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Jefferson Airplane: The Airplane Takes Off

Profile by Carol Deck, KRLA Beat, September 1966

IN THIS business you meet so many new groups that they all tend to fade into one long line of starving but hopeful musicians and ...

Moby Grape: Aiming High Up On The Vine

Profile by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, June 1967

THE MOBY Grape is a San Francisco rock quintet whose stated objective is to "climb high on the vine". They live in Mill Valley, California, ...

Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane: Birth of the San Francisco Scene

Overview by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, August 1967

by Martin Balin, leader of the Jefferson Airplane ...

Hippies: How? Why? What Does It Mean?

Report by Jacoba Atlas, KRLA Beat, August 1967

SAN FRANCISCO – Five o'clock in the afternoon. The going home traffic already crowding the freeway to a frustrating halt. ...

Jefferson Airplane: Airplane Magic Creeps Up... Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow (RCA Victor)

Review by uncredited writer, Disc and Music Echo, September 1967

'My Best Friend'; '3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds'; 'D.C.B.A.25'; 'How Do You Feel'; 'Embryonic Journey'; 'Don't Slip Away'; 'Come Up The Years'; 'Chauffeur ...

Plastic Penny: Put Scratch On Record

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1968

A PLASTIC penny for your thoughts then, or to be more precise, tuppence-worth in the shape of vocalist Brian Keith and organist Paul Raymond who ...

Jefferson Airplane: Paul Kantner on After Bathing At Baxter's

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, February 1968

OUR NEXT album will be called After Bathing At Baxter's. I wrote about five songs on it. I really can't say which one of our ...

Grateful Dead: Live Sound Of The Grateful Dead

Profile and Interview by Tony Leigh, KRLA Beat, February 1968

ONE OF THE most influential groups to emerge from the musically prolific city of San Francisco is the Grateful Dead. Universally recognized as the leading ...

Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane: Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead: Melodyland, Anaheim CA

Live Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Long Beach Press-Telegram, March 1968

San Francisco Bands Shortchange Anaheim Audience ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company: Cheap Thrills (CBS)

Review by Miles, International Times, October 1968

Janis Joplin (lead voc); Peter Albin (bass, voc); San Andrew (lead & rhm gtr); James Gurley (lead & rhm gtr); David Getz (Drms, voc). ...

Soft Machine: The Soft Machine: The Soft Machine (ABC)

Review by Miles, International Times, November 1968

SEVERAL exotic people were sitting on the floor at an Indica Gallery opening in 1966, the tall one with the Dr Strange cape was called ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin: Suddenly… Janis Joplin!

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, Flip, December 1968

A YEAR AGO, Flip's Hollywood Editor (Carol Deck) and Flip's London Editor (Keith Altham) met at the now legendary Monterey Pop Festival. It was the ...

The Beatles: Yellow Submarine

Film/DVD 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 ...

Spirit: The Family That Plays Together (Ode)

Review by Miles, International Times, February 1969

From The Ergot Fields ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (1969)

Interview by Michael Lydon, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1969

Recorded during the Dead's 1969 peak, Garcia looks back to the early days of the Warlocks, the Acid Tests, goes through the albums to date (including the soon-to-be-released Live/Dead) and expounds on the music.

File format: mp3; file size: 57.6mb, interview length: 1h 02' 57" sound quality: ****

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Happy Trails (Capitol)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, July 1969

INTROSPECTIVE exploration of themes is the general idea on this album from one of America's top underground groups. ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Burnout Sets In

Special Feature by Michael Lydon, Rolling Stone, August 1969

But I reckon l got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilise ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: The Year of The Dead

Report by Lenny Kaye, Fusion, November 1969

THE GRATEFUL Dead are on the way up. But whether it be from a growing musical acumen on the part of their audience, a starring ...

Quintessence: Notting Hill Gate – a Single, a Group, and a Place

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, January 1970

LONDON WEST Ten is the Grove. It is that part of Notting Hill straddling Ladbroke Grove, where, over the past few years, a whole new ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, January 1970

Quicksilver Group Brings New Pianist To Fillmore East ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Dead on Arrival

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, May 1970

The Grateful Dead fly into Britain ...

