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Johnny Black

Stimulated by his first taste of the good life as runner up in the 1967 Hawthornden Youth Club Mick Jagger Impersonation Contest, Johnny Black sang with seminal Haggipsych bands Narodniki and Blacklight (actually the same band, but with different names).

A true renaissance jock, he simultaneously cultivated a second career as a quillmeister non-pareil, quickly finding acceptance for his poetry in the magazines Scottish International and Effie.

In the early 70s, being unemployed full-time as a Whitehall-based civil service sultan of spin, he enjoyed limitless opportunities to wangle short science-fiction stories into magazines as diverse as Interzone and Penthouse.

Somewhere in the mid-70s, he succumbed to a brief but severely debilitating bout of being a press officer for CBS Records, then Head Of Press for Polydor Records. When next he woke up, he found himself combining his two great loves ("music"[copyright Tom Hibbert] and words) by scribbling for the newly-emerging Smash Hits magazine where, among other insights, he predicted that Duran Duran would never have another hit after 'Planet Earth'.

Before long he was being paid to waffle about music, almost like he knew, for publications as diverse as The Times, Observer, Radio Times, Over 21, Listener, Oxford Children's Encyclopaedia, The Guinness Encyclopaedia of Popular Music and two rock monthlies, Q and Mojo.

For Q, as well as album reviews and other general features, he produced monthly Eye Witness features for almost a decade. He also edited its special edition on the Beatles. For Mojo, as well as features and reviews, he was the first editor of its Time Machine pages.

In 1999, his acclaimed first book, Eyewitness - Hendrix, was published. In 2003 he authored the definitive rock chronology, Rock & Pop Timelines, for Backbeat Books, who have subsequently published Reveal - The Story Of R.E.M. He has also been involved as a major contributor to Backbeat's companion volumes Albums and Singles.

Johnny also curates a big, scary, ever-expanding (currently 3.5m words) chronological database, ROCKSOURCE, about which you need to know more.

Lately, the magazines Rock'n'Reel, Shindig, Music Week, Audience, Live UK and Classic Rock have survived despite publishing his outpourings but his literary agent still can't quite get his sci-fi novelist career off the ground. So it goes.

He has recently initiated a line of rock-nostalgia related calendars (see below) and sticks his own attempts at "music" on the web at MySpace. If anyone can explain to him why economists employ the phrase "negative growth", he'll be out.
 

RockSource Archive

Johnny Black's Rock Calendars

List of articles in the library by artist

AC/DC: The Story Of 'You Shook Me All Night Long'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, October 2007

LESS THAN a year before releasing their first American hit, 'You Shook Me All Night Long', AC/DC came close to throwing in the towel. ...

a-ha: Even Better than Spinal Tap

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Music Week, September 2009

FOR 25 YEARS, Norway's pop gods have harboured a deep, dark secret that even the most dedicated News Of The World smut-sleuth would never have ...

Altered Images: Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Live Review by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, November 1981

THE ELEMENTS were conspiring against Altered Images from the moment they took the stage of Cambridge's cavernous Corn Exchange. The sound went immediately out of ...

Eric Andersen

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, June 2008

ONE THING Eric Anderson likes to make very clear is that he is not a folk singer. ...

P.P. Arnold (2002)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2002

On the road with Ike & Tina Turner; supporting the Rolling Stones; 'Tin Soldier' and The Small Faces; meeting Jimi; going out with Rod Stewart, plus countless superstar sessions: P.P. Arnold takes us on a trip back to Swinging London!

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 56.7mb, total interview length: 1h 1' 57" sound quality: ****

The Beatles: Don't Fear The Reeperbahn

Retrospective by Johnny Black, 'The Beatles: Ten Years that Shook the World', 2004

"LIVERPOOL AND HAMBURG had a lot in common in the early sixties," muses Gibson Kemp. "They're both seaports, they're both on the same line of ...

The Beatles, John Lennon: John Lennon: From the Quarrymen to the MBE

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, October 2000

"THAT WAS THE day," said John Lennon. "The day that I met Paul, that it started moving." ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: Paul McCartney (2003)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2003

A long, free-flowing conversation, during which Paul talks about Phil Spector and Let It Be, on his relationship with Yoko and the "whose name first" saga, and the deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison, plus much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 75.8mb, total interview length: 1h 22' 44" sound quality: ****

Beck: 'Loser'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, April 2003

Vital statistics on Beck's 'Loser' ...

The Bee Gees: Bee Gee Barry Gibb (2001)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2001

Barry takes us through the '60s, starting in Australia before hitting Swinging London, hanging out with Stones and Beatles, the drugs and booze, and his close relationship with Robert Stigwood

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 60meg, total interview length: 65' 29" sound quality: ****

The Bee Gees: How the Bee Gees got into Disco: An Oral History of Main Course

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, April 2000

NOTE: This is a considerably extended version of the piece published in Q. ...

The Bee Gees' Maurice Gibb (2001)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2001

The late Bee Gee Maurice takes us back to the early days in Manchester, Australia and Swinging London, meeting Lulu, his battle with the bottle, and talks about songwriting and that run-in with Clive Anderson.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 60.3meg, total interview length: 1h 5' 51" sound quality: ****

The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb (2001)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2001

Surviving the Hither Green railway crash; his role within the Bee Gees; Robert Stigwood, NEMS and Brian Epstein's death; the Odessa album, and much more.

