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

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

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

Herman's Hermits, Petula Clark: On the Beat

Column by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, March 1965

PETULA CLARK really "tore up" the Ed Sullivan audience Sunday night. This girl sure swings; she even had the sedate adult audience clapping their hands ...

Petula Clark: Backstage Report: Pet Clark A Hit At Party

Report by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, May 1965

ONE OF THE record world's most popular attractions is the meet-the-press party for a performer whose records are bursting through the charts. ...

Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane: San Francisco Bay Rock

Guide by Gene Sculatti, Crawdaddy!, 1966

The San Francisco rock scene is a complex one. It is a plentiful jumble of hard rock, folk-rock, blues-rock, bubble-gum, and adult bands that have ...

Bill Graham Revisited

Comment by Greg Shaw, Mojo Navigator, August 1966

FROM OUR RATHER strongly-worded editorial in the last issue, many have drawn the conclusion that we are totally against Bill Graham. Nothing, of course, could ...

The Animals, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Hit Parader's Letter From London

Column by Miranda Ward, Hit Parader, October 1966

A FEW WEEKS ago when I met the KINKS for a drink, PETE QUAIFE ruined my stockings! The pub was crowded and in the crush ...

Riots on Sunset Strip: Strip Of No Man's Land

Comment by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, December 1966

The following is the first half of an opinion poll where teenagers give their views on the Sunset Strip controversy. Part II of this series ...

Riots on Sunset Strip: Strip Of No Man's Land (part 2)

Comment by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, January 1967

This is the second half of The BEAT'S opinion poll where teens express their feelings about the Sunset Strip controversy. Part I appeared in the ...

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

Report by Danny Fields, Hullabaloo, May 1967

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

Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane: The Golden Road: A Report on San Francisco

Overview by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, June 1967

SITTING IN THE window. Sixth Avenue, Greenwich Village, flirting with the girls going by, the Grateful Dead very loud on 4X speakers somewhere in the ...

The Fugs, Grateful Dead, The Mothers Of Invention: Miles' Trip: New York

Report by Miles, International Times, June 1967

"Two persons were shot dead and several others injured in a gun battle between shoplifters and store detectives in a Bronx supermarket today." ...

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. ...

Light Shows: Adventure Into Experimental Living

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

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

Ten Years Of The Marquee

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1968

When the Stones were rollin' – for £10 a gig ...

UFO Is Dead – Long Live UFO

Report by Miles, International Times, April 1968

The UFO idea first began in February 1966 when Steve Stollman (front the ESP avant-garde jazz record label in New York – then still in ...

Richard Green Takes You Out To An In-Party! At The Revolution In London

Report by Richard Green, New Musical Express, August 1968

GO DOWN TO the Revolution, we thought. Take a photographer and get some pictures of the star names. And what a night we picked! It ...

Bob Dylan: From Rock to Acid Rock

Essay by Michael Gray, International Times, October 1968

FROM ROCK to Acid Rock is first a ride to freedom, second an illusion. Rock, the kind of music for which Rosko still does extravagant ...

Underground: Not So Much Pop Music More A Way Of Life

Overview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

Let's kill all barriers in music... ...

The Beach Boys, Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson: Dennis Wilson: 'I Live With 17 Girls'

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1968

SAID DENNIS WILSON, a bemused frown on his face: "I don't know why I'm telling you all this..." Well, whatever Dennis's reasons (if any), the ...

Eric Clapton, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1968

IT WAS a group fan's dream, when the giants of pop held a three hour jam session, while rehearsing for the Rolling Stones' Rock And ...

Lady Wootton talks to Caroline Coon about Pot

Interview by Caroline Coon, International Times, January 1969

THE BARONESS Wootton of Abinger was chairman of the subcommittee on 'Cannabis' of the Advisory Committee on Drug Dependence whose Report was published on 8th ...

The Pink Fairies Motorcycle Club And All Star Rock And Roll Big Band: A Fairy-tale

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, International Times, May 1969

A NUMBER of musicians from various well known bands in London have, it was revealed to IT in an exclusive interview this week, formed an ...

The Doors: Column: Around About, And Then Some

Report by Anne Moore, World Countdown News, June 1969

I HAVE JUST attended a happening, one that in a year or less will become another legend in the cycle of Jim Morrison. The event ...

Family, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park: Out of the Way

Report by Geoffrey Cannon, New Society, July 1969

A world turned upside down ...

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 ...

David Bowie: The Beckenham Arts Lab

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1969

"I RUN AN arts lab which is my chief occupation. It's in Beckenham and I think it's the best in the country. ...

The Apollo Theatre and the Fillmore East: Black and White Music in NYC

Comment by Loraine Alterman, New York Scenes, September 1969

MORE THAN Central Park and city blocks separate the Apollo Theatre in Harlem and the Fillmore East in the East Village. ...

Cream, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall: Union Jack Blues

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1969

MEETING JANIS Joplin a few months ago, before her Albert Hall concert, I was staggered to feel how nervous she was. Then she explained. She ...

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 ...

The Sound of the Seventies and The Pop Proms: It's All a Put On

Report by Mark Williams, International Times, May 1970

Pop Proms, Rock machine & the penis of promoting. ...

Is Pop Music Putting The Boot In For Bovver?

Overview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, May 1970

Robert Partridge argues that violence has taken on a different meaning ...

Bill Graham: The Man The US Kids Love To Hate

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, May 1970

BREAKFAST at London's Savoy Hotel with Bill Graham. The man, who has the high cheekbones and thick mouth of an American Indian, and the thundering ...

Laurel Canyon: Hip Street USA

Report by Jacoba Atlas, Melody Maker, September 1970

Jacoba Atlas reports on the street where she lives – Laurel Canyon, Hollywood, home of the rock stars... ...

Grateful Dead: Fillmore East, New York NY

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

Grateful Dead Draws Far-Out Fans ...

If You Think It's Groovy To Rap, You're Shucking

Overview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, June 1971

WHEN YOU are trying to be a suburban Dharma Bum you have to try harder. Between the tennis court and the parking lot I read ...

Last Rites Are Merry Ones at the Fillmore East

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, June 1971

WITH SEVERAL thousand dollars worth of free food and beer and what one Fillmore regular described as "the best vibes since the place opened," the ...

The Rainbow Theatre: Cheap Seats In Pot Of Gold

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1971

"ROCK audiences now are interested in having a comfortable place to sit and really listen to music. The days of freak out dancing to anything ...

Hawkwind: The Truth About Hawkwind

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, February 1972

LIKE THEM or not, you must admit that Hawkwind are honest. Guitarist Dave Brock is not loath to admit that most of the band's musicians ...

