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The Beatles: Lennon and McCartney: Songwriters — A Portrait from 1966

Interview by Michael Lydon, unpublished, March 1966

Just after the release of Rubber Soul, I had the chance to meet John Lennon and Paul McCartney in London, and I conducted in-depth interviews ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John Lennon/Yoko Ono Interview

Interview by Miles, unpublished, September 1969

These tapes were made on September 23rd and 24th, 1969, at Apple. When Allen Klein fired Ron Kass, the head of Apple Records, John and ...

Black Sabbath

Report and Interview by Steve Turner, unpublished, March 1970

2003 Note: Having written my very first article for the Beatles Monthly I was asked by the publisher, Sean O’Mahoney (aka Johnny Dean), to contribute ...

Frank Zappa: An Interview with Frank Zappa

Interview by Miles, unpublished, November 1970

This interview recorded at Rattner's on 2nd Ave, New York City, on the 14th November 1970. After we'd eaten we escaped the rude noisy waiters ...

Alexis Korner, Blues Incorporated, Cyril Davies, Dick Heckstall-Smith: A Conversation With Alexis Korner

Interview by John Pidgeon, unpublished, November 1971

This is a straight transcription of John Pidgeon's interview with Alexis Korner from November 1971 ...

The Trashmen: Carrying That Weight With The Trashmen

Retrospective by Metal Mike Saunders, unpublished, 1972

2003 intro: This was an unpublished piece, wherein I strung together actual Dave Marsh phrases from his Bob Dylan polemics (in CREEM) under the name ...

13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson: Psychedelic Punks Refuse to Die: The Revenge of the 13th Floor Elevators

Profile by Metal Mike Saunders, unpublished, 1972

2009 note: The odd thing about this (unpublished) fall 1972 thing sent to Phonograph Record Monthly (unassigned) is that co-editor Greg Shaw would – ...

Christopher Milk, Foghat: Foghat/Christopher Milk: Whisky A-Go-Go, Sunset Strip, LA

Live Review by Metal Mike Saunders, unpublished, August 1972

I WALKED IN late, so for all purposes Foghat were the opening group. People take their album seriously because Dave Edmunds was involved with it, ...

John Prine: An Interview with John Prine

Interview by Norman Jopling, unpublished, September 1972

JOHN PRINE IS THE GUY that sang the song about the hole in Daddy's arm where all the money goes, and a whole bunch of ...

Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore: Deep Purple: An Unpublished Interview with Ritchie Blackmore

Interview by Jim Esposito, unpublished, June 1973

2012 NOTE: This Q&A hails from circa June 1973, for an interview published in Creem in September that year. It broke the story about the ...

The Beatles: The Act You've Known For All These Years: The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper

Retrospective by Mick Gold, unpublished, 1974

ALL ENTERTAINMENT HAS AN EXISTENTIAL dimension: all successful performances imply a life-style and a sense of values, a sub-structure of assumptions upon which the performer ...

Bob Dylan: The Flood: Dylan and The Band on Tour ’74

Report by Michael Lydon, unpublished, 1974

"The air was filled with music." – Raymond Chandler ...

Yoko Ono: The Whole World Is My Mother-In-Law

Profile and Interview by Caroline Coon, unpublished, 1974

2012 NOTE: Tidying through my papers some days ago I found, at last, an interview I did with Yoko Ono at home in New York ...

Leon Russell: A Recording Studio And Offices For Shelter Records: An Interview With Leon Russell

Interview by David A. Williams, unpublished, December 1974

"I ORGANIZED Shelter Records in Los Angeles in 1970. In 1972, I decided to move back to Tulsa to open one of the few recording ...

The Doors: The End Is Always Near: Dread, Drunkenness and The Doors, Pt. 1

Retrospective by Lester Bangs, unpublished, 1975

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF the Doors should not be underestimated; it has been too often already. When you consider that they represented, in the positivist context ...

The Doors: The End Is Always Near: Dread, Drunkenness and The Doors, Pt. 2

Retrospective by Lester Bangs, unpublished, 1975

HE BEGAN, like all drunks who have arrived at this stage of the movie, to get in trouble. Havoc on planes, arrested in airports. Pulling ...

Lester Bangs: Epistle to a Young Critic: A Letter from Lester Bangs, February 1975

Letters by Lester Bangs, unpublished, February 1975

Thirty years ago, RBP contributor Susan (then Suzan) Compo was an apprentice punkette and aspiring rock scribe living in Tustin, California. An avid reader of ...

Elvin Bishop: The Bourbon Street Irregulars

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, unpublished, April 1975

2009 note: CREEM flew me up to New Orleans to write a story on Elvin Bishop. Rejected this. Editor told me: "You didn't say why ...

