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Bobby Bland, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Johnny Ace, Junior Parker: Duke/Peacock Records: The Success Story

Overview by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, June 1964

WITH THE emergence of interest in blues recordings after the war, with its resultant popularity, it was only natural that there should be a multitude ...

The Contours, Earl Van Dyke, Kim Weston, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes: A Warning To The Tamla-Motown Visitors From Their Biggest Fan!

Interview by Ian Dove, NME, March 1965

BRITAIN'S Mr. Tamla-Motown — he's Dave Godin, organiser of the Tamla-Motown Appreciation Society — was walking around warning the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, the ...

Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett: Atlantic '67

Report and Interview by Bill Harry, Record Mirror, December 1966

FRANK FENTER is a tall, tanned, talkative South African who has a way of expression with his hands that would do credit to an Italian. ...

Tamla Motown: Munch, Munch, Munch

Comment by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1969

Chris Welch discovers what it's like to eat his own words… ...

Duke/Peacock: 20 Years of Don Robey's R&B Empire

Report by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, October 1969

1969 Is the Twentieth Anniversary of Duke/Peacock Records of Houston, Texas, one of the best R & B Soul companies. ...

Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes: Motown: The Gold In Their Bodies

Report and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1970

CONSIDERED TOGETHER at a party in New York, Nina Simone, the highly political folk singer, and Diana Ross, principal exhibit of the Motown Record Corporation, ...

Ahmet Ertegün (1971)

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1971

From his youth as an avid record collector and black music fan, up to signing Ray Charles, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegün tells the whole story.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 103.7mb; total interview length: 1h 53' 29" sound quality: ***

Otis Redding: Phil Walden on Otis Redding and more (1971)

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1971

It's 1971, and the Allmans are on the rise, Jimmy Carter is in the Governor's Mansion, and Otis is four-years-dead: Capricorn man Phil Walden and pals look back at Otis, the MGs, and discuss race and the South with remarkable frankness.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 96.1mb, total interview length: 1h 44' 59" sound quality: **

Alton Ellis, Dave and Ansell Collins, Desmond Dekker: Reggae

Report and Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, May 1971

"Send a reggae band for my wedding reception" said Mick Jagger. The unpredictable move by a Stone symbolised the final acceptance of the music as ...

The Sun Records Revival

Review by Jonh Ingham, Phonograph Record, November 1971

SUN RECORDS and Phil Spector's Philles Records were the two most important independent record companies in the history of rock and roll. ...

Big Joe Turner, Chuck Willis, The Clovers, The Coasters, The Drifters, LaVern Baker: Joe Turner/LaVern Baker/The Clovers/The Coasters/The Drifters/Chuck Willis: Greatest Recordings

Review by Charlie Gillett, Rolling Stone, February 1972

IN 1967, ARETHA Franklin moved from Columbia to Atlantic – in what soon proved to be one of the most important moments in the history ...

David Geffen: David's Talented Asylum

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1972

Penny Valentine talks to America's leading manager David Geffen ...

Oldies In The 70's

Overview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, March 1972

The dog days of rock are upon us. ...

Carly Simon, David Ackles, The Doors, Judy Collins, Love, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Elektra: The House That Jac Built

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, September 1972

The story of Elektra, one of rock's most influential labels. As told to Loraine Alterman by founder JAC HOLZMAN ...

Island Records: Reggae to Riches

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, November 1972

IF YOU WORK for Island Records, nobody minds if you take your dog into the office every day – or even if it misbehaves on ...

Artist & Repertoire: We Buy And Sell Talent

Report by David Rensin, Music World, January 1973

"So you want to be a rock and roll star
Well listen now to what I say
Just get an electric guitar
Take some time and learn how ...

Philly Days: Cameo-Parkway

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1973

Richard Williams reviews the Cameo recordings, recently reissued on two double albums, which made Philadelphia the 'Crap Capital of America' ...

Jac Holzman Then and Now

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, May 1973

If ever I've identified with a record company, the nearest thing in my mind to an ideal would be Elektra Records, for many reasons, not ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Dandy Livingstone, Desmond Dekker, John Holt: Reggae... The Hits You Never Hear

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

Scores of reggae records sell enough copies to qualify as pop hits. But you won't see them on the charts and you won't hear them ...

The Moments, Sylvia Robinson: All Platinum Records: Behind The Scenes With Joe Robinson

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1973

JOE ROBINSON is President of All Platinum Records, a complex of record companies that embraces Stang, Vibration, Horoscope, Turbo and All Platinum labels. ...

Led Zeppelin: Swan Song Is a Beginning

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Rolling Stone, June 1974

NEW YORK — "The name Led Zeppelin means a failure," explains lead singer Robert Plant, "and Swan Song means a last gasp — so why ...

Stevie Wonder: Motown the Uptight

Essay by Richard Williams, Let It Rock, July 1974

We’ve got love a’ go-go nowLet’s not wonder whyLove-a, love a’ go-go nowTomorrow that love may die– Stevie Wonder, 1966 Sing it loud for your ...

Johnny Bristol: Hangin' Out with the Other JB

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, NME, September 1974

PRODUCER/SONGWRITERS turned artists are an increasingly common feature of the soul scene. ...

Leon Russell: A Recording Studio And Offices For Shelter Records: An Interview With Leon Russell

Interview by David A. Williams, unpublished, December 1974

"I ORGANIZED Shelter Records in Los Angeles in 1970. In 1972, I decided to move back to Tulsa to open one of the few recording ...

Johnnie Allan: The Promised Land …… And How To Get There: Oval Records

Report by Charlie Gillett, NME, December 1974

Inside looking out; CHARLIE GILLETT, who has started his own record label, Oval Records, reports from the other side of the fence on the processes ...

New Soul Compilation Albums

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, January 1975

Black is busting out all over ...

