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Chris Salewicz

Chris Salewicz

Chris Salewicz, who lives in London, has documented world popular music and culture for over three decades, both in print and on television. His writing, on subjects from film to foreign affairs as well as music, has appeared in the Sunday Times, The Independent, The Face and in many other publications.

As a senior features writer for NME from 1975 to 1981, he saw service at the frontlines of glam rock, punk rock, reggae music, and the Los Angeles and New York music scenes and their subcultures.

In 1978 he worked on DOA, the definitive US film about punk rock. As a contributing editor of Time Out, he wrote pieces on glue-sniffing gangs, filming in Nicaragua, and housing estate horrors, amongst many others. For the Sunday Times Magazine, he wrote on subjects as varied as Polish Solidarity, the restoration of Robert Owen's New Lanark model village, and a twenty page cover story on reggae music. After writing many of the early cover stories on The Face, he provided two of the cover stories in issue one of Q. For The Sunday Correspondent he wrote regularly, on such diverse topics as the civil war in El Salvador and healing through dolphins’ energy. He also wrote for and syndicated to countless publications worldwide.

Part of the team that set up MTV-Europe, Chris Salewicz presented "Kino", a weekly film programme, and edited and directed. He has written many books, including biographies of Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, George Lucas, Oliver Stone, Noel Coward, and Bob Marley - the last, which was authorised by Marley’s family, the result of his abiding love of Jamaica. In 1995 at the instigation of Chris Blackwell, he and director Don Letts went to the island to develop film ideas. Fired by the idea of a film that showed the moral redemption of a Kingston killer cop set in the style of a Hong Kong action movie, and drawing on extensive research, Salewicz embarked on the writing of Third World Cop – the most successful film ever in the Caribbean when it was released in 1999.

Following his time living in Jamaica, Chris Salewicz wrote Rude Boy: Once Upon a Time in Jamaica, a critically acclaimed book that was part-thriller, part-travelogue, part subjective history of the island. Reggae Explosion: the Story of Jamaican Music, and Mick and Keith, a joint biography of two Dartford schoolboys, followed.

Mick and Keith was "probably" the last book read by Joe Strummer, according to his widow. In October 2006 Salewicz published Redemption Song: the Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer (HarperCollins), an exhaustive, epic biography of the Clash frontman, a bestseller; it was published in the USA by FSG the following May. The paperback edition was published in October 2007.

Chris Salewicz edited Keep On Running: the Story of Island Records, published in June 2009, and his Bob Marley: The Untold Story was published in 2010.
 
 

List of articles in the library by artist

10cc: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, February 1976

THE MUSIC IS exactly as you'd expect it really. More or less. ...

Ace: It's An Ace Life In The Low-Key Whacky World Of Los Angeles

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1977

SEVEN OF US leave the Ace ranch in Hidden Valley and go late night cruisin' in drummer Fran Byrne's '69 Pontiac. Fran heads for ex-Chilli ...

Aerosmith: Gonna Have Me A Real Wild Time…I'm Going To Harrods

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1976

BRAD WHITFORD wears a grey roll-neck sweater and faded jeans. He looks slightly insecure up there on the stage of the Liverpool Empire. Tom Hamilton ...

Desmond Dekker, Laurel Aitken: Desmond Dekker and Laurel Aitken: Old Rude Boys Never Die

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, September 1980

DESMOND DEKKER and Laurel Aitken are two Jamaican vocalists who, in earlier musical incarnations, helped lay the ground for the eventual acceptance of reggae music ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam Ant: Sound and Vision

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, April 1981

"Malcolm McLaren just said to me, "What do you want, Adam?" I said, "I'd like to be a household name, and have everyone know and ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam Ant: The Song Of Injun Adam

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Creem, June 1981

Or: What's A Picnic Without Ants? ...

Aswad: Local Heroes

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Time Out, July 1984

That Aswad are The Greatest Reggae Band In The World is the principal theme of Island Records' campaign to give the London-born trio the commercial ...

Badger, Flash: Flash: Flash; Badger: One Live Badger

Review by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, April 1973

"DIFFERENCES in musical policy" is the standard euphemism whenever a member quits a band, or, as is more often the case, gets the boot. Yes ...

Ginger Baker: “People Thought We Were Only Good For One Album. But We Made Another. So There”

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1975

Yes, success is getting a little nearer ever year for the BAKER GURVITZ ARMY! Report by CHRIS SALEWIZ ...

Baker-Gurvitz Army: Watford Town Hall, Watford

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1975

THE HONEYMOON MAY have ended for the Baker-Gurvitz Army at the end of their first British tour in the early Spring. ...

Long John Baldry: S'long John

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, March 1973

PITY, I THOUGHT, when I heard Long John Baldry was in panto. It used to happen to faded rock'n'rollers – not very good rock'n'rollers, mind ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: After The Sand Box

Report by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1976

The zany, madcap world of Brian Wilson, episode 98 ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Arty Smarty Or Just The Guitar Hero Next Door?

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, February 1976

THE SAME sign as Hendrix: Sagittarius. Into Hank Marvin, Duane Eddy, Wes Montgomery, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and BB King. And Jimi Hendrix. ...

Big Audio Dynamite

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Q, October 1986

IN JULY last year Big Audio Dynamite were at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, recording their first album with Mick Jones producing. Early in ...

