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Geoff Barton

Geoff Barton

Geoff Barton (pictured with Judas Priest's Glenn Tipton, left) is a British journalist who founded the heavy metal mag Kerrang! and was an editor of Sounds. He joined Sounds at the age of nineteen after completing a journalism course at the London College of Printing. He specialised in covering rock music and helped popularise the New Wave of British Heavy Metal after using the term for the first time (after editor Alan Lewis coined it) in the May 1979 issue of Sounds. In 1981 he edited the first issue of Kerrang!, which was published as a one-off. This was successful so it became a fortnightly magazine. He left the magazine in 1995.

Barton's articles for Sounds which covered the NWOBHM helped to create the sense that an actual movement was taking place, and in a sense helped to create one in the process. He currently works for Classic Rock magazine. Whether or not the NWOBHM was a media-manufactured phenomenon centered around the Kingsbury Bandwagon Pub scene, one cannot underestimate the importance of Barton in popularising the term and the genre.

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Anvil: Hard 'N' Heavy (Attic Records)****½

Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, February 1982

Hammer and tongues ...

Boston Stranglehold

Report and Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, January 1977

How can any band be so special that their VERY FIRST album goes platinum? A suspicious GEOFF BARTON goes to the States to investigate... ...

Deep Purple: You Keep On Moving: Shades of Deep Purple

Report and Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, March 1976

Is this Purple as good as the old? GEOFF BARTON joins the band's 24th tour of America to find out. ...

Golden Earring: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, April 1977

Searing Earring ...

Golden Earring: Hot Licks from Amsterdam

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, March 1977

Our Man In Holland (GEOFF BARTON) pulls his finger out of the dyke and states the case for GOLDEN EARRING ...

Hawkwind, Motorhead: Motorhead: Running In

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, August 1975

'Loud, raucous, arrogant, fast, city, paranoid, speedfreak rock and roll. But mainly very loud'. That's what Lemmy says Motorhead's music is. Geoff Barton reports ...

Iron Maiden: Don't Fear The Reaper

Interview by Geoff Barton, Classic Rock, January 2004

THERE ARE dead bodies lying on trestle tables in the midst of the tangled scaffolding and controlled chaos that represents Iron Maiden's rear of stage ...

Journey: Hold The (Balls On The) Line

Report and Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, March 1979

AN ADMIRABLE PHILOSOPHY. BUT WILL IT BE ENOUGH TO POPULARISE THE JOURNEY BRAND OF AMERICAN AOR IN THE UK? GEOFF BARTON SEEMS TO THINK SO ...

Kiss: The Timeless Quality Of Platform Boots

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, February 1979

KISS' PAUL STANLEY, GEOFF BARTON AND 'PERHAPS THE GREATEST INTERVIEW OF ALL TIME' ...

Kraftwerk: 2 a.m. Newcastle Hotel

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, September 1975

'We not only try to brainwash people... we succeed' ...

Led Zeppelin: Close The Door, Put The Light Out… Led Zeppelin: In Through The Out Door (Swan Song)

Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, September 1979

YOU'RE PROBABLY not interested in our problems, but I think an explanation is in order as to why Sounds is carrying a review of the ...

Mahogany Rush: And This Little Piggy Took Too Much Acid

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, June 1977

If we tell you that Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush took 1500 trips in a month, you won't be surprised that the tale he tells ...

The Rods: Where's The Wimmin?

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, February 1982

Do The Rods live up to their name? Geoff Barton gets their measure. WARNING: this feature may cause offence to supporters of Rock Against Sexism. ...

Rush: This Man Has Nightmares

Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, September 1978

He's also lead guitarist for RUSH and writes songs about the politics of oak trees, shapeless spirits and The Real Truth. Psychiatric care by Geoff Barton. ...

Saxon: See The Light Shining

Report and Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, May 1980

...AND WATCH THE SEASIDE PIER SHAKING. GEOFF BARTON REPORTS AS SAXON STORM THE DISNEYLAND SHOWBAR, COLWYN BAY (YES, REALLY). ...

Styx: A Bang and a Wimp-er

Report and Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, February 1980

Despite the hit single 'Babe' Styx are still Pomp Rock Supremos, Claims Geoff Barton from the USA ...

Van Der Graaf Generator: The Agony and the Ecstasy

Report by Geoff Barton, Sounds, November 1976

ON THE ROAD WITH VAN DER GRAAF ...

Van Halen: Van Halen (Warner Brothers import) ****

Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, March 1978

Van Halen, brand new heavy metal heroes (Oh no. Here we go again — Ed) ...

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