mexico, Houston, TV Dinners and what they did on their holidays; then solo Billy Gibbons ("The Reverend Billy G"), on the black roots of the Top, his love of Eno and guitar playing.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 49.8meg, total interview length: 54' 22" sound quality: **

Billy Ocean (1984)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1984

From tailoring in Savile Row to 'Caribbean Queen' – Billy tells of his fight to break away from the cabaret circuit of his early days to score his mega-hits of the mid-'80s.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 55.1mb, total interview length: 1 h 00' 14" sound quality: ***

Bob Dylan (1984)

Interview by Mick Brown, Rock's Backpages Audio, Summer 1984

On how he won't be understood for 100 years, always moving on, Woodstock and wisdom.

File format: mp3; file size: 3.8mb, interview length: 04' 11" sound quality: ***

David Porter (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

The man who co-wrote all those great hits with Isaac Hayes remembers Memphis, and Stax, from back in the day.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 78.3mb, total interview length: 1h 25' 36" sound quality: ***

Don Nix (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

A languid, laid-back chat with the man who was always there: at the start of southern soul in Memphis with the Mar-Keys, on the road with Leon Russell, in L.A. with J.J. Cale and on. On the musicians he knew, scenes he was part of, and on that thorny subject, race.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 81.1meg, total interview length: 1h 28' 39" sound quality: ****

The Ramones: Joey Ramone (1985)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

Da Brudda gives us his Desert Island Discs and raps about record labels, producers and the musically and politically sterile 1980s.

File format: mp3; file size: 52.2mb, interview length: 57' 02" sound quality: ***

Johnny Adams (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

Growing up in New Orleans, gospel roots, the country music connection and much more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 57.1mb, total interview length: 1h 02' 15" sound quality: ***

James Carr, O.V. Wright: Roosevelt Jamison on James Carr (and O.V. Wright) (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

Roosevelt Jamison – friend, mentor and sometime manager – remembers deep soul greats James Carr and O.V. Wright.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 47.2mb, total interview length: 51' 37" sound quality: ***

Rufus Thomas (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

Rufus Thomas, between mouthfuls, talks about his youth in segregated Memphis, Minstrelsy, Ike and Tina Turner and his long involvement with Stax Records.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 70meg, total interview length: 1h 16' 23" sound quality: **

Sam & Dave: Sam Moore of Sam & Dave (1985)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

Getting together with Dave Prater; Atlantic/Stax; the Stax-Volt UK tour; meeting the Queen; working with Lou Reed: the Soul Man speaks.

File format: mp3; file size: 38.5mb, interview length: 42' 01" sound quality: ***

The Fatback Band (1985)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

NYC's favourites talk about the genesis of the band, releasing THE first rap record, 'King Tim III', and how the band have survived and thrived with the funk.

File format: mp3; file size: 23mb; Interview length: 25' 09"; sound quality: ***

The Ramones in London, part 1 (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1985

Joey and Dee Dee talk about life for da brudders is the mid-'80s, Hardcore, chart success (or not), and much more.

File format: mp3; File size: 30.6 mb Interview length: 44 minutes 36 seconds, sound quality: ***

The Ramones in London, part 2 (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1985

Joey and Dee Dee talk about drugs, playing fast, New York City, and where they come from musically.

File format: mp3; File size: 12.5 mb Interview length: 18 minutes 16 seconds, sound quality: ***

Little Richard speaks, part 1 (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1985

Little Richard on the demonic nature of Rock'n'Roll of which, nonetheless, he is King; on how he came out of the American South; on Otis Redding and much more. Hear him sing!

File format: mp3 File size: 26.3mb Interview length: 28 minutes 47 seconds Sound quality: ****

Little Richard speaks, part 2 (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1985

Mr Penniman on God, Gospel, Sex, Drugs & Rock'n'Roll. Phew!

File format: mp3 File size: 21.5mb Interview length: 23 minutes 30 seconds Sound quality: ****

Wanda Jackson (1985)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1985

The erstwhile Fujiyama Mama talks about combining singing rock'n'roll with her deeply held religious beliefs; considers cover versions of her hits, and recording her recent rockabilly album in Sweden!

File format: mp3; file size: 18mb, interview length: 19' 38" sound quality: * (phoner)

Barry White (1985)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1985

The Walrus of Love talks about releasing himself and other acts on own label, and the advantage of being independent; the state of R&B today; praises Jackie DeShannon and Brenda Holloway, and talks about new album Sho You Right.

File format: mp3; file size: 14.6mb, interview length: 15' 58" sound quality: * (phoner)

Cameo's Larry Blackmon (1985)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1985

The Cameo frontman goes back and forth over his influences, the band's formation and changes over the years, philosophy, race and all kinds of fascinating stuff!

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 85.7mb, total interview length: 1h 33' 37" sound quality: ***

Dobie Gray (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1985

"I never did feel like a soul singer": from his youth in Texas to Nashville success, Dobie Gray talks about his crossover from R&B to country.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 43.9mb, total interview length: 47' 54" sound quality: ****

Dan Penn (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1985

A short chat with the country-soul legend, talking about writing 'Cry Like A Baby', producing the Box Tops, and on the sadly MIA Eddie Hinton

File format: mp3 File size: 9.2mb Interview length: 10 minutes Sound quality: ****

Stax Records' Estelle Axton (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1985

From Satellite Records to 'Disco Duck': Stax Records' Estelle Axton on the "recording bidness" - pre-Stax Memphis and Sun and Elvis, Rufus Thomas, the Mar-Keys, 'Last Night', Otis, Hayes and Porter, the record shop, and through to Al Bell and the downfall.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 82.4meg, total interview length: 1h 29' 53" sound quality: ***

Willie Mitchell, Memphis Magician (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1985

The legendary Memphis producer talks about the rise of Southern Soul and the Memphis Sound, meeting and producing Al Green and making all those fabulous hits for Hi Records

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 46.2meg, total interview length: 50' 30" sound quality: ****

The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards (1985)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Winter 1985

Starting with the Live Aid Dylan "fiasco", this interview moves swiftly through subjects such as guitar playing and Jeff Beck's Stones "audition", before degenerating into a row about production methods. Things get back on keel with talk of Exile and Keef's Desert Island Discs. Sound quality is, shall we say, funky.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 66mb, total interview length: 1h 12' 03" sound quality: **

Chips Moman (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, Summer 1985

The legendary producer gives a history of Memphis R&B, touching on (in no particular order) Stax, James Carr, Dan Penn, Elvis, the fading of the Memphis light and the perils of Nashville.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 78.3mb, total interview length: 1h 25' 33" sound quality: ***

Michael McDonald (1986)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1986

The ex-Dan/Doobies man looks back at his career, discusses his art and ruminates on the meaning of "white soul".

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 49.9mb, total interview length: 54' 25" sound quality: ****

The Jesus & Mary Chain's Jim Reid (1986)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1986

Jim Reid talks about their live show; guitar noise and pop noise; their treatment in the UK pop press; recording plans, and visiting the USA.

File format: mp3; file size: 23.8mb, interview length: 26' 02" sound quality: ***

Patti Smith: The Patti Smith Group's Lenny Kaye on NYC punk (1986)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1986

Musician and journalist Kaye on the CBGBs scene, the differences between US and UK Punk, Patti Smith and his seminal Nuggets compilation.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 56meg, total interview length: 1h 01' 06" sound quality: ***

The Pogues (1986)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1986

Pogues Shane McGowan and Jem Finer talk about traditional Irish music, the band, songwriting, touring, and Shane's fantastic laugh.

File format: mp3; file size: 60mb, interview length: 1h 05' 34" sound quality: **

Richard Berry (1986)

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1986

The 'Louie Louie' man on pre-rock'n'roll R&B, the relationship between black music and white singers and fans, the double entendre in black music, indies v the majors, and that song.

File format: mp3; file size: 62.2mb, interview length: 1h 07' 55" sound quality: *****

Roger Troutman (1986)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1986

He disapproves of drugs! He digs Yes! From being pushed by his father as a kid, via the P-Funk connection and the Ohio funk scene to his mad recording methods, Zapp frontman Roger Troutman tells all.

File format: mp3; file size: 56.5mb, interview length: 1h 01' 41" sound quality: ***

Marshall Jefferson (1986)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1986

The 'Move Your Body' man on the people and clubs that beget House music, the endless Trax Records rip-offs, and a definition of House itself.

File format: mp3; file size: 38.9mb; Interview length: 42' 30"; sound quality: ***

Gil Scott-Heron (1986)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1986

Scott-Heron talks about music and politics, Reron and B Movie, Sun City, Clive Davis and Arista/RCA, and ruminates on favourites old and new.

File format: mp3; file size: 18.1mb, interview length: 19' 42" sound quality: * (phoner)

Nick Cave (1986)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1986

The interview was meant to be about The Bad Seeds' Kicking Against The Pricks, but swiftly degenerates into an attack on music journalism in general, and interviewer Mat Snow in particular

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 41.8meg, total interview length: 45' 56" sound quality: ***

Run DMC (1986)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1986

Rock and rap, hip hop live and hip hop movies, and the struggle to get hip hop into the mainstream – the Queens Kings of Rap'n'Roll speak.

File format: mp3; file size: 31.9mb, interview length: 34' 51" sound quality: **

The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde (1986)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1986

The Pretenders' frontwoman opines on everything from animal rights to capital punishment. She also talks about music once or twice.

File format: mp3; file size: 84.7mb, interview length: 1h 32' 30" sound quality: ***

Throwing Muses (1986)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1986

The girls and boys on commune upbringings, parental marriages, women in rock, male v female sensibilities, Newport and Boston, having children and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 50.9mb, interview length: 55' 35" sound quality: **½

Kool and the Gang: Kool & The Gang (1986)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 1986

The Bell boys talk about the road from hard funk to pop-funk, changes of personnel, their jazz roots and describe a year in the life of the band.

File format: mp3; file size: 35.8mb, interview length: 39' 07" sound quality: **

Allen Toussaint (1987)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

The First Gentleman of New Orleans on the city's music then and now, on Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey and the Meters, and on songwriting, producing and performing.

File format: mp3; file size: 66.4mb, interview length: 1h 12' 30" sound quality: ***

Marianne Faithfull (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

Clean, sober and philosophical: Marianne, on the up with the Strange Weather album, talks about acting, poetry, the art of interpretation, and addiction and recovery.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 67.3meg, total interview length: 1h 13' 30" sound quality: ***

Patti LaBelle (1987)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

The gal with the Big Hair talks about hitting with 'On My Own', the making of her Winner In You album, and fondly remembers the old package-tour days and her time with LaBelle.