Blondie: Do Greenheads Have More Fun?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Creem, December 1981

DEBBIE & CHRIS GO KOO KOO CHIC! ...

David Bowie: Spiders from Mars

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, February 1976

"We've still got the Bowie costumes. We can wear those.""Yeah, Dave was really into duffle coats for a hour and a half in them days." ...

Boxer: The Nude, The Boxing Glove And The Wooden Box

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, April 1976

...a slightly misleading headline heralding an informative article on BOXER which does in fact refer to nudes, boxing gloves and wooden boxes. ...

Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon: New Victoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1976

WARREN ZEVON hits the stage an hour and five minutes late. This is not without significance. ...

Bill Bruford, Genesis: Bill Bruford

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, May 1976

ARE YOU quite sure that you're definitely not joining Genesis full-time? ...

Budgie: Rapping with a Burke from Budgie

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1974

...is extremely difficult, seeing as he's not the slightest bit interested that The Album has made the charts. In fact, he couldn't care less. What's ...

Eric Burdon Band: Sun Secrets

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1975

THE ONLY THING wrong with Sun Secrets is that Eric Burdon should have made it six years ago. ...

Burning Spear: Dry and Heavy in the Ozone: Burning Spear at the Rainbow

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1977

IN THAT it (a) got me truly into reggae, and (b) has continued to stand as a symbol of the truth and beauty that all ...

Burning Spear: Winston Rodney is Burning Spear

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1977

Is The Man In The Hills, is The Sound Of The Present Age ...

The Butts Band, The Kinks: The Kinks; The Butts Band: The Palladium, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1974

GIVE THE Kinks album a review and you bear the responsibility for Ray Davies' crying for the next three days, I'm told. ...

The Byrds, Roger McGuinn: Roger McGuinn: A Man's Gotta Do...What A Man's Gotta Do

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1974

NIK COHN seemed to have it pretty well summed up in his Byrds caption for Rock Dreams: "The Byrds weren't so much a band as ...

John Cale: Paradiso, Amsterdam

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1975

EUROPE'S MOST DECADENT capital: inflatable paramours dangling like trussed chickens in the windows of the sex shops, hookers in their shop windows, the smack centre ...

Camel, Michael Chapman: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, August 1975

KUH-RAAAACKKK!!!! ...

Captain Beefheart - Interview

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1975

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART (AKA Don Van Vliet) moves in sufficiently mysterious ways for me to believe that Zoot Horn Rollo (aka Bill Harkleroad) may just possibly ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch: Jimmy Castor: The Everything Man

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1974

SUBTLE ONE, that title. See, in the centre of the sleeve there's a picture of the dude who is presumably Jimmy Castor wearing a standard ...

Keith Christmas: Brighter Day

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1974

DON'T WORRY. This is not as that first peek at the multi-stellar sleeve credits may have suggested, the Greg Lake contribution to the Arts for ...

The Clash on Broadway

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, MOJO, August 1994

IF THERE WAS ONE PIVOTAL EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE Clash's assault on the USA it was the season of 17 shows they played ...

The Clash on Broadway (2)

Interview by Chris Salewicz, MOJO, August 1994

Joe Strummer talks to Chris Salewicz ...

The Clash Play Revolution Rock

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Trouser Press, March 1980

IT'S FOUR days before Christmas. A dark, early evening damp with snow and rain. Immediately south of the Thames, in the inappropriately genteel Victorian suburb ...

The Clash: Clash On Tour

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1978

IT'S AS IF THE Clash's 'Police And Thieves' stage backdrop has suddenly transmogrified into moving 3-D. ...

The Clash: Home On The Range

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, February 1981

PAUL SIMONON lives in a modest two-room Notting Hill basement flat just north of Ladbroke Grove tube station. ...

The Clash: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1979

LIKE THE few other rock bands that occasionally verge on genius – such at The Rolling Stones and the original Roxy Music – The Clash ...

The Clash: Problems with The Roxy

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1978

I'D CALLED Mick Jones last Friday night The parsimonious Bernie Rhodes – who, though a replacement manager has yet to be found (and it is ...

The Clash: The Return of Native Paranoia

Report by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, August 1981

IN HOT humid New York City, the eight Clash dates at Bonds discotheque had their number doubled following a first night raid by the Fire ...

The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson Band, X-Ray Spex: Rock Against Racism Carnival: Victoria Park, Hackney, London

Report by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, May 1978

AS HE STOOD at the top of Whitehall at 10.35 last Sunday morning gazing impassively towards Nelson's Column, the optimism of Commander Walker of Scotland ...

The Clash, The Sex Pistols: Punk: 1977 - Two Sevens Clash

Essay by Chris Salewicz, History of Rock, The, 1983

AS A REBEL MUSIC, punk rock had close affinities with reggae. When the punk movement found a focal point and place of worship in the ...

Climax Blues Band

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, March 1976

Big in the States. Still trying to breakthrough on the home turf. CHRIS SALEWICZ chews on a 'cheese and tomato' ...

Genesis, Phil Collins: Phil Collins: Genesis Of A Solo Career

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Creem, January 1982

SET IN THE STOCKBROKER belt 30 miles to the southwest of London, the Genesis studio complex is exactly what you might expect: several thatched, suitably ...

