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Carole King: The Dumb Sound

Report and Interview by Al Aronowitz, Saturday Evening Post, August 1963

2003 note: The following was trimmed down to fit in the pages of the Saturday Evening Post by Bill Ewald, one of the few editors ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham: Secrets Of The Stones' Man

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, August 1964

The Stones are no longer a challenge... they need no pushing... the Andrew Oldham Orchestra doesn't exist ...

Adam Faith, Jackie Trent, Sandie Shaw, Val Doonican: Eve Taylor: Queen Bee Of Show Business

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1965

EVELYN TAYLOR – affectionately, respectfully, jealously and irreverently known as the "Queen Bee of Show Business" – has a loud voice, grey hair and the ...

Sid Bernstein: The Genius Finder

Interview by Jane Heil, Hit Parader, May 1966

THE MAN BEHIND THE STARS ...

The Facts of Pop Life

Special Feature by uncredited writer, Rave, August 1966

RAVE takes a long, hard look at the pop world and the people who make it tick. What's it all about, this real yet so close ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stone Oldham: Talented, Insulting, Outrageous

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1966

ROLLING STONES manager Andrew Loog Oldham is on the move and as usual with this ubiquitous personality ("The Beach Boys' new single is not dedicated ...

The Troggs: Trogg-Maker Reveals Secrets

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1967

LARRY – "Lawrence" to his friends – Page is the one-man organisation behind the phenomenal success of the Troggs. Lawrence is the group's business manager; ...

Curtis Knight, Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Hendrix: A Shoddy Hendrix Record?

Report by Michael Lydon, Rolling Stone, January 1968

THE NEW Capitol LP, Got that Feeling: Jimi Hendrix Plays, Curtis Knight Sings, is not what it appears: Hendrix's latest release. The cover, with no ...

Record Business '68

Comment by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, March 1968

THERE IS confusion afoot in the rock music world, a familiar confusion that arises from lack of understanding, lack of communication, and lack of common ...

Bill Graham: The Producer of the New Rock

Interview by Michael Lydon, New York Times, The, December 1968

"I dream about doing the Beatles," Bill Graham said, hunched over his desk in the crowded office of the Fillmore West. Outside the office, the ...

Rock for Sale

Report by Michael Lydon, Ramparts, 1969

IN 1956, WHEN rock & roll was just about a year old, Frankie Lymon, lead singer of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, wrote and recorded ...

Bonzo Dog Band: Bonzo Dog Runs, Fucks Itself

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Rolling Stone, November 1969

NEW YORK — The Bonzo Dog Band, bitter over what they felt was shoddy treatment by their American record company, cut their second U.S. tour ...

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 ...

Country Joe & The Fish, Jefferson Airplane: Kent Aftermath: Teen Turmoil Poison At B.O.

Report and Interview by John Morthland, Rolling Stone, June 1970

SAN FRANCISCO — Lou Rhode, a student at San Francisco City College, is a clerk at Tower Records, and wears an "Out Now" peace button ...

Grand Funk Railroad: To Live Outside the Law You Must Be Honest

Report by Lenny Kaye, Creem, June 1971

Mark, Don, Mel, and Terry at Shea: Give Peace a Chance, Love Conquers All, Get Funked ...

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 ...

Frank Zappa: Portrait Of The Artist As A Businessman

Interview by Paul Phillips, Rob Partridge, Cream, January 1972

"IF you’re making £10 a night, you’ll be screwed. When you’re making £1,000 a night, you’ll still get screwed... only you’re being screwed for more." ...

David Geffen: David's Talented Asylum

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1972

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

Frank Barsalona Is Probably Rock's Most Successful Agent. His Wife Says It's Because He Really Cares

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1972

IT'S SUPER being a rock 'n' roll mogul. ...

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 ...

Kim Fowley, The Rockin' Berries: The Rockin' Berries v. Kim Fowley. Or, The Vulture Scoops the Pool

Essay by Phil Hardy, Let It Rock, March 1973

The only time the Rockin' Berries met Kim Fowley was in Los Angeles in 1964. Phil Hardy has met them both recently and found that ...

The Platters: Buck Ram and The Platters

Profile and Interview by Bill Millar, Let It Rock, April 1973

BUCK RAM is remembered for The Platters and a number of hit records: 'Only You' and 'The Great Pretender' (1955); 'The Magic Touch', 'My Prayer' ...

Cherry Vanilla, David Bowie: Cherry Vanilla: Cherry Sauce

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, April 1973

...Or hot gossip from a former skin-flick queen who's been hired to handle David Bowie's publicity machine. ...

The Beatles: Peter McCabe and Robert D. Schonfeld: Apple To The Core (Martin, Brian and O'Keeffe)

Book Review by Phil Hardy, Let It Rock, May 1973

A short sighted look beyond the stars ...

Jerry Butler: The Iceman Talking: The Life And Times Of Jerry Butler

Interview by Norman Jopling, Cream, June 1973

BUTLER'S MUSIC Workshop is upstairs in a tatty warehouse building in Chicago's South Side, very near Chinatown and uncomfortably near Lake Michigan so it gets ...