Grateful Dead: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, April 1971

Grateful Dead Draws Far-Out Fans ...

Quintessence: Peace... Love... And Success Without Sell-Out

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, November 1971

FOR QUINTESSENCE, 1971 must go down as one of the most successful years in their history – they have been going through a period of ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Mick Farren, International Times, April 1972

"The trouble with a lot of kids who come to our concerts is that they can't see beyond the drugs. They get so ripped that ...

Hawkwind: In Search Of Space

Review by Jeff Walker, Phonograph Record, May 1972

IT'S BEEN an eternity since I've writhed to a record on a physical level, but I still recall fondly those stoned hours spent engrossed in ...

Hawkwind

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1972

HAWKWIND ARE ONE of the very few "Underground" bands to make the big time almost entirely on their own terms, without any real concessions to ...

Various Artists: Nuggets (Elektra)

Review by Ben Edmonds, Creem, November 1972

I LEARNED ABOUT golden oldie collections the hard way. I was all of eleven, and had finally managed to figure out what that noise coming ...

Kaleidoscope

Retrospective by Mick Houghton, Fat Angel, 1973

THERE MUST BE something in the air in L.A., besides photochemical smog, to make it the home of such a lot of fine music, and ...

Hawkwind: Space Ritual

Review by Chris Rowley, International Times, May 1973

THIS IS THE definitive Hawkwind LP and very definitely their best. Being live it has all the right qualities to bring back memories of twitching ...

Hawkwind: Space Ritual Alive At Liverpool Stadium And Brixton Sundown (United Artists)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, May 1973

WELL, THESE COSMIC tacos ain't about to make you wet yourself, but it's still a fact that, contained on these four sides, are the very ...

Hawkwind

Profile and Interview by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, October 1973

THERE SEEMS to be a general reawakening to the 1967 Summer of Love recently. All of England is agog over Star Trek reruns while 600,000 ...

Country Joe McDonald (1974)

Interview by Mick Gold, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1974

Country Joe talks about being brought up by communist parents, his current musical and political interests, the Paris Sessions album, songwriting, the Beats, jazz and... Bowie!

File format: mp3; file size: 81mb, interview length: 1h 28' 27" sound quality: ***

Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett: A Nice Pair — The Pink Floyd LPs That Failed

Overview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, February 1974

They finally became stars on their ninth album, The Dark Side of the Moon, but they were first led around to the dark side of the psyche ...

Man: This Is The Man Band. In 6 Years They've Had Six Lineups. It Looks Like This One May Do It

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1974

TRANSLATED FROM THE HERO'S TONGUE BY CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY, WHO'S ABOUT AS WELSH AS A NICE JEWISH BOY CAN GET THESE DAYS... ...

Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett: The Cracked Ballad of Syd Barrett

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, April 1974

The summer of '67 went up like a psychedelic mushroom-cloud – and some of the fall-out's still coming down. Brian Jones was casually snuffed out, ...

Grateful Dead: Lookin' Back: The Grateful Dead

Retrospective by Nick Kent, NME, April 1974

Whatever happened to the Cosmic Dream? Part 45 (13th Hexagram) ...

The Zombies: Time Of The Zombies

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, May 1974

THANKS TO THE SUCCESS of Argent, Colin Blunstone, and the 'Monster Mash', the long-neglected Zombies are again coming to light. London's fluke smash with the ...

Hawkwind: In The Hall Of The Mountain Grill

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1974

DON'T TELL anybody, but yours adoring thinks that he's finally got this bunch sussed. ...

Gong: Look! There's A Pothead Pixie Arriving

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, October 1974

THERE'S A lot of musicians around that are going to be kissing Mike Oldfield's dirty underpants. The success of Tubular Bells has almost certainly uncovered ...

Hawkwind: The Regular 'Wind Miracle

Report by Mick Farren, NME, November 1974

NEW YORK just doesn't seem to be the place for Hawkwind. ...

The Doors: Strange Days

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1975

WAS THIS ALBUM WEIRD? You bet yer snakeskin mitts it was. ...