The Moments and All Platinum Records: Moments To Remember

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

I'M SURE THE Moments will understand my meaning when I say that I am absolutely dumbfounded to be able to write a feature on them ...

Sun Records: Sun Worship

Book Review by Bill Millar, Let It Rock, June 1975

Martin Hawkins and Colin Escott: Catalyst (Aquarius, £2.90, 176pp) ...

Various Artists: The Stax Story — Volumes 1&2 (Stax)

Review by Cliff White, Let It Rock, August 1975

COMPILATION ALBUMS are like Chinese meals. A wise choice of carefully balanced ingredients can be delicious: sometimes you just get heartburn. ...

Shirley Goodman, Sylvia Robinson: All Platinum Records: My Wife, The President…

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1975

IT'S NICE AND cool and dark in the back room of the bar, and you can sit in your booth and nurse a beer and ...

Ann Peebles...and the Hi Records Story

Interview by Todd Everett, Phonograph Record, December 1975

THOUGH NASHVILLE, Tennessee, has proclaimed itself "Music City U.S.A.," the traditional center of musical activity in that area of the country, and the city from ...

Casablanca Records' Neil Bogart (1976)

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

The Casablanca Records mogul gives his record industry background, selling bubblegum, radio censorship, big-sellers Kiss and, extensively, about Donna Summer and her disco/sex smash 'Love To Love You Baby'.

File format: mp3; file size: 42.8mb, interview length: 46' 45" sound quality: ***

Charly Records: The Dark Side Of The Sun

Retrospective by Charlie Gillett, Street Life, April 1976

SAM PHILLIPS must be shaking his head in bewilderment that somebody should be issuing his out-takes. ...

Stax: Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)...

Report by Cliff White, NME, August 1976

CLIFF WHITE charts the fall of Stax Records ...

Earth Quake, Greg Kihn, Jonathan Richman, The Rubinoos: Beserkley Records: The Fabled Label

Overview by Ian Birch, Sounds, October 1976

SOME PLACES become legendary. Mystical meccas for the besotted. That is usually until you sample them first hand. ...

Sun Records reissues: Rock’n’Roll – first dinosaur still extant

Review by Cliff White, NME, November 1976

CLIFF WHITE examines a major re-packaging of Sam Philips' Sun catalogue. ...

Four on the Floor: The Motown Sound

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Rock 100, 1977

IT WAS EVER MORE THAN A RECORD LABEL. At its zenith, during a span that dominated most (if not all) of the sixties, the hit ...

Rough Trade Records

Report by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, January 1977

GEOFF TRAVIS must feel like Dr. Frankenstein sometimes. Geoff is tall and lanky, with a fuzzy afro of light brown hair and a grin guaranteed ...

Lou Reed, The Sex Pistols: The Sex Pistols: Lou Reed Joins Pistols Furore

Report and Interview by uncredited writer, Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, March 1977

LOU REED claims he has been banned from the London Palladium because of the continuing controversy surrounding the Sex Pistols and punk rock. ...

The Doors, MC5, The Ramones, Jonathan Richman, The Stooges: Danny Fields: The Fields Connection

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, July 1977

The Doors, MC5, Iggy & The Stooges, John Cale, Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers and The Ramones — without them the last ten years of ...

Judd Phillips: The Memphis Mercury Connection

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

NO, IT ISN'T a devious underworld operation; rather, it is the efforts of the Chicago-based Mercury organisation to be the first major to capitalise on ...

Henry Allen and Cotillion Records: One Of The Pioneers Of The Development Of The Contemporary Black Music Industry

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1978

Since its revival a couple of years back, Cotillion Records has underlined Atlantic Records' commitment to black music. With pioneer Henry Allen at the helm, ...

Motorhead: Various Artists: Long Shots, Dead Certs And Odds On Favourites (Chriswick Chartbusters Vol. 2) (Chiswick)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1978

NO MORE GOOD GUYS ...

Independents Day Revisited

Report by Paul Rambali, NME, August 1978

Last September, in our extraordinarily collectable NME Collectors Issue, we looked at the seemingly unstoppable explosion of independent record labels. Times change, though. Rebels become ...

Jona Lewie, Lene Lovich, Mickey Jupp, Rachel Sweet, Wreckless Eric: Stiff Records: Be A Killer Or Be A Real Stiff…

Report by Max Bell, NME, October 1978

W. C. FIELDS would have hated the "Be Stiff" tour. A sixteen year child star who toured with Mickey Rooney? A performing punk dwarf called ...

Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis: The Sun King: Sam Phillips

Retrospective and Interview by Robert Palmer, Memphis, December 1978

BACK IN THE MID-'50s, the Sun Records studio at 706 Union Avenue was the epicenter of a sudden, wrenching shift in world consciousness. Tremors had ...

Ace Records: The Ace Story Vol. 1/Vol.2

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, January 1979

THESE TWO VOLUMES, together with the indispensable Huey 'Piano' Smith and the Clowns collection in the same series (Ace CH 9) represent the first time ...

Rough Trade Records: The Humane Sell

Report and Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, February 1979

Rough Trade aim to break down the barrier between the consumers and the consumed. ...

Modern-ists: The Bihari Brothers

Retrospective by Pete Grendysa, Goldmine, May 1979

TWO FACTORS combined to make the years of the Second World War uniquely fertile for Rhythm and Blues. One, strangely enough, was the shortage of ...

EMI: Saturday Night Beneath The Corporate Umbrella

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1979

MUSIC, FILMS TV, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, MEDICINE, WEAPONS...HOW A GIANT RECORD COMPANY NOW EXTENDS INTO EVERY AREA OF LIFE – AND DEATH. ...

Eddy Grant: Living On The Ice Block

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, July 1979

How far can a black musician control his own destiny in white society? Surprise, surprise, not all the way, says the man in the front ...

