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Caroline Coon

Caroline Coon

Caroline Coon, artist and political activist, was at Central St. Martin's School of Art and Design in the '60s when she founded the anti-prohibition drug information and civil rights organisation Release. She published The Release Report: Drug Offenders and the Law in 1969, and 1988: The Punk Rock Explosion in 1977. When Coon went to the Sex Pistols' second gig in 1976, she found the answer to this question: With the '60s psychedelic revolution dead and buried and hippies derided as "boring old farts", what will youth do now? Johnny Rotten personified the nihilistic fury of a generation untouched by peace and love. At first, Coon's editor at Melody Maker didn't want to know. Determined anyway to write the story of the emerging "hate and war" counterculture, and thrilled by the music, Coon's seminal punk piece in MM on July 28, 1976, was the first to tackle the subject of the new "punk rock". Coon currently lives and works in London.

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AC/DC: Nashville Rooms, London

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, May 1976

AC/DC'S SINGLE 'IT'S A Long Way To The Top', has a lot to answer for. First, since its weird, bagpipe-drone of a break sounded unusually ...

The Adverts, Alternative TV, The Buzzcocks, Eater, Generation X, The Jam, The Saints, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Subway Sect, Ultravox, The Vibrators: Other Punk Bands

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, 1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion, 1977

"I want more bands like us. I want people to go out and start something, to see us and start something, or else I'm just ...

Joan Armatrading: Burning Like Fire

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, August 1976

THE SOUTH LONDON side-street is unimposing and still. Neat houses face each other, their windows opaque, like rows of black eyes shielded by the reflecting ...

Arrows: Golden Arrows

Report and Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, May 1976

NEVER IN THE history of rock 'n' roll has it been more difficult for bands to get the exposure they need to break big and ...

Aswad, The Cimarons: British Reggae: Prejudiced Vibrations

Comment by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, October 1976

ON THE SURFACE it looks as though there has been something of a major breakthrough for reggae in Britain. ...

The Bay City Rollers: Inside the Bay City Rollers' Camp

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, September 1975

"WHEN ANYONE slates us, you can bet they’ve never heard our own stuff – Derek is a brilliant drummer" ...

Elkie Brooks: Has Elkie Souled Out?

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, December 1975

WHEN VINEGAR JOE broke up two years ago, another brilliant British vocalist retired from the road. Elkie Brooks never actually wore the Queen of Rock ...

The Buzzcocks: Whatever Happened To The Buzzcocks?

Interview by Caroline Coon, Sounds, September 1977

Now there's nothing behind meAnd I'm already a has-beenMy future ain't what it wasI think I know the words that I meanYou know me – ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned, The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie & The Banshees: The 100 Club Punk Rock Festival

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, '1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', 1977

Monday, September 20th: The Sex Pistols, the Clash, Subway Sect, Siouxsie and the Banshees. Tuesday, September 21st: The Damned, Chris Spedding and the Vibrators, the ...

The Buzzcocks, Chris Spedding, The Clash, The Damned, The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Stinky Toys, The Subway Sect, The Vibrators: Parade Of The Punks

Report by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, October 1976

THE 600-STRONG line, which last Monday straggled across two blocks outside London's 100 Club in Oxford Street, waiting for the Punk Rock Festival to start, ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Slits, The Subway Sect: The Clash, Buzzcocks, Subway Sect, Slits: Coliseum, Harlesden, London

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, April 1977

THE GRANDLY-NAMED COLISEUM in Harlesden, London, turned out somewhat grander than most people expected. It's no fleapit, more a small local theatre — complete with ...

The Clash, The Damned, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols, Damned, Clash, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers: Leeds Polytechnic

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, December 1976

Punk! On stage! ...

The Clash

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, '1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', 1977

WHEN I FIRST interviewed the Clash in their barrack like studio in Chalk Farm, they had yet to sign a record contract, although they were ...

