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Greg Shaw

Greg Shaw

Co-founder of the legendary MOJO NAVIGATOR R&R NEWS, one of the earliest rock zines, based in San Francisco in 1966-67, and then of the ageless (WHO PUT THE) BOMP in L.A. during the '70s. Greg was one of the godfathers of rock writing and chronicling. His other writings included books, liner notes (recently the Rhino Nuggets boxes) and the sprawling, ongoing Bomp website. His Bomp Records label issued (and reissued) countless classics of psych, garage and power pop, and launched many musical careers. His most recent endeavor was "Bompbooks.com", which aimed at being the definitive online rock bibliography. Tragically, Greg died from a diabetes-related heart attack in November 2004. He was 55.

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10cc: 10cc

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, November 1973

A NEW STRAIN of music has been developing of late, unheralded except by those who delight in new studio techniques applied in loving parody to ...

ABBA: Waterloo

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, August 1974

Sometimes it takes so long for greatness to be recognized that when it finally happens, most people wonder how such a highly-developed ability sprang into ...

ABBA: Adoring ABBA

Comment by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, 1977

"ABBA IS the most exciting pop phenomenon of the ‘70s," claims their bio, and for once it’s no hype. My admiration for this group knows ...

The Amboy Dukes, Ted Nugent: Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes: Call Of The Wild

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, March 1974

LONG BEFORE the Midwest was overrun with groups who survived for years without hit records by playing interminable guitar solos to vacant-eyed kids at an ...

American Tears: Branded Bad

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, August 1974

There's something intriguing about a new group that manages to make a powerful impression without falling into any easily defined category. That's how I feel ...

Amon Düül, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd: The Future Will Happen This Year: Space Rock

Overview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, March 1973

RIGHT NOW we're gonna go back, way back, back before there was FM radio, quadrasonic sound, mellotrons, or any of the other futuristic trappings that ...

The Animals, Eric Burdon: Eric Discovers America

Profile and Interview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, March 1974

Eric Burdon Returns To The Musical Arena ...

The Animals, Herman's Hermits: Herman's Hermits: Their Greatest Hits; The Animals: Best Of The Animals

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, October 1973

YOU KNOW WHAT? People got me all wrong. They think I'm a fanatic for reissues, getting up on my soapbox each time a new one ...

Paul Anka: Paul Anka (Buddah)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, January 1972

DO YOU HAVE trouble thinking of Paul Anka as anything but a greasy Italian dork from Brooklyn who whined his way adeniodally through a series ...

Paul Anka: The Rebirth Of Paul Anka

Profile and Interview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, September 1974

'People need songs about real, human things...' ...

The Archies, Barry Mann, Carole King, Neil Sedaka: Don Kirshner: The Pop Factory

Profile by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1982

POP FROM THE production line; that seemed to be the story of the late Fifties and early Sixties. But the production line does not inevitably ...

Badfinger: Ass (Apple) and Badfinger (Warner Bros)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, January 1974

TWO BADFINGER albums in one month! What more could a fan ask for after a two year drought? If only it were so... actually, the ...

Badfinger, The Kinks: Badfinger/The Kinks: Berkeley Community Theatre

Live Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, April 1972

IT WASN'T YOUR usual Berkeley concert, the type you'd hear, say, Joy of Cooking at. I can't imagine where they came from, but sprinkled liberally ...

Long John Baldry: John Baldry: Everything Stops For Tea

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, May 1972

WHEN IS someone going to come out and say that, despite all the hype and hoopla, John Baldry is a non-talent poseur that would never ...

Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry: Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich: Weavers Of Dreams

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1982

THE THIRD GREAT husband and wife team of the Brill Building era, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich hit the scene late. ...

The Beach Boys: Endless Summer (Capitol)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, September 1974

NO SUMMER WOULD BE complete without a Beach Boys reissue. These last couple of years, with Warner Bros. working on the post-Pet Sounds material and ...

The Beach Boys: Spirit Of America

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, May 1975

ANOTHER SUMMER, another Beach Boys anthology. It never ends, does it? All you kids who bought Endless Summer last year can now buy Spirit of ...