File format: mp3 File size: 16.1mb Interview length: 17 minutes 32 seconds Sound quality: ***

Roy Orbison (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

Roy Orbson on the Travelling Wilburys, the ups-and-downs of his career, the old Sun Records gang, and a whole lot more...

File format: mp3 File sizes: 17.8 and 17.9mb Interview lengths: 31:08 and 31:26 Sound quality: ***

Trouble Funk (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

Drop The Bomb! The First Citizens of the Chocolate City talk about everything Go Go: the audiences, the live thing, getting energy from the people and the Washington DC scene.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 40.8mb, total interview length: 44' 24" sound quality: ***

Was (Not Was) (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

Don and David talk about American culture, the Kennedy conspiracies, musical juxtapositions and growing up on Detroit rock 'n' roll.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 82.6mb, total interview length: 1h 30' 18" sound quality: ***

Wendy and Lisa (1987)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1987

The Girl Bros. talk about their time as part of Prince's Revolution, and their then-new career as recording artists in their own right.

File format: mp3; file size: 28.6mb; Interview length: 31' 15"; sound quality: **

James Carr (1987)

Interview by Andy Kershaw, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1987

The Lost Man of Southern Soul looks back at his Mississippi childhood; his background singing gospel; meeting Quinton Claunch and starting to make records, and after the lost years, touring Japan and his current activities.

File format: mp3; file size: 23mb, interview length: 25' 06" sound quality: *****

The Replacements' Paul Westerberg (1987)

Interview by Roy Trakin, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1987

Replacements kingpin Westerberg on the making of Pleased To Meet Me in Memphis with messrs. Chilton and Dickinson, and on his family background, the Minneapolis scene, hatred of the English music press, beer, football and life on the road.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 50mb, total interview length: 44' 46"; sound quality: ***

Belinda Carlisle (1987)

Interview by Roy Trakin, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1987

La Carlisle on Solo vs Go-Go, Pop vs Rock, critics vs her, choosing songs and NOT being an actress

File format: mp3 File size: 20.5mb Interview length: 22 minutes 21 seconds Sound quality: ****

Billy Bragg (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1987

Art vs. commerce; pop and politics; materialism; the Second World War – the Bard of Barking on all of that and more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 57mb, total interview length: 1h 02' 14" sound quality: ***

Little Richard (1987)

Interview by Roy Trakin, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1987

Little Richard, on the 'phone, talks about race, religion, Good Works, the original giants of rock'n'roll, and Prince and Michael Jackson

File format: mp3 File size: 20.3mb Interview length: 22 minutes 13 seconds Sound quality: **

Transvision Vamp (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1988

Glamourpuss Wendy James and pals discuss their favourite Dylan songs (??), the history of the band, bitch about Sigue Sigue Sputnik, and consider their fellow late-'80s female acts.

File format: mp3; file size: 40.2mb, interview length: 43' 51" sound quality: ***

Yoko Ono (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1988

Yoko on her musical upbringing, life during wartime, the avant garde and her involvment with John and the English music scene

File format: mp3 File size: 26.6mb Interview length: 38 minutes 44 seconds Sound quality: *

Prefab Sprout's Paddy McAloon (1988)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1988

King Sprout McAloon on the state of songwriting and production in 1988, Bruce Springsteen and Robert De Niro, Newcastle, fame, breaking America, and... Issac Hayes!

File format: mp3; file size: 18mb, interview length: 19' 40" sound quality: ***

Scritti Politti's Green (1988)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1988

Scritti's Green talks about making Provision, meeting Jacques Derrida, working with Miles Davis, Roger Troutman and Chaka Khan, hanging out with Kraftwerk and struggling to come up with an album title...

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 55meg, total interview length: 1 hour, sound quality: ****

Leonard Cohen - part 3 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1988

Lennie talks to Mat Snow about his relationship with the press, Montreal, the idealism of '68, and the rise of the post-punk Cult of Cohen.

File format: mp3 File size: 27.3mb Interview length: 29 minutes 48 seconds Sound quality: ***

Leonard Cohen part 1 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1988

Laughing Lennie talks to Mat Snow about songwriting, meditiation and religion, the collapse of literary culture, and the misperception of him as a Gloom Merchant.

File format: mp3 File size: 22.7mb Interview length: 24 minute 48 seconds Sound quality: ***

Leonard Cohen part 2 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1988

In this part of Mat Snow's interview, Lennie talks about music as therapy, ambiguity, songwriting and 'My Way': Sinatra vs Vicious

File format: mp3 File size: 28.1mb Interview length: 30 minutes 42 seconds Sound quality: ***

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson (1988)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1988

The ever-articulate Maiden frontman talks about his early influences, his cynicism towards the rock'n'roll lifestyle, songwriting, the cathartic qualities of heavy metal and...fencing!

File format: mp3; file size: 51.4mb, interview length: 56' 10" sound quality: ***

The Pixies (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1988

The Boston indies talk about their working processes and place in the musical scheme of things; discuss their name, and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 28.6mb, interview length: 31' 12" sound quality: ***

Al Green (1988)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1988

Interviewed at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans after a storming performance at the Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Rev. ruminates on the conflict between the spiritual and the secular, his own return to the church, and the two Al Greens.

File format: mp3; file size: 35.4mb; Interview length: 38' 39"; sound quality: ***

Randy Travis (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1988

The First Gentleman of New Country talks about being on the road, his North Carolina roots, the New Country boom, his youthful indiscretions, and the nature of country music.

File format: mp3; file size: 36mb, interview length: 39' 22" sound quality: ***

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Nick Mason (1988)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1988

Gilmour and Mason on just about everything – Syd Barrett etc. – but most rivetingly on the rancorous split with Roger Waters.

File format: mp3; file size: 57.9mb, interview length: 1h 03' 02" sound quality: ***

John Lee Hooker (1988)

Interview by Roy Trakin, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1988

An avuncular (if occasionally inaudible) John Lee talks about making The Healer, doing Iron Man with Pete Townshend, his roots, and the state of the world today

File format: mp3 File size: 24.9mb Interview length: 27 minutes 12 seconds Sound quality: ***

Pet Shop Boys (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1988

Messrs. Tennant & Lowe discuss Thatcherite anti-gay legislation and pop politics; making movies; their fans; pop associates Depeche Mode, Morrissey and George Michael; singles, albums and the music business; being starstruck by Dusty Springfield, and dressing up!

File format: mp3; file size: 83.9mb, interview length: 1h 31' 35" sound quality: ***

Public Image Ltd: PiL in Estonia, part 1 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1988

Live Aid? Bollocks! Mat Snow battles the airport tannoy to hear pearls of wisdom from John Lydon and band.

File format: MP3 File size: 16.1 mb<br> Interview length: 23 minute 47 seconds Sound quality: ***

Tom Waits (1988)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1988

Moles at Stonehenge? Umbrellas? Showbiz Shirts? Yes, it's another leap into the surrealistic world of Tom Waits

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 49.7meg, total interview length: 54' 14" sound quality: ***

Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Paul Rutherford (1988)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1988

Rutherford talks about the end of Frankie and life after, his move into dance music and clubbing, and working with ABC.

File format: mp3; file size: 47.6mb, interview length: 52' 02" sound quality: ***

Nick Cave (1988)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 1988

The Head Seed talks about his writing (the collection King Ink and new novel And The Ass Saw The Angel); his work on the movie Ghosts… of the Civil Dead and his latest album Tender Prey.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.4mb, interview length: 48' 27" sound quality: ***

Richard Thompson, part 1 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 1988

Richard Thompson talks to Mat Snow about growing up in North London, learning guitar and forming Fairport Convention. Along the way he meets Sandy Denny and Joe Boyd...

File format: mp3 File size: 35.8mb<br>Interview length: 39 minutes 11 seconds Sound quality: ***

Richard Thompson, part 2 (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 1988

Richard Thompson on Islam, divorce, songwriting, Fairport reunions... and his problem with The Pogues!

File format: mp3 File size: 45.8mb Interview length: 50 minutes 3 seconds Sound quality: ***

Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Summer 1988

Mark Mothersbaugh on de-evolution, DNA, and the new dystopia, plus retirement and reformation, and the desert that is Los Angeles

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 43.5mb, total interview length: 47' 30" sound quality: **

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind and Fire's Maurice White and Philip Bailey (1988)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1988

Maurice White and Philip Bailey talk about latest album Touch The World, changes in the band, outside producers and record company politics. Plus a treatise on Egyptology!

File format: mp3; file size: 22.6mb, interview length: 24' 40" sound quality: ***

Genesis P-Orridge (1988)

Interview by Richard North, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1988

Mr P-Orridge talks at length about psychedelics, acid house, sexuality, ritual, Tantra, and about Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle and Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth.

File format: mp3; file size: 125.7mb, interview length: 2h 17' 19" sound quality: ***

Living Colour (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1988

The Black Rock pioneers debate race, the reclamation of rock by black musicians, and both the tensions and the possibilities contained by the cultural melting pot that is New York's Five Boroughs.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 56.5meg, total interview length: 1h 01' 39" sound quality: ***

David Crosby (1989)

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1989

The Cros talks about his biography, Long Time Gone (co-written with Carl Gottlieb), his years of addiction and rehab, friends Mama Cass and Graham Nash, and looks back at Woodstock.

File format: mp3; file size: 39.3mb, interview length: 42' 53" sound quality: ****

The Rolling Stones: Mick Taylor (1989)

Interview by Tom Graves, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1989

From being a fresh-faced Bluesbreaker to the Rolling Stones and beyond: guitars, the blues, Altamont, the glamour and the dark side.

File format: mp3; file size: 61.5mb, interview length: 1h 07' 16" sound quality: * (phoner)

Luther Vandross, part 1 (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1989

Luther Vandross talks about growing up in the Bronx and his early bands, his big break working on Bowie's 'Young Americans', meeting Marcus Miller and hanging out with Chic.

File format: mp3 File size: 33.6mb Interview length: 36 minutes 48 seconds Sound quality: ****

Luther Vandross, part 2 (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1989

A master at work: Vandross talks to Barney Hoskyns about producing, recording and singing... and his privacy and sense of self.

File format: mp3 File size: 33.7mb Interview length: 36 minutes 54 seconds Sound quality: ****

Sonic Youth (1989)

Interview by Richard North, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1989

A positively psychedelic interview which ranges from Karen Carpenter to the interview process itself, via strap-ons, James Joyce and acid house. When not giving interviewer North a really hard time, Thurston Moore treats us to his finest Johnny Thunders impersonation.

