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Jaan Uhelszki

Jaan Uhelszki

Jaan Uhelszki was one of the illustrious gang of writers - Lester Bangs, Dave Marsh et al - who made Creem a rock'n'roll household name in the '70s. She has subsequently written for Mojo, Rolling Stone and many other publications.

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Ryan Adams: Saved By R'n'R

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, December 2003

Ten Things You (Don't) Want To Know About Ryan Adams: He spills the beans on his romantic foibles, his phobias and chocolate. ...

Allman Brothers Band: Beat The Devil: The Allman Brothers

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, December 1975

There is a land of the livingand a land of the deadand the bridge is love,the only survival, the only meaning ...

Aqualung

Profile by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, September 2005

AFTER LEARNING that a London ad agency was searching for music for an upcoming Volkswagen commercial, Aqualung’s Matt Hales locked himself in his flat, hammered ...

Bachman Turner Overdrive: Rules For The Road: The Family That Plays Together Stays In Together

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, March 1975

If it was easy as fishin'You could be a musicianAnd could make sounds/ loud and mellowGet a second hand guitarChances are you'll go farIf you ...

Bad Company: Straight Shooter (Swan Song)

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, July 1975

BAD COMPANY was conceived by a collection of musical misfits. Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke from Free, Mick Ralphs from Mott, and Boz Burrell from ...

The Bee Gees: Main Course

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, October 1975

THE BEE GEES are back. If you said it's like they never left you'd be absolutely right, and would win the $5.98 question, redeemable in ...

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Fight Club

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, November 2005

WITH THE swagger of the young Yardbirds and the unstudied panache and casual arrogance of the early Stones, Nick Jago, Robert Been and Peter Hayes ...

Bright Eyes: Inside Conor Oberst (Literally!)

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, January 2005

JOHN LENNON sang, "I may be a dreamer, but I’m not the only one," in 1970’s 'Imagine'. ...

Bright Eyes: Conor Oberst: Dream Catcher

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, January 2005

CONOR OBERST is an anomaly. While his hometown is famous for the two-inch Omaha Steaks that are FedEx-ed around the nation to lesser protein-endowed states, ...

Jackson Browne: Late For The Sky

Retrospective by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, October 2002

SINGER-SONGWRITER Jackson Browne delved deep into his soul for his third album, Late For The Sky. ...

Cher: Half-Breed

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, January 1974

CHER BONO is a Barbie dress-up doll. A fantastic ride from juke box to juke box to an island on the TV freeway. An early ...

Ornette Coleman, 76, Manhattan

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, November 2006

ORNETTE COLEMAN is one of the true immortals. A metaphysician, philosopher and futurist as much as a revolutionary musician, he set melody free from it's ...

Alice Cooper: Last Night A Record Changed My Life

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, October 2003

Back when he was dodging Phoenix rednecks as frontman of The Spiders, Alice Cooper's heart opened to a Broadway show soundtrack. ...

Alice Cooper: Welcome To My Nightmare

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, May 1975

THE PLOT OF THE somnambulistic and psychopathic Steven and his nocturnal atrocities (he unknowingly murders in his sleep) takes up most of the second side ...

Counting Crows

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, November 1996

IT'S A LAZY MONDAY NIGHT IN LOS ANGELES, AND A few blocks east of Beverly Hills an inconspicuous sign adorns a shadowy building, quietly proclaiming ...

Crosby and Nash, Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby and Nash: Rocky & Bullwinkle In Marin County

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, February 1976

Ring! Brring! Ring! ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando: Consistently Inconsistent

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, San Francisco Chronicle, November 2006

LEMONHEADS CO-FOUNDER Evan Dando puts his pioneering alternative rock band back together like clockwork every decade. ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando: The World's Forgotten Boy

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, November 2006

MOST OF the world thinks that, by rights, Evan Dando shouldn't be alive. But like Iggy Pop (one of his mentors), he's a misunderstood boy ...

Dr. John: In The Right Place

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, June 1973

PACK UP the voodoo, stash the gumbo, 'cuz Dr. John has gone legit. Used to be a time when he was Numero Uno Witch Doctor. ...

Marianne Faithfull: Marianne Faithful: Strong Poison

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, January 2005

INITIALLY MORE infamous than famous, Marianne Faithfull was known more for her extraordinary beauty and her liaison with Mick Jagger than she was for her ...

Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips: What's Next

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, May 2005

THE FLAMING Lips have begun recording the follow-up to 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, provisionally titled At War With the Mystics, with Dave Fridmann ...

Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips: Bearers of the Psych Torch

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, May 2005

"WHAT'S THE greatest misconception about me?" the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne ponders aloud, pushing up the sleeves of his putty-colored suit. ...

Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips: Loose Lips

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, May 2006

WAYNE COYNE is the Flaming Lips' major domo, lead vocalist and ringmaster for the Oklahoma-based art provocateurs. ...

