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Ellen Sander

Ellen Sander

Ellen Sander was Saturday Review's rock critic in the mid-late sixties and also wrote on rock for Vogue, The Realist, Cavalier, The L.A. Free Press, the Sunday New York Times Arts & Leisure section and others. She is the author of Trips: Rock Life in the Sixties (Scribner's 1973), which is frequently quoted and/or cited.

Her work on rock has been anthologized in The Conscious Reader (second edition), 4 Way Street, The CSNY Reader (DaCapo 2004), Rock and Roll is Here to Stay (Norton , 2000), Sisters of the Extreme ( Park Street Press, 2000) and The Best of the Realist (Running Press, 1984), among others.

The Ellen Sander Zone

List of articles in the library by artist

The Beatles: Abbey Road

Review by Ellen Sander, Saturday Review, October 1969

WHENEVER A NEW Beatles album is released it's generally a critical and social as well as a musical event. Rock fans spend an entire week ...

The Beatles, Frank Zappa, The Hollies, The Rolling Stones, Steve Miller: The Case of The Cock-Sure Groupies

Report and Interview by Ellen Sander, Realist, The, November 1968

THE CHORDS come flooding out of the amplifiers like a tonal wave, swelling to an impossible amplitude, blaring, ringing, pounding. A broad beam of noise ...

Beaver and Krause: Earth People's Pop: Beaver and Krause's In A Wild Sanctuary

Review by Ellen Sander, Saturday Review, August 1970

GREAT AND MAJESTIC the mountains burst from the craggy surface, ethereal and delicate clouds nestle in their crevices. A hammerhead cloud hooks into the sky, ...

Blind Faith, Ike & Tina Turner, Jeff Beck: Cussin', Cryin', Gettin' It On: Ike and Tina Turner/The Jeff Beck Group/Blind Faith

Review by Ellen Sander, Saturday Review, August 1969

BONNIE BRAMLETT (of Delaney and Bonnie) may have honed her pipes in small Southern towns where Ike and Tina Turner were the local band, and ...

Tim Buckley: The Growing Mystique of Tim Buckley

Comment by Ellen Sander, Hit Parader, September 1968

HE DOESN'T talk very much and journalists are almost unanimous in their frustration of trying to get a word out of him. His presence is ...

Leonard Cohen...The Man

Profile by Ellen Sander, Sing Out!, August 1967

LEONARD COHEN, Canadian born author, poet, songwriter, singer, the subject of a film. Leonard Cohen, incredibly handsome, immensely articulate tough-tender young man of our times. ...

Judy Collins: Living

Review by Ellen Sander, Saturday Review, November 1971

NO ONE would argue that Wildflowers and In My Life are classic albums; sheer, strong marriages of new art music and new classicism, ambitious and ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: Trips: Rock Life in the Sixties: Excerpt from Chapter 8 – At Large

Book Excerpt by Ellen Sander, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973

IN THE wake of Chicago, David Crosby and Stephen Stills were moping around in Crosby's Los Angeles home one morning as summer was drawing to ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: Renaissance Fare: Crosby, Stills and Nash's debut album

Review by Ellen Sander, Saturday Review, May 1969

NOW AND THEN, and not very often at that, there's a pop album that stands head and shoulders above the rest, one so characteristic and ...

Electric Flag: A Between-Sets Interview With Buddy Miles Of The Electric Flag

Interview by Ellen Sander, Hullabaloo, October 1968

HULLABALOO "takes five" with one of the most exciting drummers in rock! ...

Fanny: Who's Who in Rock: Is the Demand a Drain?

Comment by Ellen Sander, Saturday Review, March 1972

THINGS MOVE SO FAST in pop that all too frequently changes are not perceived. The very vitality of the scene often obscures its subtleties, its ...

Joni Mitchell Memories

Comment by Ellen Sander, Rock's Backpages, October 2012

I WAS driving Stephen Stills to a CSN recording session, it must've been 1969, and the subject of Joni Mitchell came up. ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: An Interview Sort Of With Zally

Report and Interview by Ellen Sander, Hullabaloo, June 1967

HE TILTED his head back and let out a howl. Bewildered, we asked him what it was all about. "A shreik of hate" he retorted. ...

The Monkees: Head (Columbia Pictures)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Ellen Sander, Hit Parader, June 1969

Have We Misjudged THE MONKEES? ...

Graham Nash, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers; Graham Nash: Songs for Beginners

Review by Ellen Sander, Saturday Review, June 1971

THERE IS A tendency these days, particularly among writers, to become disillusioned with or even apathetic about pop. Among the peculiar literary breed that rock ...

Rhinoceros: Super Rhinoceros

Profile and Interview by Ellen Sander, Hit Parader, March 1969

THEY WERE to be the super group. A collection of the seven best musicians six months ago when producer Paul Rothchild conceived of them and ...

The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet (London)

Review by Ellen Sander, Saturday Review, January 1969

Beggars' Triumph ...

Del Shannon (1983)

Interview by Ellen Sander, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1983

Te 'Runaway' man on the trials and tribulations of being a still-creative musician on the "oldies" circuit; songwriting; working with Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Dave Edmunds; and his insecurities and struggle with alcohol.

File format: mp3; file size: 50.5mb, interview length: 55' 11" sound quality: ***

Paul Siebel: Woodsmoke and Oranges/Jackknife Gypsy

Review by Ellen Sander, Saturday Review, January 1971

PAUL SIEBEL albums, I have found, are a good prescription for tired ears, sort of country Geritol boosting the funk and grit in the bloodstream ...

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