File format: mp3; file size: 57.2mb, interview length: 1h 02' 29" sound quality: **½

The Pixies' Black Francis (1989)

Interview by Roy Trakin, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1989

Black Francis on the telephone, talking about The Pixies' major label debut, his influences ranging from his Pentecostal background to the movies of David Lynch, and his "Black Francis" persona

File format: mp3 File size: 23mb Interview length: 25 minutes 10 seconds Sound quality: **

Bobby Bland: Bobby 'Blue' Bland (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1989

Bobby Bland talks about his influences, including MOR men like Perry Como and Andy Williams, and about the ups and downs of his career. Oh, and how C.L. Franklin gave him "the squall".

File format: mp3 File size: 15.8mb Interview length: 17 minutes 12 seconds Sound quality: ****

Johnnie Taylor (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1989

Soul legend Johnnie Taylor tells Barney Hoskyns about his background in gospel with the Highway QCs and the Soul Stirrers, Sam Cooke, Stax Records, having hits in the disco era, and finding a new home at Malaco.

File format: mp3 File size: 20.8mb Interview length: 22 minutes 45 seconds Sound quality: ****

Etta James (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1989

Etta James tells Barney Hoskyns about her struggles with addiction, meeting Billie Holiday, making Seven Year Itch and staying contemporary.

File format: mp3 File size: 40.4mb; Interview length: 44 minutes 5 seconds Sound quality: **

Dion (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1989

New York great Dion DiMucci talks about the golden years, the sound of NYC, and addiction and recovery.

File format: mp3; file size: 33.8mb, interview length: 36' 57" sound quality: ***

The Blue Nile (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1989

Paul Buchanan and Robert Bell on the lengthy process of recording their second album, Hats, and about musical purity versus commercial acceptance.

File format: mp3; file size: 33.8mb, interview length: 36' 56" sound quality: ***

Aaron Neville (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1989

The giant of New Orleans singers looks back at his roots in the Crescent City: the hard times and the good times, being a Neville Brother, key vocal influences and more.

File format: mp3 File size: 29.2mb Interview length: 31 minutes 55 seconds Sound quality: ***

Morrissey interviewed, part 1 (1989)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1989

Part 1 of Mat Snow's monumental interview with Morrissey in 1989.

File format: MP3 File size: 25.8mb Interview length: 37 minute 42 seconds Sound quality: ***

Morrissey interviewed, part 2 (1989)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1989

Revenge is his motive and shaved are his armpits.

File format: MP3 File size: 20.3mb, Interview length: 22 minutes 10 seconds, Sound quality: ***

Morrissey interviewed, part 3 (1989)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1989

On topicality and politics in songwriting, his depressions, and touring and audiences.

File format: MP3 File size: 32.3mb, Interview length: 35 minutes 15 seconds, Sound quality: ***

Billy Idol (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1990

A press conference in which our William chats about the Oliver Stone Doors movie, breaking his leg, becoming a father and much more. Some of the questions are clipped, inaudible or missing entirely, but the answers make up for it!

File format: mp3; file size: 26.1mb; Interview length: 28' 33"; sound quality: **

Johnny Otis (1990)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1990

'50s R&B King Otis talks about the songs: 'Willie and the Hand Jive', 'Hound Dog'; the artists: Little Esther, Etta James; his son Shuggie and music education; and he rails against the ravaged black ghettos, and the lie of "integration".

File format: mp3; file size: 31.4mb, interview length: 34' 17" sound quality: ****

Jim Marshall (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1990

The legendary rock photographer looks back at his life and times, snapping (and hanging out with) the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Janis Joplin and many, many more.

File format: mp3; file size: 46.5mb, interview length: 50' 48" sound quality: ***

J.J. Cale (1990)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1990

Tulsa's finest talks about recording, songwriting, Leon Russell, Paul Simon and Spooner Oldham, Silvertone Records, 'After Midnight' and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 52.5mb, interview length: 59' 03" sound quality: ***

Kirsty MacColl (1990)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1990

The much-missed singer-songwriter talks about, well, everything: her love of collaboration and those she has worked with; her family; the UK Poll Tax riots and politics; the epiphany of 'Good Vibrations' and so much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 70.8mb, interview length: 1h 17' 16" sound quality: ****

Billy Bragg (1990)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1990

The Bard of Barking talks about being politicised, the Miners' Strike, experiences of racism in the Army, his The Internationale album, and really rather a lot about Margaret Thatcher!

File format: mp3; file size: 30.1mb, interview length: 32' 54" sound quality: ****

Lenny Kravitz (1990)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1990

Lenny on being away from home, his family background, the truth about the '60s copyist accusations, Prince, his band, and his Romeo Blue persona

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 45.2meg, total interview length: 49' 21" sound quality: ***

Paul Revere & The Raiders' Mark Lindsay (1990)

Interview by Tom Graves, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1990

The Raiders' front-guy takes us back to Seattle garage-punk, the British invasion, long hair and costumes, Dick Clark's Where the Action Is... and, er, the entire history of '60s US pop!

File format: mp3; file size: 92.6mb, interview length: 1h 41' 05" sound quality: ****

The Animals, Eric Burdon: Eric Burdon on The Animals (1990)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1990

Head zoo-keeper Burdon talks about the Animals, the personalities, the splits, growing up in Newcastle, and about coming up and out of the '60s R&B boom.

File format: mp3; file size: 85.7mb, interview length: 1h 33' 34" sound quality: ***

John Mayall (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1990

British Blues legend John Mayall looks back to the start of the Blues Boom; on his guitar players Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor; revisits the Flamingo in Wardour Street; harp lessons from Sonny Boy Williamson and through to living in the USA and that house fire.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 102.2meg, total interview length: 1h 51' 38" sound quality: ***

Deep Purple #1 (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1990

Paice and Lord talk about the early days of Purple, up until the first departure of... Ian Gillan, who talks about both the first and second versions of Purple, but mostly about how much he hates Ritchie Blackmore!

Ian Paice & Jon Lord: File format: mp3; file size: 86mb, interview length: 1h 33' 54" sound quality: *** Ian Gillan: File format: mp3; file size: 64.4mb, interview length: 1h 10' 23" sound quality: * (phoner)

Deep Purple #2 (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1990

Bassman Glover on his musical roots, and the early days; Blackmore on Ian Gillan and more...

Roger Glover: File format: mp3; file size: 75.1mb, interview length: 1h 22' 03" sound quality: ** Ritchie Blackmore: File format: mp3; file size: 69mb, interview length: 1h 15' 24" sound quality: **

Ozzy Osbourne Speaks! Part 1 (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

In that inimitable Black Country accent, Ozzy talks about his background, musical roots and the birth and death of Black Sabbath. Drugs! Drink! Management Rip-Offs! It's all here.

File format: mp3 File size: 30.1mb Interview length: 43 minutes 55 seconds Sound quality: ***

Ozzy Osbourne Speaks! Part 2 (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

Sacked by Sabbath, saved by Sharon, going solo: Ozzy tells all about the ups, the downs, the addiction and alcoholism.

File format: mp3 File size: 30.7mb Interview length: 44 minutes 47 seconds Sound quality: ***

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie (1991)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

Primal Scream's front-man and major fanboy talks about making Screamadelica; his major influences; and music, music music.

File format: mp3; file size: 58.1mb, interview length: 1h 03' 28" sound quality: **

The Isley Brothers' Marvin Isley (1991)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

Second generation Isley Marvin looks back at his elder brothers' success in the late '50s, and the way he and brother Ernie and cousin Chris Jasper re-invigorated the band in the early '70s.

File format: mp3; file size: 83.8mb, interview length: 1h 31' 30" sound quality: ***

Velvet Underground's Mo Tucker (1991)

Interview by Richard North, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

Ms Tucker talks about the Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol and the Factory scene, and about her life post-Velvets and becoming a solo artist.

File format: mp3; file size: 43mb, interview length: 46' 58" sound quality: ***

Lemmy (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1991

From his arrival in swinging London in the mid-'60s, through Hawkwind and on to Mötörhead, with asides on drug dealing (and taking), the Ladbroke Grove scene, and discussions on WW2 and tattoos!

File format: mp3; file size: 93mb, interview length: 1h 41' 32" sound quality: **

Ronnie Spector, part 1 (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1991

On marriage to, and escape from, Phil Spector, being fancied by John Lennon and on being a Ronette - Ronnie Spector tells all.

File format: mp3 File size: 21.1mb Interview length: 23 minutes 6 seconds Sound quality: ***

Ronnie Spector, part 2 (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1991

Ronnie goes to Swinging London, gets hit on by hero Frankie Lymon, drinks rather a lot and writes a book. Top girl!

File format: mp3 File size: 27.1mb Interview length: 29 minutes 38 seconds Sound quality: ***

Free's Andy Fraser (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1991

The British Blues-rock bass wunderkind talks about joining John Mayall at 15, then of his years with the fabulous Free, including the writing of the iconic 'All Right Now', and Paul Kossoff's descent into drugs.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 40.7meg, total interview length: 44' 26" sound quality: ***

Sun Ra (1991)

Interview by Mark Dery, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1991

The great bandleader and cosmologist talks about everything from being a visitor from Saturn to his spiritual home in Egypt, via much about making music, improvisation and the importance of discipline.

File format: mp3; file size: 86.2mb, interview length: 1h 34' 12" sound quality: ***

Elvis Costello (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1991

Mr McManus on new album Mighty Like A Rose: the songs, the production and the musicians; his split from the Attractions; new music, and his admiration for The Band.

File format: mp3; file size: 83.2mb, interview length: 1h 30' 53" sound quality: ***

The Band, Ronnie Hawkins: Ronnie Hawkins (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1991

The Hawk recalls rockin' out of Canada with his teenage Hawks - road stories, show business sharks and wild times, taking in Roulette's Morris Levy, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and, of course, ex-Hawks The Band.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 81mb, total interview length: 1h 18' 25" sound quality: ***

Al Aronowitz (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1991

Hired and fired by the New York Post, having that "total phoney" Andy Warhol steal the Velvets from him, running with Dylan and, extensively, his dealings with The Band – the "blacklisted journalist" Al Aronowitz vents his not-inconsiderable spleen.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 68.7meg, total interview length: 1h 16' 43" sound quality: ***

The Band: Elliott Landy on Photographing The Band (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1991

The great rock photographer remembers his time working with The Band, from Woodstock and Big Pink to Los Angeles and The Band sessions.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 46.7mb, total interview length: 50' 57" sound quality: ****

The Band: Bill Graham on The Band (and Dylan) (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1991

Über-promoter Bill Graham talks about his relationship with The Band, from their Winterland debut to The Last Waltz, via Watkins Glen and the 1974 Dylan mega-tour

File format: mp3 File size: 28.3mb Interview length: 30 minutes 56 seconds Sound quality: ****

Rickie Lee Jones (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1991

The boho queen talks about her covers album Pop Pop, songwriting and song choices, working with Don Was and her unlikely friendship with Scotland's The Blue Nile

File format: mp3; file size: 30.5mb; Interview length: 33' 16"; sound quality: **

Metallica's Lars Ulrich (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Summer 1991

Mat Snow talks to Metallica's Lars Ulrich about his roots, the formation of Metallica and on through the history of the band. Massive.