The Beach Boys: A California Saga

Essay by Gene Sculatti, Greg Shaw, Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, May 1973

The Revival of Coastal Consciousness featuring The Beach Boys, Dean Torrance, California, American Spring ...

The Belmonts, Dion: Dion & the Belmonts: Reunion; The Belmonts: Cigars, Acapella, Candy; Dion's Greatest Hits

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, March 1973

DION WAS the original punk. Stand him up next to his contemporary male teen idols – Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Vee, Brian Hyland, Bobby Rydell, ...

Chuck Berry: Bio

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, November 1973

IT'S NO SURPRISE that Chuck Berry has managed to slip gracefully into middle age without changing his music or his image to any great extent. ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin: Big Brother & the Holding Company

Interview by Greg Shaw, Mojo Navigator, September 1966

GS: Can you tell us about your recent visit to Chicago? ...

Black Oak Arkansas: When Rock & Roll Came to Arkansas

Essay by Greg Shaw, Creem, September 1973

A passel o' scraggly critters came outa the woodwork ...

Blondie: Blondie (Private Stock)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, February 1977

THE FIRST TIME I saw Blondie she was incredible. ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Secret Treaties (Columbia)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, April 1974

BLUE OYSTER CULT was formed with a very definite idea in mind, and they haven't deviated from or enlarged that idea much in two years. ...

Blue Oyster Cult, New York Dolls, Velvet Underground: Blue Oyster Cult, the New York Dolls: New York's Beasty, Brutal Music Explosion

Overview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, October 1973

The N.Y. Dolls & Blue Oyster Cult Revive Manhattan ...

David Bowie: Pinups

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, December 1973

WITH EVERYONE from the Band to Don McLean doing oldies albums, the Who revisiting the Mod era, and David Bowie's guitarist Mick Ronson's obvious brilliance ...

Brownsville Station: School Punks

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, July 1974

THERE'S NEVER been a band that wanted to be teenage as desperately as Brownsville Station. They've tried everything, from '50s rock ('Rockin' Robin', 'Hello Mary ...

Jimmy Cliff and Various Artists: The Harder They Come

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, April 1973

IT'S REGGAE, MON, sweet as cola wine and m'bopo supremo. No lectures, no history lessons, if ya don't know about that sound from Jamaica by ...

Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen: Live from Deep in the Heart of Texas

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, March 1974

COMMANDER Cody’s fourth and most successful album proves the group can incite any audience to dance, drink and have fun. ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Country Joe and the Fish

Interview by Greg Shaw, Mojo Navigator, November 1966

Present at this interview were Country Joe and the Fish, who consist of Joe McDonald (vocals), Barry Melton (lead guitar), David Cohen (guitar and organ), ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: A Simple But Compelling Sound: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Overview by Greg Shaw, Fusion, October 1971

WHO'D HAVE THOUGHT it would be an old-fashioned rock 'n' roll band to pull us out of the doldrums of 1968's acid comedown/methedrine blues nightmare? ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmo's Factory

Review by Greg Shaw, Who Put The Bomp, October 1970

WELL, THEY'VE finally done it. Creedence Clearwater has produced an entire album without a single poor song. And what's more, they don't all sound alike. ...

Crowbar: Bad Manors

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, August 1971

CROWBAR IS THE most interesting group to come out of Canada in a long time. Their first LP with King Biscuit Boy was a blessed ...

Michael Des Barres, New York Dolls, The Stooges: The Stooges, Dolls et al: First Annual Hollywood Street Revival & Trash Dance, Hollywood Palladium

Live Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1974

THAT'S WHAT THEY called it, and if one were to believe the advance publicity, which spread by word of mouth through the Hollywood environs like ...

Doobie Brothers: Toulouse Street

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, October 1972

I DON'T KNOW about you, but it happens to me all the time. I get some album in the mail, listen to the whole thing ...

The Doors: Interview with the Doors

Interview by Greg Shaw, Mojo Navigator, August 1967

MOJO NAVIGATOR: You just played in New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco. What are the differences you've found in the audiences in the ...