File format: mp3 File size: 60.8mb Interview length: 1h 06' 25"; Sound quality: *****

The Bee Gees: 1st Vinyl Icon

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, June 2011

ON JANUARY 3, 1967, failed Australian pop trio The Bee Gees set sail for England, aboard the SS Fairsky. By the middle of that summer, ...

The Bee Gees: Fifty Years Of The Brothers Gibb

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Music Week, January 2010

ON DECEMBER 28, 1957, Manchester skiffle combo The Rattlesnakes first earned money from their ability to sing in harmony with a ten-minute slot at the ...

The Bee Gees: The Rogue Gene

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, June 2001

IT WAS EASTER 1965. THE STONES were at Number 1 in the UK with 'The Last Time', The Beatles and The Supremes were battling it ...

The Bee Gees: You Lookin' At Me?

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, May 2001

"WHAT IMAGE?" ASKS BARRY Gibb. "I haven't got an image." What he does have, though, is a guitar. It's a second-hand customised hollow-bodied Epiphone, bought ...

Big Country

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, March 1983

JUST BACK from a photo session at the Museum Of Mankind, Big Country burst through the swing doors into Phonogram's cramped press office and mayhem ...

The Black Keys: The Ongoing Adventures Of Two Complete Knuckleheads

Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, July 2010

"WE DIDN'T KNOW what the hell we were doing," laughs the Black Keys' frontman Dan Auerbach, in a not entirely successful attempt to sum up ...

Blind Faith: Born Under A Bad Sign

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, July 1996

IN THE EVENING COOL OF JUNE 6, 1969, almost 7,000 people made their way to Hyde Park, where they slept under stars to be sure ...

Al Kooper, Blood Sweat & Tears: Al Kooper: The Blood, The Sweat And The Tears

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, February 2007

"...ALMOST NO one alive has lived as much rock 'n' roll history as Mr. Kooper in his assorted lives as performer, producer, sideman, songwriter, author, ...

The Blue Nile: Hats

Review by Johnny Black, Q, 1989

GLASGOW'S BLUE NILE did rather well with their debut album, A Walk Across The Rooftops. Following almost universal critical acclaim it sold a respectable 80,000 ...

David Bowie: The Story of 'Young Americans'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, January 2004

"'YOUNG AMERICANS' wouldn't have happened without Bowie's cocaine addiction," asserted Duran Duran's John Taylor in a recent interview. ...

David Bowie, Mott The Hoople: The Greatest Songs Ever! 'All The Young Dudes'

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Blender, October 2004

David Bowie saved Mott the Hoople from extinction with this glam-rock anthem. ...

Bow Wow Wow, Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: Malcolm McLaren

Interview by Johnny Black, unpublished, February 1982

This is the full transcript of the interview, a small (1500-word) version of which appeared in Over 21 magazine in May 1982. ...

Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, Tom Robinson Band: Red Wedge

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, March 1996

Only one thing could possibly save us from vicious '80s Conservatism: the assembly of pop pinkos that made up the Labour-supporting Red Wedge organisation. Johnny ...

Jack Nitzsche, James Brown, The Rolling Stones: The Greatest (Pop TV) Show on Earth: The T.A.M.I. Show, October 1964

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages, March 2010

ON 28 OCTOBER, 1964, the T.A.M.I. Show was recorded at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. T.A.M.I. stood for Television Audience Measurement Index, though ...

Joe Brown

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, January 2007

WHATEVER YOU think you know about Joe Brown, forget it. ...

Jackson Browne: The Naked Ride Home

Review and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, November 2002

WHILE MOST of his coked-out Californian contemporaries were mapping every last detail of the geography of their navels, endlessly rhyming "illusion" with "confusion" for consumption ...

Kate Bush: Eyewitness: The Grooming Of Kate Bush

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, March 1999

It wouldn't happen now. Kate Bush was 16 when Pink Floyd's David Gilmour recommended her to EMI records. Over the next two years, the arty ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, The Heartbreakers, The Buzzcocks: Destination Nowhere

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, December 1996

Twenty years ago this month, the Sex Pistols, Clash, Damned, Heartbreakers and Buzzcocks embarked upon the Anarchy Tour. What followed more than lived up to ...

The Byrds, Roger McGuinn: Roger McGuinn: Twelve-string Driven Thing

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 2002

THE OPENING JINGLE-JANGLE 12-string Rickenbacker guitar line on The Byrds' 1965 classic, 'Mr Tambourine Man', ushered in a new era in popular music – the ...

Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb: Glen Campbell: 'Wichita Lineman'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, November 2001

Vital statistics 

on Glen Campbell's 'Wichita Lineman' ...

The Carpenters' 'Superstar'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, September 2002

PERFORMERS: Karen Carpenter, lead vocals; Richard Carpenter, piano, vocals; Hal Blaine, drums; Joe Osborne, bass; Jim Horn, wind instruments; Bob Messenger, bass and wind; Doug ...

Cheap Trick: 'Surrender'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, June 2003

Vital statistics on Cheap Trick's 'Surrender' ...

