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David Dalton

David Dalton
Key ROLLING STONE writer of the ’60s and ’70s and author of such bestsellers as Piece of My Heart (about Janis Joplin), The Mutant King (bio of James Dean), Saint Vicious (about Sid V.) and, with Marianne Faithfull, Faithfull, winner of a Ralph J. Gleason Best Music Book Award 1994. His novel Been Here and Gone came out in 2000, and he co-wrote Meat Loaf's To Hell and Back. His most recent ghost-job is Steven Tyler's autobiography Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?

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The Band

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Rock 100, Cooper Square Books (reissue), 1999

THE BAND was once described as the only group who could warm up the crowd for Abraham Lincoln. When they first appeared late in 1968, ...

Lester Bangs: Rock 'n' Roll was the Big Bang

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, July 2000

For a long time, its shockwaves obliterated thought altogether. That was the great thing about it: it was anti-matter, it vaporized everything that wasn’t immediate, ...

The Beach Boys

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Rock 100, 1977

IN THE BEGINNING... WERE THE BEACH BOYS. Under the avalanche of the English Invasion, the Psychedelic Apocalypse, supersonic guitars and flash, it is almost forgotten ...

The Beach Boys

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Cooper Square Books (reissue), 1999

IN THE BEGINNING... WERE THE BEACH BOYS. Under the avalanche of the English Invasion, the Psychedelic Apocalypse, supersonic guitars and flash, it is almost forgotten ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: "Help Me, Rhonda," Indeed!

Essay by David Dalton, Gadfly, 2000

HEY, ALL you surfin’ dudes and hardbody wahinis, check out this thing on TNT. It’s a tribute to the surf god, Brian Wilson! ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Epiphany At Zuma Beach Or Brian Wilson Hallucinates Me

Memoir by David Dalton, Gadfly, May 2002

AFTER PET SOUNDS Brian Wilson became the mad genius of the Beach Boys, a prodigy who had miraculously emerged out of the surf and car ...

The Beatles: The Day the Angels Spent Christmas with the Beatles

Memoir by David Dalton, Gadfly, December 2001

WELL, NO, IT'S NOT that kind of story, exactly, although given the fairytale element in the legend of the Fab Four you might, circa 1964, ...

Beck: All Change: Beck

Interview by David Dalton, AnOther Magazine, Fall 2002

LATE AFTERNOON, hotel room in L.A. I’ve just downloaded four tracks from Beck’s new album. A song is playing. ‘The Golden Age’. "Desert wind cool ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin: A Shot From The Heart: Janis and Cheap Thrills

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, September 1998

IT'S 30 YEARS ago today since Cheap Thrills was released, but as soon as the needle touches the surface of the record (I’m sentimental about ...

David Bowie: Rock 100: David Bowie

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Cooper Square Books (reissue), 1999

HE IS, AS HE HAD PLANNED, MAGNIFICENT. The stage appears impeccably struck, lights arranged to catch the finer angles of his face, making him seem ...

Bonnie Bramlett, Janis Joplin: Janis Joplin: Soul Sacrifice

Retrospective and Interview by David Dalton, MOJO, June 2000

She was no victim, but gave herself up to her music – and kept on giving. David Dalton hitches a ride with Janis Joplin, entertainer, ...

John Cale, Velvet Underground: John Cale: What's Welsh for Zen?

Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, January 1999

THE VELVET Underground in their classic phase (1966-1968) lasted barely two years and released only two studio albums, but their influence has been immense. ...

Cream: Rock 100: Cream

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Cooper Square Books (reissue), 1999

CREAM WAS THE FIRST OF A NEW SPECIES – the high-voltage superblues group. By channeling their "amplified heat" through traditional blues, they created a clean, ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Rock 100: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Cooper Square Books (reissue), 1999

PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC WAS PEAKING AND rock was undergoing a period of exhaustion in 1968 when Creedence Clearwater Revival arrived out of nowhere with their "lean, ...

