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Geoffrey Cannon

Geoffrey Cannon

Geoffrey Cannon was the first ever regular rock critic for a UK daily national newspaper, The Guardian, for whom he wrote between 1968 and 1972. Subsequently he wrote for New Society, The Listener, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, Creem, Rock et Folk, Melody Maker, Time Out and many other publications. He has lived in Brazil since 2000.

Geoffrey Cannon looks back on his career as a music writer

List of articles in the library by artist

The Band: A Report from Paris

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Cannon, Melody Maker, June 1971

NO DIFFICULTY KNOWING when you've just finished hearing a great rock concert. Because you'll be in the middle of a great crowd of people standing ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan, The Band: Isle of Wight Festival

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, September 1969

The gospel according to Dylan ...

The Band: Listening to The Band

Essay by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1970

A NUMBER OF rock music bands have been celebrated, in the past three years, not just as "supergroups," but as bands composed of superlative musicians, ...

The Band, The Beach Boys, Van Morrison: Van Morrison: Tupelo Honey; The Band: Cahoots; The Beach Boys: Surf's Up

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1971

Out of the city ...

The Band, Buffalo Springfield, Country Joe & The Fish, The Doors, Aretha Franklin, MC5, Moby Grape, Nico, Otis Redding, Steppenwolf, Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa: 1968: The Shaken City Walls

Overview by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, December 1968

"AN ELECTRIC caterwauling of power... burning it, flashing it, whirling it down some arc of consciousness, the sound screaming up to a climax of vibrations ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Dylan at Wight: A New Voice and a New Style

Essay by Geoffrey Cannon, Los Angeles Times, September 1969

THE TRAIN carrying us from Waterloo station in London to Portsmouth and the ferry across to the Isle of Wight Festival was full of newly ...

The Beach Boys: California!

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Listener, The, November 1967

2012 NOTE: In the third (and last) column below written for The Listener in late 1967, I tried to begin to grope towards construction ...

The Beatles: Back to Spring: The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album) (Apple)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, November 1968

"EARTH, WATER, fire, and air met together in a garden fair," chants Robin Williamson, of the Incredible String Band, in 'Koeeoaadi There'. And if the ...

The Beatles: Back with the real Beatles: The Beatles (White Album) (Apple)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, November 1968

The Beatles' new album is about to be released. This is the first of two articles on what is likely to be the biggest event ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road (Apple)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1969

Abbey Road backtrack ...

The Beatles: Too Big For The Band?

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, February 1969

MARY HOPKIN, the film music for Yellow Submarine and Wonderwall, and the Two Virgins album, were all made by Beatles. But they have no other ...

The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr: Ringo Stars: Geoffrey Cannon on the Beatles' Solo Albums

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, December 1970

Ringo Starr: Beaucoups of Blues; Paul McCartney: McCartney; John Lennon: John Lennon Plastic Ono Band; George Harrison: All Things Must Pass ...

Blind Faith, Johnny Cash, Country Joe & The Fish, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Doors: New albums from the Doors, Country Joe, Johnny Cash, Creedence, CS&N and Blind Faith

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, September 1969

Finding a new faith: GEOFFREY CANNON reviews pop music ...

Blind Faith, Donovan, Richie Havens: Blind Faith: A Fine Day

Report by Geoffrey Cannon, Village Voice, The, June 1969

LONDON — take a sheet of thin cardboard. Sprinkle iron filings on top. Place a magnet underneath. All the filings will start and shift, and ...

Blood Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat and Tears: Blood, Sweat and Tears (CBS)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, March 1969

BOUND WITH BLOOD AND SWEAT ...

Brinsley Schwarz, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Van Morrison: Van Morrison, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Brinsley Schwartz: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, April 1970

I WAS ON that New York trip last weekend, too. My brief was to listen to the music. I have to report that as soon ...

Cream, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall: Union Jack Blues

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1969

MEETING JANIS Joplin a few months ago, before her Albert Hall concert, I was staggered to feel how nervous she was. Then she explained. She ...

Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline (CBS)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, April 1969

Nashville Skyline man to tell the time by ...

Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band: Joe Boyd: Freaky Galahad

Profile by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, July 1969

"WELL, YOU'D put your arm round its neck, y'know, like this" (demonstrating) "and hold it on the seat next to you, like another person." ...

