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Teen Panel: The Use Of Drugs By American Teens

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, January 1967

In this issue, The BEAT's Teen Panel discusses another of the hottest subjects of the day – the use of drugs by teenagers. ...

Teen Panel: Teenagers And Drugs, Part II

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, February 1967

This is the second half of The BEAT'S Teen Panel discussion on the subject of "drugs," Part One appeared in the last issue. ...

The Small Faces: The Many Faces of Steve Marriott

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1967

POP STARS and the Establishment seem to be ever at loggerheads. Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley used to be accused of corrupting teenage morals. Quite ...

The Yardbirds: Bill Harry's Pop Talk: The Yardbirds

Interview by Bill Harry, Record Mirror, May 1967

KEITH RELF, Chris Dreja and Jimmy Page are quite angry about the continuous, almost hysterical attacks the pop world has been receiving from all directions ...

The Rolling Stones: Pop In The Police State

Comment by Mick Farren, International Times, June 1967

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

George Harrison, Ravi Shankar: Ravi Shankar: 'My Music Not For Addicts'

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, July 1967

"THE MESSAGE I'm trying to get through is that our music is very sacred to us and is not meant for people who are alcoholic, ...

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones: Aftermath: Mick Jagger Answers Some Questions

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, August 1967

WHEN I SPOKE to Mick Jagger everything was "nice" and "groovy" with him, so don't believe everything you read in the papers. And he's happy ...

Frankie Lymon: I’m Not A Juvenile Delinquent: The Death of Frankie Lymon

Obituary by Bill Millar, Soul Music Monthly, March 1968

THE LAST TWO months have been sad times for blues, rock and soul fans all the world over. All three idioms have had their brutal ...

The Who: Bus Ride Back To Pop 30 For Who

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1968

THE STATES are where the Who now have their biggest hits, most fan fever, and excitement. Pete Townsend, Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle ...

Lady Wootton talks to Caroline Coon about Pot

Interview by Caroline Coon, International Times, January 1969

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

Donovan (Cocktails)

Report and Interview by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, October 1969

OURS IS AN age of reluctant ambivalence. The impact of the new is devastatingly real, but the clinging corpse of what has been and what ...

The Rolling Stones: King Hash Is Sure To Come

Report and Interview by Sheila Weller, Rolling Stone, May 1970

TANGIER – He shakes another pebble oul of the foot-long, coral-and silver-encrusted stash pouch, pokes an amber-ringed forefinger under the schlockedelic fake-silk ascot he has ...

Caroline Coon: The Underground Angel Of Mercy...

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, January 1971

Michael Watts talks to CAROLINE COON of Release ...

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

Overview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, June 1971

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

Charles Manson, Ed Sanders: Charles Manson: Stalking Manson – The Sanders Saga

Essay by Nick Tosches, Fusion, December 1971

Ed Sanders spent the summer of the Tate-LaBianca murders yodeling the ditties that were to come to comprise Sanders Truckstop into an overhead mike at ...

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: ****

Chet Baker: The Man Who Came Back From The Dead

Report and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, July 1973

The Return of Chet Baker ...

Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett: The Cracked Ballad of Syd Barrett

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, April 1974

The summer of '67 went up like a psychedelic mushroom-cloud – and some of the fall-out's still coming down. Brian Jones was casually snuffed out, ...

What Made Rizla Famous Made A Loser Out Of Me

Comment by Penny Reel, International Times, May 1974

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

Rick Wakeman: Beers of the World

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1974

"ON OUR rider for the tour of America – for the seven of us – we had twelve six-packs of Budweiser, two bottles of tequila, ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy Pop: The Mighty Pop vs. the Hand of Blight

Special Feature by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, May 1975

Never before told! The story of a brilliant monster called IGGY POP, whose life and countless near-demises have provided Rock with one of its most ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: The 100 Proof Blues

Report by Jim Esposito, Creem, October 1975

2009 note: In the Summer of '75 The Editors of Creem decided to do a Special Report on Rock 'n Roll and booze. They called ...

10cc, Donna Summer, Jane Birkin, Max Romeo, Serge Gainsbourg: Banned — Why?: What Turns Censors On…

Report by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, February 1976

It's Donna Summer at the moment, but the Beatles, Stones even Lena Horne have all run into radio censorship. So this week, MM examines that ...

Paul Kossoff R.I.P.