The Congos: Heart Of The Congos (Go-Feet)

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, February 1981

ONE OF THE seminal reggae albums of the late 70s, Heart Of The Congos has been available in this country on pre-release since early 1978, ...

Kevin Coyne: Coyne, The Unfrozen Currency

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, March 1976

KEVIN COYNE kicks and stamps his feet outside the Atlantic Hotel in Aarhus, Western Denmark, as we waits for a taxi to take us to ...

Culture, Peter Tosh: Jamaica: The Young Lion Roars – The JA Connexion Part 2

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1978

SURROUNDED on three sides by a raw, harshly primal terrain that combines austere Bronte-evoking moorland with a dense near-Northern Californian verdancy, the Jamaican Tourist Board ...

Delta 5, Echo & The Bunnymen, U2: Echo & Bunnymen, U2, Delta 5: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1980

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN dwell in the magical land between life and art that is the territory of great rock'n'roll. Making music alone isn't enough ...

John Denver: Palladium, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, April 1976

WILL JOHN SWOOP down to the stage on the back of a pantomime Golden Eagle? Will his teeth be clean in time for the new ...

Neil Diamond: Gold Diamond Vol. 2

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1974

ALTHOUGH IT'LL never get to the situation where the ramifications of his use of Room 109 are being discussed, the time is probably just about ...

Divine: Mondo Crappo

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, January 1981

WARNING: This article might offend sensitive tastes! ...

Donovan: 7-Tease

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1975

NOW THE FACTS are these: 7-Tease is a concept album; 7-Tease is a massive made-in-Nashville production; 7-Tease is also The Album Of The Stage Show. ...

Donovan: Portrait Of The Artist As A Desert Rat

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1975

– a small, furry, herbivorous animal, which possesses the happy knack of elusiveness. Just like DONOVAN, in fact, who's so elusive that even CHRIS SALEWICZ ...

Doobie Brothers: In Defence Of The Doobie Brothers…

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, February 1975

IT IS, PRIMARILY, totally incorrect and irrelevant to give the Doobies an out-of-hand dismissal simply because their role as bill-toppers over Little Feat at the ...

Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan: Skunk Hunting In W1

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1975

THERE'S A delicately detailed brass rubbing of Burlington House above the bed-head in room 420 at the Inn On The Park. Some rock musicians would've ...

Mikey Dread: The Dread Man Tells His Tale

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1981

From radio star to toaster to production
 and recording star, Mikey Dread
 Campbell is still well in control ...

Duran Duran: Am What They Yam: And That's The Snakes…

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Creem, April 1984

THE BELLIGERENT, black North Sea crashes with a grim rhythm in the opposite side of the main road to Brighton's Grand Hotel. Its force, however, ...

Duran Duran: Just Fine And Dandy

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1981

THE NAME of Birmingham group Duran Duran has no connection with Japanese covers of Chiffons songs. ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Welcome To The Bunnyhouse

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1980

WHEN ECHO And The Bunnymen end their British tour with a date at Liverpool University, the Mad Hatter photographer (Joe Stevens) and I travel up ...

Brian Eno: ANNOUNCEMENT: Texans like steak, oil-wells, large hats and Eno…

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1974

WELL, I SUPPOSE we should start as we intend to continue. So come along, Eno, how does it feel to be just regarded as Good ...

John Entwistle: John Entwhistle and The Bloody English

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, March 1973

JOHN ENTWHISTLE has always been an enigma. On the other members of the Who we can pin an identity. Townshend – creator and, at the ...

The Faces: Kilburn State, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1975

"YES, MY PEOPLE, you make me strong," sighed the Golden Catarrh with a de rigeur flexing of the neck muscles as the Faces knocked into ...

The Faces: Kilburn State, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1975

"YES, MY PEOPLE, you make me strong," sighed the Golden Catarrh with a de rigeur flexing of the neck muscles as The Faces knocked into ...

Georgie Fame: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1975

WHILE APPRECIATING THAT what George Fame and his occasional Blue Flames are delivering is white rhythm'n'blues and not soul, it's perhaps unfortunate that he chose ...

Mick Farren: Is There Life After Dingwalls?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1978

DESPITE THE SILK shawl wrapped about its neck to prevent its head falling off, there is a dignity, a pride, even a sense of all ...

Bryan Ferry: In Every Dream Home a Heartache

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Q, January 1988

Los Angeles. Paris. Nassau. Los Angeles again. Then London. And Paris again. And back to London. Recording is a nerve-wracking, schedule-shredding pastime for the itinerant ...

Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep: John Wetton: I Have Nothing To Hide Shock

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1976

John Wetton reflects on past problems with Uriah Heep – and on his future plans which, among other things, involve working with Ferry. ...

Fleetwood Mac

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1976

THE YELLOW CAB has taken me just over half the distance down to 6565 Sunset Boulevard before I notice the driver look in his rearview ...

Fleetwood Mac: Can't Go Home Again

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Trouser Press, April 1980

OF COURSE, Fleetwood Mac is the American Dream. The band's success story is the stuff of which the mythology of modern day America is made: ...

Kim Fowley, The Runaways: Sex sells: The Girl Band That Changed Pop Forever

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, Independent, The, March 2010

IN EARLY OCTOBER 1976, the Runaways, an all-girl five-piece from Los Angeles, played a sell-out show at London's Roundhouse, their debut date in the UK. ...