Carole King: The Definitive Carole King Story...

Retrospective and Interview by Miles, unpublished, 1976

...and touching on the Phil Spector Story and the James Taylor Story as well. * ...

Wilson Pickett: Return of the Wicked Pickett

Report and Interview by Michael Lydon, unpublished, 1977

"I’VE ALWAYS WANTED to be a star," said Wilson Pickett. He clapped his hands and fell back into a deck chair behind his house in ...

The Saints: Paralytic Today, Paris Tonight: The Saints

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1981

AT THIS TIME, A RETROSPECTIVE on the Saints could only be written by someone with a sense of great personal mission. Perhaps it's even a ...

Joe Cocker: The A&M Years 1968-1976

Overview by Bud Scoppa, unpublished, 1982

BETWEEN THE YEARS 1968 and 1976, Joe Cocker recorded his first seven albums (all released on A&M). These recordings were composed of a wonderfully diverse ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: A Kiss In The Dreamhouse (Polydor)

Review by Jeffrey Morgan, unpublished, 1982

WITHIN STRAIGHT-LACED Vienna at the turn of the century, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele were producing graphic works which rebelled against the dying vestiges of ...

Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne: Ozzy Osbourne

Interview by David Gans, unpublished, January 1982

On the bus en route from Salt Lake City to Denver in the early morning hours of January 10, 1982 ...

Bow Wow Wow, Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: Malcolm McLaren

Interview by Johnny Black, unpublished, February 1982

This is the full transcript of the interview, a small (1500-word) version of which appeared in Over 21 magazine in May 1982. ...

Del Shannon, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: 30 Years of Teardrops: from Del Shannon’s ‘Runaway’ to Tom Petty’s ‘Refugee’

Retrospective and Interview by Cynthia Rose, unpublished, 1983

THE SPACE inside our souls where real dreams arise is created by a particular breed of gambler: the emotional, sexually aware, desperately honest human who ...

The Meters

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, unpublished, May 1984

"One of my theories is that as long as I don't know about something, I can continue to seek it out," George Porter reflected in ...

The Sex Pistols: In Defence of the Sex Pistols

Essay by Paul Yamada, unpublished, 1985

ANY SERIOUS study of rock music should sift through the history to discover outbreaks, accidents and ruptures in and, of rock, that offer themselves as ...

King Sunny Ade: An Interview

Interview by Hank Bordowitz, unpublished, 1985

HB: You are doing something most American bands wouldn't think off, touring the country with a 20 odd person entourage. ...

Deep Soul Mecca: Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1986

MUSCLE SHOALS: the very name suggests some grotesque image dreamt up by a surrealist painter. Shouldn't it be Mussel, you wonder... and yet this North ...

Harlem’s Finest: The Apollo Theatre

Retrospective by Michael Lydon, unpublished, 1986

THROUGH A GAUZY silver curtain, multi-colored lights outline a band playing a mellow blues with a dancing beat. As the audience begins to cheer, the ...

Jefferson Airplane: Paul Kantner

Interview by David Gans, unpublished, June 1986

This interview was an exploratory conversation for a book project that didn't happen. ...

George Harrison

Interview by Charles Bermant, unpublished, September 1987

HOW DID YOU pick this time to re-emerge? ...

Alan Vega, Suicide: Alan Vega

Retrospective and Interview by Jeremy Gluck, unpublished, 1988

NOTE: Another unpublished piece for Bucketful of Brains from the prolific pen of Mr Jeremy Gluck, this time on Suicide's Alan Vega, written in 1988 ...

Everything But The Girl: Everything But the Girl: Shining Bright

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1988

ONE OF THE few good things about the British pop scene in 1988 is that the subtle and reflective music of boy-girl duo Everything But ...

Willie Mitchell: From Hi to Waylo: the Spirit of Memphis Soul

Report by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1988

LOVERS OF authentic southern American soul are in for a major treat this weekend when a "Memphis Soul Revue" holds court at London's Town & ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: What Was And What Might Have Been: A Lost Interview with Brian Wilson

Interview by Jeremy Gluck, unpublished, 1988

NOTE: It's 1988, Brian Wilson had just launched his solo career with the release of the eponymous Brian Wilson album, and Jeremy Gluck gets to ...

Party Town: New Orleans

Overview by Simon Witter, unpublished, May 1988

2002 note: I went to New Orleans to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Dec 87, took a week's holiday there with photographer Chris ...

The 101'ers, The Clash, Joe Strummer, The Sex Pistols: Joe Strummer

Interview by Jon Savage, unpublished, May 1988

This interview was for Jon Savage's classic punk book England's Dreaming, and is published here in its entirity for the first time. ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Out Of The Cage: An interview with Keith Richards

Interview by Ira Robbins, unpublished, September 1988

IR: You’ve done a lot of interviews lately. It’s hard to pick questions you haven’t been asked... ...