Faulty Towers: Miles Copeland’s New Wave

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, September 1979

MILES COPELAND is prone to saying things like "cracking America and the world is a big job and we're going to have to work really ...

A Certain Ratio, The Distractions, Joy Division, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Factory Records: Food For Thought

Report by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, September 1979

Lots of people thought that Operation Julie was a bit of an anachronism. Who, in the late Seventies, could be dropping all those tabs? It ...

Aspects of Superpop: It Will Stand

Retrospective by Penny Reel, NME, November 1979

The Minit label of New Orleans flourished during the period 1960 to 1962 and consolidated one of the cornerstones of the Superpop era. Allen Toussaint ...

Cristina, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Lydia Lunch, Suicide: ZE Night: Hurrah, New York City

Profile by Roy Trakin, New York Rocker, June 1980

THE RICH ARE different from you and me, my friends. While we content ourselves with free promos and an occasional "plus-one" at a local bistro, ...

Orange Juice: The Sneer That Says Wish You Were Here

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, October 1980

THERE'S SOMEONE knocking on my door. A loud rap. I'm woken up with a start. I open the door. ...

The Sun Story

Retrospective by Martin Hawkins, History of Rock, The, 1981

THE SUN RECORD COMPANY of Memphis, Tennessee, was one of the very few independent record labels to develop a unique and immediately identifiable 'sound'. ...

Disc Haven For Rockers: Rough Trade

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1981

SMALL, INDEPENDENT labels have introduced many of rock music's most influential figures. Elvis Presley (on Sun Records), Chuck Berry (Chess) and Little Richard (Specialty). Even ...

Mute Speak

Interview by Vivien Goldman, NME, May 1981

Vivien Goldman meets Daniel Miller, the man who brought you The Silicon Teens, The Normal and Depeche Mode. Though only one of these exists – ...

Why is This Man Hip But a Complete Failure?: Michael Zilkha and ZE Records

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, December 1981

Paul Rambali meets Mr. ZE, Michael Zilkha and learns how the music on his label has made him fashionable but broke. ...

‘Home Runs, No Bunts’ — Solar Power On The Rise

Interview by Gene Sculatti, Los Angeles Times, December 1981

Does the Stones' latest album fail to start you up? Has your affair cooled with the New Romantics? You say you didn't grow up to ...

Blondie: Animal House: Chris Stein, Blondie, and Animal Records

Interview by Cynthia Rose, NME, 1982

MUSICIAN/PHOTOGRAPHER Chris Stein has spent the last four years becoming what some Americans consider "a compulsive over-achiever", and others call 'an enthusiast'. ...

Berry Gordy: Motown Magician

Profile by Bill Millar, History of Rock, The, 1982

Until recently little was known of Berry Gordy Jnr’s background. Such information as was available made no sense at all except on a romantic level, ...

Leonard Chess: Grand Master Of The Blues

Retrospective by Tony Russell, History of Rock, The, 1982

Chess is one the great labels. Along with Sun and Atlantic it has stamped its trademark indelibly on the history of rock. ...

Motown: I Hear A Symphony

Overview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, April 1982

TIMELESS music...a rare and precious thing...hard to find ...even harder to create: that's Motown music when it was in its heyday. It was a music ...

Depeche Mode, Yazoo: The Meaning Of Mute

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, Masterbag, September 1982

(1) Not emitting articulate sound:NOT THAT YOU could blame him if his utterances were totally inarticulate, because Daniel Miller has been having a hard and ...

Atlantic Records

Essay by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1984

Atlantic and other classic R&B issues are at last being reprinted — in Britain. Mick Brown reports ...

Berry Gordy: The Man in the Middle

Interview by Mick Brown, Sunday Times, 1984

Surrounded by the stars he created – Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross – stands Berry Gordy, the man who 25 years ago founded ...

Art of Noise, Frankie Goes to Hollywood: ZTT: Who Bridges the Gap Between the Record Executive and The Genius? Me

Essay by Paul Morley, NME, February 1984

PAUL MORLEY, the man who took FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD to Number One, takes a long day's journey into night where he wonders whether he ...

Richard Branson

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, June 1984

NOTES SCRAWLED habitually on the back of Richard Branson’s hand attest to a hectic day. He had been invited to lunch by the financial editor ...

Art of Noise, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Propaganda: ZTT: The Morley & Horn Show present How To Make A Spectacle of Yourself

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, NME, October 1984

The first year of ZTT has been a spectacular success with Frankie Goes To Hollywood singles 'Relax' and 'Two Tribes' becoming respectively the fourth and ...

Chris Strachwitz: Slices From Arhoolie

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1985

EL CERRITO, Calif. – "Since I only record music I really love, it's like being a preacher or a junkie," mused Chris Strachwitz, founder of ...

Black Flag, Flipper, Husker Du, Meat Puppets, The Minutemen, The Replacements: Punk Lives: The Minutemen, Meat Puppets and SST Records

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, July 1985

They don't sound like the Ramones, and they don't look like the Sex Pistols, but bands like Hüsker Dü, the Minutemen and the Meat Puppets ...

Stax Records' Estelle Axton (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1985

From Satellite Records to 'Disco Duck': Stax Records' Estelle Axton on the "recording bidness" - pre-Stax Memphis and Sun and Elvis, Rufus Thomas, the Mar-Keys, 'Last Night', Otis, Hayes and Porter, the record shop, and through to Al Bell and the downfall.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 82.4meg, total interview length: 1h 29' 53" sound quality: ***

K-Tel's Place in the Music Industry: Where Have All the One-Hit Wonders Gone?

Retrospective by Larry Jaffee, Popular Music and Society, 1986

COMEDIAN ROBERT KLEIN has a story about how you can call up K-tel and order every record ever made. A forty-foot trailer will drive up ...