Tony Christie

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Music Week, February 2011

IN HIS 50TH YEAR in the music business, Tony Christie is at the top of his game. ...

The Clash: Vinyl Icon: The Clash

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, May 2011

UNUSUALLY, FOR AN ALBUM awarded Vinyl Icon status, the "fi" of The Clash's eponymous debut is not of the highest. It is, however, an album ...

Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah, We Love Him So: Leonard Cohen's Comeback

Report by Johnny Black, Audience, September 2008

How the world's pre-eminent septuagenarian Jewish Buddhist singer-poet staged 2008's most remarkable comeback. ...

Phil Collins Goes Back to his Soul-Music Roots

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages, August 2010

JB: Your new album, Going Back, quite literally goes back to your musical roots. So where did you first start to become interested in music? ...

Phil Collins: No Jacket Required Vinyl Icon

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, April 2011

TO DESCRIBE No Jacket Required as an era-defining album is almost an understatement. ...

Ry Cooder: Bop Until You Drop Vinyl Icon

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, September 2010

GUITAR GURU Ry Cooder's eighth album, Bop Till You Drop, released at the very end of July 1979, gave him his first British chart entry, ...

Cowboy Junkies: The Cowboy Junkies (1996)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1996

Timmins frère et soeur talk about recording, writing and performing, and latest album Lay It Down.

File format: mp3; file size: 15.4mb, interview length: 16' 52" sound quality: *****

Cream's Jack Bruce (2001)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 2001

From Manchester's Twisted Wheel to the Royal Albert Hall: Jack Bruce talks to Johnny Black about the beginning and ending of the first supergroup, Cream

File format: mp3 File size: 23.9mb Interview length: 26 minutes 8 seconds Sound quality: ****

Cream, Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Hendrix And Cream

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, October 1996

Eric Clapton, arms hanging limp at his side, stared in disbelief at the outlandishly garbed guitarslinger who had just joined the Cream for an impromptu ...

The Cure: In Search Of El Dorado

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, July 1987

EARLY IN THE evening of 27 March 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Robert Smith is sipping tea in the air-conditioned cool of The Cure's luxury ...

The Cure: 'Just Like Heaven'

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Blender, October 2003

VITAL STATISTICS:SONG: 'Just Like Heaven'Artist: The CureLabel: ElektraPerformers: Robert Smith : guitar/vocals; Porl Thompson - guitar; Lol Tolhurst - keyboards; Simon Gallup – Bass; Boris ...

The Cure's Robert Smith (1995)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1995

Johnny Black quizzes the Cure frontman on being childlike, on the album Disintegration, his 30th birthday crisis, stories from the touring front, and the exit of Lol Tolhurst.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 103.4mb, total interview length: 1h 53' 04" sound quality: ****

The Cure's Simon Gallup (1995)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1995

The Cure's bass player Simon Gallup's take on the Lol Tolhurst affair, getting married, plus stories from the road.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 44.7mb, total interview length: 51' 03" sound quality: ****

The Cure: The Curious Case Of The Cure

Interview by Johnny Black, Times, The, April 1989

IF ANY ROCK millionaire other than Robert Smith claimed not to know the chart position of his latest single, it would be impossible to believe. ...

Danny Wilson: Bebop Moptop

Review by Johnny Black, Q, August 1989

THE FREQUENTLY poor quality of second albums is often explained by reference to the unavoidable circumstances whereby most successful artists have 18 years to write ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Where Are They Now: Terence Trent D'Arby

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, Summer 2001

ONCE THE snake-hipped future of soul, Terence Trent D'Arby never quite capitalized on the enormous publicity that greeted his arrival in the mid-'80's, nor the ...

Ray Davies: Sadness and A Kind Of Fame

Interview by Johnny Black, Sunday Times, March 1984

RAY DAVIES has always been a rough diamond. The famous gap-toothed smile is still there, he mumbles through his polysyllables and, bit by bit, he ...

Deep Purple: 'Smoke On The Water' (Warners)

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, May 2005

Performers : Ritchie Blackmore – guitar; Ian Gillan – vocals; Jon Lord – keyboards; Roger Glover – bass; Ian Paice – drums; Producer: Martin Birch; ...

Deep Purple: Vinyl Icon: Machine Head

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, March 2010

TO GET THE POINT of Machine Head you must first understand what it is not. ...

Depeche Mode: Are These Men Really Miserable?

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, March 1984

Believe it or not, they aren't. Depeche Mode still haven't quite made the Big League but they don't seem to mind much. They're huge in ...

Depeche Mode, Primal Scream: Depeche Mode and Primal Scream: The Most Debauched Tour Ever

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, August 1998

Depeche Mode have been touring for almost a year. Drug and alcohol abuse is rife and the group are close to breaking point. The obvious ...

Depeche Mode, Yazoo: The Meaning Of Mute

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, Masterbag, September 1982

(1) Not emitting articulate sound:NOT THAT YOU could blame him if his utterances were totally inarticulate, because Daniel Miller has been having a hard and ...

Derek & The Dominos: Derek and the Dominos: 'Layla'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, January 2006

Performers: Eric Clapton – guitar/vocals; Duane Allman – guitar; Jim Gordon – drums/piano; Bobby Whitlock – keyboards; Carl Radle : bassLabel: AtcoProducer: Tom DowdChart debut: ...

