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Harvey Kubernik

Harvey Kubernik

Harvey Kubernik’s work has been published over the last third of a century in Melody Maker, The Los Angeles Free Press, Crawdaddy, Musician, Goldmine, MIX, The Los Angeles Times, MOJO, Record Collector, Classic Rock, HARP, Discoveries, Uncut, and Hits.

His print work has appeared in the book anthologies The Rolling Stone Book Of The Beats and Drinking With Bukowski. Kubernik has authored two books, This Is Rebel Music: The Harvey Kubernik InnerViews and Hollywood Shack Job: Rock Music In Film and On Your Screen, both published by the University of New Mexico Press.

In 2006 Kubernik was a featured speaker discussing audiotape preservation and archiving at the special hearings called by the Library of Congress, held in Hollywood, California. In 2007, he wrote the text and conducted an extensive 32-page interview with Brian Wilson for his concert tour program. In 2002 Kubernik wrote the liner notes for the Ramones’ End Of The Century CD on Rhino/WMG. In 2006 he penned the liner notes for the Water Records’ reissue of Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish on CD. Kubernik in 2008 wrote the liner notes to the Carole King Tapestry deluxe edition 2 CD-set issued in April via the Epic/Ode/Legacy label from Sony Music Entertainment.

For the Sony/BMG Records label Kubernik prepared the liner note booklet for a 4-CD soundtrack collection culled from Elvis Presley’s seminal December, 1968 NBC-TV event, Elvis Presley ’68 Comeback Special.

List of articles in the library by artist

The Band: Across The Great Divide with Robbie Robertson

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Crawdaddy!, March 1976

A Portrait of the Artist as a Mystery Man ...

The Band: Ageless: The Band at the Academy of Music, 1971

Retrospective and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, September 2013

DURING THE FINAL week of 1971, the Band played four legendary concerts at New York City's Academy Of Music, ushering in the New Year with ...

The Band's Last Stand

Live Review by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, December 1976

IT WASN'T easy to book a plane from Los Angeles airport on Thanksgiving to fly up to San Francisco for the Band's farewell live concert ...

The Band's Robbie Robertson: 'The Struggle Has Gone'

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, January 1976

ROBBIE ROBERTSON: "We'd been around so long that we couldn't take a name seriously. So we made the first album and we called ourselves the ...

The Beach Boys: Brian Is Back… Again!

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Phonograph Record, August 1977

"We're still happening. New people are picking up on us all the time. I don't really analyze why we're successful, but the main reason for ...

The Beach Boys: Stepping Out Of The Surf

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, December 1974

LOS ANGELES; "Last week in Vancouver we sold out the Canadian National Exhibition Hall twice. We had 17,500 for each show and over 5,000 additional ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson and SMiLE

Retrospective and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, October 2011

NOTE: A small portion of this interview appeared in the 2011 MOJO '60s issue. ...

Booker T & The MGs, Otis Redding: Dreams To Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding DVD; Stax/Volt Revue Live In Norway 1967 DVD

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, November 2007

REELIN' IN THE Years Productions and Stax Records (a division of Concord Music Group) has issued Dreams To Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding on ...

David Bowie: Virgin/EMI To Issue David Bowie: Live Santa Monica '72 On July 8th

Report by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, July 2008

VIRGIN/EMI Records on July 8th will release David Bowie: Live Santa Monica '72 in limited edition CD and numbered 180-gram double vinyl LP packages culled ...

Captain, The, and Tennille: The Captain and Tennille: Captain Fantastic

Profile and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, July 1975

IN SEPTEMBER 1973, two Chatsworth residents recorded a song, 'The Way I Want To Touch You'. Subscribing to the Phil Spector school of self-distribution, they ...

Johnny Cash: Man In Black

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, August 1975

ANAHEIM: Forty miles from Los Angeles, Johnny Cash sits in the Royal Inn Hotel. Cash is in town to promote his autobiography, Man In Black, ...

Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash: Bob Johnston on Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Nashville Skyline

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, May 2009

JUNE 17th MARKS the 40th anniversary of the original Columbia Records release of Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline album, produced by Bob Johnston. ...