Gary Wright, Peter Frampton: Peter Frampton: Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1976

Rock genius...or just another biodegradable pretty boy? C. SALEWICZ sinks his nashers in P. FRAMPTON's persona and finds it... ALL SMILE AND NO TEETH! ...

Robert Fripp: Something Is Stirring Down At Wimbourne

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1974

IT'S NOTHING to do with egos, you know, this final dissolving of King Crimson. No, there's something of a much grander design — somewhat rather ...

Rory Gallagher: Gallagher's Travel

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, February 1973

"They have the push of the line on you!" says Rory Gallagher — who else could be expected to phrase it like that — when ...

Rory Gallagher: Blueprint

Review by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, April 1973

MY PAST EXPERIENCES of Rory Gallagher have not all been pleasant – a damp day at Crystal Palace; seemingly countless Grey Whistle Tests (I may ...

Marvin Gaye: Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz

Review by Chris Salewicz, Time Out, July 1985

The anguished life of Marvin Gaye ended on April 1, 1984, at the home in Los Angeles he had bought for his parents, when a ...

Marvin Gaye: The New Age Metaphysics Of Marvin Gaye

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, February 1981

Music, Love, Divinity, & The Shape Of Things To Come...The Motown Marvel feels The Force. ...

Generation X: Generation Rock & Roll Soul

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, April 1978

MIDNIGHT IN THE basement console room at Advision Studios, London W1. As Generation X bassist Tony James avidly demands of producer Martin Rushent that he ...

Generation X, The Lurkers: Generation X/The Lurkers: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1977

YOU KNOW THAT immense sense of relief that hits you when you get through the one album in every twenty or so that you might ...

Genesis Reborn

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Gig, May 1977

If Mick Jagger were to quit the Rolling Stones or Robert Plant were to leave Led Zeppelin, there doesn't seem to be the least possibility ...

Girlschool: A Girlschool For Headbangers!

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Creem, July 1982

IN A REHEARSAL room on the southwest London suburb of Putney, Girlschool lead guitar players Kelly Johnson and rhythm guitarist Kim McAuliffe are swigging from ...

Gong: Look! There's A Pothead Pixie Arriving

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1974

THERE'S A lot of musicians around that are going to be kissing Mike Oldfield's dirty underpants. The success of Tubular Bells has almost certainly uncovered ...

Gong: You See A Lot Of Frenchmen With Berets... But Not Too Many With Fried Eggs On Their Heads

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1974

GONG'S HOTEL in the Avenue de Wagram in Paris is directly opposite the Salle Wagram where they are due to gig tonight. It should take ...

Gong, Steve Hillage: Gong: Demise Of Teapot Heralds New Obscure Era

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, February 1976

We proudly present GONG Now, in which assorted Gauls and other Foreigners explain (sort of) certain radical changes and new concepts which may extend the ...

Gypsy: Brenda and the Rattlesnake

Review by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, February 1973

I've waited for one like this ever since the first Crazy Horse album in 1971. Gypsy's second album starts off with the sound of a ...

Hatfield And The North: Hatfield & The North

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1974

IN A LAND and a business where quickfire hype and quickfire playing are adjudged almost twin brothers, Hatfield And The North are very much on ...

Hawkwind: Dorkwind in Dutchland

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1974

JUST OVER a year ago I went up to the Cambridge Corn Exchange to get my first ever taste of Hawkwind live. ...

The Heavy Metal Kids, Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1977

Rainbow rub out ...

The Heavy Metal Kids: 'I Useta Strong It…'

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, August 1975

'But we're much tighter now.' ...

Mike Heron, Nico: Nico/Mike Heron: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, February 1975

NICO DOES RATHER have an ability to polarize her audiences, you know. ...

Steve Hillage: On The Banks Of A Fish Dinner

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, August 1975

"The fish really get off on it man...it's their whole trip"... New angle on Gong's STEVE HILLAGE – the world's leading exponent of Fish Rock. ...

Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson: Hunter Ronson at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, April 1975

SHUCKS. TO THINK it's well over a year now since I last saw Ian Hunter and the whole Hoople caboodle in this very same theatre ...

Joe Jackson: Soul Searching: Joe Jackson

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Time Out, April 1984

Joe Jackson used to be just another angry British rocker. Now he makes music that wouldn’t seem out of place in an up-market New York ...

Joe Jackson: No Room For Rock

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Record, July 1984

On a Friday evening in an undistinguished bar in Manhattan’s East Village, a drunk slides off his stool and onto the floor, where he curls ...

The Jam, Or, How To Not Break In America (Because You Don't Want To)

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Creem, March 1981

ON A DAMP, dank Sunday lunchtime the three pasty-faced, unhealthy-looking members of the Jam sit in an uncomfortably functional room in a nondescript London hotel ...

The Jam, Paul Weller: The Paul Weller Interview

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, May 1982

AS PAUL WELLER says, in the mid-1960s the original spirit of Mod implanted itself into the soul of young Britain with a self-nurturing, almost religious ...

Elton John: The Fall and Rise of Reginald Dwight

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Q, December 1986

Chris Salewicz meets the occupant of the Presidential Suite, Floor 30, Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles. "I’ve had my scrotum removed, and I'm having it ...

Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons: Return of the Maltese Falcon

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1980

THE OTHER WEEK top Oz band Jo Jo Zep And The Falcons broke the house record at Hammersmith's Clarendon Hotel when they played their first ...

