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Alice Cooper: Love Them To Death

Profile and Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, June 1971

"WE'RE MERELY the end-product of an affluent society," Alice Cooper is fond of saying. "We enjoy getting on stage and showing the public what their ...

Slade: When Their Hair Finally Grew

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, August 1971

"A YEAR AGO a lot of people back home walked on the other side of the street if they saw us coming so they didn't ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan: I Am The Cosmic Dancer

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, October 1971

I DO BELIEVE I am in grave danger of becoming a pleb! For example, in the opinion of a number of eminent musical critics Marc ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: Hot Rods and Hot Love

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, November 1971

CAMOUFLAGED WELL enough to stand unnoticed in front of a rainbow, Marc Bolan sat crosslegged on his sofa and explained that "too much" had happened ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: Hendrix Said I'd Be Big, But I Don't Give A **** As Long As I Can Boogie

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, February 1972

Outspoken Danny Holloway series ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: A Weird Kid With No Friends

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, February 1972

Outspoken Danny Holloway series ...

T. Rex: 'The Mania Never Stops'

Interview by Harold Bronson, Phonograph Record, April 1972

HUMILITY HAS never been one of man's virtues. Whether warranted or not, we tend to exaggerate our credibility. What we must never forget is why ...

David Bowie: Bent on Success

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

DAVID BOWIE is at last letting the Great British Public catch up with him. With grasshopper alacrity, he has kept ahead of us for years ...

David Bowie: Central London Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, Phonograph Record, July 1972

"YES, I'M DAVID BOWIE. These are the Spiders from Mars. And we're the slickest show in town." ...

David Bowie: David at the Dorchester: Bowie on Ziggy and other matters

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1972

THREE CHANGES of dress and a kiss from Lou Reed. The waiters were horrified. ...

David Bowie, Roxy Music: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1972

GOING TO THE Rainbow these days is definitely an outing, an excursion, something of a treat. Unfamiliarity breeds respect, and though the cheerful hippies who ...

David Bowie: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1972

Can Bowie save New York from boredom? ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1972

JUST WHEN IT seemed that all the excitement, glamour and sparkle were going out of rock – along with the anger, vulgarity and vitality which ...

Gary Glitter: A Raven in Rich Plumage

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

"YOU WILL bear in mind that he's got dreadful 'flu, won't you," says Gary Glitter's publicity agent when we fixed up the interview. And sure ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan's Optimistic Overlook

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, November 1972

"A NICE THING happened in New Jersey," related Marc Bolan with a gleam in his eye. He pauses momentarily and the small group of press ...

Roxy Music: Central Hall, Chatham

Live Review by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

"COR," SAID the bloke behind me after Roxy Music had finished their first number, "I like the way they take the micky out of themselves." ...

Roxy Music: All This and Eno Too… How Can They Fail?

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, November 1972

T.S. ELIOT, MUSING upon a takeaway Chinese meal once asked: "is true art dead?", while over at the pinball machine Little Richard picked his nose ...

Ringo Starr, T. Rex: Ringo Starr on Born to Boogie

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, December 1972

"BOLAN STRUTS, man, and I like that about him a lot. A lot of people, when they first meet him, can be put off because ...

Lou Reed: Transformer

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, February 1973

Their faces drooping in disbelief, the fans shook their baffled, bewildered heads. "If we hadn't seen him with our own eyes we never would have ...

Brian Eno, Roxy Music: A Flight of Fantasy: Eno

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, February 1973

ENO'S PLAYBOY bachelor flat in mystical Maida Vale possesses a decor that is God's own gift to a journalist caught for a good opening paragraph. ...

Alice Cooper: Spectrum, Philadelphia

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, March 1973

THE ROCK WORLD today mourns the death of Alice Cooper, who was accidently killed last night when the safety screws failed on the guillotine he ...

Alice Cooper: Alice and His $1 Million

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, April 1973

"TO BE HONEST, I was a little worried about the guillotine," Alice Cooper says. "The safety doesn't work too well, and, well, there was that ...

Gary Glitter: Garbage Rock Comes of Age

Essay by Dave Marsh, Creem, April 1973

WHEN THE CURTAIN comes up, the band are all ready there, pumping out a fuzzy, semi-atonal, rhythmically confused version of left-field '50's music. They are ...

David Bowie: Cha...Cha...Cha...Changes — A Journey with Aladdin

Report and Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, May 1973

CHARING CROSS STATION, London, 9.10 pm: And when he arrived they screamed and they cried, and they rushed, and gushed forth and beat their feverish ...

David Bowie: Zowie Bowie

Essay by Simon Frith, Let It Rock, June 1973

ARGUING ABOUT pop stars is mostly a loony thing to do. So many of the judgements involved are subjective that the inarticulacy of a Juke ...