Merry Clayton, The Rolling Stones: Merry Clayton on the Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter' Session

Retrospective and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, 2009

MERRY CLAYTON was born on Christmas Day and a graduate of Jefferson High School's music department then under renowned instructor Sam Browne, in Los Angeles, ...

Leonard Cohen

Overview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, February 2008

FOR DECADES, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Leonard Cohen has been a global poetic force and influential songwriter. ...

Leonard Cohen

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, March 1976

LEONARD COHEN'S GREATEST Hits is an interesting album to contemplate when one remembers that Cohen was in his mid-thirties when he began to make records, ...

Leonard Cohen: Cohen's New Skin

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, March 1975

LOS ANGELES: "For a while, I didn't think there was going to be another album. I pretty well felt that I was washed up as ...

Leonard Cohen, Phil Spector: What Happened When Phil Spector Met Leonard Cohen?

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, LA Phonograph, January 1978

LEONARD COHEN – singer, songwriter, guitarist, poet, novelist, and sometime straight faced spokesman of the hilarious ironies of the human condition – walks into the ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Graham Nash: CSNY 1974: An Interview with Graham Nash

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, July 2014

DAVID CROSBY, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young release their CSNY 1974 boxed set from their historic 1974 tour on July 8th. The forty previously ...

Dion, Phil Spector: Phil Spector: He's A Rebel

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, May 1975

THE OCCASION is Professor Phil Spector's guest lecture at the Sherwood Oaks Experimental College record producing seminar. Last time Phil talked at the school was ...

The Doors

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, July 1995

Tell us about the new American Prayer. ...

The Doors: Absolutely Live (Elektra)

Review and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, January 1997

THOUGH IT EMERGED to mixed reviews in July 1970 – not least from the band, who thought the set middling – Absolutely Live is an ...

Bob Dylan's John Wesley Harding

Retrospective by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, December 2007

ON DECEMBER 27, 1967, Columbia Records released the Bob Johnston-produced Bob Dylan John Wesley Harding long player. In January of 1968 it was one of ...

Al Kooper, Bob Dylan: Al Kooper on Bob Dylan's record producers Tom Wilson and Bob Johnston

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, October 2010

"In 1966 Dylan went down to Nashville for Blonde On Blonde He stayed out in the studio 10 or 12 hours. Bob never left it. ...

Bob Dylan, The Who: From Dylan to The Who: Film-maker Murray Lerner

Profile and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, November 2007

Murray Lerner on his new The Other Side Of The Mirror – Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965 DVD and the just ...

Fleetwood Mac: Mac Bounce Back

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, June 1976

THE LAST YEAR has brought Fleetwood Mac a platinum LP – Fleetwood Mac – their eighth album for Reprise records, from which two top ten ...

Kim Fowley, The Runaways: The Runaways: Runaway Girls

Profile and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, July 1976

RUNAWAYS: the Natalie Woods, Brigitte Bardots and Ann-Margrets of rock. ...

Allen Ginsberg: The Adventures Of The Imagination: Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish

Sleevenotes by Harvey Kubernik, Water Records, 2006

IN A PARIS CAFÉ in November 1957, Allen Ginsberg began the initial notations for Kaddish. In Ginsberg: A Biography, by longtime friend and author Barry ...

Al Green, Willie Mitchell: Willie Mitchell: Tell’Em Willie Boy Was Here

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, June 1995

Willie Mitchell, maestro of the Memphis soul sound that gave the world Al Green, has his life’s work celebrated by the box set Hi Times: ...

The Guess Who: Guess Who's a smash!

Profile and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, December 1974

"I WANTED to buy some records, so I went collecting for UNICEF on Halloween and took the money," recalls the 26-year-old lead singer for the ...

Emmylou Harris

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, January 1976

"I WAS NERVOUS but I looked forward to playing overseas because I had this feeling there was an audience for my kind of music, especially ...

George Harrison, Ravi Shankar: With a Little Help from His Friends: George Harrison and the Concert for Bangla Desh

Retrospective by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, July 2011

STEVE VAN ZANDT, May 2011, Lillehammer, Norway: "The anti-apartheid Sun City project (single, album, video, documentary, book, teaching guide) was a high point and a ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live At Monterey DVD, CD

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, October 2007

The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live At Monterey for the first time ever on October 16th was released by Experience Hendrix/Geffen/Ume on DVD. The legendary U.S. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Valley of Neptune Album Released In March; Experience Hendrix Tour 2010 Embarks in Spring

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, February 2010

JANIE HENDRIX, the CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, and Sony Music Entertainment's Legacy Recordings will launch their monumental 2010 Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project on Tuesday, ...