Grace Jones: Confessions Of An Art Groupie

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, October 1980

IN THE LOUNGE bar of the Kensington Hilton, Grace Jones sprawls supinely in a wicker armchair and digs her fingers under the leaves of lettuce ...

Grace Jones: In Between The Bumpers

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1981

Chris Salewicz goes behind the public face of Grace to discover that in the tall, exotic frame of a former model there's a little girl ...

Nick Kent, The Subterraneans: The Almost Legendary Nick Kent Story

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1981

The modest (if a mite incestuous) tale of the celebrated NME writer who is now on the threshold of becoming a bona fide rock star ...

King Crimson: A Small Mobile Intelligent Independent Double Album???

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, March 1976

King Crimson: A Young Person's Guide To King Crimson (Island) ...

King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King

Profile by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, September 1973

KING CRIMSON’S launch in 1969 was a classic case of subliminal hype. From every musical corner that summer, with Teutonic fanfares, new super-groups appeared almost ...

King Crimson: Red

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1974

THE PREVIOUS two albums by this final King Crimson lineup have never been as hysterically self-conscious in their obvious adventurousness as the first four studio ...

King Crimson, Uriah Heep: Uriah Heep: Ex-Crimson Bass Man Seduced

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, March 1975

JOHN WETTON JOINS HUMBLE WEALTHY HEEP ...

Kiss: Is This Man A Prat?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, August 1978

TWENTY-EIGHT year-old Gene Simmons of New York City, New York, is sitting in his hotel-room near Marble Arch. It's four o'clock on a humid Friday ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Sarfend, Sarfend, It's A Hell Of A Town…

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1976

The smell of coins and oil and penny arcades; of fish 'n' chips; of salt and wave against pebble and promenade; of wide boys and ...

Ronnie Lane: Can Rock Survive The Holocaust?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1976

RONNIE LANE'S up in town today. Been up from the farm in Monmouthshire for about a week now. ...

Led Zeppelin

Profile by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, May 1975

ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO THE BUZZ BEGAN TO SLIP IN AGAIN FROM THE SIDELINES. It had received appropriately casual nurturing since the summer of 1973 ...

Led Zeppelin: Smiling Men With Bad Reputations

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, August 1979

OF ALL THE old superfart bands it is certainly Led Zeppelin who have been and still are the most reviled by the New Wave. ...

Led Zeppelin: The Gig Interview: Jimmy Page

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Gig, May 1977

"When you've discovered your true will, you should just forge ahead like a steam train. If you put all your energies into it there's no ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Lee "Scratch" Perry: Reggae's Mad Scientist

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Spin, May 1985

WHEN PEOPLE said to Bob Marley that his friend Lee "Scratch" Perry was mad, Marley would reply, "Him not mad, him just Scratch." ...

Level 42: Living It Down

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, November 1983

IN THE HITCHHIKERS Guide To The Galaxy the number 42 is revealed as the clue to The I Meaning Of Life. This is the origin ...

Nils Lofgren: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, May 1976

I SAW LOFGREN'S gig at the same theatre at the end of last year. It was duff. His band didn't gell and the sound was ...

John Lydon, Public Image Ltd: The Fugitive: John Lydon at Large

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, December 1980

IT SEEMS POETICALLY APPROPRIATE that John Lydon has chosen Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange as the film to insert into the video-cassette deck at Virgin's Townhouse ...

John Lydon, The Sex Pistols: The Poolside Pronouncements Of Johnny 'No-Tan' Rotten

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, March 1978

JOHN ROTTEN likes dressing up. Seeing him stuck away under a parasol by the side of the Olympic-sized pool of the Kingston Sheraton at eleven ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Nuthin' Fancy

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, May 1975

WELL, IT LOOKS as though they're here to stay. ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wally: Lynyrd Skynyrd/Wally: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1974

CLOSE ONE, you know. I mean, after Lynyrd Skynyrd had played their first few numbers it was decided that this might have to be a ...

Madness

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, January 1981

ON A MONDAY morning so dark from thundery rainclouds it seems as though the sky has fallen in, Graham 'Suggs' McPherson, shoe-less and wearing only ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: A Day Out At The Gun Court

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, March 1979

SET IN maybe half an acre of ground, 56 Hope Road, Kingston 6 is a sprawling, wood-fronted, two-storey detached house, its flaking cream paint seeming ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: The undisputed world ambassador of reggae

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, History of Rock, The, 1983

BOB MARLEY ALMOST SINGLE-HANDEDLY introduced reggae music to European and American audiences and, more than any other artist, was responsible for establishing it as a ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Can't Fight The Youth: Bob Marley's Early Years

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, MOJO, March 1995

1945. THE PREGNANCY WAS PROBLEM-FREE. On the first Sunday of February, 1945, Cedella Marley went to church as usual. The next day she hoped to ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Chapel of Love: Bob Marley’s Last resting Place

Report by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, June 1983

ON A HILLSIDE in a peaceful corner of Jamaica’s lush rural hinterland – Natural Mystic Country – perches the simple white-washed chapel erected on the ...

John Martyn: This Man Is A Walking, Playing Bag of His Own

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1977

"ACTUALLY," ADMITS John Martyn, as he gives in to one of the great groundswells of spluttering, infectious laughter that carry along his speech, "I see ...