The Autumn Records Story

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Edsel Records, 1986

It was no Sun Records. It wasn't Philles or Dimension, or Cameo-Parkway or even Big Top. But Autumn Records surely qualifies as one of America's ...

The Beastie Boys, Slayer: Def Jam Records: Men Or Beasties?

Report and Interview by Don Watson, NME, January 1986

IN CRUMPLED, jeans, trainers and an AC/DC T-shirt Rick Rubin represents the current hippest record company in New York, Def Jam Records. ...

Morgan Khan: Flag Day

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, January 1986

StreetSounds supremo and entrepreneur of the modern dance MORGAN KHAN thinks the Welfare State sucks, that charity begins at home and that the Union Jack ...

The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and Def Jam: Escape From New York

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, February 1986

New York's superhip Def Jam label has burst upon the Great British Public via a distribution deal with CBS. Frank Owen, tireless beatbox gumshoe, endured ...

Atlantic Records: Label Of 1,000 Dances

Essay by Penny Reel, NME, August 1986

ATLANTIC RECORDS was the supreme R&B label among many which flourished during the music's pre-eminence from shortly after the Second World War up to the ...

Black Flag: SST Records: Working Muscles, Packaged Wallop

Report and Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, L.A. Weekly, September 1986

YOU COULD SAY this is the darkest Dark Age the music world has seen yet, what with commercial radio more dead than death itself and ...

Just Ice: Sleeping Bag Records #1: Sleeping Around

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, September 1986

In New York City, centre of sexual paranoia, Frank Owen tracks down JUST ICE, Sleeping Bag recording artist and hip hop's numero uno misogynist guy ...

Dinosaur L, Arthur Russell, T La Rock: Sleeping Bag Records #2: Sleeping Around

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, September 1986

Last week Frank Owen unearthed the warped machismo of JUST ICE. Now, in the second part of his investigation into SLEEPING BAG RECORDS, he corners ...

Stiff Records

Report by Adam Sweeting, Q, October 1986

THE CONNAUGHT ROOMS in London, WC2, are used to Lord Mayors, masonic gatherings and businessmen full of brandy, but on a grey August Monday the ...

Madness, The Selecter, The Specials: The End of 2-Tone: Madness/The Specials/The Selecter

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1986

Farewell, Madness – the last of the 2-Tone tribe. Phil Sutcliffe follows the fate of the three groups that pioneered the ska revival. ...

Sound Of Silence: The Rise Of The Compact Disc

Report by Jack Barron, Sounds, December 1986

You don't have to be a classical fanatic or yuppie stadium rock lover to appreciate compact disc – the quiet revolution has hit the indie ...

The Beastie Boys, Oran "Juice" Jones, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Slayer: Def Jam: License to Thrill

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, December 1986

RICK RUBIN and RUSSELL SIMMONS are the creative mavericks behind the outrageous antics of THE BEASTIE BOYS and RUN DMC and a whole host of ...

John Richbourg: The Grandaddy Of Soul

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Soul Survivor, Summer 1986

OF THE MANY white disc jockeys who pioneered the airplay of black rhythm 'n' blues through the 1950s and 60s, perhaps the most influential in ...

Chess Studios: Notes for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Retrospective and Interview by Don Snowden, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1987

THE ROCK 'N ROLL scheme of things has offered up any number of delineated "Sounds", those confluences of particularly musical elements that came to be ...

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, ...

Full of Philly!

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, NME, January 1987

Before disco there was Philadelphia International Records, the Soul label of the '70s. Now it's been documented in a boxed set of albums. BARNEY HOSKYNS ...

Tony Wilson: One Man and a Music Factory

Interview by James Brown, Sounds, February 1987

In the first of a special series on the men and women behind the scenes of the music business JAMES BROWN talks to TONY WILSON, ...

Rough Trade Records: Rough At The Top

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, February 1987

In the record industry big doesn’t always mean best, and the independent Rough Trade have beaten the big boys in fostering new talent and ideas. ...

Jonathan Richman: Hey There Little Insect! Whatever Happened To Beserkley Records?

Report and Interview by Julian Henry, Underground, March 1987

Julian Henry braves the wilds of West London to find out what did happen to Beserkley ...

Malaco: Rhythm & Business

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1987

MALACO RECORDS isn't exactly a household name in the music industry but the Jackson, Mississippi-based label was behind one of the surprise grass-roots success stories ...

Willie Mitchell: From Hi to Waylo: the Spirit of Memphis Soul

Report by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1988

LOVERS OF authentic southern American soul are in for a major treat this weekend when a "Memphis Soul Revue" holds court at London's Town & ...

Rick Rubin: The Devil's Disciple

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, April 1988

Beelzebub or Midas? Def Jam supremo RICK RUBIN walks the fine line between brilliance and stupidity. JACK BARRON joins him on the tightrope and enters ...

The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Slayer: Rick Rubin: Mental Metal Master

Interview by Paul Elliott, Sounds, March 1989

From rap to metal, LL Cool J to Slayer, producer Rick Rubin has shaped the definitive street beats of the decade. Paul Elliott hears the ...

Bobby Bland: Malaco: Soul’s Retirement Home

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, July 1989

"BLUES SINGERS don't retire", said the late Howlin' Wolf, and Bobby "Blue" Bland might well agree with him. After thirty seven years virtually nonstop on ...

Depeche Mode, Erasure, Inspiral Carpets: Staying Mute

Profile and Interview by John McCready, Face, The, August 1990

ELECTRONIC. TEUTONIC. Independent. European. Regardless of the reality of its catalogue, Mute Records has a certain image. Like any record label with a desire to ...

Various Artists: Rubaiyat: Elektra's 40th Anniversary

Review by Mat Snow, Q, November 1990

IN 1950 NEW YORKER Jac Holzman started Elektra with $600 of his bar mitzvah money, recording artists in their own homes with a tape machine ...