Santana: Carlos Santana

Profile and Interview by Len Brown, unpublished, 1989

This article appeared in edited form in New Musical Express"This is a good time to replenish, to renourish and drink silence." ...

Sly & Robbie: Silent Assassin (Island)

Review by Don Snowden, unpublished, 1989

HMM, HMM, HMM, let's see here...looks like Sly & Robbie & KRS-One are on to something here but I don't think it's what most people ...

Joe Boyd: Elephant Man

Profile and Interview by Len Brown, unpublished, March 1989

IN AN UPSTAIRS storeroom at Hannibal Records HQ, the quarterback-sized Joe Boyd sits on a sack. Around him are boxes, piled high, brimming with the ...

Joan Jett: Motorcycle Slut With The Mystic Cross: Joan Jett roars up the alley in Singapore

Report and Interview by Gerrie Lim, unpublished, December 1989

JOAN JETT is sitting in a dressing room a long, long way from home, and the perceptible sliver of anxiety in her voice suggests that ...

Texas Tornados: A Return of the Sir Douglas Quintet (+ 2)

Report and Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, unpublished, November 1990

PARAPHERNALIA FROM the psychedelic 1960s – retina-blitzing strobes, black lights, go-go dancers in body paint and big-dipper boots – all very, very retro, especially for ...

Birth of the Blues: Touring the Mississippi Delta

Guide by Ira Robbins, unpublished, 1991

"YOU MAY BURY MY BODY DOWN BY the highway side...so my old evil spirit can catch a Greyhound bus and ride." ...

Joey Negro

Interview by Simon Witter, unpublished, 1992

As a re-and-mastermixer, artist, label head and man of many names – too many, some might say – Joey Negro is emerging as one of ...

Cliff Richard in Conversation

Interview by Dave Thompson, unpublished, 1994

TELL US HOW you became Cliff Richard… ...

Snoop Doggy Dogg: Now Is Not The Time To Talk To Snoop Doggy Dogg.

Interview by Angus Batey, unpublished, May 1994

Originally written for the NME, this article was not published ...

Jesse Stone Tells His Story

Interview by Michael Lydon, unpublished, 1995

AT 94, JESSE STONE, arranger, bandleader, and song writer extraordinaire, has spanned the entire 20th century of African-American music. ...

Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant: Robert Plant Unledded

Interview by Alvaro Costa, unpublished, 1995

ROCK GODS SHOULD never leave their Olympus, in particular if they happen to stroll along a Parisian street during the city's Marathon. ...

Blackmore's Night, Ritchie Blackmore: Blackmore's Night: An interview with Ritchie Blackmore

Interview by Steven Rosen, unpublished, March 1995

Ritchie Blackmore, the penultimate electric guitar player, perhaps the main proponent of the Marshall/Stratocaster combo, has traded in his stacks for a tambourine and an ...

Ian Dury: Reasons to be Cheerful: Ian Dury, Kilburn & The High Roads, The Blockheads, Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Welch, unpublished, Summer 1995

In the summer of 1995 Chris Welch visited Ian Dury at his Hampstead home on two afternoons to talk about the glory days of Kilburn ...

John McLaughlin, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis: John McLaughlin: God of Fusion

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Harper, unpublished, 1996

Author’s note: I reviewed John’s Cork Jazz Festival gig circa January 1996, and then interviewed him in London shortly after that. Features based on the ...

Butch Hancock, The Flatlanders, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Terry Allen: Lubbock on Everything: The Best Little Neo-Country Town in Texas?

Retrospective and Interview by Richard Gehr, unpublished, 1996

In 1996, Richard Gehr went down to Texas to explore the history and mythology of Buddy Holly’s home town. This was his unpublished report for ...

Phast Freddie's Hollywood (Circa 1973-1983)

Guide by Phast Phreddie Patterson, unpublished, October 1996

"There's a world where I can go and tell my secrets to...."* ...

Lewis Taylor

Interview by Jim Irvin, unpublished, Summer 1996

This previously unpublished interview was conducted in the summer of 1996 — around the release of Lewis Taylor's self-titled debut album — for a short, ...

Radiohead: Can Radiohead Take America?

Report by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1997

"THERE ARE lots of double standards with British bands when they talk about America," says Jonny Greenwood. "They like to talk badly about it, yet ...

Free: Paul Rodgers

Interview by Jim Irvin, unpublished, 1997

THIS INTERVIEW coincided with Paul Rodgers' 1997 album, Now, his first set of original material since Cut Loose in 1983. It was conducted in a ...

Jimmy Webb: An Interview

Interview by Jim Irvin, unpublished, 1997

What first made you want to write a song? ...

