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Rolf Harris: Rolf-Of-Every-Trade

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, February 1962

ROLF HARRIS, the man who currently makes with 'Sun Arise' one of the most interesting noises in the hit parade, was tired. He had been ...

Doris Day: Doris Looks Younger Every Day

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1962

REMEMBER THOSE not so far off days when the charts were aglow with Doris Day numbers like 'Sentimental Journey', 'Que Sera' and 'Secret Love'? They ...

Rick Nelson: Ricky Nelson: Now Ricky's Name Change Is Official!

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1962

'YOUNG WORLD' is probably the last disc by Ricky Nelson you'll see in the NME Charts – but don't panic. At 21 Ricky has no ...

Tommy Steele, The Tornados: Alan Smith On Film Sets With The Tornados and Tommy Steele

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1963

A HAUNTING theme-tune echoed across the stage of a dingy London theatre on Tuesday morning, as film cameras turned on that "Globetrotting" hit group, the ...

The Beatles: Sshhh!!!!! Silence!!! Lights!!! Camera!!! Action!!! It's Those Beatles!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, May 1964

BEATLES HERE. Beatles there. Beatles tearing about everywhere, down at Twickenham film studios. I didn't expect any of them to have time for a chat, ...

It's the NEW Juke Box Jury!

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, May 1964

WHAT'S behind the New Look Juke Box Jury? ...

Elvis Presley: The Facts About Elvis

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Keith Matthews, Record Mirror, May 1964

FROM JIMMY SAVILE ...

The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (Dir: Richard Lester)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, July 1964

It's a Great Day's Night! ...

The Rolling Stones: Wow! It's The Stones On R.S.G.

Report by Vicki Wickham, Fabulous, October 1964

FRIDAY morning — Ready, Steady, Go! day. I'm late again, so take a taxi to work to try to redeem myself. At Television House I say good-morning ...

The Beatles: Big Four on T.V.

Report by Vicki Wickham, Fabulous, November 1964

"Hello, whack. What a rush, but we're here. Is there possibly anything to eat — we're starving?" It could only be The Beatles. ...

The Beach Boys: In The Space Age Will It Be Surf?

Report and Interview by Vicki Wickham, Fabulous, January 1965

Will it be Surf in the Space Age? Well, The Beach Boys are pioneers of this new sound. They combine the satin-smooth feeling of the ...

Andrew Loog Oldham: What Has Truth Got To Do With Pop?

Comment by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, March 1965

ROLLING STONES DISCOVERER ANDREW OLDHAM SLAMS AT RSG's NEW POLICY ...

The Beatles: Hullabalooer and Ringo

Interview by Dave Hull, Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, March 1965

THE REPORT that the Beatles planned to name their second movie "Eight Days a Week" proved to be about 25 per cent correct. The first ...

The Beatles, John Lennon: John Lennon: Beatle Rumors Ended!

Interview by Dave Hull, Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, April 1965

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series of Beatle interviews by Dave Hull and Derek Taylor, who talked to John, Paul, George and ...

Elvis Presley: More Old Songs: Tickle Me

Film/DVD/TV Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1965

Tickle Me isn't the GREATEST film Elvis has ever made, but it isn't the worst, either. ...

Donovan, Petula Clark: Fun, Work Behind The Cameras At Filming of 2nd T.A.M.I. Show

Report by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, December 1965

A COUPLE OF weeks ago The BEAT took you behind the scenes of a recording session to show you that it was not so easy ...

The Who, The Yardbirds: With Who And 'Birds At Paris Allez-Oop!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1966

READY, Steady, Allez-oops, from the Locomotive in Paris last Friday, was largely held together by the efforts of the Who and the Yardbirds, who were ...

Elvis Presley: Paradise Hawaiian Style

Film/DVD/TV Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1966

Presley's usual (Hawaiian) style ...

Elvis Presley: Paradise Hawaiian StyleNME Readers Reply

Readers' Letters by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, July 1966

B. UYDER, Sheffield: Why should Alan Smith (NME last week) have to apologise to Elvis fans for saying what he thinks of his new film ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis, Usually Surrounded By Girls, Is Now Encircled By Controversy

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1966

SOME Of Elvis' staunchest British fans want to boil me in oil again. Another suggests I lower myself into a spin-dryer and turn it on. ...

Sonny & Cher

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1966

ACTION stations for Sonny and Cher. In a transatlantic phone call from his home in Encino, Sonny told me that their first film, Good Times, ...

The Monkees: Man-Made Monkees

Profile by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, November 1966

MOST GROUPS happen. The Monkees were made. If they weren't intentionally created, it is conceivable that they would not exist for it is highly unlikely ...

Otis Redding In London

Report by Miranda Ward, Hit Parader, February 1967

WHEN OTIS REDDING was over here Ready, Steady, Go! built up an entire programme around him, using his own band (only 9 of them came over, but ...

Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Candy Store Prophets, The Monkees: Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart On Monkees, Music & Mayhem

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, July 1967

Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart are responsible for a lot of Monkee music and soon, a lot of their own music. In the following interview ...

Candy Store Prophets, The Monkees, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart: Boyce & Hart On Monkees, Music & Mayhem (part 2)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, August 1967

IF YOU own the first two Monkees' albums, you know that Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart wrote 'Last Train To Clarksville', 'I'm Not Your Steppin' ...

The Monkees: Bob Rafelson: Man Behind The Monkees

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1967

Why I picked THESE four ...

The Rolling Stones: Will Charlie Watts Wake Up The World?

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1968

BEACH BOYS, Beatles and Donovan chased round the world after the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in search of spiritual peace. ...

The Monkees: Question Time With Monkee Davy

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1968

BEFORE Davy Jones completed his famous disappearing trick and returned to America, I joined the hordes of reporters and photographers waiting to see "Mighty-Monkee" at ...

Elvis Presley: In TV-Film Show With Elvis!

Report by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, July 1968

On steps five feet from him ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis Takes Off Tiny Tim And Richard Harris

Report by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, July 1968

The continuing story of ELVIS and ANN MOSES (Editor of Tiger Beat) ...

The Monkees: A Very Personal Day With The Monkees!

Report by Carol Deck, Flip, August 1968

CAROL DECK (FLIP'S GIRL IN HOLLYWOOD) TAKES YOU ALONG TO SPEND A DAY ON THE MAD, MAD SET OF THE MONKEES' MOVIE! ...

The Rolling Stones: Exclusive To RAVE, A Report On The Filming Of The Rolling Stones' First Film, One Plus One

Report and Interview by uncredited writer, Rave, August 1968

IT'S BEEN THREE long years since the Rolling Stones first announced their intention to become film stars. ...

Jack Good: Blasting British Pop TV

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, October 1968

T.V. whizz-kid Jack Good flies in to make a spectacular and says: "I don't want the masses; they can go watch Coronation Street" ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis (NBC Television Special)

Film/DVD/TV Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, December 1968

Elvis television triumph ...

Eric Clapton, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, The Who: Rolling Stones: The Greatest Show On Earth

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1968

THE ROLLING STONES put in some overtime last Wednesday when they spent 17 hours working on their telethon production of The Rock and Roll Circus ...

Easy Rider: The Rock Generation Takes Over

Film/DVD/TV Review by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1969

Songs by Steppenwolf, the Byrds and the Band underline the message of EASY RIDER ...

The Beatles: Yellow Submarine

Film/DVD/TV Review by Miller Francis, Great Speckled Bird, The, January 1969

Yellow Submarine is rapidly on its way to canonization, so I felt that along with unrestrained praise for its animation designer Heinz Edelmann, should go ...

The Monkees: Head (Columbia Pictures)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Ellen Sander, Hit Parader, June 1969

Have We Misjudged THE MONKEES? ...

The Rolling Stones: One Plus One (Dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, July 1969

SYMPATHY For The Devil, re-titled One Plus One, is the Jean-Luc Godard film which features the Stones as they were before Brian's death — enough ...

Lee Marvin Now Top 20 'Star'!

Profile by Richard Green, New Musical Express, February 1970

IT'S ALL very well to go round saying pigs can't fly, but who can honestly say that they expected to see Lee Marvin in the ...

Mick Jagger: Performance: A Victory For The Directors

Film/DVD/TV Review by Jacoba Atlas, Melody Maker, April 1970

IT'S DANGEROUS and more than slightly unfair to review a film before its final cut; but Performance is too exceptional to wait. I was fortunate enough to ...