Michael Des Barres, Silverhead: Silverhead Savage

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, June 1973

MICHAEL DES BARRES, the ultimate rock and roll star sits drinking decaffeinated coffee in the health food-come-curio shop on the Portobello Road, London. He's swamped ...

Edgar Winter: How Winter Went Glam and Created A Frankenstein Monster

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, June 1973

EDGAR WINTER, his wife and his band live in a 13-bedroom white clapboard mansion at Sands Point, overlooking Long Island Sound. 30,000 dollars a year ...

Slade, Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1973

IT'S MONDAY morning and my ears are still ringing. The night before, I'd been among the 20,000 fans who packed London's Earls Court to prove ...

New York Dolls: The Guys In The Dolls

Report by Michael Gross, NME, August 1973

THE BACK room of Max's Kansas City is generally bathed in a pink glow of lighting effects. Depending on how much liquor you've consumed, it ...

David Bowie: Ziggy Storms the Marquee: Bowie’s 1980 Floor Show

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1973

DAVID BOWIE in action at The Marquee (where it all began) was just one of the many rare and knee-trembling sights to be enjoyed within ...

Sweet: Can You Take Sweet Seriously?

Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, November 1973

SO SWEET WANT to be taken seriously! Well, that's what they've been telling everyone over the past few months. ...

Slade

Profile and Interview by Anne Moore, LA Free Press, November 1973

AS STREET TALK goes, Slade doesn't have the greatest reputations. It is admitted they are one of the better non-Bowieish-type rock groups to come out ...

Elton John: Belle Vue, Manchester

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

FOR THE first time since Bill Haley's motion picture triumph Rock Around The Clock, played at the now-demolished Queen's Cinema, Catford, in 1956, the urge ...

Alice Cooper: A Christmas Chiller

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1973

The great Sherlock Holmes, cleverly disguised as MM investigator Chris Charlesworth, pulls his deerstalker over his eyes and sets forth on his most dangerous adventure. ...

Marc Bolan (1974)

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1974

Bolan looks back at Tyrannosaurus Rex and the British underground scene; turning electric and the Beard of Stars album; 'Ride a White Swan'; and ruminates on glitter, image and stardom.

File format: mp3; file size: 21.8mb, interview length: 23' 49" sound quality: ****

Suzi Quatro: The Girl in the Gang

Report and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1974

A SEPARATE dressing-room had been provided upstairs, but Suzi Quatro preferred to use the same one as her band. It was large, clean, grey and ...

Jobriath: Superstar or Superhype?

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, January 1974

"If hype means projecting your artist, I'm going to produce the biggest hype ever" – Jerry Brandt talking to ROBERT PARTRIDGE about his latest discovery, ...

Jobriath: Jobriath (Elektra)

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, January 1974

YOU WILL soon be told that this cat is going to be the big breeze in 1974. Receive this piece of information with sceptical, though ...

Roxy Music: Songs from Europe: Roxy Music's Stranded

Review by Gary Sperrazza!, Shakin' Street Gazette, May 1974

"Eno once busied himself amplifying the travel of earthworms.""Thomas Mann in Buddenbrooks characterizes the decline and dissolution of a prominent family with the increase in ...

David Bowie: Diamond Dogs

Review by Ron Ross, Phonograph Record, July 1974

RUFF-RUFF-BOW-BOW: Bowie's bewitched, bothered, bewildered and back to play – 25 eastern cities in an intense five week tour concluding mid-July with his single biggest ...

Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry: Bryan Ferry: Another Time, Another Place; Eno: Here Come The Warm Jets

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, August 1974

AS EXPECTED, Eno's first solo album is a sonically innovative and adventurous thing, boldly experimental in its employment of phasing, drones, repetition, shifting of layers, ...

Jobriath: The Troubadour, Los Angeles

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, September 1974

JERRY BRANDT isn't noted for doing things in a small way, but Jobriath, his latest project, might prove to be merely mildly successful. ...

Slade: Your Public Is Your Judge

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, October 1974

THEY CAME out of Wolverhampton. Failed skinheads who became the loudest, most aggressive stomping band in the land. A year ago nobody questioned it – ...

Suzi Quatro: Elvis as Virgin Queen

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, November 1974

"I STILL USE laundromats, and one day I was walking to one carrying a bag of laundry. I had a hat on and sunglasses because ...

Roy Wood, Wizzard: Wizzard: Eddie & the Falcons

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, November 1974

FOR A MUSICIAN of his acknowledged brilliance, Roy Wood has shown an inordinate interest in paying tribute to the past works of others. ...