The Philadelphia Story, Early Sixties Style: What It Was, Was Pud

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, Fusion, October 1972

It all started in 1959, perhaps rock 'n' roll's bleakest year. Buddy Holly had gone down in flames over N. Dakota, Little Richard had gone ...

Various Artists: Fillmore – The Last Days

Review by Jon Tiven, Fusion, October 1972

NO PART OF this review is meant as a slur against the names of Bill Graham, Fillmore Records, or Columbia Records. I realize that the ...

The Amboy Dukes, Bob Seger, Brownsville Station, MC5, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, The Stooges: Detroit's Rock Culture

Overview by Lester Bangs, Phonograph Record, December 1972

DETROIT, FOUNDED in 1736 by a turncoat (to both sides) halfbreed Indian named Quazimodo from the Kuitee tribe which dwelled circa 1670-1777 on the shores ...

The Deviants, The Pink Fairies: Pink Fairies

Profile by Chris Rowley, International Times, December 1972

Chris Rowley has been probing the life and times of the Pink Fairies: the women, the liquor, the hot hot music, the grim realities behind ...

New York Dolls, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: New York: The Dark Side Of Town

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, May 1973

THE GRAFFITI IN the toilets at Max's Kansas City is abysmal. It's the only word that comes to mind – there's not one subversive scrawl, ...

This Man Hates Little Girls

Comment by Jonathon Green, International Times, May 1973

THEY'RE RIGHT, you know. I always had this sneeking suspicion that they might be, but ferchrissake, I never really wanted to talk about it before. ...

OZ: More Than Simply Another Hippy Rag

Report by Jonathon Green, International Times, May 1973

I TOLD YOU so. I've always wanted to say it, and now I can. Here, as I hack out yet another goddam obituary, I can ...

The Coasters, Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino: Behind The Sun: New Orleans

Report by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, June 1973

IT HARDLY SEEMED three years ago that Robin Gosden and myself were making the same journey from his Weybridge home to Heathrow Airport. Nothing had ...

Dr. John: Dr John aka Mac Rebennack

Overview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, July 1973

THE STORY OF NEW ORLEANS ROCK 'N' ROLL ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones-On-The Road Special

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, September 1973

THE LADY behind the amps, staring hazily at Billy Preston and his band performing on stage, looked elegantly damaged. Half of her face was covered ...

Blue Oyster Cult, New York Dolls, Velvet Underground: Blue Oyster Cult, the New York Dolls: New York's Beasty, Brutal Music Explosion

Overview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, October 1973

The N.Y. Dolls & Blue Oyster Cult Revive Manhattan ...

Blue Oyster Cult, Elliott Murphy, Kiss, New York Dolls, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Various: New York New Wave

Report by Dave Marsh, Melody Maker, October 1973

GREAT WHITE ROCK has not often come from New York City and its surrounding boroughs, even though – or perhaps because the American music business ...

The Who’s Mod Generation: Quadrophenia Through The Years

Overview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1973

If I could somehow live my teenage years over again, I think I would choose to live them as a Mod. What it must have ...

Dawn, Glen Campbell: Live in Las Vegas: Dawn and Glen Campbell

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1973

"HANG ON tight," said the man in the next seat on the Western Airlines jet. "Landings in Las Vegas are the roughest in the world." ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Moody Blues, The Move, Spencer Davis Group, Wizzard: Brum Beat

Overview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, January 1974

"Liverpool today – Birmingham tomorrow. That's the forecast for the beat business in rock music. Yes, the Brum Beat is all set to take over ...

San Francisco: Who needs music when we've got the Zebra?

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, June 1974

IT WAS A bad times for San Francisco. It was spring, but whereas in most places this is greeted with some joy – with snows ...

Soft Machine, The Wilde Flowers: Soft Machine, part 1

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, January 1975

CLASS OF '61 at the Simon Langton School, Canterbury – an exclusive, private establishment for the sons of local artists and intellectuals. Very free, emphatically ...

Alice Cooper, Lou Reed: Nick Kent – A Limey in LA #1: Hey Man, You With A Gwoop?

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, March 1975

Speech impediments are the thing in Los Angeles this year. There are quite a lot of naked men jumping out of bushes – whereas more ...

Bob Dylan, The Who: Nick Kent – A Limey in LA #2: The Day I Shook Bob Dylan's Hand And Other Weird Tales

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, April 1975

ALSO INCLUDES: The Dog That Ate The Dog That Ate Los Angeles ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones: Nick Kent – A Limey in LA #3: What did Rod Stewart, Bobby Womack and Mick Jagger sing...

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, April 1975

...in a tune-up room on the last night of the Faces' 1975 LA gigs? Why, the closing aria in D from 'il Cavalleria Rusticana', of ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy Pop: The Mighty Pop vs. the Hand of Blight

Special Feature by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, May 1975

Never before told! The story of a brilliant monster called IGGY POP, whose life and countless near-demises have provided Rock with one of its most ...

Patti Smith, Television: Down In The Scuzz With The Heavy Cult Figures

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, June 1975

C.B.G.B. is a toilet. An impossibly scuzzy little club buried somewhere in the sections of the Village that the cab-drivers don't like to drive through. ...

The Road To Wigan Casino

Report by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, October 1975

Up T’NORTH, they don’t like London journalists snooping about. Still, this was a special occasion at the shrine of the " Northern Soul Scene." So ...

Blondie, David Johansen, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Ramones, The Shirts, Talking Heads, Television, Tuff Darts: New York: The Sound Of '75

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1975

"BEAT ON the brat, beat on the brat, beat on the brat with a baseball bat..." ...

The Hollywood Stars, Iggy Pop, The New Order (US), The Runaways: The LA Rock Explosion

Overview by Phast Phreddie Patterson, New York Rocker, February 1976

IN THE BEGINNING... ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Richard Hell, Television: New York: Plug in to the Nerve-ends of the Naked City

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, March 1976

In downtown Manhattan the rock 'n' roll war rages on as potential crown princes of Punkdom battle for recognition.. NICK KENT interprets the action ...

Horslips: Rock in Ireland: Rock in the Dark Ages

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, May 1976

IF OXFAM WERE to adopt the same stategy towards rock starvation as they do towards the plight of the world's hungry, then one of the ...

Spirit: America: The Titanic Might Be Sinking, But There Are Plenty Of Lifeboats Left

Essay by Max Bell, New Musical Express, July 1976

BACK IN this very spot, Mick Farren pulled out his critical cudgels and delivered a sorely needed attack on the current state of rock'n'roll. ...

Lynn Anderson, Ronnie Prophet, Steve Young: Nashville

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, November 1976

An Englishman's adventures in the city of the rhinestone kings. Mick Farren was that Englishman. ...