The Deviants, John Lennon, John's Children, Pink Floyd, Yoko Ono: Eyewitness: The 14-Hour Technicolor Dream, April 29, 1967, Alexandra Palace, North London

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Q, June 1995

Pink Floyd, The Soft Machine, The Move... Some of Swinging London's swingiest played at the legendary International Times benefit at Alexandra Palace. Johnny Black rounds up a ...

Dodgy

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, August 1995

DODGY'S PRECOCIOUS QUOTABILITY, from the early "Rock'n'roll's been making love to the world for 40 years – we're the band to make it come" to ...

Duran Duran: 'Hungry Like the Wolf'

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Blender, 2003

VITAL STATISTICS:SONG: Hungry Like the WolfARTIST: Duran DuranLABEL: EMI-Harvest/Capitol ...

Bob Dylan: Blonde On Blonde Vinyl Icon

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, January 2010

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, lies 750 miles south west of Bob Dylan's first stomping ground, New York City. It's just a two-hour plane ride but, when Dylan ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Emerson Lake & Palmer

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, March 2001

QUESTION: HOW DO EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER change A light bulb? A: They don't. Drummer Carl Palmer's personal karate instructor holds the bulb steady while ...

John Entwistle, The Who: John Entwistle

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 1994

MY GENERATIONA LOT OF THE SOLOS I PLAYED WERE MUCH FASTER AND MORE interesting than the ones that finally went on the record. ...

Eurythmics

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, June 1983

I ARRIVE, two hours late, outside a church in North London. I push open the huge wooden door and find myself being smiled at by ...

Fairport Convention

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, August 1994

I'M MARTIN," SAYS THE ONE WITH THE CURLY HAIR. "D'you know Ken Dodd's dad's dog died?" ...

Fairport Convention's Dave Pegg (1995)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1995

Dave Pegg talks about Liege & Lief, Unhalfbricking, the departure of Richard Thompson and the death of Sandy Denny.

File format: mp3; file size: 35.4mb; Interview length: 38' 43"; sound quality: *****

Fleetwood Mac: 'Dreams'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, May 2005

Vital Statistics on Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams' ...

Fleetwood Mac: Eyewitness: The Recording of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours

Interview by Johnny Black, Q, May 1997

They were, it seemed, about to go their own ways, but first, troubled Fleetwood Mac had to finish off Rumours. To this end they needed ...

Fleetwood Mac: Rumours Vinyl Icon

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, September 2009

RUMOURS WAS the eleventh album by Anglo-American rock giants Fleetwood Mac, one of an elite cadre of bands which not only survived the loss of ...

Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood (1995)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1995

The veteran drummer assesses the career of Fleetwood Mac, looking at key songs from their career from 'Oh Well' to 'Tusk'

File format: mp3 File size: 43.7mb Interview length: 47 minutes 46 seconds Sound quality: ****

Fleetwood Mac: Mick Fleetwood

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, December 1995

'Shake Your Moneymaker'From Fleetwood Mac LP 1968 (Blue Horizon) MY INEPTNESS TO do separate things at speed became my style of drumming. When it got ...

Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green: The Shape I'm In: Peter Green

Profile by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 1996

IT'S MID-WINTER 1968. The five members of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac are huddled together, holding hands on the floor of the Gorham Hotel on West ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Welcome To The Pleasuredome Vinyl Icon

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, February 2010

IT STARTED in jail. In the spring of 1982, Mark O'Toole, bassist of fast-emerging Liverpool band Frankie Goes To Hollywood, was jamming on a new ...

Aretha Franklin: Time Machine: Aretha Franklin

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, May 1997

The most crucial moment in Aretha Franklin's career ...

John Fred and his Playboy Band: John Fred And His Playboy Band

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, January 1998

IF JOHN LENNON'S diction had been just a bit clearer, John Fred And His Playboy Band might never have scored their US Number 1 hit, ...

The Fugees: 'Killing Me Softly'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, May 2003

Vital statistics 

on The Fugees' 'Killing Me Softly' ...

The Fugs: F*** Art, Let's Levitate The Pentagon

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, March 1994

DECEMBER 16, 1965. A press conference is under way at Columbia Studios, Los Angeles. Bob Dylan is holding court. One reporter throws a question: "What ...

Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison: Peter Gabriel: World Party

Report by Johnny Black, Q, November 1991

One week this summer, Peter Gabriel's dream came true. Musicians of the world, from Sinead O'Connor and Van Morrison to stars of Lapland and Tanzania, ...

Genesis - The Phil Collins Years (2000)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 2000

Follow You, Follow Me: Johnny Black hears from Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks about Phil's joining, becoming front man, and his departure.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 81.3mb, total interview length: 1h 17' 44" sound quality: ****

David Gray

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, December 1994

THE INTRINSIC NICENESS OF JOAN BAEZ is proving a problem for David Gray. "Yes, she's very nice," he admits again, shaking his head as if ...

