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Barney Hoskyns

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Barney Hoskyns

Barney Hoskyns began writing about music for MELODY MAKER and NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS after leaving Oxford University in 1980. In 1985, he quit his job as staff writer at NME to research a book about soul music. The result was SAY IT ONE TIME FOR THE BROKENHEARTED (UK: Fontana, 1987; Bloomsbury reissue 1998). 

Hoskyns’ other books include JAMES DEAN: SHOOTING STAR (UK: Bloomsbury/ US: Doubleday, 1989), MONTGOMERY CLIFT: BEAUTIFUL LOSER (UK: Bloomsbury/ US: Grove, 1992), ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE: THE BAND AND AMERICA (UK: Viking/US: Hyperion, 1993) and the novel THE LONELY PLANET BOY: A POP ROMANCE (UK/US: Serpent’s Tail, 1995). His WAITING FOR THE SUN: STRANGE DAYS, WEIRD SCENES & THE SOUND OF LOS ANGELES (UK: Viking/US: St. Martin’s Press, 1996) was nominated for a Ralph J. Gleason award in the U.S.

Aside from his books, Hoskyns has written regularly on pop culture and the arts for British VOGUE, where for five years he was a Contributing Editor, and for THE TIMES, THE GUARDIAN, THE INDEPENDENT, THE OBSERVER and ARENA. Between 1993 and 1999, Hoskyns worked as ASSOCIATE EDITOR and then U.S. BUREAU CHIEF of MOJO, simultaneously contributing to such American publications as HARPER'S BAZAAR, INTERVIEW, SPIN and ROLLING STONE, as well as to AMAZON and CDNOW. In 1998, Faber (UK) and Simon & Schuster (US) published his GLAM! BOWIE, BOLAN & THE GLITTER ROCK REVOLUTION, tying in with Todd Haynes’ VELVET GOLDMINE. Haynes provided an introduction. 1999 saw the publication of the bestselling THE MULLET: HAIRSTYLE OF THE GODS, written with Mark Larson and published by Bloomsbury. 

After four years in America, Hoskyns returned to London, writing for GQ (U.S.), SPIN (U.S.), REVOLVER (U.S.), MOJO, THE GUARDIAN, THE INDEPENDENT and the TELEGRAPH magazine. He is a regular broadcaster and pundit on both radio and television, appearing on The TOP TEN series (CHANNEL 4), The I LOVE THE 80s/90s series (BBC 2), WALK ON BY (BBC 2), BEHIND THE MUSIC (VH1) and CLASSIC ALBUMS (BBC2).

In 2000 Barney became Senior Editor of CDNOW in London, leaving to set up Rock’s Backpages. RBP has been acclaimed as a major archival resource by MOJO, THE GUARDIAN, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and many others. Barney recently edited THE SOUND AND THE FURY: A ROCK’S BACKPAGES READER.

2003 saw updated reissues of WAITING FOR THE SUN (Bloomsbury) and ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE (Pimlico), together with the collection RAGGED GLORIES: CITY LIGHTS, COUNTRY FUNK, AMERICAN MUSIC (Pimlico). Barney's latest book, HOTEL CALIFORNIA: SINGER-SONGWRITERS & COCAINE COWBOYS IN THE L.A. CANYONS, is published in the UK by Fourth Estate and in the US by John Wiley & Sons. An accompanying CD, BACK TO CALIFORNIA, is available on Rhino.

Hoskyns' acclaimed biography of Tom Waits, LOWSIDE OF THE ROAD (2009), is published by Faber in the UK and Broadway/Random House in the US. TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT: THE POWER & EXCESS OF LED ZEPPELIN is published by Faber in September 2012.

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23 Skidoo — Don't Play Funky For Me!

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1982

"You see, the people who constantly listen to pop have their ears degraded by wrong style and reiteration, senseless reiteration..."– Unity Mitford, taped on 'Porno ...

AC/DC: Flick Of The Switch

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1983

FOR THOSE about to cry "Oh No Not AC/DC", I refute you. I'm really sorry about this, but they've made some fine records and remain ...

AC/DC, Blue Oyster Cult, Whitesnake: Fantasy Castle: Monsters of Rock!

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, July 1981

BARNEY HOSKYNS straps on his breastplate, girds his loins and takes his sword to the HM Monsters Of Rock joust at Castle Donington. ...

Johnny Adams (1985)

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

Growing up in New Orleans, gospel roots, the country music connection and much more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 57.1mb, total interview length: 1h 02' 15" sound quality: ***

Johnny Adams: The Tan Nightingale (Charly)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1987

CHARLY FOLLOW-UP their 1978 reissue of Johnny's Heart And Soul album with a wider-ranging retrospective on the man also known as the Tan Canary. (Given ...

Patrick Adams: Disco's Secret Master: Patrick Adams

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, December 2007

NOTWITHSTANDING the splendid Hercules & Love Affair, Disco has precious few cult heroes. That once-reviled dilution of funk boasts its share of cult DJs and ...

Ryan Adams (2001)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2001

All about making Gold; rages against the (record company) machine; the Stones and Keef; plays new album tracks... and dreaming about Snoop Dogg's pig joke!

File format: mp3; file size: 84.7mb, interview length: 1h 32' 34" sound quality: ***

Ryan Adams: Country Music and its Alternatives

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

Ryan Adams was alt.country’s brightest hope – the new Gram Parsons, no less – till his band Whiskeytown unravelled. Then he veered off the No ...

Adele: The Great White Hype: Adele's 19

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2008

SOME DAYS it feels like we've time-traveled back to the early Eighties, when every other month coughed up a new BEST WHITE SOUL VOICE YOU'VE ...

Afghan Whigs: The Afghan Whigs

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1993

"The perfect cv: liquor, pugnacity, political incorrectness, Catholic guilt and incorrigible horndoggery..." ...

Air: Moon Safari

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Request, Spring 1998

MODULAR FRENCHMEN Nicolas Godin and Jean Benoit Dunckel need no reminding that French pop has always been a bit of a joke. With the brilliant ...

Air: Pocket Symphony

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2007

SO HIP THEY'RE passé, sexy geekboys Air continue to mine the seam of elegiac futurism wowed ten thousand ad executives back in '98. After the ...

Allman Brothers Band: Southern Men: The Long Tall Saga of the Allman Brothers Band

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 2002

"THIS AIN’T NO fashion show," Duane Allman liked to say. "We came here to play." It was a mission statement that summed up what his ...

Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd: Alabama Shakes: The Saga of Southern Rock

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, April 2012

IT WAS ONLY a matter of time before BBC4 green-lit a Friday night documentary about the sub-genre Southern Rock. The subject is irresistible to connoisseurs ...

Marc Almond: Give This Man An Oscar: The Wilde Side of Marc Almond

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, August 1983

MARC ALMOND is very screwed up about being a pop star, which is what comes of hanging around Nick Cave and Genesis P. Orridge. ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Angry Samoans: The Angry Brigade: Angry Samoans

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1983

ONE OF the singular charms of Back From Samoa by L.A.'s Angry Samoans is that it's over before you even realise you've put it on ...

Aphex Twin: Don't Fear The Aphex: The Weird Genius of Richard James

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, October 2001

WHEN APHEX TWIN released his groundbreaking Selected Ambient Works 85-92 almost a decade ago, the record arrived as a godsend to anyone who loved Kraftwerk ...

Arrested Development: Rural Revolution: Arrested Development

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, February 1993

THE NAME suggests a grungy Midwest punk band, but Arrested Development is actually a black rap family based in Atlanta. Like the "Native Tongue" groups ...

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

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, October 1984

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

Ashford & Simpson, Bobby Womack: Bobby Womack: The Poet (Tamla Motown)/Ashford & Simpson: Street Opera (Capitol)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1982

TWO SOUL products from the mainstream, one of which, The Poet, has been on import since last year, the other being the latest album from ...

The Associates: Boys Keep Swinging: The Associates’ Singles

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

All the 45s from the sublime Scottish duo who briefly threatened to run away with the ‘80s pop circus. ...

The Associates, The Smiths: The Smiths: Meat Is Murder; The Associates: Perhaps

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, Spring 1985

MORRISSEY OF The Smiths is still the unlikeliest pop star of all. Watching him jerk and flounder about on Top Of The Pops last week, ...

Aswad: Conquering Lions Of The Concrete Jungle

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, January 1984

IF REGGAE is dying, how curious that my interest in it is just coming to life. Years of comparative indifference (and ignorance) pass and suddenly ...

Babes in Toyland: Angry Young Women

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1991

ROCK AND ROLL is being hijacked by angry girls with electric guitars. Tired of playing airbrushed pop dollies for salivating male voyeurs, women on ...

Baby Bird, The High Llamas, Sparklehorse, Tindersticks: Tindersticks/Baby Bird/High Llamas/Sparklehorse: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, 1995

IT'S RARE enough these days that you find two decent bands on the same bill, let alone four. So hats off to the New Musical ...

Burt Bacharach: Back to the Brilliance of Bacharach

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, August 1990

Anyone who has a heart, including a new generation of British youngsters, is still falling for the magical Sixties music of Burt Bacharach, says Barney ...

Burt Bacharach: The Look Of Love

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1997

Three-CD box packing 75 examples of highly-crafted pop magic and spanning four decades. The gang’s all here — Dionne, Dusty, Cilla — with only Aretha’s ...

Burt Bacharach: The Backpages Interview: Burt Bacharach

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

RBP: What exactly did Sony BMG's Rob Stringer say that prompted you to try something so different with At This Time? ...

Badly Drawn Boy: The Hour of Bewilderbeast (XL/Twisted Nerve)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Spin, Summer 2000

ENGLAND’S SEARCH for post-Britpop heroes goes on. Following the Oasis implosion, everyone’s looking to the bedsit mavericks to save the day: Summer 2000 saw indie ...

Anita Baker: Live at Wembley Arena

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, June 1990

ANITA BAKER remains a remarkable phenomenon: an intimate, improvisatory jazz-soul songstress who gigs in vast, impersonal hangars such as Wembley Arena. She should be appearing ...

Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle: Women Soul Singers

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1990

FOR ALL THE LEGENDARY kings of soul music, the Sam Cookes and Otis Reddings and Marvin Gayes, the true spirit of this great black American ...

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters: Hank Ballard (1987)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 1987

From Alabama to Detroit, from The Royals to The Midnighters, the great Hank Ballard tells of Clyde McPhatter, Billy Ward, King Records and 'The Twist' and 'Work With Me Annie'

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 42.2meg, total interview length: 46' 05" sound quality: ***

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: ****

The Band: Elliott Landy on Photographing The Band (1991)

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

The great rock photographer remembers his time working with The Band, from Woodstock and Big Pink to Los Angeles and The Band sessions.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 46.7mb, total interview length: 50' 57" sound quality: ****

The Band: Heart & Soul: The Band

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1994

MENTION THE BAND TO PEOPLE IN 1993 and the chances are they'll say: "What band?" So much for the enduring legacy of the finest group ...

The Band: Cahoots

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Capitol Records, October 2000

IRONICALLY, after the release of Stage Fright in September 1970, The Band spent the ensuing three months touring America. "We had it set up pretty ...

The Band: Music From Big Pink

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Capitol Records, October 2000

IT ALL BEGAN with a house. An unremarkable ranch house sitting at the end of a long dirt driveway in the shadow of a mountain ...

The Band: Stage Fright

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Capitol Records, October 2000

THE BAND had good reason to call their third album Stage Fright. On the eve of their live debut at Bill Graham’s Winterland theater in ...

The Band: The Band

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Capitol Records, October 2000

'TWAS IN the early summer of 1968 that legendary rock promoter Bill Graham drove up to the Catskill mountains to propose that The Band make ...

The Band: The Last Waltz

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 2002

SIXTEEN YEARS, man.....Five years backing the Hawk; two more backing Bob Dylan, for Chrissakes. And then almost a decade on their own, a Band with ...

The Band's Levon Helm (1998)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1998

The Band's drummer takes us from West Memphis nightclubs to The Hawks to Dylan to Big Pink to Muddy Waters, and along the way touches on his break with Robbie Robertson and the death of Richard Manuel

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 81.1meg, total interview length: 1h 28' 37" sound quality: **

The Band's Rick Danko (1995)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1995

A fascinating interview with Rick Danko about living in Woodstock, the Big Pink ("actually magenta") , and working in the Basement with Bob Dylan.

File format: mp3 File size: 28.5mb Interview length: 31 minutes 13 seconds Sound quality: ****

The Band, Bob Dylan: Million Dollar Bash: Dylan and The Band

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, Fall 2003

A LOT OF MUSICIANS have played with Bob Dylan over the last forty-odd years, but none of them has quite had the special relationship with ...

The Band, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin: Choo Choo Ch’Boogie: Festival Express 1970

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2004

IT WAS THE Lollapalooza of its day – a week-long, three-date circus of a rock and roll tour featuring The Band, Buddy Guy, Janis Joplin, ...

The Band, Ronnie Hawkins: Ronnie Hawkins (1991)

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

The Hawk recalls rockin' out of Canada with his teenage Hawks - road stories, show business sharks and wild times, taking in Roulette's Morris Levy, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and, of course, ex-Hawks The Band.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 81mb, total interview length: 1h 18' 25" sound quality: ***

The Band, Levon Helm: Levon Helm: Dirt Farmer

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2007

LEVON HELM was the southern heart of that essentially Canadian group The Band, the drummer/singer/mandolinist who gave Robbie Robertson's songs their corn-starch authenticity. Helm it ...

The Band, Levon Helm: Oh Brother Where Art Thou? The Night They Drove Ole Levon Down

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 2012

IN THE BACKWOODS gang that was The Band, Levon Helm was the lean and wiry chancer with one eye on the ladies and a voice ...

The Band, Levon Helm: The Weight on Levon Helm

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1998

LEVON HELM is perched on the arm of a carved wooden chair in his large house-cum-recording studio in Woodstock, N.Y., and he’s cackling his head ...

The Band, Levon Helm: The Shape I'm In: Levon Helm

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, October 2009

IF LEVON HELM'S studios have a Green Room, then this must be it. A ramshackle den leading off a homely wooden kitchen, it's currently crawling ...

The Band, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm: Garth Hudson on Levon Helm

Memoir by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 2012

"THE FIRST TIME I saw Levon in action was in Woodstock, Ontario, about thirty-five miles from London, where I grew up. Ronnie and the Hawks ...

The Band, Robbie Robertson: Robbing America for a storyline thread

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, October 1991

ROBBIE ROBERTSON should be used to jetlag. He spent 16 years on the road as a member of The Band and knows only too well ...

The Band, Robbie Robertson: The Backpages Interview: Robbie Robertson

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

RBP: A Musical History seems like a formidable undertaking. ...

Lester Bangs: Rock 'n' roll as literature, literature as rock 'n' roll.

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1994

Whither Rock Gomorrah, the great gonzo hack's unpublished swansong? ...

Lester Bangs, Big Star: The Great Lig in the Sky: The Legendary Rock Writers Convention of May 1973

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2006

ON MEMORIAL DAY weekend in May 1973, over a hundred of the leading rock writers of the day flew into Memphis, Tennessee, for 72 hours ...

The Barracudas, New Race, The Saints: The Saints: Out In The Jungle (Flicknife)/The Barracudas: Mean Time (Closer)/New Race: The First And The Last

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, April 1983

I MUST applaud the mysterious Tony D for his live review of The Barracudas (12/2/83) – the gig excited me in exactly the same way. ...

Basement Jaxx: Itchy and Scratchy: In Praise of the Basement Boys

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, March 2007

BEING OF A certain (old) age, dance culture is something I’ve pretty much grown out of. If I’m really honest, I was already semi-alienated before ...

The Beach Boys: Brian Wilson and the Legend of Smile

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, 'Waiting For The Sun', 1996

BY THE TIME ‘Good Vibrations’ had hit No.1 at the end of 1966, Brian was firmly committed to extending pop's boundaries as far as he ...

The Beach Boys: Hang On To Your Egos: The Beach Boys at 50

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2012

NOTE: With a few minor differences, this was the piece that ran as a MOJO cover story in June 2012.* ...

The Beach Boys: Mister Optimism: Mike Love Talks

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2008

OVER 45 YEARS have passed since three Californian brothers and their first cousin formed a rocking little combo that harmonized angelically on classic songs about ...

The Beach Boys (2012)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2012

Messrs Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnstone and David Marks look back at the old days, from the Surf era through Pet Sounds and into the '70s: the songs, the sounds, the good times and bad.

File format: mp3; file size: 64.8mb, interview length: 1h 10' 48" sound quality: ****

The Beach Boys: Smiley Smile/Wild Honey; Beach Boys Concert/Live In London

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Vox, November 1990

WHEN I FIRST BOUGHT Smiley Smile (1967) as a spotty 15-year-old in the mid-'70s, I was pretty astounded by how radically wacko it was. I'd ...

The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones: Rockumentaries on the Biography Channel

Film/DVD/TV Review by Mark Pringle, Mat Snow, Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2001

Not long ago, any glimpse on the box of a great musician was like catching sight of the lesser spotted grebe – all the lovelier ...

The Beach Boys, Van Dyke Parks: Wouldn't It Have Been Nice: An Interview with Van Dyke Parks

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, January 2002

VAN DYKE PARKS was the intellectual southerner who penned the baroque, cryptic lyrics for 'Surf's Up', 'Heroes and Villains' and other Brian Wilson masterpieces. He ...

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: ***

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: 'Brian Wilson is a Genius': The Birth of a Cult

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, September 1995

ONE OF THE key moments in I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times, record producer Don Was’s black-and-white film about Brian Wilson of the Beach ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson Smiles Again: Live at the Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2004

WE STILL HAVE so much invested in the idea of Brian Wilson’s genius. Three decades since he last wrote a genuinely great song, we continue ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: Imagination (Giant)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Spin, August 1998

IT IS HARD NOT TO harbour mixed feelings about Brian Wilson in the late '90s. While it’s great that he’s up and about (and not ...

The Beastie Boys: There's Something about the Beastie Boys

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Request, December 1998

I CAN STILL REMEMBER the morning, way back in the sweaty London summer of 1983, when three skinny New York wiseasses burst into the New ...

The Beat, Fleetwood Mac: The US Festival: Us & Them

Report by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1982

That Woz the Fest that Woz! Barney Hoskyns takes a bite of the rotten Apple and hangs his head in despair ...

Beck in Los Angeles, part 1 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1997

Beck talks to Barney Hoskyns about hip hop, folk, blues and the making and success of Odelay.

File format: mp3 File size: 27.6mb Interview length: 40 minutes 18 seconds Sound quality: ****

Beck in Los Angeles, part 2 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1997

Beck talks to Barney Hoskyns about country music, Los Angeles, his artist grandfather, Tom Waits and more.

File format: mp3 File size: 24.4mb Interview length: 35 minutes 39 seconds Sound quality: ****

Beck, Al Hansen, and the new Art Rock

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, World Art, September 1998

LAST MAY, "Beck and Al Hansen: Playing With Matches" opened at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. This fall and winter the exhibition can be ...

Beck: Guero

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2005

Funky-go-lucky yin to the mournful Drake-meets-Gainsbourg yang of Sea Change. ...

Beck: Live at Town Hall, NYC

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1999

With the MTV Unplugged era now firmly behind us, Beck is at some pains to explain that tonight’s show - one of only two in ...

Beck: the Mix-up Kid

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1997

ON A WARM January afternoon of the kind that’s almost unique to Los Angeles, an enormous lime-green 1969 Chevrolet pickup is lumbering noisily up a ...

Beck: Being For the Benefit of Mr. Hansen

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, September 1999

THE GANG’S all here: Yoko Ono and Gwyneth Paltrow, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, Kate Moss and Evan Dando. All have ventured out on a ...

Beck: The Shock of the Old: Beck and the New Roots Explosion

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1998

"...to be an American (unlike English or French or whatever) is precisely to imagine a destiny rather than to inherit one; since we have always ...

Beck, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Supergrass: Radiohead/Beck/Supergrass/Sigur Ros/Humphrey Lyttelton/Rock Of Travolta/Hester Thrale: South Park, Oxford, Saturday 7th July

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, July 2001

IF IT WASN'T quite the summer garden party it should have been, Radiohead's big homecoming bash at Oxford's South Park was mostly (or at least ...

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 ...

Barry Beckett: Soul Provider: Muscle Shoals keyboard legend Barry Beckett in His Own Words

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2009

NOTE: This is a pretty straight transcript of what the late Barry Beckett said to me in his new Warner Brothers office in Nashville in ...

The Stylistics, Thom Bell: Sweet Soul Symphonics: Thom Bell and the Stylistics

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, November 2007

THE STYLISTICS were a permanent fixture on the British pop charts of the early '70s. Every tenth record that came out of my tinny transistor ...

William Bell: Do Right Man (Charly)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, August 1984

‘YOU DON'T Miss Your Water’ was only the fifth single on Stax. That was 1961, and pipe-smoking William Bell was there not only to see ...

Bert Berns: The Soul Man with a Huckster's Heart

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1998

HE WAS, said Jerry Wexler, "a paunchy, nervous cat with a shock of unruly black hair". He looked like a vaguely disreputable cross between Gene ...

Richard Berry (1993)

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

The 'Louie Louie' man looks back at his youth in Los Angeles, cutting his first records, the crooks and the rip-offs, and his battle to regain the rights to his most famous song.

File format: mp3; file size: 42.1mb; Interview length: 45' 56"; sound quality: ****

Big Country, U2: Epic Affirmation: U2 and Big Country

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, November 1984

WITH ALL THE hype of chart pop proving more contagious that ever, what chance does the passionate old dream of rock now stand? If Jon ...

Big Star: Big Star Third at London's Barbican

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, May 2012

I WENT TO LONDON'S BARBICAN last night, fully prepared to be underwhelmed and unsatisfied: so many of these album recreations are too ramshackle for their ...

Big Star: Big Star Story (Rykodisc)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2004

Mildly unsatisfactory smattering of tracks by genius Memphis quartet/trio – the acme of twisted '70s power pop. ...