File format: MP3 File size: 250.8 mb Interview length: 4h 33' 59" Sound quality: ***

Sheena Easton (1991)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1991

From taking the morning train to having the look, Mat Snow probes Sheena Easton about her life in music, Esther Rantzen, Kenny Rogers, Prince and all.

File format: mp3; file size: 56.9mb, interview length: 1h 02' 09" sound quality: ***

Ronnie Wood (1992)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1992

From the Birds to the Stones, via Jeff Beck and the Faces, rock'n'roll's favourite scarecrow tells the whole story...

File format: mp3 File size: 95.4mb Interview length: 1h 44' 13" Sound quality: ***

The Beastie Boys (1992)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1992

The boys talk about their new album Check Your Head, their love of hardcore and metal, living in Los Angeles and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; file size: 26.3mb, interview length: 28' 43" sound quality: **

Derrick May (1992)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1992

Detroit pioneer May discusses the state of Techno, and pays fulsome, eloquent tribute to the recently-deceased House legend Ron Hardy.

File format: mp3; file size: 18.5mb, interview length: 20' 09" sound quality: ***

Juan Atkins (1992)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1992

Mr Atkins talks Detroit Techno vs. Chicago House, the Motor City recording and label scene, being hugely influenced by Kraftwerk and 'Planet Rock', and looks to the future.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.9mb, interview length: 49' 03" sound quality: **

Greg Shaw (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1993

Mojo Naviagator and Bomp founder Greg Shaw on his early days in psychedelic San Francisco, L.A. Garage Punk, The Doors, Love and Los Angeles rock.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 82.6mb, total interview length: 1h 30' 07" sound quality: ***

Kim Fowley (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1993

A brief history of Hollywood (the Fowley version); growing up in L.A., and growing up fast; getting into the music biz, and the calamity that was The Beatles. The King of the Hollyweird Night tells all.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 105.2mb, total interview length: 1h 54' 48" sound quality: ***

Donald Fagen, parts 1 & 2 (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1993

On making Kamakiriad, NYC versus LA, favourite grooves and favourite rhythm sections, working by himself and looking back on Steely Dan

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 74.8meg, total interview length: 80' 36" sound quality: ***

Jerry Wexler (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1993

Smokin' weed in the MOMA courtyard: growing up in NYC and the people he grew up with; meeting the Erteguns; writing for Billboard; the early days at Atlantic and working with the great Ray Charles

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 44.5meg, total interview length: 48' 40" sound quality: ***

Matt Groening (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1993

The genius behind The Simpsons talks about the central part that music has played in his life, from his love of Zappa and Beefheart to his immersion in L.A.'s punk underground.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 72.5mb, total interview length: 1h 19' 17" sound quality: ***

Van Dyke Parks, part 1 (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1993

Van Dyke Parks talks of his early days in Los Angeles, the folk scene, and the deaths of both his brother and John F. Kennedy

File format: mp3 File size: 32.4mb Interview length: 35 minutes 21 seconds Sound quality: ****

Van Dyke Parks, part 2 (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1993

On becoming an arranger and songwriter, the effects of the '60s British Invasion, the counterculture and the death of the hippie dream.

File format: mp3 File size: 25.9mb Interview length: 28 minutes 18 seconds Sound quality: ****

Van Dyke Parks, part 3 (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1993

Van Dyke Parks talks about being in the studio with Brian Wilson, the legendary Smile project, his own Song Cycle and much more

File format: mp3 File size: 34.7mb Interview length: 37 minutes 56 seconds Sound quality: ****

Love: Arthur Lee in LA, part 1 (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1993

Arthur Lee tells Barney Hoskyns about growing up in Memphis and Los Angeles and his dreams of being a musician. Some of the time.

File format: mp3 File size: 35.5mb Interview length: 39 minutes 54 seconds Sound quality: **

Love: Arthur Lee in LA, part 2 (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1993

An increasingly cantankerous Arthur Lee describes a gay near-miss with Jimi Hendrix, rants about hip-hop, and spouts New Age gibberish to a palpably startled Barney Hoskyns

File format: mp3 File size: 50.2mb Interview length: 54 minutes 51 seconds Sound quality: **

Rodney Bingenheimer (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1993

His arrival in Los Angeles in 1965; hanging out with the Beatles and the Stones; his legendary English Disco; the groupies — Lori, Sable and Queenie... the Mayor of the Sunset Strip looks back.

File format: mp3; file size: 29.9mb, interview length: 32' 39" sound quality: ***

Nirvana: Kurt Cobain (1993)

Interview by Jon Savage, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1993

Childhood in Aberdeen WA; 'Teen Spirit' and making it; Courtney Love and marriage; drugs and the stresses of success; Vig vs Albini; that notorious MTV Awards incident – it's pretty much all here.

File format: mp3; file size: 96.7mb, interview length: 1h 45' 35" sound quality: ****

Richard Berry (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1993

The 'Louie Louie' man looks back at his youth in Los Angeles, cutting his first records, the crooks and the rip-offs, and his battle to regain the rights to his most famous song.

File format: mp3; file size: 42.1mb; Interview length: 45' 56"; sound quality: ****

Jackson Browne in London, part 1 (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1993

On songwriting – the political versus the personal – and the making of his album I'm Alive, his brushes with movie soundtrack songwriting, and his love of pop music.

File format: mp3 File size: 28.9mb Interview length: 31 minutes 35 seconds Sound quality: ****

Jackson Browne in London, part 2 (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1993

JB on the rise of country rock, the Ash Grove and Troubadour scenes, David Geffen, the notorious Elektra Ranch and the singer songwriter movement.

File format: mp3 File size: 36.4mb Interview length: 39 minutes 46 seconds Sound quality: ****

Jimmy Webb (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1993

The legendary songwriter on his early years: L.A. cruisin', high school jazz, getting odd jobs in the music biz, playing piano for Johnny Rivers and starting to write songs, up to the breakthrough with the 5th Dimension and 'Up, Up And Away'.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 44.1mb, total interview length: 48' 08" sound quality: ****

The Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt: Nik Venet (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, Summer 1993

From his youth in '50s Baltimore to involvement with Linda Ronstadt and the Canyon Cowboys in '70s L.A., via Kim Fowley, his time at World Pacific and Capitol including producing the Beach Boys and much more: the music biz veteran tells the whole story.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 103.6mb, total interview length: 1h 53' 08" sound quality: ***

The Who's Pete Townshend (1994)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1994

The man with the windmill arm goes way back to the early days of the Who, the band's politics and personalities, the Madness of Moon, the awfulness of Woodstock, Kit Lambert and Mods, and rock as art and the rock opera.

File format: mp3; file size: 52.7mb, interview length: 57' 35" sound quality: *****

Elastica's Justine Frischmann (1994)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1994

The Full Frischmann: Starting Suede! Leaving Suede! Not much liking Suede these days! And then the excitement of being in Elastica at the height of Britpop, anticipating recording the first album...

File format: mp3 File size: 34.9mb Interview length: 38 minutes 10 seconds Sound quality: ***

XTC's Andy Partridge (1994)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1994

Childhood fears, being bullied at school, his first tentative steps as a musician up to the extended trauma of XTC, culminating in his stage fright-induced withdrawal from live playing.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 114.8mb, total interview length: 2h 05' 24" sound quality: ****

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore (1994)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1994

From his youth in Bethel, CT., through his early days in NYC, forming Sonic Youth, through to alt.superstardom, signing with Geffen and hanging with Nirvana and Neil Young – it's all here.

File format: mp3; file size: 73.7mb, interview length: 1h 20' 33" sound quality: ** (phoner)

The Who's John Entwistle (1994)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1994

The Ox talks about the making of classic Who songs such as 'I'm A Boy' and 'My Generation', naming Led Zeppelin, the endless rows, and tells a handful of great Keith Moon stories

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 68.7meg, total interview length: 1h 14' 58" sound quality: ****

Percy Sledge (1994)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1994

The sould legend from the Quad-cities, Tri-states area on Otis, Bobby Womack, his love of country music, and the making of the National Anthem of North-West Alabama, 'When A Man Loves A Woman'.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 74.8meg, total interview length: 1h 21' 39" sound quality: ***

Joni Mitchell at 50 (1994)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1994

The First Lady of the Canyon looks at her past and present, from her Canadian youth through the Canyon days, the nightmare of the '80s and to her place in 1994. Songs, places, lovers, friends, gender and politics. Oh, and Bob Dylan's bad breath.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 111.4mb, total interview length: 2h 1' 41" sound quality: ***

Willie Nelson in Stockholm (1994)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1994

Willie Nelson – on tour in Sweden – on leaving Columbia for Liberty, his tussle with the IRS, Cowboy movies, songwriting and more...

File format: mp3 File size: 30mb Interview length: 32 minutes 43 seconds Sound quality: ****

Mike Oldfield (1994)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1994

The Tubular Bells man on his latest album, The Songs of Distant Earth, on using technology, digital vs. analogue, Richard Branson and more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 45.2meg, total interview length: 49 25" sound quality: ****

10cc's Graham Gouldman (1995)

Interview by Rob Steen, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1995

From '60s Manchester – the Mockingbirds, Mindbenders, and writing hits for the Yardbirds and the Hollies – through to the break-up of 10cc, via Stawberry Studios, Jonathan King and hits like 'I'm Not In Love': it's all here!