Shakespeare in the 70s: Jack Good's Catch My Soul

Interview by Norman Jopling, Music Now, January 1971

CATCH MY SOUL, as you've doubtless read, is a rock musical based on Shakespeare's Othello. It was conceived by Jack Good who plays the title ...

Dennis Wilson, James Taylor: On Location With James Taylor

Report and Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, April 1971

DURANT, OKLAHOMA – James Taylor and Dennis Wilson (drummer of the Beach Boys) were into their sixth week of filming their first movie. The toll ...

Joe Cocker, Leon Russell: Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs & Englishmen (A&M Film))

Film/DVD/TV Review by Richard Cromelin, Creem, June 1971

Something Like a Rock'n'Roll Tour ...

Velvet Underground: Gerard Malanga: Screen Test

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1972

Interview with poet GERARD MALANGA, former associate of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground ...

Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar: The Concert for Bangla Desh (Apple/Twentieth Century-Fox)

Film/DVD/TV Review by John Pidgeon, New Musical Express, July 1972

A SPECIAL PREVIEW BY JOHN PIDGEON ...

George Harrison et al: The Concert For Bangla Desh

Film/DVD/TV Review by John Pidgeon, New Musical Express, July 1972

THE CONCERT for Bangla Desh, an Apple/Twentieth Century-Fox release, produced by George Harrison and Allen Klein and directed by Saul Swimmer, opens at the Rialto, ...

Jimmy Cliff: The Harder They Come (dir. Perry Henzell)

Film/DVD/TV Review by John Pidgeon, New Musical Express, July 1972

"The oppressors are trying to keep me downMakin' me feel like a clown" ...

Roberta Flack: Sounds for Saturday (BBC-2)

Film/DVD/TV Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1972

Roberta Flack TV Special... deliberately brilliant? ...

Walter/Wendy Carlos: The Walter Carlos Sonic Boom

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, September 1972

"There's music in the sighing of a reed; There's music in the gushing of a rill; There's music in all things, if man had ears; The Earth is ...

Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard: Keep On Rockin': Interview with film director D. A. Pennebaker

Report and Interview by John Pidgeon, New Musical Express, September 1972

KEEP ON ROCKIN' is in town, and so is the rock film revolutionary who created this celluloid spectacle of Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Paul Butterfield's Better Days: Better Days (Bearsville); Original Soundtrack: Steelyard Blues (Warner Brothers)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, March 1973

IT'S BEEN nearly 18 months since we heard anything new from Paul Butterfield. In 1971 he released Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin' which was, ...

Billie Holiday, Diana Ross: Diana Ross: The Lady Is A Winner

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1973

NO ONE is more aware than the lady herself of the totally negative attitude prevalent amongst quite a large number of people when it was ...

Rita Coolidge, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Dir. Sam Peckinpah)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Jonathon Green, International Times, July 1973

Real Blood and Jizzum, Sam... ...

David Bowie, The Troggs: David Bowie: Zigs and Troggs and Backless Nuns

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, October 1973

IT DOESN'T MATTER who's playing. The Marquee's always a drag on Saturday nights. It's hot, crowded, uncomfortable, and noisy, and it poses a severe visibility ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: "Are They Too Rich To Rock?"

Report by Ron Ross, Phonograph Record, May 1974

The Rolling Stones: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones ...

Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight: Gladys Knight: Claudine (Original Soundtrack)

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, June 1974

IT MUST have seemed a good idea. Amalgamating the talents of Buddah stablemates Gladys Knight and Curtis Mayfield for the sound-track of Claudine. ...

Rock on TV: Old Grey Whistle Test

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, June 1974

Meanwhile, in a small, cramped studio, dedicated men wrestle desperately with obsolete equipment in a noble attempt to produce meaningful rock TV for 800 quid ...

Melvin Van Peebles

Book Excerpt by Bruce Pollock, 'In Their Own Words' (Collier Books), 1975

THE FIRST MAJOR black lyricist who comes to mind, circa 1955, is Chuck Berry. To many, Berry is rock 'n' roll. His lyrics, however, spoke ...

Blaxtravaganza: Soul Train

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, January 1975

That’s SOUL TRAIN, a TV showcase not only for the cream of US soul acts, but for the stuff-struttingest most fashion conscious kids on the ...

David Bowie: Who Will I Be Now?

Report by Ron Ross, Circus Raves, February 1975

TWO YOUNG black men with Afros and Yes T-shirts gazed at the art-deco murals and shrugged their shoulders. As they awaited the debut of David ...

The Who: Tommy on the Silver Screen

Review by Bud Scoppa, Phonograph Record, April 1975

Pre-release skepticism was clearly in order. The handing over of Townshend’s likeable but jumbled spiritual parable to filmdom’s master of the Technicolor sick joke seemed ...

The Who: The Celluloid Passion Of Roger Daltrey

Interview by Barbara Charone, Crawdaddy!, April 1975

LONDON – "They just don't make records like they used to," the mini-cab driver complained, battling the mid-day London traffic, edging the car towards Battersea. ...

Rock and Western Films: My baby useta love western movies...

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, April 1975

OVER CHRISTMAS THE BBC showed The Magnificent Seven – and gave us a very forcible reminder of how great an effect western movies have had ...

Adam Faith: Budgie wiv Stardust Wings: Adam Faith

Interview by Anthony O'Grady, RAM, June 1975

IN THE OLDE DAYS of Rock and Roll, it seemed as soon as anyone made No. 1 in the charts he wasn’t content to be ...

David Bowie: Lindsay Kemp: Camp? No — Kemp

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, September 1975

Lindsay Kemp says it with Flowers. He also aided and abetted the transformation of David Bowie into Ziggy Stardust. Mick Brown reports. ...

The Who: Ken Russell: How Does He Feel About TOMMY

Interview by Ian Dove, Hit Parader, October 1975

BEAT THE drums. ...

Pan's People: I Was A Pan's People (And Lived)

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, January 1976

Unwitting girls in White Slavery? Sex objects exploited for male fantasies? The best thing on Top Of The Pops? ...

Jethro Tull: Too Old To Rock And Roll, Too Young To Die

Film/DVD/TV Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1976

Dull Tull's big mistake ...

Kenneth Anger: My Boyfriend Left Me For Charlie Manson!

Profile and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, July 1976

Hi! I'm KENNETH ANGER. Marianne Faithfull plays a demon in my new movie. This is a picture of me when I was three and a ...

Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains The Same

Film/DVD/TV Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1976

THE FOUR members of Led Zeppelin received standing ovations at the premiere in New York last week of their film The Song Remains The Same. ...

Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains The Same

Film/DVD/TV Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, November 1976

SO THERE we were. We'd pushed through the crowds outside the Warner West End theatre. Run the gamut of flashbulbs. Said Hello to the McCartneys. ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: 'It’s a Massive Compromise, Making Films': Jimmy Page on The Song Remains the Same

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1976

A WARM HANDSHAKE, twinkling eyes and black hair grown thicker than he has allowed for some while – Jimmy Page arrived at his London office ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: The Roaring Silence

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, November 1976

I WAS IN New York when they last asked me to write a thing on Led Zeppelin. An American magazine, it was, with strict deadlines ...

The Rolling Stones: Cocksucker Blues: A Film by Robert Frank and Danny Seymour

Review by Bud Scoppa, Phonograph Record, December 1976

This unreleased – and suppressed – documentary of The Stones’ ’72 US tour is far and away the most revealingly powerful rock & roll movie ...

Jimmy Page: Anger Rising: Jimmy Page and Kenneth's Lucifer

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 1977

LED ZEPPELIN guitarist and leader Jimmy Page has been fired as composer for the soundtrack of the film Lucifer Rising by its director, Kenneth Anger. ...

Michael Nesmith: Ex-Beat Group Crazy In Weirdo Film Project

Interview by Mick Houghton, Sounds, April 1977

MIKE NESMITH's career has taken a surprising number of twists and turns over the years, from writing songs for Linda Rondstadt in the early Sixties, ...

The Clash, The Damned: Clash In Euro-Rock Horror

Report by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

'Bilzen? more like Belsen' Clash, Damned: Bilzen Festival, Belgium ...

Mike Batt, The Wombles: Mike Batt: Batting About The Bush!

Interview by Robin Katz, Jackie, October 1977

IF MIKE BATT is sitting near a blank wall, he immediately begins to feel uncomfortable. He's exactly the same when it comes to a blank ...