Big Star: Jim Dickinson on the making of Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers (1999)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1999

The legendary Memphis musician and producer looks back at the making of Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers. It's all here: the characters and the chaos, the fun and the frustrations. Great story-telling.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 53.6mb, total interview length: 58' 34" sound quality: * (phone interview)

Alex Chilton, Big Star: The Man Who Preferred Not To: Alex Chilton

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Dig, The (Japan), November 1999

IF EVERYONE who heard the Velvet Underground in the ’60s formed a band – so the joke goes – then everyone who heard Big Star ...

Alex Chilton, Big Star: Wayward Sons: The Ballad of Big Star

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 2000

THE SUN is going down on Memphis, site of rock’n’roll’s immaculate conception and explosive birth. On a warm spring evening, the Mississippi’s purplish-brown waters are ...

Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg: Creme Anglaise: Jane Birkin

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, May 2003

THE REMAINS of an English breakfast stand on a table, and several bags are strewn around the room – one of them a well-worn example ...

Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg: Jane Birkin: Je T’Aime… Moi Aussi!

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, January 2003

FOR THOSE of you who missed it, the general premise of the current TV ad for Kronenberg 1664 lager is as follows: If Britain were ...

The Birthday Party: The Bad Seed EP

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1983

"IF, LOVING a woman more than anything in the world, or anticipating the possibility of such a love, one were suddenly to see her chained ...

The Birthday Party, Nick Cave: Primal Pain at the Psychos' Party: The Birthday Party at the Venue, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, March 1982

WHEN The Birthday Party last desecrated this tabernacle of modern nightlife, a generally sloppy show produced the intemperate engorgement of Drunk On The Pope's Blood, ...

The Birthday Party, Nick Cave: Sometimes Pleasure Heads Must Burn - A Manhattan Melodrama starring the Birthday Party

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, October 1981

IT'S A CHILL, exposed night in New York City. The East Coast has only just recovered from a week of torrential rains, and winds sweeping ...

The Birthday Party, Nick Cave: The Lyre of Cave: An Interview

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2004

RBP: Could you have imagined, all those years ago, that you’d have this amazingly even and consistent career? ...

Björk: Post

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1995

POP IS BACK, rock is dead (again). That, at any rate, is one conclusion we could draw from the success of Bjork Gudmundsdottir. ...

Björk: Bjork: Love Her or Loathe Her?

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, New Woman, Spring 1996

THERE SEEMS TO be a bit of a backlash against Bjork Gudmundsdottir, but God knows why. From every angle she strikes me as a thrilling ...

Björk: Losing My Origin: Björk's 20-Year Voyage Into the Musical Unknown

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, July 2007

I HAVE A ten-year-old son who loves OutKast and Kanye West but recoils in horror when I play favourite albums by Kate Bush or Mary ...

Frank Black: Honeycomb

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, August 2005

MUCH HAS changed in the world of Chester Thompson, aka Frank Black, in the last two years. He's parted company from trusty sidekicks the Catholics, ...

Frank Black: The Backpages Interview: Frank Black

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

RBP: Where did the idea of going down south to record Honeycomb come from? ...

Black Box Recorder: The Facts of Life

Review by Barney Hoskyns, CDNOW.com, 2000

TIRED OF Brit guitar bands? Luke Haines of British trio Black Box Recorder is. Which is why he’s finally disbanded his old (guitar) group the ...

The Black Crowes: Not Shaven But Raven: The Black Crowes at Newport Centre

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, January 1995

WHEN THEY emerged in 1990, it was difficult not to hate the Black Crowes: they were too retro for their own damn good. Led by ...

Black Flag and All That

Memoir by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, Winter 2007

THE RECENT PUBLICATION of Joe Carducci's moving and fascinating Enter Naomi: SST, L.A. and All That... (Wyoming: Redoubt Press) takes me back 25 years to ...

Black Flag in the California Scum

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

WHEN BLACK FLAG came to England last winter, they felt more than the ice and snow – they felt the cold studs on leather jackets, ...

Black Flag, The Dils, The Germs, The Weirdos: Marc Spitz with Brendan Mullen: We Got the Neutron Bomb - The Untold Story of L.A. Punk

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, Village Voice, The, 2001

IT'S KINDA IRONIC that the untold story of the Los Angeles punk scene should be officially told (tolled?) at a time when New York City ...

Black Flag, Tav Falco's Panther Burns: Black Flag: Damaged (Unicorn/SST, import)/Panther Burns: Behind The Magnolia Curtains (Rough Trade)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1982

AS GUN Clubs and Blasters abound and multiply from the original Slash stock of X’s and Flesh Eaters, the LA hard punk core gets back ...

Black Sabbath: Live Evil (Vertigo)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1983

THE ORIGINAL BLACK Sabbath was a primal slum punk band, a scummy brummie leather-and-crucifix reaction to middle-class flower power. Now they're just another Stateside stadium ...

Black Sabbath: Prole Metal to Ozzy and Beyond

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Creem, 1982

FROM THE first oafish gothic crash of 'Black Sabbath' it was clear this band was dumb. Really intensely dumb. Even in that first hearing there ...

Bobby Bland: Bobby 'Blue' Bland (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1989

Bobby Bland talks about his influences, including MOR men like Perry Como and Andy Williams, and about the ups and downs of his career. Oh, and how C.L. Franklin gave him "the squall".

File format: mp3 File size: 15.8mb Interview length: 17 minutes 12 seconds Sound quality: ****

Bobby Bland: For Members Only: Bobby Bland on Malaco

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Malaco Records, October 2010

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

Bobby Bland: Malaco: Soul’s Retirement Home

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

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

Bobby Bland: Two Steps from the Blues: The Gospel According to Bobby 'Blue' Bland

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, From a Whisper to a Scream (Fontana Books), 1991

WHEN HOWLIN' WOLF left Memphis for Chicago in late 1952, Sun Records' Sam Phillips was left with a crop of younger blues singers who in ...

Mary J. Blige: The Drama of Being Mary J. Blige

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, November 2005

"WE LOVE YOU, MARY!" The shouts float up from isolated pockets in the plush auditorium housed within Columbus Circle's glitzy Time Warner building. Mary J. ...

Blondie: The Misfits

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1999

"And you don’t stop/Do the punk rock..." ...

Blondie, Debbie Harry: Debbie Harry: A Chat with the Punk Pop Queen!

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Daily Express, 2000

WHAT A difference a year makes. The last time I spoke with Debbie Harry she was gearing up for the release of the first Blondie ...

The Blow Monkeys: Blow Monkeys: Do The Atom Drum Bop

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1984

I KNOW the dismay and disgust with pop music is getting a mite predictable round these parts, but it does seem that new nadirs are ...

The Blue Nile: Paul Buchanan Phones Home

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1995

WE'VE BEEN IN ALL sorts of places for a couple of years, just meandering around the world on a fairly frugal basis – America, Italy, ...

The Blue Nile: Peace with Honour: The Blue Nile

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, June 1996

WHEN PAUL Buchanan opens the new Blue Nile album with the question "Now that I’ve found peace at last/Tell me, Jesus, will it last?", his ...

The Blue Nile (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1989

Paul Buchanan and Robert Bell on the lengthy process of recording their second album, Hats, and about musical purity versus commercial acceptance.

File format: mp3; file size: 33.8mb, interview length: 36' 56" sound quality: ***

The Blue Nile: High (Sanctuary)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, July 2004

ANYONE WHO loves the Blue Nile as much as I do will know there is something profoundly holy about their music. Twenty years after the ...

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 Blue Orchids: University of London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, May 1982

PETE WYLIE travelled the length of greater England to see them, so why weren't you there? ...

Bobby Womack: It's All Over Now: Remembering Bobby Womack

Memoir by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2014

[This is the original – and very slightly different – version of a piece that appeared in the Observer on 29 June, 2014.] ...

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

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Harpers & Queen, 1998

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

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

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Daily Mirror, September 2002

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

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

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2010

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

Bon Jovi: Jon Bon Jovi on the Beach

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Woman, 1997

THE ROCKAWAY BEACH housewives can’t quite believe their eyes. Leaning moodily against a lamp-post on this faded seaside street is the drop-dead-handsome rock star they ...

Booker T & The MGs: The Backroom Boys: Booker T & the MGs

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 2001

IF EVER THERE WAS a piece of music that deserved the epithet "timeless", it’s Booker T. & the MGs’ ‘Green Onions’. The most basic of ...

David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust, now a man of wealth and taste

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, June 2002

IT IS NO COINCIDENCE that June 2002 is turning out to be David Bowie month. This time 30 years ago, trading under the plastic-fantastic moniker ...

David Bowie: Mr. Bowie Changes Trains: Station to Station

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, December 2013

NOTE: This essay on one of Bowie's greatest records was written for the artist Doug Aitken's (partially-Bowie-inspired) Station to Station exhibition, which travelled by train ...

Bread: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Elektra Records, Summer 1996

IN SO MANY ways, Bread’s is a quintessentially L.A. pop story. An Oklahoman and a Tennessean make their separate ways to Hollywood in the early ...

Ike Turner, Jackie Brenston: 'Rocket "88"' and the Birth of Rock & Roll

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, James Maycock, MOJO, February 2002

AND GOD SAID, Let There Be Rock'n'Roll... ...

Bronski Beat: What Is Bronski Beat?

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Spin, May 1985

MEET WHAT IS perhaps the first real gay group in the history of pop. They’re not drag queens, not even sure they want to be ...

James Brown (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 2003

James Brown talks about survival, mistrust, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Invention of Funk.

File format: mp3 File size: 28.5mb Interview length: 31 minutes 8 seconds Sound quality: ***

James Brown: The Prisoner

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 1998

"How do you stop... before it’s too late?" ...

James Brown: Super Bad: James Brown

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2004

JAMES BROWN’S road manager Charles Bobbitt takes me to one side and places a friendly paw on my forearm. ...

James Brown, The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers/James Brown: Hyde Park, London, 20th June

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

JUST HOW SERIOUSLY can you take the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Or am I missing the point? ...

Ruth Brown

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1995

Rock 'n' roll treated her mean, but Ruth Brown is back with a vengeance. ...

Jackson Browne in London, part 1 (1993)

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

On songwriting – the political versus the personal – and the making of his album I'm Alive, his brushes with movie soundtrack songwriting, and his love of pop music.

File format: mp3 File size: 28.9mb Interview length: 31 minutes 35 seconds Sound quality: ****

Jackson Browne in London, part 2 (1993)

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

JB on the rise of country rock, the Ash Grove and Troubadour scenes, David Geffen, the notorious Elektra Ranch and the singer songwriter movement.

File format: mp3 File size: 36.4mb Interview length: 39 minutes 46 seconds Sound quality: ****

Jeff Buckley: Grace (Legacy Edition) (Columbia)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, October 2004

Remastered version of the original 1994 album with second CD of outtakes/rarities and DVD of Grace vids and footage of Buckley in Bearsville, New York. ...

Esquivel, Jeff Buckley: Conference Call: Jeff Buckley interviews Esquivel

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, Summer 1996

Take a ride on the mood music elevator as MOJO’s favourite young lion Jeff Buckley enjoys a transcontinental chinwag with space-age septuagenarian Esquivel. ...

Esquivel, Jeff Buckley: Jeff Buckley interviews Esquivel (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1996

Jeff Buckley asks the questions, and Esquivel gives us a glimpse of his happy half-century of music making.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 40.6meg, total interview length: 44' 20" sound quality: **

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

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

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

Burial: Love Among the Ruins: Burial and the Poetics of Hoodie Dubstep

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, December 2007

IF I'M WRITING about dubstep, then it's officially over as a trend. I don't even know what dubstep is, and I'm not sure I need ...

Burrito Deluxe: The Whole Enchilada

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

Inoffensive country rock featuring original Burrito Brother Sneaky Pete Kleinow plus Band deity Garth Hudson on keyboards. ...

Kate Bush: Hounds of Love

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 1997

FEW WOMEN HAVE expanded the vocabulary of rock as bewitchingly as Kate Bush; among male stars, only Prince may have taken as many risks. Hounds ...

The Bush Tetras, E.S.G., Scritti Politti, The Strokes: Various Artists: Yes New York/New York Noise/Post Punk 01

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2003

AH MANHATTAN, so much to answer for – and so in vogue as a rock metropolis after decades as a Hip Hop Mecca. Yes New ...

Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions, Jerry Butler: Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler & The Impressions: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, July 1983

FEW THINGS in this amorphous and inchoate universe are so perfect as ‘I’m So Proud’ or ‘Woman’s Got Soul’ – or very nearly any of ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Butterfield Blues Band: The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw/In My Own Dream

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

THE 1967 departure of BB Band axedude Mike Bloomfield provided fellow Windy City man Elvin Bishop with the chance to come in and revamp Paul ...

The Byrds: Mr Tambourine Man, Turn! Turn! Turn!, Fifth Dimension, Younger Than Yesterday

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1996

ROCK HISTORY IS STRIATED BY THE INFLUENCE OF The Byrds. Theirs is one of the great stylistic lineages, forever shadowing those of the Fabs and ...

J.J. Cale: 25 Years From Tulsa: J.J. Cale

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, April 1996

FIFTEEN MINUTES before J.J. Cale is due to take the famous stage of Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall, a wiry, hobo-ish figure can be seen wandering across ...

J.J. Cale (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1996

The 'After Midnight' Man takes us back to Tulsa, and on to L.A.: how he's stayed a step outside the music business, how Clapton's 'After Midnight' cover saved his ass, and on the changes he's seen in his many years as a musician

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 41.2meg, total interview length: 44' 58" sound quality: ***

John Cale: A Stronger Music to Die In: John Cale’s New Society

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1983

"The great Welsh singer, pianist, guitarist, composer and arranger, who in 1967 was responsible for the most significant structural change in rock since Elvis's Sun ...

Mariah Carey: Butterfly

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rolling Stone, October 1997

ON WHAT IS something of a transitional album, the recently separated Mariah Carey moves still further away from the warmed-over Whitney Houston of Carey's early ...

James Carr: At The Dark End Of The Street (Blue Side, import)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1987

"THE WORLD'S Greatest Soul Singer", boasts the cover of this magnificent album, and I ain't about to argue. In fact I have long regarded the ...

James Carr: Lost Soul: James Carr

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2000

THE SETTING is not a promising one. It’s late on a muggy Friday night, a "blues" club on Bleecker Street, NYC, June of 1996. A ...

James Carr, O.V. Wright: Roosevelt Jamison on James Carr (and O.V. Wright) (1985)

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

Roosevelt Jamison – friend, mentor and sometime manager – remembers deep soul greats James Carr and O.V. Wright.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 47.2mb, total interview length: 51' 37" sound quality: ***

Johnny Cash (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1996

Johnny Cash talks to Barney Hoskyns about his health, his religion, his revival with Rick Rubin, and the myth of the Million Dollar Quartet

File format: mp3; file size: 50.5mb, interview length: 55' 07" sound quality: ****

Johnny Cash: A Law Unto Himself

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1996

WE'RE PASSING through Andover, Kansas, scene of one of the worst tornadoes in American history: a monstrous twister that levelled the little town and took ...

Johnny Cash: Out Of The Blue and Into The Black: Johnny Cash

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, April 2012

IT'S NOT EXACTLY boom-chicka-boom, but the twangy guitar part that kicks off Johnny Cash's 1971 album Man In Black is the same minimal single-string picking ...

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Old Saint Nick: Nick Cave

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Dazed & Confused, October 2004

ON ABATTOIR BLUES, the cheerily-titled first half of the new double album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, there is a song called ‘There ...

Grinderman, Nick Cave: Grinderman: Grinderman

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, April 2007

THE NEW NAME - the alter ego, the Bad Seeds doppelganger - sounds like some hideous Saw-style horror flick. Nick Cave recasts The Hitcher in ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Her Majesty's Theatre, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2013

AT 55 NICK CAVE remains an impressive advert for the dissolute life. Squint at the guy on the stage of Her Majesty's Theatre and – ...

The Chambers Brothers: Time for The Chambers Brothers!

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Mojo Collections, December 2001

IN THE STANDARD ANNALS OF "black rock", the acknowledged progenitors tend to be the usual suspects – Hendrix, Sly, Love. But there was another act ...

James Chance: James White & the Contortions: Second Chance (PVC)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1981

IT ALL depends how deranged you are to start with. James Chance – née White, née Black – makes impossibly futile, dead music, fit only ...

Charlatans, The (US): The Charlatans: San Francisco 1969

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

Reissue of the trailblazing Haight-Ashbury band’s official but very belated debut. ...

Ray Charles: Genius And Soul

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1997

Luscious five-CD box of gospel/country/blues/soul classics spanning five decades and thirteen labels in the genre-busting career of Brother Ray. ...

Madonna, Oliver Cheatham: Cheek to Cheatham: Madonna/Oliver Cheatham

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1983

FROM CHIC TO STREET: BARNEY HOSKYNS FINDS OUT HOW FAR MADONNA AND OLIVER CHEATHAM HAVE MOTORED SINCE QUITTING DETROIT VIA THE DANCE STUDIOS OF NEW ...

The Chemical Brothers, Flaming Lips: King Coyne Meets The Chemicals Uptown: A Summit Meeting with the Lips and the Chems

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, October 2003

SOMEHOW IT WAS inevitable that the Chemical Brothers – those High Priests of the rock/dance interface – would one day work with Oklahoma City's Finest. ...

Chic: Hammersmith Odeon, October 1979

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1998

So few and far between are the live performances that have made any real impression on me that they actually stick out in the memory ...

Chic, Donna Summer: Your Booty, My 12-Inch: Disco Revisited

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 1998

YOWSAH, YOWSAH, YOWSAH. Twenty years after the dizzy heights of Discomania, the monster is back in our midst – in movies like Paul Thomas Anderson’s ...

The Chi-Lites: The Complete Chi-Lites on Brunswick, Vols. 1 and 2 (Edsel)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2004

Definitive comp of Windy City vocal-group soulsters beloved of Tony Soprano. ...

Eric Clapton: Blues God Without An Axe To Grind

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, February 1991

WHEN THAT crazed blues fanatic scrawled the words "CLAPTON IS GOD" on a London wall in 1966, he ushered in the cult of the guitar ...

Cliff Richard, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant, Status Quo: Lunching with the Elder Statesmen of Charity Rock: The Nordoff-Robbins Concert, Knebworth

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, July 1990

WHEN QUINCY JONES gathered together his USA For Africa superstars to record 'We are the World' five years ago, he pinned a sign outside the ...

The Clark Sisters: Is The Lord Bored With Disco?

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, August 1983

GOD MUST be tired of pop music. The most popular female gospel act in America, Detroit's Clark Sisters, have the first gospel record in a ...

The Clash and Stimulin at The Lyceum: The Parody Lingers On

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1981

THE PATH of Joe Strummer is, as we know, lined with well-intentioned, golden-hearted errors, and the first of tonight's was Stimulin, whose sound mix was ...

Clinic: Internal Wrangler (Domino)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, CDNOW.com, 2000

THE SGT. PEPPER outfits are one thing – like the Beatles, Clinic hail from Liverpool – but the surgical masks are something else again. (According ...

George Clinton, Parliament: Parliament: Uncut Funk — The Bomb

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1986

GEORGE CLINTON is one of the great people of the 20th century. Probably you know this already. He took the funk legacy of James Brown ...

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana: The Last Star: Kurt Cobain

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Observer Music Monthly, June 2002

Why Kurt Cobain's legacy is worth fighting – or at least waiting – for ...

Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser (2000)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 2000

Ms Fraser on singing and singers; on being a Cocteau Twin; her relationship with Robin Guthrie; friends and conspiritors such as Peter Gabriel, Damon Albarn and Jeff Buckley.

File format: mp3; file size: 72.9mb, interview length: 1 h 19' 38" sound quality: ***

Cocteau Twins: Head Over Heels (4AD)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, Fall 1983

THE COCTEAU TWINS are innocents aboard the jolly roger of "positive-punk" specimens, blushing songbirds amidst the mascara'd goth macaws of Gene Loves Jezebel and Xmal ...

Cocteau Twins: Milk And Kisses (Fontana)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1996

AN UNFORGIVABLE THING happened in 1994. The Cocteau Twins released arguably their finest album to date, Four Calendar Cafe, only to have it roundly ignored ...

Cocteau Twins: The Cocteau Twins

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Dig, The (Japan), Fall 2000

ONE OF the hardest jobs I’ve ever had as a music writer – as a music fan – is defending the Cocteau Twins against people ...

Cocteau Twins: The Cocteau Twins: We Are Not Amused

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 2000

"FUCKING HELL," says the tiny, tortured woman as she shakes her birdlike head. "I just wish I knew what the fucking hell happened. ’Cause everyone’s ...

Coldplay: Parachutes

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, December 2000

A KEY STRAIN of early aughties rock is a school of bands desperately emulating the whiteboy guitar angst of Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke. First ...

Judy Collins: Judy Collins 3/In Concert

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

ARGUABLY THE best female folk voice of the age, Judy Collins brought a fresh commercial edge to the early ‘60s East Coast folk revival. Her ...

Shawn Colvin: A Conversation

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, November 2004

RBP: 15 years into your recording career, how do you look back on it? Are you content with what you’ve achieved? ...

Shawn Colvin's Small Repairs

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1997

AFTER A great deal of wandering throughout the 40 years of her life - from smalltown South Dakota to Ontario to San Francisco to New ...

Ry Cooder: The Ry Cooder Interview, parts 1-3 (2005)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2005

From his youth in Santa Monica via the Ash Grove scene through to movie soundtracks and his explorations of world musics: Ry on the music business, his fellow musicians and his politically progressive background and instincts.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 76.2meg, total interview length: 83' 11" sound quality: ***

Ry Cooder: His Name is Flathead: An Interview with Ry Cooder

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2008

With his new album, Ry Cooder completes the trilogy of records about 1940s/50s California that began with Chavez Ravine and continued with My Name Is ...

Ry Cooder: Man of the World: Ry Cooder

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2005

RYLAND PETER COODER is a man out of time – at the very least a fish out of water. In London to promote his superb ...