The Edgar Broughton Band, Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd: British Psychedelia: More Zits Than Hitz…

Guide by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1975

It's dream-time in Compilationsville once again, amigos. This week CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY does his worst to induce EMI into issuing Volume Two in his discocartography ...

John Cipollina, Man, Quicksilver Messenger Service: John Cipollina

Interview by Max Bell, NME, June 1975

JOHN CIPOLLINA, he's the real thing. Smallish, wiry, hair tied back, nicotine stains up to his elbow and the confident loquaciousness of a man who ...

Captain Beefheart - Interview

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, July 1975

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART (AKA Don Van Vliet) moves in sufficiently mysterious ways for me to believe that Zoot Horn Rollo (aka Bill Harkleroad) may just possibly ...

Frank Zappa - One Size Fits All

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1975

THE FIRST WORD of this review is "deteriorate." It means to Lose Your Magic. ...

Steve Hillage: On The Banks Of A Fish Dinner

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, August 1975

"The fish really get off on it man...it's their whole trip"... New angle on Gong's STEVE HILLAGE – the world's leading exponent of Fish Rock. ...

Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa: Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart: Bongo Fury

Review by Mick Farren, NME, November 1975

THE STORY SO far. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Midnight Lightning and For Real

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1975

AND THE GHOST walks once more. ...

Captain Beefheart: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, November 1975

DON'T BELIEVE WHAT your mother tells you kids, there really is a Legion of Super Heroes. ...

Gong: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, November 1975

THE HALL was packed. It was the kind of audience that likes to jostle like mad for the first half of the set, blast a ...

Grace Slick (1976)

Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1976

Interviewed at the Airplane house in San Francisco, the chanteuse of psychedelia rambles in splendid style on her early days in the Great Society, writing White Rabbit, drugs and drink and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 77.2mb, total interview length: 1h 24' 21" sound quality: ***

Alan Price: Performing Price

Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, January 1976

SINCE HE split with The Animals and the Rock 'n' Roll mainstream to home in on the craftsmanship of Randy Newman, Price's career has seen ...

Gong: Shamal

Review by Miles, NME, March 1976

THE LINEUP CHANGES have been so substantial and the musical direction has altered so drastically since their last album (You), that Gong might have changed ...

Pink Floyd: Games For May

Retrospective by Miles, NME, May 1976

TEN YEARS AGO THE PINK FLOYD were a semi formed idea in the mind of one SYD BARRETT. Nine years ago they were the darlings ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Steal Your Face

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

SURPRISE, SURPRISE. THE new Dead album is coming in for the most monumental panning. Seems that for the past four years (at least) they've been ...

Spirit: Farther Along

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

How Kapt. Kopter kept coming back California, a bona fide genius guitar hero. Who says so? Max Bell says so. ...

Hawkwind: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, October 1976

TIGER OPENED to a leaden audience who failed to be moved even by big Nicky Moore, twisting and turning through the vocals like a giant ...

Hawkwind: Coventry Theatre, Coventry

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, December 1976

IT'S LIKE trying to resurrect the agonies and ecstasies of the Lysergic communion, putting Hawkwind's Robert Calvert on paper, spinning a yarn from the scattered ...

Gong, Steve Hillage: Steve Hillage....Electric Gipsy

Profile and Interview by Andy Childs, ZigZag, February 1977

AS I RECALL, it was the "livin' jukebox" himself, Andy Dunkley, who first assailed my ears with Steve Hillage's album Fish Rising. ...

Patti Smith: Lenny Kaye: New York Nuggets

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1977

IN ISSUE 68 [of ZigZag], Patti Smith talked about a number of things during an account of the first half of her visit to this ...

Hawkwind: Pulsating Poets of Sturm und Drang: Robert Calvert and Hawkwind

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Album Tracking, July 1977

"ROCK IS THE literature of this generation". Thus spake Robert Calvert, occasional playwright, self-styled poet, songwriter and lead singer with Hawkwind, the weirdest, most ...

