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Joe Brown: Joe Gets Boot!

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, August 1963

JOE BROWN has really put his foot in it this time. ...

The Who: The High Numbers: How High Will These Numbers Go?

Profile and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, July 1964

HAILED AS "the first authentic mod record," four hip young men called the High Numbers are out right now with 'I'm the Face', backed with ...

The Rolling Stones, Sonny & Cher: Eskimo Boots: The Stars And Kooky Garb: Do Clothes Make The Man?

Report by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, September 1965

DO CLOTHES really make the man? Are they that important? Or are they merely for decoration? ...

The Supremes: The Chic-est Girls In Show Business

Report by Jane Heil, Hit Parader, May 1966

WELL, OF COURSE, their sound: Supreme, tops, five in a row if you're keeping score. But LOOK at them! I mean, those are three swell-looking ...

The Beatles: Beatle LP Cover Banned

Report by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, July 1966

THE BEATLES have turned out the most nauseating album cover ever seen in the U.S. The jacket [of yesterday and Today — RBP Ed] is ...

The Mamas and The Papas, Velvet Underground: Mama Cass: Andy Warhol And the Big Bird — Pop Pope Casts Cass

Report by Danny Fields, Hullabaloo, May 1967

SHE HAD ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED WITH HIM... AND HE HAD ALWAYS WANTED TO MEET HER ...HULLABALOO SAW THEM TOGETHER, SAW HER POSING, SAW HIM FILMING ...

Twiggy: A Mini-Everything

Profile and Interview by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, May 1967

NEW YORK – The world's most in-the-news model, Britain's seventeen year old Twiggy, arrived at Kennedy International Airport to a horde of newsmen and photographers ...

Light Shows: Adventure Into Experimental Living

Report and Interview by Jacoba Atlas, KRLA Beat, February 1968

THERE'S A revolution happening; happening on all levels of society. From the streets to the museums people are talking about new trends, new ways of ...

Joe's Lights: Many Hands Make Lights Work

Profile and Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, September 1972

A look at the people behind the glitter. Caroline Boucher meets JOE'S LIGHTS, one of the best creative light shows around today ...

Roxy Music: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, November 1972

IT'S DEFINITELY a chic wasteland at the Newcastle City Hall. There wasn't even a platform boot in sight when I went down there to see ...

Elton John, Marc Bolan, The Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Slade, Sweet: Fashion: The Politics of Flash

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

NICK KENT traces the Rise and Fall of The Satin Jacket...and generally walks it like he talks it into the land of 'Rock Chic.' ...

Shades

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, July 1976

WHEN ALL AROUND YOU is brown, burnt, pink or peeling and you're tired of squinting in the glare it's time to consider... ...

Twiggy: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, July 1976

I GUESS they popped the champers at Phonogram after this glitzy shindig at the Home of Fest. For hadn't Mike Harding, had 'em clutching at ...

The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie & The Banshees: The (?) Rock Special (#2): The Audience

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

"I didn't even know the Summer of Love was happening. I was too busy playing with my Action Man."— Sid Vicious ...

The Frontier Ethic of Anti-Fashion

Overview by Cynthia Rose, The Virgin Yearbook, 1980

THOUGH THE dictionary defines it as "the prevailing customs and usages of upper-class society, especially in dress", fashion is really a way to re-spell thievery. ...

Velvet Underground: Pop Art/Art Pop: The Warhol Connection

Report and Interview by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, February 1980

Like to be a galleryPut you all inside my show— David Bowie, 'Andy Warhol' Some people claim that only James Brown can match Andy ...

Grace Jones: This Year's Model

Interview by Mary Harron, Smash Hits, September 1980

Mary Harron meets The Height Of Fashion ...

Vivienne Westwood

Interview by Jon Savage, Face, The, January 1981

Let It Rock, Sex, Seditionaries...Anarchy t-shirts and bondage straps. VIVIENNE WESTWOOD’S new collection is called World’s End. She talked about it to JON SAVAGE. ...

Adam & The Ants, Grace Jones, Spandau Ballet: Mirror, Mirror On The Wall... What Aspect Of 1981 Does It Pain You Most To Recall?

Essay by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, December 1981

Overdressed twits taking Polaroids of one another in posey little clubs? Or the stern soapbox caterwauling of commentators who got themselves into a blue funk about everyone else's ...

How Music Changed The Look Of American Youth

Essay by Cynthia Rose, History of Rock, The, 1982

By 1962, rock'n'roll was no longer the pressing issue it had appeared in the days of Teddy Boys and juvenile delinquency. Music had given way ...

Peppermint Pop: Music, Art And The New York ‘In-Crowd’

Retrospective by Cynthia Rose, History of Rock, The, 1982

The Twist was a phenomenon of a commercial musical culture which, ever since its early boom in the mid-Fifties, had been looked down upon by ...

Bop Art

Essay by Glenn O'Brien, Artforum, February 1982

1) From Atlantis to the Jazz Loft MUSIC WAS probably the first art. You could run with it and take it up a ...