Obituary by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1976

WHAT CAN you do but grieve. Just grieve. Too close to the edge, always. Pain, so much pain, so much of the time it seemed. ...

The Rolling Stones: Keith Richard: One Man's Week OFF THE HOOK

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, January 1977

MONDAY, JANUARY 10th. In Colorado, Claudine Longet, ex-wife of singer Andy Williams, stood trial for allegedly murdering her lover. On America's west coast, kidnap victim/revolutionary ...

Eric Clapton: Give Me Strength

Interview by Steve Turner, Sounds, February 1977

Meg and George Patterson's cure for heroin addiction ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Ramones: The Ramones: So The New Wave Have Scruples Too

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, June 1977

JOHNNY RAMONE is quite definitely pissed off. ...

Mahogany Rush: And This Little Piggy Took Too Much Acid

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, June 1977

If we tell you that Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush took 1500 trips in a month, you won't be surprised that the tale he tells ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: An Outlaw At The Ritz: Keith Richards

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1979

In which Keef holds up the price of Smirnoff shares, little Marlon holds up his Dad, Anita Pallenberg holds up the interview, and CHRIS WELCH ...

Rock Mortality: They Gave Their Souls For Rock 'n Roll

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, January 1979

THE WRITER can eventually put down his pen, close the book and turn on the TV. The actor can take off his makeup and go ...

Herman Brood: Brood Back On The Nest

Report and Interview by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, June 1979

German rock star Nina Hagen's upset because her Dutch rock 'n' rolling boyfriend, Herman Brood, has disappeared. Will our intrepid CHRIS BOHN track him down? ...

Marianne Faithfull: The Ballad of Marianne Faithfull

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1979

MARIANNE FAITHFULL was the Face of the '60s Fragile, damaged little bird with the voice of an angel, broken on a spike and filled with ...

Paul McCartney, Wings: Paul McCartney: The Yellow Perils Of Paulie

Report by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, January 1980

The Nips nabbed Big Macca last week as he allegedly lugged half-a-pound of marijuana through the Japanese customs. Is the naughty 'former Beatle' set for ...

That Baaad Cocaine

Report by Mick Farren, Trouser Press, May 1982

AS I WRITE THIS, the tabloids tell me we're having a cocaine war in New York City. Not that there's anything novel about a cocaine ...

Johnny Thunders, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, New York Dolls: You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory: Johnny Thunders

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1982

"There's a certain charisma about a guy that everybody thinks is about to drop dead. It's like when Daffy Duck blows up on stage and ...

The Sid Presley Experience: Going Cold Turkey with the Sid Presley Experience

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, January 1985

Why reheat ‘Cold Turkey’? BARNEY HOSKYNS TALKS TO THE SID PRESLEY EXPERIENCE about their protest against council block smack. ...

Boy George: From Culture Club To Vulture Club

Comment by Paolo Hewitt, Don Watson, New Musical Express, July 1986

Boy George's romance with the Fleet Street scandal sheets came to an abrupt end when they turned on him in an hysterical anti-drugs campaign. But ...

Drugs: Out Of Our Heads

Overview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, September 1986

AFTER TWO false starts due to bad weather, the wide-eyed and jittery paratroopers swallowed their third load of benzedrines in three nights and flew off ...

Boy George, Culture Club: Boy George: Mr. Clean

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, October 1987

Boy George Straightens Up His Act ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: Fab! Gear! The George Harrison Interview (part 2)

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, January 1988

DID YOU ever see that show in London: John, Paul, George, Ringo & Bert? ...

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave: The Needle And The Damage Done

Report and Interview by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, August 1988

NICK CAVE – the voice of desperation; singer, writer, actor, junkie! JACK BARRON, branded by the Bad Seed a "filthy little prick", gets to grips ...

James Brown Addicted To PCP

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, November 1988

Friends of the soul singer say drug has 'whipped him' ...

Acid Crackdown: Get Right Off One Chummy

Report by Paolo Hewitt, Sean O'Hagan, Steven Wells, New Musical Express, November 1988

With the hysteria now reaching fever pitch and questions being asked in the (non-Acid) House, NME calls a time out to assess the damage in the tab-mad ...

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: ***

Spacemen 3: Urine Salesmen Of The Apocalpyse [sic]

Interview by Byron Coley, Forced Exposure, Fall 1988

SWEETLY, simply put, Spacemen 3 are the only English band that I'd walk across the street to piss on. Meaning mostly that I wouldn't even ...

