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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

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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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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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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