Bob Dylan: Something Was Happening, But I Didn’t Know What It Was

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, September 2000

In the spring of 1970, I saw Les Blank’s lush, lyrical intimate documentaries about the blues singers Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb. They’re amazing films ...

Bob Dylan: Rock 100: Bob Dylan

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Cooper Square Books (reissue), 1999

"I SEE THINGS OTHER PEOPLE DON'T," Dylan once said about himself. "I dissolve myself into situations where I am invisible." Dylan's progress has been a ...

Marianne Faithfull: The Curse of the Multiplying Mariannes

Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, March 2002

PART 1: THE SCATTERED SELVESGadfly: I wanted to start by asking you to describe the various Mariannes who have manifested themselves over the years. ...

Marianne Faithfull, The Rolling Stones: God (Marianne Faithfull) and the Devil (Anita Pallenberg) Talk About Their Ab Fab episode

Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, 2001

AFTER A six-year break the outrageous Britcom Absolutely Fabulous is back with a new six-part series. The "Donkey" episode airing on the Comedy Channel on ...

Aretha Franklin: Rock 100: Aretha Franklin

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Cooper Square Books (reissue), 1999

IN 1972 WHEN ARETHA FRANKLIN RECORDED Amazing Grace, her first gospel album in 14 years, at the New Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, it was ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Rock 100, 1977

THE GRATEFUL DEAD ARE A LIVING HIPPIE monument, lysergic storm troopers who have carried "the Message" across continents and psychic thresholds, oblivious of all laws ...

Al Green

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Rock 100, 1977

FINDING AN UNDISCOVERED TONE ON THE soul scale in the early seventies was almost like inventing a new color, but Al Green scanned the high ...

George Harrison: My Walk-On in the Life of George

Memoir by David Dalton, Gadfly, March 2002

"FIRST OF ALL," my friend Richard said, "he was a Beatle, how could he die?" They were immortal, weren't they? Gods, even if flawed. A ...

Richard Hell: What Fresh Hell Is This?

Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, 2002

RICHARD HELL was the primal Punk, the ur-Punk: the spiky-haired one. The torn t-shirts, the safety pins, the era-defining ‘Blank Generation’–much of the ...

Jimi Hendrix

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Rock 100, 1977

THIS IS NEWARK, THE NIGHT AFTER MARTIN Luther King's assassination. Jimi Hendrix is playing the Symphony Theatre to a crowd of white, modishly dressed hippies. ...

The James Gang, Little Richard: Little Richard Takes El's Advice

Report by David Dalton, Rolling Stone, March 1971

CLEVELAND – "I'm going to tell Elvis what you did for me, hear?" Richard whispers to the stewardess as she leans over to deposit two ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Welcome to the Resurrection

Interview by David Dalton, Uncut, June 1998

The most fearsomely iconoclastic anti-rock band since The Sex Pistols are back with a blistering new album. Stephen Dalton meets THE JESUS ANF MARY CHAIN ...

Janis Joplin’s Full-tilt Boogie Ride

Report and Interview by David Dalton, Rolling Stone, August 1970

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – Janis Joplin and her newly-formed band, Janis Joplin Full-Tilt Boogie, debuted here June 12th, their first gig since they started rehearsing together ...

Janis Joplin: Janis!

Interview by David Dalton, Rolling Stone, February 1972

"I’M GOING to write a book about you," David Dalton told Janis Joplin when she was beginning her first tour with her Full Tilt Boogie ...

The Kinks : Remembrance Of Kinks Past

Retrospective and Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, March 1999

Take a look at that face, the face of Ray Davies, it's the classic Dickensian mug, the face of a silent movie comedian, a vaudevillian, ...

The Last Poets: Progenitors of Rap

Retrospective and Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, September 2000

Perhaps it was the Vietnam War dragging on, nightly television footage of bombed villages, body bags and helicopters dropping flaming glue on Vietnamese farmers or ...