Dr. John: Dr John aka Mac Rebennack

Overview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, July 1973

THE STORY OF NEW ORLEANS ROCK 'N' ROLL ...

Ducks Deluxe: Ducks Deluxe

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, July 1974

A FEW YEARS AGO, some English pubs began presenting live bands as a free service to their patrons. Since there have never been enough outlets ...

Dave Edmunds: Subtle as a Flying Mallet

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1975

Perhaps you’re thinking it’s either premature or entirely unwarranted that a relative unknown whose sole claim to fame is a 1970 updating of Smiley Lewis’ ...

Electric Light Orchestra: On the Third Day

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, January 1974

IF YOU LIKED ELO II for its weavings of familiar classical motifs through lengthy songs, On the Third Day will both please and disappoint you. ...

Charlie Feathers: The Minit-Stop

Report by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, July 1973

SO THERE WE were in Memphis, at the rock writers' convention. First morning there I was awakened by a phone call, "Hey, Charlie Feathers is ...

Bryan Ferry: These Foolish Things (Atco)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, April 1974

FOR WEEKS I'd been hearing how bad this album was from people whose judgment is usually reliable. How pleasant then to discover an album so ...

The Flamin' Groovies: The Flamin’ Groovies: Teenage Head (Kama Sutra)

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, May 1971

I’VE BEEN betting on the Flamin’ Groovies a long time. When they used to come on stage at Golden Gate Park love-ins and all the ...

Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids: Flash Cadillac: There's No Face Like Chrome (Epic)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, May 1974

OF ALL THE GROUPS to come out of the Fifties, Flash Cadillac has always shown the greatest promise, and that promise is fulfilled in this, ...

Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, Fumble: Fumble and Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids

Review by Greg Shaw, Music World, February 1973

THE ROCK & roll revival is sure getting to be a pain in the ass. That's a tough admission for me to make, as I ...

John Fogerty

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, September 1973

JOHN FOGERTY is many things, none of them ordinary. Besides his obvious musical ability, he is unique even among musicians. A loner, self-reliant and firmly ...

John Fogerty Looks At Rock In ‘76

Interview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, April 1976

''Let's face it," John Fogerty was saying, "could I wear eye shadow and get away with it?" He was speaking of the sense of alienation ...

Foghat: Energized

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, April 1974

THE BIGGEST FACTOR preventing the spread of glitter rock in America is the persistent popularity of blues, particularly in the form of its degenerate offspring, ...

Fumble: Poetry In Lotion

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, April 1975

FUMBLE'S FIRST album presented them as a typically stylized (if above average) Fifties revival group on the order of Flash Cadillac – and with a ...

Grand Funk Railroad: All The Girls In The World Beware!!

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, January 1975

MEET THE 1975 Grand Funk. If you liked the 1974 model, you're gonna love this one. The all-new features include an elaborate new cover motif ...

Grand Funk Railroad: E Pluribus Funk (Capitol)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, January 1972

It's time to admit we were wrong about Grand Funk. Oh, we were right too, but wrong just the same. Those three or four (I ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Track On! The Best of Mark Farner, Terry Knight & Donnie Brewer

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, June 1972

WOW, TALK ABOUT obscure rock history! Do you care that Mark Farner was once in a group called the Bossmen? Do you think the average ...

Grand Funk Railroad: 'I Know You'll Get To Like It If You Give It A Chance Now'

Profile and Interview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, April 1974

A BRISK, ICY WIND was blowing through the overcast skies of Flint, Michigan as the members of Grand Funk Railroad arrived at Whiting Auditorium for ...

The Guess Who, The Moody Blues: The Moody Blues: In The Beginning/The Guess Who: Sown and Grown in Canada

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, April 1971

THESE TWO ALBUMS have quite a bit in common; both consist of early material released now to cash in on the popularity of the groups ...

Hawkwind: In Search Of Space

Review by Greg Shaw, Creem, June 1972

Have you ever felt the urge to visit the distant reaches of the galaxy? I don't mean in some freaked-out 2001 Pink Floyd acid trip, ...