A Flock of Seagulls, Aerosmith, Culture Club, Mötley Crüe: Eleganza: Dress for Excess

Column by John Mendelsohn, Creem, July 1983

Eleganza returns! This one-time fave fab fashion column, as you may know, oozed away slowly in the past few years for "reasons" we don't need ...

Joan Jett, The Thompson Twins: Eleganza: Sneer & Sneer Again

Column by John Mendelsohn, Creem, August 1983

IF I NEVER glimpse another Rock 'n' Roll Bad Boy sneering at me on my television screen, trying to impress me with how unashamedly wicked ...

Adam & The Ants, Cliff Richard, Josie Cotton, Prince: Eleganza: The Best-Dressed List

Column by John Mendelsohn, Creem, September 1983

THERE ARE absolutes in fashion. For instance, flare-legged trousers are absolutely more flattering to the vast majority of people than straight-legged trousers, since they make ...

A Flock of Seagulls: A Flock Of Seagulls: Hair Apparent

Interview by John Mendelsohn, Creem, October 1983

SINCE MOVING into it in the autumn of 1982, A Flock Of Seagulls lead singer Mike Score has scarcely seen his new flat in Liverpool ...

Berlin, Missing Persons, Mötley Crüe: Eleganza: Got Pizzazz (If You Want It)

Column by John Mendelsohn, Creem, October 1983

IN THE MONTHS since its resuscitation, several hundred readers have written this column to ask what they should do with their hair. Would that Eleganza ...

The Sex Pistols: Jamie Reid

Interview by Jon Savage, Face, The, October 1983

For someone whose work has graced millions of record sleeves and influenced a whole generation, Jamie Reid’s personal profile is not the highest. This is ...

The Gun Club: Eleganza: Daughters Of Darkness

Column by John Mendelsohn, Creem, November 1983

NATURE ABHORS a vacuum, but Eleganza adores someone who dares to dress with panache, elan, and all the other French nouns that mean pizzazz. You might not ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam Ant: from Punk Reject to Prince Charming

Retrospective by Tom Hibbert, History of Rock, The, 1984

AS THE '70S DREW TO A CLOSE, the British pop scene seemed distinctively lacking in glamour. Punk rock had made way for a ‘new wave’ ...

Psychedelic Art: Flashing Back

Essay by Glenn O'Brien, Artforum, March 1984

Standing in line at the bank: what if this were on TV? What if we were all on mescalin?– Michael Brownstein, from '43 Cents a ...

Ian Dury: Well Hung

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Face, The, April 1984

Ian Dury's verdict on the nation's art heritage ...

Philip Sallon

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, July 1984

Pausing only to change from one outrageous outfit to the next, PHILIP SALLON has hosted a mad whirl of parties that unite youth tribes in ...

Andy Warhol: The Face Interview

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, March 1985

"I HAVE NOTHING to say – read my books" is Andy Warhol's standard riposte to most would-be interviewers.  ...

Debbie Harry and Andy Warhol: Parallel Lives

Interview by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, January 1986

FRANK TALK WITH DEBBIE ...

Ladybirds & Start-Rite Kids

Report by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1986

Is there more to jumble sale chic than saving precious pennies? Simon Reynolds thinks so and spots an asexual revolution unfolding within the indie scene. ...

Savage Pencil: With Lead In His Pencil

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, September 1988

SAVAGE PENCIL has turned his art to original biker movies. CATHI UNSWORTH savours his hellraising Angel Dust ...

Homeboy Fashion

Report by Frank Owen, Spin, October 1988

WITH A defiant swagger, home-boy style '88 says, "Say it loud, I'm fake and I'm proud." Gucci may be good, but fake Gucci is what's ...

Yes: Roger Dean

Essay by Johnny Black, Q, November 1989

Any self-respecting Yes album used to feel naked without a fantasy cover by artist Roger Dean. It seems only fitting, then, that he has done ...

Pink Floyd: Storm Thorgerson: Daily Departures From Reality

Interview by Martin Aston, Q, December 1992

"I LIKE PICTURES that don't necessarily have an explanation off pat," Storm Thorgerson says of the beguiling, often outlandish record sleeves that cemented the ...

The Beatles: Astrid Kirchherr

Profile and Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, 1994

AT 55, ASTRID Kirchherr still loves rock music and listens to it every day: The Beatles, the Doors, Bowie... "and Prince, he's such a genius ...

The Beastie Boys: We Clamorous Beasties

Interview by Ted Kessler, New Musical Express, May 1994

The Beastie Boys, icons to the sunstruck, tattooed youth of California have set up every American boy's dream empire — clothes, fanzine, record label and ...

Remembering Rock Dreams: Guy Peellaert and Nik Cohn

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Rambali, MOJO, March 1995

DO YOU STILL have a copy of Rock Dreams? If you were a rock fan in the early ‘70s, when it was first published, ...