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 Rolling Stones Hit The Road…

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1973

...and at every date the promoter is expected to provide 50 security men, five limousines, a doctor, ten dozen roses, two bottles each of whisky, ...

Jobriath: Superstar or Superhype?

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, January 1974

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

Jimi Hendrix: How Rock Society Blew Another Mind

Essay by Michael Gray, Let It Rock, February 1974

WHEN JIMI HENDRIX flew into England for the first time, with Chas Chandler, they went straight from the airport to Zoot Money's house for an ...

Marshall Sehorn: We Had Some Good Times

Interview by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, February 1974

Marshall Sehorn of Sansu talks to John Broven about his start in the business ...

Humble Pie, Peter Frampton: Dee Anthony: Dee Works!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1974

From doing impersonations of Al Jolson for 20 bucks a night to managing Humble Pie – that's the story of Dee Anthony. He talks to ...

Fleetwood Mac Flak: Manager Takes Name, Not Members, On Tour

Report by Loraine Alterman, Rolling Stone, February 1974

And then there were none... ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Move, Roy Wood, The Small Faces, Wizzard: Don Arden: The Hit Man

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, March 1974

He's been called the Al Capone of pop, and the reputation's, shall we say, a little heavy. A nervous Robert Partridge talks to Don Arden... ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Welcome Back, My Friends, To The Show That...

Report and Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, April 1974

… requires 40 tons of equipment, 18 humper/loaders, seven personal roadies, six sound crew, five trucker/drivers, four spot manipulators, three heavy musicians two outside coordinators and (we guess) a man to make the ...

The Rock'n'Roll Way of Death

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, June 1974

Death has always been big business as a perverse form of entertainment. In the 18th Century, public hangings had similar pulling power to Emerson Lake ...

John Lennon's battle with the US Immigration Department

Report by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, July 1975

JOHN LENNON, IN his battle of wits with the US Immigration Department, is looking less like the stoical pre-doomed crazy of old, and more like ...

Press Receptions

Overview by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, July 1975

NME raises its bleary-eyed head to peer at the wacky world of Press receptions. Or how to get some not-so-cheap publicity. ...

Larry Parnes

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, August 1975

"Marty Wilde was managed by Larry Parnes – 'They don't call me Parnes, shillings and pence for nothing' – who entered rock as Tommy Steele's ...

Bob Dylan: Dylan's The Basement Tapes – The Best Of The Bootlegs Goes Establishment

Overview by Michael Gross, Circus Raves, October 1975

BOB DYLAN'S ART is his body of work. There are close to twenty legitimate Bob Dylan albums. There is a book, Tarantula, and another of ...

Joe Boyd: An Interview

Interview by Penny Valentine, Street Life, March 1976

Penny Valentine talks to the man in between, Joe Boyd who has recently produced Toots Hibbert, Maria Muldaur, and the McGarrigles. ...

Grammys '76: Sham, Sham, Sham

Comment by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, March 1976

EACH YEAR, the American music industry embarrasses itself by nationally televising a 90-minute display of the irrelevant and the ridiculous, the Grammy Awards. ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Mel Bush: The Man Who Hired The World

Book Excerpt by Mick Gold, Rock On The Road (Futura), April 1976

A PROMOTER IS THE middleman between a musician and an audience. A promoter hires a venue, books an act, organises the publicity, is responsible for ...

Malcolm McLaren, New York Dolls, The Sex Pistols: Malcolm McLaren: Meet The Colonel Tom Parker of the Blank Generation

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, November 1976

MEET MALCOLM McLAREN. He runs a shop called "SEX". He manages a group called THE SEX PISTOLS. He sincerely believes that he and his band ...

Last Exit (UK), Sting: Making It: Last Exit

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1977

Any band with fire in its belly sooner or later has to gamble on that make-or-break trip to London. This is an account of how ...

Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: A Non-Interview With Malcolm McLaren

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1977

I VISITED THE office of Glitterbest (Sex Pistols management) recently, accompanied by Tony D. (editor of Ripped & Torn fanzine) to try and arrange an ...

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 ...

The Beach Boys: CBS Convention: Beach Boys Party

Report by Max Bell, New Musical Express, August 1977

BEACH BOYS PARTY FOR CHOSEN 1,600 ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 1

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

OK, SO YOU GOT yourself an electric guitar, you've learned how to play and now you think you're ready to corner the market with the ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 2

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

ROCK'N'ROLL is Laissez-Faire Capitalism Incarnate. Sorry to get so heavy so soon, but it's the truth. The music business is the most highly developed consumer ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 3

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

NOW YOU'RE heading for the one. The big record contract with the big record company for the BIG money and the BIG Hits. ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 4

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, February 1978

"How many times have you been asked to sign away your services exclusively for five years? Viewed that way a record contract represents a very ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham

Interview by Dave Schulps, Trouser Press, June 1978

ONE OF THE most interesting personalities of the first decade of British rock was the Rolling Stones' sharp-tongued, red-headed manager, Andrew Loog Oldham. ...