Various Artists: The Sun Story Vols 1 & 2

Review by Johnny Black, Q, February 1991

IT WOULD BE convenient to be able to cite Sam Phillips's Memphis-based Sun Records, with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis on its roster, as ...

Various Artists: The Sun Story Vols 1 & 2

Review by Johnny Black, Q, February 1991

Sun compiled. Historic and musically satisfying – even without Elvis. ...

Al Green, Willie Mitchell: Hi Records: That Memphis Beat

Overview by Colin Escott, Record Hunter, July 1991

Long in the shadow of Sun and Stax, Memphis based Hi Records finally hit the big time with Al Green and set the '70s soul ...

Rough Trade Records: Life After Debt?

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1991

On May 31, Rough Trade was pronounced dead. Thus ended a 15-year indie dynasty run by "brown ricers" — with a £40 million turnover. But ...

Ahmet Ertegun And The History Of Atlantic Records

Profile and Interview by Hank Bordowitz, Schwann Spectrum, Winter 1991

"WHEN I FIRST started Atlantic Records," reflects the label founder, Ahmet Ertegun, "I intended to make good blues and jazz music, as well as some ...

Who The Hell Does Anthony H. Wilson Think He Is?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, February 1992

IN THE headquarters of Factory Records, Manchester, I found myself privy to a sight and sound seldom witnessed, I dare say, by any human being ...

Sub Pop: Go Forth And Grunge

Profile and Interview by Martin Aston, Q, October 1992

SEATTLE, IN the top left-hand corner of America, is famous for its once-thriving post-war aerospace industry, for its breweries and coffee, pine forests and clean ...

The Sultan’s Story: Ahmet Ertegun and Atlantic Records

Retrospective and Interview by Hank Bordowitz, Schwann Spectrum, Fall 1992

FIFTY YEARS AGO, the son of the Turkish ambassador to the United States, then in college, sought to supplement his allowance. He and his partner ...

Factory Records: Hacienda that?

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1993

THE LATEST Manchester T-shirt says "Hacienda that". But is it? After the great indie label's collapse under debts of more than £2 million in late ...

Jerry Wexler (1993)

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

Smokin' weed in the MOMA courtyard: growing up in NYC and the people he grew up with; meeting the Erteguns; writing for Billboard; the early days at Atlantic and working with the great Ray Charles

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 44.5meg, total interview length: 48' 40" sound quality: ***

Nirvana: Sub Pop: See Label For Details — An Interview with Bruce Pavitt

Interview by Cynthia Rose, Dazed & Confused, 1994

In 1979, when he was a college student, Bruce Pavitt started a fanzine called Subterranean Pop. Although the hipsters around him were pushing UK imports, ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain, Oasis, Primal Scream: Creation Records: Creative Accounting

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, April 1994

Primal Scream, Jesus And Mary Chain, Boo Radleys... Creation has nurtured a family of provocative rock rebels. Alan McGee looks back on the first ten ...

Joe Foster’s Rev-Ola

Report and Interview by Paul Gorman, MOJO, 1995

Home Taping Is Saving Music From The Shaggs to... Bruce Forsyth? Joe Foster’s Rev-Ola label, born of "frenzied tape-swapping," is home to all manner ...

The Commodores: The Past Of Young America

Review by Carol Cooper, Newsday, 1995

The Commodores: Best Of The CommodoresVarious Artists: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown: A Tribute to Berry Gordy JUST WHEN we were sure ...

Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd: The South Rises Again: The Improbable Return of Redneck Rock

Overview by Robert Gordon, Creem, 1995

Robert Gordon on Capricorn Records and the Southern Rock Revival ...

Cholly Atkins: The Man Who Taught Motown How to Dance

Retrospective and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, LA Reader, January 1995

CHARLES "CHOLLY" ATKINS has had two careers, and he has flourished in both. In the golden age of tap, he was half of one ...

Berry Gordy: In His Own Write

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, February 1995

Berry Gordy has finally told his own story. Harvey Kubernik met him in LA. ...

Sleeping With The Enemy: When Musicians Become Record Executives

Report and Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, March 1995

YOU WOULD think Gary Lemel is one of the luckiest guys around. As President of Music for Warner Bros, films, he gets to pal around ...

Berry Gordy: A Conversation With Mr Motown

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Goldmine, March 1995

DIANA ROSS and the Supremes. Stevie Wonder. Marvin Gaye. The Temptations. The Four Tops. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. The Marvelettes. Michael Jackson and the ...

Various: The Complete Sun Singles Vol 1 (Bear Family)

Review by Tony Russell, MOJO, April 1995

SUN RECORDS HAS A SPECIAL PLACE IN the history – or, if you never took to Presley, the demonology – of popular music, and the ...

Russell Simmons: The Emperor Of Rap

Interview by Ben Thompson, MOJO, July 1995

SO WHY DO THEY CALL RUSSELL Simmons 'Rush'? The Def Jam emperor loses little time in answering this question. ...

The Beatles: Apple Corps

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Request, 1996

"It was a good scene even when it was shitty, wasn’t it?"– Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, 1970. ...

Chess New Orleans

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, MCA Records, 1996

THE COMPETITION amongst independent R&B labels after the post-World War II era was understandably fierce. Labels often lived from single to single – moving fast ...

Al Green, Ann Peebles, Willie Mitchell: Various Artists: Royal Memphis Soul – Hi Records

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1996

When Muscle Shoals went flabby and Stax couldn't pay their taxes, Hi Records took up the soul baton. Barney Hoskyns says hello to a collection ...

Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G., TLC, Whitney Houston: Clive Davis: Big Poppa

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, September 1996

The VIBE Q: CLIVE DAVIS, ARISTA RECORDS' LEGENDARY PRESIDENT AND CEO, IS TRULY RUNNING THINGS. THINK NOT? ASK WHITNEY HOUSTON, PUFFY COMBS, TLC, THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., OR L.A. AND ...

Puff Daddy: Sean 'Puffy' Combs: Multi-Million Dollar Man

Profile and Interview by Sonia Poulton, Muzik, January 1997

At 26, SEAN 'PUFFY' COMBS is reputed to be worth some $170 million. But that's not all the East Coast hip hop mogul has a ...

Chess Records: The Original Blues Brothers

Interview by James Maycock, Independent, The, November 1997

"WOW, YOU guys are really getting it on!" exclaimed Chuck Berry, observing the Rolling Stones cut 'Down The Road Apiece', a track he'd recorded himself ...

CTI Records: Coffee Table Jazz For The 1970's

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, December 1997

CREED TAYLOR was extremely shrewd at marketing jazz to those who were nervous of the genre, particularly after the discordant shreaks & squeaks made by ...

Chess Set Still Sings The Blues: Marshall Chess and Chess Records

Interview by James Maycock, Daily Telegraph, 1998

JUST OVER 50 YEARS AGO, brothers Phil and Leonard Chess, two industrious Polish immigrants in Chicago, tentatively established what would become the most famous blues ...

How To Start A Record Company: Decca Records

Retrospective by Colin Escott, 'Tattoed on their Tongues' (Schirmer Books), 1998

DECCA RECORDS was launched in the United States in August 1934 when business confidence was mired below zero. If Decca had collapsed, as it ...

The Story of Pye Records

Sleevenotes by Jim Irvin, Sequel Records, 1998

"AY-YI-YI, THE BEAT IS CRAZY!" ‘Sucu Sucu’, an insanely catchy samba novelty, was a chart sensation in the autumn of 1961. The forgotten theme to ...

Producer in Paradise: Joel Dorn Revisits a Golden Age of Jazz

Report and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, April 1998

JOEL DORN describes himself as "a stand-up guy. I grew up on the street corners and in the playgrounds, and I was raised to believe ...

Down-home delights: The soulful blues of Malaco Records

Report by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, June 1998

THIRTY OR 40 YEARS AGO, the Jackson-based Malaco Records would have been called a "race" label. That was the tag for outfits like Specialty, King, ...

Young Turk Who Got The Blues: Ahmet Ertegun & The 50th Anniversary Of Atlantic

Profile and Interview by James Maycock, Independent, The, July 1998

IN HUNDREDS of photographs, Ahmet Ertegun appears anonymously beside the famous. The celebrity might be a gaunt Phil Spector, Mick Jagger grinning widely or a ...

Absolute Kristal: CBGB's new punk rock label

Report and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, July 1998

HILLY KRISTAL'S MAD AS HELL and he's not gonna take it anymore. Okay, that's a slight exaggeration. But the 66-year-old hipster who owns the New ...

Motown: Stop! In The Name Of Love

Overview by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 1998

SECOND ONLY to The Beatles' catalogue as the finest single coherent body of pop music ever recorded are the records made in Detroit for Motown ...

Manhattan Rides The Range – Atlantic's Rarest Country Records

Discography by Pete Grendysa, DISCoveries, September 1998

NOW CELEBRATING 50 years in business, the Atlantic Record Company is submerged in the corporate swamp of an entertainment megalith. It didn't start out that ...

Deep River: The Bounty of Alan Lomax

Retrospective by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, June 1999

THE CD STARTS with a banjo picker burning on a hoedown called 'Cripple Creek,' progresses along a chain of mountain songs to 'Arkansas Traveler,' and ...

Coldcut: Ninja Tune: Way Of The Ninja

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, 7, 2000

TEN YEARS AGO COLDCUT DECIDED THEY'D HAD ENOUGH OF TOP OF THE POPS AND SET-UP UP NINJA TUNE. XENCUTS, THE ORGY OF FREE-THINKING DECKS, BEATS ...

Built To Spill, Flaming Lips, Wheat: Flaming Lips/Built To Spill/Wheat: City Slang night at the Royal Festival Hall

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, cdnow.com, May 2000

NAMED AFTER a legendary 1976 EP by Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, the German label City Slang has been home to some of the best and most ...

Various Artists: The Immediate Single Collection

Essay by Rob Chapman, MOJO, June 2000

A 6-CD, 161-track box set of Oldham and Calder's '60s love-child. Billed as Happy To Be Part Of The Industry Of Human Happiness. ...

Tupac Shakur: Jailhouse Rap: An Exclusive Conversation With Suge Knight

Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, July 2000

MULE CREEK State Prison is the fourth jail rap entrepreneur Marion "Suge" Knight has been locked up in since he was given a nine-year sentence ...

Chris Farlowe, The McCoys, P.P. Arnold, The Small Faces: Immediate Records: Happy To Be Part Of The Industry Of Human Happiness

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2000

Sudden impact: Best of the label that brought us the Small Faces…and Jimmy Tarbuck. ...

Ahmet Ertegun and Various Authors: What’d I Say: The Atlantic Records Story

Review by Bill Millar, unpublished, 2001

THIS IS ONE muthahumping doorstep of a book as big as the Times Atlas and just as heavy. There are 900 photos and 160,000 words ...

The Soul in the Machine: Whatever Happened to Atlantic Records?

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, What'd I Say, 2001

"UNFORTUNATELY, we’re running a big business here now," Ahmet Ertegun confessed to author Gerri Hirshey in 1982. "And it sort of ... well, it drives ...

"The Agora of the Wayward": A Quarter Century of Rough Trade

Sleevenotes by Jon Savage, Mute Records, March 2001

"I USED TO buy my records in a shop in Trafalgar Road, and the man there was quite avant-garde for his day. Whenever I bought ...