File format: mp3; file size: 102mb, interview length: 1h 51' 23" sound quality: ***

The Cure's Robert Smith (1995)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1995

Johnny Black quizzes the Cure frontman on being childlike, on the album Disintegration, his 30th birthday crisis, stories from the touring front, and the exit of Lol Tolhurst.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 103.4mb, total interview length: 1h 53' 04" sound quality: ****

The Cure's Simon Gallup (1995)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1995

The Cure's bass player Simon Gallup's take on the Lol Tolhurst affair, getting married, plus stories from the road.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 44.7mb, total interview length: 51' 03" sound quality: ****

The Pretty Things' Phil May (1995)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1995

Chief Pretty Thing Phil May, along with manager Mark St John, on the early days of the Pretties, their rivalry with the Rolling Stones, disappearing bandmates and the legal battles to regain their copyrights.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 49.8meg, total interview length: 54' 27" sound quality: ****

Linda Ronstadt (1995)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1995

The First Lady of Counry Rock on a life in music: from Tuscon to LA; the Troubadour scene; hanging out with Jim Morrison and Gram Parsons; exploring standards and Mexican music; singing, production and producers.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 145mb, total interview length: 2h 28' 24" sound quality: **

Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour (1995)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1995

The Floyd guitarist talks about family life; playing guitar; the state of the band; making the live album and video; working with Storm Thorgerson, and political and social issues in his life and songs.

File format: mp3; file size: 40.5mb, interview length: 44' 14" sound quality: ****

Fairport Convention's Dave Pegg (1995)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1995

Dave Pegg talks about Liege & Lief, Unhalfbricking, the departure of Richard Thompson and the death of Sandy Denny.

File format: mp3; file size: 35.4mb; Interview length: 38' 43"; sound quality: *****

Green Day (1995)

Interview by Roy Trakin, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1995

The young pups of punk nouveau phone in about their humungous success, vast wealth, and what it means to be a punk, twenty years after the fact.

File format: mp3 File size: 33.3mb Interview length: 36 minutes 24 seconds Sound quality: **

David Bowie (1995)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1995

The Great Dame talks at length about art, role playing, Eno, successes and failures, and his place in the greater scheme of things.

File format: mp3; file size: 56.9mb, interview length: 1h 02' 09" sound quality: *****

Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood (1995)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1995

The veteran drummer assesses the career of Fleetwood Mac, looking at key songs from their career from 'Oh Well' to 'Tusk'

File format: mp3 File size: 43.7mb Interview length: 47 minutes 46 seconds Sound quality: ****

Randy Newman (1995)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1995

The Great American Songwriter talks about his childhood, being a perennial outsider, life on Warners, the American South, racism, Los Angeles, Faust and much more

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 69.8meg, total interview length: 1h 16' 17", sound quality: ***

The Band's Rick Danko (1995)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1995

A fascinating interview with Rick Danko about living in Woodstock, the Big Pink ("actually magenta") , and working in the Basement with Bob Dylan.

File format: mp3 File size: 28.5mb Interview length: 31 minutes 13 seconds Sound quality: ****

Cliff Richard: Ian Samwell on Cliff Richard (1995)

Interview by Bill Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1995

From The 2i's, Cliff Richard and writing 'Move It', to producing America's 'Horse With No Name', this beat-boom Zelig takes us on a journey through British Rock'n'Roll history.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 61.7mb, total interview length: 1h 07' 15" sound quality: ****

Vic Chesnutt (1995)

Interview by Elaine Cusack, Rock's Backpages Audio, Spring 1995

Chesnutt talks about Athens, Georgia; alcohol; his Is The Actor Happy album; the poetry of Stevie Smith and the writing of Flannery O'Connor, and his upcoming film debut in Billy Bob Thornton's Sling Blade.

File format: mp3; file size: 55.5mb, interview length: 1h 00' 36" sound quality: ****

R.E.M.'s Peter Buck

Interview by David Stubbs, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1996

The R.E.M. guitarist talks about the songs and artists that meant most to him, from Moon River to the Ramones and beyond.

File format: mp3; file size: 29.9mb, interview length: 32' 37" sound quality: ***

Cowboy Junkies: The Cowboy Junkies (1996)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1996

Timmins frère et soeur talk about recording, writing and performing, and latest album Lay It Down.

File format: mp3; file size: 15.4mb, interview length: 16' 52" sound quality: *****

John McLaughlin (1996)

Interview by Colin Harper, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1996

The fleet-fingered jazz-rocker looks back to the '60s, through his time with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti, and fondly remembers his time with Miles Davis, and playing with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 52.3mb, interview length: 57' 09" sound quality: ***

J.J. Cale (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1996

The 'After Midnight' Man takes us back to Tulsa, and on to L.A.: how he's stayed a step outside the music business, how Clapton's 'After Midnight' cover saved his ass, and on the changes he's seen in his many years as a musician

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 41.2meg, total interview length: 44' 58" sound quality: ***

Esquivel, Jeff Buckley: Jeff Buckley interviews Esquivel (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1996

Jeff Buckley asks the questions, and Esquivel gives us a glimpse of his happy half-century of music making.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 40.6meg, total interview length: 44' 20" sound quality: **

Metallica (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1996

The Rashomon interview: all four Metallicas sit down, separately, to talk about the making of Load.

File format: mp3; in 5 parts, total file sizes: 104.6mb, total interview length: 1h 54' 21" sound quality: ***

Love's Bryan MacLean (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1996

RBP takes a drive around Los Angeles with Arthur Lee's second-in-command, hearing all about the madness, the drugs and the whole Sunset Scene vibe - and the making of the first two, classic, Love albums.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 92meg, total interview length: 1hr 40' 34" sound quality: **

The Lemonheads' Evan Dando (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1996

Car Button Cloth-era Evan Dando sings 'Don't Fear The Reaper', talks rather a lot about drugs and name-drops remorselessly, to highly entertaining effect.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 68.2meg, total interview length: 1h 14' 29" sound quality: ****

Ed Sanders of The Fugs (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1996

Ed Sanders – Fug, poet, agitator and all round rebel-about-town talks about his life from the early '60s Lower East Side Bohemia to the late '60s LA of Charlie Manson

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 48.4meg, total interview length: 52' 46" sound quality: ****

Johnny Cash (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1996

Johnny Cash talks to Barney Hoskyns about his health, his religion, his revival with Rick Rubin, and the myth of the Million Dollar Quartet

File format: mp3; file size: 50.5mb, interview length: 55' 07" sound quality: ****

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 1996

The Queen of nouveau bluegrass, Gillian Welch, and her guitar pickin' sidekick David Rawlings, talk about meeting at Berklee, making the fabulous Revival album, living in Nashville and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 33.2meg; Interview length: 38' 18"; sound quality: ***

New York Dolls: Malcolm McLaren Remembers The New York Dolls, parts 1 & 2 (1997)

Interview by Nina Antonia, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1997

From meeting up in London, Paris and NYC, via the Red Guards debacle, to catching the clap in New Orleans, Malcolm McLaren tells all about his time with the New York Dolls

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 54.3meg, total interview length: 59' 19" sound quality: **

Beck in Los Angeles, part 1 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1997

Beck talks to Barney Hoskyns about hip hop, folk, blues and the making and success of Odelay.

File format: mp3 File size: 27.6mb Interview length: 40 minutes 18 seconds Sound quality: ****

Beck in Los Angeles, part 2 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1997

Beck talks to Barney Hoskyns about country music, Los Angeles, his artist grandfather, Tom Waits and more.

File format: mp3 File size: 24.4mb Interview length: 35 minutes 39 seconds Sound quality: ****

Fountains of Wayne (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1997

How the band came together; touring with Smashing Pumpkins; songwriting and melodies; ...and mullets!

File format: mp3; file size: 68.8mb, interview length: 1h 15' 09" sound quality: ***

Steve Winwood, parts 1-4 (1997)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1997

Winwood talks about the early days in Birmingham, from his childhood through to the start of the Spencer Davis Group, and thence to the stop-start life of Traffic, plus an overview of where he's at now

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 109.4meg, total interview length: 2 hours; sound quality: ****

Keith Richards on Talk is Cheap (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1997

The Human Riff talks about his solo excursion with the X-Pensive Winos and making Talk is Cheap: sorting out the crack band with Steve Jordan, working with Bootsy and Maceo, and on being a frontman.

File format: mp3; file size: 19.2mb, interview length: 21' sound quality: *

John Fogerty: Steven Rosen talks to John Fogerty (1997)

Interview by Steven Rosen, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1997

John Fogerty on guitar playing versus songwriting, and how he's got better.

File format: MP3 File size: 883.1k<br> Interview length: 1 minute 10 seconds Sound quality: ***

Mickie Most (1997)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1997

Purveyor of pap, or pop genius? The Rak man on 'House of the Rising Sun', Herman's Hermits, 'Hi Ho Silver Lining', Donovan and lots more

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 42.8meg, total interview length: 46' 50" sound quality: *****

k.d. lang (1997)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1997

America's First Lady of Polysexual Song talks about the making of Drag, the art of interpretation, and of her love of all things Burt Bacharach

File format: mp3; file size: 12.9meg, interview length: 14' 06" sound quality: *****

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren, part 1 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1997

On Todd's childhood and early musical adventures, culminating in the formation of The Naz and a sudden immersion in the teen pop world

File format: mp3 File size: 38.5mb Interview length: 42 minutes 06 seconds Sound quality: ****

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren, part 2 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1997

On getting involved with Albert Goldman and the Woodstock scene, recording The Band and dressing up and taking acid

File format: mp3 File size: 39.6mb Interview length: 43 minutes 15 seconds Sound quality: ****

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren, part 3 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1997

Meeting the Sayles Brothers, working on Ritalin, the Concept for A Wizard, A True Star, building Secret Sound Studio and developing his recording techniques

File format: mp3 File size: 33.1mb Interview length: 36 minutes 09 seconds Sound quality: ****

The Zombies' Colin Blunstone (1997)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1997

Colin Blunstone looks back at the Zombies, from their formation in leafy St. Albans, via their first hit 'She's Not There', on to package tours of the US and finally to the crumbling of the band and its aftermath

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 106.7meg, total interview length: 1h 56' 26" sound quality: ****

Phil Ochs: Van Dyke Parks on Phil Ochs (and the Byrds) (1997)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1997

VDP on his relationship with Phil Ochs, Ochs' relationship with Bob Dylan, producing Greatest Hits, and his dislike of the Byrds

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 38.2mb, total interview length: 41' 41" sound quality: * (phoner)

Ozzy Osbourne (1997)

Interview by David Stubbs, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1997

The Ozzmeister effs and blinds his way through subjects ranging from the death of Princess Diana to the myth of Sabbath's Satanism and the US religious backlash, via a detailed description of his substance abuse and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 62.6mb, interview length: 1h 08' 22" sound quality: ****

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1997

The Human Riff on Exile on Main Street, Gram Parsons, rastamen in the hills and his loathing of Oasis

File format: mp3 File size: 27.7mb Interview length: 30 minutes 13 seconds Sound quality: ****

Link Wray (1997)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1997

The lost prophet of heavy metal remembers his early days, his legendary hit 'Rumble', being ripped-off by his own brother and keepin' on rockin'.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 47.9mb, total interview length: 52' 19" sound quality: * (phone interview)

Yes' Jon Anderson (1997)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1997

The ethereal Voice of Prog on life pre-Yes, the changes of personnel in the band, and the various break-ups and reformations that have taken place over the years.