Bob Dylan: Renaldo Zimmerman and the Cubist Movie

Report by Miles, New Musical Express, December 1977

WHEN THE ROLLING THUNDER Revue ended two years ago, Bob Dylan took the 400 hours of film footage that had been shot during the tour ...

Steely Dan Movie

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, January 1978

Steely Dan will compose and perform the title track for FM, which is scheduled to begin filming this week at Universal Studios. Danny Rosencrantz, vice-president ...

Elvis Presley: Andy Kaufman Does De Elvis

Report by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, January 1978

OH, GOD, where did they find this poor soul, and what desperate circumstances could have resulted in his presence on stage before us? ...

David Bowie: From Brixton To Berlin

Report and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, February 1978

Michael Watts reports from the German film set where David Bowie is making Just A Gigolo ...

Don Letts: Cramp and Paralize Them and Those Who Worship Babylon

Interview by Robin Banks, ZigZag, February 1978

DON LETTS shares a comfortable flat in Forest Hill with three Rastafarian friends, a ferret named Brian, and various other permanent or transient guests. The ...

Bob Dylan, Joan Baez: Renaldo and Clara (dir: Bob Dylan; Circuit Films 232mins)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, March 1978

Ballad in plain dull ...

The Bee Gees, John Travolta: Saturday Night Fever (X)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, March 1978

Directed by John Badham. Starring John Travolta (CIC) ...

The Band: The Last Waltz: Time Gentlemen Please

Film/DVD/TV Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1978

The Last Waltz (United Artists)Directed by Martin ScorseseStarring The Band, Bob Dylan etc. etc. ...

Rock on TV: TVOD

Overview by Caroline Coon, Sounds, October 1978

UNTIL RECENTLY, watching rock on the box was the worst of media masochism. ...

The Who Movie

Interview by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, April 1979

Kids Are Allright Director Jeff Stein Tells TP All About It ...

10,000 Maniacs, Popol Vuh: Popol Vuh: Nosferatu

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, May 1979

POPOL VUH'S extended title for this soundtrack to Werner Herzog's remake of Nosferatu is 'On The Way To A Little Way'. That says a lot ...

The Who: Vive Le 'Oo

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1979

After last week's Rainbow triumph the Who continued their return in France at the weekend with an open-air concert and the premieres of their two ...

The Who: What's What With The Who Movie

Film/DVD/TV Review by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, July 1979

THE KIDS Are Alright movie – opening Thursday at the Cinerama Dome – begins with the Who performing their ode to teen inarticulateness, 'My Generation', ...

Meat Loaf: Meatloaf: Meat The Wife

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

WHAT'S SO FUNNY ABOUT MEAT LOAF AND UNDERSTANDING? QUIPS SANDY ROBERTSON ...

Patti Smith: Ivan Kral

Profile and Interview by Cynthia Rose, Viz, 1980

GENERALLY there exists a dichotomy between pioneering artists and their audiences – the potetial appreciator is apt to be surprised, disturbed, or simply unaccustomed to ...

Kate Bush Christmas Special: Kate (BBC)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, January 1980

WITH 1979 over and no Kate Bush album in more than a year, a television special by the lady that introduced six new songs was ...

Blondie, Meat Loaf: Blondie/Meatloaf: Meat To The Beat

Report and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, February 1980

AUSTIN, TX – Talk about incongruity. Here we are speeding down a Texas highway, sun blazing overhead. We're in a van, naturally – the only ...

The Clash: Rude Boy: Directed by Jack Hazan; Starring Ray Gange and The Clash; Cert X

Film/DVD/TV Review by Robin Banks, ZigZag, April 1980

RUDE BOY CAN FAIL ...

TISWAS: Behind The Cage

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1980

THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT!! ...

Divine: Mondo Crappo

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, January 1981

WARNING: This article might offend sensitive tastes! ...

Hazel O'Connor: What Katy Did Next

Interview by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, April 1981

"I get letters saying, 'Did you change your name to Hazel O'Connor for stage work? Is your name really Kate?' They won't even let you ...

The Cramps Guide to Teenage Monster Movies

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, July 1981

Movies nowadays are all high technology and no brains, no imagination. What do you call it when you do something real good and you didn't ...

Penelope Spheeris

Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, Flipside, 1982

PENELOPE SPHEERIS is the director of the now quite old L.A. punk film The Decline Of Western Civilization, and she turns out to be a ...

Randy Newman: Ragtime to Riches

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, January 1982

EVER SINCE his 1968 debut album, many have considered Randy Newman one of the greatest songwriters in America. ...

Tom Waits: Hollywood Confidential

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, February 1982

LA's Hobo Laureate Creates the Score for Coppola's One From the Heart. ...

Young Lovers: ’60s Pop TV

Retrospective by Jon Savage, Face, The, March 1982

You might well suppose the marriage of pop and television to be made in heaven, so inseparable do they seem. Perhaps not: you have complaints. ...

David Bowie: Brechtfast In Bed

Report by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, March 1982

IN BAAL, DAVID Bowie finally shed his skin and played the part of someone else. ...

David Cassidy: Teen Dream From The TV Screen

Retrospective by Tom Hibbert, History of Rock, The, 1983

"Can America's top rock group prevail against the evil machinations of a fat but deadly enemy agent — without blowing their cool?" ran the blurb ...

On The Tube

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, January 1983

"I ACTUALLY ENJOY Top Of The Pops very much but it lacks the excitement of a live programme. You can't cheat the kids. You've got ...

Jonathan King Tops The Pops

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, January 1983

AS HE FREELY admits, Jonathan King was born "in the late '40s, before most of your readers' parents". ...

The Band, Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson: Robbie Robertson: Between Trains

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, May 1983

QUALITY IS something that Robbie Robertson definitely understands. ...

The Cramps: Zip Guns In The Junkyard!

Interview by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, August 1983

GEEK MAGGOT BINGO IS THE film that trade Bible Variety characterised a "one geek, few maggots and no bingo". A lot they know! ...

Rock Cinema: It’s Only A Movie

Overview by Johnny Black, History of Rock, The, 1984

How rock cinema fared in the wake of Woodstock IN MANY WAYS, THE FIRST HALF of the '70s was a drab time for rock music ...

Jeffrey Daniel, Shalamar: Jeffrey Daniels: Popping Off The Rails

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, March 1984

Is Jeffrey Daniels on the right track? Gavin Martin has his doubts when he finds out that the king of the body poppers has been ...

Spinal Tap: Heavy Metal Blunder: This Is Spinal Tap

Review by John Mendelsohn, Creem, May 1984

THE MISSUS USED to be married to a little asshole who produced comedy specials for cable television. The principals of This Is Spinal Tap – ...

Spinal Tap: This Is Spinal Tap (15)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, August 1984

Remember The Bad News Tour? How The Comic Strip tore into the ludicrous excesses of heavy metal groups? ...

Prince: Purple Rain (15)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, August 1984

PRINCE loves to pout. To press together his moist, full lips while throwing a sulky, sensuous stare with his big eyes. Even more, he loves ...

Prince, The Time: Prince's Purple Rain: 'Scuse Me While I Get Some Popcorn

Report and Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, September 1984

PRINCE...IT'S A great name, isn't it? It's a great name for a dog. It's a great name for spaghetti on Wednesday night. It's a great ...

Spinal Tap: This Is Spinal Tap

Review by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, September 1984

Director: Rob Reiner; Starring: Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer ...

Spinal Tap: The Spinal Solution

Interview by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, September 1984

Cynthia Rose shares a wake-up cuppa with Derek Smalls, Nigel Tufnel and David St Hubbins, the unlikely rockers who made it from New York back ...

David Bowie: The Byronic Man

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Face, The, October 1984

"WHAT WE'RE DOING here is bringing back the talkies," David Bowie announces self-mockingly. His livid mask recalls the white-faced clowns and demons of the Commedia ...

Ry Cooder

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1984

"PARIS, TEXAS IS like a perfect career job," reflects Ry Cooder, the composer of the film's haunting score. "It's the kind of film that if ...

Ry Cooder: Cooder at the Movies

Interview by Don Snowden, Musician, February 1985

"A MOVIE SCORE is probably the last refuge of abstract music," remarks Ry Cooder in the spartan foyer of a Hollywood sound studio. "You can't ...

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.  ...

Michael Nesmith: Mike Nesmith: Ex-Monkee Puts Parts Together

Interview by Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle, March 1985

On TV, Michael Nesmith says he'll be 'the big cheese, the honcho, the stud duck' ...

