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Harry Shapiro

Harry Shapiro

Harry Shapiro is the author of biographies of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Alexis Korner, Graham Bond and Jack Bruce. He has written for a number of magazines including Mojo, Classic Rock, Record Collector and Blues in Britain, regularly compiles sleeve notes for various record labels and has featured many times talking about music on radio and TV. When he isn't staring at a computer screen and transcribing endless interview tapes, or moaning about Arsenal, he is director of communications for a drugs charity in London and plays drums in the most occasional band in the world.

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The Beatles: When Acid Reigned

Retrospective by Harry Shapiro, MOJO, Summer 2007

Hippies tripped, tabloids raged and police cheered as Engelbert Humperdinck's Jan '67 hit, 'Release Me' became the real theme tune for the Summer of Love. ...

Chicken Shack: Stan Webb: What Can A Poor Boy Do?

Interview by Harry Shapiro, BluePrint, March 2001

Stan Webb has every right to be cynical about the music business and how the sharks in suits come on strong as your best friend ...

Eric Clapton: The Odyssey: The Making Of Eric Clapton

Retrospective and Interview by Harry Shapiro, MOJO, March 1994

Of all the legends of the land of Greece, few are as epic and ill-starred as the tale of Eric Clapton, his five mates and ...

Derek & The Dominos: The Prince Of Love… Or How The Recording Of 'Layla', Clapton's Ode To Forbidden Love, Made Victims Of Derek And The Dominos

Retrospective by Harry Shapiro, MOJO, January 2001

IMAGINE THIS story: a world-famous guitarist decides to form a band where nobody is supposed to know it's him. While it's coming together, he falls ...

Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green: Peter Green: The End Of The Game

Retrospective by Harry Shapiro, Record Collector, August 1993

PETER GREEN'S decision in June 1967 to quit his role as lead guitarist with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers brought one era of British blues to an ...

Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green: Peter Green: The Supernatural

Retrospective and Interview by Harry Shapiro, MOJO, May 1994

PETE MOODY Former bass player with The Grebbels – "We were support band to The Yardbirds at the Crawdaddy and Peter used to come along ...

Peter Green: Now Play On…

Interview by Harry Shapiro, BluePrint, June 2000

"I've never been on a plantation but I have been on a kibbutz." Peter Green completes the Robert Johnson songbook, tours with John Mayall and ...

John Mayall, Peter Green: Peter Green's Blues

Retrospective by Harry Shapiro, Record Collector, July 1993

THERE ARE many guitarists who produce a sharp intake of breath from their peers and fans, in admiration of their complex technique, speed or innovation. ...

Dick Heckstall-Smith

Interview by Harry Shapiro, BluePrint, August 2001

Dick Heckstall-Smith: the unbearable lightness of being...or how one of the great unsung giants of jazz inspired a blues album, by Harry Shapiro ...

Dick Heckstall-Smith: Sax Blue

Interview by Harry Shapiro, BluePrint, December 1997

DICK HECKSTALL-Smith is one of the greatest R&B saxophonists in the world. His musical career started at university, in Cambridge, and he has played with ...

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