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The Beatles: What Causes Beatlemania?

Report by Eden, KRLA Beat, October 1965

YOU'VE SEEN it hundreds of times before — in mob scenes at airports, in screaming crowds of fans at concerts, even in one's and two's ...

The Beatles: London Turns On The Beatlemania

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, December 1965

Another tour special by ALAN SMITH ...

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones: Beatle Fans Defecting To Stone-Side Of Fence?

Report by Eden, KRLA Beat, July 1966

WE BUILD THEM UP — we idolize them — we lay the physical manifestations of adulation, worship, and success at their feet. ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Hollies, The Mindbenders: Scrubbers – The Facts

Report by Alan Walsh, Melody Maker, December 1966

ALAN WALSH investigates the WORLD OF THE FEMALE POP FAN ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Simon and Garfunkel's Amazing Reaction to London Concert

Comment by Miranda Ward, New Musical Express, May 1970

AUDIENCE HYSTERIA DISMAYED THEM ...

The Jackson 5: On Tour With The Jackson 5

Report by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, November 1972

Robin Katz goes behind the scenes to report on America's top soul group. ...

Hollywood Special: Elements Of Style

Report by Dave Marsh, Creem, August 1974

I Was Afraid They'd All Be California Girls ...

The Bay City Rollers: Androgynous Heartthrobs

Essay by Sheryl Garratt, Collusion, June 1982

Rifling through her mid-70s scrapbooks, Sheryl Garratt reassesses a formative obsession and finds that the standard socio-rock explanations just don't add up. Blanded-out pop music ...

Michael Jackson: The Day I Went To Michael Jackson's House…

Report by William Shaw, Smash Hits, October 1990

Imagine… you go to Michael Jackson's house, he introduces you to all his animals, you have a cosy chat, a spot of luncheon, go for ...

The Birthday Party, Nick Cave, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave: Worshipping The Son

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, November 1990

For the second of our special Fan Files, we look at Nick Cave, the singer who's so damn slinky and shaggable that even women want ...

Record Collections of Shame

Essay by Danny Baker, Q, December 1991

EVER SINCE the Medved Brothers published their Fifty Worst Movies Of All Time, it's been a cinch that a similar, meatier job has been going ...

Morrissey, The Smiths: Morrissey and The Smiths: There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, March 1994

IN JUNE 1984, Rolling Stone journalist James Henke asked Britain's latest rising superstar, Smiths vocalist Morrissey, for his opinions on the British Prime Minister, Margaret ...

Grateful Dead: March of the Deadheads

Report by Frank Broughton, i-D, August 1994

The Grateful Dead are the focus for the surviving remnants of America's counterculture: the Deadheads, a colourful bunch of travelling hippies who have created a ...

The Beatles: The Apple Scruffs: "We're waiting for The Beatles"

Retrospective by Cliff Jones, MOJO, October 1996

Spookily present wherever The Beatles went and finally immortalised in song by George, the Apple Scruffs bore a privileged witness to all the highs and ...

The Clash: Vanilla Tapes

Report and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, November 2004

THE VANILLA material is clearly aimed at Clash collectors who routinely snap up underground recordings of the band. As Simonon himself freely volunteered, he’s not ...

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeves: The Lost Art of the Mix Tape

Memoir by Sean O'Hagan, Observer, The, January 2007

LAST WEEK, while preparing to write this piece, I did something I have not done for a long time. I made a compilation tape. Back ...

Undisputed Heavyweight Champions of the Mix Tape: 30 Years of Transatlantic Friendship on Cassette!

Memoir by Mark Leviton, Rock's Backpages, August 2009

MY ENGLISH FRIEND Neil and I have one of the longest, strangest, and most voluminous correspondences in the history of the world – a correspondence ...

Stars and Girls

Comment by Jude Rogers, House, Spring 2010

They may be sneered at by serious music fans, but boy bands have provided a gateway into womanhood for generations of young females… ...

5 Seconds Of Summer: Smells Like Teen Spirit

Interview by Toby Creswell, Sydney Morning Herald, the, July 2012

IT WAS LIKE A Hard Days Night writ small. Four young men alight from an aeroplane confronted by screaming teenage girls. ...

The Beatles: I Was A Beatlemaniac

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 2013

I DIDN'T GET Elvis because I didn't get sex. Well, that was 1956 and I was eight. But The Beatles… ...

One Direction: Crazy About One Direction, Channel 4

Film/DVD/TV Review by Kieron Tyler, Arts Desk, The, August 2013

Lazy and shallow look at the fan phenomenon surrounding the world's biggest boy band ...

Kate Bush: The Continuing Allure of Kate Bush

Comment by Gillian G. Gaar, Wondering Sound, September 2014

IMMIGRATION AGENTS aren't known for their friendliness. But when my plane touched down at Heathrow Airport in early September, I felt I had a pretty ...

Robert Crumb: Shellac Addict

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Wax Poetics, November 2014

While he's known as a '60s counterculture icon for his raunchy yet brilliant comics, illustrator Robert Crumb's heart lies in the '20s and '30s. His ...

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