Ry Cooder: Chavez Ravine (Nonesuch)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2005

AFTER A DECADE of travels that's taken him from Timbuktu to Cuba, Ry Cooder has come home to shine a light on a shameful episode ...

Ry Cooder: I, Flathead (Nonesuch)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, August 2008

Final instalment of Cooder's "trilogy" time-traveling back to '40's/'50s California, here exploring a lost world of steel guitarists and salt-flat drag racers. Comes complete with ...

Ry Cooder: The Backpages Interview: Ry Cooder

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

RBP: Do you remember the folk scene of the early '60s as being polarized on more or less political/commercial grounds? How do you recall the ...

Fatboy Slim, Norman Cook: Fatboy Slim Must Die: A Night with Norman Cook

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Revolver, Winter 2000

ON THE stroke of midnight, at an uber-groovy establishment in lower midtown Manhattan, an elongated 37-year-old Englishman is heading off to work. Or rather: easing ...

Sam Cooke: Live at the Harlem Square Club

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 1997

MOST OF SAM Cooke's pop hits were sugary, blanched affairs. This album was the real deal, giving us the church-reared R&B singer who liked to ...

Sam Cooke: The Soul Stirrer: Sam Cooke

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1995

FEW ENTERTAINERS have fallen quite so far from grace as Sam Cooke did when he died, 30 years ago, at the Hacienda Motel in south-central ...

Julian Cope: World Shut Your Mouth (Mercury)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1984

I FEAR WE might shut our collective gob for the rest of time and we still wouldn’t get a good Julian Cope album. I didn’t ...

Elvis Costello: "Now is the time, and the time is as good as any": The Elvis Costello Interview

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, RAM, November 1983

IF THE GREAT GREY they put the numb into number and the boot into beauty, then who, pray, puts the El into the element within? ...

Elvis Costello: El Hath No Fury: Elvis Costello

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Wire, June 1991

"WHEN YOU GET OLD IT'S LIKE they go to the file for the opinions on you," said Elvis Costello last time he was on the ...

Elvis Costello (1983)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1983

Imperial Bedroom vs. Punch the Clock; Emerick vs. Lowe vs. Langer/Winstanley; reassessing his back catalogue and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 83.9meg, total interview length: 1h 31' 41" sound quality: ***

Elvis Costello (1991)

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

Mr McManus on new album Mighty Like A Rose: the songs, the production and the musicians; his split from the Attractions; new music, and his admiration for The Band.

File format: mp3; file size: 83.2mb, interview length: 1h 30' 53" sound quality: ***

The Cramps: Songs the Lord Taught Us

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 1997

THE CRAMPS GOT away with their Z-movie, zombie-rock schtick because they were so intense in their conviction that it had more value than middlebrow humanist ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young: Neil Young with Crazy Horse: Broken Arrow

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Request, August 1996

NINE MONTHS AGO, I stood in a field in England watching Neil Young close the Reading Festival and realized the following: If you can play ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Reissues

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, October 2008

40th Anniversary editions of the first six platters by John Fogerty's Bay Area swamp-billies, complete with bonus tracks and authoritative liners. ...

Amy Rigby, Marshall Crenshaw: Marshall Crenshaw/Amy Rigby: Park West, Albany, NY

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1996

ON THE first date of an East Coast mini-tour, Marshall Crenshaw and Amy Rigby are playing things semi-safe: Park West is a club sandwiched between ...

Steve Cropper (1998)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1998

On Otis and the making of 'Dock of the Bay', the disputed history of 'Green Onions', and on touring with Neil Young: the Memphis guitar-slinger gives the lowdown.

File format: mp3; total file size: 31.4mb, total interview length: 34' 16" sound quality: * (phone interview)

Crosby Stills and Nash: Crosby, Stills & Nash: Crosby, Stills & Nash/Daylight Again

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2006

CSN WAS BORN of dissolution, the fruit of fragmenting times. They kicked off a second wave of post-Sunset Strip/British Invasion music, loose affiliations of longhairs ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Neil Young, Stephen Stills: CSNY: Love The Ones You're With

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, GQ, April 2000

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young - the ultimate rock supergroup - have been through the wars since first teaming up in 1969. Now the Woodstock ...

Karen Dalton: In Her Own Time and Ours: The Cult of Karen Dalton

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, May 2008

THERE ARE VOICES and then there are voices. Sometimes the ones that move us most are those most on the edge: the ones racked with ...

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. ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando: The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 1996

DRIVING THROUGH the sheeting rain from the miniature airport that serves Martha’s Vineyard, the guy at the wheel informs me that we’re heading towards the ...

The Dandy Warhols: Dandy Warhols, The: …The Dandy Warhols Come Down (Capitol)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rolling Stone, July 1997

IT'S A SILLY NAME, of course, one guaranteed to discourage people from taking them seriously. And maybe seriousness isn't the issue anyway. ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Terence Trent D’Arby

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Sunday Times, 1987

WHEN Terence Trent D’Arby’s very first single was released four months ago, it became difficult to open a magazine or turn on the television without ...

Richard Davies: Mojo Rising

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1997

RICHARD DAVIES is cooped up in the Turtle Creek barn, a hallowed old recording studio haunted by ghosts of Woodstock past and present. (A picture ...

Chris Stamey, The dBs, Peter Holsapple: A Crafty Couple: Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, 1991

AN INEVITABLE side effect of any domestic pop explosion in Britain is that the best American rock should be overlooked by radio stations and the ...

The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, The White Stripes: The Backpages Interview: Jack White

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, November 2009

ON THE 18TH of August 2009, in Salt Lake City, I was privileged enough to sit down with Jack White – variously a White Stripe, ...

The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, Jack White, The White Stripes: 'There's a Voice in Me Saying Slow Down': Jack White Looks Back

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2009

WE'RE COMING to the end of a punishingly intense set by the Dead Weather, the second side-project band formed by Jack White of the White ...

Sam Dees: Whaddya Mean, You've Never Heard Of... Sam Dees?

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, 1995

AT SIX FOOT FOUR and two-hundred-plus pounds, Sam Dees is a soul giant in more ways than one. One of black America’s premier songsmiths, he ...

Sandy Denny: Like an Old-Fashioned Waltz

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

BEGUN IN LA and finished in London, Like an Old-Fashioned Waltz may be Denny's finest hour. Kicking off with 'Solo', one of her trademark piano ...

Sandy Denny: Rendezvous

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

FOLLOWING the Fairport Convention reunion that produced 1975's Rising For The Moon, Rendezvous was Denny's last LP before her death from a brain haemorrhage in ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

DENNY'S SECOND solo set, produced by boyfriend and Fotheringay graduate Trevor Lucas, was a decided improvement on her great but scattered debut. Evenly balanced between ...

Sandy Denny: The North Star Grassman and the Ravens

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

TO BILLY CONNOLLY she was "one of the angriest women I ever met", while Island press officer David Sandison recalled her as a "belligerent and ...

Depeche Mode: Systems Muzak: Depeche Mode at The Venue, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1981

THOSE ARBITERS of modern taste who would wish on you the indecencies of things like Spandau Ballet are generally the same people who can be ...

Des'ree: Hitting the Unexpected Note

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Musician, May 1995

AT A TIME WHEN British pop is struggling to make inroads into the American charts, the stateside success of a South London girl named Des'ree ...

Devo: New Traditionalists (Virgin)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1982

NOW THAT Jerry Casale has seen the Devo concept actually take root in the California psyche – now that his theory of America has been ...

Howard Devoto, Magazine: Howard Devoto: Jerky Versions Of The Dream (Virgin)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1983

I NEVER CARED much for Magazine. They were a group without a style, or at least a group whose style consisted in a profound lack. ...

The Dillards: Pickin’ and Fiddlin’/Wheatstraw Suite/Copperfields

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

WHEN DOUGLAS and Rodney Dillard’s quartet hit Los Angeles in 1963 they blew everyone’s minds. Playing bluegrass with fuck-you rock’n’roll attitude, they wasted the competition ...

Dion (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1989

New York great Dion DiMucci talks about the golden years, the sound of NYC, and addiction and recovery.

File format: mp3; file size: 33.8mb, interview length: 36' 57" sound quality: ***

Dion: The King of the Noo Yawk Streets Comes Home

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

WHEN DION DiMucci made his major comeback at New York's Radio City Music Hall two years ago, he was joined onstage by an all-star quartet ...

Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler: The Rock’s Backpages Interview: Mark Knopfler

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2004

RBP: You recorded your new album Shangri-La at the studio of the same name in Malibu. When was the studio refurbished? ...

D.O.A. - Megadecibel Minstrels

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1984

BY MY RECKONING, Vancouver's D.O.A. is the best hard rock band in the world. I say this on the basis of their many excellent ...

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 Doors: Strange Days

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Rhino Records, 2006

WHO, HAVING HEARD IT, could forget the creepy line that opens the title track of the Doors’ second album? Recorded at the height of the ...

The Doors: The Doors Box Set

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1997

4-CD grab-bag of rarities, outtakes, live recordings and fave tracks selected by the surviving Doors ...

Doves: When Doves Cry

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Paste, April 2005

JIMI GOODWIN, the affable and bearded bassist-singer with Mancunian trio Doves, leans forward in his seat for an endearing moment of honesty. ...

Doves, Sub Sub: The Backpages Interview: Jimi Goodwin

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

RBP: I was interested to read that you holed up in various remote parts of Britain for Some Cities. I seem to recall Elbow did ...

Nick Drake: Bryter Later (Island, 1970)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, June 2004

THE CULT OF Nick Drake, posh Lost Boy of post-folk singer-songwriting, shows little sign of abating. That’s because his mellow, Colin Blunstone-ish burr of a ...

Nick Drake: Family Tree

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2007

LISTEN TO NICK DRAKE with one ear and you'll hear a (self-)parody of the Sensitive Young Troubadour – the posh Poor Boy, long ways from ...

Dr. John: Doctor John: An Incantation to the Jollamallawalla Gods

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1995

A QUARTER OF A CENTURY HAS PASSED SINCE MALCOLM Rebennack, trading under the sinisterly exotic stage name "Dr John The Night Tripper", descended the steps ...

Duran Duran: Arena (Parlophone)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1984

AND THE APHIDS CRIED/THROUGH THE DRIFTING HAZE/"NAFF LP, LADS!" ...

Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (CBS, 1966)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

RADICAL AND then some: a double album in ‘66, with a blurred vertical Bob running horizontally across the sleeve and Nashville sessionmen playing behind a ...

Dynasty, Millie Jackson: Millie Jackson: Live! Live! Live!

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, March 1981

Millie Jackson/Dynasty: Apollo Victoria, London ...

The Eagles: Hotel Roberto

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, January 2001

Fans of European football (soccer to all you Americanos out there) will already know that Italian maestro Roberto Baggio – he of the Buddhist beliefs ...

The Eagles: Where Eagles Dared: California's Signature Rock Band Comes to London

Report by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, April 2013

Messrs. Schmit, Henley, Frey and Walsh (photo: Debbie Kruger) WELCOME TO the Hotel Connaught, the plush old Mayfair institution where Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh ...

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 ...

Earth Opera: Earth Opera/The Great American Eagle Tragedy

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

THE NAME suggested some frightful prog entity, but Earth Opera were essentially Boston bluegrassers Peter Rowan and David Grisman, a pair intent on chucking tradition ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight (CBS)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1983

I SAY, let's not groove tonight. Sometimes Earth, Wind & Fire get down on a groove and flashily mess it around. Sometimes they just lie ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Maurice White: How the Black Man Bleached his Soul…

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, January 1981

... or how Earth, Wind & Fire guru Maurice White deserted Memphis to achieve Nirvana in Hollywood. ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Porcupine (Korova)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, January 1983

PERHAPS IT WAS inevitable, even decreed in some heaven up "there". Maybe it’s just the third time unlucky. But if Porcupine isn’t good it isn’t ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Echo And The Bunnymen: A Promise of Rock Re-Born

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1982

THE DAY AFTER THIS venerable paper's hardcore readers have enjoyed their brief, communal moment of glory in the polls, all-round prize guys Echo And the ...

Einstürzende Neubauten: Einsturzende Neubauten: Acklam Hall, Notting Hill

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, August 1983

IT IS THE professed aim of Einsturzende Neubauten to exhaust music, to drain it until it implodes into a single catastrophic moment. This, however, is ...

Elastica: An Interview with Justine Frischmann

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, CDNOW.com, 2000

FEW SECOND albums have taken quite as long to materialise as Elastica’s The Menace, follow-up to the band’s eponymous 1995 debut – a collection of ...

Elastica's Justine Frischmann (1994)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1994

The Full Frischmann: Starting Suede! Leaving Suede! Not much liking Suede these days! And then the excitement of being in Elastica at the height of Britpop, anticipating recording the first album...

File format: mp3 File size: 34.9mb Interview length: 38 minutes 10 seconds Sound quality: ***

Elastica: Hey, Elastica!

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, February 1994

BRITISH POP remains supremely unvexed by the anxieties of influence. Just as Suede brazenly lifted their pouting nuances from the right Glam heroes, so 24-year-old ...

Elbow (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2003

A somewhat wind-blown Guy Garvey and pals on the making of Cast of Thousands, prog rock, Manchester, religion and being stalked by Cameron Diaz

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 88.1meg, total interview length: 1h 36' 09" sound quality: **

Elbow: Leaders of the Free World (V2)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2005

Third album from Mancunian quintet, self-produced at the city's Blueprint studio. ...

Elbow: Given The Elbow: The Confessions Of Guy Garvey

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, August 2003

Two years ago, Elbow released Asleep In The Back, an intense suite of prog-inflected songs that stands as one of the finest albums ever to ...

Elbow: Northern Angels: Elbow

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2003

CAN THIS REALLY be Manchester? Two days have passed since thousands of Italian footie fans flooded the city for the Champs' League Final and the ...

Elbow, Radiohead: Radiohead: Hail To The Thief(Parlophone); Elbow: Cast Of Thousands (V2)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, May 2003

AS YOU'LL KNOW by now, rock's favourite Oxonians have hauled their guitars out of the deep freeze and put the Warp(ed) electronica of Kid A ...

Electronic: Raise the Pressure

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 1996

FIVE YEARS after cementing their partnership as the coolest Mancunians on the planet, Messrs Marr and Sumner return with a dreadfully disappointing album. Raise The ...

Dwight Yoakam, Joe Ely: The Other Country

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, October 1992

YOU KNOW THE country boom has gone too far when stadium-busting hat acts like Garth Brooks start wearing those clamp-on microphones sported by Madonna and ...

Eminem: Hip Hop’s Trailer-Trash Wunderkind

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, December 2000

FIRST CAME Elvis – America’s worst nightmare, the white-trash negro. Then came Mick Jagger and Marilyn Manson, Johnny Rotten and Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur and ...

Emmylou Harris (2012)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 2012

Ms Harris talks about her latest album (a collaboration with old associate Rodney Crowell) Old Yellow Moon; looks at how she fits into the current country/folk/Americana scene, and looks back at length at her early years and her work with the legendary Gram Parsons.

File format: mp3; file size: 25.5mb, interview length: 55' 45" sound quality: * (phoner)

Everything But The Girl: Everything But the Girl: Shining Bright

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1988

ONE OF THE few good things about the British pop scene in 1988 is that the subtle and reflective music of boy-girl duo Everything But ...

The Exploited: Troops Of Tomorrow

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1982

APART FROM its marvellous cover, which depicts "an Escape From New York vision of a desolated city where punk can express its essential nature of ...

The Faces: Last Orders: The Faces’ Five Guys Walk Into a Bar… (Rhino)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, August 2004

Ian McLagan-compiled 4-CD box of scattered odds/sods from ultimate ‘70s boogie’n’ballads lad-band fronted by Rod the (Ex-)Mod. Dedicated to the late Ronnie Lane. ...

Donald Fagen, parts 1 & 2 (1993)

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

On making Kamakiriad, NYC versus LA, favourite grooves and favourite rhythm sections, working by himself and looking back on Steely Dan

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 74.8meg, total interview length: 80' 36" sound quality: ***

Donald Fagen, Steely Dan: Donald Fagen: The Man Who Came In From The Cool

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Arena, Spring 1993

Steely Dan were the muso's band. As icily astute chroniclers of the Seventies, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker recorded a series of virtuoso albums of ...

John Fahey: The Outsider: John Fahey 1939 - 2001

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

America lost of one of its most fascinating musical mavericks on Thursday, February 22, when guitarist John Fahey died after sextuple heart bypass surgery at ...

Marianne Faithfull

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Request, February 1999

AS MICK Jagger’s girlfriend she was among the great - and most tragic - consorts of rock’s decadent heyday. But then this Sister Morphine forced ...

Marianne Faithfull: Tears Gone By: the Rebirth of Marianne Faithfull

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2002

The former Sister Morphine talks about her remarkable new album Kissin Time. ...

Marianne Faithfull: The Backpages Interview: Marianne Faithfull

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

ON A SUNNY evening in the fair city of Dublin, Marianne Faithfull pads about her kitchen, barefoot in a denim skirt, preparing a rack of ...

The Fall: Anti-Social Workers: The Fall at North London Poly

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, October 1981

UNLIKE MOST other Angry Young Singers, usually by proxy, Mark E. Smith is not a rhetorician. He does not reduce the obscenities of the English ...

The Fall: Hip Priest: The Mark Smith Interview

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1981

"WE WILL FALL," sang Iggy Stooge to the accompaniment of John Cale's viola, but he might have continued, "When we dead awaken..." ...

Fatboy Slim: The BACKPAGES interview: Fatboy Slim

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, November 2000

When Norman ‘Fatboy Slim’ Cook exploded on the world’s dancefloors with ‘The Rockafeller Skank’ and ‘Praise You’, he brought a sense of brash, manic fun ...

Fear: The Record

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1982

QUITE WHY Fear have created such a stir on the L.A. punk scene is far from apparent from this Record. Smarter they may be than ...

The Feelies: Crazy Rhythms/The Good Earth

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, October 2009

THE FACT THAT the Feelies came from New Jersey – and complained that driving to Manhattan through the Holland Tunnel gave them headaches – didn't ...

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

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, 2000

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

Fine Young Cannibals: Wedged Down The Throat: Fine Young Cannibals

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, December 1985

ONE OF THE truly Great Bores Of Today is the "politicised" pop star who remarks that what was really bad about the riots (or whatever) ...

Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Spin, June 1999

"PSYCHEDELIA" has undergone some curious convolutions since its Haight-Ashbury heyday. For the most part, though, the hallucinogens have gone, leaving a purely musical residue - ...

Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (WEA)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 2002

BACK IN February 1999, Wayne Coyne wrote of the soon-to-be-released The Soft Bulletin that, "in a strange reversal of musical universes, the more indulgent and ...

The Flamingos: A Doo-Wop Dream of Love Addiction: The Pop Perfection of the Flamingos' 'I Only Have Eyes for You'

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Catalog for Doug Aitken's Song 1 exhibition, June 2012

I WAS FOURTEEN YEARS OLD – a glam-rock brat awakening to the golden innocence of pre-Beatles American pop – when I shelled out for the ...

Fleetwood Mac: Say You Will (Reprise)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2003

MORE THAN most bands, Fleetwood Mac elicit complex, unresolved feelings. On the one hand they're the ultimate mainstream soft-rock dinosaur, pass masters of glossy emotions ...

The Fleshtones, The Plimsouls: Trash on Delivery: The Plimsouls and The Fleshtones

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1983

EVERYONE VISITS the ’60s, but who brings anything back? Who brings them up to date? LA’s Plimsouls do. ...

Flipper: Album Generic Flipper (Subterranean)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, May 1982

A FIRST song, 'The Way Of The World', opens like Hawkwind's 'Silver Machine', and Album G.F. never really lets go from there on in. Flipper ...

John Fogerty: Centerfield (Warner Bros.)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1985

TIME STANDS still in Fogertyville. It’s ten years since the old Creedence leader made a record and nothing much has changed. There’s a few syndrums ...

Jim Ford: White Soul from the Black Hills: Whatever Happened to Jim Ford?

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Oxford American, Fall 2005

TWENTY YEARS AGO I drove around the American South in pursuit of something I called "country soul." By that term I meant the late '60s/early ...

Bobby Womack, Jim Ford: Bobby Womack on Jim Ford (2005)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2005

The Last Soul Man talks about his friend and collaborator Jim Ford: being introduced by Ford to Sly Stone, such great songs as 'Harry Hippie' and 'Point Of No Return', and writing songs with the man.

File format: mp3; file size: 19.8mb, interview length: 21' 35" sound quality: * (phoner)

Fountains of Wayne (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1997

How the band came together; touring with Smashing Pumpkins; songwriting and melodies; ...and mullets!

File format: mp3; file size: 68.8mb, interview length: 1h 15' 09" sound quality: ***

Fountains of Wayne: The Fountains of Wayne: Mojo Rising

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1997

CHRIS COLLINGWOOD and Adam Schlesinger have waited a long time to see their pure-pop/power-pop dreams realised. The duo were penning addictively hummable songs as long ...

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: ***

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." ...

Kim Fowley: Tycoon of Trash: The Life And Grimes Of Kim Fowley

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Los Angeles Reader, June 1983

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

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Phenomenal: Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Report by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, 1984

THAT A GROUP should make the fourth-best selling British single of all time with their first release is remarkable; that they should follow it up ...

Aretha Franklin: Rockport Rhythm & Blues Festival, Newport, Rhode Island

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, July 1997

"Summertime, and the living is easy..." So ring out the words of Aretha Franklin’s backing singers as they warm up the crowd for the entrance ...

Aretha Franklin: The Queen's Greatest Tracks

Review by Martin Colyer, Barney Hoskyns, Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, May 2002

"THEY USED to call me a jazz singer," Aretha told Val Wilmer in 1968. "Now I think what I sing is closer to R&B and ...

Free: "Your Average Bloke Chatting Up Your Average Chick": Free's 'All Right Now'

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2007

'ALL RIGHT NOW' is one of the quintessential cock-rockers – a cruder, more pub-rockish 'Whole Lotta Love'. It's the sound of the longhaired male predator ...