The Charts and the 12-inch Limited Edition Single

Comment by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, August 1978

NME's LAST chart-hyping piece concluded with a statement to the effect that the twin threat of both exposure in the press and the greater number ...

Singles in 1978: The Ones That Got Away

Overview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, December 1978

1978 was a classic year for singles. But most of the best were released on small labels with little chance of airplay, erratic distribution, and ...

Rock Mortality: They Gave Their Souls For Rock 'n Roll

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, January 1979

THE WRITER can eventually put down his pen, close the book and turn on the TV. The actor can take off his makeup and go ...

Aging Musicians’ Dilemma: Is There Rock After 30?

Comment by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, March 1979

AT THE APOGEE of Beatlemania, Paul McCartney was asked at a press conference how long the Beatles would last: "Dunno," he replied, "but I can’t ...

Gary Numan, The Lurkers: Beggars Banquet: Laughing All The Way To The Banquet

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1979

FROM SECOND-HAND RECORD SHOP TO NUMBER ONE SINGLE AND ALBUM. THE STORY OF BEGGARS BANQUET ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: Some Product: Carri On Sex Pistols (Virgin)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, July 1979

THIS IS getting silly. ...

Majors and Indies: Fight For Survival

Overview by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1982

During the forties and fifties, at a time when giant conglomerates were starting to squeeze small companies out of the market in most industries, a ...

Adam & The Ants, Bow Wow Wow, Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: Malcolm McLaren: Innovation Or Exploitation?

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, February 1982

Malcolm McLaren, the shaker and baker of British punk, turned the Sex Pistols into an epochal event, turned Adam Ant around and now plays Svengali ...

Echo & The Bunnymen, The KLF, The Teardrop Explodes: A Life In The Day Of Bill Drummond

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, April 1982

Bill Drummond, manager of The Bunnymen and The Teardrops, talks to Mark Cooper ...

The Motels: Hell In A Handbag

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1982

STUCK IN a jam on the Hollywood Freeway, staring for five miles at a yellow Smiley bumper sticker telling me to have a nice day, ...

Mickie Most: The Midas Touch: Mickie Most

Profile by Steve Turner, History of Rock, The, 1983

Record production made millions for Mickie Most ...

The US Music Moguls and the Rock Revolution

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1983

Business as Usual Following the arrival of the Beatles, the American record industry no longer found it so easy to manufacture rock 'n' roll stars ...

What Simon Says: Simon Napier-Bell

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1984

AS THE MANAGER of buddy-buddy superstars Wham!, Simon Napier-Bell is not modest about the role he’s played in their success. Without him, he suggests, they ...

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

Essay by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 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 ...

Notes That Are Music To His Ears: Clive Davis

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1985

What do Barry Manilow, Donovan, Janis Joplin, and Springsteen have in common? They owe a lot of their success to Arista Records’ boss Clive Davis. ...

Pet Shop Boys: Neil Tennant At The British Record Industry Awards

Report by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, February 1985

You saw Prince. You heard Frankie. You felt the warmth of Wham's sun tans. You watched the TV show but now read THE FULL STORY! ...

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 ...

Juke Box Jury

Overview by Kathryn Flett, i-D, February 1986

i-D presents the story of the Jukebox in glamorous technicolour, taking a quick bop, swing and a jive through the story of the blues and ...

Martyrs Of Elitism

Essay by Cynthia Rose, Creem, June 1986

ELITISM. DICTIONARIES call it "the sense of being part of a superior or privileged group." On the street, it's more familiar as hipnitude, or novelty. ...

Pepe Willie, Prince: Pepe Willie: "See, Me And Prince Had A Deal..."

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, July 1986

IN THE MID-'70s, Pepe Willie — a New York writer, musician and producer — went into the Cook House Studio in Minneapolis with two teenaged ...

The Monkees et al: Comebacks

Report and Interview by Andy Gill, Q, December 1986

TWENTY YEARS ago, Mickey Dolenz, a former child actor best known in the title role of Circus Boy, answered an ad for "Four Insane Boys, ...

Whitney Houston: The Long Road To Overnight Stardom

Report and Interview by Bud Scoppa, Billboard, December 1986

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON, a new artist emerges who simply takes over, in utterly decisive and undeniable fashion. So it was with Whitney Houston ...

The Singles Scene

Report by Ben Fong-Torres, GQ, April 1987

AMONG THE many mini-debates raging in the record business is the future of the 45-revolutions-per-minute single. It was born in 1949, came to life by ...

Rock & Advertising: The Selling Of A Revolution

Report by Dave Zimmer, BAM, December 1987

Madison Avenue Buys A Big Piece Of The Rock: How The Ad Industry Takes Your Favorite Songs And Turns Them Into Jingles For Toothpaste, Tennies ...

You Don't Have to Say You Love Him: The Divine Simon Napier-Bell

Profile and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Q, Summer 1987

IN A DISCREET east London venue, in the smaller dressing room backstage, a new group called Blue Mercedes are packing up their gear after their ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: The Final Chapter?

