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Dave Laing

Dave Laing was one of the principal writers for Let It Rock.

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David Ackles

Book Excerpt by Dave Laing, Phil Hardy, 'Faber Companion to Popular Music', 2001

b. 20 February 1937, Rock Island, Illinois, USA, d. 2 March 1999, Tujanga, California ...

Roy Acuff

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music', 2001

b. 15 September 1903, Maynardville, Tennessee, USA, d. 23 November 1992, Nashville, Tennessee ...

Andy Williams

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, September 2012

Popular crooner who sold more than 100m albums in a career that spanned eight decades ...

Hoyt Axton

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

b. 25 March 1932, Comanche, Oklahoma, USA, d. 26 October 1999, Oklahoma ...

David Bowie: Bowie Zowie

Comment by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, June 1973

WHAT YOU THINK of Bowie depends on your idea of rock-and-roll. It's no good criticising him for falling short in what he's trying to do, ...

Boxer: Patto With Punch

Report and Interview by Dave Laing, Sounds, October 1975

A FEW WEEKS ago, the Bay City Rollers, plus entourage of managers, accountants and the rest were whisked out to The Manor in deepest Oxfordshire, ...

The Contours

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

Joe Billingslea; Billy Gordon; Billy Hoggs; Hubert Johnson; Sylvester Potts; Huey Davis; Dennis Edwards; Joe Stubbs ...

The Eagles

Book Excerpt by Dave Laing, Phil Hardy, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

Don Henley, b. 22 July 1946, Linden, Texas, USA; Glenn Frey, b. 6 November 1946, Detroit, Michigan; Bernie Leadon, b. 19 July 1947, Minneapolis, Minnesota ...

Billy Eckstine

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

b. William Clarence Eckstein, 8 July 1913, Pittsburgh, USA, d. 8 March 1993, Pennsylvania ...

Duke Ellington

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

b. Edward Kennedy Ellington, 29 April 1899, Washington DC, USA, d. 24 May 1974, New York ...

The Everly Brothers

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

Don, b. 1 February 1937, Brownie, Kentucky, USA; Phil, b. 19 January 1939, Brownie ...

Gallagher & Lyle: Gallagher and Lyle: Music For The People

Profile and Interview by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, April 1974

BENNY GALLAGHER and Graham Lyle aren't singer-songwriters, they're songwriters who sing. They are not really interested in the idea of baring their souls before the ...

Steve Gibbons Band: Steve Gibbons

Profile and Interview by Dave Laing, Sounds, October 1975

There's an extra bonus for those of you with tickets for the Who's upcoming tour. It comes in the shape of the Steve Gibbons Band. ...

Charlie Haden

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

b. Charles Edward Haden, 6 August 1937, Shenandoah, Iowa, USA ...

Jan & Dean: Jan Berry

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, April 2004

Teen dream and surf-pop star ...

Leadbelly

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

b. Huddie Ledbetter, 29 January 1889, Mooringsport, Louisiana, USA, d. 6 December 1949, New York ...

Lindisfarne: You Can't Carry On Being a Geordie Band Forever

Profile and Interview by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, October 1972

FINCHLEY CENTRAL, you'll recall, was a hit record for the New Vaudeville Band (I think it was the follow-up to the equally appalling 'Winchester Cathedral').It's ...

John Martyn: Fire And Water: The Elemental, Avant-Garde John Martyn

Comment by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, December 1973

1967: "SO THERE I WAS on this barge on the river wearing nothing but denims and a smile…" so runs the sleeve note on London ...

Missy Elliott: Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott

Book Excerpt by Dave Laing, Phil Hardy, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

b. Melissa Elliott, 1 July 1972, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA ...

Bill Monroe: Greyfriars Monastery, Glasgow

Live Review by Dave Laing, Sounds, May 1975

Kentucky Friar Bluegrass: At 63, Bill Monroe's Fingers Are Still as Nimble As Ever. Dave Laing reports from Greyfriars Monastery, near Glasgow. ...

Van Morrison: Saint Dominic's Preview (Warner Bros.)

Review by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, October 1972

LIKE ANYONE else, a record reviewer has certain expectations and anticipations of an album before he hears it, and tends to judge it on whether ...

Billy Ocean

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

b. Leslie Sebastian Charles, 21 January 1950, Trinidad ...

Patto: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Dave Laing, Sounds, May 1975

BEFORE THEY split up in 1972, Patto had the reputation of being a "Musicians' band". Which made them feel good but didn't pay for life's ...

Patto: The Torrington, London

Live Review by Dave Laing, Sounds, July 1975

IT WAS, as they say, a night to remember. The queue outside London's Torrington last Sunday stretched right down the road, and dozens were left ...

Pete Seeger

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

b. 3 May 1919, New York, USA ...

Rage Against the Machine

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

Tim Commerford, b. Irvine, California, USA; Tom Morello, b. 30 May 1964, New York; Zach de la Rocha, b. 1967, Irvine, California; Brad Wilk, b. ...

The Righteous Brothers

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

Bobby Hatfield, b. 10 April 1940, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, USA; Bill Medley, b. 19 September 1940, Santa Ana, California ...

Bobby Rydell

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

b. Robert Louis Ridarelli, 26 April 1940, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ...

Pete Seeger: Johnny Appleseed

Retrospective by Dave Laing, History of Rock, The, 1982

Pete Seeger spread the word throughout America ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Paul Simon: Not So Simple Simon

Essay by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, June 1974

Dave Laing surveys Paul Simon's ten years in music ...

Soul II Soul: SOUL II SOUL

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

Jazzie B, b. Beresford Romeo, 26 January 1963, London, England; Nellee Hooper; Philip Harvey; Caron Wheeler, b. 19 January 1963 ...

Stealers Wheel

Comment by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, May 1975

THEY STARTED a bit more than three years ago as a sort of supergroup of Scottish songwriters, and for the next couple of years changed ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: British Hokey Pokey

Profile and Interview by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, May 1974

ALTHOUGH the mid sixties was a golden era for British rock, very few of the best artists from that time have survived as significant parts ...

Yes

Essay by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, February 1974

IF IT HADN'T been for Sgt Pepper, Paramhansa Yogananda would never have become part of the rock tradition. ...

List of genre pieces

Singer-Songwriters: Back To The Roots!

Overview by Dave Laing, Melody Maker, June 1975

In this exclusive extract from a major new rock book, The Electric Muse, Dave Laing investigates the post-Woodstock singer/songwriter syndrome, and charts the rise in ...

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