George Jones, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell: Redneck Soul: George Jones and the White Man's Blues

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, 'From a Whisper to a Scream' (Fontana), 1991

NO ONE IS FONDER of saying that country music is "the white man's blues" than black artists like B.B. King, Etta James and Bobby Womack. ...

Ed Sanders, The Fugs: Ed Sanders and the Fugs

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1996

Lester Bangs called The Fugs "the first truly underground band in America". 30 years later, their leader is waging war against Newt Gingrich... ...

Funkapolitan: Bish, Bash, Posh: Class and British Pop

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, October 1999

As Tony Blair calls for a classless society, he might be surprised to learn that the world of pop music is riddled with toffs. Self-confessed ...

Funkapolitan: Shooting The Breeze

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, May 1982

As Britfunk fly-guys Funkapolitan tool up for a chart assault, six-gun Barney Hoskyns runs them to ground in Notting Hill. ...

Diamanda Galás: Diamanda Galás (Metalanguage)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, December 1984

PEOPLE KEEP bursting in looking pained, which must have something to do with this record. Admittedly at a distance it could be mistaken for a ...

Marvin Gaye: In Our Lifetime (Motown)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1981

SOMEHOW ONE forgives the sermonising in Marvin Gaye that irritates in other soul stars. Visually he fits the bill – he might almost be the ...

J. Geils Band: Freeze Frame (EMI America)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1982

THE AMERICAN rock show business appears to have discovered some uncanny knack of bringing wilderness-bound rock groups back into the limelight. No one could have ...

Bob Geldof: Deep In The Heart Of Nowhere

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1986

WELL, SAINT Bob, here we are again. Doubtless you're expecting a right royal slagging in these pages, but that's not what I want to do. ...

Junior Giscombe: Ji (Mercury)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, May 1982

ANYONE WHO is counting on Ji being our very own home-grown Off The Wall had better prepare for an anti-climax. That Junior (ne Giscombe) can ...

The Go-Betweens, The Smiths: Ridiculous and Wonderful: The Smiths/The Go-Betweens at the Venue, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1983

TWO STRANGELY jarring acts from Rough Trade, one increasingly abstruse, t'other ever more open, engaging. ...

Goldfrapp Get It Together In The Country: Seventh Tree

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer Music Monthly, February 2008

The duo Goldfrapp, huge in their native Britain, have confounded fans of their staple glam-disco sound with the "psychedelic folk" of their new album. ...

Goldfrapp: Black Cherry (Mute)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2003

JUST WHEN WE thought there was nothing left in the moribund corpse of trip-hopping soundtrack Euromuzak, along came Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory to breathe ...

Goldfrapp: Supernature (Mute)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2005

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

Goldfrapp: Popping The Cherry: Goldfrapp's Glam Adventure

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, April 2003

AFTER THE post-triphop, Shirley-Bassey-meets-Stereolab masterpiece that was 2001's Felt Mountain, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory have bravely opted to change direction. Their new single 'Train', ...

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. ...

Dobie Gray (1985)

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

"I never did feel like a soul singer": from his youth in Texas to Nashville success, Dobie Gray talks about his crossover from R&B to country.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 43.9mb, total interview length: 47' 54" sound quality: ****

Macy Gray, Shelby Lynne: Blue-Eyed Soul and Brown-Eyed Rock: Macy Gray and Shelby Lynne

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Dig, The (Japan), 1999

TEN YEARS AGO I found myself sitting in a London hotel with Tommy Couch, boss of Malaco Records, a Mississippi label which was busy resuscitating ...

Al Green: Take Me to the River: Al Green with Davin Seay

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, November 2000

"Gen’lmen, we just havin’ church here." Six words which - directed at me and a fellow soul buff at the Full Gospel Tabernacle church by ...

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

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1996

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

The Gun Club: The Birth, The Death, The Ghost (ABC)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1984

BLOOD BOOZE, and Host: midway through a mess of ‘Preachin’ The Blues’ on this sub-bootleg memento of pre-Fire Of Love Gun Club, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, ...

Peter Hammill: The Love Songs

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1984

PETER HAMMILL is one of our stranger voyagers. Alone at a piano last month, he put most of the music we cover to shame. He ...

Ed Harcourt: Strangers

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

Third set from Sussex singer-songwriter and follow-up to last year’s acclaimed From Every Sphere. ...

Tim Hardin: The Unforgiven: Tim Hardin

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 2012

AS CONCEPT ALBUMS go it was one of the more eccentric creations of the late 1960s. The mouthful of a title alone (Suite for Susan ...

Tim Hardin: The Unforgiven: Tim Hardin and the Shock of Grace

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2012

NOTE: This is the "director's cut" version – at almost twice the length – of a piece written for MOJO and subsequently used as the ...

Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons: Heartaches and Hangovers: Gram Parsons' GP

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 2013

IT IS A FINE irony of her long career as the Queen of Country Rock that, on the night when Gram Parsons stopped by to ...

PJ Harvey: Love in All the Wrong Places: PJ Harvey

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Tracks, Summer 2004

POLLY HARVEY reclines in regal splendour at the end of the very long and pompous Promenade Room of London’s legendary Dorchester Hotel. Buffed Eurotrash couples ...

PJ Harvey (2004)

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

Peej on making Uh Huh Her, songwriting, minimalism, her rock'n'roll bohemian upbringing, working with Marianne Faithfull and meeting Kurt Cobain

File format: mp3; file size: 53.9mb, interview length: 58' 49" sound quality: ***

PJ Harvey: Is This Desire?

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1998

On her last proper album, 1995’s very fabulous To Bring You My Love, P.J. Harvey slipped on a slinky red dress and covered up the ...

PJ Harvey: White Chalk (Island)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2007

IN THE AGE of Amy Winehouse it's worth remembering the shock that was Polly Jean Harvey when she blasted out of the West Country 15 ...

PJ Harvey: An Interview

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, Summer 2004

RBP: Not to suggest that Uh Huh Her must be entirely autobiographical – or "confessional" – but you don’t sound terribly happy in these songs. ...

Isaac Hayes: Hot Buttered Soul

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 2004

BY 1969 BLACK artists were following rock's lead and recording very long tracks. At the forefront of such experimentation was big bad Isaac Hayes, co-author ...

Lee Hazlewood (1999)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1999

From Arizona and Duane Eddy to L.A. and Nancy Sinatra: three hours of yarns and reminiscences from the irascible Lee Hazlewood

File format: mp3; in 6 parts, total file sizes: 169.7meg, total interview length: 3h 5' 39" sound quality: ***

Lee Hazlewood: Cake or Death

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2007

BARTON LEE Hazlewood remains the cult artist's cult artist, an American maverick who's operated by his own supremely offbeat rules ever since producing Sanford Clark's ...

Lee Hazlewood: The Ol' Sonofabitch

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1999

ON A PERFECT Florida afternoon in late February, Lee Hazlewood is wedging himself into a large grey couch and eyeing a rather sad plate of ...

Richard Hell: The Backpages Interview: Richard Hell

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2002

The original Bowery ripped-shirt nihilist – born plain Richard Meyers in Kentucky – is back with two collections of odds'n'ends: the two-CD Time (Matador) and ...

Levon Helm (2009)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 2009

Together with his co-conspiritor Larry Campbell, the great Band drummer looks back over his recent solo activities, the people he works with, and his unique take on American music.

File format: mp3; file size: 31.5mb, interview length: 34' 27" sound quality: ****

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland 40th Anniversary Collectors Edition

Film/DVD/TV Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2009

CHAS CHANDLER, whose avuncular Geordie tones weave in and out of this absorbing "Making Of" doc, recalled the sessions for Electric Ladyland as "a long-drawn-out ...

John Hiatt: Bottom Line, New York

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, August 1990

A SKINNY troubadour with a throaty, abrasive growl of a voice, John Hiatt slides in to the American rock dream somewhere between Ry Cooder at ...

John Hiatt: Speak No Evil?

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1993

BH: Looking back, John, was the Little Village experience – you, Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, Jim Keltner – as much of an anti-climax for you ...

The High Llamas

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1997

THERE IS nothing quite like the High Llamas, even at a time when symphonic "mood music" is all the rage and neo-easy listening has become ...

The High Llamas, Stereolab: The High Llamas: Hawaii; Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1996

UPON OBSERVING A SMALL dog walking on its hind legs, Doctor Johnson famously noted that it was less remarkable how well the cur in question ...

Lauryn Hill

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, February 1999

“Observe how a queen do...”('Final Hour') ...

Lauryn Hill: Theatre at Madison Square Garden, NY

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1999

DID SOMEONE say breakout hit? Anyone who doubts the massive crossover impact of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill need only cast an eye across the ...

Aaron Neville, ZZ Hill: Stateside Booty: ZZ Hill, Aaron Neville, Jimmy Holiday and Early Motown

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1987

THE FLOOD of soul reissues and compilations continues with four more from the vaults of EMI's Stateside subsidiary. First off, an album of mid-period (early ...

Eddie Hinton: The Strange Story of Eddie Hinton

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Soul Survivor, 1987

"EDDIE HINTON", says ex-Atlantic honcho Jerry Wexler, "was always the guy who would be next year's big thing. He'd sit out on the back porch ...

Dan Penn, Eddie Hinton, Tony Joe White: Sumpn' Funky Goin' On: True Tales of Blue-Eyed Backwoods Soul

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, 'Country Got Soul' (Casual Records), July 2003

THERE WAS SOMETHING funky happening in the American South in the late ‘60s and you didn’t know what it was, did you, Mr Jones? ...

Robyn Hitchcock: Respect

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1993

IF THERE WERE any justice in the world, Robyn Hitchcock would be an English cult hero. But it's the very English middle-class-ness of the man ...

Steve Hopkins: Mercurian Man

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, January 1982

AT THIS CRUCIAL moment in pop history, when everyone seems to be telling you that the ultimate cream of pop-soul is The Human League's slight ...

Husker Du: Hüsker Dü: Zen Arcade (SST, 1984)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

IF PUNK WAS inherently anti-double-album, early ‘80s hardcore had no such qualms about going into extra time. When mighty Minneapolitans Hüsker Dü journeyed to the ...

Husker Du: Iron Tamers: Hüsker Dü send out distress signals

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, January 1984

HÜSKER DÜ, signed to Black Flag’s SST label, are one of America’s mightiest hardcore trios. From Minneapolis, aching heart of the Midwest, they’ve sent out ...

Billy Idol Is A Star: live at the Stone, San Francisco

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1982

"BILLY IDOL IS A STAR": a startling revelation that emerged at The Stone in San Francisco last week. Sure, it's yer old Billy alright, but ...

Imagination: The Imagination Master Class

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, April 1982

LEEE: YOUR NAME'S Barney Rubble. How long have you been interviewing? A year? So you're young, a spring chicken?BH: Why, do I look well-seasoned? ...

The Incredible String Band: The Incredible String Band/The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

THE FIRST ISB albums in a two-fer-one release. The ISB (1966) is a more-or-less conventional Scots-trad folk effort by the original trio of Robin Williamson, ...

Chris Isaak

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, March 1991

CHRIS ISAAK IS almost too perfect a package. With his iconic, Elvis-meets-Jimmy Dean looks immortalised on an album cover by Bruce Weber, he is a ...

Janet Jackson: Behind Those Sphinx-like Eyes: Janet Jackson

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, April 1995

"THIS IS A STORY ABOUT CONTROL," whispered the 19-year-old Janet Jackson at the start of her breakthrough album, Control, in 1986. "It’s all about control, ...

Michael Jackson: Blame it On the Good Times: The Life and Living Death of Michael Jackson

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, July 2009

IN SEPTEMBER 1979, my friend Davitt Sigerson – then a very good white writer on black music; later the chairman of Island Records in America; ...

Michael Jackson at 40

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, August 1998

I’LL CONFESS I’m shocked that Michael Jackson has reached the ripe old age of 40. More shocked, indeed, than by the fact that Keith Richards ...

Michael Jackson: Out of His Life: Michael Jackson

Report by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, August 1984

BY NOW, of course, you’ve been told more than you could possibly want to know about Michael Jackson. Such has been the media saturation of ...

Michael Jackson: The Boy Who Would Fly: Michael Jackson

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1983

I'VE BEEN feeling strange about Michael Jackson since I was 11 years old. I remember lying in bed with a transistor radio the size ...

Michael Jackson: The Madness of Michael

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, December 1987

"A LOT OF PEOPLE misunderstand me," says Michael Jackson in the spoken intro to his number one hit 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You'. "That's ...

Michael Jackson, Prince: Match of the Fey: Prince and Michael Jackson

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, July 1988

PRINCE BEGGED an interviewer seven years ago: "Just don’t compare me to Michael Jackson." Few could then have guessed there would ever be a need ...

The Jacksons: Victory (Epic)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, August 1984

NO-ONE SHOULD be too surprised that Victory is not a triumph. What's happened to the Jackson household since young Wacko came of age would screw ...

The Jacksons: Meadowlands Stadium, New Jersey

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, August 1984

SCARCELY HAD I touched down Stateside last week when I found myself bound in a bus for Meadowlands in a humid pocket of endless, endlessly ...

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones: The Achievement of Madness: Performance

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

PERFORMANCE only gets better with the passing years. A key late ‘60s text, Donald Cammell and Nic Roeg’s film brings two Swinging London worlds together ...

The Jam: Fair Deal, Brixton, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, March 1982

"See me walking around – I'm the boy about town that you've heard of..." ...

James: From An English Village: James

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Spin, October 1985

"WHEN PUNK HAPPENED," says Tim Booth, "there was a big explosion of energy, but eventually the energy was dissipated, and in the last few years ...

Etta James (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1989

Etta James tells Barney Hoskyns about her struggles with addiction, meeting Billie Holiday, making Seven Year Itch and staying contemporary.

File format: mp3 File size: 40.4mb; Interview length: 44 minutes 5 seconds Sound quality: **

Etta James: Empress In Exile

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, April 1984

MOST EVERY year now Ms Jamesetta Hawkins – Etta to you – will at the behest of Dingwalls Boss (Goodman, that is) fly over ...

Etta James: Mama tells us all about it

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, July 1989

WHEN ETTA JAMES was a 17-year old glamour puss with drug-store-peroxide blonde hair and a lewd rock 'n' roll hit called 'Roll With Me Henry' ...

Rick James: Cold Blooded (Motown)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, August 1983

IN THE freak funk stakes, high-livin’ devil-may-care Rick James rates as a bit of a clown. As you’ll know if you caught his Rockpalast ...

Rick James: A Rant

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, April 1984

BARNEY HOSKYNS dials a late night dateline to RICK JAMES at Motown's LA offices. ...

Transvision Vamp, Wendy James: Wendy In Neverland: Life After Vamping

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, March 1993

IT WAS ALL looking so good for Wendy James in the spring in 1991: endless magazine covers, review copies of The Little Magnets Versus the ...

The Jayhawks: Smile

Review by Barney Hoskyns, CDNOW.com, 2000

THE BAND THAT helped kick-start the alterna-country sound over a decade ago has undergone a major transformation since the departure of co-founder Mark Olson following ...

The Jayhawks: Riviera Theatre, Chicago

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1997

DESPITE SERIOUS competition from an important Chicago Bulls game, the gilded relic that is the Riviera is close to packed tonight for a double-header by ...

David Johansen’s Journey Through the Past

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

Between songs the occasional, almost plaintive, yelp can be heard: "‘Subway Train’!" "‘Funky But Chic’!" One particularly persistent voice calls for ‘Babylon’, of all things, ...

Scarlett Johansson, Tom Waits: Scarlett Johansson: Anywhere I Lay My Head (Atco)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer Music Monthly, May 2008

WHEN TOM WAITS started his musical apprenticeship in the LA of the early 1970s, he harbored secret Tin Pan Alley fantasies of having his work ...

Little Willie John: Fever

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Charly, July 1990

LITTLE WILLIE JOHN's is one of the saddest stories in the book of soul. A pintsized hipster from the Motor City, he notched up 14 ...

George Jones, Tammy Wynette: George Jones & Tammy Wynette: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1995

LONG AGO, in the days before hats and hi-tech rednecks, country music was a soap opera and George Jones and Tammy Wynette were its Dirty ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Album by Album: Rickie Lee Jones

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2009

THOUGH SHE will always carry the pop albatross that was her Top 5 hit 'Chuck E's in Love' (1979), Rickie Lee Jones remains one of ...

Rickie Lee Jones

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, March 1991

AS ANY OF the fans who have helped to sell out her shows in London and Glasgow this weekend will know, Rickie Lee Jones likes ...

Rickie Lee Jones (1991)

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

The boho queen talks about her covers album Pop Pop, songwriting and song choices, working with Don Was and her unlikely friendship with Scotland's The Blue Nile

File format: mp3; file size: 30.5mb; Interview length: 33' 16"; sound quality: **

Joy Division: Heart And Soul

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1998

The complete JD story, from Warsaw to 'Atmosphere', compiled by the band’s surviving members with Jon Savage and including dozens of outtakes, unreleased demos, and ...

The Judds at the London Palladium

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1987

ONLY COUNTRY, as glitzy and airbrushed as it’s become, could give us something as apple-pie downhome as a mother-daughter harmony duo. A Nashville fairy ...

Judee Sill: The Stars That Fame Forgot: Judee Sill

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2006

LA's doomed lady of the canyon who lost her genius to drugs ...

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

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2004

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

Nick Kent: The Write Stuff: Nick Kent

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, June 1994

FOR ANY CALLOW, maladjusted youth growing up in the early-to-mid-‘70s with the New Musical Express as his bible, Nick Kent was unquestionably the coolest rock ...

The Killers: A Wrock Riter's Guilty Pleasure: The Killers

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, October 2006

IN LIMEYLAND we're obsessed with Guilty Pleasures, thanks not least to the doughty efforts of DJ Sean Rowley, who revels on his radio show in ...

Killing Joke: The Hoax That Joke Built: Killing Joke

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1982

"There was a place that wasn't a place,There was a race that wasn't a race..."– 'The Pandys Are Coming' ...

B.B. King: A Monarch on Merseyside: BB King

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, July 2002

"MY BAND tells me I’ve earned the right to siddown if I wanna," says the vast man with the twinkly eyes. "I wanna." ...

Gladys Knight & the Pips: Memories of the Way We Were (Buddah); 20 Golden Greats (Motown)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Melody Maker, October 1979

GLADYS KNIGHT has been turned into the spinster of soul. Her generous face seems to invite desertion. Yet with almost maternal dignity, she translates this ...

Gladys Knight And The Pips: Visions

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1983

SEEMS LIKE everyone is going Solar. Light to the touch but good to the bone, it's the radio sound of now. The perfect pop-soul marriage, ...

Lenny Kravitz (1990)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1990

Lenny on being away from home, his family background, the truth about the '60s copyist accusations, Prince, his band, and his Romeo Blue persona

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 45.2meg, total interview length: 49' 21" sound quality: ***

Fela Kuti: He Who Has A Quiver In His Underpants

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1983

Fela Kuti — also known as He Who Has Death In His Quiver (and a shiver in his Y-fronts) — last week descended on London ...

Patti LaBelle: On Her Own: Patti Labelle

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1987

PATTI LABELLE HAS seen it all – lived through every phase of black American pop from the doo-woppy girl groups of the early 1960s to ...

Patti LaBelle (1987)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

The gal with the Big Hair talks about hitting with 'On My Own', the making of her Winner In You album, and fondly remembers the old package-tour days and her time with LaBelle.

File format: mp3 File size: 16.1mb Interview length: 17 minutes 32 seconds Sound quality: ***

Lambchop: Damaged

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2006

THERE WAS a time when Kurt Wagner’s Lambchop dwelled in the very eye of the alt.Americana hurricane: a folksy but literate Nashville troupe making highbrow ...

Lambchop: Tracks of His Tears: Kurt Wagner and Lambchop

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, April 2004

IT’S KURT Wagner who spots The Nipple. ...

The La's: The La’s: The La’s (Go! Discs)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, January 2001

WHO REMEMBERS the La’s when they first popped out of the Liverpool woodwork? A cherubic quartet of scallies, they were pure cutesy retro, ’60s revisitors ...

Bettye LaVette: Betty LaVette: I've Got My Own Hell to Raise (Anti)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, September 2005

PREVIOUSLY KNOWN only to fanatical followers of obscure deep soul, the legendary Ms LaVette belatedly comes in for a Joe Henry tune-up on this feisty, ...

Led Zeppelin: All Loud On The Western Front: How Zep Conquered The World

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, May 2003

With the release of the sensational DVD and the fearsome live How The West Was Won, LED ZEPPELIN are back in our midst as purveyors ...

Led Zeppelin: Been A Long Time: Led Zeppelin

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2003

EVEN NOW, after all these years of hairtree wannabes and idiot tribute bands, there's something so fierce and coruscating about Led Zeppelin in their prime ...

Led Zeppelin Tour Manager Richard Cole (2005)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 2005

The legendary Zep tour manager remembers meeting the band, the first US tour, the curious friendship between Bonham and Plant, all things Bron-Y-Aur, life on the road, making Led Zeppelin IV, and Girls Girls Girls!

File format: mp3; file size: 64.3mb; Interview length: 1h 10' 15"; sound quality: ***

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2003

Jimmy Page on going through the archives to assemble the monumental Led Zeppelin DVD, and on the early days of the band, on the road and in the studio, through to Knebworth in 1979

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 45.2meg, total interview length: 49'22", sound quality: ***

Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2003

Led Zep's bass player takes us back to the riotous days of 1970, and the joys of playing with Bonzo, the folk and R&B influences, and forward to 1979, and Knebworth and In Through The Out Door

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 64.2meg, total interview length: 1h10'7", sound quality: ***

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2003

Percy himself on Led Zep's annus mirabilis 1970 - from conquering America and playing the Royal Albert Hall, to "getting it together in the country" at Bron-Y-Aur, and the gestation of Led Zep, then fast forward to 1979, and family tragedy, recording In Through the Out Door, and playing Knebworth

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 65.2meg, total interview length: 1h11'08", sound quality: ****

Led Zeppelin: Let's Get Physical: The Story of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Classic Rock, September 2010

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN in the state of rock. The heady euphoria of the late Sixties has degenerated into decadence and self-satisfaction. Working-class guitar heroes have ...