Nashville - Part Two

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, November 1976

In which Mick Farren doesn't talk to Chet Atkins, visits Opryland, views the tourist spots from the OAP's bus and, (quiver, quiver....), converses with Dolly ...

CBGBs, Max's etc: Underground Overground

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1976

"PUNK ROCK? What's that supposed to mean? The bands that play at my club aren't punks. They might wear leather jackets, chew gum and try ...

Cherry Vanilla, Mink DeVille, Pere Ubu, The Shirts, Suicide, Tuff Darts, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Various Artists: Live At CBGB's/Max's Kansas City 1976

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1976

YOU KNOW what these albums remind me of: The This Is Mersey Beat collections that Oriole put out after the first wave of Liverpool bands had gotten ...

Grateful Dead: My Night With The Dead

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, May 1977

IT'S LIKE GOING back home."Acid!""Acid, black beauties!""Acid!""You got any pot to sell?""No, man, all I got is acid and black beauties."What else could it be ...

The Sex Pistols, Television: Pimp-Rock?

Comment by Lisa Jane Persky, New York Rocker, June 1977

EVERYTHING happens to us all so quickly these days that even before something is completed, it is dated, labels must be attached for definition and ...

New York: Suddenly It's A Hell Of A Town Again…

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, June 1977

And why? Because folks have got nothing to lose. Because it's happening, it's exciting, life is fun again and people aren't ashamed to have a ...

Hilly Kristal (CBGBs)

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, March 1978

"CBGB & OMFUG" is what it says over the door of Hilly Kristal's rock and roll dive down on New York's Bowery. That's the club ...

Devo, Jane Aire & The Belvederes, Pere Ubu, Tin Huey, The Waitresses: The American Midwest: Akron and Cleveland

Overview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, April 1978

Exploring alternative hives of industry in Akron, City of Rubber, and Cleveland, City of Steel. ...

Jane Aire & The Belvederes, Tin Huey, The Waitresses: Rock in Akron: The Music Of Greater Akron

Report and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

Is this the avant-garde or the sound of cash registers? Pete Silverton has a pretty good idea ...

Devo, Jane Aire & The Belvederes, Rachel Sweet, The Waitresses: Various Artists: The Akron Compilation (Stiff); Short Circuit — Live at the Electric Circus (Virgin)

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1978

OH JESUS! After Devo, the (marketing) deluge. ...

Lydia Lunch, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks: Teenage Jesus and the Jerks: Out To Lunch

Interview by Roy Trakin, New York Rocker, July 1978

A Dialogue between Roy Trakin and Lydia Lunch of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks ...

The Idols, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, New York Dolls: The Jerry Nolan Story!!

Interview by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, July 1978

JERRY NOLAN is 32 years old. He has been in the New York Dolls and the Heartbreakers. He has made three albums which did not ...

Village People: The Annals Of Disco

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, February 1979

DANNY BAKER tests the dancefloor action 1979 from uptown Manhattan to downtown Rotherhithe, interviews THE VILLAGE PEOPLE people, lays on a historical overview of Disco, ...

Rodney Bingenheimer: A Child of the Myth

Profile and Interview by Lisa Jane Persky, LA Weekly, May 1979

KEEPING MY fingers on the minimal pulse of the musical movement in L.A. which, gratefully, is growing, I cannot ignore one of its prime gardeners. ...

Devo: In the Terminal Zone

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, July 1979

IT'S OUT of the blue and into the black. A place is left somewhere behind where the front pages of the daily newspapers comment hysterically ...

Helen Reddy, Kim Fowley: Sandy Robertson's Hollywood Confidential

Report by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, September 1979

"On my first visit to Los Angeles I was conventionally prepared for almost anything except for what it really looked like – a quite beautiful ...

The Who: The Ace Face’s Forgotten Story: Pete Meaden

Interview by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, November 1979

I’m the face babyIs that clear?I’m the faceIf you want it.All the others are third-class tickets by me babyIs that clear?– Pete Meaden for the ...

The LA Music Scene

Report by Steven X Rea, Oui, 1980

The City of Angels has become a Dada delight ...

Remember Those Fabulous Seventies? A Musical Stroll From Woodstock To Punk-rock

Overview by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, January 1980

The best characterization of rock'n'roll's third decade is that of 10 years spent revising, refining and recalling the music of the '60s. While '50s bands ...

Visage: The Young Pretender

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, November 1980

STEVE STRANGE, chief of the new clan of the beautiful people has made a record. MARK COOPER talks to him about the concept ...

1967: The Year It All Came Together

Retrospective by Simon Frith, History of Rock, The, 1981

Rock is Jimi Hendrix’s guitar introduction to ‘Hey Joe’; it is Mick Jagger strutting onstage; it is Bob Dylan singing ‘John Wesley Harding’; it is ...

The Beatles: Gypsy Dave with The Beatles in India (1981)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1981

Travel with Donovan-acolyte Gypsy Dave to the ashram at Rishikesh to witness The Beatles meeting the Maharishi. Gypsy Dave is the cynic in the camp, and makes his escape with Ringo and Maureen.

File format: mp3; file size: 19.8mb; Interview length: 21' 38"; sound quality: **

Postmark: Austin, Texas — The Demise of the Armadillo and the Rise of Garagelend Punk

Report by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, March 1981

IF YOU PAID to survive The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and saw it as anything other than a blackly anarchic polemic in favour of vegetarianism, then ...

Blitz Culture

Essay by Jon Savage, Face, The, April 1981

IN A CORNER OPPOSITE the entrance, Richard Young, the photographer, has set up his stall. It has a simple backdrop of white cloth – this ...

Funkapolitan: Your Flavour Of The Month

Profile and Interview by Deanne Pearson, Smash Hits, August 1981

Deanne Pearson learns to Dance, Scream & Scoobydoo ...

Invasion Of The Walkmen People

Report by Cynthia Rose, City Limits, October 1981

It was was back in 1964 when Andy Warhol married his cassette machine. "The acquisition of my tape recorder" he revealed eleven years later, "really ...

Britain invades the world: Mid-Sixties British Music

Retrospective by Tom Hibbert, History of Rock, The, 1982

Before 1964, the United States' worldwide domination of the pop music industry — and youth culture in general — was virtually total. Few British artists ...

New York: Positively 4th Street

Retrospective by Lenny Kaye, History of Rock, The, 1982

The music that came out of New York's melting pot ...

Blondie, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Television: The Bowery Beat: CBGBs and All That

Retrospective by Tom Hibbert, History of Rock, The, 1982

FROM 1970 ONWARDS, the US rock mainstream grew increasingly staid, predictable and unimaginative. On the surface, the American scene appeared to offer nothing but sleepy ...

