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J. Kordosh

J. Kordosh

J. Kordosh was born in 1950, in Detroit, Michigan.  He began writing for Creem magazine in 1980; his first published piece was a review of the then-defunct CBS comedy, Green Acres.  As a freelancer, he interviewed many prominent musicians of the 1980s, and eventually joined the editorial staff under Sue Whitall, Dave DiMartino and Bill Holdship.  When Sue and Dave left the magazine, he and Bill co-edited.  He has also written for Musician and BAM. 

Something of a humorist, Kordosh has been writing a weekly blog for Yahoo! Music called "Framed" since 2007, combining still pictures from music videos with what he contends are witty captions.

Kordosh is a research chemist who holds 10 U.S. patents.  He and his wife of 37 years, Alice, live in Imperial Beach, California.  They have two sons, David and John, and a cat, The Good Cat.

'Framed' blog on Yahoo! Music

rockcritics.com interview with Kordosh

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AC/DC: And Nothing Can Harm Them!

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, April 1984

ARE THEY SUPER? My God, they're immense. They're gigantic. They're Jabba the Hutt on the Elvis Diet. They're so big that they're invulnerable to criticism ...

Adam & The Ants: Where's Your Head At, Adam Ant?

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, March 1983

THE ROOM WAS full of balloons. A bouquet of balloons, sold nowadays like helium-filled, high-tech clusters that cling to the ceiling. A bundle of mail ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: Fab! Gear! The George Harrison Interview (part 2)

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, January 1988

DID YOU ever see that show in London: John, Paul, George, Ringo & Bert? ...

The Beatles, John Lennon: John Lennon 1940-1980: Nothing To Do To Save His Life

Obituary by J. Kordosh, Creem, March 1981

"...Laurel and Hardy, that's John and Yoko. And we stand a better chance under that guise 'cause all the serious people like Martin Luther King ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: Fab! Gear! The George Harrison Interview (part 1)

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, December 1987

IN A PLUSH Warner Bros, office, Bill Holdship and I listened to George Harrison's first album in over five years, Cloud Nine. "I wracked my brains ...

Belinda Carlisle, The Go-Go's: Belinda Carlisle: Be Lovely, Be Lucky, Belinda

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, October 1986

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, Belinda Carlisle's life was everything it wasn't supposed to be. ...

Billy Squier: Is Articulate Rock The Perfect Formula, And What About The Supermarket Disaster?

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, December 1982

THE SALES OF Emotion In Motion were in the neighborhood of 425,000 during the first 10 days it was available to the public. Someone told me that ...

Johnny Cash: A Little Farther... Down The Line

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, June 1988

ONSTAGE, JOHNNY Cash likes to joke about his daughter Rosanne's recording of 'Tennessee Flat Top Box': "She played it for me and I said, 'That's ...

Phil Collins, Genesis: Phil Collins Does Everything Better Than Everyone Else

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, May 1983

THINGS SEEM to be going poorly for drummers of late, what with Buddy Rich undergoing bypass surgery earlier this year and a regular series of ...

Culture Clubbing With George And The Boys

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, June 1983

Suddenly...Mount Rushmore had changed! ...

Dire Straits: Nine Or Ten Unbelievably Interesting Facts About Dire Straits

Report and Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, February 1981

Plus The Usual Unsubstantiated Opinions, Speculations, And Outright Inventions ...

Howard Jones: Words Of Wisdom, Moos Of Peace

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, October 1985

HOWARD JONES doesn't like to do interviews. He believes eating meat is the last remaining barbarism in Western society. And that the universe is perfect. ...

Krokus and the Chocolate Dilemma

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, September 1981

SWISS CONSPIRACY CONTINUES UNABATED! ...

Mötley Crüe: Psychic Gruel and Mötley Crüe

Report and Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, April 1986

CONSIDER SUITE 619 at the Park Hyatt in Chicago. The floor plants in wicker baskets. The liquor cabinet. The glass coffee table, with fresh flowers ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Now It Can Be Told! I Was A Monk For Ozzy Osbourne!

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, June 1984

My Secret Shame… By J. Kordosh ...

The Police: Interrogating The Police

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, April 1981

'TWAS THE day before Christmas and like a lot of good Americans I was watching All My Children as part of my holiday bonus. (Hey, gotta keep ...

Prince: Thinking Of Babylon, Dreaming Of Prince

Essay by J. Kordosh, Creem, July 1986

TO SOME, HE is The Kid. To others he is The Minneapolis Genius. To others still, he's That Guy Who Ripped Me Off On That Last Tour Playing Condensed Songs ...

Prince, The Time: Prince's Purple Rain: 'Scuse Me While I Get Some Popcorn

Report and Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, September 1984

PRINCE...IT'S A great name, isn't it? It's a great name for a dog. It's a great name for spaghetti on Wednesday night. It's a great ...

Pepe Willie, Prince: Pepe Willie: "See, Me And Prince Had A Deal..."

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, July 1986

IN THE MID-'70s, Pepe Willie — a New York writer, musician and producer — went into the Cook House Studio in Minneapolis with two teenaged ...

Queen: Royal Gum-Up: Queen: The Works (Capitol)

Review by J. Kordosh, Creem, June 1984

TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH — a thing I'm not addicted to, by the way — I've been a professional liar when it comes to ...

The Rolling Stones: Exiles On Wall Street: The Rolling Stones: Dirty Work (Rolling Stones)

Review by J. Kordosh, Creem, July 1986

IF I KNEW exactly how the Rolling Stones lost their sense of song structure, explaining this boring rip-off might make for an interesting lecture. But ...

Rush: But Why Are They In Such A Hurry?

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, June 1981

THURSDAY: KORDOSH has been roused from his afternoon nap by Sherry Ring, publicist for Mercury Records. Ring is calling from New York to firm up connections ...

The Stray Cats: The Complete History Of The Stray Cats, Part One

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, January 1983

ROCKABILLY PROPER started and ended in Sam Phillips' Sun Studio in Memphis. It was a short-lived and vaguely-defined phenomenon, revolving around dirt-poor Southern white musicians ...

Styx: Kilroy Was Here (A&M)

Review by J. Kordosh, Creem, June 1983

MEET THE Premise. Rock 'n' roll has been banned from this good green Earth by your usual bunch of hypocrites. Woe is everyone. Along comes ...

Van Halen Gets Even With Everyone!

Report and Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, October 1981

DAVID LEE ROTH: It becomes more fun with each season. Each tour that we make, each record that we make — we know how to do ...

Was (Not Was): I Love This Band, I Hate This Band

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, July 1984

THIRTY MONTHS ago, John Neilson did a story on Was (Not Was) for CREEM. (It's the issue with Pat Benatar on the blue cover — I ...

WASP: Lawful or Awful?

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, June 1985

HERE'S A thumbnail sketch of Blackie Lawless: his real name is Steve Duran, he's 28 years old, getting paunchy, sings and plays bass for W.A.S.P. ...

ZZ Top: The ABC'S of ZZ Top

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, November 1981

A COUPLE OF months ago, one of the editors noticed that the typeface on my typewriter looks like a computer print-out. I guess I might ...

ZZ Top: Eliminator (Warner Brothers)

Review by J. Kordosh, Creem, August 1983

3 ALARM ROCK ...

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