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, April 1988

ON WEDNESDAY 10 February, the usual knot of press photographers and television camera crews on permanent point duty outside the Law Courts in The Strand ...

Soul II Soul: Jazzie B and the New Black Economy

Report and Interview by Cynthia Rose, New Statesman, June 1988

A thriving underground enterprise culture has grown up around music – bootlegged vinyl, pirate radio, warehouse parties. It’s a black economy powered by black aesthetics ...

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Simon Napier-Bell, Svengali

Interview by Chris Bourke, Rip It Up, August 1988

SIMON NAPIER-BELL'S reputation has preceded him. He's used to that. "Some people are wary of me," he says. "So it's difficult to know what a ...

Tipper Gore and the PMRC: Not In Front Of The Parents

Report and Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, September 1988

The PMRC scored major brownie points recently when its chief, Tipper Gore, appeared on MTV. RALPH TRAITOR hears the woman who Guns N' Roses' Slash ...

Canned Music: Pop’s Cola Wars

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1989

Madonna has signed a $7.5 million deal with Pepsi which allows them the "world exclusive" on her single. They call it "synergy". Others call it ...

Sampling: A Creative Tool or License to Steal?

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1989

Guitarist Leo Nocentelli vividly remembers his first exposure to sampling in 1982. "I was on a session and the guy pressed one note on the ...

The Beastie Boys: Paid In Full

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Spin, October 1989

The Beastie Boys say their old record company is withholding millions of their dollars. Def Jam's Russell Simmons says he taught the Beastie Boys how to walk and talk. A ...

"I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives"

Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, October 1989

PETER JENNER epitomises the 'fifth Beatle' school of pop management, guiding the ill starred careers of the early Pink Floyd, Marc Bolan and Topper-troubled Clash ...

Singles Incentives, Rank Outsiders

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1990

SO, FAREWELL – to the Fine Young Cannibals single in a tin, to the Eurythmics in a wooden casket, and to Eric Clapton in a ...

Miming: Here's One We Prepared Earlier…

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1990

IT WAS THE Prince's Trust Concert of 1985 and Wembley Arena swayed gently to Dire Straits' lushly bestringed lament for star-crossed lovers, 'Romeo And Juliet'. ...

N.W.A.: Poison The Hood: Niggaz with Attitude

Retrospective by John Mendelsohn, unpublished, for Playboy, 1991

ON A SPRING EVENING in 1991, the late Eazy-E accepted the invitation of Dr. Dre, his fellow member of the notorious "gangsta" rap group NWA, ...

The Stone Roses: Stone Free

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1991

After nine months of strenuous legal wrangling, The Stone Roses have extricated themselves from an "oppressive", "one-sided and unfair" contract. Report by Phil Sutcliffe. ...

The Band: Bill Graham on The Band (and Dylan) (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1991

Über-promoter Bill Graham talks about his relationship with The Band, from their Winterland debut to The Last Waltz, via Watkins Glen and the 1974 Dylan mega-tour

File format: mp3 File size: 28.3mb Interview length: 30 minutes 56 seconds Sound quality: ****

A Last Farewell To Bill Graham

Obituary by Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle, November 1991

BILL GRAHAM was a movie of a man. His 60-year-long life, which came to an end in a helicopter crash in Sonoma County the night ...

Ticket Touting: On Every Street

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1992

"IT'S A QUESTION of water in the desert," say Harry the ticket tout. "If someone's got the water and you need it, you'll pay him ...

Nirvana: Smells Like… Bullshit

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, February 1992

Nevermind has been at Number One on the Kerrang! Album Chart for a month, Stateside it's the same plus Double Platinum, and worldwide the video ...

Tori Amos: I Wanna Sell You A Tori

Report by Terry Staunton, New Musical Express, February 1992

Six months ago she was nobody, today TORI AMOS is well on the way to becoming a household name. The former LA 'rock chick' has ...

Love Compilations: The Fast Food Of Love

Overview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, March 1992

Passion to go. Ambience-U-Like. Take-away smooch. Marketing men have discovered the public's appetite for romantic compilation albums. "Everyone loves love," they tell Lloyd Bradley. "We've ...

Bill Nelson, Robert Wyatt: Robert Wyatt & Bill Nelson: Tough Guys Don't Dance

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, August 1992

Bill Nelson meets Robert Wyatt. For 20 years they've bucked the system and made music at the edge of rock. Two vets discuss the never-ending ...

Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out By Bill Graham and Robert Greenfield

Book Review by Tom Graves, Washington Post, The, October 1992

THE LATE Bill Graham is remembered by most as the prickly, hyperactive browbeater who opened not one, but two Fillmore concert halls during the height ...

Tribute bands: Phonies!

Report and Interview by Martin Aston, Q, November 1992

Weird but true. The average unknown band will get more work and better money by pretending to be someone famous than by being themselves. Martin ...

George Michael: D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1993

George Michael vs. Sony: "We do not speak the same language." ...

Negativland, U2: Negativland: A Fistful Of Lawsuits

Report and Interview by Tony Fletcher, Creem, April 1993

"I don't think there are any record companies right now in the real sense of the word. We're all in the fashion business. You used ...