Bill Haley and His Comets: 'Rock Around The Clock'

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, backonthetracks.com, July 2007

12 April 1954: At Decca Records' Pythian Temple Studio, New York City, Bill Haley and His Comets record 'Rock Around The Clock' and 'Thirteen Women'. ...

Heaven 17

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, September 1983

Why was Glenn Gregory smashing windows? What's this about platform boots with five-inch heels? Who or what are The Underpants? Johnny Black gets to the ...

Jimi Hendrix: Surrounded By Vultures

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Classic Rock, October 2011

SEPTEMBER 10, 1969, had been a bad night for Jimi Hendrix and it was about get considerably worse. ...

Michael Jackson, Lisa Marie Presley: Eyewitness: Michael Jackson's Wedding

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Q, February 1998

After a 16-week romance, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley boarded a Sony Records jet and flew to the Domincan Republic to embark on a ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: 'Hard Knock Life'

Profile by Johnny Black, Blender, November 2002

Vital Statistics on Jay-Z's hit ...

Joy Division: The Making Of Unknown Pleasures

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, November 1998

Joy Division settle into 10cc's Strawberry Studios in Stockport to record one of the greatest albums of the 70s. But Ian Curtis has just discovered ...

Nik Kershaw: I Never Wanted To Be A Muscleman

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, March 1984

Nik Kershaw wears black underpants, plays chess and suspects some people think he's a wimp. It's amazing what pop stars tell Johnny Black. ...

The Kinks: Hellfire Club

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 2000

Their innocent exterior concealed a story of murder, family feuds and skullduggery. But between the fights and disasters, the Kinks cut some of the finest ...

k.d. lang (1997)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1997

America's First Lady of Polysexual Song talks about the making of Drag, the art of interpretation, and of her love of all things Burt Bacharach

File format: mp3; file size: 12.9meg, interview length: 14' 06" sound quality: *****

k.d. lang: National Indoor Arena, Birmingham

Live Review by Johnny Black, MOJO, June 1996

BIG-BONED BOTTICELLI GIRL K.D. LANG IS LYING ON the floor. Knees up to her chest, hands clasped round the back of her head, she rocks ...

The Lightning Seeds: Dizzy Heights

Review and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, December 1996

IF MORE OF THE SAME SOUNDS insulting, think in terms of more of the same but better, because that's essentially what Ian Broudie delivers with ...

Frankie Lymon

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, February 1998

"I WAS MERELY a pawn in a big chess game," said Frankie Lymon, just months before he died of a heroin overdose on February 28, ...

Mad River: The Mad River Story

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Shindig, August 2008

AT THE CLOSE of the '60s, the power of America's rock bible Rolling Stone was immense. Entire careers hinged on the opinions of the magazine's ...

Manic Street Preachers: More!!

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, December 1996

Cambridge Corn Exchange, October 11, 1996 ...

Laura Marling

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, November 2009

DESPITE ALL HER best efforts to stick a spike in the wheel of success, Laura Marling is fast-becoming the most talked-about young singer-songwriter of recent ...

John Martyn

Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, August 2008

All my life I've thought of you as Scottish but you were actually born in England weren't you? ...

Steve Miller: Vinyl Icon: The Steve Miller Band's Fly Like An Eagle

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, May 2011

FLY LIKE AN EAGLE was the album which, in 1976, transformed San Francisco-based Stevie "Guitar" Miller from acclaimed critics' favourite to global superstar. ...

Joni Mitchell: How 'Free Man In Paris' came along

Interview by Johnny Black, Blender, September 2004

WHEN Joni Mitchell played the finished tapes of her 1974 album Court and Spark for her Asylum Records labelmate Bob Dylan, the venerated spokesman of ...

Van Morrison: The Great Hall, Exeter University

Live Review by Johnny Black, MOJO, April 1994

MAN. VAN. THE. UNTIL NOW THE ONLY WELL-KNOWN PHRASE or saying into which these three words could be re-assembled has been a synonym for irascible ...

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Uncle Charlie And His Dog Teddy

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, August 1997

AFTER A bunch of friends, including a young Jackson Browne, figured that singing Bill Monroe and Mississippi John Hurt songs in the back of McCabe's ...

Laura Nyro: Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best Of Laura Nyro

Review and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, March 1997

Most comprehensive Nyro compilation to date, features extensive booklet with her own notes and unseen photographs – not to mention guest appearances over the years ...

Laura Nyro: 1947-1997

Obituary by Johnny Black, MOJO, June 1997

LAURA NYRO DIED OF OVARIAN CANCER, AT HOME IN Danbury, Connecticut, on April 8. Of all the revered ‘60s singer-songwriters, she was the one whose ...

Oasis, Saint Etienne, The Verve: Eyewitness December 1993: Oasis Support The Verve

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, July 1998

Freshly signed to Creation, Oasis venture out on UK tour earning £50 a night supporting The Verve – known at the time as just plain ...

Sinead O'Connor: Eyewitness October 1992: America Slays Sinead O'Connor

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, September 1998

Two weeks after tearing up a picture of the pope on Saturday Night Live and receiving a lifetime ban from the US TV show, Sinead ...