Happy Mondays

Profile and Interview by Martin Aston, Auckland Star, 1989

IF PUNK WAS the answer to the broad lack of genuine invention in the musical mid-70s, then the Acid House phenomenon answered those who believed ...

Acid House

Report by Sean O'Hagan, Spin, January 1989

A heady mix of sex, drugs, and trance dance music, Acid House has swept England with a wave of hedonism and made going out fun ...

Johnny Thunders: An American In Sweden

Report and Interview by Richard North, Offbeat, April 1989

SO, WHY did I wait around half a day for a three-minute interview with Johnny Thunders? ...

N.W.A.: Niggers With Attitude: Street Hassle

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, August 1989

Just when you thought Public Enemy had pushed as far as it could go, just when you thought rap outrage had peaked, along come N.W.A. ...

Ecstasy: Easy Does It

Report by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, September 1989

This week NME devotes its Dance/Club page to a cool and unsensational look at the drug Ecstasy. Report by JACK BARRON ...

The Doors: Jim Morrison: Last Meeting With a Fallen Star

Memoir by Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle, 1991

NEAR THE END of his 27-year life, was Jim Morrison – as depicted in Oliver Stone's new movie, The Doors – a fat, abusive, alcoholic, ...

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: ***

What's Your Tipple?

Guide by Tom Hibbert, Q, September 1992

Music and drugs have always been promiscuously compatible bedfellows. How many of the great albums would exist had their creators not been "shedded" at the ...

Happy Mondays: That Monday Mourning Feeling

Report and Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, December 1992

FOR NO IMMEDIATELY discernible reason, Shaun Ryder is attempting to perform a party trick and failing miserably. He is trying to flick a cigarette (one ...

Larry Levan: Paradise Lost

Retrospective by Frank Owen, Vibe, November 1993

For over a decade, Larry Levan ruled the dance-music world from his roost in the DJ booth at New York's legendary Paradise Garage. Last November, ...

Rick James: The Untold Story

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Vibe, April 1994

While Rick James was ruling the charts with hits like 'Super Freak' and 'Give It To Me Baby', he was descending into the drug addiction ...

Aerosmith: Sex'n'Drugs'n'Rock'n'Roll!

Memoir by Pete Makowski, Kerrang!, April 1994

Up until the early '80s, Aerosmith indulged in every rock 'n'roll excess! "It's a miracle they survived!" says Dr. Pete Makowski, who met Steven Tyler ...

The Breeders

Report and Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, July 1994

"AAAARGH! F*** YOU ASSHOLE! GET OUT MY FACE!" ...errrrrrk!..."YEAH I'M DOIN' A F***IN' U-TURN – WHAT'S THE GODDAMN PROBLEM?!" errrrrrrk! "Oh jeeezuuus! We've been past ...

Chrissie Hynde: "Guys in bands are pussies"

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, October 1994

Should Kurt Cobain have unplugged his fax or Evan Dando blabbed about crack? Should Brian Jones have smoked in public? Chrissie Hynde has the answers ...

Richard Hell: Go Now

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, July 1996

RICHARD HELL had an idea earlier this year. ...

Drugs In Rock Culture: Don’t Try This At Home

Essay by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, August 1996

TAKING DRUGS CHANGES things. It changes your blood stream and brain waves and bank balance; your heart rate and slang of choice and the circumference ...

The Needle And The Damage Done

Report by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, August 1996

"I've seen the needle and the damage done / A little part of it in everyone / But every junkie's like a setting sun" — ...

Secret Knowledge: Hi Bunny, I'm Home!

Interview by Push, Muzik, September 1996

Kris Needs and Wonder. A boy from Aylesbury and a girl from Ohio. Music from the heart, some hard lessons from the street... and a ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando: Reckless Idol Through The Lens Darkly

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, September 1996

GAY HEAD — It's nearing summer's end on Martha's Vineyard, and Evan Dando, the 29-year-old guiding voice and vision of the Lemonheads, is chilling on ...

Alice Cooper, The Who: Alice Cooper on Keith Moon

Interview by Tony Fletcher, iJamming.net, November 1996

ONE REASON I've been looking forward to getting this site up is to make available some of the interviews I conducted for the Keith Moon ...

Black Grape: Straight to Stupid: Black Grape

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1997

DANNY SABER'S been a busy boy. Produced the Rolling Stones, remixed David Bowie, and then seven weeks recording the new Black Grape album, climbing ...