John Martyn: Johnny Done Badly

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1981

DRINKING CHAMPAGNE and orange juice, a belated present for his 33rd birthday two days previously, the bright-faced John Martyn flails every way about his end ...

Curtis Mayfield: Keep On Pushing: Curtis Mayfield

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, 1985

They were still calling it ‘race music’ when Curtis Mayfield started singing in the late ‘50s. An influential and innovative artist, Mayfield gave a stirring ...

Paul McCartney: An Innocent Man?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Q, October 1986

Paul McCartney curls up on the couch and relives the Beatles’ story for the first time since the death of John Lennon. "He was one ...

Van Morrison: "I’m not doing this because I want to be on Top Of The Pops."

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Q, January 1987

Van Morrison’s job is the pursuit of magic moments. All the rest – the touring, the recording, the interviews, the selling – is an irrelevance ...

Motorhead: Oy Lemmy, Is It True?

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, August 1979

AH, the sheer classicism of the three-piece rock band. ...

Alison Moyet: Too Much, Too Soon

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Q, February 1987

The LP Alf went quadruple platinum but now she's beginning to count the cost — a failed marriage, crippling lawsuits, doubts about her music and ...

Mr. Big: Mr Big: A Yob In A Support Band Is Something To Be

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1975

BIRMINGHAM – DICKEN IS your archetypal hardcase punk. Shortish. Face slightly disrupted from the original mould. Oxford accent. ...

Mr. Big: Mr Big: Oh No…Not Another Geezer With Hooter Problems!

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1976

THERE'S A bleedin' ennui OD here in the audience tonight. Not that they're into being-super-blase or super-arrogant. It's just that this is the hottest day ...

Junior Murvin, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Tapper Zukie: Jamaica: The Young Lion Roars, part 1

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, May 1978

"WELCOME TO REMA," reads the spray-can graffiti down by 7th Street in Trenchtown. "Peace, Love And Unity". Over on the other side of the Calamite ...

Osibisa: Osibrock

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1975

IT'S JUST ANOTHER of the great Woodstock fallacies. Let's face it, aside from the Who, Havens, and lovable John B. Sebastian it was those nice ...

Jimmy Page: Anger Rising: Jimmy Page and Kenneth's Lucifer

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 1977

LED ZEPPELIN guitarist and leader Jimmy Page has been fired as composer for the soundtrack of the film Lucifer Rising by its director, Kenneth Anger. ...

Graham Parker: Believe Everything You Hear

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1976

IT'S LUCKY for Graham Parker that he's come along at a time when the Jack Nicholson Academy of professional Beautiful Losers is providing the most ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Into the Heart of the Ark: An Audience with Lee

Book Excerpt by Chris Salewicz, Rock's Backpages, November 2000

In an excerpt from his book Rude Boy: Once Upon a Time in Jamaica, Chris Salewicz recounts his February 1978 meeting with legendary reggae producer ...

P.F.M.: PFM: What we did on our holidays

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, September 1973

PFM: L’Altro Mondo, Rimini ...

Pink Floyd, Roger Waters: Over The Wall: An interview with Roger Waters

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Q, August 1987

ROGER WATERS assumed leadership of the Pink Floyd in '68, turning them from a fringe festival attraction into the most popular touring group of the ...

The Police: Demolition Men In The Machine: Everything The Police Do Is Magic

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Creem, 1982

I visit Police guitarist Andy Summers early one Monday evening at the mansion flat in Putney in Southwest London in which he has lived since ...

The Police

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1981

IN NEW YORK CITY it is the coldest day of the winter. Later that night the temperature drops to zero degrees Fahrenheit. The woollen-enshrouded Sting ...

The Pretenders: Pretenders: The Dreaded Second Album Syndrome

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Creem, November 1981

LATE ONE CLOUDLESS summer afternoon, Chrissie Hynde can be found in the historic English West Country town of Bath. ...

The Pretenders: The Benefits Of Hynde Sight

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1980

Perched on the edge of a bleak Bronte-like heath overlooking Bradford is the hotel in which The Pretenders are staying. In the forecourt, next to ...

Prince: Strutting With The New Soul Monarch

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1981

THIS FELLOW sitting across the table from me in an uptown Manhattan Holiday Inn room may be a Prince but he ain't no Charlie.   ...

Procol Harum: The London Palladium, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, August 1975

One senses that Gary Brooker could well fancy his chances with Joan Bakewell. ...

Public Image Ltd

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1978

JOHN LYDON lives in the upper maisonette of the end terrace of a row of sturdily built Victorian houses on the Fulham/Chelsea border. He picked ...

Pure Hell: Just Another Bunch Of Middle Class Kids With Silly Names And Spiky Haircuts: Pure Hell

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1978

"H-E-E-EYY..." Pure Hell drummer Spider Blaze tousles his Rita Hayworth red crop and slaps his right palm down on mine, giving me one of those ...

Queen: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1976

IT'S DIFFICULT, YOU know, keeping up with all the fickle shifts in credibility and acceptability. ...

Philip Rambow: Whatever Happened To Philip Rambow?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1978

Whatever happened to Philip Rambow? A year ago it finally seemed that his time was imminent. ...

Charlie Rich - The Silver Fox

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, April 1975

IN WHICH CHARLIE Rich, understandably exhausted after a twenty year struggle to Make It, manages to record one side of an album and then runs ...