McCabe's Hippie Spirit Celebrates Anniversary

Report and Interview by Todd Everett, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, January 1982

TOMORROW, MCCABE'S guitar shop in Santa Monica is marking its 13th anniversary, even though its actual opening took place in October, 1969 (which means, if ...

45 Grave, Vox Pop: California Screamin': 45 Grave and Vox Pop

Profile and Interview by Byron Coley, New York Rocker, September 1982

"All I can say is that everyone in Vox Pop is smarter than everyone in 45 Grave."--Jeff Dahl, May '82"I'm smarter than everyone in Vox ...

Angelic Upstarts, Cockney Rejects, Splodgenessabounds, UK Subs: Oi! and Skinheads: Coming a Cropper

Comment by Garry Bushell, Sounds, November 1982

A passionate defence of skinhead culture by GARRY BUSHELL. ...

Kim Fowley: Tycoon Of Trash

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1982

"Only the mice and the great ones are happy when I arrive." ...

Malcolm McLaren: The Mud Club, London

Live Review by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, February 1983

ALL THE OLD dances are coming back, you know. ...

Grateful Dead: Dawn of the Deadheads

Report and Interview by David Gans, Headliner, August 1983

THE PSYCHEDELIC era is ancient history, and LSD is so far out of fashion that it probably doesn't even need to be illegal any more. ...

Philip Sallon

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

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

London Clubbing: Neon Nights

Guide by Julian Henry, Ms London, March 1985

Julian Henry helps newcomers to town find their feet in the glitter domes. ...

The Rolling Stone Interview: Bill Graham

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, December 1985

The P.T. Barnum of rock & roll celebrates his twentieth anniversary ...

Austin, Texas

Report by Cynthia Rose, Vogue, 1986

Aginners, glyphies, rednecks, rattlesnakes, conjunto, honky-tonk and wheatberry pancakes: Austin is the cultural nexus of Texas. ...

Deep Soul Mecca: Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1986

MUSCLE SHOALS: the very name suggests some grotesque image dreamt up by a surrealist painter. Shouldn't it be Mussel, you wonder... and yet this North ...

Patti Smith: The Patti Smith Group's Lenny Kaye on NYC punk (1986)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1986

Musician and journalist Kaye on the CBGBs scene, the differences between US and UK Punk, Patti Smith and his seminal Nuggets compilation.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 56meg, total interview length: 1h 01' 06" sound quality: ***

Patti Smith, Television: Punk in New York: Blitzkreig Bop

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, February 1986

"And one fine morning she turns on a New York-station / And doesn't believe what she hears at all / She started dancing to that ...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, Experience Unlimited (EU), Redds And The Boys, Trouble Funk: Crankin' That Go Go Gadget

Report and Interview by Richard Grabel, Creem, April 1986

THIS IS CRAZY. I'm in Cheriy's Roller Rink, in Northeast Washington, D.C. The place is filled with black teenagers, and even their younger brothers and ...

Younger Than Yesterday

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, June 1986

All this talk about indiepop, about the death and resurgence of an underground, an alternative to chart pap. But is there really life beyond the ...

Led Zeppelin: Rodney B.'s Endless Party

Retrospective and Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, July 1986

The parties were legendary, the hotels trashed regularly, the hangers-on flowed constantly when the Zep cruised the skyways. ...

Chip E., Frankie Knuckles, Marshall Jefferson: Chicago House: Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, Part 1

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

In the first of two instalments, Atlantic-hopping Frank Owen introduces DJ International, home of CHICAGO HOUSE music, the finest club beat of the moment ...

Ladybirds & Start-Rite Kids

Report by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1986

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

Billy Vera: Billy & the Beaters et al: Bar Bands Make The Rounds

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1986

THE SATURDAY NIGHT crowd packed into At My Place in Santa Monica whooped it up as Billy & the Beaters kicked off their opening set ...

Husker Du, The Replacements: Husker Du and The Replacements: Euphoric… Urgent... Raucous... Drunk

Profile and Interview by Andy Gill, Q, August 1987

MINNEAPOLIS: it must be something they put in the water. ...

What's The Matter With Kids Today?

Comment by John Mendelsohn, Creem, October 1987

THERE ARE lots of wide open spaces around where I live. In the late spring, I can gaze out from the window of my study ...

Smith & Mighty: Smith And Mighty: Bristol Rising

Profile and Interview by John McCready, Face, The, 1988

Coming from the same sound system roots as Soul II Soul, dance producers Smith And Mighty are at the centre of a thriving West Country ...

The Farm: The Dark Side Of The Mersey: Retro-Rock Scallies

Report and Interview by John McCready, Face, The, 1988

A HIPPIE IS chased down a darkened street by a group of 16 year-old Casuals. In most parts of Britain, what follows is likely to ...

Grateful Dead: Deadheads!

Report and Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, February 1988

OUTSIDE THE LONG BEACH Arena, south of Los Angeles on the California coast, there is a massive field. Reserved for recreational activities throughout the rest ...

Party Town: New Orleans

Overview by Simon Witter, unpublished, May 1988

2002 note: I went to New Orleans to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Dec 87, took a week's holiday there with photographer Chris ...

Acid House

Report by Sean O'Hagan, Spin, January 1989

A heady mix of sex, drugs, and trance dance music, Acid House has swept England with a wave of hedonism and made going out fun ...

Massive Attack, Smith & Mighty, Soul II Soul: Smith & Mighty and Soul II Soul: Anyone Who Had A Sound

Profile and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, March 1989

Here PAOLO HEWITT gets on the Voice Beat with SMITH & MIGHTY and SOUL II SOUL. ...

The Blue Nile, Danny Wilson: The Soul of Scotland: Danny Wilson/The Blue Nile

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Sunday Correspondent, October 1989

"THE WHOLE Scottish scene is getting a little out of hand", admits Ronnie Gurr, an affable, affluent-looking Scotsman who, in his capacity as a roving ...

The Motels: Not Long Ago, But Far, Far Away: They Were There When L.A.'s Vital Club Scene Was Reborn

Retrospective and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1990

IT WAS 1976 and they were five newcomers in three bands. Together, they helped stage 'Radio Free Hollywood' and opened the door for hundreds of ...

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." ...

Alice In Chains, Mother Love Bone, The Posies: A Seattle Slew

Report and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Rolling Stone, September 1990

Record companies are flocking to the Great Northwest, signing bands like crazy and hoping to find the Next Big Thing ...

Blondie, The Ramones, Talking Heads: Meet The Family: Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, October 1990

There's Debbie, and there's Tina and, let's see, there's little Joey, hasn't he grown? Then there's and Chris and, uh, Chris... From the shadowy ...

A Special Time In Rock: 1966 On The Sunset Strip

Retrospective by Roy Trakin, Los Angeles Times, 1991

THE SUMMER of 1966 on L.A.'s Sunset Strip was a time when many young musicians thought anything was possible. A teenager from the San Fernando ...

