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Bill Holdship

Bill Holdship

Bill Holdship is a former editor of CREEM, BAM, HITS, and Daily Variety, among others, and a longtime contributor to such publications as the early SPIN, Musician, MOJO, and damn near every "alternative" newspaper and magazine Los Angeles ever produced. Most recently, he was the music editor of an "alternative" Detroit newspaper in his native Michigan after 21 years on the West Coast. Despite scoring exclusives with Eminem and Iggy & the Stooges, he was not prepared for the reverse cultural shock – but still believes that The Beach Boys can make almost almost any situation seem slightly better.

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The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks: The Beach Boys: An American Family: Heroes and Villains

Report and Interview by Bill Holdship, LA New Times, June 2000

Brian Wilson's back, recording a live album at the Roxy this week and preparing for a summer tour with symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. So ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: The Beach Boys: The Making of Pet Sounds

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Holdship, MOJO, January 2007

BACKSTAGE AT UCLA's Royce Hall a joyous sound suddenly erupts from behind a closed door, which one assumes leads to Brian Wilson's dressing room judging ...

The Beat: The English Beat: 2-Tone Survivors Make a Joyful Noise

Interview by Bill Holdship, Musician, February 1983

"THE CIRCUMSTANCES that brought the Beat together make us tenuous, in a way," observes singer/guitarist Dave Wakeling. "With any one set of musicians, sooner or ...

Billy Idol, The Cult: Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Bill Holdship, Creem, September 1987

Dr. Freud, I Presume ...

The Blasters Ridin' On The Jubilee Train

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, December 1983

PERHAPS TAKING A cue from the Book Of Rock Lists, I once considered compiling a list of the best rock records to listen to when ...

Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash: Perkins, Presley et al: The Complete Million Dollar Session

Review by Bill Holdship, Creem, June 1988

TOTALLY UNEXPECTED, totally out of the blue, and just when you'd almost given up on hearing anything this exciting again... ...

The Clash: They Want To Spoil The Party So They'll Stay

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, October 1984

CREEM CONTRIBUTOR Mark Norton and I were talking several days before the Clash "invaded" Detroit, and we began discussing the concept of "armchair activism" and ...

Alice Cooper Returns

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, March 1987

ALICE COOPER'S 'Under My Wheels' is a rock 'n' roll classic. You can put it on a party tape or hear it on the radio ...

Elvis Costello & The Attractions: The Riviera, Chicago

Live Review by Bill Holdship, Creem, March 1987

ELVIS COSTELLO & The Attractions' early Detroit shows are among my fondest rock 'n' roll memories. I saw him the first time he played the ...

The Cramps: Basic Instinct

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Holdship, MOJO, September 2003

For the last 30 years The Cramps have remained the wildest rock'n'roll double act on the planet, a potent cocktail of lewd rockabilly, primeval fuzz ...

The Cramps: Stay Sick! (Enigma)

Review by Bill Holdship, Spin, April 1990

THE CRAMPS have always understood those fundamental building blocks that made early rock'n'roll what it was — scary, lustful, exciting and, above all, funny. ...

Dokken: All Bozos On This Bus!

Report and Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, March 1985

OH, SAY CAN YOU SEE...IT'S ELECTION DAY in America, and I'm in Washington, D.C. Several miles away, Ronnie & Nancy are celebrating the fact that ...

The Dream Syndicate's Heavenly Feedback From Hell

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, July 1983

"WE PLAYED THE Mudd Club in New York, and we went on at 2 or 3 in the morning. I was amazed that people were ...

Dave Edmunds: From Small Things, Mama, Big Things One Day Come!

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, September 1982

DAVE EDMUNDS' second biggest pleasure in life seems to be photography. A slim Edmunds (he claims he was horrified when he first saw his paunch ...

Fishbone: Reality Check

Interview by Bill Holdship, Spin, July 1991

Fishbone is rocking the house as hard as it always has, and the rest of the world is finally listening — between stage dives that ...

Rory Gallagher: The Flannel Banshee Breaks Out!

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, July 1984

SIX I.R.A. BOMBS went off in Belfast the day of Rory Gallagher's second sold-out show at Ulster Hall, including one in the middle of the ...

Robert Gordon Likes Pop

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, September 1981

ABUSIVE IS THE only word to describe the audience the last time Robert Gordon was in Detroit as part of a some-thought-smart/some-thought-not-so-smart double bill with ...

Guns N' Roses: Days Of Guns N' Roses

Interview by Bill Holdship, Spin, May 1988

In which our reporter discovers that L.A.'s reputed bad boys are good-bad, but they're not evil. ...