Led Zeppelin

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Rock 100, 1977

ON MAY 5, 1973, A CAPACITY CROWD OF 56,800 paid $309,000 to watch Led Zeppelin perform for nearly three hours in a Tampa, Florida, football ...

Little Richard, Child Of God

Interview by David Dalton, Rolling Stone, May 1970

I DIDN'T GET to see Little Richard at the Atlantic City Pop Festival where he followed Janis Joplin and revived his own legend, but when ...

Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson: Into the Heart of Darkness with Dennis Wilson

Retrospective by David Dalton, MOJO, September 1999

(If Christ Came Back as a Con Man, Or How I Started Out Thinking Charlie Manson Was Innocent and Almost Ended Up Dead...) ...

Paul McCartney: Linda McCartney: How Rock 'n' Roll Saved Our Lives

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, August 1998

I first met Linda McCartney at the Scene on West 46th Street. A hip little grotto in a cellar, it was run by the cool ...

Paul McCartney, Wings: On the Wings of a Beatle

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, 2001

"DADDY, tell us how it all began, how the walls of Pepperland crumbled, how the Blue Meanies with their lawyers and chartered accounts came and ...

Joni Mitchell: Rock 100: Joni Mitchell

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Cooper Square Books (reissue), 1999

I was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta, in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies – an area of extreme temperatures and mirages. When I was ...

Van Morrison

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Rock 100, 1977

ON THE WALL OF HIS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA home, a note announces to friends and visitors that "Van Morrison the person only sometimes has anything to ...

New Order: 24 Hour Party People: Faç Or Fiction?

Film/DVD/TV Review by David Dalton, Uncut, May 2002

Directed by Michael Winterbottom; Starring Steve Coogan, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, John Simm Opens April 5, Cert 15, 110 mins**** ...

Nico and The Marble Index: A Conversation with Danny Fields

Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, 2002

WHEN THE MARBLE Index appeared in 1969 it seemed unplaceable, flying out of some timeless place, as if we were hearing from a possessed medieval ...

Jack Nitzsche, The Rolling Stones: Tuning the Key of the Universe: Jack Nitzsche Remembered

Profile and Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, 2001

Jack Nitzsche, who died last August at the age of 63, was a seminal but shadowy figure in rock ’n’ roll since the early '60s. ...

Palace Music, Will Oldham: Will Oldham aka Bonnie Prince Billy

Profile and Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, January 1999

LO-FI POET OF THE MIND'S OWN TIDE ...

Ozzy Osbourne: "Martha Stewart Can Lick My Scrotum!" Life chez the Osbournes

Review by David Dalton, Gadfly, May 2002

A COUPLE OF years ago, my wife Coco and I did a few shows in which we played Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen if had ...

Charley Patton: Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues (Revenant)

Review by David Dalton, MOJO, December 2001

HIS PEERS weren’t exactly trying to flatter him when they called him a rascal, a drunkard, a clown, a squabbler, a glutton, and hustler of ...

Carl Perkins - Let It Bleed

Profile by David Dalton, Gadfly, July 1998

IF THIS WERE the world it ought to be — that fantasy rockabilly kingdom dream up at Sun Records in the mid-fifties of flash, trash ...

Elvis Presley: Wagging His Tail In Las Vegas

Live Review by David Dalton, Rolling Stone, February 1970

ELVIS WAS SUPERNATURAL, his own resurrection, at the Showroom Internationale in Las Vegas last August. ...

Elvis Presley: Rock 100: Elvis Presley

Retrospective by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Rock 100, 1977

"THAT'S FINE, MAN," CHORTLES SAM Phillips over the studio intercom at 760 Union Avenue, Memphis. "Hell, that's different. That's a pop song now." ...

Otis Redding

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Rock 100, 1977

"I FIRST MET HIM IN 1962," SAYS STEVE Cropper who co-wrote two of Otis's hits, 'Fa, Fa, Fa, Fa, Fa' and 'Dock Of The Bay', ...

