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Charles Bermant

Charles Bermant

Charles Bermant has treated rock journalism as a "serious hobby" during his regular career as a community journalist, investigative reporter and technology writer. He grew up, more or less, around Washington DC, and spent a good part of the early 1980s hanging around piano bars where 17-year-old Ellen "Tori" Amos fondled the ivories.

He was a regular contributor to DC's Unicorn Times and The Globe and Mail in the 1980s and wrote a regular column about rock video for the San Jose Mercury News. He subsequently covered the convergence between music and technology for The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications.

He also reported about legal battles concerning The Beach Boys and the Jimi Hendrix estate for Rolling Stone Online.

Bermant lives in Bainbridge Island, WA. He currently writes a political satire column for Examiner.com.

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Tori Amos: Ellen Amos: Piano Bars - Springboards to Success

Interview by Charles Bermant, Washington Times, The, September 1983

COCKTAIL PIANISTS OCCUPY the lowest rung in the musician's hierarchy. While there are some whose performances approach true art, and others whose reputations place them ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boy vs. Beach Boy

Comment by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, December 1999

WHILE THE BEACH BOYS were once musically illustrious, in the Nineties they've spent more time in the courtroom than the recording studio. ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys Change, But the Sound Stays the Same

Interview by Charles Bermant, USA Today, August 1998

THE BEACH BOYS, or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof, are on the road again. ...

The Beach Boys: Keeping the Beach Boys Alive

Live Review by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, August 2000

THERE ARE SOME really good reasons to loathe Mike Love's Beach Boys. There is the authenticity problem: there is no one named Wilson onstage, and ...

The Beach Boys: New Wave of Popularity for The Beach Boys

Report and Interview by Charles Bermant, Globe and Mail, The, July 1985

JONES BEACH, NY. The Beach Boys are taking advantage of this seaside theatre, an idyllic setting for one of their concerts, by beating the audience ...

The Bee Gees: Back on course with the Bee Gees

Interview by Charles Bermant, Sounds, August 1975

BARRY GIBB IS pleased. It is a good season for ‘the Bee Gees (Barry and his brothers, Maurice and Robin) whose new Main Course album ...

The Bee Gees: Bee Gees' Generations

Report by Charles Bermant, Rock's Backpages, January 2007

PORTLAND, OREGON USA – Last year, self-proclaimed pop music geek Ellen Osborn was tooling around town when she got an idea: "There should be an ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Jefferson Starship: Revisiting the Summer of Love

Report by Charles Bermant, Rock's Backpages, October 2007

Things aren't what they used to be, but they never were in the first place ...

Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne: Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt: Rock for Java

Live Review by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone, June 2001

BACK IN THE 1970s, when Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt became notorious for spearheading benefit concerts, the issues were, well, more clear cut: Vote for ...

Buffalo Springfield: Will Buffalo Springfield Roam Again?

Live Review by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone, April 2000

NEIL YOUNG'S NEW album, Silver and Gold, features a plaintive ballad titled 'Buffalo Springfield Again', where he expresses nostalgia for the band that first put ...

T-Bone Burnett's Chapter and Verse

Interview by Charles Bermant, Unicorn Times, March 1984

T-BONE BURNETT STRIDES onstage alone, immediately sitting at the piano. He seems to strike a few soulful chords, wincing at every sound. He stands up, ...

Eliza Carthy: Angel of Rebellion

Interview by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, February 2001

ELIZA CARTHY IS in the midst of playing a fluid passage when her feet stop moving. She rolls her eyes, exhales and scowls before attacking ...

Crosby and Nash: Crosby-Nash

Interview by Charles Bermant, MyPrimetime.com, February 2000

DAVID CROSBY AND Graham Nash have lived at the cultural flashpoint for more than 30 years. As they edge toward 60, the musicians haven't lost ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: CSN To Cover Pre-CSN Tunes

Report by Charles Bermant, sonicnet.com, April 1998

THIRTY YEARS AFTER they left their respective bands, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, better known as Crosby, Stills and Nash, are harking back ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: Auburn, Washington, July 27th 2006

Live Review by Charles Bermant, Rock's Backpages, August 2006

"Do you think there are any Republicans here?" We are on the queue for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's Freedom of Speech show, and the ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: CSNY: Rockin' in the free world

Live Review by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, February 2000

DURING THE INTERMISSION at Wednesday's Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young performance, Susan Nash turned Portland's Rose Quarter into a birthday tribute to her husband. She ...