Pink Floyd’s Heart Of Darkness: A Crash Course in Pig Latin

Overview by Ira Robbins, Creem, October 1977

IT DIDN'T SEEM like a bad idea at the time I accepted this assignment. Just because Pink Floyd hate the press and won't be interviewed ...

Spirit: Spirit Live

Review by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

Goodbye To Rock And All That (For Another Year At Least) ...

Jade Warrior: Way Of The Sun

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1978

NOT YER average roots of mystic religion jazz-fusion ...

Various Artists: Pebbles Vols. 1-4

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, November 1979

[To be read in a C&A Paisley shirt and matching tie, black lace-up school shoes and a pair of 16" cuff flared trousers re-cut from ...

The Sound and Vision of Psychedelia

Overview by Robot A. Hull, Creem, January 1981

"Okay. You've swallowed the magic cube, downed a cup of organic tea with filigree leaves, and placed the diamond needle on the appropriate sounds. Now ...

Prince: Around The World In A Day

Review by Max Bell, Times, The, June 1985

PRINCE, THE CURRENT court jester of American hippy soul, once wrote a song called 'Ronnie, Talk To Russia', a good message number that indicated this ...

The Seeds: Where Are They Now: Sky Saxon

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, September 1985

The leader of the Seeds was 'Pushin' Too Hard' in the Sixties; now he'd into 'flower heaven power'. ...

Frank Zappa: Re-issues

Review by Andy Gill, Q, August 1990

UNCLE FRANK'S EXTENSIVE reissues programme continues apace with eight more blasts from various bits of his past. ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Charlatans, The (US), Country Joe McDonald, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service: The San Francisco Sound

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, August 1990

"My eyes were opened. There's a new world and a new society and a new spirit." ...

Grateful Dead

Report and Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, January 1991

OUTSIDE THE Grugahalle, a monstrous concert erection in Essen, Germany, a bearded fellow bearing more than a passing resemblance to the young Charles Manson is ...

Frank Zappa: Re-issues

Review by Andy Gill, Q, November 1991

JUST WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS, to quote Uncle Frank: yet another record label, and eight more Zappa albums hot on the heels of his two ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee and Love: Arthur Lee and Love

Review by David Cavanagh, Q, July 1992

IT'S BEEN quite a year for the cult heroes. 1992 has already seen re-issued albums by Alex Chilton's long-deceased Big Star and Scott Walker tussling ...

Dazed and Infused: The Summer of Love

Retrospective by Miles, Vox, August 1992

"You had to be there" Barry Miles travels back in time. IT'S 25 years since the Summer of Love freaked its way into the ...

13th Floor Elevators: Easter Everywhere

Review by Mat Snow, Q, 1993

THE SECOND INSTALMENT of Decal's noble policy of reissuing all four 13th Floor Elevators albums finds the influence of San Francisco (whose Avalon Ballroom they ...

Jefferson Airplane: The Jefferson Airplane Chronicles: Marty Balin

Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Relix, April 1993

READING THE following interview, one might get a sense that there are two Marty Balins. ...

Donovan: Sunshine Superman/Mellow Yellow/The Hurdy Gurdy Man/Barabajagal

Review by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, January 1995

HOW WAS IT that our "Celtic" hippie friend put it to Queen magazine in 1967? Oh, yes: "Pop is the perfect religious vehicle. It's as ...

The Zombies: Time Of The Zombies

Retrospective and Interview by Robin Platts, Goldmine, April 1995

IT WAS JUST for fun, really. They weren't planning on becoming pop stars, yet the Zombies came close to reaching the top of the American ...

The Deviants, John Lennon, John's Children, Pink Floyd, Yoko Ono: Eyewitness: The 14-Hour Technicolor Dream, April 29, 1967, Alexandra Palace, North London

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Q, June 1995

Pink Floyd, The Soft Machine, The Move... Some of Swinging London's swingiest played at the legendary International Times benefit at Alexandra Palace. Johnny Black rounds up a ...

Jethro Tull: Roots Before Branches (Chrysalis)

Review by Stuart Maconie, Q, October 1995

Flutes in rock. Hmmm. Thijs Van Leer of Focus. Does James Galway's epochal rendition of Annie's Song count? It's really just Ian Anderson, isn't it ...

Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia: The Last Great American Adventurer: Jerome John Garcia 1942-1995

Obituary by Tom Hibbert, Q, October 1995

On August 9, Jerry Garcia, leader of the Grateful Dead, the most successful live group of all time, died in a Californian rehab center. To ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Country Joe and The Fish: Electric Music for the Mind and Body; I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die; Together (Vanguard reissues)

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, February 1996

COUNTRY JOE AND THE FISH are doomed to be best remembered for that old crowd-pleaser they churned out at Woodstock in August, 1969. No matter ...

The Electric Prunes: 'I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)'

Retrospective and Interview by Don Waller, MOJO, January 1997

From the "mind-expanding" opening to the screaming-droning guitars to the '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'-derived drums, The Electric Prunes' 'I Had Too Much To Dream ...

Pink Floyd: Alexandra Palace 1967: Syd Barrett Wasn’t Feeling At All Well...

Retrospective by Fred Dellar, MOJO, April 1997

He was seeing things that others only eyed in kaleidoscopes. But he was aware that Roger Waters was dragging him on-stage; dawn was breaking and ...

Psychedelia USA

Retrospective by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, June 1997

Ben Edmonds finds out what happened when acid hit blue-collar America. WHEN POET JOHN SINCLAIR was released from the Detroit House of Correction in August ...

Psychedelia: Poster Artists

Retrospective by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, June 1997

IT COULD BE SAID THAT THE POSTER ART WAS THE best thing that ever happened to psychedelic music. As concert posters they didn’t just advertise ...

Psychedelia: The 100 Greatest Classics

Guide by Jon Savage, MOJO, June 1997

Back by public demand, and even more mind-expanding, Jon Savage takes a trip through psychedelia’s golden years to compile the ultimate six-hour flashback. ...

The Summer of Love's Counterculture Butterflies

Overview by Andy Gill, MOJO, June 1997

Who were they? Where are they now? ...

Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968

Review by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, September 1998

Groundbreaking garage-punk compilation expanded into a 4-CD box: over 100 big hits, hip misses, influential tracks, cultural oddities and sonic abominations. ...

Skip Spence : Alexander Spence: Oar (Sundazed)

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, 1999

THE PASSING OF TIME has edged some psych esoterica into the mainstream, and Oar is a shining example. At once individual confession, generational narrative, and ...

Kak: Kak-Ola (Big Beat/Ace)

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, 1999

KAK'S ONE and only album – released in the US during January 1969 – captures the Bay Area boom at its furthest outreach. ...

The Olivia Tremor Control: Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage (Blue Rose/ V2)

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, 1999

THE GOOD NEWS is that this double album maintains the high quality of OTC's Dusk At Cubist Castle, which updated the methodology of classic psychedelia ...

Gary Pig Gold's All-Time Top Ten Psychedelic Records (circa 1966)

Guide by Gary Pig Gold, inmusicwetrust.com, May 1999

WITH EVERY waking hour bringing yet another ill-advised Revival of sorts to our virtual doorsteps – today Slinkies, tomorrow Saturday Night Fever – I thought ...

Grateful Dead: Kesey Rides Again

Report by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, August 1999

THE MAGIC BUS pulls up at the Peace Monument late on Friday afternoon, bringing a blaze of colour and a blast of noise to the ...

Chad and Jeremy: The Chad and Jeremy Story

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 2000

WHEN CHAD AND JEREMY were first invited to re-group, back in 1986 for the following year's British Invasion II tour, their first response was, "Hmmm, ...

Happy to be a Part of the Industry of Human Happiness: The Trans-Continental Beat of the 1960s

Sleevenotes by Alec Palao, Nuggets II (Rhino Records), 2001

SO, AS WE’RE FREQUENTLY TOLD, the world has now shrunk to the size of a soccer ball. The internet has eliminated traditional terrestrial boundaries of ...

Various: Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire And Beyond

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, July 2001

WITHIN THE rabid isolationism of the Bush regime, this is a remarkably generous statement: a monster collection aimed at the American market featuring aver a ...