Rough Trade 25 Years On...

Retrospective by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages, March 2001

ROUGH TRADE is 25 years old. In its early days, you wouldn’t have got odds on the firm lasting another 25 weeks. And like so ...

From the Dawn of Creation to the Birth of Poptones: A Walk Thru’ Joe Foster’s Vaults

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2001

Barney Hoskyns meets Alan McGee’s right-hand man and hears about his ongoing mission to bring lost classics back to life ...

A Champion Of Punk Rides Off Into The Sunset: Saluting Howie Klein

Profile by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, July 2001

HE WAS THE CHAMPION OF PUNK ROCK, BACK IN '76 when no one quite knew what to make of it. ...

Mike Oldfield: The Making of Tubular Bells

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, August 2001

One of the most influential pieces of music in rock history – much imitated, used in movies, TV commercials and documentaries, sampled by Janet Jackson, ...

Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Wilco: Lost Highway Blues

Report by Jason Cohen, slate.com, August 2001

The dirty little secret about Ryan Adams and his record label. ...

Heavenly: Escaping Into Le Jardin de Heavenly

Retrospective by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, September 2001

Finding comfort in obscure pop sounds from the past ...

Roots-Music Renegades: Fat Possum Records

Report and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, December 2001

With artists Robert Belfour, T-Model Ford, and Hasil Adkins, Fat Possum Records captures the last gasps of a dying art. ...

Various Artists: Good Rockin' Tonight - The Legacy of Sun Records (Sire)

Review by Martin Colyer, Rock's Backpages, February 2002

ANOTHER WEEK, another tribute album, but this one is pretty successful. Beautifully packaged, with only one obvious clunker (Johnny Halliday's 'Blue Suede Shoes'? He don't ...

Stan Cornyn with Paul Scanlon: Exploding (Harper Entertainment)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2002

"THE REALLY important factor was that we were a younger company than Columbia," Warners insider Stan Cornyn said in 1993. "We weren't structured so tightly ...

Rhythm Kings: The Musicians of Motown

Essay by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, November 2002

So many things made the Motown sound special – the singers, the songs, even the food. But what about the musicians? ...

Way Of The Ninja: Ninja Tune Records

Retrospective and Interview by Dan Gennoe, New Routes, 2003

Dan Gennoe visits the HQ of boundary pushing independent record label Ninja Tune and views their break beat blueprint for world domination. ...

Double Figures: Ten Years Of The Domino Effect

Press Release by Ben Thompson, Domino Records, July 2003

CAPTAIN'S LOG, stardate 1993: John Major's village-cricket-and-warm-beer based moral crusade inspires a parallel "back-to-basics" drift in UK rock 'n' roll (with Justine Frischmann as its ...

Elvis Presley: Sam Phillips: Rock'n'Roll Evangelist

Obituary by Andria Lisle, MOJO, September 2003

For Sam Phillips rock'n'roll was a religion And, boy, did he spread the gospel. ...

Johnny Pacheco: Latin Swing's Last Lion: 
Johnny Pacheco Returns to the New York His Salsa Once Changed

Profile and Interview by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, January 2004

DAPPER, CHARISMATIC, and 68 years young, Johnny Pacheco is one of New York's cultural lions, a Juilliard alumnus who revolutionized the way Afro-Latin swing, a/k/a ...

Julian Cope, XTC: The Old Boy Network

Report by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, June 2004

GETTING DITCHED by a major label is not always the end of the line for the big stars of yesteryear, as Terry Staunton reports ...

Putumayo: The Little Label That Could

Report by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, July 2004

WHILE THE REST of the music industry downsizes like mad, an 11-year-old independent label the majors used to snicker at has scored a 15 percent ...

David Geffen (2004)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 2004

The mogul of Laurel Canyon on Asylum Records, managing artists and his close relationships with the likes of JD Souther, Laura Nyro, David Crosby and Joni Mitchell.

File format: mp3; file size: 25.1mb, interview length: 26' 07" sound quality: * (phoner)

Walter Yetnikoff with David Ritz: Howling at the Moon (Abacus Books)

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

THERE IS AN immutable law of Recovery that states that the man with the loudest voice (and it usually is a man) will consume great ...

4AD: For The Records

Profile by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, November 2005

YOU'D IMAGINE THE minimal and portentous name 4AD, with its arcane, spiritual overtones (4AD is the year many historians believe Christ was actually born), to ...

Herb Alpert: The Backpages Interview: Jerry Moss and A&M Records

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, December 2005

RBP: Is it true you and Herb Alpert first met in New York? Was he still working with Lou Adler at the time? ...

Rough Trade: The Second Coming

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, British Council New Routes, 2006

IN THE WORLD of independent record labels, Rough Trade is a bona fide living legend. Born in the late '70s from the West London record ...

Herb Alpert: The House that Herb and Jerry Built: A&M Records

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, March 2006

THE HISTORY of American pop music is filled with great partnerships. Most of them, from Rodgers & Hart to Jam & Lewis, are songwriting teams ...

Tom Silverman: No Expense Spared

Interview by Larry Jaffee, MediaPack, May 2006

Tom Silverman, the pioneer rap music label owner of New York-based Tommy Boy Records, is unusual among his label head peers. He's willing to spend ...

ECM, World Circuit, Topic: Groove Is In Their Hearts

Report by Mark Hudson, Observer, The, August 2006

In the corporate world of modern music, some niche labels still thrive through their passion and commitment. As jazz pioneer ECM reaches its 1,000th release ...

Ahmet Ertegun

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Richard Williams, Guardian, The, December 2006

A mogul who nurtured the careers of stars such as Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield ...

The Second Coming of Rough Trade

Report and Interview by Dan Gennoe, British Council/New Routes, Spring 2006

IN THE WORLD of independent record labels, Rough Trade is a bona fide living legend. Born in the late '70s from the West London record ...