Vince Power: Power, Corruption and Lies?

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1993

Once, he ran a junk shop; now Vince Power's a powerful music impresario. But last month's acquisition of London's Town & Country Club has led ...

Kim Fowley: Living and Dying in L.A.

Retrospective and Interview by Steve Roeser, Goldmine, November 1993

IT'S A NAME (and yes, it's a man's name) that's been popping up around the music scene for roughly the past 35 years. And every ...

George Michael Vs Sony: This Time It's Personal

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1993

DOWN AT THE High Court, as Q went to press, the case of George Michael versus Sony was prodigiously well-paid business as usual for the ...

The Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt: Nik Venet (1993)

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

From his youth in '50s Baltimore to involvement with Linda Ronstadt and the Canyon Cowboys in '70s L.A., via Kim Fowley, his time at World Pacific and Capitol including producing the Beach Boys and much more: the music biz veteran tells the whole story.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 103.6mb, total interview length: 1h 53' 08" sound quality: ***

Kirsty MacColl: Raging Against the Machine

Interview by Paul Sexton, Times, The, February 1994

There are many ways to describe Kirsty MacColl, but "female singer-songwriter" is not one of them, she tells Paul Sexton ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Early Wailers: Fussing & Fighting

Report by Larry Jaffee, Billboard, June 1994

Marley Catalog Is A Source Of Strife, Suits ...

Neil Young: A Conversation with Elliot Roberts

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1994

FEW OTHER artist/manager relationships have endured as long as the one between Neil Young and Elliot Roberts. It is nearly 30 years since the lanky, ...

MTV OD

Report by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, December 1994

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

The Q New Year Summit 1995: Where Are We Now?

Interview by Robert Sandall, Q, February 1995

We teeter on the lip of a New Year, and, let's not flagellate around the shrub-like foliage here, The Future. In an attempt at stocktaking ...

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 ...

The Rolling Stones: How It Happened

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, May 1995

By 1963, The Rollin' Stones lacked only a "g" and a manager. Enter Andrew Loog Oldham, 19-year-old music publicist and soon-to-be Stones Svengali... ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham: The Rolling Stones' First Manager And Producer

Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, November 1995

THERE ARE only a handful of rock managers who truly deserve the epithet great, those whose reputations have lived on long after the sell-by date ...

Sly & The Family Stone: The Pink Hippopotamus, The Ferry Godmother and Ilili (A Non-Fiction Fairy Tale): David Kapralik in 1996

Profile by Al Aronowitz, Blacklisted Masterpieces of Al Aronowitz, The, 1996

THE DAY HE GETS OUT of the hospital from his third suicide attempt, Dave Kapralik is ready to try to snuff himself again. He's got ...

David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed, Neil Young: Contract Breakers

Essay by Mark Sinker, Wire, June 1996

2005 note: Savage Pencil did a nice illustration for this: John and Yoko hilariously naked, among other excellent things. It also elicited an angry postcard ...

R.E.M.: Be Seeing You?

Report by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 1996

Last year's Monster touralmost killed them. They have dispensed with the services of their 'fifth' member. They now live time zones apart. On the eve ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando and the Pop Walkabout

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1996

IN DON DeLillo’s 1973 novel Great Jones Street, a rock star named Bucky Wunderlick decides to quit his band and disappear from the music industry. ...

Elvis Presley: 25% Of The King: Col. Tom Parker

Obituary by Michael Gray, Guardian, The, January 1997

COLONEL TOM PARKER, the flamboyant tent-show hustler who was Elvis Presley's Svengalian manager, has died in Las Vegas at the age of almost 90. He ...

“Bastards. Liars. Pimps. Theives. Scumsuckers. Perverts...”

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1997

...And that's some of the nicer things they say about rock'n'roll managers. they may have swapped their baseball bats for law degrees, but as Phil ...

The Beatles: Taylor of Savile Row: Derek Taylor, 1932-1997

Obituary by Chris Bourke, New Zealand Herald, The, September 1997

DEREK TAYLOR, WHO will forever be known as "the Beatles' press officer", leant across and switched my tape recorder to "pause". I had just admitted ...

Shooting Stars: Denny Bruce Produced Plenty Of Legends – But Never Became One

Profile and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, LA New Times, September 1997

STROLL THROUGH Denny Bruce's home on a hillside north of Sunset Boulevard, and you wander through mementos of a career spent nurturing greatness. ...

The Beatles: Derek Taylor 1932-1997

Obituary by Philip Norman, Rolling Stone, October 1997

THE SIMPLE term "music publicist" does not begin to describe Derek Taylor, who died from cancer of the esophagus at his home, in Suffolk, England, ...

They're the New Beatles!

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1997

Or the New Dylans. Or the New Stones. Maybe they were the New Johnny Hates Jazz. Whatever, whether plugging a gap left by the originals ...

Bands and Money

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Nobody goes into rock’n’roll for the money. No, really. Ask any band. But the trouble is if a lot of people like them they get ...