The Clash: Down And Out And Proud

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, November 1976

THREE WEEKS AGO at London's ICA, Jane and Shane, regulars on the new-wave punk rock scene, were sprawled at the edge of the stage. Blood ...

The Clash: 'White Riot' (CBS)

Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, March 1977

The Clash: there's a riot goin' on... ...

The Clash: Who's In Love With Janie Jones?

Interview by Caroline Coon, Sounds, October 1977

DURING THE hot summer of 1976, a No. 31 bus jolts through Notting Hill Gate. On the top deck is Mick Jones, humming a riff. ...

The Clash in Belfast

Report by Caroline Coon, Sounds, October 1977

AT FIRST the band were reluctant to have their photo taken anywhere near the soldiers. "They'll think we're here to entertain the troops," said Strummer. ...

Alice Cooper: Fangs Ain't What They Used To Be

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, March 1974

AT THE END of the second evening of this three-day trip to London, after a grueling schedule of interviews for the press radio and TV, ...

The Damned

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, '1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', 1977

IN OCTOBER 1976 Nick Lowe produced the single 'New Rose' in an eight-track recording studio. It was the first U.K. punk sound on vinyl, preceeding ...

The Damned: The First European Punk Rock Festival

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, 1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', (Omnibus), 1977

VERY LITTLE ABOUT the festival turned out as planned. Initially the Heartdrops (now the Clash), Richard Hell, the Sex Pistols and Graham Parker and the ...

Kiki Dee: Kiki: Got The Music

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, February 1975

Kiki Dee, sitting in the ritzy bar of the Hotel Metropol in Monte Carlo, is looking thoughtfully at the clinking ice cubes which she is ...

Lynsey De Paul: Pop’s Leading Lady

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, January 1975

After only three years in the music business, Lynsey De Paul is already a hit. And she’s not yet reached the peak of her talent. ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Pier Pavilion, Hastings

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, July 1976

BARRY MASTERS, Eddie And The Hot Rods' front man, drove his band down to Hastings from London himself – a sweaty, draining, three hour bang. ...

Brian Eno: The Brian Eno Interview

Interview by Caroline Coon, Ritz, 1977

TODAY, SITTING FOR this interview at a white, formica-topped table in his Maida Vale flat, Brian Eno looks clean-cut enough to pass for the most ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry: Putting On The Style

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, July 1975

The elusive Bryan Ferry, reviver of oldies and singer with Roxy Music, talks to Caroline Coon In 1971, when Bryan Ferry flew into the ...

Peter Gabriel

Interview by Caroline Coon, Sounds, June 1978

THIS BLOKE stands menacingly in the entrance to Bath Spa Station. "Hmm," I muse to myself, taking note of his close crop, "a West Country ...

Dana Gillespie: Big Girls Don’t Cry…

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, November 1974

Dana Gillespie talks to Caroline Coon ...

Steve Harley Says It Loud: 'I'm Back And I'm Proud!

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, February 1976

SO LONG AS the braggadocio who boasts "I'm the greatest" or "I'm a star" continues to climb up the success ladder, sceptics and critics are ...

Janis Ian: Society's Child Grows Up

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, June 1976

ONE JOURNALIST WHO knew Janis Ian in 1969 thought she was the snottiest kid he'd ever met, "the cocky, pretentious product of an 'old Lefty' ...

Elton John: I Want To Chug, Not Race

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, June 1975

IN AMSTERDAM LAST WEEK, while canals evaporated in the heat wave, eight musicians and three singers were stirring the sluggish air with an electric sound ...

Mud Slinging

Report and Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, April 1974

Mud. They’re a pure pop band, no pretentions, but a lot of fun. Caroline Coon goes on the road with the boys who bridge the ...

Olivia Newton John, Suzi Quatro: Suzi Quatro & Olivia Newton-John: Dolly Mixture

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, July 1974

'What's ladylike?' asks Suzi Quatro. Olivia Newton-John should know – she was amazed in America when the audience ignored that she was wearing jeans on ...