John Frusciante

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2004

YOU MAY know John Frusciante as the intermittent guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He infamously quit the foursome only moments before he was ...

J. Geils Band: Ladies Invited (Atlantic)

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, March 1974

WHAT'S A french-fried Fidel doing in a place like Boston? Not eating brown bread and beans, I'll grant you. ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk: Super Patriots Come Clean And Still Manage To Till Some Dirt

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, July 1975

You're just hangin' out In the local bar And you're wonderin' who in the hell you are Are you a farmer? Are you a star? ...

Al Green: Green's Day

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, March 2005

AL GREEN'S genius spans four decades, and during those often tumultuous years the man who is routinely referred to as the last great Southern soul ...

Hall & Oates: Confessions Of An Odd Couple

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, August 1977

THE PHONE RANG and an unfamiliar voice said: "Is this Jaan Uhelszki?" Assuming that the caller was a bill collector or someone of like obnoxiousness, ...

Emmylou Harris

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, June 2006

IN MORE politically incorrect times there was an ad campaign that featured famous women wrapped in full-length Russian mink coats – people like Elizabeth Taylor, ...

The James Gang: Straight Shooter

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, July 1972

"Hey Jesse, Jesse, I wuz jus' down at Molly's Tavern and Johnny Clay was tellin' me 'bout this band of desperados a-callin' themselves after us! ...

Jane's Addiction: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco

Live Review by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, January 1998

Set list: Ocean Size/Ain't No Right/Then She Did/Stop/Three Days/Mountain Song/Summertime Rolls/Jane Says/Classic Girl/Chip Away/Ted,Just Admit it/I Would For You. ...

Kiss: I Dreamed I Was Onstage With KISS In My Maidenform Bra

Report and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, August 1975

WELL, NOT EXACTLY my idea of the perfect fantasy, but I was curious about life on the other side of the foot-lights. Armed with an ...

Kiss: Alive! (Casablanca)

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, December 1975

KISS IS THE musical answer to what to do after Mark Famer goes home to the farm to chase cows one last time, and Alice ...

Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (Swan Song)

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, May 1975

ROCK'S BIGGEST bruisers, Led Zeppelin, have got another album. In rock chronology this is an Event, since the defending champions of the world's biggest rock ...

Led Zeppelin: Sodom and Gomorrah in a Suitcase

Report and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, July 1977

FLASH: April 19, 1977, Cincinnati, Ohio: Led Zeppelin, a British rock group, again brought violence is its wake when about 1,000 fans tried to gatecrash ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: How The South Rose Again: The Soaring Flight and Tragic Fall of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Retrospective and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, November 1997

THE DAY BEFORE THE SECOND MOST FAMOUS plane crash in rock history, the right engine of the 1948 Convair aircraft carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd backfired over ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Fifths and Fists For The Common Man

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, March 1976

I already have two strikes against me: one, I am a Yankee, two a girl. I don't want to strike out because I'm a teetotaler, ...

MC5: Five for Fighting

Report and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, September 2004

EVERYONE knows the old saw about the Eskimos having over 400 words for snow and the Parisians' two-dozen fevered phrases for passion. ...

Morrissey: Nine Perfect Minutes With Morrissey

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, SOMA, December 2000

ONCE, HE was the bespectacled singer of archetypal British guitar band The Smiths; now he's living in Los Angeles and shopping for a label. ...

Morrissey, The Smiths: Morrissey: LA Confidential

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, April 2001

It was a hot California afternoon. Our West Coast gumshoe, Jaan Uhekszki, heard the phone ring. Once again, she'd tracked down her man. He was ...

Willie Nelson's Countryman (Lost Highway)

Report and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2005

HEARING WILLIE Nelson’s first reggae album, you’re bound to ask: What took him so long? There’s a rather sympathetic correlation between the Nelson’s rather lazy, ...

Oasis: Noel Gallagher of Oasis

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, January 2007

OASIS MAJORDOMO Noel Gallagher is turning back the clock. Not just because he’s staring at the specter of turning 40, but because he and his ...

Yoko Ono: Profile: Yoko Ono, 70, New York City, N.Y.

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2005

YOKO ONO is diminutive in size, but huge in spirit. A fearless avatar, she will attempt anything whether it’s topping the Billboard charts as a ...

Pearl Jam: Stone Soup: Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Addicted To Noise, March 1996

PEARL JAM'S Stone Gossard is not quite the man I expected, when you consider that he's a member of one of the most popular and ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: 10 Questions for Tom Petty

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, May 1999

What's your fascination with San Francisco? Two years ago you staged 20 shows at the Fillmore, and now you're here for seven days. ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty: Anatomy of a rock star

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2006

ALMOST EVERYONE that knows Tom Petty for any length of time calls him Tommy. ...