Bush: Breaking America

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Phil Sutcliffe checks out the history of British bands making it, and failing to make it, in the USA, and looks at the example of ...

The Verve: My Copyright Hell

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, 1999

Tangled webs, anyone? Rock’n’roll’s got them by the skein, especially when it comes to money. But the case of The Verve, Allen Klein and Andrew ...

Whose Song Is It Anyway?

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Phil Sutcliffe tells of the winners and losers in music publishing ...

Who Killed Rock 'n' Roll?

Comment by Gene Sculatti, LCD, November 1999

Who's the perp?Somebody must've done this. ...

Brits Go Home! The End of the Invasion

Overview by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, 2000

AMID ALL the self-congratulatory hubbub over the British successes at the Oscars, few people stopped to reflect that luvvie wonderboy Sam Mendes hadn't actually made ...

The KLF: Burning question: The KLF

Report and Interview by Andrew Smith, Observer, The, February 2000

Why did Bill Drummond set fire to £1 million? Why did he want to chop off his own hand on stage? And why did the ...

Pop in the 90's: Everything for Everyone

Essay by Eric Weisbard, New York Times, The, April 2000

GEORGE STRAIT is a middle-aged country singer with an easy grin about him; even his boxed sets go platinum. Ice Cube is an intense rapper ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 2000

As manager of The Rolling Stones for most of the Sixties, ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM became almost as famous as the band themselves. Modelling himself on ...

Andy Irvine

Interview by Colin Harper, Folk Roots, October 2000

HAVING BEEN through the music business mill several times over the past thirty-five years, with spells in such legendary and pioneering Irish music ensembles as ...

Roy Acuff

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music', 2001

b. 15 September 1903, Maynardville, Tennessee, USA, d. 23 November 1992, Nashville, Tennessee ...

Gene Vincent, Led Zeppelin: The Enforcer: Peter Grant

Book Excerpt by Chris Welch, from 'The Man Who Led Zeppelin', Omnibus Books, 2001

An extract from Peter Grant: The Man Who Led Zeppelin by Chris Welch, first published by Omnibus Press in 2001. (256pp, currently available in softback ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: The Backpages Interview: Andrew Loog Oldham

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, January 2001

Last year saw the UK publication of Stoned, a wonderfully insightful film/fashion/music overview of the first Britpop era (1960-1964) by Andrew Loog Oldham, perhaps best ...

Looking For Influence, Significance, Development And Perpetuation At The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Comment by Bill Holdship, LA New Times, March 2001

Press release, Tuesday, December 12, 2000, New York – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for the 16th Annual Induction Ceremony were announced ...

Music: The Key To Getting Rich, High And Laid

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, April 2001

Black Vinyl White Powder by Simon Napier-Bell (Ebury Press, £16.99) ...

Shane MacGowan and Simon Napier-Bell: The Sound And The Fury

Book Review by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, April 2001

Black Vinyl, White Powder, Simon Napier-Bell (390pp, Ebury Press £16.99)A Drink With Shane MacGowan, Victoria Mary Clarke and Shane MacGowan (360pp, Sidgwick & Jackson £15.99) ...

Let's Try That One Again...

Comment by Tom Cox, Observer, The, May 2001

IN AN ERA WHEN pop carries scant mystery and every 'best ever' list imaginable seems to have been compiled, the term 'lost classic' has so ...

Slaves to the Rhythm: Is Napster Dying?

Report by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, July 2001

After leading the digital music revolution, Edward Helmore says former fans won't flock back to Napster when it relaunches this summer ...

Gillian Welch: The Cost of Music

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, August 2001

"EVERYTHING IS free now," sings Gillian Welch. "That's what they say/Everything I ever done/ Gotta give it away." There is resignation in her voice. Though ...

Andrew Loog Oldham… And The Salty Tale Of Sandy Beach

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 2002

POP STARDOM is about creating myths and sticking to them. ...

Coldplay, So Solid Crew, Starsailor: Letter from London, January 2002

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, January 2002

WHILE, SINCE The Beatles, we British music fans have often affected insouciant confidence in the superiority of our taste over the rest of the world's ...

My Problem With CDs & Records

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, January 2002

Learning how not to hoard music. ...

U2: Bono’s Dosh: U2 and Money

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Payday, March 2002

"WE'RE NOT GOING to let people rip us off, we want the money!" That's what Bono said in 1979 when Dublin's teenaged hopefuls U2 were ...

Ranting About The Record Business

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, March 2002

It's no surprise major-label music sales are down – the music sucks!. ...

Is The Record Industry Killing Itself?

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, March 2002

Chasing the elusive million-seller could be the kiss of death for the corporate music business ...

Wilco: Taking Control in a Crisis

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, March 2002

ROCK AND ROLL is not the first place you would look for a new form of patriotism. Yet Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the latest album by ...

Rock Bottom: The Music Industry In Trouble

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, April 2002

WHEN ROLLING STONES manager Andrew Loog Oldham founded his own company, Immediate Records, in the 1960s, the paper sleeve of each and every single bore ...