Marc Bolan

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

A MYSTERIOIUS lack of bubble seems to be affecting Master Marc Bolan's latest offering, the Zip Gun Boogie, as it is known to those who ...

Gary Glitter: Ballroom Dancing With The Big G

Interview by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

GARY GLITTER is sensibly ensconced in a very old fashioned smart hotel where the only thing liable to disturb his peace-of mind is a nutty ...

Mick Ronson - Play Don't Worry

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1975

DUNNO ABOUT YOU, but from where I'm sitting it seems as though you can't go on saying that someone has potential for too long unless ...

New York Dolls: Little Hippodrome, NYC

Live Review by Alan Betrock, Phonograph Record, April 1975

AFTER EXAGGERATED reports heralding their impending demise, the New York Dolls returned in early March to the Hippodrome in mid-Manhattan. They were supposedly to sport ...

Jet (UK): Jet: Jet

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1975

AT LAST the 1972 show! ...

Kiss: I Dreamed I Was Onstage With KISS In My Maidenform Bra

Report and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, August 1975

WELL, NOT EXACTLY my idea of the perfect fantasy, but I was curious about life on the other side of the foot-lights. Armed with an ...

T. Rex: Lyceum Ballroom, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, February 1976

BORN TO BOOGIE, or born to Waltz? The story of an ageing teendream with the cheek to book himself into London's Lyceum Ballroom, without a ...

The Damned, T. Rex: T. Rex and The Damned: The Beautiful and The Damned

Report by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, March 1977

T Rex and The Damned on tour together... will the boppers say nix to the new wave? Will Bolan get blown off the stage? Captain ...

Slade: Ar The Kidz Owt've Site Shock Probe

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, May 1977

BANDS DON'T readily admit to being yesterday's heroes...so Slade, not long ago one of Britain's most celebrated bands, will only acknowledge that they've been through ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Big Hits And Close Shaves

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1977

COMPILATIONS ARE generally the occasion for an in-depth reassessment of an artist's career. ...

Kiss: Love Gun Is a Real Bazooka

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, August 1977

Behind the Scenes of the First Kiss Simulated Concept LP ...

Gary Glitter, Slade, Suzi Quatro, Sweet, T. Rex: The Glitter Era: Teenage Rampage

Overview by Ken Barnes, Bomp, March 1978

JUST THREE YEARS gone and it already seems so quaint. The time was c. 1971-1974, the place England, the sound "glitter," or "Glitter Rock." ...

David Bowie: Peter And The Wolf

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, May 1978

THE RELEVANCE of this classical record to the 'rock marketplace' is quite frankly marginal but evidently heavily counted upon by RCA in their wisdom. ...

T. Rex: The Unobtainable T.Rex

Review by Danny Baker, NME, September 1980

AND SO, it appears, we are on the brink of a new T.Rex faith. Well, as one who defended the Bolanian right at school in ...

David Bowie: The Gender Bender

Comment by Jon Savage, Face, The, November 1980

"WHAT DO YOU want to be when you grow up, David?" ...

Blondie, Mud, Suzi Quatro, Sweet: Chinn and Chapman

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, 'The Record Producers', 1982

THE YEARS BETWEEN 1971 and 1975 were tucked between psychedelia on the one hand and punk rock on the other, and while they featured country ...

Rox: Big Teezers

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1982

"KIDS LOSE interest fast," mused the boy as the tots in the playground drifted back to their balls and rollerskates, having assimilated and dispensed with ...

Teenage Rampage

Essay by John Tobler, History of Rock, The, 1983

Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman orchestrated a British bubblegum revolution ...

Slade in St. Louis

Report and Interview by Paul Yamada, Concert News, July 1984

I'VE SEEN SLADE three times; this time makes the fourth. I went out of my way to see them the other times, and each trip ...

Sigue Sigue Sputnik: The Underworld, Croydon

Live Review by Julian Henry, Melody Maker, August 1985

Space race ...

Mötley Crüe: Psychic Gruel and Mötley Crüe

Report and Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, April 1986

CONSIDER SUITE 619 at the Park Hyatt in Chicago. The floor plants in wicker baskets. The liquor cabinet. The glass coffee table, with fresh flowers ...

Scarlet Fantastic: Phantasmagoria

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, January 1988

ARE SCARLET FANTASTIC LEADERS OF THE NEW GLAM MOVEMENT OR MERELY HIPPIES DRESSED IN SATIN AND SEQUINS? CAROLINE SULLIVAN SEPARATES THE MAGIC FROM THE MANIFESTO. ...

Gary Glitter

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, January 1990

WEDGING HIMSELF with effort into a most negligible pair of silver spangled trouserlettes, Gary Glitter is struck by the possibilities of a mirth-making ruse. He ...