Rodney Crowell's Melodic Literacy

Interview by Charles Bermant, Rock's Backpages, August 2012

RODNEY CROWELL, who turns 62 on August 7, has been on our radar since the 1970s, when he was the freshest horse in Emmylou Harris' ...

The Kinks, Ray Davies: Ray Davies Gets the Kinks Out Musically

Interview by Charles Bermant, Globe and Mail, The, December 1986

BY VIRTUE OF its title, The Kinks' new Think Visual album should have a more elaborate cover. Instead it is only an exaggerated supergraphic, with ...

Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Glitches add spontaneity to Bob Dylan and Tom Petty show

Live Review by Charles Bermant, Globe and Mail, The, 1986

BOB DYLAN FORGOT a lot of the words to his own songs. He blew the payoff line of 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll' completely. ...

Joe Ely: Career Heats Up For Joe Ely

Interview by Charles Bermant, Globe and Mail, The, September 1987

WITH ITS OWN hot brand of Texas rock and roll, the Joe Ely Band has transformed the tiny stage of this rural club into a ...

Fleetwood Mac: Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow: Mick Fleetwood's Internet About-Face

Interview by Charles Bermant, Web, The, November 1997

"I WAS VERY wrong," says Mick Fleetwood, the drummer who, with John and Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks, crewed Fleetwood Mac, one of ...

Peter Gabriel Plugs in for WOMAD

Live Review by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, June 2001

IF MUSIC IS the food of love and life, then perhaps sometimes we need exotic tastes to cleanse the palate. ...

Arlo Guthrie: 'Alice' is Back on the Menu

Report and Interview by Charles Bermant, What's Up, March 2007

'ALICE'S RESTAURANT' is back on the menu. First released in 1967 as the title track of Arlo Guthrie's debut album, the 18-minute talking blues narrative ...

George Harrison

Interview by Charles Bermant, unpublished, September 1987

HOW DID YOU pick this time to re-emerge? ...

George Harrison Surfaces With A Cheery Hello

Interview by Charles Bermant, Globe and Mail, The, September 1987

GEORGE HARRISON has emerged to call attention to his future, but willingly discusses his past. As a Beatle Harrison was all hair, knees and teeth, physically ...

Heart Pump Out New Beats

Interview by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, May 2003

TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS after their debut, Ann and Nancy Wilson, always Heart's pulse, have finally assumed absolute control of the band. Now, with Nancy producing, they're ...

Jimi Hendrix: Experience Music Project Opens in Seattle (Part 2)

Report by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, July 2000

SHORTLY BEFORE BO Diddley began his set at the Experience Music Project celebration, Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding approached him with greetings from a ...

Jimi Hendrix: Family Feud Continues

Report by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, October 2002

THE RIGHTS TO Jimi Hendrix's music were returned to his family seven years ago, prompting fans to believe that the plundering of his recorded legacy ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Experience Music Project Opens in Seattle (Part 1)

Report by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, June 2000

IT WASN'T YOUR typical ribbon cutting. Gazillionaire Paul Allen smashed a Stratocaster made of unflavored green rock candy, designed especially for the occasion by glass ...

Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding: Noel Redding Boxes His Own Experience

Interview by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, July 2000

ASK NOEL REDDING what will be on the "new box set," and he won't offer any insight about the upcoming release that features dozens of ...

Herman's Hermits, The Monkees, The Turtles: Wheelchair Legends: How Some Rockers Grow Old Gracefully and Others Do Not

Essay by Charles Bermant, Rock's Backpages, October 2006

PUYALLUP, WA – Are there gatherings like this anywhere outside of the modern American West? A million people come to a converted dusty field over ...