Yoko Ono: The Whole World Is My Mother-In-Law

Profile and Interview by Caroline Coon, unpublished, 1974

2012 NOTE: Tidying through my papers some days ago I found, at last, an interview I did with Yoko Ono at home in New York ...

Queen: Freddie Mercury: Queen Bee

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, December 1974

THERE'S NOTHING like a dearth of hero-stars to make a media industry writhe with despondency. Film moguls, unable to find successors to Monroe and Gable, ...

Lou Reed: How Lou Saw The White Light

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, December 1976

LOU REED, the crafty old rock 'n' roll fox, is alive and kicking. In fact, he's standing in the lobby of the Los Angeles Hyatt ...

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

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

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

Diana Ross: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, April 1976

WHEN WILL THE real Diana Ross sing up and be counted? ...

Demis Roussos: Onassis Of Rock

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, June 1976

TWENTY miles east of the Arc de Triomphe, across the Seine as it meanders north, and a fast drive through grimy Paris suburbs, there looms ...

The Sex Pistols: 1976

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, 1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion, 1977

THE SEX PISTOLS made their debut at St Martins School of Art on Friday 6th of November 1975. The irate social secretary cut the power ...

The Sex Pistols: Punk Rock: Rebels Against the System

Report and Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, August 1976

JOHNNY ROTTEN looks bored. The emphasis is on the word "looks" rather than, as Johnny would have you believe, the word "bored". His clothes, held ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: Rotten To The Core

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, November 1976

"I had absolutely no interest in singing. I was more interested in being obnoxious." ...

The Sex Pistols

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, '1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', 1977

THE RECORD INDUSTRY is waking up. In October there were rumours about huge deals on the horizon, and Polydor look set to be the first ...

The Sex Pistols: Club De Chalet Du Lac, Paris

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, September 1976

PARIS: The Sex Pistols believed the myth that it all happens in Paris. The fans who drove over specially to see the band's first appearance ...

Sham 69: If The Kids Are United…

Report and Interview by Caroline Coon, Sounds, June 1978

JIMMY PURSEY'S very baggy grey flannels are held up by a brand new pair of white braces. His striped shirt is as clean as five ...

Slik: Slik Forever!

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, March 1976

"THE THING IS," confides Billy McIsaac, Slik's 26-year-old keyboards player, "we have a positive attitude to everything." He is speaking with the advantage of hindsight. ...

The Slits

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, '1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', 1977

ONE OF THE arguments trotted out to minimize punk rock was that however good or bad the sound was live, it would be impossible to ...

Alvin Stardust: Devil in Disguise

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, October 1974

Alvin Stardust hasn't looked back since he returned to the charts a year ago. But as Caroline Coon finds out, his 'untouchable' image isn't the ...

Status Quo: 'We're Not Musicians — We're Players!'

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, January 1976

STRIDING into his road-manager's sitting room, Francis Rossi quips, "no comment " and then spins on his heel as if a fast retreat is on ...

Cat Stevens

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, November 1975

Cat Stevens, after a long personality crisis, has bounced back with a new album and tour. Caroline Coon meets him in Frankfurt ...

Stephen Stills: Stills (CBS)

Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, July 1975

I'M SATISFIED with this album, but I wish I could be more enthusiastic as Stephen Stills has both created and had a hand in creating ...

The Stranglers

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, '1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', 1977

THE STRANGLERS slogged through over four hundred gigs in two years building up an ever-increasing following. They did not jump on the punk bandwagon but ...

Andy Williams: Ol' Treacle Voice Is Back

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, May 1974

Darling of the soap-opera set, Goliath of the balladeer belt, Andy Williams is so very glad to be back in this wonderful country. Caroline Coon ...

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Lady Wootton talks to Caroline Coon about Pot

Interview by Caroline Coon, International Times, January 1969

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

Rock on TV: TVOD

Overview by Caroline Coon, Sounds, October 1978

UNTIL RECENTLY, watching rock on the box was the worst of media masochism. ...

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