Marc Bolan

Retrospective by Keith Altham, Gold, June 1994

PUTTING MARC BOLAN into any kind of historical perspective is still no easy matter, even though 17 years have passed since his death on Friday, ...

Wizzard: Making 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day'

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, January 1996

Mike Burney (sax, Wizzard): I'd been doing really boring big band gigs on the ballroom circuit so when Roy offered me a job in Wizzard ...

David Bowie, Marc Bolan, T. Rex: 10 Great Glam Rock Albums

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Harpers & Queen, 1998

TEN GREAT GLAM ROCK ALBUMS you cannot afford to live without... ...

All The Young Dudes: The Return of Glam Rock

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, September 1998

YOU COULD argue that glam – glamour, from an old Scottish word meaning "a haze in the air" – was always intrinsic to pop music. ...

Marilyn Manson: The Man Who Fell To Earth

Interview by Paul Elliott, Kerrang!, September 1998

THE ANTICHRIST SUPERSTAR is no more. ...

David Bowie, Marc Bolan: Glam Revival

Comment by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 1998

Why the frightening prospect of a full-scale Glam revival fills David Stubbs with dread… ...

David Bowie, Roxy Music, T. Rex: Glam Rock: Scary Monsters, Super Freaks #2

Special Feature by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 1998

TWENTIETH CENTURY BOY ...

Jobriath: I'm Ready For My Close-Up: Jobriath

Retrospective by Rob Cochrane, MOJO, November 1998

Glam rock was a movie in search of a soundtrack. Today, Velvet Goldmine is that movie, but 25 years ago the publicity machine roared into ...

Kiss & Make-Up: The Perfect Glam Rock Soundtrack

Guide by Jon Savage, MOJO, November 1998

IN THE OPENING minutes of todd Haynes's Velvet Goldmine, a gaggle of lads hurtle down a drab city street, tottering in their platforms, clad in ...

Marilyn Manson

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

HE BROUGHT YOUR SICKEST FANTASIES to life, and now you, poor fools, have fulfilled his. When Broadway wheels out the new millennial Jesus Christ ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: Glam’s Great Melancholic: Bryan Ferry

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, 2000

BY HIS OWN slightly shamefaced admission, the first thought that raced through Bryan Ferry’s mind as he came within a hair’s breadth of plunging to ...

LA's Glam Revival And The Glitzy Return of Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco

Report and Interview by Paul Gorman, MOJO, March 2000

Something strange is happening on the streets of Los Angeles. Glam-metal kids, 17 years out of date, are back walking the streets. Ambivalent Bowie-esque sexuality ...

Brian Eno, Roxy Music: Another Glam World: Brian Eno’s Adventures in Roxy Music

Interview by Djuna Parnes, Rock's Backpages, June 2001

DP: What does the phrase "Glam Rock" mean to you? ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex: "Catch A Bright Star And Place It On Your Forehead": The Rise of Marc Bolan

Book Excerpt by Mark Paytress, Omnibus Books, 2002

An extract from Bolan: The Rise And Fall Of A 20th Century Superstar by Mark Paytress, first published by Omnibus Press in 2002. (378pp, currently ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan 25 Years On

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Daily Mirror, September 2002

A MONTH before the tragic car crash that killed him on September 16, 1977, a 29-year-old Marc Bolan told fellow pop star Steve Harley: "I'd ...

Slade: The Very Best of Slade

Sleevenotes by Chris Charlesworth, Polydor Records, 2005

IT IS JULY 1971 and I'm with Slade in Amsterdam's Vondelpark where they are shortly to perform on a bandstand in the centre of a ...

Johnny Thunders, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, New York Dolls: The First Punk: Johnny Thunders

Retrospective by Nina Antonia, MOJO, March 2005

FOR THE GENERATION of kids who became punks, the New York Dolls' appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test in November 1973 was an epiphany. ...

Goldfrapp: Supernature (Mute)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2005

GOLDFRAPP took a big chance when they abandoned the swoonsome muzak of 2001's Felt Mountain for the kinky machinery of 2003's glamtastic Black Cherry. Few ...

Tsar: A Profile

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, September 2005

"I ALWAYS wanted to be seditious and dangerous. But in a good rock and roll way," explains Jeff Whalen, principal of L.A.’s glammy Tsar. ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex: Reborn to Boogie: Marc Bolan

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2010

THERE IS ONLY one Starman in the room right now and his name is David Bowie. Flying high after his Top 5 astral novelty hit ...

Bryan Ferry: Olympian Heights

Interview by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, November 2010

The legendary Bryan Ferry has just released Olympia, his best album in two decades, and continues the Roxy Music revival tour in the new year. ...

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