Led Zeppelin: Nick Kent on Led Zeppelin (2011)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2011

Legendary NME journalist Nick Kent remembers his days in the orbit of Led Zeppelin: the many highs, and quite a few lows; Peter Grant; Zep v journalists; the sleaze and the gangsters.

File format: mp3; file size: 132.8mb, interview length: 2h 25' 03" sound quality: ****

Led Zeppelin: No Stairway! The Real Best of Led Zeppelin

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2012

Forget 'Stairway to Heaven'. In fact, forget 'Heartbreaker' and 'Rock and Roll' and (yikes!) even 'Dazed and Confused' and 'When the Levee Breaks'. (Definitely forget ...

Led Zeppelin: The Power and the Glory: Led Zeppelin and the making of IV

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, July 2006

Author’s note: This is the full, unexpurgated version of a piece for Uncut magazine. It is itself a very truncated distillation of the full-length study ...

Led Zeppelin: Their Satanic Majesties Request: When Led Zeppelin Ruled The World

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, 'Trampled Under Foot' (Faber & Faber), September 2012

By 1973, Led Zeppelin was the biggest rock band on the planet. In this excerpt from Trampled Under Foot, Barney Hoskyns' new oral history of ...

Led Zeppelin: In the Misty Mountains: Led Zeppelin Get It Together in the Country

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, 'Trampled Under Foot' (Faber & Faber), 2012

JIMMY PAGE: It wasn't until the spring of 1970 that we actually had a real break.  That break was only probably a couple of months, ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: An Interview with Jimmy Page

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2003

BH: About ten years ago you talked about the footage that's in the DVD. Robert said he didn't want to go back there while you ...

Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant: Stairway to Snowdonia: Rapping with Robert Plant

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, October 2003

For Robert Plant, life after Led Zeppelin has been anything but predictable. Resisting attempts to coast on the Zep legend, Percy has trodden his own ...

Elvis Presley, Leiber and Stoller: Elvis & Leiber & Stoller

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Die Welt Woche, 1997

WHEN JERRY Leiber and Mike Stoller submitted the sickly ballad 'Love Me' to Elvis Presley in the late summer of 1956, they thought the boy ...

The Lemonheads' Evan Dando (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1996

Car Button Cloth-era Evan Dando sings 'Don't Fear The Reaper', talks rather a lot about drugs and name-drops remorselessly, to highly entertaining effect.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 68.2meg, total interview length: 1h 14' 29" sound quality: ****

Sean Lennon: Into the Sun (Grand Royal)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Request, June 1998

AFTER THE DAMP SQUIB that half-bro Jules' career turned out to be – and considering the band IMA's collaboration with Yoko Ono on Rising – ...

Little Feat: Album By Album: Little Feat

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, August 2008

Lowell George was a Hollywood one-off: a swarthy movie-brat beatnik with a white-negro larynx and a keeningly sensual slide-guitar style. In late '69 he formed ...

Little Feat: The One That Got Away

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1994

OK, SO THERE aren't many of them, but Little Feat's 1975 show at the Rainbow Theatre was one LEGENDARY GIG EVERYONE SAYS THEY SAW that ...

Little Feat's Bill Payne and Paul Barrere (2008)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2008

Messrs. Payne and Barrere look back at their time in the great Little Feat, album by album.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 64.6mb, total interview length: 1h 10' 38" sound quality: * (phone)

Little Richard speaks, part 1 (1985)

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

Little Richard on the demonic nature of Rock'n'Roll of which, nonetheless, he is King; on how he came out of the American South; on Otis Redding and much more. Hear him sing!

File format: mp3 File size: 26.3mb Interview length: 28 minutes 47 seconds Sound quality: ****

Little Richard speaks, part 2 (1985)

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

Mr Penniman on God, Gospel, Sex, Drugs & Rock'n'Roll. Phew!

File format: mp3 File size: 21.5mb Interview length: 23 minutes 30 seconds Sound quality: ****

Little Richard: The King and Queen of Rock 'n' Roll

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, March 1985

YOU CATCH sight of him across the Hilton's gaudy foyer, an ordinary enough black man in track-suit top, tuxedo pants, and matted wet-look coiffure. ...

Lone Justice: A Tale Of The New West

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, May 1985

EIGHT YEARS on and it's official — we are no longer bored with the USA. ...

Jennifer Lopez on Selena

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Interview, April 1997

In the new movie Selena, Jennifer Lopez had the coveted - yet unenviable - task of playing the most adored Latina singer ever, the late ...

Love: Arthur Lee in LA, part 1 (1993)

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

Arthur Lee tells Barney Hoskyns about growing up in Memphis and Los Angeles and his dreams of being a musician. Some of the time.

File format: mp3 File size: 35.5mb Interview length: 39 minutes 54 seconds Sound quality: **

Love: Arthur Lee in LA, part 2 (1993)

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

An increasingly cantankerous Arthur Lee describes a gay near-miss with Jimi Hendrix, rants about hip-hop, and spouts New Age gibberish to a palpably startled Barney Hoskyns

File format: mp3 File size: 50.2mb Interview length: 54 minutes 51 seconds Sound quality: **

Love Story: Alone Again, or Arthur Lee

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1997

HIGH UP in Laurel Canyon, with all of Los Angeles spread out around him, Arthur Lee would sit and stare and contemplate death - "sitting ...

Love: The Forever Changes Concert

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2003

FOREVER CHANGES is one of those "classic" albums that should have dated but miraculously hasn't. Heavy-handedly paranoid, the product of a strange rock/soul miscegenation, quaintly ...

Love's Bryan MacLean (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1996

RBP takes a drive around Los Angeles with Arthur Lee's second-in-command, hearing all about the madness, the drugs and the whole Sunset Scene vibe - and the making of the first two, classic, Love albums.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 92meg, total interview length: 1hr 40' 34" sound quality: **

Courtney Love: America’s Sweetheart

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

Lady Cobain emerges from rehab to release her debut solo album. ...

Lyle Lovett: Lone Star: Lyle Lovett

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, March 1994

IT'S HARD to believe, but this is Julia Roberts’s first ever appearance on The Tonight Show, the live American chat show to end all chat ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Singles As and Bs

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2006

DO YOU BELIEVE in the magic of a great pop song? The Lovin' Spoonful did. On 1965's jaunty 'Do You Believe In Magic', their first ...

Madonna: The Billion Dollar Lady's New Deal

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, November 1991

THE NEWS THAT Madonna has just clinched a deal making her the highest-paid performer in the history of the pop industry only confirms what we ...

Madonna: The Empress' New Clothes

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Sunday Correspondent, May 1990

As Britain limbers up for her Blonde Ambition tour and Dick Tracy movie, Barney Hoskyns casts a sceptical eye over the talents of Madonna Louise ...

Barry Manilow: Opium of the Missus

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Marxism Today, April 1984

IF BARRY Manilow’s career is on the wane, you’d never have guessed it from last summer’s grandiose Concert At Blenheim Palace, when 40,000-odd pilgrims, preponderantly ...

Arif Mardin: Groovin': The Genius of Arif Mardin

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Rhino Records, April 2007

ATLANTIC'S JERRY WEXLER called him The Pasha, aka "His Soulful Turkish Eminence". It was a typically Wexleresque reference to Arif Mardin's aristocratic background and manner. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Burnin': Bob Marley and the Wailers take Britain

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1995

Babylon's freezing. The Wailers arrive on a mission to ignite below-zero Britain. Thus begins the demise of the original band and the rise of a ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, The Wailers: The Wailers: Burnin’ (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong/Island)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2005

CATCH A FIRE set the world alight but Burnin’ got it blazing. By the time Eric Clapton took the album’s ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ to ...

Johnny Marr, The Smiths: The Backpages Interview: Johnny Marr

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

Rock's eternal sideman steps into the spotlight with The Healers – and talks to Barney Hoskyns about life as an ex-Smith. ...

John Martyn: Mad Dog Days

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

Two-CD set of mainly live jazz-folk genius from the early ‘70s to the mid-‘90s, with bonus DVD interview from last year. ...

John Martyn: Tha Man Who Put The Sap In Sapphire

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, December 1984

COSMIC JOHN MARTYN at the Dominion a fortnight ago was the first time I’d seen this beer-swilling beat hippie since I snuck in the back ...

Hugh Masekela: Blazing In The Bush

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, March 1984

AT A TIME when Western attention is once more turned on the evil and cunning of the South African government, it couldn't be more appropriate ...

Massive Attack: Mezzanine (Virgin)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rolling Stone, May 1998

ELDER STATESMEN of the moody dance genre that used to be called trip-hop, Massive Attack like to take their time making albums. So long, indeed, ...

Curtis Mayfield: New World Order

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Request, December 1996

SIX YEARS AFTER the freak onstage accident that paralyzed him from the neck down, Curtis Mayfield, one of soul music's true titans, makes his debut ...

Maze: A Funk-Lite Labyrinth: Maze

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

FRANKIE BEVERLY’S eight-man Maze could have come to Europe at any time in the last two years and met with the same phenomenal response they ...

Mazzy Star

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, November 1990

OF ALL THE survivors from the heady early-'80s days of LA’s "Paisley Underground", Mazzy Star’s David Roeback appears to command the most respect in rock’s ...

Hope Sandoval, Mazzy Star: Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions: Bavarian Fruit Bread (Rough Trade)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 2001

Former Mazzy Star star buddies up with MBV drummer Colm O'Ciosoig for full-length follow-up to last year's EP At the Doorway Again. ...

Michael McDonald: LA's hi-tech soul singer: Michael McDonald

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, 1987

The preview in Thursday's Independent said it all: "Placid white soul-funker, conservative stuff even by Los Angeles standards." You could not hope to find a ...

Michael McDonald (1986)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1986

The ex-Dan/Doobies man looks back at his career, discusses his art and ruminates on the meaning of "white soul".

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 49.9mb, total interview length: 54' 25" sound quality: ****

Michael McDonald: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 1985

THIS SHOW proved one thing and proved it triumphantly: you can be a paunchy, greying white Californian with a supremely uncool-looking band and still have ...

Michael McDonald: I Survived The Doobies

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, December 1986

ON THE FACE of it, Michael McDonald is the kind of West Coast AOR "artist" who has been reviled in NME circles since time – ...

Maria McKee Gets Saved

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, May 1993

ANYONE WHO remembers Maria McKee whooping it up with her country-rock band Lone Justice back in the ‘80s will concur with Deacon Blue's verdict that ...

Meat Loaf: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1981

THEY'VE ASKED me to make this as short as the Loaf in question is large – but there’s a painful amount to be said. The ...

Meat Puppets: Meat Puppets (SST/Thermidor)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1982

PHOENIX, ARIZONA may or may not be the baking asshole of the universe, but one thing is certain: music of this almost otherworldly nature could ...

Mercury Rev: A Long Strange Migration: Jonathan Donahue Talks

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

RBP: What difference did it make working in your own studio for the first time? ...

Mercury Rev: Jonathan Donahue's Dark Dream

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

TWO AND A half years ago, American mavericks Mercury Rev thought their career was pretty much over. For the band's two Catskills-based mainstays – singer/guitarist ...

Mercury Rev (2001)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2001

Jonathan Donahue and Jeff Mercel talk about band members past and present, and working with producers and arrangers such as Jack Nitzsche and Tony Visconti, plus their very own Dave Fridmann

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 50mb, total interview length: 51' 19" sound quality: ***

Mercury Rev: Deserter’s Songs

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1998

MERCURY REV, one of the great if most overlooked American groups of the 1990s, are finally releasing a new album, their first for V2 Records. ...

Mercury Rev: The Secret Migration (V2)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2005

Follow-up to 2001's All Is Dream, recorded in the band's own Kingston studio by the core Rev trio of Jonathan Donahue, Grasshopper and Jeff Mercel. ...

Mercury Rev’s Dark Dream

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, August 2001

ON MAY 28, 1998, Jonathan Donahue and Sean "Grasshopper" of Mercury Rev sat rather dejectedly in a diner in Woodstock, New York, and talked about ...

Metallica (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1996

The Rashomon interview: all four Metallicas sit down, separately, to talk about the making of Load.

File format: mp3; in 5 parts, total file sizes: 104.6mb, total interview length: 1h 54' 21" sound quality: ***

Metallica: The Alternative Metallica

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1996

THEY MAKE THE ODDEST OF rock couples, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Watching them at work in Manhattan’s Right Track Studios, it’s hard to imagine ...

Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now: Joni Mitchell's Hits and Misses

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1996

* First-ever attempt to compile a "best of" the former Roberta Joan Anderson.* Simultaneously released albums of "hits" - songs successful either for Mitchell or ...

Joni Mitchell: Shine

Review by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, November 2007

JONI MITCHELL declared in 2002 that she was done with the music biz and would never, ever, make another album. I can't have been the ...

Joni Mitchell: Our Lady of Sorrows

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1994

SHE ALMOST bounds into the room, this dowager duchess of American rock, fresh from whooping it up for Mojo's photographer on the street outside manager ...

Joni Mitchell: Queen Joni Approximately

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, January 2004

Raised in Canada, Joni Mitchell found her way to California in 1968. Barney Hoskyns on the crowning of a canyon princess. ...

Joni Mitchell at 50 (1994)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1994

The First Lady of the Canyon looks at her past and present, from her Canadian youth through the Canyon days, the nightmare of the '80s and to her place in 1994. Songs, places, lovers, friends, gender and politics. Oh, and Bob Dylan's bad breath.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 111.4mb, total interview length: 2h 1' 41" sound quality: ***

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

Report by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1988

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

Willie Mitchell, Memphis Magician (1985)

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

The legendary Memphis producer talks about the rise of Southern Soul and the Memphis Sound, meeting and producing Al Green and making all those fabulous hits for Hi Records

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 46.2meg, total interview length: 50' 30" sound quality: ****

Moby Grape: Crosstalk: The Best of Moby Grape (Sony Music UK)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2004

YOU COULD SAY it was all there in the name: Melville’s white whale meets Dionysus, with suitably catastrophic results. But Californian quintet Moby Grape, the ...

Momus Vivendi

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, October 1991

THERE IS NOTHING quite like Momus in British pop. The alter ego of one Nicholas Currie, right, a pale Scotsman of Presbyterian origin who dwells ...

The Monkees: Head

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

The "Prefab Four" star in self-deconstructing Help!-on-acid, scripted by joker Jack Nicholson. ...

Van Morrison: Nothin' But A Stranger In This World: Van Morrison and Astral Weeks

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 2001

THE FITFUL BRITISH SUMMER of 2001 is ending not with a whimper but a bang – a burst of Bank Holiday heat that's got everyone ...

Van Morrison: Odeon, Birmingham

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1983

I LOST VAN Morrison's wavelength on the album of the same name, and my feelings about the last four are decidedly mixed. This misanthropic mystic ...

Morrissey, The Smiths: The Year Of The Smiths

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, The Virgin Yearbook, 1984

GAY MEN PAVED pop’s way this year. With Boy George’s wardrobe fully open, all the closet cases came spilling forth: Burns and The Bronskis, Frankie ...

Morrissey, The Smiths: This Disarming Man: In Defence of Morrissey

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2001

NOTE: These were liner notes for a Rhino compilation of solo Morrissey songs. The singer rejected them. ...

Mudcrutch: Mudcrutch (Reprise)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2008

Tom Petty's glorified Florida bar band gets around to cutting its debut album after 35 years. ...

The Nazz, Todd Rundgren: Todd Rundgren: Album By Album

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2009

TODD RUNDGREN IS the Philadelphia-born whizzkid who could and should have been the biggest star of the '70s. Next month the man John Lennon referred ...

Willie Nelson in Stockholm (1994)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1994

Willie Nelson – on tour in Sweden – on leaving Columbia for Liberty, his tussle with the IRS, Cowboy movies, songwriting and more...

File format: mp3 File size: 30mb Interview length: 32 minutes 43 seconds Sound quality: ****

Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 1998

Mr. Mangum on the journey from Ruston, LA, to Athens, GA; Elephant Six Records, and his wider musical community; art and literature projects; and his lo-fi and psychedelic influences.

File format: mp3; file size: 39mb, interview length: 42' 37" sound quality: ***

Aaron Neville

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Sunday Correspondent, September 1989

AARON NEVILLE has to be one of black music's more extraordinary characters. There can be few experiences as disarming as hearing the voice of an ...

Aaron Neville (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1989

The giant of New Orleans singers looks back at his roots in the Crescent City: the hard times and the good times, being a Neville Brother, key vocal influences and more.

File format: mp3 File size: 29.2mb Interview length: 31 minutes 55 seconds Sound quality: ***

The Neville Brothers: Treacherous - A History Of The Neville Brothers 1955-1985 (Rhino)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1987

WHAT a nice surprise: a double album of material from what is virtually a one-family history of New Orleans R&B, tastefully packaged and annotated by ...

Randy Newman: Is Randy Newman the Old Eminem?

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2003

The funniest and least sentimental songwriter in America has revisited his back pages on The Randy Newman Songbook, Volume 1. BARNEY HOSKYNS asks him about ...

Randy Newman (1995)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1995

The Great American Songwriter talks about his childhood, being a perennial outsider, life on Warners, the American South, racism, Los Angeles, Faust and much more

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 69.8meg, total interview length: 1h 16' 17", sound quality: ***

Randy Newman: "I Love You, You C**t!"

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 1998

THE FOLK singer Dave Van Ronk called him "the Hoagy Carmichael of the ’60s". His boyhood friend and longtime producer Lenny Waronker tagged him "King ...

Randy Newman: Faust

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 1995

IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME coming, but Newman’s Faust is finally here. Complete with choirs, orchestras, and stellar rock’n’roll guests, it’s surely the most ambitious ...

Randy Newman: London, Theatre Royal

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, November 1994

IT'S HARD to believe that in 1968 Randy Newman claimed he was "very rarely propelled by any great desire to perform live". Especially hard when ...

Randy Newman: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1995

HE IS TEN SECONDS into his second song, 'Yellow Man', when a bank of spots from Miss Saigon bathes him in a hepatic yellow light. ...

New Model Army: Top of the Antipops: New Model Army

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, 1984

PUNK IS DEAD in letter but not in spirit. That is the message from a new school of groups who do not make videos and ...

Johnny Thunders, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, New York Dolls: You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory: Johnny Thunders

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1982

"There's a certain charisma about a guy that everybody thinks is about to drop dead. It's like when Daffy Duck blows up on stage and ...

The Nightingales: Anti-Pop Songbirds: The Nightingales

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Spin, October 1985

THE NIGHTINGALES ARE seasoned figures on the English independent scene, epitomizing the doggedly patient and uncompromising outsider. Five years old, they still play tiny clubs-above-pubs ...

Don Nix (1985)

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

A languid, laid-back chat with the man who was always there: at the start of southern soul in Memphis with the Mar-Keys, on the road with Leon Russell, in L.A. with J.J. Cale and on. On the musicians he knew, scenes he was part of, and on that thorny subject, race.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 81.1meg, total interview length: 1h 28' 39" sound quality: ****

Laura Nyro: Dark Angel: The Stone Soul Genius of Laura Nyro

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2009

I keep hearin' daddy through his grave:"Little girl, of all the daughters,You were born a woman,Not a slave."('The Confession', 1968) ...

Oasis: Definitely Maybe

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 1997

WITH THE swaggering chords of the opening ‘Rock'N'Roll Star,’ Oasis announced that big, brash Brit rock was here to stay--at least for a few years. ...

Oasis: Heathen Chemistry

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Q, Summer 2002

SINCE IT WAS to l’il old me that a strangely sober Liam Gallagher first whispered the title of the fifth Oasis album – yes, folks, ...

Will Oldham's Palace: Arise Therefore

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1996

THERE IS A strange subcurrent in American rock music of the '90s: a subcurrent of lo-fi, willfully inept, not-quite-country rock that stretches from the disbanded ...

Palace Music, Will Oldham: Will Oldham's Palace

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1996

THERE IS A STRANGE subcurrent in the American rock music of the mid-'90s: a subcurrent of lo-fi, willfully inept, not-quite-country rock that stretches from the ...

Alexander O'Neal: Alexander O’Neal

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vox, February 1991

WHATEVER happened to the black ladykiller, that oversized teddy bear in a Versace suit serenading womankind with a cordless microphone in one hand and a ...

Alexander O'Neal: Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1986

IT SEEMS TO be ladykiller month in the UK. Luther Vandross and Freddie Jackson both have releases, while big Alex O'Neal's 1985 Epic album is ...

The Only Ones, Original Mirrors: The Only Ones/Original Mirrors: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, Spring 1981

"YOU LITTLE London boys..." The last of this city’s great rock’n’roll junkies is parting company with his other ones. One can’t put your arms around ...

The Orb: Orbiting The Orb

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Request, May 1997

"DOCTOR" ALEX Patterson, overlord of the Orb and revered godfather of the genus Ambient Techno, would like another brandy and ginger, if you don’t mind. ...

Roy Orbison: The Lonely Blue Dream of Roy Orbison

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1999

HE STANDS stock-still, or nearly so. His right hand mechanically strums a black Gretsch, and his left leg slightly trembles. He could be a waxwork ...

Beth Orton: Comfort of Strangers (EMI)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2006

HAS EMPTY become the new full? Every month we read of another singer-songstress who's stripped down her sound, kept things "spare and minimal". Now it's ...

Outkast: OutKast: Speakboxxx/The Love Below (Arista)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

THE YIN AND YANG of epicene dandy André 3000 and straight-up, pit-bull-ownin’ Big Boi may yet prove OutKast’s undoing. If so, the duo at least ...

Papas Fritas: Mojo Rising

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1997

ONCE UPON a time, Papas Fritas were just another dweebish lo-fi band from Massachusetts, growing up in the shadows of Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr.. But ...