George Harrison: Cloud Nine

Review by Bill Holdship, Creem, March 1988

IN MANY WAYS, George Harrison's kinda had it unfair. Just as Let It Be has probably always been underrated mainly because it was a Beatles ...

George Harrison: An Appreciation From a Man Who Peed With The Quiet One

Comment by Bill Holdship, LA New Times, December 2001

GEORGE HARRISON is probably bemused by all the attention his passing received in the material world this past week. Most of the tributes have concentrated ...

John Hiatt : Have A Little Faith

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, October 1987

JOHN HIATT IS onstage at the Roxy in L.A.; just him and a piano. It's part of this international convention A&M Records is holding to ...

Robyn Hitchcock: God Walks Among Us

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, March 1986

IN HIS OWN WORDS, some people expect Robyn Hitchcock to be "a kind of exotic species of plant" or a "wigged-out acid casualty" in the ...

Jan & Dean: Wipeout!

Retrospective by Bill Holdship, MOJO, April 2005

Mean, lean and handsome, '60s surf pop duo Jan & Dean could have been gibber than The Beach Boys but kidnappings, car-crashes and cocaine soon ...

David Johansen Sings Basso Mondo Profundo

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, October 1981

DAVID JOHANSEN should have been a superstar.Imagine... ...

The Kinks: Ray Davies Unravels The Kinks

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, December 1981

"I THINK ROCK music is just as important as painting." Ray Davies – musician, poet, humorist, social critic and leader of one of the world's ...

Lady Gaga: In Defense of Gaga

Comment by Bill Holdship, Metro Times, June 2011

One writer makes a case why she's the greatest pop star on the planet ...

Limp Bizkit: Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (Interscope)

Review by Bill Holdship, LA New Times, October 2000

YOU GOTTA WONDER when it go so ugly and so ... well, beyond anger and rage. If you trace this angry post-adolescent thing from James ...

Little Richard: The Quasar Speaks!

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, January 1985

LITTLE RICHARD Penniman is one of rock's greatest legends. If you're interested in his past, you'd be well advised to read his new biography, The ...

Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, June 1983

LIKE MOST GOOD DISCIPLES, Little Steven and the Disciples Of Soul have several important missions to accomplish on earth, and one of these is to ...

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions: Cole Commotion

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, October 1985

DETROIT — As a youth in Glasgow, Scotland, Lloyd Cole was obsessed with American music, literature and movies. It only seemed natural, then, that American ...

Nick Lowe: Ol' Nick The Knife's Back In Town!

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, May 1982

NICK LOWE is one of the nicest and most down-to-earth guys in rock 'n' roll. ...

Marillion Conquer America

Profile and Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, July 1986

IT SEEMED STRANGE that Capitol Records would spend lots of money to send me and other American journalists to England in early February to see ...

John Mellencamp: John Cougar Mellencamp: Growing Up In Public

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, December 1987

You'd think that John Cougar Mellencamp would be living a rock 'n' roll version of the proverbial life of Riley. ...

John Mellencamp: John Cougar Mellencamp: Working Class Hero In The Rumbleseat

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, February 1986

BELMONT MALL, John Cougar Mellencamp's beautiful new recording studio, is located in a pastoral farm area not far from John's home in Bloomington, Indiana. It's ...

John Mellencamp: John Cougar: Pink Houses In The Midwest

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, January 1984

MY STOMACH WAS in my throat again, and I was seriously contemplating murder. The victim would be editor-in-chief of the rag you presently hold in ...

The Monkees: I Like The Monkees

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, December 1986

ONE OF THE worst aspects of rock 'n' roll is that it's often centered on this debate as to whether something is "cool" or not. ...

The Monkees: Head

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Holdship, MOJO, June 2002

"WHAT IS HEAD? HEAD IS THE most extraordinary adventure Western comedy love story mystery drama musical documentary ever filmed. And that's putting it mildly." ...

Ted Nugent: What an asshole! — Ted Nugent: Love Grenade (Eagle Records)

Review by Bill Holdship, Detroit Metro Times, September 2007

New records shows who's the real asshole ...

Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks: Brian Wilson And Van Dyke Parks: Orange Crate Art

Interview by Bill Holdship, MOJO, December 1995

BH: Was it hard getting Brian involved in the making of Orange Crate Art? ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: The Stooges: Kill City Dreaming

Interview by Bill Holdship, Detroit Metro Times, October 2009

Iggy Pop and James Williamson talk Raw Power, their rift and reunion, Ron Asheton and the glory that (still) is Detroit ...

Elvis Presley: Goldman Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog!

Book Review by Bill Holdship, Creem, February 1982

Elvis by Albert Goldman (McGraw-Hill) ...