Ry Cooder's Mood Indigo Meditations: Paris, Texas

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, April 1985

SOUNDTRACK ALBUMS – the genuine article, not song collections assembled in executive suites with an eye for tapping the teen demographic – are inherently strange ...

John Travolta: Practice Makes Perfect

Interview by Wayne Robins, Newsday, June 1985

John Travolta has gone from the disco hunk of Saturday Night Fever to the Rolling Stone reporter of his new movie. In between, he says, ...

David Byrne: The True Story of David Byrne

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Mail On Sunday, 1986

THERE'S SOMETHING faintly forbidding about David Byrne. Oh, he's friendly enough, sitting over the table of a discreet suite at Blake's Hotel in Kensington for ...

Velvet Underground: Oh God, Not The Bloody Velvets Again!

Report by Jane Solanas, New Musical Express, April 1986

Fingers on the "Record" button… Rock's most name-dropped group, THE VELVET UNDERGROUND have finally arrived in the high brow world of The South Bank Show. ...

Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Bob Dylan In Concert - An HBO Special

Film/DVD/TV Review by Geoffrey Himes, Columbia Flier , July 1986

THE RECENT HBO cable TV special, Bob Dylan in Concert, gave us a sneak preview of what we can expect when Dylan arrives in Washington ...

Prince: Under The Cherry Moon

Film/DVD/TV Review by Bruce Dessau, Blitz, September 1986

THE PRINCELY PROCEEDINGS commence with a scene of such steamily symbolic eroticism you almost expect the censor's stamp to come crashing through the screen. ...

Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer, The Pogues: A Fistful Of Pesetas

Report and Interview by Lucy O'Brien, New Musical Express, September 1986

In the badlands of Spain, a strange scenario... JOE STRUMMER is shooting everyone in sight, SHANE MACGOWAN has been killed, ELVIS COSTELLO is serving coffee... ...

David Byrne, Talking Heads: Talking Heads' Byrne Chats Up His Movie

Interview by Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle, October 1986

THE LAST TIME we saw David Byrne on the big screen, he was herky-jerking his way through a Talking Heads concert, doing his chaotic, turkey-necked, ...

David Byrne: "It Didn't Feel Like Acting"

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Q, December 1986

True Stories: first the book, then the Talking Heads LP, now the film. David Byrne writes, directs, acts and supports the cause ordinary people everywhere. ...

Oran "Juice" Jones, Run DMC, Slayer: Def Jam #2: World Domination Enterprises

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, January 1987

In the second part of his investigation into DEF JAM records, the world's hottest label, Frank Owen charts the careers of RICK RUBIN, RUSSELL SIMMONS, ...

Ritchie Valens: La Bamba

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Face, The, Summer 1987

SEARCHLIGHTS SWAY IN THE SKY over Hollywood Boulevard and Vine as the premiere party for La Bamba the movie strides into full swing. The subject ...

Ennio Morricone: Film Music 1966-1987 (Virgin)****

Review by Richard Cook, Sounds, February 1988

FILM SOUNDTRACKS are wretched records to keep because there's only a couple of minutes you want to remember on each one – the lavish sweep ...

Godley & Creme: "We've got just the video for you, Sir!"

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, June 1988

You have entered the celebrated emporium of Godley & Creme — Makers of Bespoke Promotional Footage For The Rich And Famous. Money, no object. Egos, ...

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 ...

Phil Collins: Well Chuffed

Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, November 1988

Does PHIL COLLINS keep up the tradition and slot into the file alongside Ringo and Keith Moon – tub-thumpers and "silly" actors both? LEN BROWN ...

Going Soon: Rockumentaries

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1989

Even the most commercial artists can't be guaranteed to sell cinema tickets. But then history has rarely smiled upon the safe self-edited rock documentary. ...

Stock Aitken Waterman: Pete Waterman: The Prat Who Calls Himself The Hitman

Report and Interview by Simon Witter, Sky, April 1989

The prat who calls himself the Hitman is how Stock Aitken Waterman's Pete Waterman describes himself. It's an admission that a 42-year-old who throws himself ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Goodness Gracious

Interview by Gavin Martin, Spin, June 1989

If Elvis was rock's first celebrity, Jerry Lee Lewis, born in hellfire, was its first S.O.B. On the eve of Great Balls of Fire, a ...

Liza Minnelli, Pet Shop Boys: Liza Minnelli: Results (Epic)

Review by Terry Staunton, New Musical Express, October 1989

THE LAST time Ms Minnelli did anything of note was at the start of the decade. Her portrayal of shoplifting Linda, the object of Dudley ...

Spinal Tap: This Much Talent!

Interview by Andy Gill, Q, October 1990

This Is Spinal Tap: the movie that became a legend, the spoof band whose name became a by-word for all that is incompetent, disastrous and ...

Julee Cruise: Cruise's Peak

Interview by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, December 1990

"Sometimes a wind blows/And the mysteries of love come clear" – 'Mysteries Of Love', Julee Cruise ...

Dick Clark: The Beat Goes On

Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Goldmine, December 1990

THE MOST AMAZING thing about Dick Clark is not that "America's Oldest Living Teenager" still fits that role at age 61. It's not that he's ...

Fields Of The Nephilim: See Ya Later, Terminator

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, February 1991

What do you do with a dusty, chaotic rock star who looks like the Grim Reaper? Why, cast him as himself in your movie and ...

The Doors: When The Movie's Over

Report by Steven P. Wheeler, Music Connection, March 1991

Did you have a good world when you died?Enough to base a movie on?– Jim Morrison ...

Rock at the Movies

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, Guardian, The, July 1991

FASHIONS IN FOLK devils, like all other fashions, are subject both to painless expiry and to unexpected and possibly incongruous resurrections. ...

Top Of The Pops: Down The Pan?

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1991

Top Of The Pops has been the BBC's flagship music show for 27 years. But it's facing problems: stale format, falling teenage population, and public ...

Nirvana: Smash And Grab

Report and Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Rage!, November 1991

With their second LP crashing into the American Top Ten, NIRVANA are such a hot rock act even British telly moguls have to let them ...

Spinal Tap: This Much Talent!

Interview by Terry Staunton, New Musical Express, December 1991

2013 NOTE: This piece is slightly longer than the version that appeared in NME, since I took the liberty of reinstating a small handful of ...

BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire: The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Profile and Interview by Mark Sinker, Wire, February 1992

SIX COMPOSERS, too shy to make claims for themselves, go to make it up. But Brian Hodgson, who's worked with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop since ...

Soundtracks: 'Mumble Mumble Film'

Overview by Andy Gill, Q, March 1992

As De Niro so eloquently put it, movie soundtracks are not what they were. Too often they're just second-rate rock songs slung together. There are ...

Matt Groening (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1993

The genius behind The Simpsons talks about the central part that music has played in his life, from his love of Zappa and Beefheart to his immersion in L.A.'s punk underground.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 72.5mb, total interview length: 1h 19' 17" sound quality: ***

Pet Shop Boys: MTV Launches in Russia - and the PSBs Cut the Ribbon!

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Guardian, The, June 1993

2002 NOTE: This piece about the launching of MTV Russia was published by the Guardian in London, by Tip magazine in Berlin, and by the ...

MTV Times

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, October 1993

SIMON REYNOLDS casts a critical eye over MTV and what it stands for and comes to some surprising conclusions ...

The Beatles: Backbeat and The Beatles Industry

Report and Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, May 1994

HIS LETTERS back home don't tell the whole story. But such letters seldom do. He says there are plenty of girls "but none of us ...

Culture Club, Duran Duran, Heaven 17, The Human League: Top Of The Pops and The '80s Brit Pop Boom

Overview by Stuart Maconie, Q, November 1994

YOU CAN tell if they're boys or girls these days, that's the trouble. Just look at them, these so-called modern pop phenomena. ...

Urge Overkill: Cocktail of the Unexpected

Interview by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, December 1994

Supersuave trashlords with cocktail lounge tendencies, 
Chicago's URGE OVERKILL are finally surfing the British chart 
on the back of a surprise hit, taken from the ...

MTV OD

Report by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, December 1994

The MTV European Music Awards happened last week. You might have seen them on the telly. Lots and lots of famous stars winning prizes for ...

The Beatles: A Hard Day's Documentary: You Can't Do That! The Making of A Hard Day's Night

Retrospective by Kirk Silsbee, Los Angeles Reader, March 1995

FILM CRITIC Roger Ebert ranks it "among the five best musicals I've ever seen." Andrew Sarris dubbed it "the Citizen Kane of jukebox movies." ...