Mike Oldfield (1994)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1994

The Tubular Bells man on his latest album, The Songs of Distant Earth, on using technology, digital vs. analogue, Richard Branson and more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 45.2meg, total interview length: 49 25" sound quality: ****

Mike Oldfield: The Making of Tubular Bells

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, August 2001

One of the most influential pieces of music in rock history – much imitated, used in movies, TV commercials and documentaries, sampled by Janet Jackson, ...

Roy Orbison

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Music Week, October 2008

JUDGED BY A JURY of his peers, Roy Orbison would almost certainly be found unanimously guilty of being the greatest singer and live performer of ...

Pearls Before Swine: Tom Rapp

Profile by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 1999

How Tom Rapp, of cult psychsters Pearls Before Swine, resurfaced thanks to a UK fanzine. ...

Pink Floyd

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, November 2001

IT CAN ONLY HAVE BEEN WITH A certain sense of foreboding that Dave Gilmour officially joined Pink Floyd on the first day of January 1968. ...

Pink Floyd: David Gilmour Could Tell His Friends Were Having Problems…

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, August 1997

GILMOUR, GUITARIST for the locally popular Cambridge band Joker's Wild, was in London during May 1967. Knowing that fellow Cambridge outfit Pink Floyd were recording ...

Pink Floyd: Vinyl Icon: Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, September 2010

IT'S WRIT large in pop history that The Beatles spent the spring of 1967 recording their classic Sgt Pepper album in EMI's Abbey Road Studio ...

Pink Floyd, Roger Waters: Roger Waters: Off The Wall

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, March 2003

To some, Roger Waters is the reactionary ogre who destroyed Pink Floyd. To many others, he's one of the few truly intelligent voices in rock ...

The Police: 'Roxanne'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, May 2005

Vital statistics on The Police's 'Roxanne' ...

The Police, Sting: Vinyl Icon: The Police's Synchronicity

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, November 2009

IN 1977, a virtually unknown trio called The Police recorded their debut album, Outlandos D'Amour, in a village hall that had been converted to a ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis' Christmas Album Vinyl Icon

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, December 2009

IN 2007, the Recording Industry Association of America revealed that, having notched up 12m sales, Elvis Presley's Christmas Album had become the top-selling holiday release ...

Elvis Presley: Long Live The King!

Overview by Johnny Black, Q, June 1995

Most insist that Elvis Presley died on August 16 1977. Yet some say that not only is The Memphis Flash alive, but that they've seen ...

The Pretty Things' Phil May (1995)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1995

Chief Pretty Thing Phil May, along with manager Mark St John, on the early days of the Pretties, their rivalry with the Rolling Stones, disappearing bandmates and the legal battles to regain their copyrights.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 49.8meg, total interview length: 54' 27" sound quality: ****

Public Enemy: 'Fight The Power'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, September 2002

Vital statistics on Public Enemy's 'Fight The Power' ...

Queen Of Nude Orleans: 1978, October 31

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Classic Rock, October 2011

IT WAS THE aftershow party to end all aftershow parties. The champagne flowed like water, couples coupled under the tables and the entertainment included strippers, ...

Radiohead: The Greatest Songs Ever: Radiohead's 'Fake Plastic Trees'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, Summer 2003

MOST BANDS SPEND years trying to score a hit single, but Radiohead have spent years trying to live one down. 'Creep' took America by storm ...

Gerry Rafferty: City To City

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, March 2011

THE RECENT, TRAGIC, DEATH of Gerry Rafferty reminded thousands of fans just how vital his contribution to the '70s was, first as a member of ...

Gerry Rafferty: City To City Vinyl Icon

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, March 2011

THE RECENT, tragic, death of Gerry Rafferty reminded thousands of fans just how vital his contribution to the 70s was, first as a member of ...

Reef

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, April 1997

IT'S LOOKING GOOD. Gary's got his hands down inside the front of his trousers and Dom's rolling a skinny little one on the table. These ...

R.E.M.: 'So. Central Rain'

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Blender, June 2002

It's 1984, and America's in thrall to Valley Girls, Day-Glo socks and 'Billie Jean'. Is this really the best time for a jangly Georgia folk-rock ...

Cliff Richard: Cliffstory

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Music Week, September 2008

CLIFF RICHARD has been the most constant companion of British pop fans since 1958, but he remains one of the most enigmatic and controversial figures ...

The Rolling Stones: How It Happened

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, May 1995

By 1963, The Rollin' Stones lacked only a "g" and a manager. Enter Andrew Loog Oldham, 19-year-old music publicist and soon-to-be Stones Svengali... ...

Rutles.The: The Rutles: The Making Of All You Need Is Cash

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Q, February 1996

The time had finally come to stick a pin in the monolithic zeppelin that was Beatles mythology – and with the aid of a star-sprinkled ...

Saint Etienne: Good Humor (Heavenly)

Review and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, June 1998

FACED WITH Sarah, Bob and Pete's latest creamy confection, smothered in schmaltz and techno-lite topped off with Astrud Gilberto vocals, it's easy to dismiss them ...

Scritti Politti: It's The Scritti Political Broadcast

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, June 1982

Quiet please! The next feature will be on all three channels. Johnny Black gets a taste of modern soul music. ...

Neil Sedaka Looks Back

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, Music Week, June 2009

IT'S OBVIOUS to anyone with even a smattering of pop music suss that without Neil Sedaka there would be no 'Breaking Up Is Hard To ...