Fabulous Thunderbirds: My Lunch with the Blues Guys

Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, unpublished, 1997

IT'S NOT NEWS that Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds is a good harmonica player. But he also cuts it as raconteur with stories about ...

Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne: Ozzfest ‘97

Report and Interview by Edward Helmore, unpublished, 1997

THE UNEARTHLY NOISE that barrels over the pines and down Alpine Valley in rural Wisconsin last summer was a clear signal that the natural order ...

Radiohead’s Back Pages

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, unpublished, 1997

DESPITE THE best efforts of such explosive talents as Suede, Polly Jean Harvey and the Manic Street Preachers, 1992 was not a great year for ...

The High Llamas

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1997

THERE IS nothing quite like the High Llamas, even at a time when symphonic "mood music" is all the rage and neo-easy listening has become ...

Whose Alt.Country Is It Anyway?

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1997

THEY CALL it Alternative Country, a generous umbrella of a category that makes room for acts as different as Steve Earle, Son Volt and Slobberbone; ...

Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis: April In Paris With Branford And Ellis

Report and Interview by Chris Ingham, unpublished, April 1997

NOTE: Commissioned by Nick Coleman at The Independent, this interview remained unpublished due to Branford and Ellis canceling their live appearances. ...

Radiohead: The Tourist: An Interview With Thom Yorke

Interview by Jim Irvin, unpublished, June 1997

Thursday 22 May, 1997IT'S A SEARING summer's day in Barcelona, one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Three things are creating a buzz in the Catalonian ...

Aretha Franklin: Rockport Rhythm & Blues Festival, Newport, Rhode Island

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, July 1997

"Summertime, and the living is easy..." So ring out the words of Aretha Franklin’s backing singers as they warm up the crowd for the entrance ...

Godley & Creme: Kevin Godley on Consequences

Interview by Kit Aiken, unpublished, December 1997

NOTE: Unedited text of an interview for the piece that appeared in the March 1988 issue of Uncut. * ...

Chic: Hammersmith Odeon, October 1979

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1998

So few and far between are the live performances that have made any real impression on me that they actually stick out in the memory ...

Mark Hollis, Talk Talk: Mark Hollis Interview

Interview by Jim Irvin, unpublished, 1998

MARK HOLLIS' self titled debut album was, at one point, going to be a Talk Talk album entitled Mountains Of The Moon, but somewhere between ...

Mercury Rev: Deserter’s Songs

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1998

MERCURY REV, one of the great if most overlooked American groups of the 1990s, are finally releasing a new album, their first for V2 Records. ...

Neil Young at Heart

Essay by Mick Gold, unpublished, 1998

IT MUST HAVE been 1969 or 1970. There was a rave review of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere in Rolling Stone and I bought it ...

Pulp: This Is Hardcore

Review by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1998

JARVIS COCKER is that most British of pop creatures, the Nerd-as-Superstar. Like the young Morrissey, he’s the spindly misfit, the scrawny mis-shape who outwitted the ...

Gang Starr: The Greatness of Gang Starr

Report and Interview by Amy Linden, unpublished, 1998

IN 1997 EMI Records was in the process of folding, and among the groups who were up for grabs was Gang Starr, a veteran NYC ...

The Band, Levon Helm: The Weight on Levon Helm

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1998

LEVON HELM is perched on the arm of a carved wooden chair in his large house-cum-recording studio in Woodstock, N.Y., and he’s cackling his head ...

Queen: The Hard Life of Brian: Brian May

Interview by Ian Fortnam, unpublished, April 1998

It's quite a spread – set in the majestic, green sward Jerusalem of the Home Counties' stockbroker belt, and surrounded by idyllic gardens painstakingly landscaped ...

Elliott Smith: Interview Transcript

Interview by Neil Mason, unpublished, June 1998

I'D BEEN TO SEE Elliott Smith's first UK show a week earlier, can't recall where, but it was clearly enough to get me back a ...

Linda Ronstadt: The Linda Ronstadt Interview: Tucson, Arizona, 17 June 1998

Interview by Debbie Kruger, unpublished, June 1998

DK: You are a performer who has covered the most diverse range of genres in popular music, and they are all listed on your bio ...

Elliott Smith: An Interview in NYC, 30th April, 1998

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, Spring 1998

BH: From Kill Rock Stars to DreamWorks – it sounds like some kind of fairy tale. Does it feel like one? ...

XTC: Andy Partridge: Lemons And Lemonade

Interview by Bill DeMain, unpublished, 1999

"I'M A LUDICROUS optimist," says Andy Partridge. "I'm in front of the firing squad and I've got the clown's makeup on and I'm telling gags ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby Stills Nash and Young: Looking Forward in Y2K

Interview by Debbie Kruger, unpublished, 1999

GRAHAM NASH IS by nature an ebullient man, but maybe this time he went too far. Such was the anticipation of the long-awaited new Crosby ...