The Beatles: The Death of Brian Epstein

Retrospective by Jim Irvin, MOJO, November 2002

THERE'S A story, probably apocryphal, concerning John Lennon during his infamous 'lost weekend', the period in the mid-'70s when he split from Yoko and devoted ...

Pushing the pressure point

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, January 2003

THE NEWS THAT the Vines have been sent back to Australia, following a bout of Ricky Gervais/Grant Bovey-style pat-a-cakes onstage between singer Craig Nicholls and ...

Closing Time

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, August 2003

ON JULY 3, the House Of Lords failed to block government moves to introduce a new law requiring pubs, clubs and cafes to apply for ...

Fountains of Wayne: How to Be a Rock Manager for a Day

Report and Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Blender, September 2003

EAGER TO LEARN if we have what it takes to make our way in the talent-management industry (sticky fingers, violent tendencies), Blender asked pop maestros ...

The Brits: D-Day – The Music Died

Report by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, February 2004

IT WAS the British music industry's D-Day, with The Darkness, Dido, Duran Duran and even Daniel "personality bypass" Bedingfield sweeping the board. ...

The Beatles, Danger Mouse: More Than Words: Musings on Music Journalism — Life Goes On

Comment by Devon Powers, PopMatters, March 2004

FEBRUARY 24 WAS a banner day for the Copy Left, a loose network of computer activists, intellectuals, forward-thinking musicians and zealous fans who continue to ...

So Sue Him!: Walter Yetnikoff with David Ritz: Howling At The Moon (Abacus) ***

Book Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, May 2004

Subtitled "Confessions of a music mogul in an age of excess", the fearsome former figurehead of CBS's enjoyable schmuck-into-mensch saga. ...

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 ...

In a Spin

Comment by Pete Paphides, Observer Music Monthly, July 2004

Will iTunes really kill off the record shop? Perhaps not – after all, digital information isn't something you can have and hold. And, says Peter ...

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)

The Who: Kit Lambert: A Profile

Retrospective by Chris Charlesworth, Q, Spring 2004

"GET HIM OUT of here." "What?" "Get him out. He’s making things worse." "But Pete, he’s... he’s Kit, their manager." ...

Arrow Brown: The Godfather of King Drive

Retrospective by Bob Mehr, Chicago Reader, April 2005

Arrow Brown wanted badly to be a player-he wore a black hat, packed heat even in church, and exploited a houseful of wives and concubines ...

Tom Waits: Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC

Report and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, August 2006

HE CAME, he saw, he conquered. Meanwhile, he hoisted that rag, he got behind the mule, and he tangoed until we were just about sore. ...

How To Beat The Difficult Second Album Syndrome

Comment by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, January 2007

SOPHOMORE SLUMP Or Comeback Of The Year? asked Fall Out Boy in a brilliantly prescient track on their 2005 album From Under the Cork Tree, ...

The Beatles: Neil Aspinall: The Man Who Really Made The Beatles

Profile by Philip Norman, Daily Mail, April 2007

LOYALTY IS not a virtue associated with the pop music industry. Treachery, exploitation and kiss-and-tell are its far more familiar signature-tunes. ...

The Beach Boys: David Anderle's California Nights

Profile and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Life After 50, May 2007

"WATCH YOUR HEAD," cautions David Anderle. The retired record industry executive-turned-painter is leading the way down a steep, narrow stairway in his classic Spanish-style home ...

The 50 Year Copyright Conundrum

Report and Interview by Colin Harper, unpublished, July 2007

IN SEPTEMBER 1959, an inmate of Mississippi State Penitentiary named James Carter led his fellows in singing a work song, 'Po' Lazarus', while chopping wood. ...

Prince Papers The House

Comment by Phil Sutcliffe, Yahoo! Music, July 2007

THAT PRINCE CHAP, he does like to lob a spanner in the music-industry works. It's record shop chains he's upset this time. They're calling him ...

Spreading The Word

Report by Robin Eggar, Sunday Times, July 2007

Library gigs, recycled sleeves, free CDs – our correspondent finds novel ways to get your music to the masses ...

Radiohead: OK Computer: Why The Record Industry Is Terrified Of Radiohead's New Album

Comment by Andy Gill, Independent, The, October 2007

Radiohead are the latest — and greatest — band to shun the conventional CD release. Their new album is available online — and you don't ...

Paul Wasserman, Press Agent and Friend

Obituary by Wayne Robins, waynerobins.blogspot.com, November 2007

PAUL WASSERMAN, the erudite press representative to a long roster of rock and movie stars, died in Los Angeles at age 73, according to an ...

Joy Division: The Joy Division Industry

Comment by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, April 2008

More offcuts from the Factory ...

Bill Drummond: Recorded Music Has Run Its Course

Interview by John Doran, Quietus, The, August 2008

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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 ...

Jerry Wexler: Appreciating Jerry Wexler, the Supreme Atlantic Record Man

Memoir by John Broven, Now Dig This, October 2008

AS SOON AS Jerry Wexler's death was announced on August 15, 2008, daily newspapers and rock magazines had their already-written obituaries ready to go in ...