The Sex Pistols Sign To A&M Records

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, October 1995

Early 1977, and following the inevitable bust-up with EMI, the Sex Pistols are about to release 'God Save The Queen' and embark on their shortest ...

Slade: Slade In Flame

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, 1999

29 JULY 1974. Filming begins on the rock movie Slade In Flame, on location in the UK. ...

The Smiths: No Time Like The First

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, June 2004

Britain in the early '80s: New Romantics, pencil 'taches and Phil Collins. Then came The Smiths. The tale of their first ever gigs by Johnny ...

Soft Cell: 'Tainted Love'

Profile by Johnny Black, Blender, December 2007

Vital statistics on Soft Cell's controversial smash ...

Alvin Stardust

Interview by Johnny Black, Music Week, April 2010

NECESSITY, THEY say, is the mother of invention, and no-one knows that better than Alvin Stardust. ...

Steely Dan: Vinyl Icon: Gaucho

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, July 2010

GAUCHO, THE FINAL ALBUM Steely Dan recorded before they broke up in 1981, is still regarded as a masterpiece by aficionados, but making it put ...

Cat Stevens: Tea For The Tillerman Vinyl Icon

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, January 2010

TEENAGE SINGER-SONGWRITER Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam) hit the ground running in 1966 with a string of memorably catchy hits, including 'I Love ...

Stevie Wonder: 'Higher Ground'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, September 2003

Vital statistics 

on Stevie Wonder's 'Higher Ground' ...

Supertramp: Vinyl Icon: Supertramp's Breakfast In America

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, June 2010

WHEN SUPERTRAMP released their sixth album, Breakfast In America, on March 29, 1979, the two core members of the band, Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies, ...

The Supremes: Mary Wilson on The Supremes

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, April 1997

"ONE DAY IN mid-April we were all summoned to berry’s home on Outer Drive," remembers Mary Wilson of The Supremes. "As I drove there, I ...

Screaming Lord Sutch: Loony Institution: Screaming Lord Sutch

Obituary by Johnny Black, MOJO, August 1999

BRITAIN'S LONGEST-SERVING political party leader and rock'n'roll aristocrat has died at home in Harrow, Middlesex, on June 16. ...

Tears For Fears

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, December 1982

Lest you harbour any doubts as to why Tears For Fears have taken over five months to record their first album, the answer is simple. ...

The Thompson Twins: If You're At Number 20, All You Can See Is The 19 Groups Ahead Of You. And You Hate Every One Of Them!

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, November 1983

Success, say the Thompson Twins, brings out the worst in you. And yet they still want more of it. Johnny Black brings you another chapter ...

Traffic In The Summer Of Love

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, Summer 2007

RELEASED AT the tail end of the summer of love, 'A Hole In My Shoe' was hailed by NME as "an incredible disc which you ...

Steve Winwood, Traffic: Steve Winwood

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, May 1997

IT WAS NOT UNTIL 1993, 30 years after he first heard Ray Charles sing, that Steve Winwood met his lifelong idol. Winwood happened to be ...

Travis: Interview

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, July 2007

"WHEN THE wrecking ball of success whacks you," reckons Fran Healy of Travis, "your life goes in fifty directions at once. We had to stop ...

T. Rex: Eyewitness: The First Glastonbury Festival, September 19-20, 1970

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, July 1996

No Glastonbury this year! No matter! Let Q whisk you back to the first festival of Pop, Folk & Blues At Worthy Farm – a ...

Tupac Shakur: Eyewitness: The First Shooting of Tupac Shakur

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Q, November 1997

Halfway through his New York trial for rape and amidst growing tension between East and West Coast rappers, Tupac Shakur attended a recording session. He ...

The Undertones: the Famous Five go to Finland

Profile by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, August 1981

IN JULY in Helsinki, Finland, the only darkness you can find is inside buildings with no windows. Buildings like the "Travastia Klubi" where the Undertones ...

Laura Veirs

Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, March 2010

"I DON'T OWN MANY THINGS," Laura Veirs tells me. "I'm not a things person." ...

Velvet Underground: Time Machine: Velvet Underground

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, March 1997

Launched largely from a platform provided by their association with the decade’s most celebrated artist, Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground without Nico had become New ...

Loudon Wainwright III: Professional Confessions: Loudon Wainwright

Review and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, November 1995

INTELLECTUAL SINGER-songwriters, doncha jus' luv 'em? LW3 has been at it for 20 years, spilling his guts, sharing his fears and generally earning a living ...

Tom Waits: Waits And Double Measures

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, March 1981

PUT YOURSELF in my place. Scant hours earlier I'd been regaled with the tale of how, in an interview the previous day, Tom had turned ...

The Who's John Entwistle (1994)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1994

The Ox talks about the making of classic Who songs such as 'I'm A Boy' and 'My Generation', naming Led Zeppelin, the endless rows, and tells a handful of great Keith Moon stories

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 68.7meg, total interview length: 1h 14' 58" sound quality: ****

Wilco (1999)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1999

The Chicago boys talk about the making of Summerteeth, and life on the road.