Eric B & Rakim, Marley Marl: Marley Marl

Interview by Alex Ogg, unpublished, 1999

Marley Marl talks about his inadvertent "invention" of the drum sample and his involvement in the first Eric B and Rakim record. This was originally ...

The Handsome Family

Interview by Rob Hughes, unpublished, 1999

OCTOBER 1999. On the release of early-years compilation Down In The Valley - and four months prior to fourth studio album, In The Air - ...

Frank Zappa: Too Much or Not Enough?

Retrospective by Richard Gehr, unpublished, April 1999

By the time of his death from prostate cancer on December 4, 1993, Frank Zappa's taste for life on the road had all but vanished. ...

ABBA: The Interview

Interview by Jim Irvin, unpublished, May 1999

Here a full transcript of the interview conducted with Bjorn Ulvaeus for a MOJO feature published in 1999 to mark the opening of Mamma Mia!. ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: London, Astoria

Live Review by Alex Ogg, unpublished, May 1999

IT’S A STRANGE TIME for a rock gig to take place – midday on the Saturday of the FA Cup final. The unusual hour is ...

Prefab Sprout: Catching Up with Paddy Mac

Interview by Chris Ingham, unpublished, November 1999

This is an unpublished interview with Paddy McAloon on the release of 38 Carat Gold: The Best Of Prefab Sprout. ...

Captain Beefheart: Three Decades Inside The Mask: Captain Beefheart

Retrospective and Interview by Byron Coley, unpublished, December 1999

NOTE: This article appeared in a much-shortened version in the December 1999 edition of Spin entitled "The Strangest Album Ever Sold: The Making Of Trout ...

George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (Apple)

Review by Jim Irvin, unpublished, 2000

New double-disc remastering of George’s solo debut. Now with out-takes, remixes and a re-recorded version of ‘My Sweet Lord’. ...

Ronnie Scott: Jazz Club … Nice: Remembering Ronnie Scott

Retrospective and Interview by Joel McIver, unpublished, 2000

The legendary nightclub Ronnie Scott's is celebrating its fourth decade this year. Joel McIver meets manager Peter King - a man who really has seen ...

Mellow Candle: Swaddling Songs (DERAM SDL7)

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Harper, unpublished, 2000

NOTE: This is a slightly longer edit of the piece as published in MOJO, sometime in the early 2000s. Since that time (in the early ...

Pharaoh Sanders: Pharoah Sanders

Interview by Chris Ingham, unpublished, 2000

THERE IS THE aura of legend surrounding the business of Pharoah Sanders. The fez, the dashiki, the Egyptian Prince goatee and the very name conjures ...

Big Star: Stars In Their Eyes: Big Star

Retrospective by Bud Scoppa, unpublished, 2000

NOTE: I was assigned this piece the spring of 2000 by Revolver, but the mag was recast as a metal monthly while I was working ...

Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put A Spell On You: Bill Millar pays tribute to the late, great Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Retrospective by Bill Millar, unpublished, March 2000

"WHY NOT BE at London Airport to welcome Jay?" That was the invitation in the late Roger Eagle’s R & B Scene. And so, on ...

Ian Hunter: Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Sony Legacy)

Review by Jeffrey Morgan, unpublished, July 2000

A LONG LONG TIME ago, I can still remember how the music used to make me smile. But then the '50s came along and wiped ...

Ahmet Ertegun and Various Authors: What’d I Say: The Atlantic Records Story

Review by Bill Millar, unpublished, 2001

THIS IS ONE muthahumping doorstep of a book as big as the Times Atlas and just as heavy. There are 900 photos and 160,000 words ...

The Deviants, Mick Farren: An Interview with Mick Farren

Interview by Martin Herron, unpublished, 2001

UK ROCK CRITICISM has produced its fair share of great writers: Nick Kent, Charles Shaar Murray and Barney Hoskyns, to name but a few. ...

Lester Bangs: Dear Charlie... Love, Lester

Letters by Lester Bangs, unpublished, 2001

Excerpts from letters supplied by Charlie Gillett to Rock's Backspages* ...

Bootsy Collins, Funkadelic, James Brown: Looking Back with Bootsy

Retrospective and Interview by Martin Herron, unpublished, 2001

'SEX MACHINE'; 'Superbad'; 'One Nation Under A Groove'; 'Tear The Roof Of Tha Sucker' – Bootsy Collins' bass is the foundation stone of the House ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: The Man Who Killed Paul McCartney

Retrospective by Jim Yoakum, unpublished, 2001

The incredible, never-before-revealed true-life event that sparked the greatest rock ‘n’ roll rumor of all time. ...