File format: mp3; file size: 31.2mb, interview length: 34' 07" sound quality: * (phoner)

Robbie Robertson (1998)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1998

The ex-Band man on Martin Scorsese and movie soundtracks, his Contact from the Underworld of Redboy album, Native-American politics and music, and looks back at Bo Diddley, the Dylan '74 tour and the great bluesmen.

File format: mp3; file size: 29.7mb, interview length: 32' 28" sound quality: * (phoner)

Steve Cropper (1998)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1998

On Otis and the making of 'Dock of the Bay', the disputed history of 'Green Onions', and on touring with Neil Young: the Memphis guitar-slinger gives the lowdown.

File format: mp3; total file size: 31.4mb, total interview length: 34' 16" sound quality: * (phone interview)

Suicide (1998)

Interview by David Stubbs, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1998

Messrs. Rev and Vega discuss their legendary status and regular rediscovery; look back at their formation and NYC context; discuss their technology and methods, and contemplate their place in the greater scheme of things.

File format: mp3; file size: 76.2mb, interview length: 1h 23' 15" sound quality: **

Elliott Smith (1998)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1998

Elliott Smith on discomfort, vocal styles, solo vs. electric bands, more discomfort, playing waltzes and Art, Capital A.

File format: mp3 File size: 39.3mb Interview length: 42 minutes 57 seconds Sound quality: ***

Tony Bennett (1998)

Interview by David Stubbs, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1998

The American Great (and daughter Antonia) talk about Radio City Music Hall, the Great American Songbook, his return to the spotlight, his family and Depression upbringing, and a whole lot more, whilst tasting the delights of Teodora's cuisine.

File format: mp3; file size: 57.4mb, interview length: 1h 02' 42" sound quality: ***

The Band's Levon Helm (1998)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1998

The Band's drummer takes us from West Memphis nightclubs to The Hawks to Dylan to Big Pink to Muddy Waters, and along the way touches on his break with Robbie Robertson and the death of Richard Manuel

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 81.1meg, total interview length: 1h 28' 37" sound quality: **

Pavement (1998)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1998

Messrs. Malkmus, Kannberg and Ibold on the making of the Terror Twilight album, working with Nigel Godrich, the ins-and-outs of the band... and the future of rock!

File format: mp3; file size: 60.7mb, interview length: 1h 06' 13" sound quality: **

Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 1998

Mr. Mangum on the journey from Ruston, LA, to Athens, GA; Elephant Six Records, and his wider musical community; art and literature projects; and his lo-fi and psychedelic influences.

File format: mp3; file size: 39mb, interview length: 42' 37" sound quality: ***

Leon Russell (1998)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, Spring 1998

From the clubs of Tulsa, via Los Angeles, Phil Spector and the Shelter People, to Nashville and a return to country roots — Leon Russell remembers, well, some of it.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 52.2mb, total interview length: 58' 08" sound quality: * (phone interview)

Big Star: Jim Dickinson on the making of Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers (1999)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1999

The legendary Memphis musician and producer looks back at the making of Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers. It's all here: the characters and the chaos, the fun and the frustrations. Great story-telling.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 53.6mb, total interview length: 58' 34" sound quality: * (phone interview)

Wilco (1999)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1999

The Chicago boys talk about the making of Summerteeth, and life on the road.

File format: mp3; file size: 32.8mb, interview length: 35' 47" sound quality: ****

Lee Hazlewood (1999)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1999

From Arizona and Duane Eddy to L.A. and Nancy Sinatra: three hours of yarns and reminiscences from the irascible Lee Hazlewood

File format: mp3; in 6 parts, total file sizes: 169.7meg, total interview length: 3h 5' 39" sound quality: ***

Tom Waits part 2 (1999)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1999

Beatniks, recording, songwriting, Frank Zappa and L.A.... and his first tattoos!

File format: mp3 File size: 24.3mb Interview length: 35 minutes 29 seconds Sound quality: **

Tom Waits, part 1 (1999)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1999

On his new album, Mule Variations; on changing labels; on his formative influences... and on edible slugs!

File format: mp3 File size: 26.6mb Interview length: 38 minutes 52 seconds Sound quality: **

Joe Strummer (1999)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1999

From Tony Bennett to Tony Adams: Gavin Martin chats with the Mighty Strummer amidst liggers and drunken Finns about The Clash, The Mescaleros, Greil Marcus and why he hates Suede and the Manic Street Preachers.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 106.3mb, total interview length: 1h 56' 08" sound quality: **

David Bowie, part 1 (1999)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1999

The Dame, surrounded by some splendid NYC ambience, talks about where he's at today, his workaholism, being part of Tin Machine and some of the personae he has adopted.

File format: mp3 File size: 27.5mb Interview length: 30 minutes 02 seconds Sound quality: ***

David Bowie, part 2 (1999)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1999

DB on being liberated by Hunky Dory, becoming Ziggy, years lost to drugs, and on his relationship with his fans via the internet.

File format: mp3 File size: 24.3mb Interview length: 26 minutes 21 seconds Sound quality: ***

Iggy Pop (1999)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1999

Iggy ruminates on growing old, marriage and divorce, and the various aspects of his life that informed his album Avenue B

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 52.9mb, total interview length: 57' 23" sound quality: ***

Moby Grape's Bob Mosley (1999)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1999

The early days in San Diego with the Misfits; being screwed by manager Matthew Katz; being ripped-off by Led Zeppelin; the problems with Skip Spence - the ups and downs of Bob Mosley.

File format: mp3; file size: 33.3mb; Interview length: 36' 25"; sound quality: * (phoner)

Bert Jansch (2000)

Interview by Colin Harper, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2000

The folk guitar wizard talks about being the subject of biography and documentary; the revival of interest in '60s folk; his most recent recordings and his upcoming planes.

File format: mp3; file size: 21.6mb, interview length: 23' 36" sound quality: ** (phoner)

Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser (2000)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 2000

Ms Fraser on singing and singers; on being a Cocteau Twin; her relationship with Robin Guthrie; friends and conspiritors such as Peter Gabriel, Damon Albarn and Jeff Buckley.

File format: mp3; file size: 72.9mb, interview length: 1 h 19' 38" sound quality: ***

Genesis - The Phil Collins Years (2000)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 2000

Follow You, Follow Me: Johnny Black hears from Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks about Phil's joining, becoming front man, and his departure.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 81.3mb, total interview length: 1h 17' 44" sound quality: ****

New Order (2001)

Interview by Simon Morrison, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2001

Hooky, Stephen and, later, Barney talk about new album Get Ready, and look back at the making of Republic; Manchester and the Haçienda; surviving business disasters; dance music, and the recording of 'Blue Monday'; 24 Hour Party People; clubbing in New York, and an hilarious dissection of Tears For Fears!

File format: mp3; file size: 28.7mb, interview length: 31' 19" sound quality: *****

The Black Crowes (2001)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2001

Hangin' with Oasis, The Rolling Stones and Plant'n'Page, marriage to Kate Hudson and why they hate Rick Rubin - the Robinson Bros. tell all.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 49.7mb, total interview length: 54' 15" sound quality: ****

The Bee Gees: Bee Gee Barry Gibb (2001)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2001

Barry takes us through the '60s, starting in Australia before hitting Swinging London, hanging out with Stones and Beatles, the drugs and booze, and his close relationship with Robert Stigwood

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 60meg, total interview length: 65' 29" sound quality: ****

The Bee Gees' Maurice Gibb (2001)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2001

The late Bee Gee Maurice takes us back to the early days in Manchester, Australia and Swinging London, meeting Lulu, his battle with the bottle, and talks about songwriting and that run-in with Clive Anderson.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 60.3meg, total interview length: 1h 5' 51" sound quality: ****

The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb (2001)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2001

Surviving the Hither Green railway crash; his role within the Bee Gees; Robert Stigwood, NEMS and Brian Epstein's death; the Odessa album, and much more.

File format: mp3 File size: 60.8mb Interview length: 1h 06' 25"; Sound quality: *****

Outkast's André Benjamin (2001)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2001

The flamboyant Mr Benjamin on Stankonia, the influence of Brit dance music, meeting Big Boi, early influences and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 31.8mb, interview length: 34' 43" sound quality: * (phoner)

Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera and Bryan Ferry (2001)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2001

The Roxy chaps talk about their 2001 reunion, and look back to the days of zany outfits and VCS3s.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 82.1mb, total interview length: 1h 29' 37" sound quality: **

Jim White (2001)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2001

On learning guitar with a broken leg; drugs and religion; poverty and outsiderdom; art vs. commerce; the dangers of cab driving: Jim White tells all.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 66.5mb, total interview length: 1h 12' 38" sound quality: ****

Mercury Rev (2001)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2001

Jonathan Donahue and Jeff Mercel talk about band members past and present, and working with producers and arrangers such as Jack Nitzsche and Tony Visconti, plus their very own Dave Fridmann

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 50mb, total interview length: 51' 19" sound quality: ***

Ryan Adams (2001)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2001

All about making Gold; rages against the (record company) machine; the Stones and Keef; plays new album tracks... and dreaming about Snoop Dogg's pig joke!

File format: mp3; file size: 84.7mb, interview length: 1h 32' 34" sound quality: ***

Cream's Jack Bruce (1999)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 2001

From Manchester's Twisted Wheel to the Royal Albert Hall: Jack Bruce talks to Johnny Black about the beginning and ending of the first supergroup, Cream

File format: mp3 File size: 23.9mb Interview length: 26 minutes 8 seconds Sound quality: ****

Dick Heckstall-Smith (2001)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, Spring 2001

Tenor-man Heckstall-Smith takes us on a trip through the Brit blues boom with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, Alexis Korner, Graham Bond and Cyril Davis, through to Colosseum.

File format: mp3; file size: 38.7mb, interview length: 42' 18" sound quality: * (phoner)

Cream: Pete Brown on Cream (and more) (2001)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, Spring 2001

The redoubtable Battered Ornament talks about his long writing partnership with Cream's Jack Bruce, getting into blues and poetry, and the Brit Blues boom.