Massive Attack: Wheeling In The Years

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, February 1992

BRITAIN IS CRAP, we decide over lunch in a Bristol restaurant where we're waiting for Massive Attack. The food is cold, the service is virtually ...

Green River, The Melvins, Mudhoney, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Supersuckers: Seattle: Grunge City

Report and Interview by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, April 1992

For real rockers Seattle is the ultimate wet dream. By Michael Azerrad ...

The Haçienda: Club It To Death

Report by John Robb, Siren, May 1992

BRICKS AND mortar. For a building the Haçienda has become one hell of an icon for youth culture, a myth perpetrated by Manchester and Factory ...

Kim Fowley (1993)

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

A brief history of Hollywood (the Fowley version); growing up in L.A., and growing up fast; getting into the music biz, and the calamity that was The Beatles. The King of the Hollyweird Night tells all.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 105.2mb, total interview length: 1h 54' 48" sound quality: ***

Rodney Bingenheimer (1993)

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

His arrival in Los Angeles in 1965; hanging out with the Beatles and the Stones; his legendary English Disco; the groupies — Lori, Sable and Queenie... the Mayor of the Sunset Strip looks back.

File format: mp3; file size: 29.9mb, interview length: 32' 39" sound quality: ***

Boulevard of Broken Dreams: A Trip Down the Sunset Strip

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1994

SUNSET BOULEVARD: the very name is synonymous with dreams, unrealities, tableaux of palm trees and convertibles in the golden light of southern California. Billy ...

Woodstock

Report by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1994

Barney Hoskyns visits the idyllic Catskill mountain retreat colonized by The Band, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and fellow bohemians. ...

CBGB: This Ain't No Mudd Club

Report by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, February 1994

CBGB celebrates its 20 years of rock & roll ...

Massive Attack, Portishead: Trip Hop Don't Stop: Massive Attack and Portishead

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, September 1994

Imagine a cross between ambient and hip-hop. Imagine a Brit version of Cypress Hill or Gravediggaz's spooky Gothic Hop. Imagine the sound of 'bombs exploding ...

Portishead: The Reluctant Debutante

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, December 1994

IF YOU WERE the most compelling and enigmatic new group in Britain, playing your first proper gig in the sort of London club where Christine ...

Hank Marvin, The Shadows: Four-Eyes, One Vision: The Shadows

Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, February 1995

BRIAN RANKIN GREW UP IN NEWCASTLE: WHEN he was 16, in 1957, he travelled to London with his school friend Bruce Welch "in an attempt ...

Helen Shapiro: Cloud 95

Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, February 1995

HELEN SHAPIRO WAS BRITAIN'S FIRST TEENAGE FEMALE pop star. Born in 1946, she made her first record at the age of 14, for Norrie Paramor ...

Move It! The British Rock 'n' Roll Explosion

Overview by Jon Savage, MOJO, February 1995

FOR MOST PEOPLE OF 40 AND UNDER, British pop begins with The Beatles: this is the view that has been encouraged by rock writers ever ...

Marty Wilde: The Blackheath Jungle

Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, February 1995

MARTY WILDE WAS, ALONG WITH CLIFF, BRITAIN'S BIGGEST ROCK star from 1958 through 1960: there was even a girl's comic named after him. Born Reginald ...

Frankie Knuckles Interviewed in NYC

Interview by Frank Broughton, djhistory.com, February 1995

Anyone with even a passing knowledge of dancefloor history knows Frankie Knuckles respectfully as the 'Godfather of House'. Together with his childhood friend Larry Levan ...

The Wilde Flowers: Wilde Flowers: Tales Of Canterbury: The Wilde Flowers Story (Voiceprint)

Essay by Rob Chapman, MOJO, April 1995

Caravan, Soft Machine, Kevin Ayers & The Whole World: all grew from the stem of the legendary Wilde Flowers. Rob Chapman tells their story. ...

Husker Du, The Jayhawks, The Replacements, Soul Asylum: The Minneapolis Scene: Left Of The Dial

Overview by Marc Weingarten, Guitar World, August 1995

In the early Eighties, Hüsker Dü, The Replacements and a handful of other scruffy Minneapolis bands forged what is now known as indie rock. This ...

Butch Hancock, The Flatlanders, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Terry Allen: Lubbock on Everything: The Best Little Neo-Country Town in Texas?

Retrospective and Interview by Richard Gehr, unpublished, 1996

In 1996, Richard Gehr went down to Texas to explore the history and mythology of Buddy Holly’s home town. This was his unpublished report for ...

Rancid: What's In A Mohawk?

Report and Interview by R.J. Smith, New York Times, The, January 1996

EVEN FOR A break-all-the-rules punk rock band, some rules still apply. It's 10 minutes to stage, and the members of Rancid are sitting in their ...

Phast Freddie's Hollywood (Circa 1973-1983)

Guide by Phast Phreddie Patterson, unpublished, October 1996

"There's a world where I can go and tell my secrets to...."* ...

The Troubadour Club: A History

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Troubadour, 1997

WHEN THE SUN goes down over Santa Monica Boulevard, there's really only ever been one place to be and that's inside Doug Weston's legendary Troubadour ...

Guns: It Went Off In My Hand!

Report by Martin Aston, Q, June 1997

Dangerous business, rock'n'roll. One minute, you're having hits, the next, you're taking them. Whether as macho prop or tool of the trade, totin' a gun ...

Speed Garage: Sound Of The Future

Report and Interview by Bethan Cole, Muzik, September 1997

It's harden faster, sharper and more bass-heavy than ever before, it has MCs, rewinds, ragga vocals and time-stretching. Its energy and hedonism is hard to ...

Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane: Haight-Ashbury

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Independent on Sunday, December 1997

The times they have a-changed, but not without a certain irony. Or a certain continuity, come to that. ...

Working on a Building of Love: The Great Days of the Haçienda

Retrospective by John McCready, Face, The, Spring 1997

With Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People opening in the UK this weekend, we reprint Face writer John McCready's wonderful account of the club's rise, ...

Dance Culture: One Nation Under A Groove

Essay by Bethan Cole, Muzik, March 1998

Ten years ago, a few hundred people were raving all night to the sounds of acid house. A year later there were a few thousand ...

B.B. King, Lowell Fulson, Robert Lockwood Jr.: B.B. King: Bright Lights Big City

Report and Interview by Paul Trynka, MOJO, May 1998

Fifty years ago B.B. King arrived in Memphis, Tennessee, and found himself in the eye of a musical hurricane. Today he celebrates the giants who ...

That Memphis Sound!

Overview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Downtowner, July 1998

There’s an old saying that goes like soKeep trying and you’ll get where you want to goWhen things get rough, buckle downDon’t give up – ...