Willie Nelson Hits Springfield

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, unpublished, 2001

IT’S LONG PAST midnight at the Springfield, Illinois, State Fairground. Heavy rain slants down, dousing the day’s tangled aromas of corn dog, funnel cake and ...

In His Own Right: Ian MacDonald

Interview by Paul Gorman, unpublished, March 2001

I INTERVIEWED Ian MacDonald for my music press history In Their Own Write in March 2001. As charming, tolerant and insightful as the first-class prose ...

The Box Tops

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, unpublished, September 2001

IN THESE trivia-obsessed times, it's probably worth knowing that the first Number One hit recorded in Memphis by a Memphis act was 'The Letter'. It ...

Todd Rundgren: Something/Anything?: 30 Years On

Interview by Rob Steen, unpublished, December 2001

I RANG TODD in his Maui studio in December 2001, while he was remixing Something/Anything? for 5.1 Surroundsound. ...

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Michael Franti, Spearhead: A Q&A With Michael Franti

Interview by Stevie Chick, unpublished, Spring 2001

MICHAEL FRANTI has been one of the most consistently insightful, incisive, and intelligent voices in politicised pop music for almost 15 years now. ...

Matthew Herbert

Interview by David Hemingway, unpublished, 2002

House producer Matthew Herbert has made music from underwear, rodents and lazer eye surgery, remixed artists as disparate as Serge Gainsbourg and Moloko and is ...

James Taylor: One Part Genius...The Trail to October Road

Essay by Craig W. Thomas, unpublished, 2002

WHEN I WAS 14 years old the person I most wanted to be was James Taylor. It's a long time ago now. 1971. I remember ...

Thomas Dolby: Techno Beatnik: Thomas Dolby

Profile and Interview by Hank Bordowitz, unpublished, 2002

MY WIFE AND two-year-old huddle over my wife’s iMac. Billy, the two year old, giggles uncontrollably as the computer makes boinging and slide-whistle sounds, ...

Green Day: The Biggest Punk Rock Band in the World: Green Day

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, unpublished, 2002

THE FACTS speak for themselves. With worldwide album sales currently in excess of 23 million, their Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum Dookie debut boasting an almost ...

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: The Great Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Or: What you don't know about Black Classical Music could be killing you

Retrospective by Glenn O'Brien, unpublished, 2002

BACK THERE during the revolution, when we called ourselves freaks proudly, rock was rocking the world. Musicians like Hendrix, Clapton, and Page, and philosophical bands ...

The Libertines interviewed at the 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, October 4th 2002

Interview by Ben Myers, unpublished, October 2002

IT WAS A crisp autumn day when The Libertines arrived back in London to play the penultimate show of a 26 date tour at the ...

Andrew WK: Super Fan: Andrew W.K.

Interview by Jason Cohen, unpublished, Fall 2002

With his anthems 'Party Hard' and 'It's Time to Party' blasting from stadiums, soundtracking Sportscenter highlights and fueling beer commercials, Ann Arbor,MI native Andrew W.K. ...

Asian Dub Foundation: Foundation Course

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, unpublished, February 2003

JOHN PANDIT is hopping mad. We were supposed to be discussing the latest album by Pandit's multi-cultural protest-pop collective Asian Dub Foundation, but our interview ...

Ian Dury: Buried Treasure: Ian Dury and the Blockheads' Do It Yourself

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, unpublished, March 2003

HOW CAN A platinum-selling album that reached No. 2 in the UK charts be classed as "buried treasure"? Easily. Do It Yourself remains a well-kept ...

Phil Spector: Spector's Heirs

Overview by Robin Eggar, unpublished, April 2003

THE CASTLE PERCHES atop a hill in suburban Alhambra reached after a long and winding climb. The huge iron gates appear to have been shut ...

Wiley

Interview by David Hemingway, unpublished, September 2003

A transcript of an interview that subsequently became an XLR8R feature ...

Robben Ford At The Newcastle Opera House

Live Review by Craig W. Thomas, unpublished, November 2003

I'M TIRED OF the bullshit. I'm tired of TV advertising in my face. I'm sick of calls trying to sell me health insurance and I'm ...

Rocket from the Tombs: On Rock And Rocket From The Tombs: David Thomas

Report and Interview by Steven R Rosen, unpublished, Fall 2003

WHEN DAVID THOMAS brought his three-day "Disastodrome" musical carnival to UCLA earlier this year, there was a surprise element. ...

Charles Manson: Charlie Don’t Surf

Retrospective by Jim Yoakum, unpublished, 2004

THE NIGHT THAT the four members of the infamous Manson Family drove out to a secluded Benedict Canyon mansion and brutally butchered Sharon Tate, Abigail ...