Garth Hudson (2011)

Interview by Charles Bermant, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2011

Bonkers expositions on jump blues, big band tenor players, Dylan and more, via praising fuzz-tone guitar and Tony Iommi, with regular tellings-off from wife Maud.

File format: mp3; file size: 26.7mb, interview length: 29' 09" sound quality: * (phoner)

Garth Hudson: The World According to Garth Hudson

Report and Interview by Charles Bermant, Rock's Backpages, November 2011

IN A PREVIOUS LIFE you went to several concerts a month, when those who are now rock and roll dinosaurs walked the earth. Today you ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Keeping Up With Rickie Lee Jones

Interview by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, June 2000

SINCE HER 1979 emergence, Rickie Lee Jones has always whipped myriad influences into her own musical blender. Now she's turning the tables. ...

Rickie Lee Jones Follows Own Beat

Interview by Charles Bermant, USA Today, June 1997

IT HAS BEEN 18 years since Rickie Lee Jones breezed in with the eccentric bop of 'Chuck E.'s in Love'. A one-hit wonder on radio, ...

The KBC Band: Steered By Old Airplane Crew

Report and Interview by Charles Bermant, Globe and Mail, The, January 1987

THE KBC BAND breezed through the first part of rehearsal, but was stymied by 'In the Midnight Hour', a late addition to the New Year's ...

The Kinks Online

Guide by Charles Bermant, New York Times, The, December 1998

THE KINKS ARE the only major British Invasion group aside from the Rolling Stones to continue to perform and record, and, like many musicians, have ...

Ronnie Lane Determined Disease Won’t Beat Him

Profile and Interview by Charles Bermant, Globe and Mail, The, July 1987

SAN FRANCISCO. The last time Ronnie Lane performed here it was for 16,000 people in a sold-out arena. On this night, he has managed to ...

Cyndi Lauper's Still Unusual

Interview by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, September 2002

ON THE SURFACE, Cyndi Lauper hasn't changed that much since 1983, when her debut album catapulted her to fame next to other then-newbies Madonna and ...

Nils Lofgren: Thirteen Views Of Nils Lofgren

Interview by Charles Bermant, Unicorn Times, January 1984

NILS LOFGREN'S LIFE can best be described by a poignant line from 'Like Rain', a song he wrote in his teens that he will probably ...

Keb' Mo': Kevin Moore Makes A Name For Himself As Blues Singer Keb' Mo'

Interview by Charles Bermant, Mr Showbiz, August 1996

JUST LIKE YOU, the second album from singer-songwriter Keb' Mo', raises a question: why is a forty-four-year-old, who's been playing music all his life, just ...

Graham Nash: A Technology to Teach the Children Well

Interview by Charles Bermant, New York Times, The, March 1995

IN THE INFORMATION age, powerful technology without compelling content is an empty experience indeed. This realization by the singer Graham Nash led to his partnership ...

Mick Ronson: Play Don’t Worry

Review by Charles Bermant, Washington Post, The, March 1975

WHEN DAVID BOWIE and the Spiders from Mars barnstormed America almost two years ago they managed to astound anyone who saw them perform. The Spiders ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: Linda and Richard Find There’s Life After Divorce

Interview by Charles Bermant, Globe and Mail, The, April 1985

LINDA THOMPSON’S memories of touring the United States with her soon-to-be ex-husband Richard are filtered through an alcoholic haze and a skewed sense of delight. ...

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A Conspiracy of Hope: Amnesty International

Report by Charles Bermant, Globe and Mail, The, June 1986

A CONSPIRACY OF Hope, a package tour benefiting the human rights organization Amnesty International, kicked off at the Cow Palace Wednesday night with more than ...

Everybody's A Musician: Interactive CD-ROMS Encourage Listeners To Get In The Act

Essay by Charles Bermant, Chicago Tribune, November 1994

IN 2019, THOSE WHO observe the 50th anniversary Woodstock celebration from the comfort of their own homes probably will have the richer experience. ...

New Tracks For Old Rockers

Report by Charles Bermant, Seattle Times, The, February 2000

FACE IT: THE 1960s was the best time for rock 'n' roll. David Crosby, who was in the middle of it all, calls it "an ...

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