Hawkwind: Ford Theatre, Detroit

Live Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, January 1974

OF THE MERE six dates Hawkwind had chosen for their American debut tour, it seemed most appropriate to be seeing them in Detroit, the ancestral ...

The Heavy Metal Kids: Heavy Metal Kids: Heavy Metal Kids

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, November 1974

CONCEPT GROUPS hardly ever come off. Unless they have exceptional inspiration and musical ability, like the Raspberries, they find themselves weighed under by the pretension ...

The Hollies: Romany

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, April 1973

OF THE FEW groups who have survived since 1963, the Hollies sound fresher and more up-to-date than anyone, with the possible exception of the Beach ...

Buddy Holly: A Rock & Roll Collection

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, September 1972

I DON'T LIKE to be made a fool of. Last January the folks at Decca told me of their plans for an elaborate Buddy Holly ...

Ian Hunter: Ian Hunter

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, May 1975

When it comes to making solo albums, it seems that some folks have it and others don't know the difference. ...

Iron Butterfly: Scorching Beauty

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, February 1975

IT'S A WELL known axiom that one hit record is good for ten years of work. Just ask Fabian. ...

Elton John: Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, June 1975

THE TIME HAS come to acknowledge just how big Elton John has become. His preeminence has come to pass so gradually that the present magnitude ...

The Kinks: A profile

Profile by Greg Shaw, Fusion, February 1971

THE ORIGIN of The Kinks is nearly shrouded in antiquity – 1964, to be exact. There weren't many 'rock' groups around yet; just the Stones ...

Gladys Knight: In The Beginning

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, February 1975

GLADYS KNIGHT'S rather sudden acceptance as America's reigning songstress not only caught many by surprise, it also created for her an audience that in all ...

John Lennon: Rock 'N' Roll (Apple)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, March 1975

IN OCTOBER 1973 John Lennon was reported cutting an album of oldies with Phil Spector. After only four sides had been cut, Spector was seriously ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Monsters

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, December 1971

IT'S A WELL-KEPT SECRET, but this album tossed off with ten others in a recent release by the Shelby Singleton Corp., is one of the ...

Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1982

MANN AND WEIL were the hipsters of the Brill building set. While Carole King and her friends were basically square, middle-class types who wrote things ...

Barry Mann: Rock & Roll Survivor

Profile and Interview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, July 1975

Who put the bomp in the bomp-a-bomp-a-bomp?Who put the ram in the rama-lama-ding-dong?Who put the bop in the bop-shoobop-shoobop?Who put the dit in the dit-didit-didit?Who ...

MC5: The MC5: High Time

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, September 1971

WHENEVER I USED to say I liked the MC5, I would always preface the statement with some remark like "sure, I know they're a bunch ...

Clyde McPhatter: Welcome Home

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, November 1971

CLYDE MCPHATTER is one of the best singers to come out of the early 50s vocal group tradition. After a stint with Billy Ward and ...

The Move: The Best Of The Move

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, May 1974

IF THER IS one band whose legendary attributes and entangled history need no longer be catalogued, that band is the Move. True, of all the ...

Nazareth: Loud 'n' Proud

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, May 1974

ON THEIR SECOND A&M album, this Scottish group with folk roots continue on their heavy electric course, guided by producer Roger Glover (of Deep Purple ...

Olivia Newton John: Olivia Newton-John: Let Me Be There

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, March 1974

THERE ARE A LOT of interesting things about this album. First, it features 'Let Me Be There', one of the most pleasant surprises of early ...

Ozark Mountain Daredevils: Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, January 1974

KANSAS CITY HAS never been what you'd call a major center for rock music. It's a fairly large city, with a sizeable and extremely devoted ...

Michel Pagliaro: M’Lady/Pagliaro/Pag/Pagliaro Live

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, 1973

ABOUT A year ago we reviewed a single called 'Some Sing, Some Dance' by one Pagliaro. Genuine pop-rock being so much scarcer in those days ...

Elvis Presley: The Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan

Live Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1972

I'M GETTING pretty sick of all this talk about what a gross Tom Jones imitation Elvis has become. Baby fat and other people’s songs, indeed. ...