File format: mp3; file size: 27mb, interview length: 29' 28" sound quality: * (phoner)

P.P. Arnold (2002)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2002

On the road with Ike & Tina Turner; supporting the Rolling Stones; 'Tin Soldier' and The Small Faces; meeting Jimi; going out with Rod Stewart, plus countless superstar sessions: P.P. Arnold takes us on a trip back to Swinging London!

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 56.7mb, total interview length: 1h 1' 57" sound quality: ****

Sugababes (2002)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2002

The First Ladies of the British pop charts talk about fame, boys, UK Garage, the Angels With Dirty Faces album and each other.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 64.6mb, total interview length: 1h 09' 46" sound quality: ****

The Streets (2002)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2002

Mike Skinner talks about finding his voice, making Original Pirate Material, writing, politics, getting high and about life itself.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.2mb; Interview length: 48' 13"; sound quality: ****

Nick Hornby (2002)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2002

High Fidelity author Hornby picks his Top Ten tracks, from Bruce Springsteen's 'Thunder Road' to Steve Earle's 'Telephone Road'.

File format: mp3; file size: 54.9mb, interview length: 59' 59" sound quality: ***

Tom Waits (2002)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2002

On Charley Patton and James Brown, encounters with William Burroughs and Keith Richards, and being a 'rectal thermometer' for Frank Zappa...

File format: mp3; file size: 61.8mb, interview length: 1h 07' 29" sound quality: ****

Wyclef Jean (2002)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2002

From the Fugees to Tom Jones, Haiti's very own Wyclef Jean talks hip hop, crack vs. music, martial arts and Cab Calloway

File format: mp3 File size: 26.4mb Interview length: 28' 50" Sound quality: ****

Madness (2002)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 2002

Chas Smash, joined by Suggs and Mike Barson, looks back at Madness then and now, Our House the Musical, reunions (theirs and others'), Buddhism, domesticity, and not doing Live Aid!

File format: mp3 File size: 42mb Interview length: 45' 50"; Sound quality: ****

Phil Ramone (2003)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2003

The legendary producer/engineer talks about the internet and file sharing, the thorny process of CD remastering of classic albums, and revisiting such classic albums as Paul Simon's Graceland and Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks.

File format: mp3; file size: 59.9mb, interview length: 1h 05' 28" sound quality: ***

Robert Plant (2003)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2003

On life after Zep: travel, the accolades of fame, Abba, Graham Greene, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and remembering John Bonham

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 45.5mb, total interview length: 49' 43" sound quality: ****

Lou Reed (2003)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2003

On The Raven, the ups and, mostly, downs of CDs, mp3s and (re)mastering and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 24.9mb, interview length: 27' 11" sound quality: ***

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: Paul McCartney (2003)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2003

A long, free-flowing conversation, during which Paul talks about Phil Spector and Let It Be, on his relationship with Yoko and the "whose name first" saga, and the deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison, plus much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 75.8mb, total interview length: 1h 22' 44" sound quality: ****

Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks (2003)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2003

Mick Fleetwood on getting it on with Stevie Nicks, his place in the band and cocaine; Stevie Nicks on her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham, dud boob jobs, songwriting and cocaine.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 64.6mb, total interview length: 1h 10' 38" sound quality: ****

Depeche Mode's David Gahan, part 1 (2003)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2003

David Gahan talks about doing his solo album, songwriting and being Martin Gore's mouthpiece

File format: mp3 File size: 28.4mb Interview length: 30 minutes 59 seconds Sound quality: ***

Depeche Mode's David Gahan, part 2 (2003)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2003

The Car Crash Years: On the road with Depeche Mode, the desire to be a rock'n'roll star, the influence of Grunge, and Dog Days in Santa Monica

File format: mp3 File size: 25.1mb Interview length: 27 minutes 22 seconds Sound quality: ***

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2003

Percy himself on Led Zep's annus mirabilis 1970 - from conquering America and playing the Royal Albert Hall, to "getting it together in the country" at Bron-Y-Aur, and the gestation of Led Zep, then fast forward to 1979, and family tragedy, recording In Through the Out Door, and playing Knebworth

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 65.2meg, total interview length: 1h11'08", sound quality: ****

Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2003

Led Zep's bass player takes us back to the riotous days of 1970, and the joys of playing with Bonzo, the folk and R&B influences, and forward to 1979, and Knebworth and In Through The Out Door

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 64.2meg, total interview length: 1h10'7", sound quality: ***

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2003

Jimmy Page on going through the archives to assemble the monumental Led Zeppelin DVD, and on the early days of the band, on the road and in the studio, through to Knebworth in 1979

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 45.2meg, total interview length: 49'22", sound quality: ***

Elbow (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2003

A somewhat wind-blown Guy Garvey and pals on the making of Cast of Thousands, prog rock, Manchester, religion and being stalked by Cameron Diaz

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 88.1meg, total interview length: 1h 36' 09" sound quality: **

Steely Dan (2003)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2003

Messrs. Fagen and Becker talk about their Everything Must Go album, William Burroughs, their time away from each other, songwriting, and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; file size: 41mb; Interview length: 44 52"; sound quality: ****

Blondie's Debbie Harry (2003)

Interview by Chris Roberts, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 2003

Elle ne regrette rien: La Harry on Blondie then and now, NYC then and now, on art and movies, on Chris Stein, and on the latest Blondie album The Curse of Blondie

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 64.7meg, total interview length: 1h 10' 38" sound quality: **

Robert Plant (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 2003

A somewhat wind-blown interview: on digging back into his pre-Zep archives for Sixty Six to Timbuktu; discovering his voice as a young singer; life and career post-Zeppelin.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 63.8mb, total interview length: 1h 9' 44" sound quality: **

Billy Childish (2003)

Interview by Richard North, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 2003

The East Kent artict/musician talks at length about being an outsider, his political and philosophical views, and Tracey Emin's "shitty old disco tent from Millets".

File format: mp3; file size: 45.1mb, interview length: 1h 43' 03" sound quality: **

Gram Parsons: Phil Kaufman remembers Gram Parsons (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 2003

From Mick'n'Keef to Emmylou; from Topanga Canyon to the Joshua Tree: Executive Nanny Phil Kaufman looks back on low lives and high times with Gram Parsons.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 49.4.mb, total interview length: 54' 01" sound quality: ***

R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe (2003)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 2003

Gavin Martin quizzes the R.E.M. front-man on movies, religion, his gayness, Bill Berry's departure and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 46.4mb, total interview length: 50' 45" sound quality: ****

James Brown (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 2003

James Brown talks about survival, mistrust, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Invention of Funk.

File format: mp3 File size: 28.5mb Interview length: 31 minutes 8 seconds Sound quality: ***

Cerys Matthews (2003)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, Spring 2003

Living in Nashville, singing for Clinton, walking dogs, pregnancy, and new album Cockerhoop; in fact pretty much anything other than Catatonia. Gavin Martin probes a recalcitrant Cerys Matthews.

File format: mp3; file size: 27.1mb; Interview length: 29' 35"; sound quality: ****

Ash (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2004

Ash's Tim Wheeler and Rick McMurray talk about Meltdown, the struggles around Nu-Clear Sounds, Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement... and magic mushrooms!

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 50mb, total interview length: 51' 16" sound quality: ***

The Beatles: Richard Lester (2004)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2004

Film director Lester looks back at A Hard Day's Night, Help!, working with Lennon on How I won The War, and his life as a film maker.

File format: mp3; file size: 51.2mb, interview length: 55' 53" sound quality: ***

David Byrne (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2004

David Byrne talks frankly about his home life, family background, NYC, the massive variety of his artistic enterprises, and his tricky relationship with former Talking Heads band-mates.

File format: mp3; total file size: 36.9mb, total interview length: 40' 17" sound quality: ****

Anastacia (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2004

The big-voiced gal talks about her joust with breast cancer, her friendship with Elton John, and her latest album Anastacia.

File format: mp3; total file size: 32.3mb, total interview length: 35' 18" sound quality: ****

PJ Harvey (2004)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2004

Peej on making Uh Huh Her, songwriting, minimalism, her rock'n'roll bohemian upbringing, working with Marianne Faithfull and meeting Kurt Cobain

File format: mp3; file size: 53.9mb, interview length: 58' 49" sound quality: ***

Alanis Morissette (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2004

On relationships, lesbianism and androgyny, predatory older men, sex, fear of and desire for fame, anxiety attacks, therapy and medication, the whole nine yards.

File format: mp3; total file size: 32.8mb, total interview length: 35' 49" sound quality: ***

The Corrs (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2004

Corrs Sharon and Jim on family, songwriting, the death of their mother, religion, and Mick Hucknall's wine!

File format: mp3; total file size: 29.5mb, total interview length: 32' 11" sound quality: ***

Howard Tate (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2004

The great lost voice of soul recounts his career, from childhood gospel in Philadelphia, through his '60s hits with Jerry Ragavoy, his leaving music behind and the dark years, right up to his recent rediscovery and revival.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 50mb, total interview length: 54' 36" sound quality: ****

David Geffen (2004)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 2004

The mogul of Laurel Canyon on Asylum Records, managing artists and his close relationships with the likes of JD Souther, Laura Nyro, David Crosby and Joni Mitchell.

File format: mp3; file size: 25.1mb, interview length: 26' 07" sound quality: * (phoner)

Dolly Parton (2005)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2005

Movies, fasting, fame and faith, plastic surgery, marriage, 9/11 and on being a gay icon: Dolly says more in twenty minutes than most do in two hours.

File format: mp3; file size: 22.1mb; Interview length: 24' 08"; sound quality: ****

Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff (2005)

Interview by David Nathan, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2005

The making of The Sound of Philadelphia: Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff on the Philadelphia International label, and working with the diverse likes of Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield, Jerry Butler and Laura Nyro.

File format: mp3; file size: 31.5mb; Interview length: 24' 24"; sound quality: ***

Mary J. Blige (2005)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2005

Mary J. speaks frankly about her life: drink and drugs, domestic abuse, marriage, tattoos, clothes and wearing fur!