Prince & The Revolution: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit

Live Review by Bill Holdship, New Musical Express, December 1984

IT TOOK The Star over 55 minutes to make his grand entrance following new paramour Sheila E's rhythmically exciting but lightweight opening set. The lights ...

Prince: The Wit & Wisdom Of Prince Rogers Nelson

Comment by Bill Holdship, Creem, July 1985

HE'S DEFINITELY AN American superstar – one of the most important of the '80s – and his ascent still appears to be just above ground ...

The Psychedelic Furs: Psychedelic Furs: Sugar Cubes For The New Depression

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, February 1982

RICHARD BUTLER, the Psychedelic Furs, chain-smoking vocalist, often sounds like an extremely angry man or record. ...

The Psychedelic Furs: Sugar Cubes For The New Depression

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, February 1983

RICHARD BUTLER, the Psychedelic Furs' chain-smoking vocalist, often sounds like an extremely angry man on record. Some people have compared his raspy voice to a ...

The Raspberries: House of Blues, Los Angeles

Live Review by Bill Holdship, LA CityBeat, October 2005

IN 1972, NOTHING sounded quite like the Raspberries' 'Go All the Way' and 'I Wanna Be With You' when they came roaring out of mono ...

Lou Reed: New Rock Sensations

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, November 1984

IMAGINE BEING served one of the greatest meals of your life, and then being told you have exactly one-half hour to consume it. ...

R.E.M.: Rock Reconstruction Getting There

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, September 1985

FABLES OF YEARS spent on the road. Decadent tales of groupies and drugs and arrogance and misspent lives near the top. You won't find any ...

The Replacements: Pleased to Meet Me

Sleevenotes by Bill Holdship, unpublished, 2008

NOTE: These are Bill Holdship's original liner notes for the new Pleased to Meet Me reissue that were replaced last year when project producer Peter ...

The Replacements: The Pleasure Is All Yours

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, September 1987

FOR THE MOST part, I hate rock 'n' roll. Probably not the smartest thing to admit in print, and I wish it wasn't true. I ...

The Replacements: Drinking (And Drinking Lots More!)

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, September 1986

SO "WHO'S HOT?" ...

Bob Seger: Big Victories

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, May 1983

IT'S ALWAYS BEEN a little difficult for me to perceive Bob Seger as a major rock 'n' roll star. That isn't meant in any negative ...

Patti Smith: Promises Fulfilled: Patti Smith: Just Kids

Review and Interview by Bill Holdship, Metro Times, February 2010

LOVE RELATIONSHIPS between great artists have inspired some fine literature throughout history, be it works the artists created for each other during their own lifetimes ...

The Smiths: Fox Theater, Detroit

Live Review by Bill Holdship, Creem, December 1986

IT ALL BOILS down to the collapse and decay of the British Empire. You could blame it on Margaret Thatcher. Or on Joy Division. Or ...

Violent Femmes: The Violent Femmes: The Violent Femmes

Review by Bill Holdship, Creem, October 1983

ROMANTIC AND SEXUAL frustration have long been central themes in rock, and Gordon Gano – the Violent Femmes' 20-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist – seems ...

Tom Waits: Town Crier

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, January 1988

I'M A LITTLE nervous – and I don't get this way often these days. But I've heard that Tom Waits can be a difficult interview. ...

Paul Westerberg: Controlled Chaos

Live Review by Bill Holdship, LA CityBeat, March 2005

At Paul Westerberg’s show, rock energy and stage entropy wrestle to a draw ...

Brian Wilson: The Story of Sweet Insanity

Retrospective by Bill Holdship, MOJO, September 1996

SOMEHOW – PRIMARILY BECAUSE I took the trouble to talk to Brian and his then ever-present psychotherapist-turned-manager and collaborator, Eugene Landy at a star-studded Hollywood ...

Brian Wilson: Lost In Music: Brian Wilson

Interview by Bill Holdship, MOJO, August 1995

Some call him a tortured genius. Others say he’s just insane. Some claim he’s suffering through an extended hiatus between transcendent works. Others reckon he’s ...

Neil Young: Sleeps With Angels

Review by Bill Holdship, Musician, October 1994

IT'S A LITTLE LIKE San Francisco weather: If you don't care for Neil Young's musical style at any given moment, wait a while and it'll ...

Frank Zappa: Zappa Honors The Hall Of Fame

Report and Interview by Bill Holdship, BAM, February 1995

IF ANYONE OUT there is wondering why Lou Reed (who never had a good word to say about Frank Zappa during Zappa's lifetime) was chosen ...

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

Comment by Bill Holdship, LA New Times, March 2001

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

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