Veteran music reporter and critic Fred Shuster launched his writing career at age 14 in 1969 with a letter published in Melody Maker berating the editor for "wasting space" on such "meaningless rubbish" as Led Zeppelin instead of writing about Albert King. Fred still stands by that opinion.
Growing up in London, the first gig Fred attended was the Mothers of Invention at the Royal Albert Hall, followed by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Blind Faith in Hyde Park, and the 1969 Isle of Wight festival. Among cherished musical memories: Taste at the Marquee, small-venue dates by Free, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, and the Jeff Beck Group, and — at Charlie Gillett's recommendation — pub gigs by Bees Make Honey, Roogalator, Ducks Deluxe, Frankie Miller, Dr. Feelgood and Kokomo.
Fred, currently based in Los Angeles since 1984, has been syndicated in newspapers throughout North America, acted as West Coast editor of Down Beat, and freelanced for the NME, MOJO, and Rolling Stone online.
A guitarist for four decades, Fred has driven interview subjects Steve Cropper, Cornell Dupree, Larry Carlton, Ernest Ranglin, Andy Gill and Jeff Beck to distraction with obsessive questioning about guitar strings used on decades-old recordings even they can't remember.
Fred currently covers the Federal Court in downtown L.A. for a news wire service, and wishes he could magically return to the Roundhouse in 1973.
List of articles in the library by artist
Interview by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Daily News, September 2004
Soul Survivor On Her First Tour In 21 Years ...
Report and Interview by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Daily News, June 2001
Elvis Costello prepares for a year in Westwood ...
Interview by Fred Shuster, Downbeat, October 1995
TRUMPET GREAT Freddie Hubbard greets a visitor to his cozy split-level Hollywood Hills home with a friendly handshake that belies the worry in his eyes. ...
Interview by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Daily News, November 2006
THE CALL comes just before midnight on election night — a Texas accent thick as T-bone steak and as lived-in as the frets on T-Bone ...
Interview by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Times, January 1989
QUESTION: What do recent hit albums by Peter Gabriel, Steve Winwood and Robert Cray have in common with earlier best sellers by Otis Redding and ...
List of genre pieces
Profile and Interview by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Times, October 2000
SOME PEOPLE have the best jobs. ...
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