Ian Hunter: There Are More Important Things In Life Than Hit Records

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, May 1976

LOS ANGELES: In the afternoon I arrived at his hotel, and for a while we drank red wine and watched I Love Lucy reruns on ...

Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders: The Backpages Interview: Chrissie Hynde

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, February 2001

Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders have just finished a fall 2000 U.S. tour opening for Neil Young. Hynde and her group included versions of Young's ...

The Isley Brothers: Isley Brothers: Heat's Still On Isleys

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, October 1975

LOS ANGELES: The Isleys' latest album, The Heat Is On, recently hit number one in America, but for as long as there's been rock and ...

Jefferson Starship: Starship's Enterprise

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, July 1976

ONE BY ONE the group drifts into Wally Heider's recording studio for a mixing session. Marty Balin is absent but his presence fills the air. ...

Carole King's Monumental 1971 Tapestry Returns In 2 CD Deluxe Edition

Special Feature by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, May 2008

Harvey Kubernik tells the story of the making of this epochal album, and interviews producer Lou Adler ...

Kiss: Kiss and Tell

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, February 1975

LOS ANGELES: "We sold out two houses in Detroit at 12,000 each and were the biggest thing to hit the city since the Beatles. People ...

Leiber and Stoller: Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography

Press Release by Harvey Kubernik, promotional interview, May 2009

LEGENDARY SONGWRITERS Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were in the delivery room for the birth of rock and roll, yet as Stoller said the day ...

Leiber and Stoller

Retrospective and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, November 2007

THE LEGENDARY songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller will be honored in person at the 2007 Gala Benefit Concert of the Lauri Strauss ...

Leiber and Stoller: A Yakety Yak

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Goldmine, April 1995

IF THEY'D only written, say, 'Hound Dog', 'Kansas City' and 'Stand By Me', they would already deserve their place in the Songwriters Hall of Fame ...

Elvis Presley, Leiber and Stoller: Jerry Leiber And Mike Stoller: By Royal Appointment

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, March 1995

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the greatest rock 'n' roll songwriting team of all time, have their songs celebrated in the musical Smokey Joe's Cafe ...

Little Feat: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, 1976

In Southern California this year, Little Feat have presented their musical wares opening shows for ELO, the Who and Dave Mason. Consequently, 1976 has seen ...

Bette Midler

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, September 1978

LOOKING AFTER Bette Midler's career, says her manager and former lover Aaron Russo, is like being the navigator of a plane en route for California. ...

The Miracles: Miracles Never Cease…

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, November 1974

LOS ANGELES: "I really loved touring with the English groups, back in 1963 and 1964. We used to tour with the Rolling Stones and people ...

Keith Moon: Moon Beams

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, March 1975

LOS ANGELES: In the last six months, he's jammed with Ray Manzarek at the Whiskey, played with John Sebastian at the Troubadour and recently, at ...

Van Morrison: Jamming with George Benson

Report by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, April 1977

LOS ANGELES: VAN MORRISON made a rare TV appearance on the Midnight Special filmed last Monday at the NBC studios in Burbank. The show, which ...

Jack Nitzsche: For Composer Jack Nitzsche, It's Never Too Late To Score With The Underground

Profile and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, LA New Times, April 1998

"I think they wanted a score that was action and adventure. Scary suspense and all that shit. And I said, 'Fuck that. Let's put some ...

Jack Nitzsche: Legendary Music Arranger and Composer, Jack Nitzsche Dies

Obituary by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, September 2000

Legendary arranger and award-winning composer Jack Nitzsche died at Queen Of Angels hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. , on August 25, 2000. Nitzsche’s death was ...

Jack Nitzsche: Ten Questions For Jack Nitzsche

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, April 1998

HOW DID YOU first meet Phil Spector? ...