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: ****

The Pogues, Shane MacGowan: Shane MacGowan: One More For The Road

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, November 1997

THERE ARE THOSE who believe that Shane MacGowan is among the most gifted and singular singer-songwriters to have emerged in British music in the past ...

Spiritualized: The Mile High Club: Spiritualized in the Sky

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1998

SPIRITUALIZED: a concoction of the cosmological and the pharmaceutical enjoying high times in Britain. Now Jason Pierce is spending two months turning on America. Barney ...

Dance Culture: One Nation Under A Groove

Essay by Bethan Cole, Muzik, March 1998

Ten years ago, a few hundred people were raving all night to the sounds of acid house. A year later there were a few thousand ...

Scott Weiland: The Man Who Fell To Earth

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Request, April 1998

AFTER A SIX-YEAR battle with heroin addiction and two stints in rehab, Scott Weiland, frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and would-be solo artist, is in ...

Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland: Scott Weiland: No More Mr Vice Guy

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Vox, June 1998

As leader of the Stone Temple Pilots, he took lots of drugs, sold lots of records and was hated by the critics. Now he's off ...

Depeche Mode, Primal Scream: Depeche Mode and Primal Scream: The Most Debauched Tour Ever

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, August 1998

Depeche Mode have been touring for almost a year. Drug and alcohol abuse is rife and the group are close to breaking point. The obvious ...

Monster Magnet: Life After Mood-Altering: Monster Magnet

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, February 1999

SIT A SPELL in the stark and featureless foyer of the current temple of the Monster Magnet dreams, a half-built Sunset Strip hotel of rare ...

Death of a Disco Dancer

Report by Frank Owen, Village Voice, The, February 1999

New details about Tunnel drug overdose allegation ...

Shane MacGowan, Sinead O'Connor: The Terrible State Of Shane MacGowan

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 2000

Skint, on drugs, walking a tightrope life, a young man dead in his flat: things could hardly have looked worse for Shane MacGowan. Then, astonishingly, ...

Wu-Tang Clan is Sumthing ta Fuck Wit

Report by Frank Owen, Village Voice, The, May 2000

The world-famous Staten Island hip-hop collective has a government informer working within its ranks; at the same time, the group is being investigated by the ...

Robbie Williams: Maximum Bob

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, August 2000

He's hard. He's funny. He flirts dramatically with mental illness and he's back with the best pop music of his life. No argument: the Ferrari ...

Stevie Nicks: Queen Of The Stoned Age

Interview by Paul Elliott, Q, May 2001

Fleetwood Mac's full-pelt excess and partner-swapping made for rock's most incredible soap opera. But there's one question everyone wants to ask Stevie Nicks. It concerns ...

Spiritualized: Jason Pierce: The Urban Spaceman Falls To Earth

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 2001

COSMIC OR WHAT? Jason Pierce has conducted Q to a yellowed Hoxton hostelry called the Macbeth. By the door it sports a tiled mural illustrating ...

Aerosmith: Tales of Toys and Toxic Twins: Aerosmith

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2002

SPOOL BACK four years to the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel on America’s sun-kissed East Coast and I’m sharing a sumptuous afternoon repast with Aerosmith’s Steven ...

Rehab'n'Roll

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 2002

"I WAS TRYING to prove I could do it and come out alive." That was Eric Clapton's account of his immersion in heroin from 1970-74. ...

Ol' Dirty Bastard, Wu-Tang Clan: Ol' Dirty Bastard: Portrait Of The Artist In Jail

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Guardian, The, March 2002

He was the clown prince of hip-hop, famously appearing onstage with the Wu-Tang Clan while on the run from the police. Now Ol' Dirty Bastard ...

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana: The Last Star: Kurt Cobain

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Observer Music Monthly, June 2002

Why Kurt Cobain's legacy is worth fighting – or at least waiting – for ...

The Rolling Stones: The Crowning of King Mick

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, Sunday Times, October 2002

It is hard to believe that Mick Jagger was once just another Rolling Stone. How did he become an idol? Chris Salewicz, his biographer, tells ...

Jefferson Airplane: High Priestess: Grace Slick and ‘White Rabbit’

Retrospective and Interview by Mark Paytress, Guardian, The, November 2002

White Rabbit has just come out top in a poll to find the finest drug song ever. Mark Paytress discovers that its writer/singer Grace Slick ...