Cliff Richard: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1975

A GIANT TUPPERWARE party. ...

The Rolling Stones: The Crowning of King Mick

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, Sunday Times, October 2002

It is hard to believe that Mick Jagger was once just another Rolling Stone. How did he become an idol? Chris Salewicz, his biographer, tells ...

Roxy Music

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1975

There is no truth in the rumour...that there is any truth in the rumour. So, alright you guys, what's to look so glum about? ...

Roxy Music: Discovery Of Amazing Corporate Hippie

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1974

EDDIE JOBSON is quite a cute little cookie. ...

Roxy Music: Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1974

Fairbanks triumph at ersatz Nuremburg rallies ...

Roxy Music: Wembley, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1975

IT BEGINS LATE, of course. ...

The Runaways: And I Wonder…I Wah Wah Wah Wah Wonder…

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1976

THE CORRAL lies maybe midway down Topanga Canyon, between Ventura Freeway and Malibu Beach. Maybe it's just the Romantic in me but visually – and ...

John Sebastian: Speak Up Ya Creep!

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1974

THERE ARE certainly more than one or two among us who suspect that John B. Sebastian has long since gone right over the top; that ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, August 1974

Pain-wracked Glasgow octogenarian fights tooth decay, endorses anarchy ...

The Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious: An Evening with Sid and Nancy – The Odd Couple Behind Closed Doors.

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, February 1978

SWAYING CRAZILY, Sid Vicious clambers up off the bed. He manages the three or four steps to where, obeying live-in-lover Nancy's instructions, he removes the ...

Sham 69 Shake Down 77

Report by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1977

AFTER A WEEK of cloud-sealed gloom the sun shone down on London on Friday pushing the lunchtime temperature to 63 degrees. The vibes seemed auspicious ...

The Shirts: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1978

DO NOT BE fooled by New York New Wave. New York Punk is mainly the product of the small, highly incestuous Soho arts scene. Jimmy ...

Frank Sinatra: Palladium, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1975

ENFORCED AUDIENCE IDENTIFICATION – that's what this "black tie" demand on the ticket is. Imagine reading "gauche gaucho" on Roxy tickets or "sequined jockstrap" on ...

Sly & Robbie: The Reggaedelic Experience

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1981

A.K.A. SLY 'N' ROBBIE, THE ALMOST LEGENDARY DREADLY RHYTHM TEAM BEHIND THE SOUND OF BLACK UHURU, GRACE JONES AND THEIR OWN TAXI LABEL. WORDS CHRIS ...

Spandau Ballet: A Revolt Into Style

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, August 1981

"IF PEOPLE want to find out what is the working class attitude to life," Gary Kemp declares forcefully, leaning towards me over a corner table ...

The Specials: Stop The Tour, I Want To Get Off

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1980

IN ST AUSTELL, Cornwall, it is only a few minutes since the pubs have opened for Sunday lunchtime. The red-faced moustachioed police sergeant and the ...

Split Enz: College Of Art, Maidstone

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1978

'THE DAMBUSTERS March' (at double speed, natch) fades away as Split Enz vocalist Neil Finn ("Actually, we're New Zealanders not Australians") plunges through the murky ...

Spooky Tooth Together Again

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, February 1973

"OO WAS THIS cult then that dug us and never bought our records?" grunts Mike Harrison, singer and keyboards man with a much-loved and under-estimated ...

Cat Stevens: Bingley Hall, Stafford

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1975

THE HEROIC singer-songwriter begins solo: a white-shirted, dark-trousered speck of religious experience at the end of the cattle barn. The Laura Ashley winsome-ness of 'Moon ...

Sting: Coming Home

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Time Out, 1982

A DECADE AFTER The Police pioneered pop punk, Sting's latest solo album explores Jung's theories of sexuality and is dedicated to the memory of his ...

The Stranglers

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 1977

Beneath this middle class suburban casual wear lurk a bunch of REALLY NICE GUYS. So why are they banned from Top Of The Pops? ...

The Stranglers

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1978

"BUT WHY," asks the New York groupie journalist, "do The Stranglers make such inflammatory remarks about Americans? I really don't understand it," she concludes, glancing ...

The Stray Cats: Hot Cats & Lying Dogs!

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, March 1981

The Pressures And Pretence Of Popabilly Success ...

Sweet: The Sweet: Top of the Pops

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1976

OH, YOU know, it gets so very confusing. What with the fickleness of all these rock writers and the constant need to come across with ...

Tangerine Dream: Rubycon and Alpha Centauri

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, April 1975

IF I'VE ASSESSED the vibe correctly, it would seem that the appropriate critical response to Tangerine Dream is to dismiss Edgar Froose, Chris Franke and ...

Tangerine Dream: 1983 — A Synthesiser I Will Be

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, April 1975

Do TANGERINE DREAM, wizzkids of organic electronic rock, play their instruments?Or do the instruments play them? ...

Dallas Taylor

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, May 1973

IT'S JUST an office-type office. No Habitat or Heals lunar module seats. Just a desk and a couple of chairs. Plus one of those huge ...

The Teardrop Explodes: Julian Cope: Julian Weirds Out!

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, November 1981

I'D BEEN worried about Julian Cope. This nagging concern had started some four months ago, during one hot and humid night in New York City, ...