Van Dyke Parks, part 1 (1993)

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

Van Dyke Parks talks of his early days in Los Angeles, the folk scene, and the deaths of both his brother and John F. Kennedy

File format: mp3 File size: 32.4mb Interview length: 35 minutes 21 seconds Sound quality: ****

Van Dyke Parks, part 2 (1993)

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

On becoming an arranger and songwriter, the effects of the '60s British Invasion, the counterculture and the death of the hippie dream.

File format: mp3 File size: 25.9mb Interview length: 28 minutes 18 seconds Sound quality: ****

Van Dyke Parks, part 3 (1993)

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

Van Dyke Parks talks about being in the studio with Brian Wilson, the legendary Smile project, his own Song Cycle and much more

File format: mp3 File size: 34.7mb Interview length: 37 minutes 56 seconds Sound quality: ****

Gram Parsons: Another Side of This Life (Sundazed)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 2001

Unheard mid-’60s folk recordings taped in Florida by Gram’s pal Jim Carlton. ...

Gram Parsons: The Good Ol’ Boy

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1998

ON A WARM fall night in the tie-dyed rock’n’roll town of Woodstock, with the maple leaves turning to gold and purple on the mountains that ...

Gram Parsons: In His Hour Of Darkness: Gram Theft Auto and the Road Mangler Deluxe

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, March 2004

IT IS THE midsummer of 1973. Two men stand together amidst a throng of mourners at the graveside of Clarence White, former Byrd and the ...

Gram Parsons: Phil Kaufman remembers Gram Parsons (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 2003

From Mick'n'Keef to Emmylou; from Topanga Canyon to the Joshua Tree: Executive Nanny Phil Kaufman looks back on low lives and high times with Gram Parsons.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 49.4.mb, total interview length: 54' 01" sound quality: ***

Pavement: Mojo Rising: Pavement

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1995

WE SHOULD HAVE seen it coming, really. While other leading practitioners of lo-fi American rock – Beck, Sebadoh, Royal Trux, The Grifters, Guided By Voices ...

Pavement (1998)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1998

Messrs. Malkmus, Kannberg and Ibold on the making of the Terror Twilight album, working with Nigel Godrich, the ins-and-outs of the band... and the future of rock!

File format: mp3; file size: 60.7mb, interview length: 1h 06' 13" sound quality: **

Pavement Goes Overground

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1999

NOBODY COULD accuse Pavement of being rock archetypes. Take the group’s frontman Stephen Malkmus, who spends much of his spare time flyfishing virgin rivers and ...

Neil Young, Pearl Jam: Neil Young: The Reading Festival

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 1995

IT'S THE END OF SUMMER, and the temperature is plummeting. A vicious wind whips up the dustbowl that the Reading Festival site has become over ...

John Peel at 60

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, August 1999

"WHY DO people always have a go at Belgium?" ...

Teddy Pendergrass: Attractive — Moi? Sexy — Moi?

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, May 1981

Sex symbol Teddy Pendergrass shrugs off the impertinence of reporter Barney Hoskyns ...

Dan Penn (1985)

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

A short chat with the country-soul legend, talking about writing 'Cry Like A Baby', producing the Box Tops, and on the sadly MIA Eddie Hinton

File format: mp3 File size: 9.2mb Interview length: 10 minutes Sound quality: ****

Liz Phair

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1994

FEW ROCK artists making their debuts have been greeted with such an avalanche of acclaim as thundered down on Liz Phair last year. Her double-album-length ...

Liz Phair: Fresh outta Guyville

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1994

NO-ONE WAS MORE SURPRISED THAN LIZ PHAIR when her precocious double-album debut became the alternative-rock succès d'estime of 1993. "I was just a neighbourhood kid ...

Esther Phillips: 'Little' Esther Phillips: Better Beware

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Charly, July 1990

OF ALL the blues-shouting earth mamas who dominated the distaff side of R&B in the early '50s, easily the most disarming was Little Esther, born ...

Phish

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, June 1996

WHEN THE Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia died last year, a whole era of rock’n’roll seemed to be drawing to a close. Many people assumed this ...

Phish: Rise Of The Phishheads

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1996

ON A STARRY SUMMER NIGHT at Bearsville Studios, New York, the four members of Phish are bracing themselves for the inevitable Grateful Dead question. ...

Phoenix

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Revolver, 2000

AIR'S ADORABLE Moon Safari proved if nothing else that the pop universe had become a less xenophobic place. Now comes the first album by Phoenix, ...

The Pixies: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, October 1990

WATCHING THE Pixies in a rock venue as mainstream as the Hammersmith Odeon seemed wrong, and they were as surprised to be there as anyone ...

Robert Plant: Mountain Man: Robert Plant Goes Back to his Welsh Roots

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Tracks, 2003

WHEN YOU'RE TOLD that Robert Plant will meet you on the platform of Machynlleth station in southern Snowdonia, you figure, "Sure, some hapless lackey will ...

Robert Plant (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 2003

A somewhat wind-blown interview: on digging back into his pre-Zep archives for Sixty Six to Timbuktu; discovering his voice as a young singer; life and career post-Zeppelin.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 63.8mb, total interview length: 1h 9' 44" sound quality: **

Robert Plant: Band of Joy (Decca)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2010

NOTE: Herewith an expanded version of a review written for Classic Rock magazine... BH ...

Plush

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1998

FIRMLY IN the tradition of orch-pop mavericks like Scott Walker and Jimmy Webb, Plush caused a minor commotion three years ago with the Drag City ...

The Pointer Sisters: Look! Slow hands…

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Smash Hits, September 1981

WITH THE sultry ‘Slow Hand’ firmly placed at No. 2 in the US and showing every sign of going Top Ten over here, The Pointer ...

The Police: Nottingham City Hall

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, January 1984

RICHARD COOK’S extraordinary vision of The Police (NME, 2nd Dec.) prompts one to reconsider the profound difference between The Police – those awful sing-a-long-a-suicides ‘So ...

Iggy Pop (1999)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 1999

Barney Hoskyns talks to Iggy Pop, New York NY, 24 June 1999 File format: MP3 ; File size: 20.9mb; Interview length: 45 minutes; Sound quality: ***

Iggy Pop talks to Barney Hoskyns

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 1999

What impact did the breakup of your marriage have on Avenue B? Curiously, once my back was up against the wall and I was really ...

Iggy Pop: Decline Of The Dork

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, October 1986

BACK IN the bleak wastes of the early ‘70s – when, of course, things were really no more bleak than they are now – there ...

Iggy Pop: Where the Debris Meets the Sea: Iggy Pop and James Williamson in Kill City

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, September 2006

IGGY POP remains rock’s ultimate protopunk – the "world’s forgotten boy" who took the menace of the MC5 and the demonic danger of the Rolling ...

David Porter (1985)

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

The man who co-wrote all those great hits with Isaac Hayes remembers Memphis, and Stax, from back in the day.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 78.3mb, total interview length: 1h 25' 36" sound quality: ***

Prefab Sprout: Couldn’t Bear To Be Precious: Prefab Sprout

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, March 1984

THE BOY'S a natural born charmer. ...

Prefab Sprout: Phone Home: Paddy McAloon

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1994

"I'M ACTUALLY going for the record of being the longest hold-out character on the face of the earth. I'm trying to evaporate into a realm ...

Prefab Sprout: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2000

A THIRD of the way through this rare Sprout outing to the capital, Paddy McAloon dedicates the lovely, little-known 'Dragons' to the spouse of his ...

Prefab Sprout's Paddy McAloon (1988)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1988

King Sprout McAloon on the state of songwriting and production in 1988, Bruce Springsteen and Robert De Niro, Newcastle, fame, breaking America, and... Issac Hayes!

File format: mp3; file size: 18mb, interview length: 19' 40" sound quality: ***

Prefab Sprout: The Backpages Interview: Paddy McAloon

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

Fans of Prefab Sprout’s Paddy McAloon – the Gershwin of Tyneside – are used to defending him against the barbarians of Britrock and other genres ...

Prefab Sprout: The Enchanter: Paddy McAloon

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1988

PADDY McALOON is an anomalous figure in the British Pop climate of the late '80s. One of our precious few songwriters of any worth, he ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis and the Songsmiths

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut Legends, Spring 2005

CLYDE OTIS and Ivory Joe Hunter had just returned from a day's duck-hunting when the phone rang. It was the song publishers Hill and Range ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis 30 # 1 Hits (RCA)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Blender, Fall 2002

The King is gone, but he's not forgotten: Thirty classics from the best singer who ever lived. Period. ...

Elvis Presley: Memphis Blues Again: Elvis ’69

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Aspects of Elvis (Sidgwick & Jackson), 1994

ELVIS PRESLEY must have sensed that his credibility was on the line when he made the decision, in early January 1969, to cancel a Nashville ...

Elvis Presley: Scotty Moore's Classic Axe Goes Under The Hammer

Report by Mark Pringle, Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, April 2000

Former Elvis Presley producer weeps after auctioning off "the most important guitar in rock and roll history" ...

Primal Scream: The Bobby Gillespie Interview

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, CDNOW.com, Summer 2000

WHEN PRIMAL SCREAM released Screamadelica in 1991, they forged an indissoluble link between Brit indie-rock and underground dance culture that led directly to the sound ...

Prince: An Interview with the Prince formerly known as The Artist

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 2000

First, a caveat. ...

Prince: Come (Warner Bros.)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1994

OK, PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR A SHOCK. PRINCE'S new album – a last gasp from his 16-year career on Warner Brothers – is about sex. It ...

Prince: Parade (Original Soundtrack - Under The Cherry Moon)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, April 1986

I TOOK 'Kiss' as a signal that we were being ushered back into the compressed, airtight funkworld of Dirty Mind. Didn't flip over the song ...

Prince: A Second Coming Thru Purple Haze

Report by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, April 1983

A MONTH ago, in Minneapolis, mecca of absence, I had time on my hands – all over my body, actually – to consider the idea ...

Prince: Inside the Enigma

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1997

"I am not a woman, I am not a man/I am something that you’ll never understand..." ...

Prince: The Special One: The Return of Prince

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Observer Music Monthly, February 2006

This is a previously unpublished version of a cover story for the Observer Music Monthly. ...

The Prodigy: Prodigy: The Fat Of The Land

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rolling Stone, August 1997

RARELY HAS a pop trend been so shamelessly spoon-fed to America as the hold-all genre dubbed "electronica". Rarely, indeed, has the music industry tried so ...

Pulp: This Is Hardcore

Review by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1998

JARVIS COCKER is that most British of pop creatures, the Nerd-as-Superstar. Like the young Morrissey, he’s the spindly misfit, the scrawny mis-shape who outwitted the ...

The Raconteurs (2006)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2006

Raconteurs Jack White, Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence on how they got together, making the first album, and their shared love of Led Zeppelin

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 39.5meg, total interview length: 43' 04" sound quality: ***

The Raconteurs and the making of 'Steady, as She Goes'

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2006

IF EVER A record begged to be released on 7" vinyl it was the Raconteurs' 'Steady, as She Goes'. Redolent of an era when people ...

The Raconteurs, The White Stripes: Jack White's Side Dish: The Raconteurs

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, May 2006

THE BUSMAN'S holiday has a long if mixed history in rock. From makeshift supergroups to one-off time-killers to impromptu jam sessions, sideline moonlightings are part ...

Radiohead: Can Radiohead Take America?

Report by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1997

"THERE ARE lots of double standards with British bands when they talk about America," says Jonny Greenwood. "They like to talk badly about it, yet ...

Radiohead: Exit Music: Can Radiohead save rock music as we (don’t) know it?

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, GQ, October 2000

THE POSTERS on the ancient streets of Arles give little away. Sting is playing soon in Marseille, and coming up is a "Super Big Reggae ...

Radiohead: Here Are The Young Men: Radiohead’s Kid A

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, December 2000

2000 WAS PARTLY about waiting for Yorko: waiting for the follow-up to the huge, incandescent, panoramic, faux-pomp OK Computer. And when Kid A finally arrived ...

Radiohead: No Surprises: Radiohead And Their Kind

Report by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, April 2000

After the success of OK Computer, Radiohead's next album is one of the most eagerly awaited records ever. Perhaps, says BARNEY HOSKYNS, that's why copycat ...

Radiohead: Stormy Return: Radiohead live in Arles

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, CDNOW.com, Summer 2000

RADIOHEAD'S DECISION to embark on a low-key, off-the-beaten-track summer tour of Europe nearly backfired from the kickoff last night when a cataclysmic downpour threatened to ...

The Raincoats: The Raincoats (We ThRee)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, November 2009

THIS 1979 ROUGH TRADE album is a period piece and a sacred artefact, not least because of its subsequent endorsement by an "extremely unhappy, lonely ...

The Ramones: Gabba Gabba Sniffle: The Ramones at Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, February 1996

PUNK MAY not be dead, but the Ramones, it would seem, have finally bitten the dust – like the spaghetti western mercenaries to whom they ...

The Ramones in London, part 1 (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1985

Joey and Dee Dee talk about life for da brudders is the mid-'80s, Hardcore, chart success (or not), and much more.

File format: mp3; File size: 30.6 mb Interview length: 44 minutes 36 seconds, sound quality: ***

The Ramones in London, part 2 (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1985

Joey and Dee Dee talk about drugs, playing fast, New York City, and where they come from musically.

File format: mp3; File size: 12.5 mb Interview length: 18 minutes 16 seconds, sound quality: ***

The Ramones: Ain’t No Stoppin’ The Cretins From Boppin’!

Interview by Mat Snow, Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1985

ONE! Joey...TWO! Dee Dee... FREE! Mat... FOUR! Barney... THE RAMONES revisited in a teenage tag-match ‘tween two of the scuzziest pairs of sneakers in the ...

David Rawlings, Gillian Welch: Dave Rawlings Machine: A Friend of a Friend

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2010

ANYONE WHO EVER felt that David Rawlings hid his light under Gillian Welch's bushel – never getting the full credit he merited as her partner ...

Lou Reed: Cool Hand Lou: The Transformations of Lou Reed

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, February 1992

SINCE THE RELEASE of Growing up in Public in 1980, Lou Reed has pretty much grown up in private. In 1981 he not only ...

Lou Reed, Velvet Underground: A Dark Prince at Twilight: Lou Reed

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1996

THE DAY DOES not begin auspiciously. The first flakes of a snowstorm descend as I open the curtains in my hotel room, adding yet another ...

R.E.M.: Four Guys Working For The Sainthood

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, April 1984

"THERE'S TWO SCHOOLS OF MUSICIANS" argues guitarist Peter Buck. "One just digs playing and is in it for fun, the other wants to get rich ...

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 ...

R.E.M.: Marquee, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1983

IF YE Smythes are anything to go by, rock's set-piece quartet of voice and guitar, bass and drums is making a decided comeback. Witnessing R.E.M.'s ...

The Residents: George & James (Korova)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1983

IT WOULD appear that the San Mateo four can't think of a way to end the Mole Trilogy they began in 1981. Instead, they've launched ...

Keith Richards

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, June 1999

"Thirty years upon the stage/ I hear the people say, ‘Why won’t he go away?’" ...

Keith Richards on Talk is Cheap (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1997

The Human Riff talks about his solo excursion with the X-Pensive Winos and making Talk is Cheap: sorting out the crack band with Steve Jordan, working with Bootsy and Maceo, and on being a frontman.

File format: mp3; file size: 19.2mb, interview length: 21' sound quality: *

Keith Richards: Talk Is Cheap

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1997

KEITH RICHARDS says he’d never thought of making a solo album until Mick Jagger announced that he didn’t want to tour to promote the Rolling ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keef: Exile just a shot away from Main Street

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, European, The, September 1992

IT HAS become something of a cliche to say that Keith Richards is the Rolling Stones. ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1997

The Human Riff on Exile on Main Street, Gram Parsons, rastamen in the hills and his loathing of Oasis

File format: mp3 File size: 27.7mb Interview length: 30 minutes 13 seconds Sound quality: ****

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards: How Do You Stop?

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1997

"DON’T BE MISLED!" shouts the faded 8" x 8" flyer propped up on a baby grand piano in the mansion Keith Richards is renting in ...

Rip Rig and Panic: Rip Rig & Panic: I Am Cold (Virgin)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1982

RIP, RIG & PANIC definitely ARE a manifestation of something obscene: music as an expression of HEALTH. Like the kind of swarthy boor who practises ...

The Rolling Stones: A Sweet Tooth for the Stones: 'Brown Sugar'

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Sabotage Times, Summer 2012

GOD IT'S TEDIOUS when ancient hacks wax nostalgic about formative pop memories – memories sacred to them but rarely to their readers. So stop reading ...

The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main St.

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, June 2004

STICKY FINGERS has always been taken for granted. Fans and critics alike have drooled for decades over Let It Bleed and Exile on Main St., ...

The Rolling Stones: Stripped

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1995

GOT LIVE If You Want It... ...so bragged The Rolling Stones of their first live album, recorded at the ...

The Rolling Stones: Tiers Are Not Enough

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, July 1982

The Rolling Stones: Wembley Stadium, London ...

Linda Ronstadt: Homecoming Queen: Linda Ronstadt

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, April 1995

Thirty years ago Linda Ronstadt left Tucson for the folk-rock Mecca of Los Angeles. Now the first lady of softly streamlined country returns to the ...

Linda Ronstadt (1995)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1995

The First Lady of Counry Rock on a life in music: from Tuscon to LA; the Troubadour scene; hanging out with Jim Morrison and Gram Parsons; exploring standards and Mexican music; singing, production and producers.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 145mb, total interview length: 2h 28' 24" sound quality: **

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren, part 1 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1997

On Todd's childhood and early musical adventures, culminating in the formation of The Naz and a sudden immersion in the teen pop world

File format: mp3 File size: 38.5mb Interview length: 42 minutes 06 seconds Sound quality: ****

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren, part 2 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1997

On getting involved with Albert Goldman and the Woodstock scene, recording The Band and dressing up and taking acid

File format: mp3 File size: 39.6mb Interview length: 43 minutes 15 seconds Sound quality: ****

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren, part 3 (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1997

Meeting the Sayles Brothers, working on Ritalin, the Concept for A Wizard, A True Star, building Secret Sound Studio and developing his recording techniques

File format: mp3 File size: 33.1mb Interview length: 36 minutes 09 seconds Sound quality: ****

Todd Rundgren: He Put A Spell On Me: The True Stardom of Todd Rundgren

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2003

It is 30 years since TODD RUNDGREN released the spellbinding A Wizard, A True Star. BARNEY HOSKYNS makes a case for it as The Best ...

Todd Rundgren: The Dream Goes on Forever: Todd Rundgren Plays A Wizard, A True Star Live

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2010

OUT INTO THE damp chill of a February night we came, the scattered legions of Toddheads – crossing fingers for transcendence, willing to settle for ...

Todd Rundgren: The MOJO Interview: Todd Rundgren

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 2012

TWO DAYS AFTER a throat-shredding three-night stand at London's Jazz Café, Todd Harry Rundgren seems relieved merely to be talking. Still sporting multi-coloured – black ...

Todd Rundgren: With A Twist (Emi/Guardian)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1997

Challenged to re-record a number of his 'greatest hits' – by a label which has tried the same experiment with Jimmy Webb and Alice Cooper ...

Todd Rundgren: 'Go Ahead, Ignore Me!'

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1998

HELLO, it’s him. ...

The Saints: Paralytic Today, Paris Tonight: The Saints

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1981

AT THIS TIME, A RETROSPECTIVE on the Saints could only be written by someone with a sense of great personal mission. Perhaps it's even a ...

The Saints: All Times Through Paradise (EMI)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

4-CD box set of bolshy Ozpunks' three late '70s albums and unreleased Live in London set from late '77, plus numerous out/alternate takes, B-sides and ...

Ed Sanders of The Fugs (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1996

Ed Sanders – Fug, poet, agitator and all round rebel-about-town talks about his life from the early '60s Lower East Side Bohemia to the late '60s LA of Charlie Manson

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 48.4meg, total interview length: 52' 46" sound quality: ****

Santana's Michael Shrieve (2009)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2009

The Santana drummer remembers the glory days — Abraxas, Woodstock etc. — and the coke, Coke Escovedo and the crumbling of the band.

File format: mp3; file size: 42.1mb, interview length: 45' 56" sound quality: * (phoner)

Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson: Winter in America (Charly)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2005

A MASTERWORK of ghetto melancholia and stark political gravitas, Winter in America showcases Scott-Heron and Jackson at their most witheringly unsentimental but also their most ...

Scritti Politti: Making Provision: Green speaks

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Virgin Records press release, 1988

THREE YEARS of silence are finally broken this week as Scritti Politti release the first single off a new album. Featuring the inimitable trumpet of ...

Scritti Politti's Green (1988)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1988

Scritti's Green talks about making Provision, meeting Jacques Derrida, working with Miles Davis, Roger Troutman and Chaka Khan, hanging out with Kraftwerk and struggling to come up with an album title...

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 55meg, total interview length: 1 hour, sound quality: ****

Scritti Politti: This Week I am Mostly Wearing Soren Kierkegaard: Scritti Politti

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 1999

GREEN STROHMEYER-GARTSIDE, to give him his full and slightly fantastical name, is feeling decidedly below-par on this muggy Manhattan afternoon. Clasping a Rolling Rock in ...

Scritti Politti: Where Radical Meets Chic: Scritti Politti

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, October 1981

"SCRITTI POLITTI" – didn't you always wonder where their "political writings" were? I did. I always wondered whether their hearts were in their music or ...

Sebadoh: The Sebadoh (Domino)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, April 1999

Seventh album from Lou Barlow and chums, following up 1996’s Harmacy and featuring new drummer Russ Pollard. ...

The Seeds: Sky Saxon 1937-2009: A Belated Tribute to an Acid-Punk Icon

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2009

Lost in the the shock and hysteria of Michael Jackson's death was the scant reportage of another pop passing: that of crazed LA garage-pop ...

Ron Sexsmith: Long Player: In Praise of Ron Sexsmith

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2011

"We have had a gutful of fast art and fast food. What we need more of is slow art: art that holds time as a ...

Ron Sexsmith: Forever Endeavour

Press Release by Barney Hoskyns, Cooking Vinyl Records, February 2013

IN A WORLD of workaday singer-songwriters mired in vacuous self-regard, news of a new Ron Sexsmith record can only gladden the heart of those who ...