Suzi Quatro, Queen of Pop

Profile by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, August 1974

I was sitting in my den, as I often do, playing records and making notes for an article, when something clicked unexpectedly in my mind. ...

Suzi Quatro: Suzi Quatro

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, June 1974

WHILE AMERICAN AUDIENCES continue to boogie as though it were still 1968, London has been overrun by pop maniacs, raising the ghost of Carnaby Street ...

The Raspberries: Fresh (Capitol)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, July 1972

I ALWAYS HELD that the next revitalization of pop music would be heralded by a resurgence of interest in the mid-'60's, but I couldn't have ...

The Raspberries: Side Three (Capitol)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, October 1973

THEY SAY the third album is the crucial one for any group, and it’s particularly true for the Raspberries. Their first was good, but not ...

Lou Reed: Lou Reed (RCA)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, May 1972

THIS IS one of those albums you have to have spent at least a year waiting breathlessly for to appreciate the full import of. This ...

The Rolling Stones: Goat's Head Soup

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, November 1973

THERE IS NOTHING GOOD about the new Rolling Stones album. No redeeming qualities whatsoever. Not even anything that can be turned around and stretched and ...

The Rolling Stones: It’s Only Rock ’N Roll

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1974

"The Best Party Album In Years" ...

Neil Sedaka: The Tra-La Days Are Back

Profile by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1974

I DON'T NEED to refer to any books or charts to tell you that Neil Sedaka's ‘Breaking Up is Hard to Do’ was one of ...

Bob Seger: Seven

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, May 1974

THIS ALBUM has a subtitle, Contrasts, and it's a good word for Bob Seger. At times one of the most no-nonsense rockers the country has ...

The Sex Pistols: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, June 1976

London, the trend center of last decade’s mod rebellion, has been running a poor second, if not third, this time around. ...

Del Shannon: The Return of the 'Runaway' Man: Del Shannon

Report by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, January 1974

COMEBACKS ARE becoming as common as oldies these days. When you think about it, rock & roll has been around some twenty years now, with ...

Shiva’s Headband: Take Me To The Mountains

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, September 1971

EVERY SO OFTEN a company will try the "shotgun" strategy – releasing large numbers of albums by new groups in hopes that a few will ...

Slade: Slade Alive!

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, October 1972

THIS IS ONE of the best live albums I’ve ever heard. Mike Saunders is out of his mind. ...

Slade: Slayed (Polydor)

Review by Greg Shaw, Creem, April 1973

PEOPLE SOMETIMES ask why a serious, well-educated, intellectual fellow such as me wastes his time and enthusiasm on the most insignificant passing trends and the ...

Slade: SLADE………..ARRIVE!

Report and Interview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, November 1972

WHEN A GROUP PUTS out five or more singles in their first year, hits the upper regions of the Top Ten with each of them, ...

Sonny & Cher: Growing Up With Sonny & Cher

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, November 1973

RECENTLY, THE SONNY & Cher Comedy Hour devoted a special show to what they called "The Sonny & Cher Years". ...

Phil Spector

Profile by Greg Shaw, Fusion, September 1972

IT'S HARD to remember a time when the role of the producer wasn't considered just as important as that of the musicians in the making ...

Phil Spector: To Know Him Is To Love Him

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1982

So much has been written about Phil Spector, yet he still remains an enigma. ...

Splinter: The Place I Love

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1974

MY FAVORITE ALBUMS are the ones that have eight or more tracks, each sounding as though it was intended to be a single, if only ...

Koko Taylor: I Got What It Takes

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, June 1975

ANYONE WHO maintains that blues is a dead or dying form must not be aware of Alligator Records. This tiny, dedicated company has been operating ...

Sonny Til & the Orioles: Sonny Til and the Orioles: Sonny Til and the Orioles (RCA)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, September 1971

BACK IN THE FIFTIES there was something called The New York Sound. It was classed as R&B, but unlike the tough, electrified R&B of Ike ...

Tower of Power: Bump City (Warner Bros.)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, August 1972

I CAN JUST see the perverse gleam in the editor's eye as he sent me this album to review. He sure knows how to bug ...