Blur, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Massive Attack, Super Furry Animals, Tricky: This Must Be The Place: Newport, Bristol, Walthamstow, Colchester: Everybody's Talking About... The True Significance Of Location

Book Excerpt by Ben Thompson, 'Seven Years of Plenty' (Gollancz), October 1998

"A recent article in the New York Times proclaimed Newport as The New Seattle..." Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 13 December, 1996 ...

Butch Hancock, The Flatlanders, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely: Lubbock on Everything: The Evocation of Place in Popular Music (A West Texas Example)

Essay by Blake Gumprecht, Journal of Cultural Geography, Fall 1998

Landscape into Art THE ROLE OF LANDSCAPE and the importance of place in literature, poetry, the visual arts, even cinema and television, is well established ...

Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays: What The World Is Still Waiting For?

Retrospective and Interview by Jack Barron, Melody Maker, March 1999

It was the scene that produced some of the best bands the world had ever seen. Now, with the Happy Mondays reforming end The Stone ...

The Graying of Indie Rock: What do you do for an encore after the spark is gone?

Essay by Eric Weisbard, Village Voice, The, March 1999

WHEN THE guy in Fuck announced his 37th birthday, people thought he was joking. The occasion was too cruddy: the rumpus-room attic of a gross ...

Smart, Lyrical, Even Genteel, But Is It Rock?

Essay by Eric Weisbard, New York Times, The, August 1999

FOR ONE breed of rock fan, last year's most important album was probably Lucinda Williams's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, a dozen perfectly turned ...

Charles Manson, Henry Rollins, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails: Charles Manson: The Man That You Fear

Retrospective by Ben Myers, Kerrang!, August 1999

Thirty years ago this week, followers of CHARLES MANSON committed a series of brutal murders that changed US culture forever. On the anniversary of the ...

Jim O'Rourke, Jon Langford, Wilco: Chicago: Indie City

Report and Interview by Eric Weisbard, Spin, September 2000

Sick of a world ruled by Britney and Backstreet? Visit Chicago: a salt-of-the-earth midwestern town where old-world pleasures like community, cheap rent, cheap beer, gritty ...

The Rolling Stones in Exile

Retrospective by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 2001

THE TWO pre-eminent British bands of the gaudy 1960s marked the grey dawn of the 1970s in very different ways. ...

Minor Threat: Straight Edge

Report by Angus Batey, Dazed & Confused, March 2001

"I'm a person just like youBut I've got better things to doThan sit around and fuck my headHang out with the living deadSnort white shit ...

The Guess Who, Michel Pagliaro, Teenage Head: Ten Canadian Records You Shouldn’t Live Without

Guide by Gary Pig Gold, Cosmik Debris, April 2001

CULTURALLY, CANADA is without a doubt one of the most diverse nations on the planet, and with its record stores awash since the 1950's in ...

Hot House: Headin' South: Muscle Shoals '87

Memoir by Martin Colyer, Rock's Backpages, July 2001

Martin Colyer was a member of Hot House, the Brit deep-soul trio who ventured down to Muscle Shoals in 1987 to cut their first album ...

The White Stripes: London Loves Us: The White Stripes

Report and Interview by Robin Bresnark, Detroit Metro Times, August 2001

DETROIT, YOU HAVE a secret admirer. Admittedly, we're not terribly local, not all of us are single, and you certainly wouldn't want to come round ...

Fugazi, Minor Threat: Ian MacKaye: Inventing Hardcore

Profile and Interview by Ben Myers, Careless Talk Costs Lives, March 2002

"These are our demands: we want control of our bodies. decisions will now be ours. you can carry out your noble actions, we will carry ...

John Medeski, John Scofield, Medeski, Martin & Wood : Jam On It: Hippies, Jazzbos, and Beat Junkies Build One Nation Under a Mutant Groove

Report and Interview by Will Hermes, Village Voice, The, April 2002

LET US NOW praise great Americans: Louis Armstrong, Jerry Garcia, and Grandmaster Flash made their history with equal parts pioneer cojones and improvisatory derring-do. They ...

Shine On, The Lights Of The Bowery: The Blank Generation Revisited

Retrospective and Interview by Peter Murphy, Hot Press, July 2002

ONE MORE MAN gone. A year after the passing of his brother in arms Joey, Dee Dee Ramone died from a narcotics overdose. ...

Elvis Presley: Memphis Still Sings The Blues

Report by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, August 2002

MEMPHIS IS ONLY technically in Tennessee. In psychic reality, it's the capital of Mississippi. Everyone who lives there knows it. What this 50 per cent ...

The Beatles: Miles: John, Paul, George and… Barry

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, October 2002

IN 1965, A YOUNG bookseller named Barry Miles decided to throw a birthday party in his London flat for his friend, the beat poet Allen ...

Paul Du Noyer : Liverpool - Wondrous Place (Virgin Books)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, November 2002

THE FORMER EDITOR of Q magazine 's history of music in Liverpool hangs his tale on three venues – the Cavern, Eric's and Cream. In ...

Notes Towards a Definition Of “Indie”

Essay by Tim Footman, Careless Talk Costs Lives, January 2003

From: Jerry Thackray. To: Contributors. Sent: 15 April 2002 08:21. Subject: From MOJO. "Opening with an editorial diatribe about the state of the music press, ...

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 ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton, Parliament: George Clinton: Motor Booty

Retrospective and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, October 2003

In 1963 George Clinton took a first step toward funk overlordship. He shut his East Coast barbershop and flew to Motown. Lloyd Bradley finds out ...

Kalifornia Über Alles

Report by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, November 2003

On wildfires, Schwarzenegger and the suicide of a troubled genius – Barney Hoskyns’ diary of a month in Hollywood Babylon. ...

Eminem: Can't Forget The Motor City: Detroit from Hitsville to 8 Mile

Book Excerpt by Nick Hasted, Omnibus Books, Summer 2003

The Dark Story of Eminem is the first book by Nick Hasted, whose work has previously appeared in The Independent, the Guardian and Uncut magazine. ...

Mod: The Essential Albums

Guide by Paul Gorman, MOJO, May 2004

MOD'S FASTIDIOUS nature dictates that the path between purism and pedantry is oft-trod. Were the Birds arty r&b enthusiasts, more allied to the scruffy Stones ...

The Alley Cats, The Bags, Black Flag, The Dickies, The Germs, The Go-Go's, The Nerves, The Plugz, The Screamers, The Weirdos, X: L.A. Punk: California Screamin'

Retrospective by Don Waller, MOJO, July 2004

Ignored by the major labels, hounded by cops, fuelled by booze and drugs, L.A. punk was born in a concrete basement in Hollywood known as ...