The Teardrop Explodes, But Can Julian Cope?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Creem, May 1981

WHEN I MEET Exploding Teardrop Julian Cope he isn't up in his adopted Liverpool. Instead, my rendezvous with the man behind the melancholy, melodic and ...

Thin Lizzy: A Peep Into The Soul Of Phil Lynott

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1977

A black Irishman – the son of a Brazilian seaman; a Roman Catholic of uncatholic lifestyle; a bass playing poet in a rock 'n' roll ...

Thin Lizzy: How the Laid-Back Californian met the Drunken Scot and the Heavy Black Irishman…

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1976

IF LEW GRADE ever gets round to planning a rock 'n' roll soap opera he could fill the first fifty-two weeks (at least) with The ...

Thin Lizzy: Who Needs Springsteen When You've Got Johnny Cool?

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Creem, November 1976

IT'S JUST AFTER SEVEN in the evening. Phil Lynott and Scott Gorham are stretched on the floor of room 1012 in the Continental Hyatt House ...

Third World: Now That We've Found A Hit

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1978

BY JAMAICAN STANDARDS, Third World are pretty unique. Going against the run of the studio-dominated JA music scene, founder members guitarist Stephen "Cat" Coore and ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend Stops Hurting People; Stops Hurting Himself

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Creem, November 1982

"PERSONALLY I LIKE the idea of embodying evil in the devil – it doesn't really matter whether you externalize the evil or recognize it as ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Ike and Tina Turner: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1975

WELL, TO BE quite frank I thought they were fairly dreadful. ...

Uriah Heep

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1974

"IT GETS ON my tit when people start talking when I'm listening to music, so when I'm at 'ome I always turn the sound right ...

Tom Verlaine's Question Time

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1981

NOTWITHSTANDING a certain amount of nervous chuckling, Tom Verlaine seems a nice enough fellow as he sits with his feet up on the desk in ...

Vinegar Joe: Rock'n'Roll Gypsies

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, May 1973

"COME ON. Get up off the fucking floor. Shake yer arses and clap yer ‘ands." It’s not Michael Philip Jagger enticing them to rip that ...

Rick Wakeman: Art with a Capital F***

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, May 1976

RICK WAKEMAN on the aesthetic of bodily functions, as applied to rock concerts. "We'll have none of that thank you, we're English." ...

Rick Wakeman: Beers of the World

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1974

"ON OUR rider for the tour of America – for the seven of us – we had twelve six-packs of Budweiser, two bottles of tequila, ...

Wally

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1975

A CURIOUS ONE indeed is Wally's first album. You know, I listened to it the appropriate five or six times and each play only highlighted ...

Wally at Fareham

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, March 1975

PETE SAGE'S FUR-TRIMMED cap and hunched stance give him something of the aura of a demented Moroccan camel trader as he relaxes into the flow ...

The Who: Woodstock

Review and Interview by Chris Salewicz, MOJO, July 1994

WOOSTOCK BEGAN ON A GOLF course. Three years before they were to be responsible for Governor John Rockefeller declaring the Woodstock Festival area "a state ...

Wigwam: In Finland They Get Drunk

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1975

When the sun won't set and you can't get to sleep, what do you do?In Norway they play the violin.In Sweden they kill themselves. ...

Kim Wilde

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, March 1982

FLEXING her feet in a pair of black Dr Martens, Kim Wilde sits in an orderly, wholesome manner at one end of a carefully battered, ...

Wings: The Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1976

CURIOUS BUSINESS, this intercontinental jet travel. High altitude transportation appears to have a spectacularly adverse effect on Britrockers' vocal chords. Old Jagger, now: there are ...

The Winkies: Winkies - Winkies

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, April 1975

AND SO, AS if to pinpoint that they'd stuck a ring through the collective nose of every other pub rocker when it came to osmosing ...

Roy Wood, Wizzard: Roy Wood: Yeah Roy, But What Do You Sound Like?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1975

THERE WAS the time that Roy Wood shoved his jeans in the washing machine and ended up with one very wet, very tattered and very ...

Stomu Yamashta: Stomu Yamash'ta: He Say "Not Really"

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1974

A VERY CURIOUS thing happened to me about 15 months ago. There I was, coming on home about two o'clock one Saturday morning feeling a ...

Yes: Chris Squire - Interview

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1975

I'M HUNTING THROUGH the cartridges in the glove compartment of Chris Squire's '63 Rolls Royce as we head out of Liverpool towards the M62 and ...

Yes

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1975

There is no mention of brown rice on this page. Persian rugs and health food in general? Well, OK...yeah, but not in any harmful quantity. ...

Frank Zappa: O.K. Frank, Let It Roll…

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, March 1977

IS THE CONCEPTUAL CONTINUITY of your output macrostructure still operative? "Yes," nods Frank Zappa solemnly. ...

List of genre pieces

Anarchy in the UK

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, History of Rock, The, 1983

A nation watched aghast as punk reared its spiky head ...

Johnny Walker: The Rock Assassination Takes Place On Tuesday Between 11 .30 And Four

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, May 1976

JOHNNY WALKER has seen a lot of bloodshed, and a poor disc jockey can only take so much... To cut a long story out, he's ...

The Selling Of Reading Festival

Report by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, August 1975

THE SUN was westering in a haze of towering cumulus, fire-orange against midnight black, filling the still air with speckled light, as we came over ...

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