Ron Sexsmith: Whereabouts

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rolling Stone, June 1999

THAT THE TERM "singer-songwriter" is no longer one of abuse is at least partly because of the excellent Ron Sexsmith. A thirtysomething Canadian who sounds ...

Shriekback: Beyond Care, Thank God: Shriekback

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1984

Are Shriekback’s polyrhythms just polytechnic or is their dance stance entrancing? ...

The Sid Presley Experience: Going Cold Turkey with the Sid Presley Experience

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, January 1985

Why reheat ‘Cold Turkey’? BARNEY HOSKYNS TALKS TO THE SID PRESLEY EXPERIENCE about their protest against council block smack. ...

Davitt Sigerson: AOR? Write On! An Interview with Davitt Sigerson

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1984

DAVITT SIGERSON insists he isn’t smarting from the NME review which described Falling In Love Again as ‘The Worst Record I’ve Ever Heard." ...

Judee Sill: Heart Food and Dark Peace: Judee Sill

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, December 2004

This is an expanded version of "The Lost Child", published in The Observer Music Monthly. ...

Carly Simon: Anticipation

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

PRE-"YOU’RE SO Vain" and pre-marriage-to-James-Taylor, the leggy and large-mouthed Park Avenue Jewess made two pleasant 1971 albums of melodiously laid-back adult pop. LA-flavoured and sprinkled ...

Joe Simon: Lookin’ Back

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Charly Records, August 1988

JOE SIMON IS one of soul’s great deepies, possessor of a richly mellow voice that puts him up there with such deep-throated greats as Jerry ...

Simply Red: Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1984

IT HAS to be said that this plumpish, carrot-mopped bloke stomping around like a kid in a playpen hardly looks the part of STAR. And ...

Frank Sinatra: London Arena

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, July 1990

VOGUE once said of Frank Sinatra that "the Voice is leading cool modems back to emotion". Looking around at the well- heeled sentimentalists and legend-seekers ...

Percy Sledge: 501 Ways to Leave Your Lover

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1987

Percy Sledge: Town & Country Club, London ...

Percy Sledge: Out Of Left Cotton Field: The Brokenhearted Country Soul Of Percy Sledge

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, 'The Complete Atlantic Recordings' (Rhino), 2010

PERCY SLEDGE IS as prone to romanticizing Muscle Shoals as the many music writers who rhapsodize about the area in pieces about local luminaries like ...

Percy Sledge: Gone Fishin'

Report by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, March 1987

The only definite sighting of PERCY SLEDGE in recent weeks has been in the UK Top Ten. BARNEY HOSKYNS reviews the career of the elusive ...

Sloan: One Chord to Another

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rolling Stone, March 1997

SOMETIMES YOU JUST feel like telling the '60s to go away. As if all those gleefully plagiarizing Brit-pop bands weren't enough, now we have a ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Looking at the Devil: Sly Stone and There's a Riot Goin' On

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Observer Music Monthly, March 2006

DICK CAVETT didn't know what had hit him. The mild-mannered, impeccably liberal TV host had had some far-out guests on his ABC talk show, but ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly and the Family Stone: Stand!

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Sony Legacy, Spring 2007

IT'S A MEASURE of our fascination with the darker side of pop culture that Stand! now tends to take second stage to 1971's claustrophobic, coke-fuelled ...

Smashing Pumpkins: Adore

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1998

BILLY CORGAN certainly had his work cut out for him after 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. That multi-multi-platinum double CD turned more than ...

Elliott Smith (1998)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1998

Elliott Smith on discomfort, vocal styles, solo vs. electric bands, more discomfort, playing waltzes and Art, Capital A.

File format: mp3 File size: 39.3mb Interview length: 42 minutes 57 seconds Sound quality: ***

Elliott Smith: From a Basement on the Hill (Domino)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2004

WHEN ELLIOTT SMITH died last year, he left behind a large number of tracks from which he was assembling the follow-up to 2000's Figure 8. ...

Elliott Smith: An Interview in NYC, 30th April, 1998

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, Spring 1998

BH: From Kill Rock Stars to DreamWorks – it sounds like some kind of fairy tale. Does it feel like one? ...

Elliott Smith: Mojo Rising: Elliott Smith

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1998

IS THIS a fairy tale or a corporate rock nightmare? Taciturn 28-year-old indie songster is taken up by maverick movie director and wakes to find ...

Elliott Smith: Shooting Star: Elliott Smith

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2004

A YEAR AGO I was sitting in the Los Angeles living room of Mr. Roger Steffens, curator of a huge Bob Marley archive that was ...

The Smiths: These Disarming Men: The Smiths

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1984

"...the touching and bewitching songs that open hearts and purses. Art. Great Art." – Jean Genet, Funeral Rites ...

Soft Cell: The Art Of Falling Apart

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, January 1983

YOUTH IS skin deep in a sleep... and out of work. Some pop stars accept this and let it go, some drone in statistics. ...

The Soul Stirrers: Various Artists: Father And Sons (Spirit Feel)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1986

IF YOU'VE any interest in gospel music at all, this should be an essential purchase. Compiled by Anthony Heilbut, author of seminal tome The ...

Phil Spector's Ghosts: The Spooky World Of The Greatest Producer In Pop Music

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, slate.com, February 2003

FOR OBSERVERS of Hollywood, it's been irresistible: life imitating the movies once again. The death of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson in Phil Spector's Alhambra chateau ...

Ronnie Spector: Exorcising Phil's Spectre: Ronnie's Return

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, February 1991

THE SNOWBOUND metropolis of London holds many memories for Ronnie Spector. When she was riding high in the mid-'60s with The Ronettes, that vampy girl ...

Ronnie Spector, part 1 (1991)

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

On marriage to, and escape from, Phil Spector, being fancied by John Lennon and on being a Ronette - Ronnie Spector tells all.

File format: mp3 File size: 21.1mb Interview length: 23 minutes 6 seconds Sound quality: ***

Ronnie Spector, part 2 (1991)

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

Ronnie goes to Swinging London, gets hit on by hero Frankie Lymon, drinks rather a lot and writes a book. Top girl!

File format: mp3 File size: 27.1mb Interview length: 29 minutes 38 seconds Sound quality: ***

Ronnie Spector: Be My Baby

Review by Barney Hoskyns, City Limits, February 1991

Be My Baby: Ronnie Spector with Vince Waldron ...

The Spice Girls: Spice Girls

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Request, December 1997

AT THE end of the day, all they really, really wanted was to "zigazig ha". ...

Spiritualized: Let It Shine Down: Mr Spaceman's Stroboscopic Pomp Gospel

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, October 2001

Spiritualized: Hammersmith Apollo, 12th October ...

Spiritualized: The Mile High Club: Spiritualized in the Sky

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1998

SPIRITUALIZED: a concoction of the cosmological and the pharmaceutical enjoying high times in Britain. Now Jason Pierce is spending two months turning on America. Barney ...

Dusty Springfield: Complete As and Bs

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, August 2006

OF ALL THE overused terms that blight today’s pop culture, "icon" surely grates the most. In these inane post-Warhol times, everybody is an icon and ...

Pop Staples, The Staple Singers: It's All Over Now: A Farewell to Pops

Obituary by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, December 2000

Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples, patriarch of gospel-soul family group the Staple Singers, died on Tuesday, December 19. Possessor of a light, understated harmony voice and distinctive ...

Candi Staton Comes Home to Country Soul

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Honest Jon's Records, March 2006

THERE ARE southern soul voices and there are southern soul voices. Raw and ravaged, Candi Staton's is one of the signature sounds of that particular ...

Steely Dan: Any Major Dude Will Tell You: The Funked-Up Muzak and Cerebral Genius of Steely Dan

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2012

NOTE: This is an updated version of a piece written for the short-lived biannual Faber/Domino publication Loops. I've revived it to commemorate the 40th anniversary ...

Steely Dan: Curbing Their Enthusiasm: Steely Dan

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2003

THIS IS TOO, TOO PERFECT: Steely Dan strolling into a sleek hotel suite in Santa Monica, the Pacific Ocean sparkling through the window behind them. ...

Steely Dan: Librarians on Acid

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, January 2000

STEELY DAN have always split people down the middle. On one side sit major dudes like William Gibson, who delight in the apparent disjunction between ...

Steely Dan: The Backpages Interview: Steely Dan

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2003

This week sees the release of Everything Must Go, the follow-up to Steely Dan's Grammy-grabbing Two Against Nature. BARNEY HOSKYNS discusses war, economics and online ...

Stereolab: Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage In the Milky Night (Duophonic)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1999

Double-vinyl-length opus from the enduring and indefatigable South-east Londoners, half of it co-produced by Tortoise’s John McEntire, half by ex-Gastr del Sol member Jim O’Rourke. ...

Stereolab: Dots and Loops

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rolling Stone, October 1997

PITY THE cerebral technicians of Stereolab, whose coolly subversive fusion of muzak and krautrock has for too long condemned them to the Critics’ Darling ghetto. ...

Rod Stewart: Soddy In Gomorrah

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1995

"The '90s saw a new rock piety rise up against Rod Stewart and his 10 gallons of come." (Stephen J Malkmus, 'Vedder As Merton: 2001', ...

Sting: Lord Of The Lake

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, January 1994

ON THE DRIZZLY Monday morning before Christmas, I'm sitting in an oak-panelled room in deepest Wiltshire, awaiting the entrance of the owner of a Jacobean ...

Sting (1993)

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

The erstwhile Gordon Sumner talks about his place in the pop world; on Paul Gascoigne and being a Geordie; being solo, in a band and the end of the Police; his relationship with Copelands père et fils; the nature of celebrity and the State of the World.

File format: mp3; file size: 57.5mb, interview length: 1h 02' 45" sound quality: ****

The Stray Cats: Cat People: The Stray Cats take Florida

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, March 1983

IF HE'D lived, maybe Eddie Cochran would have been as big as The Stray Cats. ...

The Strokes: Monarch, London, February 7

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2001

U2 WERE rocking the Astoria across town, but the hotter ticket by far was this New York five-piece who sound like pure 1969 Live Velvets ...

The Stylistics: In Praise of the Falsetto

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, November 1995

The castrato may be dead, if temporarily exhumed in the film Farinelli, but men continue to sing like women. Barney Hoskyns reaches for the high ...

Suede

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, November 1992

ONE IS swayed by Suede. For all their foppish airs and graces, their teasing glam-rock quotes, there is a real meat to their music which ...

Suede: Brett Anderson interviewed

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Interview, May 1997

WHEN, NEARLY three years ago, Bernard Butler walked out of Suede - or the London Suede, as they are unhappily obliged to call themselves in ...

Suicide: Suicide

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, April 1998

2-CD set coupling the electro-duo’s 1977 debut with the infamous 23 Minutes Over Brussels flexi-disc and an unreleased 1978 live set from CBGBs. ...

Donna Summer: From Sex Goddess to Superwoman

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, December 1982

Donna Summer, once the siren of the G-spot, has grown up to become a wholesome American woman with a religious conscience. Now she's searching for ...

Super Furry Animals: Power To The Furries! Gruff Rhys Speaks

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, July 2003

Welsh wunderkinder the Super Furry Animals return this week with the fabulous Phantom Power. Cardiff’s furriest bard talks to Barney Hoskyns about love, war and ...

Super Furry Animals: Love Kraft

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, August 2005

THE FIRST SOUND on Love Kraft is a splash caused by Super Furry Animals guitarist Huw "Bunf" Bunford plunging into a Spanish swimming pool. An ...

Super Furry Animals: Phantom Power

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, Summer 2003

IT MAKES some kind of super furry sense that Phantom Power - coming after the homegrown, lo-fi Mwng and the big-budget, all-bells-and-whistles Rings Around The ...

Survivor: Progress and Survive: Survivor

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, October 1982

THE NEW ETHIC of survival in America, with its Survivalists and all, is enabling rock groups to get to the top by singing about what ...

Swamp Dogg: Cover Story: A Dogg with Attitude

Special Feature by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, November 2000

How a pint-sized pooch danced for his record label ...

Matthew Sweet: In Reverse

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1999

AFICIONADOS OF clean, clever, honed American pop have had to make do with meagre rations of late. Thank God that 1999 has at least produced ...

Matthew Sweet: In Reverse (Zomba)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, May 2000

MATTHEW SWEET began the '90s with the much-feted Girlfriend, an album of angular, bittersweet power pop markedly different from the meaty rage of Nirvana and ...

Sylvester: Woofers And Tweeters

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1982

HAD I BEEN expecting some shimmering trans-sexual diva to sweep into the room like a hostess into her salon, the rotund, maternal figure who welcomed ...

Talking Heads ’83: All Trousers and No Mouth

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, August 1983

ANOTHER YEAR, another album, and the Global Village Medicine Show that is Talking Heads is on another round of the American rock circuit. I am ...

Talking Heads: 77

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 1997

NEXT TO CBGBS peers like the Ramones and the Voidoids, Talking Heads barely sounded like a punk band. After the startlingly non-conformist ‘Love Building on ...

Talk Talk: Spirit Of Eden: Talk Talk

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer Music Monthly, June 2004

THE SELF-REINVENTION of Mark Hollis was one of the more startling musical events of the late '80s. ...

Tommy Tate: Singing For The Soul Of It

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, January 1986

BARNEY HOSKYNS meets Mississippi soulman TOMMY TATE, whose 'What gives You The Right' is one of the "Sweetest, saddest black pop records of all time". ...

James Taylor: One Man Band

Review by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, November 2007

BACK IN THE protopunk wars of the early '70s, we were all supposed to revile James Taylor and his kind. "James Taylor Marked For Death," ...

Johnnie Taylor (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1989

Soul legend Johnnie Taylor tells Barney Hoskyns about his background in gospel with the Highway QCs and the Soul Stirrers, Sam Cooke, Stax Records, having hits in the disco era, and finding a new home at Malaco.

File format: mp3 File size: 20.8mb Interview length: 22 minutes 45 seconds Sound quality: ****

Lewis Taylor: Lost and Found: Lewis Taylor's Pop-Rock Masterpiece

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2007

IF LOS ANGELES is the perfect place to fall in love with an album-as-road-soundtrack – as aural companion to the zen ebb and flow of ...

Teenage Fanclub: The Forum, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1996

ONE HESITATES TO USE the word "heartwarming" about the endurance of the unassuming Scotsmen who go by the name of Teenage Fanclub, but at a ...

Teenage Fanclub: Various Artists: What a Concept! A Salute to Teenage Fanclub

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

HOW DO WE love Teenage Fanclub? Let us count the ways on this fine tribute album, which consists of 24 mainly Yank versions of Fannies ...

Teena Marie: Starchild (Epic)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1984

MARY CHRISTINE BROCKERT is a tiny white California gal who makes big, beautiful black music. Her speciality is exuberantly sassy and happy music for the ...

Television: Gimme Friction: Television at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, April 2001

ONE MOMENT, more than any other during this one-off London show on Easter Sunday, summed up the nature of the curious rock beast that is ...

Television: Marquee Moon (Expanded); Adventure (Expanded) (Rhino)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2004

BEFORE THE Sex Pistols there was New York's Lower East Side: trash aesthetes with short hair, kinky vixens in B-movie stilettos. Kids with minor drug ...

Television, Tom Verlaine: Tom Verlaine: The Venue, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1982

WE YOUNG Rimbauds came for diamond spears and the licks of an icepick and went away with a few mangy cardboard boxes. I hope that ...

Joe Tex: The Clown Prince of Soul

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, 'The Very Best of Joe Tex' (Charly Records), May 1988

WHEN NASHVILLE publisher-producer Buddy Killen first met Joe Tex in 1961, the singer already had six years of recording and performing under his belt. They ...

Rufus Thomas (1985)

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

Rufus Thomas, between mouthfuls, talks about his youth in segregated Memphis, Minstrelsy, Ike and Tina Turner and his long involvement with Stax Records.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 70meg, total interview length: 1h 16' 23" sound quality: **

Three Dog Night's Danny Hutton (1993)

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

First Dog Hutton takes us back to the heady '60s days on the Sunset Strip, hanging out with Van Dyke Parks, Brian Wilson and Lowell George, and Three Dog Night.

File format: mp3; file size: 80.1mb, interview length: 1h 27' 31" sound quality: ***

The Three Johns: Johnnies Be Bad

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, October 1983

Blarney Haskyns Shoots The Apeshit With The Evolutionary Creators Of 'Men Like Monkeys' ...

The Thrills: Can Buy The Thrills!

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2003

IRISH BOYS HAVE always gone off to the promised land in search of girls and gold, but Dublin's Thrills did more than that. They spent ...

Johnny Thunders: So Alone

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 1997

JOHNNY THUNDERS'S principal solo claim to fame, So Alone consists of Dollsy covers (the Shangri-Las' ‘Give Him a Great Big Kiss,’ the Chantays' surf chestnut ...

Tinariwen: Aman: Water Is Life

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2007

WHEN THEY FIRST formed in the Libyan guerilla camps of the late ‘70s, Tinariwen referred to their music simply as "guitar". And no wonder. Electric ...

Tindersticks

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Boston Phoenix, The, July 1997

IT USED to be easy to dismiss Tindersticks - to deride them as boho poseurs, as wannabe Nick Caves, as provincial boys who came to ...

Tom Waits: Tom's Wild Year: The Story of Swordfishtrombones

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Classic Rock, June 2013

HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU it was not. Tom Waits did, however, have news for fellow guest Ian Hislop, rounding on the latter after ...

U2: Flags And Penance: U2'S American Dream

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1985

IT IS SOME WAY into a U2 set at the vast Veterans' Coliseum in Hartford, Connecticut, and the place is strewn and bedecked with the ...

U2: October

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, October 1981

WHEN U2 first hit England in the twilight of 1980, a dull cry of relief rose up from rock's murky depths. U2 were "just what ...

U2: Pop

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rolling Stone, March 1997

IT IS HARD to believe we’re a whole decade away from The Joshua Tree – U2’s very own Born In The USA, its Purple Rain, ...

U2: Remembering The Unforgettable Fire

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2009

YOU TOO COULD love U2, if you could only transport yourself back to a time when their fundamental pomposity and crusading bad faith weren't such ...

Underworld: Dubnobasswithmyheadman

Review by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, 2008

NOT FOR NOTHING is the first track on this almost unpronounceable album called 'Dark & Long'. Almost all the tracks by this UK techno trio ...

Luther Vandross, part 1 (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1989

Luther Vandross talks about growing up in the Bronx and his early bands, his big break working on Bowie's 'Young Americans', meeting Marcus Miller and hanging out with Chic.

File format: mp3 File size: 33.6mb Interview length: 36 minutes 48 seconds Sound quality: ****

Luther Vandross, part 2 (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1989

A master at work: Vandross talks to Barney Hoskyns about producing, recording and singing... and his privacy and sense of self.

File format: mp3 File size: 33.7mb Interview length: 36 minutes 54 seconds Sound quality: ****

Luther Vandross: The Night I Fell In Love

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, March 1985

[2004 note: It makes me wince to look back and see my jejune critical self dismissing ‘The Other Side of the World’ as "tediously soupy". ...

Luther Vandross: What A World For The Lonely Kind: Luther Vandross

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, March 1989

LUTHER VANDROSS is the pre-eminent mainstream soul performer of the 1980s. As a singer, songwriter and producer he is – with the possible exception of ...

Alan Vega: Collision Drive (Celluloid)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1981

AS THE mercurial ‘Jukebox Babe’ starts to makes its steady impact as a 12-inch, here is an even grittier reinterpretation of The Great American Rock ...

Tom Verlaine

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1987

TOM VERLAINE, the blank generation’s very own Neil Young, is sitting on the floor of a Phonogram press suite devouring a croissant. I’d expected someone ...

Wah!: The Mighty Wah!: Waaaugh!

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1984

WHAM! The door opens and it's Wah! The mighty WAH! There he is! ...

Rufus Wainwright: "My Parents the Folk Heroes"

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, June 2001

THE WITTIEST REQUEST from the crowd at Rufus Wainwright's New York show last week was for ‘Rufus is a Tit Man’, a song written aeons ...

Rufus Wainwright: Want Two

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, April 2005

LATE LAST YEAR Rufus Wainwright was a guest on Tom Robinson's BBC6 radio show, answering questions about music, life and celebrity while pointedly avoiding allusion ...

Rufus Wainwright: The Backpages Interview: Rufus Wainwright

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

When Rufus Wainwright’s eponymous debut album appeared three years ago, it was as though the golden age of maverick American singer-songwriters had never ended. ...

Rufus Wainwright: The Backpages Interview: Rufus Wainwright

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

RBP: Is Want Two in any way the flipside to, or a contrast to, Want One? Or is it just a companion collection? ...

Tom Waits: Long Gone: Tom Waits Talks

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2004

RBP: Is it true you cut Real Gone in an old schoolhouse in the Mississippi delta? ...

Tom Waits: Take It With Me When I Go: Tom Waits Turns 60

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, 'Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits' (Faber), December 2009

To celebrate Tom Waits' 60th birthday (December 9), I hereby offer the coda to my biography Lowside of the Road. An account of seeing the ...

Tom Waits: The Backpages Interview: Tom Waits

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, April 2002

Thomas Alan Waits is about to release two albums simultaneously – Alice and Blood Money. In this previously unpublished interview from the spring of 1985, ...

Tom Waits: The Piano Has Been Drinking: Tom Waits in London Town

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits (Faber), March 2009

In this excerpt from Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits, the barfly bard of the Hollywood sidewalks visits London for the first ...

Tom Waits part 2 (1999)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1999

Beatniks, recording, songwriting, Frank Zappa and L.A.... and his first tattoos!

File format: mp3 File size: 24.3mb Interview length: 35 minutes 29 seconds Sound quality: **

Tom Waits, part 1 (1999)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1999

On his new album, Mule Variations; on changing labels; on his formative influences... and on edible slugs!