Pere Ubu, The Raspberries: Maxima Moralis: Relections from a Healing Mind – Cleveland, Independent Music, and the 1970s; Part 1

Essay by Michael Baker, Perfect Sound Forever, November 2004

In Memory of Robert Quine, Master of Beautiful Musical Expression, 12/30/1942 Akron, Ohio5/30/2004 NYC ...

Human Switchboard, The Pagans: Maxima Moralis: Relections from a Healing Mind – Cleveland, Independent Music, and the 1970s; Part 3

Essay by Michael Baker, Perfect Sound Forever, November 2004

V. The Pagans: Claustrophobia and Creation ...

Field Music, The Futureheads, Maximo Park: Maximo Park, The Futureheads, Field Music: How the North East was won

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, August 2005

Their accent may be regional but their success is global. Ben Thompson meets three new bands from pop music's latest hotspot ...

New Orleans: The Heart of the Matter

Retrospective by Bill Bentley, LA Weekly, September 2005

"I'm not sure, but I'm almost positive, that all music came from New Orleans."–Ernie K-Doe, 1979 * ...

Boz Scaggs, John Andrews, Mother Earth, Tracy Nelson: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride: Tales from Austin's Big Bang

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Bentley, Austin Chronicle, October 2005

TIME IS A CONTINUUM that's sometimes hard to trace. Look too far back and things get hazy. Try gazing into the future and it's all ...

Stardust and Sawdust Nights: Los Angeles Bars of a Bygone Age

Guide by Kirk Silsbee, LA CityBeat, December 2005

Martoni's ...

Neil Young: Canyon of the Mind: Tall Tales of Topanga Rock

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Calabasas, Summer 2005

REMOVE THE WORD "Canyon" from the glossary of Southern California rock and you're left with a gaping hole. Canyons have been inseparable from LA's music ...

The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Michael Nesmith: Big Tit Sue and Bigger Tit Sue: Torrid Tales of the Troubadour

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, 'Hotel California', 2006

UP ON THE Sunset Strip, the live scene was hurting. Name bands were now too big to play small clubs like the Whisky: they'd be ...

Richard Hell: CBGB: The Venue from Hell

Retrospective and Interview by Jenny Valentish, Inpress, January 2006

It seems like every other prepubescent has a CBGB T-shirt these days, but over in New York, the old guard are fighting a losing battle ...

This Be an Empty World Without the Blues – So Clifford Antone filled it

Retrospective by Bill Bentley, Austin Chronicle, May 2006

THE FIRST TIME I met Clifford Antone, he sold me a sandwich. He had opened a shop on Guadalupe, right around the corner from the ...

The Costa del Sol: Elvis Has Left The Cantina

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, July 2006

ELVIS PRESLEY is having a grand time. He is cuddling up to tipsy girls and giving them individual verses of 'Return to Sender' as they ...

Move Over 1976 – The Revolution Is Here And Now

Comment by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, October 2006

ANYONE UNDER 30 reading this can piss off right now. This is for your mum and dad. You don't need the help, they do. The ...

Where Were You In C86?

Retrospective by Bob Stanley, Times, The, October 2006

THE EIGHTIES HAVE – like the stack-heeled Seventies before them – been repackaged and filed away as an era of Duran Duran, Dynasty and mobile ...

Rockin' on the Outskirts: S.F. Rock Beyond the Ballrooms

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Rhino, October 2006

Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets box (Rhino) ...

The C86 Indie Scene Is Back!

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Time Out, October 2006

Dig out your grandad cardigans, your old-school anoraks and your infant-school plimsolls — the shambling indie scene that was C86 is back. Simon Reynolds, who ...

How An NME Cassette Launched Indie Music

Retrospective by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2006

C86, the unassuming mail-order cassette compiled by NME, through which the indie sound and scene first coalesced, will have its 20th anniversary celebrated tonight with ...

They Think It's All Over? The Slight Return Of Football Hooligan Subcultures

Essay by Steve Redhead, Rock's Backpages, 2007

ONCE AGAIN the book shelves are heaving, a few weeks before a new season, with football hooligan memoirs. One of the best of these 'histories' ...

Summer of Love: 40 Years Later

Retrospective by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, May 2007

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

Love Goes To Buildings On Fire: 1977 New York gets the VH1 treatment and, oh my, wasn't it fun back then!

Retrospective by Will Hermes, Village Voice, The, July 2007

OH YES, it was wicked cool: getting jacked at machete-point on the subway after a night of clubbing, and at bayonet-point outside of high school. ...

Happy Mondays: Salford Lads Club

Essay by Steve Redhead, Rock's Backpages, August 2007

'YOU SALFORD NANCY Boy!' was a regular insult hurled from the wings at the late Anthony H. Wilson, educated at De La Salle College in ...

New York Noise: Anarchy in the USA

Book Review by Simon Witter, Daily Telegraph, December 2007

PERUSING THE WEALTH of multi-disciplinary artistic talent beaming out of the 400 black and white images in New York Noise (Soul Jazz Publishing), it's hard ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: George Harrison Visits Haight-Ashbury In Summer 1967

Retrospective by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, Summer 2007

UNCOMMON sightings were downright common in the Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love. But even in that colorful context, the visit of George Harrison to ...

The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main St: A Season In Hell With The Rolling Stones, By Robert Greenfield (Da Capo Press)

Book Review by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, February 2008

In the summer of 1971, Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg holed up in a villa on the Riviera with the other members of the Rolling ...

Culture's Coming Home? Liverpool And Pop

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

LIVERPOOL ONE! The slogan for a new regenerated port city, European Capital of Culture, 2008. Liverpool One is the name for a retail project in ...

Neil Sedaka: New York's Rock'n'Roll Rhapsody

Overview by Philip Norman, Mail On Sunday, July 2008

NEW YORK HAS inspired so much of the greatest popular music ever written. London may have its chirpy Cockney ditties like 'Underneath the Arches', and ...

Love: Orange Skies Over the Castle

Retrospective by Kirk Silsbee, New Angeles Monthly, October 2008

"Love – featured tonight in the Diamond Mine! On display in the psychedelic department store!" –Dave Diamond, KBLA, June 16, 1967 ...

New Order: Off the Hook – The Peter Hook Interview

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Scotland on Sunday, October 2008

Since his acrimonious split with New Order, Peter Hook has seldom been happier. Ahead of his memoir about the legendary Hacienda club, the pirate captain ...

Lydia Lunch, Sonic Youth: No Wave: Histories Along The Bowery

Interview by Olly Beck, Garageland, November 2008

The New York No Wave Movement: More Punk than Punk. Olly Beck talks to Thurston Moore ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John Lennon: Give New York A Chance

Guide by Philip Norman, Daily Mail, December 2008

FEW EXILES have been so cherished by a city as John Lennon was by New York. Certainly, none has ever left such a legacy of ...