File format: mp3; file size: 28.6mb; Interview length: 31 16"; sound quality: ****

Shakira (2005)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2005

The Latino Lioness on her Oral Fixation album, writing in English, politics and poverty, and the benefits of belly dancing.

file format: mp3; file size: 22mb; Interview length: 24' 13"; sound quality: ****

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistol Glen Matlock (2005)

Interview by Nina Antonia, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 2005

From shop boy to Sex Pistol: the Pistols' key songwriter talks about the genesis of the band, the role of McLaren, goin' down the Roxy and the 100 Club Punk Festival

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 42.3meg, total interview length: 46' 08" sound quality: **

Moby (2005)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2005

On sexuality, celibacy, girlfriends, therapy, fundamentalism, politics, his then-current Hotel album and a whole lot more: Moby reveals all.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 51.9mb, total interview length: 56' 34" sound quality: ****

Stevie Wonder (2005)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2005

From 'Fingertips' to the 21st Century, and everything in between: his classic albums; Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Prince; race, religion and blindness; recording and technology then and now... and he sings! he preaches! he does your horoscope!

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 100.3meg, total interview length: 1h 49' 29" sound quality: ***

Ry Cooder: The Ry Cooder Interview, parts 1-3 (2005)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2005

From his youth in Santa Monica via the Ash Grove scene through to movie soundtracks and his explorations of world musics: Ry on the music business, his fellow musicians and his politically progressive background and instincts.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 76.2meg, total interview length: 83' 11" sound quality: ***

Bobby Womack, Jim Ford: Bobby Womack on Jim Ford (2005)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2005

The Last Soul Man talks about his friend and collaborator Jim Ford: being introduced by Ford to Sly Stone, such great songs as 'Harry Hippie' and 'Point Of No Return', and writing songs with the man.

File format: mp3; file size: 19.8mb, interview length: 21' 35" sound quality: * (phoner)

Supergrass (2005)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2005

Combes brothers Gaz and Rob ruminate on their then-current album Road to Rouen, their fraternal relationships, the stresses within the band, and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 48.6mb, total interview length: 53' 03" sound quality: ****

Neil Young (2005)

Interview by Bud Scoppa, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2005

Mr. Young on the Prairie Wind album; his aneurysm and surgery; the great Spooner Oldham; his archive project; and the Heart of Gold movie.

File format: mp3; file size: 46.6mb, interview length: 50' 55" sound quality: ****

Led Zeppelin Tour Manager Richard Cole (2005)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 2005

The legendary Zep tour manager remembers meeting the band, the first US tour, the curious friendship between Bonham and Plant, all things Bron-Y-Aur, life on the road, making Led Zeppelin IV, and Girls Girls Girls!

File format: mp3; file size: 64.3mb; Interview length: 1h 10' 15"; sound quality: ***

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2006

Joe Elliott tells tales of the road, talks about his heroes (and one or two villains), and looks back at Rick Allen's accident and Steve Clark's alcoholism and death.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 63.5mb, total interview length: 1h 9' 25" sound quality: ****

Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2006

On the release of At War With The Mystics, Mr. Coyne waxes philosophical about rock'n'roll, life, drink, drugs, death and the entire meaning of it all.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 45.1mb, total interview length: 49' 18" sound quality: *****

Pink (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2006

Madam Attitude talks about politics, strippers, gender and sexuality, dogs, marriage, tattoos and more.

File format: mp3; total file size: 27.3mb, total interview length: 29' 51" sound quality: ****

The Kinks, Ray Davies: Ray Davies (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2006

The King Kink on getting shot in New Orleans, his relationship with brother Dave, his childhood and upbringing, and on songwriting and lyrics, plus so much more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 53.4mb, total interview length: 58' 21" sound quality: ****

The Raconteurs (2006)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2006

Raconteurs Jack White, Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence on how they got together, making the first album, and their shared love of Led Zeppelin

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 39.5meg, total interview length: 43' 04" sound quality: ***

Candi Staton (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2006

Starting with her collaboration with The Source on the dancefloor classic 'You Got The Love', this fascinating interview takes us back to racist Alabama, gospel, her marriage to Clarence Carter and her time at Rick Hall's Fame, and takes in the years of abuse and drink, and her return to the church.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 64.7mb, total interview length: 1h 10' 40" sound quality: ****

Meat Loaf (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, Winter 2006

Mr. Loaf talks about his tricky relationship with Jim Steinman, collapsing onstage, acting vs. singing, his weight and... collecting teddy bears!

File format: mp3; file size: 30.9mb, interview length: 33' 42" sound quality: ****

Placebo (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, Spring 2006

Brian Molko and pals talk about the making of their new album Meds, about songwriting, taking drugs and lots more

File format: mp3; total file size: 30.2mb, total interview length: 32' 57" sound quality: ****

Yngwie Malmsteen (2008)

Interview by Steven Rosen, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2008

The Paganini of Poodle talks about guitars, recording methods, his reputation etc... but mostly about himself.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.4mb, interview length: 48' 31" sound quality: * (phoner)

Little Feat's Bill Payne and Paul Barrere (2008)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2008

Messrs. Payne and Barrere look back at their time in the great Little Feat, album by album.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 64.6mb, total interview length: 1h 10' 38" sound quality: * (phone)

Herbie Hancock (2008)

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 2008

The piano great on the great '63 Miles Davis Quintet, band democracy, Buddhism, commercialism and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 52.1mb, interview length: 56' 55" sound quality: *****

Alice In Chains: Alice in Chains' William DuVall (2009)

Interview by Steven Rosen, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2009

The "new boy" talks about the weight of expectation on his shoulders replacing Layne Staley, his friendship with Jerry Cantrell, recording new album Black Gives Way to Blue, and guitars, amps etc.

File format: mp3; file size: 39.4mb, interview length: 43' 02" sound quality: * (phoner)

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: Grandmaster Flash (2009)

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2009

Flash talks about his latest album The Bridge, but then takes us back to the Bronx in the mid-'70s, his technical innovations, experiences with Sugar Hill records, and his addiction and the lost years.

File format: mp3; file size: 61.8mb, interview length: 1h 07' 31" sound quality: ****

Santana's Michael Shrieve (2009)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2009

The Santana drummer remembers the glory days — Abraxas, Woodstock etc. — and the coke, Coke Escovedo and the crumbling of the band.

File format: mp3; file size: 42.1mb, interview length: 45' 56" sound quality: * (phoner)

Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel (2009)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2009

Trout farming, raising miniature horses, a theory about Stonehenge and his complicated relationship with David St. Hubbins: the Tap man tells all.

File format: mp3; File size: 21.6meg, interview length: 23' 35" sound quality: * (phoner)

The White Stripes: Jack White (2009)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2009

Jack White goes way back to his Detroit childhood, the evolution of the White Stripes, and through to his current workaholic agenda

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 51.1mb, total interview length: 55' 48" sound quality: ***

Levon Helm (2009)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 2009

Together with his co-conspiritor Larry Campbell, the great Band drummer looks back over his recent solo activities, the people he works with, and his unique take on American music.

File format: mp3; file size: 31.5mb, interview length: 34' 27" sound quality: ****

The Black Keys (2011)

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2010

Messrs. Auerbach and Carney rap about classic American recording studios, working with Danger Mouse, Ike Turner, the Blackroc project with Damon Dash, and their Brothers and Attack & Release albums.

File format: mp3; file size: 45.6mb, interview length: 49' 48" sound quality: ***

Elektra's Jac Holzman (2010)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 2010

In conversation at Rough Trade East – the legendary record man on all things Elektra: folk to folk-rock; signing Love and the Doors, Paul Rothchild, the lunacy of Paxton Lodge, the MC5 and the Stooges, and through to leaving the business...

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 58.9mb, total interview length: 1h 04' 21" sound quality: ****

Steve Martin (2011)

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2011

The comedian/bluegrass picker Steve Martin talks about banjos, learning to play, his long association with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 27.4mb, interview length: 29' 58" sound quality: *****

Led Zeppelin: Nick Kent on Led Zeppelin (2011)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2011

Legendary NME journalist Nick Kent remembers his days in the orbit of Led Zeppelin: the many highs, and quite a few lows; Peter Grant; Zep v journalists; the sleaze and the gangsters.

File format: mp3; file size: 132.8mb, interview length: 2h 25' 03" sound quality: ****

Garth Hudson (2011)

Interview by Charles Bermant, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2011

Bonkers expositions on jump blues, big band tenor players, Dylan and more, via praising fuzz-tone guitar and Tony Iommi, with regular tellings-off from wife Maud.

File format: mp3; file size: 26.7mb, interview length: 29' 09" sound quality: * (phoner)

Carol Kaye (2011)

Interview by Carl Wiser, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 2011

Top L.A. session bass player Kaye talks about her life in the Tinsel Town studios, laying down the low end for the likes of the Beach Boys, Monkees, Sinatra and so many more.

File format: mp3 File size: 16.1mb Interview length: 35' 13"; Sound quality: * (phoner)

Glen Campbell (2012)

Interview by Robin Platts, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2012

The master interpreter talks about his long, fruitful relationship with songwriter Jimmy Webb, from first recording such classics as 'Galveston' and 'By The Time I Get Phoenix', to their recent collaboration on the Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb: In Session album.

File format: mp3; file size: 11.8mb, interview length: 12' 55" sound quality: ** (phoner)

The Beach Boys (2012)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2012

Messrs Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnstone and David Marks look back at the old days, from the Surf era through Pet Sounds and into the '70s: the songs, the sounds, the good times and bad.

File format: mp3; file size: 64.8mb, interview length: 1h 10' 48" sound quality: ****

Emmylou Harris (2012)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 2012

Ms Harris talks about her latest album (a collaboration with old associate Rodney Crowell) Old Yellow Moon; looks at how she fits into the current country/folk/Americana scene, and looks back at length at her early years and her work with the legendary Gram Parsons.

File format: mp3; file size: 25.5mb, interview length: 55' 45" sound quality: * (phoner)

The Incredible String Band: The RBP Album Club: The Incredible String Band's Hangman's Beautiful Daughter

Interview by uncredited writer, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2013

Robyn Hitchcock and Scritti's Green Gartside, aided by ringmaster Mark Ellen, discuss and play excerpts from the Incredible String Band's The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter. Recorded in 2013 at the RBP Album Club at the Idler Academy in London.

File format: mp3; file size: 79.9mb, interview length: 1h 27' 15" sound quality: ****

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: The RBP Album Club: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes' I Don't Want To Go Home (2013)

Interview by Nick Coleman, Nick Hornby, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 2013

Messrs. Hornby and Coleman discuss the album: who they were when they first heard it; what it meant to them; the meaning of "R&B"; all things Miami Steve van Zandt, and engage the audience in some pretty lively discussion.

File format: mp3; file size: 78.4mb, interview length: 1h 25' 40" sound quality: ****

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