Robyn Hitchcock, The Soft Boys: Just who the hell is Robyn Hitchcock, anyway?

Interview by Jim Yoakum, unpublished, 2004

FUNNYMAN? Serious Artist? Ironic? Fey? Wry? Ask the average punter "Who is Robyn Hitchcock?" and you'll get a variety of replies, from "neo-psychedelic warbler" and ...

Afghan Whigs: The Beast Inside: The Afghan Whigs’ Gentlemen

Essay by David McKenna, unpublished, 2004

AMID THE SLEW of so-called ‘grunge’ acts that emerged in the early ‘90s, Cincinnati rockers The Afghan Whigs stood out for their soul influences and ...

Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, Dexys Midnight Runners: Vincent Crane

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Harper, unpublished, 2004

Author's Note: This was commissioned for Mojo but for reasons unclear to me never ran. It was during a period where a lot of writers ...

The Million-Pound Mod: John Stephen

Obituary by Paul Gorman, unpublished, February 2004

JOHN STEPHEN - who died on February 1 aged 69 - was the "£1m Mod" who was a vital element in the look of the ...

Kate Rusby: Reflections on Kate Rusby at the Derby Assembly Rooms

Essay by Craig W. Thomas, unpublished, March 2004

ALEX FERGUSON was interviewed immediately after his team snatched an improbable victory from the back of the throat of defeat in the 1999 Champions League ...

Sparks

Interview by Rob Chapman, unpublished, June 2004

SPARKS ARE IN London to play the Meltdown Festival at Morrissey's request. Outside in the stifling heat the capitol is experiencing its own 90 degree ...

Dan Penn: Muscle Shoals: Soul of the South

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Campion, unpublished, September 2004

Muscle Shoals and Fame Studios are synonymous with the golden era of soul music. But the musicians who wrote and played on the songs that ...

John Lydon: Anarchy In The UK Gold

Guide by Terry Staunton, unpublished, October 2004

JOHN LYDON is expected to put the cat among the pigeons during his forthcoming stint on I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here — ...

Frank Zappa: Baby Snakes

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, Spring 2004

FRANK ZAPPA was an irrelevant, redundant figure by the late ‘70s. The object of dorkish devotion, Ol’ Silly Beard had meandered off into cul de ...

The Difficult Second Album Syndrome

Comment by Jeff Apter, unpublished, Spring 2004

ONE OF POP MUSIC’S most accurate axioms is that second albums are the toughest. Typically, you have some of the best years of your life ...

Electric Light Orchestra: ELO: Shine On

Sleevenotes by Jim Irvin, unpublished, 2005

IN THE LATE 60s, Jeff Lynne, leader of distinctive psychedelic pop group, The Idle Race, constructed a surprisingly sophisticated demo studio in the front room ...

Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green: Fleetwood Mac: The Making of Then Play On

Retrospective and Interview by Toby Manning, unpublished, 2005

IN 1969, FLEETWOOD Mac's prime mover had begun acting very strangely. First of all this East End Jew found Jesus, and began trying to convert ...

Magazine

Retrospective by Toby Manning, unpublished, 2005

IF EVER THERE was a soundtrack for the Cold War era, it was Magazine. Musically and lyrically, this definitive new wave band inhabited the wintry ...

Aerosmith, Joe Perry: The Joe Perry Interview

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, unpublished, May 2005

TO ROCK 'N' ROLL FANS, Joe Perry's half the front line of the dynamic band Aerosmith, a position he's held since co-founding the group with ...

A Swamper Tells the Muscle Shoals Story: An Interview with David Hood

Interview by Carl Wiser, unpublished, 2006

ABOUT TWO minutes into 'I'll Take You There', a sultry bass groove plays while Mavis Staples implores, "Little David, help me out now..." ...

The Who, Track By Track, Album By Album

Discography by Steven Rosen, unpublished, 2007

Originally commissioned by Classic Rock Direct Limited for a Who DVD. (Note: All quotations in story come from Steven Rosen's personal archive). ...

The 50 Year Copyright Conundrum

Report and Interview by Colin Harper, unpublished, July 2007

IN SEPTEMBER 1959, an inmate of Mississippi State Penitentiary named James Carter led his fellows in singing a work song, 'Po' Lazarus', while chopping wood. ...

Let's Active, Mitch Easter, R.E.M., Sneakers: Mitch Easter Interviewed: Perfect Sound Forever - The Director's Cut

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, unpublished, Summer 2007

NOTE: This is a vastly expanded version of the Mitch Easter feature, "Perfect Sound Forever," written for issue #76, of Magnet, published summer 2007. Interviews ...