Rocking Cincinnati's R&B Cradle

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

Manchester Studies: Reading John Robb's The North Will Rise Again

Essay by Steve Redhead, Rock's Backpages, June 2009

The North Will Rise Again: Manchester Music City 1976-1996 John Robb (Aurum, 2009, £16.99) ...

Memories of the Flamingo Club

Memoir by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages, July 2009

ONE WARM SPRING Friday night in 1964, cooling off between sets outside the Ricky Tick club in Windsor, I share a match flame with a ...

Alexis Korner, Blues Incorporated, Cyril Davies: Blues Incorporated: How British R&B Trashed Trad

Retrospective by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages, September 2009

ALEXIS KORNER'S Parisian birthplace, Austro-Greek parentage, noble features and languid growl endowed him with an aura of exoticism unreflected in his musical partner Cyril "Squirrel" ...

Flailing and Railing: Brendan Mullen, 1949-2009

Memoir by Don Snowden, Rock's Backpages, October 2009

BEST KNOWN as a catalyst and chronicler of the late '70s L.A. punk scene centred around the Masque club, Brendan Mullen died suddenly of a ...

This Charming Manchester (Manchester Music, Then and Now)

Overview by Stephen Dalton, National, The, October 2009

From Joy Division and The Smiths, to the headliners at next month's Dubai Sound City, Happy Mondays and Doves, Manchester has long been Britain's self-styled ...

Blues Incorporated, The Rolling Stones: More British R&B: The Stones Start, Blues Incorporated Stumble

Retrospective and Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages, October 2009

THE FIRST PUBLIC appearance of what would one day be touted as "the greatest rock and roll band in the world" was hardly headline news, ...

Chipmunk, Dizzee Rascal, N-Dubz, Taio Cruz, Tinchy Stryder: N-Dubz and The Second Coming of Brit Pop

Overview by Ben Thompson, Observer Music Monthly, November 2009

It has been a long, rocky road for homegrown urban music in the UK, but this year N-Dubz and a close-knit group of stars have ...

Manchester's Music Scene Now Has Everything Everything

Overview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, January 2010

Never mind the Buzzcocks... or Stone Roses, or New Order: Manchester can stop trading on its former glories. Three new bands explain how they are ...

From Mod to Emo: Why Pop Tribes Are Still Making a Scene

Overview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, February 2010

Like-minded music fans have been herding together for half a century — but are die-hard pop tribes now a thing of the past? Do today's ...

Broken Social Scene: An Ever-Changing Canadian Collective of Rock'n'Roll Royalty

Retrospective and Interview by Edward Helmore, Independent, The, May 2010

IT'S CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT and Kevin Drew, co-founder of Broken Social Scene, is sleeping on the floor of a New York recording studio, headphones clamped ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Santana, Steve Miller: Frisco, Where Art Thou: Reassessing the Musical Legacy of the '60s Psychedelic Capital

Retrospective by Gene Sculatti, Rock's Backpages, September 2010

LAST SATURDAY, paging through an article on Robert Plant in the September issue of MOJO, I learned that, upon their initial meeting in a Dublin ...

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. ...

At Large in the Black Hole of Punk L.A.

Sleevenotes by Jon Savage, 'Black Hole' (Domino Records), November 2010

NOTE: Adapted from Strange Things # 1, published spring 1988, this forms the first part of the liner notes for Black Hole: Jon Savage Presents ...

Bob Dylan: Izzy Young: The Man Who Made Bob Dylan

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, December 2010

NOVEMBER 4, 1962: Bob Dylan is invoking the time-honoured image of the out-of-town rambler lost on New York's convoluted subway system as he nervously attempts ...

Mickey Newbury: Guitars, Boats And Fairways: Mickey Newbury and Friends on Old Hickory Lake

Sleevenotes by Chris Campion, Saint Cecilia Knows Records, 2011

IT LOOKS, FROM ABOVE, like a snake arching through the brush. A series of long blind curves that begins at Hendersonville, the small community formed ...

Tim Brown: The Wigan Casino Years (Outta Sight)

Book Review by Mike Atherton, Echoes, February 2011

THE TITLE of this striking new book is carefully chosen. Of course there was Northern Soul before the Wigan Casino and, almost 30 years after ...

Bad Brains, Minor Threat: Ian Mackaye meets Bad Brains and invents hardcore

Retrospective by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, June 2011

NO MERE THREE-CHORD punk dullards, Washington DC's Bad Brains had chops to spare. They'd started as jazz-fusion quintet Mind Power, worshipping at the altar of ...

The Beach Boys: Good Vibrations and Endless Summers: The Beach Boys in Hawthorne

Retrospective by Kirk Silsbee, South Bay, Summer 2011

YOU HAVE TO look for it.  Nothing on 120th Street gives an indication as you drive along the north side of the Hawthorne Airport.  ...

The Doors: Cars Hiss By My Window: The Doors' L.A. Woman landmarks

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, February 2012

Sunset Sound Recorders, 6650 Sunset Blvd.The Doors had made their first two albums in this celebrated Hollywood studio, but it was also here that L.A. ...

The Flamingo Club Revisited

Memoir by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages, June 2012

I'M IDLING ALONG the High Street in my tan sit-up-and-beg Ford Pop, when 'Whatcha Gonna Do About It' comes on the radio. ...

Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds: Got Dem Ol' Home Counties Blues Again, Mama: How the Surrey Delta shaped British rock from the early Stones to Led Zeppelin

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, September 2012

RIPLEY... EPSOM... WALLINGTON. The names hardly resonate in the way that Clarksdale or Greenville or Natchez do. Yet in their way these Surrey towns are ...

New Order: Lost Years in Original Modernity? On Listening to New Order's Lost Sirens

Retrospective by Steve Redhead, Rock's Backpages, March 2013

THIRTY SEVEN Year Party People! Since Ian Curtis, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook began playing regularly as Joy Division in 1978, that's effectively ...

Mike Bloomfield, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Rolling Stones: Born in Chicago: Butterfield, Bloomfield & the Sixties' Young Turks

Comment by Gene Sculatti, Rock's Backpages, April 2013

IS IT JUST ME? Or has anyone else who's seen the PBS special Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones Live found the whole affair cringe-worthy ...

Peace: Tiny, Smug and Blissfully Ignorant Minds: New British Indie and Peace's In Love (Columbia)

Special Feature by Neil Kulkarni, fuckyouneilkulkarni.blogspot.co.uk, April 2013

"I. Man's perceptions are not bound by organs of perception; he perceives more than sense (tho' ever so acute) can discover." — William Blake, ...

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