The Rolling Stones: Altamont: An Eyewitness Account

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, November 1999

The Rosy Apocalypse ALTAMONT, 6th December, 1969. The name itself is fraught with menace – its flinty suggestive syllables (altar-mountain-tumult) reinforcing biblical overtones. ("The ...

The Rolling Stones: Redlands: The Drug Bust of The Rolling Stones

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, May 1999

Friday 11th February 1967. Keith Richard has just invited you down to Redlands, his fourteenth-century manor house in Sussex, for the weekend. Mick and Marianne ...

The Rolling Stones

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Rock 100, 1977

THEY HAVE PARTICIPATED IN AND provoked the transformation of the morals and manners of their generation so effectively that to future social historians the Rolling ...

The Rolling Stones: Old Gods Almost Dead

Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, December 2001

David Dalton Talks to Stephen Davis, Author of the First Full-Dress Biography of the Rolling Stones in Twenty Years ...

The Sex Pistols: Sod Awf! The Sex Pistols And Other Pleasantries Of Punk

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, February 1998

A Short History of the NOW! ROCK EXISTS in the humming; now, an all-enveloping bubble of sound, energy and ecstasy. Like being at the flashpoint ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Rock 100: Sly and the Family Stone

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Cooper Square Books (reissue), 1999

JIMI HENDRIX WAS THE FIRST BLACK TO PLAY acid rock, but he remained a black musician playing to white audiences; he did not get played ...

Traffic at Berkshire Cottage: Just Playing Together was a Fantasy

Report and Interview by David Dalton, Rolling Stone, May 1969

THE COTTAGE is an hour and a half from London, but it's thousand light years from Soho Square. Henley is like driving through a postcard, ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Rock 100, 1977

OBVERSE, REVERSE, INVERSE, PERVERSE. A whiplash girl-child waits in the dark, splintered in blue fragments, pinpricks of white heat. The Velvet Underground cauterized their time, ...

The Who

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Rock 100, 1977

THE TEEN DREAM LIES AT THE CORE OF rock & roll and no group has explored, projected and interpreted the turbulent substances of teenage craniums ...

Brian Wilson: Let's Go Trippin!

Memoir by David Dalton, MOJO, June 1998

IT WAS JULY 1967, the Summer of Love, on Zuma Beach, California that I first met Brian Wilson. It was one of those loony episodes ...

Frank Zappa: Rock 100: Frank Zappa

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Cooper Square Books (reissue), 1999

"There is no undertaking more challenging, no responsibility more awesome than being a Mother."– RICHARD M. NIXON ...

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Being My Almost Absolutely True Adventures with Stanley Booth

Essay by David Dalton, Rock's Backpages, January 2002

The South, sir, is no more than the Creation viewed by a crocodile.– Rev. Sydney Smith I ADMIT I don't know what ...

D.A. Pennebaker: I Film While Leaping From My Chair

Retrospective and Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, April 1999

"Almost immediately reality gave in on more than one point. The truth is, it longed to give in" –Jorge Luis Borges ...

Down From the Mountain: Invasion of the Autoharp Damsels and Flat-Pickin' Boys

Report and Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, 2001

OPENING SHOT: SOMEWHERE IN the mid-West. Through windscreen we see two-lane black top. Flat, farmland stretches out to the horizon. We pull back to see ...

Four on the Floor: The Motown Sound

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Rock 100, 1977

IT WAS EVER MORE THAN A RECORD LABEL. At its zenith, during a span that dominated most (if not all) of the sixties, the hit ...

Rock 100: Um, What Was It We Wanted To Say?

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Cooper Square (reissue), 1999

Rock's Backpages will, over the coming weeks, be presenting selected chapters from the 1999 re-issue of Lenny Kaye and David Dalton's classic 1977 book Rock ...

Woodstock

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, August 1999

Woodstock. August 15, 16, 17, 1969. Three days of peace, love and music. For the past thirty years, it has been touted as a new ...

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