Jack Nitzsche, Phil Spector: Phil Spector: Jack Nitzsche remembers the Wall of Sound

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Goldmine, June 1988

NOW IN HIS 30th year in the music industry, Jack Nitzsche is one of the great composers and arrangers of our time. In this decade ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: The Backpages Interview: Andrew Loog Oldham

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, January 2001

Last year saw the UK publication of Stoned, a wonderfully insightful film/fashion/music overview of the first Britpop era (1960-1964) by Andrew Loog Oldham, perhaps best ...

Elvis Presley: Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles

Live Review by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, May 1976

DESPITE MEDICAL PROBLEMS Elvis Presley's show at the Long Beach Arena proved that he still has the voice and romantic quality that established him as ...

Elvis Presley: The Return of the King: Elvis and the Making Of The '68 Comeback Special

Retrospective by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, August 2008

When Elvis Presley donned a black leather suit and stepped in front of NBC's cameras for his 1968 TV special, he changed the historical perception ...

Billy Preston, The Rolling Stones: Billy Preston: Like a Rolling Stone

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, August 1975

"We're a family," says Billy Preston of his current tour of the U.S. with the Stones. And in addition to that, he's just released a ...

The Rolling Stones Shine A Light Concert Film Opens April 4th

Report by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, April 2008

ON APRIL 4th director Martin Scorsese's concert documentary on the Rolling Stones, Shine A Light, was released and distributed in the U.S. by Paramount Classics ...

The Rolling Stones Chase The Voodoo Down

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Musician, October 1997

"MY WHOLE behavior with the Rolling Stones is governed by my first encounter with Keith," recalls Don Was. "He sent me a fax before we ...

The Rolling Stones: Andy Johns on recording Exile On Main St.

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, March 2010

ANDY JOHNS is a world class sound engineer and record producer. On May 18th his work with the Rolling Stones on their 1972 Exile On ...

Bob Seger: Cruisin' with Seger

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, October 1977

Detroit rocker Bob Seger, who starts his first British tour tomorrow (Friday), talks to Harvey Kubernik in Los Angeles ...

Sparks: Hometown Heroes At Last

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, November 1974

IT WAS a typical day in Los Angeles, hot and smoggy. 18-year-old Jeff exclaimed with glee clutching his autographed Sparks album, "They went to my ...

Spirit: Spirit of '75

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, July 1975

Drummer Ed Cassidy talks about the new-look Spirit – and explains why a band of '67 is still hunting the big-time ...

Bruce Springsteen: Reborn and Running Again

Report by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, June 1978

EVEN BEFORE the two brilliant concerts at the Spectrum earlier in the week, Bruce Springsteen could have been the Mayor of Philadelphia if he had ...

Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt: Steve Van Zandt: Miami, Bruce, and Roots

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, November 1976

LOS ANGELES: Miami Steve Van Zandt has been in Bruce Springsteen's band for over a year now, and also finds time these days to guide ...

Steely Dan Movie

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, January 1978

Steely Dan will compose and perform the title track for FM, which is scheduled to begin filming this week at Universal Studios. Danny Rosencrantz, vice-president ...

Al Stewart: Coasting With Al

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, November 1976

AL STEWART, who plays London's New Victoria Theatre on December 2, is now enjoying greater success in America. ...

James Taylor: Universal Amphitheatre, LA

Live Review by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, August 1975

JAMES TAYLOR'S UNIVERSAL Amphitheatre gig, though predictable at times, established new beginnings for the folkster as he returned to the Southland for the first time ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Tina Turner: Acid Queen

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, October 1975

"WE TOURED FOR years with all the English groups and I always liked what they were singing about. ...

Weather Report: The True US Art Form

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, July 1976

"PEOPLE ARE beautiful everywhere," says Josef Zawinul. "I think a real open person, I don't care what music he is playing, is going to be ...

List of genre pieces

An Interview with Dick Clark

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, 2004

DICK CLARK IS ONE of the most recognized personalities in entertainment in America: He hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows ("Rock, Roll and Remember" ...

Berry Gordy: A Conversation With Mr Motown

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Goldmine, March 1995

DIANA ROSS and the Supremes. Stevie Wonder. Marvin Gaye. The Temptations. The Four Tops. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. The Marvelettes. Michael Jackson and the ...

Berry Gordy: In His Own Write

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, February 1995

Berry Gordy has finally told his own story. Harvey Kubernik met him in LA. ...

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