Paul McCartney: Linda McCartney: How Rock 'n' Roll Saved Our Lives

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, August 1998

I first met Linda McCartney at the Scene on West 46th Street. A hip little grotto in a cellar, it was run by the cool ...

Beck, Al Hansen, and the new Art Rock

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, World Art, September 1998

LAST MAY, "Beck and Al Hansen: Playing With Matches" opened at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. This fall and winter the exhibition can be ...

Jimi Hendrix: Public Image Unlimited

Essay by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2000

Hendrix the black radical. Hendrix the glam dandy. Hendrix the icon. Hendrix the man. ...

The Dark Visions Of Raymond Pettibon

Profile by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, August 2001

Raymond Pettibon first got our attention with startling flyers for Black Flag shows. These days he's seen in the galleries and museums. ...

The Rolling Stones: Imaging The Stones: John Van Hamersveld

Book Excerpt by John Van Hamersveld, Rock's Backpages, August 2001

John Van Hamersveld was one of the key poster artists of the psychedelic rock era in Los Angeles. He was also the man to whom ...

Jefferson Airplane: Flying High with the Jefferson Airplane: How John Van Hamersveld created the cover of Crown of Creation

Book Excerpt by John Van Hamersveld, Surfadelic: From Surf Saga to Artist 64-74, October 2001

DECEMBER 31st, 1967: The Winterland Ballroom. San Francisco. Bill Graham's The Doors concert this evening. I'm checking out the show backstage with The Family Dog ...

Billy Childish: One In The Eye For The Fakes

Profile and Interview by Richard Cabut, 3ammagazine.com, 2003

Richard Cabut interviews painter, poet, novelist, musician, green-tea drinker and all-round dyslexic genius Billy Childish, as a retrospective exhibition opens in London. ...

The Army’s Mystery Pop Artist

Report by Paul Gorman, MOJO, 2003

THE UNEARTHING IN central London of a series of stunning images of rock icons from the early ‘70s has sparked a search for a mystery ...

Radiohead: The Story Of Tchocky

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Q, Summer 2003

ON FEBRUARY 27, 2002, Radiohead designer Stanley Donwood mounted the stage at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, to receive a Grammy for "Best Recording Package" ...

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 ...

The Art Of Storm Thorgerson

Interview by Christine Natanael, crushermagazine.com, 2005

FOR AS FAR BACK as I can remember, I have been enraptured by album cover art. In the days before the small format of the ...

Kraftwerk: 'Kraftwerk Are The Catalyst'

Interview by Simon Witter, MOJO, September 2005

The band's art guru and oldest friend, EMIL SCHULT, gives a view from inside the Kraftwerk project. As told to Simon Witter. ...

Brian Eno: Containing Spontaneity

Interview by Ken Scrudato, Filter, October 2006

NOT JUST a few otherwise sophisticated human beings would likely feel less uneasy naked and unarmed in Northern Afghanistan than present in a room when ...

Psychedelic Album Artwork

Overview by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, March 2007

"I SAW THIS face looking up at me out of the trashcan. It was a woman. It looked like a flamenco dancer staring at me. ...

Pet Shop Boys: Pop Into Art: Post-Punk Aesthetics Revisited

Essay by Steve Redhead, Rock's Backpages, May 2008

"Girls, Boys, Art, Pleasure"– Chris Lowe, Pet Shop Boys, 'Paninaro 95' ...

Grace Jones: Grace Under Pressure: Grace Jones

Interview by John Doran, Stool Pigeon, The, December 2008

PLAYING BACK MY phone interview with Grace Jones, I notice that at the start of the transcript while I'm waiting for someone to pick up ...

Tom Wilkes, 1939-2009: Legendary Designer of Posters and Album Covers

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, July 2009

Tom Wilkes, legendary poster and album cover designer (Monterey Pop, the Rolling Stones' original Beggars Banquet, Neil Young's Harvest, Janis Joplin's Pearl, George Harrison's All ...

Aimee Mann: Cover Me – Aimee, Gail and the illustrators

Special Feature by Martin Colyer, Varoom!, Winter 2009

Video promos and downloads have diminished the value of sleeve art in the eyes of music companies, and illustration doesn't fit their brand-building approach to ...

Charlotte Gainsbourg: Eternal Ingénue: Charlotte Gainsbourg on Her Latest Stylish Role

Interview by Bethan Cole, Independent, The, July 2011

The daughter of Anglo-French musical royalty, Charlotte Gainsbourg was destined to be a performer — and now she's in the hottest arthouse film of the ...

The Album Cover Art Of Studio One Records (Soul Jazz)

Book Review by Mike Atherton, Echoes, December 2011

WITHOUT STUDIO ONE there would still have been reggae music, but it might well have developed differently. ...

The Origins Of The Tits Tee

Retrospective by Paul Gorman, Rock's Backpages, February 2013

MALCOLM MCLAREN'S adaptation of the infamous Tits t-shirt is one of punk's most familiar designs, as applied by he and Vivienne Westwood to shirts sold ...

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