File format: mp3 File size: 26.6mb Interview length: 38 minutes 52 seconds Sound quality: **

Tom Waits: Bad as Me

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Word, The, November 2011

IT SHOULDN'T NEED to be said but I'll say it anyway: Tom Waits' career is one of the more extraordinary examples of mutation in the ...

Tom Waits: Frank's Wild Years

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1987

SUBTITLED "Un Operachi Romantico In Two Acts", Frank's Wild Years is effectively the final part of a trilogy that began in 1983 with the extraordinary ...

Tom Waits: Real Gone (Anti/Epitaph)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2004

SINCE IT’S HARD and possibly verboten to say a bad word about Tom Waits, unholy shaman of whacked-out Americana, I’ll content myself with expressing a ...

Tom Waits: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2005

SO MANY desperate, disappointed people loitered without hope outside the Apollo for this show that one felt vaguely ashamed being in possession of a ticket. ...

Tom Waits: Marlowe Of The Ivories

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, May 1985

DID HIS wife die in the fire? ...

Tom Waits: Variations on Tom Waits

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, May 1999

FEW OF the patrons of the China Light diner in Santa Rosa look up when Tom Waits shuffles through the door. Attired in coarse indigo ...

Tom Waits: What's He Building In There? An Interview with Tom Waits

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, April 1999

TOM WAITS squats down on the fender of his blue Coupe de Ville and tells a joke. ...

Scott Walker: Classics and Collectibles

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2005

THE SCOTT WALKER of the '60s and '70s - of Classics and Collectibles - is all about tragic grandeur colliding with Easy Listening: Bergman movies ...

Jimmy Webb: Almost Blue: Jimmy Webb

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2005

JIMMY WEBB is sad. He looks around him at the world we inhabit and sees culture nose-diving everywhere. Subtlety is squeezed, ambiguity flattened. People don’t ...

Jimmy Webb (1993)

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

The legendary songwriter on his early years: L.A. cruisin', high school jazz, getting odd jobs in the music biz, playing piano for Johnny Rivers and starting to write songs, up to the breakthrough with the 5th Dimension and 'Up, Up And Away'.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 44.1mb, total interview length: 48' 08" sound quality: ****

Jimmy Webb: Ten Easy Pieces

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1997

“Unplugged” versions of ten Webb staples, performed at the grand piano by The Man Himself. Vocal cameos by Shawn Colvin (Didn’t We), Marc Cohn (If ...

Jimmy Webb: The Backpages Interview: Jimmy Webb

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

RBP: Bones Howe remembered you as being very shy when he first met you circa 1967. Is that how you remember it? ...

Gillian Welch

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1997

DETACH YOURSELF for a moment, and this here is a pretty rum scene. ...

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 1996

The Queen of nouveau bluegrass, Gillian Welch, and her guitar pickin' sidekick David Rawlings, talk about meeting at Berklee, making the fabulous Revival album, living in Nashville and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 33.2meg; Interview length: 38' 18"; sound quality: ***

Gillian Welch: Soul Journey (Acony)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2003

GILLIAN WELCH, with her hard 'G', is indisputably a Good Thing. Tall and gawky, decidedly non-photogenic, Gillian gives hope to all of us who contend ...

Gillian Welch: Gilllian Welch: Revival/Hell Among the Yearlings/Time (the Revelator)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2009

Reissues of first three albums by the high priestess of "American Primitive" and partner David Rawlings. ...

Wendy and Lisa: Wendy & Lisa

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1987

WENDY Melvoin and Lisa Coleman go back a long way. Years before they were members of Prince's group, The Revolution, they were growing up as ...

Wendy and Lisa (1987)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1987

The Girl Bros. talk about their time as part of Prince's Revolution, and their then-new career as recording artists in their own right.

File format: mp3; file size: 28.6mb; Interview length: 31' 15"; sound quality: **

Jerry Wexler (1993)

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

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

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

Jerry Wexler: Crossing The Divide

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent on Sunday, May 1993

GET JERRY WEXLER started on the big bands of the Thirties and Forties and you'll never hear the back of it. Most ageing music moguls ...

The White Stripes: Jack White (2009)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2009

Jack White goes way back to his Detroit childhood, the evolution of the White Stripes, and through to his current workaholic agenda

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 51.1mb, total interview length: 55' 48" sound quality: ***

The Who: Long Live Rock: The Who

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Independent on Sunday, February 2010

ARGUABLY THE MOST famous line The Who's Pete Townshend ever wrote was "Hope I die before I get old" on 1965's angry young anthem 'My ...

Lucinda Williams

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1999

THE WAY Lucinda Williams sighs "Hi" down the phoneline from Florida instantly communicates a deep fatigue. She and her band have just motored up from ...

Lucinda Williams: West

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2007

MUCH IS MADE of Lucinda Williams the writer, the poet of southern aches and pains. Time magazine called her "America's Best Songwriter" and the New ...

Lucinda Williams: World Without Tears (Lost Highway)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2003

IT STARTS WITH A shivery vibrato guitar, straight off one of those '60s New York soul ballads – Betty Harris' 'Cry To Me', perhaps, or ...

Lucinda Williams: The Albums

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2003

A concise guide to the Williams oeuvre before World Without Tears ...

Robbie Williams: The Unlikely Lad: Robbie Williams

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, September 2000

THE FIRST TIME I saw Robbie Williams in the flesh was backstage at an Oasis show at Earl’s Court in 1995. At that point the ...

Lucinda Williams (1998)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1998

Ms Williams talks about the often-torturous gestation of her magnificent Car Wheels On A Gravel Road album, and about her roots and influences, musical and literary.

File format: mp3; file size: 29.8mb, interview length: 32' 29" sound quality: ** (phoner)

Jonathan Wilson: Gentle Spirit (Bella Union)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Word, The, October 2011

OVER A DECADE AGO, a very nice man named Simon Raymonde – son of cult '60s arranger Ivor – came to my house to answer ...

Amy Winehouse: Somerset House, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, July 2007

THE LAST TIME I had a ticket for Amy Winehouse was back in March, at Spaceland in LA. She'd played the Roxy the night before ...

Bobby Womack: Womagic

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, December 1986

BOBBY WOMACK's second album for MCA sees him reunited with Chips Moman, the Memphis producer who has spent the last decade cutting country records in ...

Bobby Womack: The Last Great Soul Man

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, October 1984

Who's that stepping briefly into the limo – and life of – Bobby Womack? Why, it's blushing Barney Hoskyns, who, in the next 5,000 words, ...

Bobby Womack: Doin’ It His Own Way: Bobby Womack

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, 'Womack Winners', 1989

WHEN BOBBY WOMACK called his seventeenth solo album The Last Soul Man and set out on 1987’s quasi-missionary tour of the same name, he was ...

Stevie Wonder (2005)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2005

From 'Fingertips' to the 21st Century, and everything in between: his classic albums; Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Prince; race, religion and blindness; recording and technology then and now... and he sings! he preaches! he does your horoscope!

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 100.3meg, total interview length: 1h 49' 29" sound quality: ***

Stevie Wonder Takes His Time

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2005

BY THE SMALL HOURS of Saturday morning, L.A.'s Koreatown district is hushed and still. The odd car rattles along Western Avenue, but most of the ...

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (Motown, 1976)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

BERRY GORDY’S former boy genius already had a string of single-album masterpieces under his belt when he put his signature on summer ‘76 with this ...

Stevie Wonder: The Backpages Interview: Stevie Wonder

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

RBP: You're working these long all-night stretches in the studio. How different is it from when you worked in the early '70s? ...

O.V. Wright: Beautiful Screamer: O.V. Wright

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, 'From a Whisper to a Scream' (Fontana), 1991

IF JAMES CARR and the (predominantly baritonal) country 
balladeers were one side of the southern Soul Man coin, the gritty, gravelly tenor voices of singers ...

Robert Wyatt: Nothing Can Stop Robert Wyatt: An Interview

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1999

THE DAY before I drive up to Lincolnshire to interview Robert Wyatt, there is a march through the streets of Santiago - a procession of ...

X: Under The Big Black Sun (Elektra)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, July 1982

X ARE a southern Californian punk-style foursome who, since their debut album Los Angeles, have done everything within their power to show that they are ...

XTC: A Chat with Andy Partridge

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, CDNOW.com, 2000

HAILING FROM unglamorous Swindon, 70 miles west of London, XTC were clever-clever new-wavers who quickly outgrew the late 70s punk scene and matured into purveyors ...

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 ...

Neil Young: Monumental: Neil Young's Archives, Vol. 1

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, May 2009

NOTE: This is an extended version of a review written in a Belfast hotel room for the Observer Music Monthly. BH* ...

Neil Young: Live at the Fillmore East

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2007

IN THE CONTINUING absence of his Archives we clutch at any morsels dispensed from Neil Young's table. Long a live bootleg classic - as well ...

Neil Young: The Year Of The Horse

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1997

2-CD, 13-track live document of last year's Broken Arrow tour, recorded mainly in America but featuring tracks from Berlin, Toronto…and downtown Saskatchewan. ...

Neil Young: Trans

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, January 1983

HOW TO follow The Birthday Party's The Bad Seed with Neil Young's Trans? How to link the electronic transmigration of Neil Young with the last ...

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, ...

Neil Young: A Rougher Ride

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1994

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS after it was recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, 'Cinnamon Girl' sounds like it was cut the day before yesterday on a ...

Neil Young: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2003

SO HE hasn't made a truly compelling record since 1994's Sleeps With Angels. So he's been treading water with sleepy albums like Silver and Gold ...

Paul Young: No Parlez

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, August 1983

SIMPLY FOR not being Kevin Rowland or Paul Weller or Martin Fry, Paul Young fully deserves his Number One. And 'Wherever' is more than a ...

Frank Zappa: Baby Snakes

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, Spring 2004

FRANK ZAPPA was an irrelevant, redundant figure by the late ‘70s. The object of dorkish devotion, Ol’ Silly Beard had meandered off into cul de ...

Warren Zevon: Keep Him In Your Heart: Swan Songs of the Late Great Warren Zevon

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, July 2007

LIFE'LL KILL YA, Warren Zevon sang in one of his most grimly humorous songs - and it did. The grotesque multiplication of cells we know ...

ZZ Top: David Sinclair: Tres Hombres - The Story Of ZZ Top

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1986

YOUR HUMBLE reviewer is quoted in Tres Hombres as stating that ZZ Top are "the only hip boogie band in the entire universe", and it's ...

ZZ Top: The Cats' Whiskers: Down Home with Z.Z. Top

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1984

HOUSTON, OCTOBER: THE MONSOON SEASON in this blandly corporate boomtown. I descend through hot storms over a chrome metropolis built on flat sand and oil ...

ZZ Top (1984)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1984

A two parter: firstly, all tres hombres on Mexico, Houston, TV Dinners and what they did on their holidays; then solo Billy Gibbons ("The Reverend Billy G"), on the black roots of the Top, his love of Eno and guitar playing.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 49.8meg, total interview length: 54' 22" sound quality: **

ZZ Top: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1983

AS A WARM-UP – or should I say boil-up – bash for an imminent global over-haul, the three cosmic-hillbilly stooges of ZZ Top last week ...

List of genre pieces

Biggie and Tupac: directed by Nick Broomfield

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2002

WHATEVER your take on Broomfield and his bumbling public school fecklessness, there's no denying the bloke makes riveting documentaries. Following up the chilling Kurt and ...

About a Bloke: The 10 Tracks Nick Hornby Couldn't Live Without

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, March 2002

WELCOME TO a new if occasional treat: AURAL SURVIVAL, a sit-down with a much-loved CELEBRITY FAN in order to ascertain the 10 recorded performances he ...

Al Aronowitz (1991)

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

Hired and fired by the New York Post, having that "total phoney" Andy Warhol steal the Velvets from him, running with Dylan and, extensively, his dealings with The Band – the "blacklisted journalist" Al Aronowitz vents his not-inconsiderable spleen.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 68.7meg, total interview length: 1h 16' 43" sound quality: ***

Another Day, Another Time: The Inside Llewyn Davis Concert Town Hall, New York City

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 2013

IT'S LIKE A bunch of Midnight Cowboys (and Cowgirls) just stumbled into venerable old Town Hall from Times Square. Hats and braces and denim are ...

Chips Moman (1985)

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

The legendary producer gives a history of Memphis R&B, touching on (in no particular order) Stax, James Carr, Dan Penn, Elvis, the fading of the Memphis light and the perils of Nashville.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 78.3mb, total interview length: 1h 25' 33" sound quality: ***

Cosimo Matassa (1985)

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

The legendary New Orleans studio owner and producer talks about Crescent City race relations; NOLA vs. Memphis; the indie record business and, at length, about Aaron Neville, Professor Longhair, and the inability of the city's artists to sustain careers.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.7mb, interview length: 48' 47" sound quality: ****

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)

Did Video Kill The Radio Star? MTV 20 Years On

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, July 2001

"MTV makes me want to smoke crack..." (Beck, 1992) ...

Elektra's Jac Holzman (2010)

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

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

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

Give Up The Day Job!: Scribes turned Stars, Poachers Turned Gamekeepers!

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, April 2002

This week, a propos of nothing in particular – the new Pet Shop Boys album, perhaps? – we consider the careers of the many ...

Greg Shaw (1993)

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

Mojo Naviagator and Bomp founder Greg Shaw on his early days in psychedelic San Francisco, L.A. Garage Punk, The Doors, Love and Los Angeles rock.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 82.6mb, total interview length: 1h 30' 07" sound quality: ***

John Richbourg: The Grandaddy Of Soul

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

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

Matt Groening (1993)

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

The genius behind The Simpsons talks about the central part that music has played in his life, from his love of Zappa and Beefheart to his immersion in L.A.'s punk underground.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 72.5mb, total interview length: 1h 19' 17" sound quality: ***

Music Journalism at 50

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, April 2013

MOST PEOPLE WHO KNOW ANYTHING about music journalism know that the late Frank Zappa defined it, in 1977, as "people who can't write interviewing people ...

Nick Hornby (2002)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2002

High Fidelity author Hornby picks his Top Ten tracks, from Bruce Springsteen's 'Thunder Road' to Steve Earle's 'Telephone Road'.

File format: mp3; file size: 54.9mb, interview length: 59' 59" sound quality: ***

Picture This: 10 Years of Rock Archive

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, October 2008

PRIDE OF PLACE on my office wall belongs to a photograph by Jill Furmanovsky. It's an image that takes me back almost 30 years to ...

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: ***

Stax Records' Estelle Axton (1985)

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

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

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

Psych-Out

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

SUSAN (The Trip) Strasberg is a deaf Carole Chaplin döppelganger at large in Haight-Ashbury in this hilariously inept 1968 "look" at the counterculture. Jack Nicholson, ...

The Trip

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

BEFORE THE TRIP starts, an earnest middle-aged voice warns us that we’re about to witness "a shocking commentary on a prevalent trend of our time". ...

All The Young Dudes: The Return of Glam Rock

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, September 1998

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

Almost Infamous

Report by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, January 2001

Anticipating the February 9 UK release of Cameron Crowe’s film Almost Famous, about a callow young scribe hitting the road with a mid-’70s rock band, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Volume 3

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 2001

"DEEP SOUL Records will be just what their name implies," the manifesto for Dave Godin's Deep Soul label declared when it launched in 1969. "Non-commercial ...

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 ...

Dig This!

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, January 2004

Barney Hoskyns takes stock of 2003 – from André 3000 to Warren Zevon ...

Dig This! Fave Raves and Rabid Enthusiasms for September 2003

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2003

Stuff that’s floating Barney Hoskyns’ boat this month... ...

Fishy Riddims!

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, January 2001

From Radio Ethiopia to Dread Zeppelin...20 classics of Cod-Reggae ...

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

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

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

Full of Philly!

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, January 1987

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

Hail, Hail, Rock'n'Roll Writing!

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, May 2003

This month, Bloomsbury – the home of rockin' Harry Potter – publishes The Sound & the Fury: A Rock's Backpages Reader, a selection of seminal ...

Hold Your Head Up: In Praise of Bi-Level Rock!

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2003

Barney Hoskyns, co-author of The Mullet: Hairstyle of the Gods, hails Mullet Rocks!, a new compilation of bodacious bi-level hard rockers. Below we feature cool ...

Ian MacDonald: The People's Music - Selected Journalism (Pimlico)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, July 2003

BROADLY SPEAKING there are three kinds of British rock writers: boring ones, brash ones, and genuinely bright ones. Somehow it's typical of our anti-intellectual culture ...

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. ...

Kevin Avery: Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson (Fantagraphics)

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, Word, The, December 2011

NOTE: This is a slightly expanded version of the review that ran in The Word. ...

Melody Maker, 1926 - 2000, RIP

Obituary by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, December 2000

An era came to an end on 14th December when IPC Magazines announced the closure of its oldest music title, Melody Maker. ...

Nelson George: The Death of Rhythm & Blues (Omnibus)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Wire, 1987

NELSON GEORGE, self-described "B-Boy intellectual" and one of pop culture's few black writers of note, has written a book which (sort of) argues that the ...

Read All About It: Rock Books to Live By

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, Time Out's 1000 Books To Save Your Life, 2007

YOU'D THINK I'd be able to write about rock books in my sleep. But of course the task is dreadfully daunting, "rock" now being an ...

Revelations In The Head: Ian MacDonald 1948-2003

Obituary by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2003

THE NEWS THAT Ian MacDonald has taken his own life comes as a terrible shock, both to the colleagues who knew him and to the ...

Revue/Re-View 2000: Lists? We've got ’em

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, December 2000

RBP’s 20 Best Albums of 2000 ...

Revue/Re-View 2000: RBP’s Goodest, Baddest and Ugliest of The Year – Part 1

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, December 2000

HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN... ...

Revue/Re-View 2000: RBP’s Goodest, Baddest and Ugliest of The Year – Part 2

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, December 2000

THE WAY THEY ARE ...

Revue/Re-View 2000: RBP’s Goodest, Baddest and Ugliest of The Year – Part 3

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, December 2000

....AND YE SHALL KNOW THEM BY THE ECHOES OF BLUDGEONING PUNK-METAL RIFFOLOGY ...

Revue/Re-View 2000: RBP’s Goodest, Baddest and Ugliest of The Year – Part 4

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, December 2000

LET’S GET WRANGLED ...

Richard Cook (1957-2007)

Obituary by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, August 2007

THE DEATH of Richard Cook at the age of 49 robs us of one of the finest writers UK music journalism has produced. He was ...

Simon Reynolds: Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1999

IT SAYS MUCH about our compulsive pre-millenial navel-gazing that several tomes about the past decade's "ecstacy culture" - Matthew Collin's Altered State, Jane Bussman's Once ...

Stan Cornyn with Paul Scanlon: Exploding (Harper Entertainment)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2002

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

The Gospel according to Anthony Heilbut

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, June 1996

From Mahalia Jackson to Death in Venice might seem a long journey. But for Anthony Heilbut, the renowned gospel expert and author of a new ...

The Master: Reggie Young

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut Legends, December 2008

REGGIE YOUNG is a southern institution: the session guitarist's session guitarist. His inimitable licks and fills, at once clipped and fluid, have graced a zillion ...

The Meeting of the ‘Twain: Monterey Pop and the Great California Divide

Special Feature by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2002

"TRAVELING UP the Coast from the ruins of the Sunset Strip to the Haight is a Dante-esque ascent," New Yorker Richard Goldstein could write of ...

The Pleasure of the Pain

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1982

Various Artists: Lost Soul, Vols. 1-3 (Epic, import) ...

The Rebirth of Soul

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1996

"WHAT IS Soul?" sang Ben E. King in 1967, a year that began with Aretha Franklin’s first Atlantic session and ended with the death of ...

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

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

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

The Third Invasion: Britpop Strikes!

Overview by Barney Hoskyns, Musician, July 1996

"Oasis must die. Do not buy Oasis records. They will come to rape and pillage our women and invade America."(Courtney Love on the Net, early ...

Tom Wilkes, 1939-2009: Legendary Designer of Posters and Album Covers

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, July 2009

Tom Wilkes, legendary poster and album cover designer (Monterey Pop, the Rolling Stones' original Beggars Banquet, Neil Young's Harvest, Janis Joplin's Pearl, George Harrison's All ...

Transistor Sisters: Alan Betrock's Girl Groups - The Story Of A Sound

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1982

"Conform to norm society; won't stand for impropriety; In the extreme of which you dream, you must always join the team . . . " ...

Various Artists: The Folk Years – Blowin' in the Wind

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Time-Life Music, 2002

THERE WAS A TIME when the notion of the "folk singer-songwriter" was all but a contradiction in terms. "Folk" music was the ür-sound of the ...

Various Artists: The Folk Years – Yesterday's Gone

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Time-Life Music, 2002

THE 18 TRACKS on this album whisk us back to the hopeful, happy days of America's Hootenanny boom. From the Caribbean lilt of Harry Belafonte's ...

Various Artists: Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 (Rhino)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, October 2009

LENNY KAYE CAN'T have had any idea what he was starting when he compiled his original Nuggets double album of psychedelic "artyfacts" back in 1972. ...

Various Artists: Woodstock 40 (Rhino)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer Music Monthly, July 2009

WE ARE ALL so inured these days to the business of rock festivals – sponsored, multi-generational, beamed into our living rooms – that it's difficult ...

Viv Broughton: Black Gospel: An Illustrated History Of The Gospel Sound (Blandford Press)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1984

IT’S ONLY TOO easy to take that vicarious pleasure in the religious antics of folk who are not of one's own race, nationality or (non-) ...

Wasn’t Born to Follow: Easy Rider

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

THE COUNTERCULTURE B-movie that went overground and kick-started the rebellious auteurism of ‘70s Hollywood, Easy Rider is at once mildly dated and compellingly authentic. ...

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 ...

Whose Alt.Country Is It Anyway?

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1997

THEY CALL it Alternative Country, a generous umbrella of a category that makes room for acts as different as Steve Earle, Son Volt and Slobberbone; ...

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. ...

Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music

Film/DVD/TV Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2009

4-DVD, 2-Blue-Ray set comprising the original 1970 documentary of the ultimate rock festival, with two hours of new footage plus a new 50-minute documentary about ...

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