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The Beatles: Beatles' Triumphant Return Home

Report by Bill Harry, Mersey Beat, July 1964

Liverpool Airport — 5pm ...

The Beatles on Wax

Report by Sylvia Stephens, Fabulous, October 1964

I FOUGHT my way past the body of Napoleon lying in state, having already paid my respects to Nelson dying at Trafalgar, turned my head ...

The Beatles, Georgie Fame, The Honeycombs, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones: The No.1 Boys

Interview by Sylvia Stephens, Fabulous, May 1965

Who are the girls in the lives of the chart topping boys? Who are the girls who know them, who have encouraged them, who have ...

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 ...

Sounds Of The Seventies: Characters Find Oldies Shop

Interview by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, June 1971

GO INTO YOUR average record store — the one with the Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Tom Jones covers all over the walls — and ...

T. Rex: Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincs.

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, January 1972

REXMANIA At the Boston Gliderdrome on Saturday, T. Rex turned the musical dock back to the early sixties. In scenes of hysteria and confusion unparalleled since ...

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 ...

Wanted: a Rock Valhalla for the Golden Oldies

Comment by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, August 1983

Up and down the country sweet little sixteens have just about half a million signed autographs. In fact, all the best rock 'n' roll memorabilia ...

Cleveland Affirms Rock Hall of Fame Deal

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, August 1989

City must raise funds by mid-November ...

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 ...

Trainspotters: Sad All Over

Report by Bethan Cole, Mixmag, December 1995

Trainspotting, eh? We all do it, to one extent or another. But there are people who go that little bit further. People who take it to extremes. Who let collecting, buying ...

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 ...

DJ Shadow: King of the Vinyl Junkies

Report and Interview by Chris Campion, Daily Telegraph, June 2002

DJ Shadow revolutionised hip hop with his first album and toured the world with Radiohead, but he is still regarded as a record-collecting nerd, he ...

Grateful Dead: A Long, Staid Trip: How Deadheads ruined the Grateful Dead

Book Review by Marc Weingarten, slate.com, August 2002

"THERE IS nothing like a Grateful Dead Concert," the old bumper stickers read. After attending my first 10 Dead shows, I soon realized this wasn't ...

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 ...

Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith: Elliott Smith et al: It's All Too Beautiful

Report by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, June 2007

Pale eulogies on fan sites are giving even obscure dead musicians a career in the afterlife. But does the net build an idealised version of ...

Talk Talk

Comment by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, January 2008

"No matter what else is wrong with music, no matter how the internet uproar plays out, live gigs are booming because fans love to be ...

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 Day's 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 ...

Wreath Lecture: Braying Crowds & The Accidental Death of Quiet Music

Comment by David Bennun, Quietus, The, December 2013

2013 was the year when crowds talking loudly at gigs became a universal aggravation, writes David Bennun. He asks why this is the case, and ...

Is It All Over For The Album?

Comment by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, July 2014

Artists were the kings of vinyl. Now, everyone can create their own digital playlist – but Spotify will never be Pet Sounds. ...

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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