Family: The Original Family Way

Profile by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, March 1969

FAMILY IS the most original and ambitious of the British bands that have not fully emerged from' the club circuit. I first heard them a ...

Family, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park: Out of the Way

Report by Geoffrey Cannon, New Society, July 1969

A world turned upside down ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Hollywood Festival, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, May 1970

Disgracing The Grateful Dead ...

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland (Polydor)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, November 1968

THERE ARE 19 naked ladies on the cover 
of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland (Polydor 613 008/9). Pictured 
inside, Jimi has a flicker of the lip-licking ...

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Rebel – An Appreciation

Obituary by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, September 1970

"THANKS FOR being so patient. Next time we will really try and get it together." Spoken two hours before a cold Sunday dawn, three weeks ...

Janis Joplin: An Appreciation by Geoffrey Cannon

Memoir by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1970

AN EVENING at the Royal Garden Hotel in April, 18 months ago. I was meeting Janis Joplin. I fished around for a while, trying to ...

Janis Joplin: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, April 1969

CRYING FOR US ...

The Kinks, The Mugwumps: The Mugwumps: The Mugwumps; The Kinks: Something Else by the Kinks

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Listener, The, September 1967

Homage to Ray Davies ...

The Kinks: Arthur

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1969

Arthur and the Empire ...

Alan Lomax: Making a Science of Man's Music

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Cannon, Los Angeles Times, January 1972

Alan Lomax, the man who went into the fields of the southern states in the 1930s and brought the glory of the blues to the attention ...

Joni Mitchell: Clouds

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, June 1969

JONI MITCHELL has written songs for Tom Rush, and the Fairport Convention have used her songs on both their albums. ...

Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash: Joni Mitchell: Blue (Warner Bros.)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, June 1971

JONI MITCHELL'S new album, Blue, is about to be released here by Warner Brothers (K 44128). A large proportion of Joni's most notable songs, to date, ...

The Mothers Of Invention: Mother's Rites: Freak Out/Absolutely Free

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Listener, The, October 1967

2012 NOTE: Here below is the second column I wrote for The Listener in late 1967. It was the first of a number I ...

Neil Young: Harvest

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Melody Maker, January 1972

Harvest is surely come: Geoffrey Cannon previews NEIL YOUNG's new album Harvest, released next month ...

Nico, Velvet Underground: Andy Warhol: A Mirror Of American Death

Essay by Geoffrey Cannon, New Society, June 1968

The Andy Warhol and Robert Kennedy shootings, and the Velvets ...

The Rolling Stones: Jumping Jack Jagger

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1969

THE WIDENING gap between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones has been labelled as the contrast between aesthetics and politics. The difference between the two ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stone Magazine: Ripples from the Stone

Report by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, March 1969

FEW REVIEWS can make a first-rank artist doubt his ability at the height of his success. At this level, critics can rarely- do more than ...

The Rolling Stones: Our Name is Called Disturbance — The Rolling Stones: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, June 1972

THE ROLLING STONES are on their first US tour since, the wild acclaim of their 1969 trip. In America, GEOFFREY CANNON describes the impact of ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones and a Rocky Night in Paris

Report by Geoffrey Cannon, Los Angeles Times, November 1970

PARIS — "Funny," said Philippe Paringaux (chief writer for Rock 'n' Folk), "how English freaks refer to pop festivals in Britain as psychedelic concentration camps." ...

The Rolling Stones: Beggars' Banquet (Decca SKL 4955)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, December 1968

The Stones' carrier wave ...

The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main Street (Rolling Stones Records, COC 2-900)

Review and Interview by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, May 1972

MICK JAGGER on record ...

The Rolling Stones: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Los Angeles Times, May 1971

Getting Lots of Satisfaction From Mick, Stones ...

List of genre pieces

Nesuhi Ertegun: The World Is His Manor

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1971

GEOFFREY CANNON talks to "the most powerful man in the record business outside America" ...

A Life in Pop Writing

Memoir by Geoffrey Cannon, Rock's Backpages, April 2012

IT ALL STARTED at school when as a Bluecoat Boy I smuggled me into the local record shop in Horsham, Sussex, and my buddy told ...

The Isle of Wight Festival: Three Shades Of Wight

Overview by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, September 1970

APART FROM the music, what went on at the Isle of Wight last weekend? Here are the most popular theories. ...

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