Live Music: Is This The End Of The Road?

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2008

Gigs have been shoring up the ailing music industry – but they're not as popular as they once were. Caroline Sullivan reports on growing anxiety ...

Wembley Arenaversary: A Legendary Venue Turns 50

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Audience, March 2009

FIFTY YEARS AGO, in March, 1959, Petula Clark, Lonnie Donegan and rising young songstrel Shirley Bassey appeared in the Record Star Show, the first live ...

Alan Livingston Obituary

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, March 2009

Alan Wendell Livingston, businessman, born 15 October 1917; died 13 March 2009 ...

The Bay City Rollers: Tam Paton

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, April 2009

Bay City Rollers manager who was mired in scandal ...

The Last Days of a Great Guitar Shop: RIP Manny's Music Store

Retrospective by Binky Philips, Rock's Backpages, May 2009

AFTER 75 YEARS, Manny's Music Store on West 48th St in Manhattan will close its doors forever at the end of this month. Obviously, this ...

Steve Knopper: Appetite for Self-Destruction – The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age

Book Review by Danny Goldberg, Truthdig, June 2009

STEVE KNOPPER'S Appetite for Self-Destruction is an entertaining, well-written attempt to chronicle the economic decline of record companies, but his thesis echoes conventional wisdom that ...

The Beatles: You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles by Peter Doggett

Book Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, October 2009

BY NOW all of us should have recovered from our latest dose of Beatlemania, occasioned by the release of the Beatles' remastered back catalogue on ...

Robyn Hitchcock: He Often Dreams of Packaging

Report and Interview by Larry Jaffee, MediaPack, December 2009

LIKE MANY singer-songwriters, Robyn Hitchcock needs to supplement his boundless creativity with art forms in addition to music. Not surprisingly, when he's not releasing albums ...

Top Of The Noughties Pops

Essay by Bob Stanley, Guardian, The, December 2009

Can Bob Stanley listen to every No 1 song from the noughties and escape with his sanity intact? He recalls a musical decade that ranged ...

Frank Zappa, Tom Waits: Frank Zappa's Manager: A Smile On His Lips, And A Pistol Under The Bar

Obituary by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, March 2010

Mick Brown pays tribute to Herb Cohen, who managed Frank Zappa while maintaining an enthusiasm for music, cheese, confectionery and armaments. ...

LCD Soundsystem, The Pixies, The Zombies: Why Your Favourite Band Should Split Up

Overview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, August 2010

From the Pixies to the Zombies, Jude Rogers talks to the bands who chose to burn out, not fade away ...

The BRIT Awards

Comment by Paul Morley, Observer, The, February 2011

THE VOTING ACADEMY for this year's Brit awards is made up of 1,000 specially invited members from across the UK music industry: music critics, music ...

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 ...

The Great Rock'n'Roll Sellout

Report by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, June 2011

Gone are the days when bands would be scorned for getting into bed with corporate sponsors and brands, so what ever happened to "selling out"? ...

Nirvana: Smells Like a Sellout: Nirvana and the Death of Alternative Rock

Essay by Toby Creswell, Rock's Backpages, September 2011

NOWADAYS EVERYBODY ascribes the collapse of the recording industry to illegal downloading. But as Bob Dylan recently observed, "Remember when that Napster guy came up ...

Indie Rock's Slow and Painful Death

Report by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, January 2012

Sales figures suggest alternative rock is in a dismal place right now. Will it ever recover? And should we care? ...

Kim Fowley: Impresario, Svengali, Saint, Devil

Report and Interview by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, April 2012

KIM FOWLEY pulls DVDs, fliers, CDs, a hospital admission slip and more DVDs out of a jumble of media on the mixing board of a ...

The Rolling Stones: Everybody Must Get Stoned: Andrew Loog Oldham Speaks

Interview by Paul Trynka, Rock's Backpages, December 2012

ANDREW OLDHAM'S two books of memoirs, Stoned and 2Stoned, are not only vital, entertaining works on the genesis and growth of the Rolling Stones; they ...

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, ...

Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj: Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne: The Blueprint Group

Profile and Interview by Kate Allen, IDOL, September 2013

"The Blueprint Group makes brands out of rappers and turns their dreams of success into a reality." ...

HMV Revisited

Retrospective by Cliff White, Rock's Backpages, November 2013

AS THE HMV retail chain slowly unravels in the 21st Century multi-tech marketplace, I offer a few off-the-cuff memories of my time working at the ...

The Dave Clark Five: Dave Clark's Miscalculation

Retrospective by Harold Bronson, Rock's Backpages, March 2014

THE fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles' debut in America has occasioned a number of other anniversary TV specials linked to the British Invasion. With a ...

Bert Berns, Solomon Burke: Cry to Him: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns

Book Excerpt by Joel Selvin, 'Here Comes The Night' (Counterpoint Books), April 2014

In these two excerpts from Joel Selvin's splendid new biography of Bert Berns, the soul hustler from the Bronx oversees the 1961 session for Solomon ...

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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