Jefferson Airplane: Ignition

Review by Mark Paytress, MOJO, November 2001

THERE ARE winners and losers in the shifting sands of rock fashion and, much as it hurts to write it, Jefferson Airplane seem like losers. ...

A Certain Ratio, Alternative TV, Cabaret Voltaire, Gang of Four, The Pop Group, Public Image Ltd, Scritti Politti, This Heat: Post-Punk: Lubricate Your Living Room

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2001

FORGET ABOUT THE NOSTALGIA-MONGERING AND KITSCH REVIVALISM – THE POST-PUNK PERIOD OF 1979-81 WAS AN ASTONISHINGLY FERTILE TIME FOR BRITISH MUSIC, WHEN INDIE LABELS FLOURISHED ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: The Golden Road (1965-1973) (Rhino/Warner Bros) *****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, January 2002

THE GRATEFUL DEAD are probably the most puzzling enigma in rock history. ...

Jefferson Airplane: The Summer Of Haight

Retrospective and Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, MOJO, April 2003

In January 1967, Jefferson Airplane were all set for take-off. But within months their dream was crumbling. Jeff Tamarkin on the destructive undercurrent to the ...

Spacemen 3: Medicine Show: The Spacemen 3 fill out another Perfect Prescription

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Seattle Weekly, June 2003

RUGBY, ENGLAND, SPRING ’87: Four scruffy twentysomethings are sprawled across secondhand bed mattresses arranged at asymmetrical angles on the floor of VHF Studios. The ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Love with Arthur Lee: House of Blues, Los Angeles

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, August 2003

SOMETHING STARDUST and sunshine had characterized those days of flowers and civil unrest in the western canyons of America's other neverland of dreams, Los Angeles. ...

Kaleidoscope: The Rise and Fall of the Neoprene Lizards: The Kaleidoscope Story

Retrospective and Interview by David Biasotti, pulsatingdream.com, 2004

I: "It was great music to float on while in the thrall of cannabis." ...

Hawkwind: The Saga of Hawkwind

Book Excerpt by Carol Clerk, Omnibus Press, 2004

Emerging from the hippie heartland of London's Ladbroke Grove in 1969, Hawkwind invented space-rock with a potent, psychedelic mixture of jamming blues, electronica and lights. ...

Kaleidoscope: Pulsating Dream: The Epic Recordings (Acadia/Evangeline)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2004

The complete ‘66-’70 works of insanely eclectic LA ensemble beloved of Jimmy Page. ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: SMiLE When Your Heart Is Breaking: Brian Wilson

Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, October 2004

"Come about hard and joinThe young and often spring you gaveI heard the wordWonderful thingA children's song" ('Surf’s Up') ...

The Beatles, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, MC5, Pink Floyd: The Top 10 Psychedelic Moments in Rock

Comment by Lenny Kaye, Harp, May 2005

Mind expansion. The walls are breathing. Herewith, a personal list of a trip into the whirlpool of creation. ...

The Seeds: Sky Saxon & The Seeds: The Cluny, Newcastle

Live Review by Rahul Shrivastava, bbc.co.uk, October 2005

IF YOU'VE EVER seen the early Jack Nicholson film Psych Out (1968), you'll remember the acid trip scene in the graveyard, where a funeral procession ...

The Beatles: After Pepper

Essay by Jim Irvin, MOJO, Summer 2005

IT WAS APRIL 1967, the morning after The Beatles had completed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and The Zombies walked into Abbey Road Studios ...

Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett: Syd Barrett

Obituary by Rob Chapman, MOJO, September 2006

This is the full version of a piece that appeared in Mojo, September 2006 ...

Mad River: Just Like a Poem: Richard Brautigan and Mad River

Retrospective and Interview by David Biasotti, Richard Brautigan (ed. John F. Barber), McFarland, 2007

THOUGH THEY RECORDED two albums for Capitol Records, Mad River remains one of the least-documented and enigmatic Bay Area bands of the late '60s. ...