Ike Turner: Blues Roots

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, August 1972

PEOPLE ALWAYS ask why Ike Turner is content to stand in the background, playing those fine guitar riffs to an audience totally oblivious to him ...

The Wackers: Wackers: Hot Wacks

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, May 1972

IN THE EARLY part of 1966, a group called the Family Tree used to play at the old Fillmore a lot. They did Beatles songs ...

Travis Wammack: Scratching in the Shoals: Travis Wammack

Interview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, October 1972

THERE ARE SOME names you never forget. Names like Narvel Felts, Felton Jarvis, Elvis Presley...Good Southern names for self-styled Southern boys that made some of ...

The Who: Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1971

WHO FANS have been saying it for years: "Those bastards at Decca! Why don't they put out an album of early singles?" For the Who ...

The Who’s Mod Generation: Quadrophenia Through The Years

Overview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, December 1973

If I could somehow live my teenage years over again, I think I would choose to live them as a Mod. What it must have ...

Wings: Venus & Mars

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, June 1975

FOR ALL THAT we thought we knew the Beatles, I don't think there's one of us that hasn't been surprised at the course their individual ...

Roy Wood, Wizzard: Wizzard: Eddie & the Falcons

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, November 1974

FOR A MUSICIAN of his acknowledged brilliance, Roy Wood has shown an inordinate interest in paying tribute to the past works of others. ...

List of genre pieces

Bill Graham Revisited

Comment by Greg Shaw, Mojo Navigator, August 1966

FROM OUR RATHER strongly-worded editorial in the last issue, many have drawn the conclusion that we are totally against Bill Graham. Nothing, of course, could ...

I Heard a New World

Essay by Greg Shaw, Nuggets II (Rhino Records), 2001

GROWING UP in America in the '60s, I was surrounded by garage bands, and although I never realized how many more there were across the ...

Leaders Of The Pack: Teen Dreams And Tragedy In Girl Group Rock

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1982

OF ALL THE musical fads that came and went in the early Sixties, the girl-group phenomenon has succeeded best in retaining its appeal. ...

Majors and Indies: Fight For Survival

Overview by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1982

During the forties and fifties, at a time when giant conglomerates were starting to squeeze small companies out of the market in most industries, a ...

Music Magazines: The Real Rock ‘n’ Roll Underground

Overview by Greg Shaw, Creem, June 1971

Do you ever get so sick of the latest Leon Russell or Ten Years After album that you switch off the FM radio in disgust ...

New Wave Goodbye? Some Thoughts On The Economic State Of The New Wave Industry In America

Overview by Greg Shaw, New York Rocker, September 1978

LET ME BEGIN by saying that I’ve written many articles on New Wave, most of which have dealt with the exciting possibilities of making permanent ...

Oldies In The 70's

Overview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, March 1972

The dog days of rock are upon us. ...

Rock Instrumentals: Without A Voice

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1982

Rock is essentially a vocal musical form: the singer is the pivot and he or she is supported by the group. ...

Texas Rock & Roll Spectacular!

Overview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, March 1974

WHILE THE AUSTIN scene is the current focus of national attention on Texas, we mustn't forget how truly vast that state is, both in size ...

The Philadelphia Story, Early Sixties Style: What It Was, Was Pud

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, Fusion, October 1972

It all started in 1959, perhaps rock 'n' roll's bleakest year. Buddy Holly had gone down in flames over N. Dakota, Little Richard had gone ...

The Singer Or The Song

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1982

BEFORE 1960, rock ‘n’ roll had inevitably been seen as a rough-edged, spontaneous invention of teenagers. By that year, however, the teenage performers — and ...

The US Music Moguls and the Rock Revolution

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1983

Business as Usual Following the arrival of the Beatles, the American record industry no longer found it so easy to manufacture rock 'n' roll stars ...

Will Reggae Make It? Jamaica Says It Will!

Overview by Greg Shaw, Crawdaddy!, June 1973

THE STONES, Aretha, Traffic, Paul Simon and Roberta Flack have all made celebrated pilgrimages to the island and bandwagon trend-watches are beginning to mutter about ...

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