George Harrison

Retrospective and Interview by Steven Rosen, unpublished, 2008

IT WAS A day of unmatched California beauty; a startling and fiery sun perched high above in a crystal blue sky and blazed down promise. ...

James Brown: I Got The Feelin': James Brown In The '60s (Shout! Factory)

Review by Jeffrey Morgan, unpublished, 2008

NOTE: previously unpublished; banned after having "been labeled 'offensive' by most of the editorial department here" at Detroit Metro Times. ...

Ray Topping, 1943-2008

Obituary by Mike Atherton, unpublished, 2008

RAY TOPPING, who has died aged 65, was arguably the world's foremost researcher of and authority on rock'n'roll and blues. ...

The Replacements: Pleased to Meet Me

Sleevenotes by Bill Holdship, unpublished, 2008

NOTE: These are Bill Holdship's original liner notes for the new Pleased to Meet Me reissue that were replaced last year when project producer Peter ...

Gnarls Barkley

Interview by Angus Batey, unpublished, January 2008

N.B. This piece was going to run in the Mail on Sunday's Live section, but due to problems with photos — or, perhaps, a fear ...

Neil Young: Deja Viewed: Neil Young on CSNY and Living with War

Interview by Stephen Dalton, unpublished, June 2008

NEIL YOUNG IS in mischievous mood this morning. Sinking into his plush hotel armchair, the veteran Canadian rocker keeps his distance behind mirror shades and ...

Independent Thinker: An Interview with Charlie Gillett

Interview by Alex Ogg, unpublished, Fall 2008

NOTE: The following is the full transcript from an interview with Charlie that took place towards the end of 2008 as research for my book ...

Kevin Ayers, Soft Machine, The Wilde Flowers: Kevin Ayers: An Interview

Interview by Mike Barnes, unpublished, Fall 2008

2013 NOTE: The interview was ostensibly for the "Hello/Goodbye" feature in MOJO 184 (March 2009), on Ayers's time in Soft Machine, but was opened out ...

Led Zeppelin: How Could They Fail? An Overview

Retrospective by Chris Charlesworth, unpublished, 2009

NOTE: The first time I encountered Led Zeppelin was interviewing Jimmy Page by phone when I was a reporter on the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, ...

Lester Bangs at Home

Memoir by Richard Riegel, unpublished, May 2009

NOTE: I wrote this mini-memoir for one of the neo-Creem projects of recent years, but it wasn't used. ...

The Yardbirds and the Cereal Killer

Memoir by Keith Altham, unpublished, Summer 2009

THE YARDBIRDS were a '60s band that never quite found a fit and kept losing their shape as dissatisfied members came and went and the ...

Rodriguez: An Interview

Interview by Rob Hughes, unpublished, Fall 2009

"DID I HAVE DREAMS of being a big star? Yeah, I had hopes of making it. We all do, but in music there are no ...

Bob Dylan, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Mike Bloomfield and Bob Dylan: Two Jews Blues, Chapter XI

Book Excerpt by Steve Roeser, unpublished, 2010

Author's note: This is my writing, but the work is mine and Barry Goldberg's together. It is Barry's story of his friendship with Michael (Mike) ...

Nick Drake and Five Leaves Left: An Interview with Omnibus' Chris Charlesworth

Interview by Eddie Blower, unpublished, 2010

In 2010, Chris Charlesworth was interviewed by Eddie Blower about Nick Drake and Five Years Left for an unpublished article. ...

The Libertines: There Are No Innocent Bystanders

Film/DVD/TV Review by Kate Allen, unpublished, May 2011

THE glittering embers of hope for a Libertines reunion were simultaneously stoked and dashed last week at the premier screening of The Libertines — There ...

Chris Cornell, Soundgarden: Chris Cornell: An Interview

Interview by Pete Makowski, unpublished, Spring 2011

NOTE: This is an uncut version of an interview I did with Chris Cornell in Los Angeles in Spring 2011 for MOJO. Soundgarden had reformed ...

The Doors: Cars Hiss By My Window: The Doors' L.A. Woman landmarks

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, February 2012

Sunset Sound Recorders, 6650 Sunset Blvd.The Doors had made their first two albums in this celebrated Hollywood studio, but it was also here that L.A. ...

Saxon: Biff Byford: An Interview

Interview by Pete Makowski, unpublished, May 2012

This is a previously unpublished Q&A with Biff Byford, Saxon's enduring, uncompromising and down-to-earth frontman as he contemplates, amongst other things, the prospects of getting ...

Ravi Shankar: Within And Without Him: Gavin Martin pays Tribute to Ravi Shankar

Obituary by Gavin Martin, unpublished, December 2012

An edited version of this piece appeared in the Daily Mirror on 13 December 2012 ...

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