Ahmet Ertegun: The Godfather

Retrospective by Andria Lisle, MOJO, April 2007

He founded Atlantic, the greatest "indie" record company ever, signed everyone from Ray Charles to The Rolling Stones, and did it all with a rare ...

The Beatles: Two Encounters With Neil Aspinall

Memoir by Chris Charlesworth, Rock's Backpages, March 2008

RBP REGULARS will doubtless have read last week's obituaries for Neil Aspinall, who worked for the Beatles from 1961 until shortly before he died. He ...

Russell Simmons: The Hustler

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, September 2008

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons helped Run DMC, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys make it big. But is his greatest talent self-promotion? Angus Batey meets ...

Independent Thinker: An Interview with Charlie Gillett

Interview by Alex Ogg, unpublished, Fall 2008

NOTE: The following is the full transcript from an interview with Charlie that took place towards the end of 2008 as research for my book ...

Rocking Cincinnati's R&B Cradle

Retrospective and Interview by R.J. Smith, New York Times, January 2009

A CROWD GATHERS around crumbling walls that are a small evolutionary step up from a miserable pile of bricks. The facade leaks water, and masonry ...

Single Vision: Fierce Panda Records

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, February 2009

THE NEW WAVE OF NEW WAVE was never really much cop. It was an early 1990s music press-concocted punk revival scene based around a handful ...

Mel Tormé, Nina Simone: Gus Wildi's Bebopping Jazz Baby: Bethlehem Records

Retrospective by Fred Dellar, Rock's Backpages, March 2009

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1953. American TV companies were gearing up for
the first programmes in colour, Playboy was cock-a-hoop about featuring
Marilyn Monroe on the cover and ...

Suicide: The Marty Thau Interview

Interview by Jeremy Gluck, Bucketful of Brains, March 2009

"I've always believed there is a fine line between abstract and pure accessibility and that is what I've always looked for ... an artist who ...

Island Records: The Secret Of Its Success

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, March 2009

The legendary label, which celebrates its 50th birthday in May, managed in its heyday to achieve that rare feat: combining commercial success with artistic integrity ...

ZE Records: 'It Was Like A Fairytale'

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, July 2009

The extraordinary story of the trail-blazing New York label that launched Was (Not Was), Kid Creole and Suicide ...

Fit for a King: Syd Nathan and King Records

Report and Interview by Steven R Rosen, Cincinnati CityBeat, October 2009

AS JON HARTLEY FOX made his scheduled appearance at a Books by the Banks event at the Duke Energy Center Oct. 17, the many years ...

Def Jam at 25: The Yankees of Hip-Hop Labels, Reconsidered

Comment by Amy Linden, Village Voice, October 2009

WHAT IS IT about hip-hop that, inevitably, almost any conversation revolves around dates – around how far back in the day you can claim to ...

Obituary: Consummate Nashville record man Shelby Singleton, of Mercury and Sun

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, November 2009

SHELBY SINGLETON, the consummate record man who was the most capable latter-day custodian of Sun Records, died of brain cancer in a Nashville, Tennessee hospice ...

Bobby Bland: For Members Only: Bobby Bland on Malaco

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Malaco Records, October 2010

TWENTY-FIVE years ago, searching for the extant spirit of southern soul, I made my way to a former Pepsi-Cola warehouse in a decidedly unlovely industrial ...

Tony Wilson: A Fitting Headstone For Tony Wilson's Grave

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, October 2010

A memorial headstone for Factory Records founder Tony Wilson has been unveiled in a Manchester cemetery this week. ...

Elektra's Jac Holzman (2010)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 2010

In conversation at Rough Trade East – the legendary record man on all things Elektra: folk to folk-rock; signing Love and the Doors, Paul Rothchild, the lunacy of Paxton Lodge, the MC5 and the Stooges, and through to leaving the business...

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 58.9mb, total interview length: 1h 04' 21" sound quality: ****

Ahmet Ertegun: A Day of Tribute in New York

Book Excerpt by Robert Greenfield, 'The Last Sultan' (Simon & Schuster), 2011

APRIL 17, 2007. In the tiny village New York can sometimes become when it honors one of its own who has fulfilled the dream of ...

Kenny Gamble: "Philadelphia was the party with a tormented soul"

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, March 2011

Philly Soul's sweet sound hid masked warnings about growing chasms in 1970s American society ...

Belated Props: Arhoolie Records at 50

Comment by Don Snowden, Rock's Backpages, March 2011

DON'T IT FIGURE that Arhoolie's 50th anniversary just happened to overlap with the publication of John Szwed's biography of Alan Lomax? An unfortunate but appropriate ...

Mowest, Mo' Problems: The Glorious Failure Of Motown's Californian Outpost

Profile by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, June 2011

In 1971 Motown set up a Californian arm, Mowest. As a new compilation shows, it put out some terrific music, but it was a commercial ...

The Original Trustafarian: Chris Blackwell

Profile and Interview by Edward Helmore, Sunday Telegraph, May 2012

IT'S CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT, a sickle moon hangs low over the Caribbean Sea in the direction of Cuba, and Grace Jones is making her way ...

Eddy Grant: Eddy Come Back: Eddy Grant and the Equals

Book Excerpt by Lloyd Bradley, Serpent's Tail Books, August 2013

AS THE 1970S progressed, the keys to the buoyant Afro- funk recording industry were two of black London's biggest music-business movers-and-shakers, Eddy Grant and Aki ...

Miriam Bienstock: The First Lady of Atlantic

Memoir by Loraine Alterman, Rock's Backpages, April 2014

FOR MONTHS I had noticed an immaculately coiffed and beautifully dressed older woman at my manicure place on Manhattan's Upper East Side.   ...

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