Traci Lords: Techno Queen of Melrose Place: Traci Lords

Report and Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, Los Angeles Reader, April 1995

Seven years ago, Traci Lords was an underage Porn Queen. Now she's America's Girl Next Door. ...

Don Cornelius: The Don

Profile by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, September 1995

JUICE? YOU want juice? Bust this: Long before Arsenio or BET, Don Cornelius single-handedly brought black music into living rooms nationwide. And he's kept it ...

The Partridge Family: The Tragedy of Danny Bonaduce

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, Vox, 1996

EVEN NOW, after almost three decades of relative sanity, it's utterly impossible to erase the excruciatingly impish image of Danny Bonaduce from the nation's collective ...

Rutles.The: The Rutles: The Making Of All You Need Is Cash

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Q, February 1996

The time had finally come to stick a pin in the monolithic zeppelin that was Beatles mythology – and with the aid of a star-sprinkled ...

The Cardigans, David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins: David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cardigans: The White Room

Report and Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Q, March 1996

"THE BEST THING was when we had Tora Tora, or The Artist Formerly Known As Prince," says Chris Cowey, the noticeably effusive producer of The ...

Jethro Tull, John Lennon, Marianne Faithfull, The Rolling Stones, Taj Mahal, The Who: "Radically Festive": The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, November 1996

On December 10, 1968, some of the most exciting talent in rock history gathered for an event all the more legendary for having been quietly ...

MTV's Unconventional Amp Takes A Stab At Reinventing Popular Music for the 21st century

Report by Matt Hanks, Memphis Flyer, March 1997

SO YOU'VE HEARD about this new craze that's all the rage with the kids. Although it has yet to produce its first teen idol, 'electronica' ...

Jennifer Lopez on Selena

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Interview, April 1997

In the new movie Selena, Jennifer Lopez had the coveted - yet unenviable - task of playing the most adored Latina singer ever, the late ...

The Monkees: People Said They Monkeyed Around

Interview by David Quantick, Q, April 1997

...only they didn't. At all. For being The Monkees was no fun. They couldn't play on their records; their film was crap, but, unlike the ...

Courtney Love: Love's Labor Lost

Interview by Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone, April 1997

How Courtney blew her fight for an Oscar nomination as the junkie wife of a porn king in The People vs. Larry Flynt ...

Echo & The Bunnymen, The Prodigy, Smashing Pumpkins: Glastonbury: Where Were You While We Were All Getting Dry?

Report by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, July 1997

So, you are back home again, tucked up in bed, bad dose of the snivels. Your shoes are f***ed, your bones a bit soggy. Well, ...

Johnny Thunders: Born To Lose: A Film About Johnny Thunders

Report by Paul Gorman, MOJO, 1998

NINETEEN YEARS in gestation, Born To Lose – which matches the addled life and times of its subject Johnny Thunders by being simultaneously intriguing and ...

Frank Sinatra: Nelson Algren's The Man With The Golden Arm

Retrospective by James Maycock, Guardian, The, 1998

How Nelson Algren's acclaimed novel was made into Hollywood's first film about heroin. ...

The Spice Girls: The Spice Is Right: The Spice Girls: Spiceworld: The Movie

Film/DVD/TV Review by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, January 1998

DIRECTOR: Bob Spiers STARRING: Sporty, Posh, Ginger, Scary, Baby, Richard E Grant, Roger Moore, Michael Barrymore ...

Aphex Twin, Death In Vegas, Goldie, The Prodigy: Big Brother Is Watching Your Video!

Report by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, January 1998

Seen that Prodigy video yet? What about the promo for Aphex Twin's 'Come To Daddy' single or Death In Vegas' 'Dirt'? Nah? Well, why not? ...

Isaac Hayes: Who Is the Man? Isaac Hayes

Interview by Matt Hanks, Memphis Flyer, March 1998

IT'S 11:30 A.M. in New York City, nearly lunchtime for most people, but Isaac Hayes sounds like he just rolled out of bed. At first, ...

David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds: Dancing in the Street

Film/DVD/TV Review by Terry Staunton, Uncut, June 1998

THE ROCK'N'ROLL documentary is in fine shape in the Nineties, thanks mainly to the BBC. Second series of both Rock Family Trees and Classic Albums ...

Courtney Love, Nirvana: Kurt and Courtney: Love Will Tear It Apart

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

"I'M INTERESTED IN forbidden stories," says Nick Broomfield of his latest project, Kurt And Courtney, his drawling English vowels tanned with West Coast inflexions from ...

Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain: Kurt and Courtney; dir Nick Broomfield

Film/DVD/TV Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

Starring Nick Broomfield, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love Directed by Nick Broomfield Opens July 3, Cert tbc, 99 mins ...

Wild Style: Hip Hop Don't Stop

Retrospective by Neil Kulkarni, Uncut, July 1998

Re-released this month after 15 years, WILD STYLE isregarded as the seminal rap movie. Director Charlie Ahearn puts needle to the groove with Neil Kulkarni ...

Public Enemy: He Got Game

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

Slam funkers: sixth release from rap collective once called "the greatest rock'n'roll band on the planet". ...

Bob Dylan: Dylan Album Revives Interest in 2 Old Films

Report and Interview by Steven R Rosen, Denver Post, October 1998

IT'S 1966 ALL over again in the world of pop music - and theDenver International Film Festival, which just concluded, was inthe center of it. ...

Glam Rock: Scary Monsters, Super Freaks #1

Special Feature by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, November 1998

THE FREAKS ARE OUT IN FORCE TONIGHT. Squeezed into lurid outfits, hair dyed every artificial hue imaginable, braying and squealing and jostling for position. ...

Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy

Film/DVD/TV Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, November 1998

...

Film Pop-Stars: This Much Talent!

Guide by Terry Staunton, Uncut, December 1998

SECONDS BEFORE surrendering to self-inflicted, drug-induced unconsciousness, reclusive rock singer Jim MacLaine turns to his friend and manager, Mike, to reminisce about the old days ...

Slade: Slade In Flame

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, 1999

29 JULY 1974. Filming begins on the rock movie Slade In Flame, on location in the UK. ...

John Barry: Eddi Fiegel: John Barry – A Sixties Theme; Geoff Leonard et al: John Barry – A Life In Music

Book Review by Fred Dellar, MOJO, January 1999

IT WAS during the '50s and early '60s that a young trumpet-player from York – ambitious, steeped in jazz tradition but possessing a unique pop ...

Ennio Morricone: How to Buy Ennio Morricone

Guide by Rob Chapman, MOJO, March 1999

ENNIO MORRICONE single-handedly redefined our musical definition of the Western. Nobody can make jew’s harp and whistling sound more awe inspiring or one duck-call and ...

D.A. Pennebaker: I Film While Leaping From My Chair

Retrospective and Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, April 1999

"Almost immediately reality gave in on more than one point. The truth is, it longed to give in" –Jorge Luis Borges ...

Talking Heads: 1999 – Not So Eighties, After All

Report by Jaan Uhelszki, Rolling Stone, April 1999

David Byrne joins his fellow Talking Heads ...

A Golden Age: MTV Names The Only 10 Songs That Matter

Comment by Eric Weisbard, Village Voice, The, October 1999

A COUPLE OF weekends back, MTV presented a late-night Hard Rock A-Z special: wide-ranging sets of several videos in a row, with minimal VJ banter. ...

Tom Verlaine: The Sound of Silents: Tom Verlaine

Live Review by Richard Gehr, Village Voice, The, October 1999

IF THE MODEST obligation of a silent-film accompanist is to serve the movie, Tom Verlaine succeeded admirably during his Arts at St. Ann's appearance on ...

Rock and Television: The Tube Top 40

Report by Erik Himmelsbach, Request, November 1999

DAWSON HAS Joey on a boat, and they’re passionately kissing. Adolescent hormones are quietly raging, and Dawson makes it clear he wants to, um, get ...

Shaft: The Remake

Retrospective by James Maycock, Untold, 2000

How The 2000 Movie Capitalized On The Original's Reputation ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks: The Beach Boys: An American Family: Heroes and Villains

Report and Interview by Bill Holdship, LA New Times, June 2000

Brian Wilson's back, recording a live album at the Roxy this week and preparing for a summer tour with symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. So ...