Gong, Steve Hillage: Steve Hillage: Woggle Head

Profile and Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, January 2007

Steve Hillage was a prime groover on the Canterbury psychedelic scene of the Seventies and still makes far-out trance music today. So why do people ...

The Electric Prunes: California Dreamin': The Electric Prunes: Too Much To Dream (Rhino) ***

Review and Interview by Mark Paytress, MOJO, April 2007

They trod an awkward career path, says Mark Paytress, but The Electric Prunes had moments of proto-psych wizardry. ...

Summer of Love: 40 Years Later

Retrospective by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, May 2007

1967: The stuff that myths are made of ...

Roky Erickson: The Man Who Went Too High: Roky Erickson

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, June 2007

THE MOST IMPROBABLE of rock comebacks began on the night of March 19, 2005 at an Austin, Texas restaurant called Threadgill's. Every year, the eatery ...

Moby Grape: Moby Grape

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Sundazed Music Inc., July 2007

"There was a definite shock value in hearing the Grape open up with a sound that you did not so much hear as feel in ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin: Big Brother & The Holding Company in The Summer of Love

Retrospective and Interview by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, Summer 2007

THE RELEASE of Big Brother And The Holding Company's self-titled debut album in the summer of 1967 should have been a highwater mark in both ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead

Retrospective by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, Summer 2007

WE ARE GETTING ahead of ourselves slightly, but we are in New York at the tail end of 1967, late December in the Village, in ...

Traffic In The Summer Of Love

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, Summer 2007

RELEASED AT the tail end of the summer of love, 'A Hole In My Shoe' was hailed by NME as "an incredible disc which you ...

Rain Parade: Remembering the Rain Parade

Retrospective by Alan McGee, Guardian, The, May 2008

JUST RECENTLY I've been taken back to the Paisley Underground scene of the early '80s and a band whose music still speaks to me today. ...

Mad River: The Mad River Story

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Shindig, August 2008

AT THE CLOSE of the '60s, the power of America's rock bible Rolling Stone was immense. Entire careers hinged on the opinions of the magazine's ...

Kevin Ayers, Soft Machine, The Wilde Flowers: Kevin Ayers: An Interview

Interview by Mike Barnes, unpublished, Fall 2008

2013 NOTE: The interview was ostensibly for the "Hello/Goodbye" feature in MOJO 184 (March 2009), on Ayers's time in Soft Machine, but was opened out ...

Kim Fowley: One Man's Garbage/Another Man's Gold: Lost Treasures From The Vaults 1959-69 (Norton Records)

Review by Steve Roeser, hollywoodconcerts.com, December 2009

EVEN BEFORE KIM FOWLEY (born 1939, Hollywood, California) hosted a weekly four-hour music program on satellite radio, a lot of people already knew his name, ...

Primal Scream: Bobby Gillespie and Primal Scream

Retrospective and Interview by James Brown, Sabotage Times, February 2010

Primal Scream are the last great band of the original Creation Records roster, still rocking on, un-interrupted by break-ups or break-downs. James Brown gets down ...

MGMT: Inheritors of the Head-expanding Hippie Ethos

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2010

FEW OF THE BANDS playing Glastonbury's 40th anniversary this weekend fit the consciousness-expanding ethic of the festival at its best as well as MGMT. They ...

Pink Floyd: Vinyl Icon: Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, September 2010

IT'S WRIT large in pop history that The Beatles spent the spring of 1967 recording their classic Sgt Pepper album in EMI's Abbey Road Studio ...

The Seeds: 22420 Pacific Coast Highway: Tales of Tim Hudson, Sky Saxon… and Ian Botham

Memoir by Mick Middles, Rock's Backpages, July 2012

STICK-THIN, clad in purple and black. Leather trousers, knee-length boots. Boney, bug-eyed, skank hair, dead face, white cheeks. This strange man was telling me to ...

Mick Farren: You Say You Want A Revolution: Mick Farren Looks Back

Book Excerpt by Paul Moody, 'Search For The Lost Chord', July 2013

RBP contributor Paul Moody interviewed Mick earlier this year while researching his new book Search For The Lost Chord: Looking For The Spirit Of Rock'n'Roll. We're ...

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