Bob Dylan: Just Bend Your Mind A Little…

Retrospective by Andy Gill, MOJO, December 2002

BOB DYLAN WAS NOT THE FIRST SONGWRITER to write about – or under the influence of – drugs, though you could be forgiven for assuming ...

Hanoi Rocks

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2003

BY DECEMBER 1984, having exploded onto a decidedly lacklustre rock scene blighted by vacuous new romanticism, post-punk austerity and backward glancing metal Gumby-ism, the five ...

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: ****

Chet Baker

Book Excerpt by Gene Santoro, 'Highway 61 Revisited...', 2004

IT'S EASY TO rephrase Tolstoy's opening to Anna Karenina so it describes junkies, who all share an essential plotline: Who and how to hustle in ...

Elliott Smith: You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

Retrospective and Interview by R.J. Smith, Spin, February 2004

WHEN ELLIOTT SMITH played Los Angeles in the fall of 2002, after more than a year of semi-seclusion, he didn't look so good. His hands ...

Stairway To Hell

Essay by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, April 2004

THEY ASKED ME to write this piece about "self-destruction and its place in rock" and that immediately set me to thinking: what do they mean ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Chasing The Heron

Report and Interview by James Maycock, Times, The, July 2004

"I'M ADDICTED to creating," mutters a grizzled, slightly stoned Gil Scott-Heron. "I use other things from time to time." It's late afternoon on Friday 3rd ...

Mark Lanegan: Bubblegum

Review by Fred Mills, No Depression, September 2004

IF YOU HAVE no tolerance for revolving-door "recovering" addicts who feel compelled to chronicle, on record after record, every opium-drenched near-death vision and every groveling ...

Pete Doherty: "I haven't taken crack for 14 days"

Interview by Ian Watson, Scotland on Sunday, December 2004

HE SAUNTERS in, over an hour late. ...

Babyshambles: Pete Doherty And The New Decadence

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent on Sunday, February 2005

PERHAPS MARC ALMOND put it best: "To me a star is someone who has something extra, and something missing at the same time – ...

Judee Sill: Spirited Away

Retrospective by Mick Houghton, Uncut, April 2005

UNTIL RECENTLY, Judee Sill and her two Asylum albums were all but forgotten. Her story is so tragic as to be nearly unbelievable, the antithesis ...

Babyshambles, Pete Doherty, The Libertines: Kate Moss' Prince Alarming: Pete Doherty

Profile and Interview by Edward Helmore, Vanity Fair, July 2005

IT'S 9 PM AT the Boogaloo in north London and Gerry O'Boyle, the proprietor of this dingy pub, says Kate and Pete are on their ...

Rehab: The Funky Check-In

Report by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, September 2006

What do Pete Doherty, Justin Hawkins and Keane's Tom Chaplin have in common? All have been in rehab recently, some for the first time. But ...

Grateful Dead: For The Unrepentant Patriarch Of LSD, Long, Strange Trip Winds Back To Bay Area

Profile and Interview by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, July 2007

THE SMALL, barefoot man in black T-shirt and blue jeans barely rates a second glance from the other Starbucks patrons in downtown San Rafael, although ...

Mötley Crüe: Ban this Sixx filth!

Report by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, October 2007

Thought Mötley Crüe's biog The Dirt was the ultimate rock read? Pah! Ian Gittins helped bassist Nikki Sixx write his gruesome journals. Those of a ...

Mötley Crüe: Nikki Sixx

Interview by Robin Eggar, Live Magazine, December 2007

NIKKI SIXX is the bassplayer and chief songwriter in Mötley Crüe, the LA hard rockers who became a byword for rock and roll excess, while ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: Change the Game

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Stop Smiling, Winter 2007

FROM CINEMATIC outlaws Vito Corleone (The Godfather) and Priest (Super Fly) to real life dons like John Gotti and Nicky Barnes, the mythology of gangsterism ...

The Beatles: When Acid Reigned

Retrospective by Harry Shapiro, MOJO, Summer 2007

Hippies tripped, tabloids raged and police cheered as Engelbert Humperdinck's Jan '67 hit, 'Release Me' became the real theme tune for the Summer of Love. ...

Amy Winehouse: The Slow Blackout of Amy Winehouse

Comment by Amy Linden, Village Voice, The, January 2008

How a troubled r&b mega-talent's breakout hit turned against her ...