High Fidelity

Film/DVD/TV Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 2000

Cusack and crew Americanise Nick Hornby's novel with suss and style ...

Bob Dylan: Something Was Happening, But I Didn’t Know What It Was

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, September 2000

In the spring of 1970, I saw Les Blank’s lush, lyrical intimate documentaries about the blues singers Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb. They’re amazing films ...

U2: Interview wth Wim Wenders

Interview by Jeff Apter, Rolling Stone (Australia), November 2000

This interview was held in conjunction with the theatrical release of The Million Dollar Hotel in Australia. ...

Down From the Mountain: Invasion of the Autoharp Damsels and Flat-Pickin' Boys

Report and Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, 2001

OPENING SHOT: SOMEWHERE IN the mid-West. Through windscreen we see two-lane black top. Flat, farmland stretches out to the horizon. We pull back to see ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: History Is Punk

Retrospective and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 2001

More than 20 years after they committed high treason during the Queen's silver jubilee, the Sex Pistols are still the kings of rock rebellion. As ...

Bad Company, Free: Almost Famous

Film/DVD/TV Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2001

Shrewdly sweet eulogy to rock'n'roll fandom ...

Cameron Crowe: Bringing It All Back Home

Profile by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, February 2001

"If people have a problem with Almost Famous, what they're saying is they have a problem with my life." ...

Guest List Blues: Almost Famous

Review by Ed Doheny, Rock's Backpages, February 2001

Ed Doheny on Cameron Crowe’s almost-good Almost Famous – the first movie with a rock journalist for a hero. ...

The Who: Reissues

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2001

Soundtracks from three Who-derived Seventies films — something old, something borrowed and something horrible ...

Full Tilt Boogie: The Long And Sometimes Bumpy Relationship Between Pop Music And Pinball Machines

Retrospective by Erik Himmelsbach, Revolver, May 2001

FEW INDUSTRIES RIVAL THE PEOPLE who bring you pinball machines when it comes to slavishly exploiting trends in popular culture. Back in the Forties, existing ...

All Access: Front Row. Backstage. LIVE!

Film/DVD/TV Review by Martin Colyer, Rock's Backpages, July 2001

"ROCK 'N' ROLL! PHEW!" It’s tempting to speculate what Jeff Bridges would say when faced with a B.B. King the size of a house, ...

Did Video Kill The Radio Star? MTV 20 Years On

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, July 2001

"MTV makes me want to smoke crack..." (Beck, 1992) ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis in Hollywood

Retrospective by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, August 2001

"I've had intellectuals tell me that I've got to progress as an actor, explore new horizons, take on new challenges, all that routine. I'd like ...

Vincent Gallo: Buffalo Boy: Vincent Gallo

Profile and Interview by Andrew Smith, Observer, The, September 2001

He's a self-confessed sexual compulsive, a teetotal right-wing extremist who made the hit movie Buffalo 66. Andrew Smith meets Vincent Gallo, painter, actor, model, director, ...

The Big Sellout

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, December 2001

Art and ads still go together like a fish and a bicycle. ...

The Rolling Stones: Cocksucker Blues

Retrospective by Rick McGrath, Ojo, 2002

1972, Unreleased; 95 min, color (no video release). CAST: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor, Danny Seymour, Bianca Jagger, Tina Turner, ...

The Sound Of Amélie

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, January 2002

film soundtrack gets it right ...

Simon Cowell: "The White Stripes? Heard of them. Wasn't blown away."

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, January 2002

He makes kids cry, hates fat people and he gave us Westlife. Now Pop Idol villain Simon Cowell turns his evil gaze on some NME ...

Pop Idol: Idols Made In Our Own Image

Comment by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, February 2002

AND THEN THERE were two... Last night's penultimate episode of the latest 'water-cooler TV' left only two hopefuls, Gareth Gates and Will Young, remaining from ...

Factory Records and 24 Hour Party People

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, April 2002

THEY SAID IT could never happen again. But here we are, trapped in a recurring dream. A chilly Friday night in a cavernous warehouse in ...

The Band: The Night They Put The Band To Rest: The Last Waltz Revisited

Review by The Rev. Al Friston, Rock's Backpages, April 2002

"THE LAST WALTZ" was The Band's star-studded swansong, staged on Thanksgiving Day, 1976. Martin Scorsese made a timeless rockumentary about it, inspiring a hundred alt.roots-rockers ...

Joy Division: 24 Hour Party People: directed by Michael Winterbottom

Review by Djuna Parnes, Rock's Backpages, May 2002

MUCH TO MY surprise, this self-serving cinematic essay about and around Anthony H. Wilson of Factory and Haçienda fame is a resounding success. It's extremely ...

New Order: 24 Hour Party People: Faç Or Fiction?

Film/DVD/TV Review by David Dalton, Uncut, May 2002

Directed by Michael Winterbottom; Starring Steve Coogan, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, John Simm Opens April 5, Cert 15, 110 mins**** ...

Vincent Gallo: Recordings Of Music For Films (Warp)

Review by Ian Penman, Wire, May 2002

NOTE THAT STRICTLY utile title. Here we find not vanity project Muzak for 'imaginary' films, projected by some vain musclehead Hollyweird jerk-off with more friends ...

Ozzy Osbourne: "Martha Stewart Can Lick My Scrotum!" Life chez the Osbournes

Review by David Dalton, Gadfly, May 2002

A COUPLE OF years ago, my wife Coco and I did a few shows in which we played Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen if had ...

Biggie and Tupac: directed by Nick Broomfield

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2002

WHATEVER your take on Broomfield and his bumbling public school fecklessness, there's no denying the bloke makes riveting documentaries. Following up the chilling Kurt and ...

Curtis Mayfield and Superfly: No Exit

Retrospective by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, June 2002

"THESE GUYS WERE LIKE outlaws, the real cowboys," says Phillip Fenty of the street characters who inspired his screenplay of Superfly. ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Meet the Osbournes

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, June 2002

YOU KNOW THAT embarrassing scenario where you go round to visit a married couple and they end up having an unholy ruck in front of ...

Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne: Ozzy Osbourne: Summer of Love

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Blender, June 2002

Could things be any better for Ozzy Osbourne? His family's TV show, The Osbournes, is a runaway smash, and his traveling metal revue, Ozzfest, is ...

The Monkees: Head

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Holdship, MOJO, June 2002

"WHAT IS HEAD? HEAD IS THE most extraordinary adventure Western comedy love story mystery drama musical documentary ever filmed. And that's putting it mildly." ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Osbournes Conquers Britain

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, June 2002

PICTURE THIS. It's next Monday night at Buckingham Palace, the grand finale of Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee concert. Stars of the British rock'n'roll firmament crowd ...

The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur: Biggie & Tupac: Fear Of A Black Messiah

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, July 2002

Nick Broomfield's new film may well have solved the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. Angus Batey went to seek out the facts. ...

Flaming Lips: The Band That Fell to Earth: The Flaming Lips' Christmas on Mars

Report and Interview by Jason Cohen, CMJ New Music Monthly, July 2002

WAYNE COYNE'S creative mission for the evening is to get the pants off his manager's young intern. ...

Eminem: Marshall Mathers, Movie Star: Eminem in 8 Mile

Report by Edward Helmore, Observer, The, November 2002

THREE YEARS AGO he was the foul-mouthed scourge of parents everywhere. A sulky, misogynistic, homophobic, mother-hating all-round bad influence. A white-trash Negro. A true punk ...

Eminem At The Top Of His Underclass: 8 Mile

Review by Wayne Robins, waynerobins.blogspot.com, November 2002

8 MILE, Eminem's big screen debut, is middling as far as boxing movies go: Not as searing as Budd Schulberg's The Harder They Fall, and ...

Madness (2002)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 2002

Chas Smash, joined by Suggs and Mike Barson, looks back at Madness then and now, Our House the Musical, reunions (theirs and others'), Buddhism, domesticity, and not doing Live Aid!

File format: mp3 File size: 42mb Interview length: 45' 50"; Sound quality: ****

Eminem: The Most Hotly Anticipated Movie Of The Year!

Report by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, January 2003

…but is it any good? NME gives you the ultimate lowdown on Eminem's forthcoming blockbuster 8 Mile ...

The Bay City Rollers, Courtney Love: Courtney Love: Love Will Tear Us Apart

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2003

I WISH I'D saved the emails. There were eight, spanning December 1999 to April 2002, all written in unpunctuated lower-case. ...