Phish: Trey Anastacio, 40, Manhattan

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, December 2005

A YEAR after dismantling Phish, one of the jam scene's most beloved institutions, Trey Anastasio continues to receive hate mail from bereft fans. ...

Iggy Pop: The Importance of Being Iggy

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Rolling Stone, July 2001

JAMES NEWELL OSTERBERG, a.k.a. Iggy Pop, once billed himself as the "world's forgotten boy," but that is no longer the case. From fronting the proto-punk ...

Cat Power: Beauty Secrets

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, December 2006

CHAN MARSHALL'S a spectral beauty, haunted and ethereal as the songs she crafts. What makes her even more extraordinary is how selfless she is, insisting ...

Cat Power: Freebird

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, February 2003

While Chan Marshall's primal folk and haunting melodies are urgent and straightforward, on stage and in person, she is a study in contradictions. Jaan Uhelszki ...

Cat Power: Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power), 31, New York City, N.Y.

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2005

Chan Marshall isn't like the rest of us. She's gifted with a pristine voice, a keen mind, a restless heart and an attuned sense of ...

Primal Scream: Locate, subvert, Exterminate: Primal Scream's War on Authority

Report by Jaan Uhelszki, Alternative Press, July 2000

AFTER BEING without an American label for the past three years, Primal Scream return with a vengeance on Exterminator, their first album for Astralwerks. But ...

Suzi Quatro: Elvis as Virgin Queen

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, November 1974

"I STILL USE laundromats, and one day I was walking to one carrying a bag of laundry. I had a hat on and sunglasses because ...

The Ramones: Johnny Ramone: End of the Century

Retrospective and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, January 2005

WHEN I SPOKE to Johnny Ramone less than a year ago, I had no idea that it would be one of his final interviews. Stoic, ...

The Ramones: Hey! Ho! Let's Go! — The Ramones Anthology

Review and Interview by Andy Gill, Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, August 1999

I DON'T KNOW if they ever made a Ramones pin-ball machine, but if not, they missed a trick. Just imagine: the ritual chant of "Hey!Ho! ...

Lou Reed: 10 Questions for Lou Reed

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, February 2003

The Dark Prince entertains Jaan Uhelszki with tales of rewriting Poe, not punching David Bowie and understanding the emotional history of the amplifier. ...

Patti Smith

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, September 2004

BY FRONTING her own rock band – issuing lyrical missives from the depths of her fertile unconscious that rivalled anything that Bob Dylan ever scribbled ...

Ronnie Spector: Rolling Ronette

Report by Jaan Uhelszki, Rolling Stone, December 1998

YOU CAN BET it wasn't the first time Keith Richards has given up a night's sleep, but it may have been one of the more ...

Talking Heads: 1999 – Not So Eighties, After All

Report by Jaan Uhelszki, Rolling Stone, April 1999

David Byrne joins his fellow Talking Heads ...

Three Dog Night: Seven Separate Fools

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, November 1972

It was on a Friday night during Doctor Zimmerman's group therapy session that Danny, Corey and Chuck first made a breakthrough at the South Cal ...

Tsar: A Profile

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, September 2005

"I ALWAYS wanted to be seditious and dangerous. But in a good rock and roll way," explains Jeff Whalen, principal of L.A.’s glammy Tsar. ...

KT Tunstall: Super Scope

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, May 2006

KT TUNSTALL knew she was meant for big things. "I just always thought that I was the golden child," the Scottish chanteuse explains, with a ...

Rick Wakeman: Journey To The Center Of The Wax

Report and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, February 1975

"THERE WERE these two Irishmen, Shamus and Paddy. Paddy sez to Shamus, 'Whaddya got in the bag?' 'Ducks.' sez Shamus. 'If you guess how many ...

Joe Walsh: Lonely In The Spotlight

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, June 1975

JOE WALSH is curiously indifferent about success. He gives you the impression that he has long outgrown awkwardness, but has never gotten used to felicity. ...

The White Stripes: Jack White: White Noise

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2005

YOU KNOW what they say: You are what you listen to. So what does that say about Jack White? Actually quite a bit: That he's ...

Lucinda Williams: Southern Comfort

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, May 2005

LUCINDA WILLIAMS is a splendid mess, a charming and bruised beauty. ...

Edgar Winter: They Only Come Out At NIght

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, February 1973

My, my, who pushed dear, dear Edgar and the boys into the closet? Now really. Do you expect me to believe it was THEIR idea? ...

Edgar Winter's White Trash: Roadwork (Epic)

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, June 1972

IT WAS ONE of those days. You know, Spring Fever and all that. Ben tumbled in from the Agitator laundromat grinning vacantly, mumbling something about ...

Neil Young: Dark Side of the Moon

Report and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, December 2005

NEIL YOUNG has long-plotted his life around the phases of the moon. Ancient and antediluvian, prehistoric and prescentient but strangely effective, Young uses the moon ...

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