Amy Winehouse: Why Amy Winehouse is On The Rocks

Essay by Nick Kent, Times, The, January 2008

As troubled singer Amy Winehouse is filmed smoking crack cocaine, our writer, a veteran of the 1970s music and drug culture, explains why we view ...

Velvet Revolver: And Now Let's Go Over to the Leather Report: Velvet Revolver

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, Mail On Sunday, March 2008

IF THERE'S A definition of a rock star, Scott Weiland is it. The ever-present Aviator sunglasses; the hip-jutting swagger; the slow croak of an LA ...

John Phillips, The Mamas and The Papas: King of the Wild Frontier: Papa John Phillips

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Campion, Observer Music Monthly, March 2009

IN AUGUST 1977, John Phillips was supposed to be recording the album with Keith Richards that would mark his comeback. ...

The Rolling Stones: Villa Nellcote: Tommy Weber Arrives at the Rolling Stones' French Stronghold

Book Excerpt by Robert Greenfield, 'A Day in the Life' (Da Capo), July 2009

In this excerpt from his brilliant new A Day in the Life: One Family, the Beautiful People, and the End of the '60s, Robert Greenfield ...

Primal Scream: Bobby Gillespie and Primal Scream

Retrospective and Interview by James Brown, Sabotage Times, February 2010

Primal Scream are the last great band of the original Creation Records roster, still rocking on, un-interrupted by break-ups or break-downs. James Brown gets down ...

Kyuss: Kings of the Stoner Age

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, March 2011

"I DIDN'T THINK THAT at 40 years of age I would still be talking about generator parties," Kyuss frontman John Garcia says with a puzzled ...

Smokey Robinson: My Date With Smokey

Interview by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times, March 2011

On his seventieth birthday William "Smokey" Robinson grants exclusive access to Jon Wilde to talk cocaine, the roots of Motown and why The Stones still ...

Amy Winehouse

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2011

Singer with a soul-steeped voice whose instantly successful Back to Black album reflected her tormented experience of love ...

Amy Winehouse: A Rock Star Dead Again at 27

Comment by Wayne Robins, Rock's Backpages, July 2011

THE OTHER DAY I was listening to Amy Winehouse sing "You Know I'm No Good" on WFUV, and thought about how authentic she sounded. Not ...

Music And Drugs — It's A Hard Habit To Break

Overview by Andy Gill, Independent, The, July 2011

Amy Winehouse's popularity came in part, says Andy Gill, from the honesty with which she sang of her addictions. But pop hasn't always faced up ...

Queen Of Nude Orleans: 1978, October 31

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Classic Rock, October 2011

IT WAS THE aftershow party to end all aftershow parties. The champagne flowed like water, couples coupled under the tables and the entertainment included strippers, ...

Hank Williams: On The Lost Highway: Hank Williams

Retrospective by Mark Mordue, Australian, The, October 2011

DAMNED cold. An ice storm over Nashville has closed down flights across the state of Tennessee. ...

Tim Hardin: The Unforgiven: Tim Hardin

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 2012

AS CONCEPT ALBUMS go it was one of the more eccentric creations of the late 1960s. The mouthful of a title alone (Suite for Susan ...

Tim Hardin: The Unforgiven: Tim Hardin and the Shock of Grace

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2012

NOTE: This is the "director's cut" version – at almost twice the length – of a piece written for MOJO and subsequently used as the ...

Whitney Houston

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2012

Superstar singer credited as the first 'pop diva', whose compelling talent was lost to drug addiction ...

Cypress Hill, D'Angelo, Snoop Doggy Dogg, The Notorious B.I.G., Tricky: Blunted On Reality: A Journalist Recalls Smoking With Snoop Dogg, Biggie, Cypress Hill & More

Memoir by Michael A. Gonzales, Complex, April 2012

"Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers, Their satanic music is driven by marijuana."— Harry J. Anslinger, America's First Drug Czar ...

The Flamingo Club Revisited

Memoir by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages, June 2012

I'M IDLING ALONG the High Street in my tan sit-up-and-beg Ford Pop, when 'Whatcha Gonna Do About It' comes on the radio. ...

The Rolling Stones: A Sweet Tooth for the Stones: 'Brown Sugar'

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Sabotage Times, Summer 2012

GOD IT'S TEDIOUS when ancient hacks wax nostalgic about formative pop memories – memories sacred to them but rarely to their readers. So stop reading ...

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