Blur, Oasis: Live Forever

Film/DVD/TV Review by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, March 2003

THERE ARE MANY reasons to see Live Forever, the new documentary about the 1990s Britpop years. Mostly they involve Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn being ...

Johnny Cash: Cash's Video Adieu

Report by Martin Aston, MOJO, May 2003

It's been on CNN and it made Bono and Rick Rubin cry. Johnny Cash's video for Hurt might be the most powerful music video ever ...

Alice Cooper: Last Night A Record Changed My Life

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, October 2003

Back when he was dodging Phoenix rednecks as frontman of The Spiders, Alice Cooper's heart opened to a Broadway show soundtrack. ...

Psych-Out

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

SUSAN (The Trip) Strasberg is a deaf Carole Chaplin döppelganger at large in Haight-Ashbury in this hilariously inept 1968 "look" at the counterculture. Jack Nicholson, ...

The Trip

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

BEFORE THE TRIP starts, an earnest middle-aged voice warns us that we’re about to witness "a shocking commentary on a prevalent trend of our time". ...

An Interview with Dick Clark

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, 2004

DICK CLARK IS ONE of the most recognized personalities in entertainment in America: He hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows ("Rock, Roll and Remember" ...

The Fania All Stars: Fania All Stars: Our Latin Thing

Sleevenotes by James Maycock, Vampi Soul Records, 2004

ON 19TH JULY, 1972, the first few images flickering on the screen at the premiere of Our Latin Thing in New York’s Line 2 cinema ...

The Beatles: Richard Lester (2004)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2004

Film director Lester looks back at A Hard Day's Night, Help!, working with Lennon on How I won The War, and his life as a film maker.

File format: mp3; file size: 51.2mb, interview length: 55' 53" sound quality: ***

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones: The Achievement of Madness: Performance

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

PERFORMANCE only gets better with the passing years. A key late ‘60s text, Donald Cammell and Nic Roeg’s film brings two Swinging London worlds together ...

The Monkees: Head

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

The "Prefab Four" star in self-deconstructing Help!-on-acid, scripted by joker Jack Nicholson. ...

Wasn’t Born to Follow: Easy Rider

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

THE COUNTERCULTURE B-movie that went overground and kick-started the rebellious auteurism of ‘70s Hollywood, Easy Rider is at once mildly dated and compellingly authentic. ...

Elvis Presley: How 1968 Bought Elvis a King Sized Comeback

Retrospective and Interview by Gillian G. Gaar, Goldmine, January 2004

AS 1968 BEGAN, Elvis Presley's career was in trouble, the result of too many formulaic films and equally uninspired soundtracks. But by the year's end, ...

Jim White: Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus ****

Film/DVD/TV Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2004

SHOWING FOR A limited time at London's National Film Theatre prior to an airing on television this is film-maker Andrew Douglas' road trip through America's ...

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Film/DVD/TV Review by Chuck Eddy, Village Voice, The, July 2004

LAST FALL, a hilarious 3,000-word review of Metallica's unlistenable St. Anger by some guy named Colin Tappe circulated over the Internet. ...

Pet Shop Boys: The Pet Shop Boys: Pop-aganda

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2004

Potemkin and the sound of a Pet Shop Boy ...

Metallica: Monster Mash

Film/DVD/TV Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Observer Music Monthly, September 2004

Metallica: Some kind of Monster (Released: October 1) ...

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 — ...

The Beach Boys, James Brown, Lesley Gore, Marvin Gaye, The Rolling Stones: The TAMI Show Remembered

Retrospective by Steven R Rosen, Los Angeles Times, October 2004

THE ROLLING Stones were there, along with James Brown, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye and more, filmed live before their screaming ...

Chronicle Of A Mythic Concert: The TAMI Show Remembered

Retrospective by Steven R Rosen, Los Angeles Times, October 2004

THE ROLLING STONES were there, along with James Brown, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye and more, filmed live before their screaming ...

Ray Charles: Brother Ray in Vision

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Observer Music Monthly, November 2004

AT A RECENT MOVIE screening, I bumped into a publisher friend who specialises in music biographies. Every so often, he told me, some film production ...

The Ramones: Ramones: We're Outta Here!

Film/DVD/TV Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2004

RAMONES GIGS were always exciting rather than accomplished affairs, and if this disc featured only their shambolic 1996 Los Angeles swansong there would be little ...

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 ...

Don't Give Up The Day Job

Guide by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, January 2005

THEY LIGHT UP the screen with their dramatic talent, but for many fine thespians that's just not enough. Some of them have a few songs ...

The Rolling Stones: Skuawk! DVD Pick: The Rolling Stones - Rock and Roll Circus

Film/DVD/TV Review by Gary Pig Gold, skuawk.com, February 2005

I THINK WE'RE more than all in agreement here that something very, very special took place during the middle 1960's; a magical, monumental something in ...

The White Stripes: Under Blackpool Lights DVD (Third Man/V2)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Steven R Rosen, Harp, March 2005

EXCUSE MY misperception. I’d always considered the White Stripes as a modernist garage-rock band-hip to the melody of catchy songs like 'You’re Pretty Good Looking ...

9 Songs (Dir. Mike Winterbottom)

Review by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

OK, SO BASICALLY what happens is this: a saturnine, monosyllabic bloke meets a self-obsessed, vacuous girl at a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club gig at the ...

Juliette Lewis and the Licks: Natural Born Triller: Juliette Lewis

Interview by Jenny Valentish, Frankie, May 2005

THE BACON BROTHERS were critically acclaimed in the Kevin Bacon household, we hear. Bruce Willis and the Accelerators went down a storm at the private ...

The Tube: Sound Of The Underground

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, May 2005

THE RELEASE OF the first series of The Tube on DVD is a chance to give kudos to a groundbreaking programme that naively but bravely ...

Franz Ferdinand: Access All Areas

Report by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, June 2005

DURING THE RECORDING sessions for Franz Ferdinand's new album, the band have not just been making music. Between work on the eagerly anticipated follow-up to ...

Kurt Cobain: Suicide Blond

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, August 2005

Gus Van Sant befriended Kurt Cobain during his rise to global stardom. Now the director has made a film based on the grunge superstar's harrowing ...

Phil Spector: The Killing Of A Barbarian Queen

Retrospective by Terry Staunton, DVD World, October 2005

It took a scandalous Hollywood shooting to catapult faded B-movie starlet LANA CLARKSON onto the front pages. TERRY STAUNTON looks back on the life and ...

Janis Joplin: Got Them Battlin' Janis Bio Blues

Report by Chris Smith, Texas Music, Summer 2005

AH JANIS. OK, so you gave us an alternate spelling for 'cosmic,' helped corral all the hippies into San Francisco, proved white people can sing ...

Meat Loaf: The Meat Goes On

Comment by Chris Smith, Texas Music, Summer 2005

"BITCH TITS." That's the first thing that comes to mind whenever we think of Meat Loaf anymore. ...

Neil Young: Brush With Death Leaves Troubadour Grateful: Heart of Gold

Report and Interview by Steven R Rosen, Denver Post, February 2006

JONATHAN DEMME orders orange juice for himself, Neil Young and a reporter at downtown's Zoom Restaurant in Park City, Utah - a refreshing way to ...

The Beastie Boys: Awesome Welles: The Beastie Boys' Home Movie

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2006

THE WAY Beastie Boys rapper turned movie director Adam 'MCA' Yauch tells it, the idea to film the band's sold-out homecoming gig at Madison Square ...

Nick Cave: The Proposition, Pop Music and Leonard Cohen

Report and Interview by Steven R Rosen, Cincinnati CityBeat, June 2006

THE PROPOSITION, director John Hillcoat's solemn and violently unsentimental Australian western, has its fair share of stars in the cast. ...

RIP Top Of The Pops, 1964-2006

Retrospective by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, June 2006

THE FACT IS, Top Of The Pops, the "iconic" British pop TV show, whose closure after 42 years was announced last week, was really never ...

Top Of The Pops: The Final Countdown

Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, September 2006

With the BBC pulling the plug on Top Of The Pops after 42 years, the stars share their memories with TERRY STAUNTON ...

The Final Countdown: Top of the Pops

Retrospective and Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, September 2006

With the BBC pulling the plug on Top Of The Pops after 42 years, the stars share their memories. ...

Make my day: the best (and worst) lines in the history of film

Essay by Paul Wellings, Independent, The, October 2006

As in life, first impressions count in cinema. In Citizen Kane (1941), the opening word, Charles Foster Kane's dying utterance "Rosebud", holds the key (perhaps) ...

Prince at the Super Bowl: A Preview

Report by Evelyn McDonnell, Times Herald-Record, February 2007

WHEN PRINCE sat down with the producers of Super Bowl XLI entertainment to make his pitch for playing the halftime show, he had done his ...

Joy Division: Closer Still: An Interview with Control director Anton Corbijn

Interview by Ken Scrudato, Filter, September 2007

THE ESSENCE OF DEATH, much like that of war, rests in how it has irreparably changed those left to grapple with its aftermath. Its effects ...

Joy Division: Music to Brood by, Desolate and Stark

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, October 2007

THE MYSTIQUE surrounding Joy Division has always been way out of proportion to its record sales. Far bigger bands, like the Clash and Pink Floyd, ...

Booker T & The MGs, Otis Redding: Dreams To Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding DVD; Stax/Volt Revue Live In Norway 1967 DVD

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, November 2007

REELIN' IN THE Years Productions and Stax Records (a division of Concord Music Group) has issued Dreams To Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding on ...

Quincy Jones: Cinematic Soul: The Soundtracks of Quincy Jones

Overview by Michael A. Gonzales, Stop Smiling, November 2007

THE MUSICAL legacy of 74-year-old Quincy Delight Jones Jr. looms large over the landscape of popular culture. While our grandparents might remember him as the ...

Bob Dylan, The Who: From Dylan to The Who: Film-maker Murray Lerner

Profile and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, November 2007

Murray Lerner on his new The Other Side Of The Mirror – Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965 DVD and the just ...

Bob Dylan: He's Not There: Todd Haynes' Dylan

Essay by Mick Gold, Rock's Backpages, December 2007

"THE MINUTE you try to grab hold of Dylan, he's no longer where he was. He's like a flame: If you try to hold him ...

Miley Cyrus: Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert

Film/DVD/TV Review by Wayne Robins, Rock's Backpages, February 2008

LAST WEEKEND J and I went to see Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert in the local multiplex. It was ...

The Band, The Rolling Stones: The Sounds of Scorsese

Overview by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, March 2008

AS THE VETERAN FILM-MAKER RELEASES HIS CONCERT MOVIE ON THE ROLLING STONES, NICK COLEMAN APPLAUDS A DIRECTOR WHO'S ALWAYS PUT MUSIC AT THE HEART OF ...

The Rolling Stones Shine A Light Concert Film Opens April 4th

Report by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, April 2008

ON APRIL 4th director Martin Scorsese's concert documentary on the Rolling Stones, Shine A Light, was released and distributed in the U.S. by Paramount Classics ...

Elvis Presley: The Return of the King: Elvis and the Making Of The '68 Comeback Special

Retrospective by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, August 2008

When Elvis Presley donned a black leather suit and stepped in front of NBC's cameras for his 1968 TV special, he changed the historical perception ...

50 Cent: From The Firing Line To The Firing Range

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, October 2008

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is in a strangely revealing mood as he discusses working with De Niro and Pacino, how getting shot harmed his record ...

Various Artists: THE T.A.M.I. Show (Shout Factory)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Gene Sculatti, Ugly Things, 2009

FIRST OFF, any regular reader of this publication whose home doesn't house a copy of this DVD–man, where are you at? Filmed before a Santa ...

Bob Dylan: Looking Back At Don't Look Back: Dylan and D.A. Pennebaker

Retrospective and Interview by Steven R Rosen, Cincinnati CityBeat, March 2009

FOR D.A. Pennebaker, the time has come to look back. For the new digitally-remastered "deluxe edition" DVD of his classic documentary Don't Look Back, which ...

Fillmore: The Last Days (Rhino Entertainment)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Gene Sculatti, SonicBoomers.com, April 2009

IT WENT OUT with a whimper, not a bang. Bill Graham's July 1971 decision to close Fillmore West surely didn't pass unnoticed, but the shuttering ...

Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel (2009)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2009

Trout farming, raising miniature horses, a theory about Stonehenge and his complicated relationship with David St. Hubbins: the Tap man tells all.

File format: mp3; File size: 21.6meg, interview length: 23' 35" sound quality: * (phoner)

The X Factor

Comment by Paul Morley, Observer, The, October 2009

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but I decided that I would not watch this particular series of The X Factor, because I thought, I'll get ...

Badly Drawn Boy, Goldfrapp, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Rock Stars Storm the Movie Soundtrack World

Overview by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, November 2009

From Goldfrapp to Badly Drawn Boy, from Karen O to Nick Cave, more and more big names are lining up to write music for films. ...

They've Got The X Factor

Profile and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, December 2009

In the last 10 years, The X Factor and its ilk have bucked record-buying trends and breathed new life into a dying industry. We talk ...

Jack Nitzsche, James Brown, The Rolling Stones: The Greatest (Pop TV) Show on Earth: The T.A.M.I. Show, October 1964

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages, March 2010

ON 28 OCTOBER, 1964, the T.A.M.I. Show was recorded at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. T.A.M.I. stood for Television Audience Measurement Index, though ...

Ennio Morricone: Lightning Conductor: Ennio Morricone

Retrospective and Interview by John Doran, Stool Pigeon, The, May 2010

ENNIO MORRICONE is not a slight man. He is a slim man. A man of average height. But he is not slight. ...

Janet Jackson: 'I Eat To Fill The Void'

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Daily Telegraph, November 2010

With an Oscar-tipped role in Tyler Perry's new film and a handsome young billionaire in her life, Janet Jackson is, finally, 'in a good place'. ...

Daft Punk's robots aren't the only ones rocking the multiplex

Report by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, December 2010

AT THE END of the trailer to forthcoming movie Somewhere, we are given just two pieces of information: 1) that the film was written and ...

Damon Albarn: Dr Dee live, Manchester International Festival

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Quietus, The, July 2011

Stephen Dalton at the Manchester International Festival finds Damon "the Martin Amis of Britpop" Albarn's musical about the life of Dr John Dee to be ...

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 ...

Björk: A New Map to Björk's Music

Report and Interview by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, October 2011

IT'S A SAD IRONY: The digitization of music has impoverished the average listening experience. Not only do compressed files sound meagre compared to the sonic ...

BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, John Baker: The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Back To The Future

Profile by Jude Rogers, The Daily Note, December 2011

A group of outsiders left to their own devices, the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop took avant-garde electronics and strange new sounds into the nation's living rooms ...

The Monkees: This Boy Band Never Monkeyed Around

Retrospective by Bob Stanley, Daily Telegraph, March 2012

Fact and fantasy were intertwined in the Monkees, but we'll never see their like again ...

Dave Porter: Uncompromising Composer, Master Mood Setter, Studio City Dweller

Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Our Ventura Blvd, September 2012

AMC'S taut, psychological thriller, Breaking Bad, has short bursts of action, but it's explosive action. The story of a chemistry teacher diagnosed with terminal cancer ...

Beauty In Two Dimensions: It's A Spongebob Christmas!

Review by Gene Sculatti, Rock's Backpages, November 2012

I'M A FOOL FOR Christmas records. Good ones, that is: Spector's list-topper, sure, and the Beach Boys' album that starts with 'Little St. Nick' and ...

Liza Minnelli: "Each song is a movie to me"

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Daily Telegraph, January 2013

Ahead of her show at the Royal Festival Hall, Liza Minnelli takes a break from rehearsals in New York to serenade Adam Sweeting. ...

The Eagles: Where Eagles Dared: California's Signature Rock Band Comes to London

Report by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, April 2013

Messrs. Schmit, Henley, Frey and Walsh (photo: Debbie Kruger) WELCOME TO the Hotel Connaught, the plush old Mayfair institution where Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh ...

Happy 100th Birthday, 'Danny Boy'

Comment by James Maycock, MOJO, November 2013

'Danny Boy', the song of loss and exile that became one of humanity's great anthems, is explored in a BBC Four television documentary, Danny Boy: ...

Another Day, Another Time: The Inside Llewyn Davis Concert Town Hall, New York City

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 2013

IT'S LIKE A bunch of Midnight Cowboys (and Cowgirls) just stumbled into venerable old Town Hall from Times Square. Hats and braces and denim are ...

Spinal Tap Redux

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Rock's Backpages, December 2013

I LISTENED to some of it in my youth, but spent most of my post-teenage years trying to avoid this crap: pandering, patronizing, mono-dimensional, unimaginative ...

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