File format: mp3; file size: 32.8mb, interview length: 35' 47" sound quality: ****

Wilco: 4.00 - 5.00pm: soundcheck/5.00 - 6.00pm: local press/6.00 - 6.05pm: cigarette break

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, July 1999

IT'S DARK IN an alley just off Hamburg's notorious Reeperbahn, a faint neon glow filters in from the street to reveal a gaggle of noisy ...

Kim Wilde: Wilde Life

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, May 1981

WHEN MARTY Wilde shot to fame in 1959 (look it up in a history book), the only questions anybody ever asked pop singers were about ...

Robbie Williams: True Brit

Report by Johnny Black, Music Week, June 2010

LESS THAN a year ago Robbie Williams was being written off by the nation's critics, but this month has seen him honoured with an Outstanding ...

Steve Winwood, parts 1-4 (1997)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1997

Winwood talks about the early days in Birmingham, from his childhood through to the start of the Spencer Davis Group, and thence to the stop-start life of Traffic, plus an overview of where he's at now

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 109.4meg, total interview length: 2 hours; sound quality: ****

Wizzard: Making 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day'

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, January 1996

Mike Burney (sax, Wizzard): I'd been doing really boring big band gigs on the ballroom circuit so when Roy offered me a job in Wizzard ...

World Party: Goodbye Jumbo

Review by Johnny Black, Q, June 1990

WORLD PARTY – BEST known for the 'Ship Of Fools' hit off their 1986 debut – is, to all intents and purposes, Ex-Waterboy Karl Wallinger, ...

World Party: At Shepherd's Bush Empire

Report by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 1997

"I WISH he'd stop wiping his nose," moans the guy in the next seat. Even without his nasal hygiene tic, the object of this ...

XTC: Andy Partridge Confronts His Lifelong Enemy - Stagefright!

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, June 1994

This is an interview with Andy Partridge. ...

XTC: Fossil Fuel

Review and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 1996

ARGUABLY the most intense and most intensely English musical experience to have arisen from the brief heyday of the new wave that succeeded punk, XTC ...

XTC's Andy Partridge (1994)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1994

Childhood fears, being bullied at school, his first tentative steps as a musician up to the extended trauma of XTC, culminating in his stage fright-induced withdrawal from live playing.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 114.8mb, total interview length: 2h 05' 24" sound quality: ****

Yes: Roger Dean

Essay by Johnny Black, Q, November 1989

Any self-respecting Yes album used to feel naked without a fantasy cover by artist Roger Dean. It seems only fitting, then, that he has done ...

The Zombies' Colin Blunstone (1997)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1997

Colin Blunstone looks back at the Zombies, from their formation in leafy St. Albans, via their first hit 'She's Not There', on to package tours of the US and finally to the crumbling of the band and its aftermath

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 106.7meg, total interview length: 1h 56' 26" sound quality: ****

The Zombies: The Class Act

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, November 1997

EVEN THE MOST MICROSCOPIC EXAMINATION of early publicity shots of bookish, bespectacled quintet The Zombies yields no clue that these middle class English boys in ...

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BRIT Awards

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Music Week, March 2010

THE BRIT Awards, about to celebrate its 30th anniversary, has become a cherished national institution, a must-see annual celebration of the most successful, enduring and ...

Mickie Most (1997)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1997

Purveyor of pap, or pop genius? The Rak man on 'House of the Rising Sun', Herman's Hermits, 'Hi Ho Silver Lining', Donovan and lots more

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 42.8meg, total interview length: 46' 50" sound quality: *****

The iPod and iTunes: Buy Three Get Nine You Don't Want

Comment by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages, March 2009

IT STARTED — the slow realisation — when my wife bought me an iPod for my birthday. ...

CDs: Perfect Sound? Forever?

Report by Johnny Black, Q, July 1992

The sound of compact discs was hailed as a technical miracle. But is it? Classic albums get re-issued on CD and we're told they're better. ...

Concept Albums: A-may-zing!

Overview by Johnny Black, Q, April 1991

Concept albums...What are they? Are they: ...

Electronica: Electronics Anonymous

Report by Johnny Black, Q, December 1990

Swatched in dry ice, tucked behind towering banks of keyboards, they are the spiritual descendents of Tangerine Dream and Vangelis, prescribing "psycho-active music to bring ...

Eyewitness: March 1952 — The First Rock'n'Roll Concert

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, February 1999

10,000 people smashed down the doors to get in, none of the bands were paid and one man was stabbed in the arse. After the ...

Eyewitness: The Twist

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Q, February 1997

THE TWIST WAS the most remarkable dance phenomenon in the history of the rock era. Here's the story of how it happened in the words ...

I Fought The Law…

Guide by Mat Snow, Johnny Black, Q, November 1993

... and the law, being an all-powerful customer, usually won. Johnny Black and Mat Snow investigate the link between the crazy, hot-headed outlaws of rock ...

On The Tube

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, January 1983

"I ACTUALLY ENJOY Top Of The Pops very much but it lacks the excitement of a live programme. You can't cheat the kids. You've got ...

Rock Cinema: It’s Only A Movie

Overview by Johnny Black, History of Rock, The, 1984

How rock cinema fared in the wake of Woodstock IN MANY WAYS, THE FIRST HALF of the '70s was a drab time for rock music ...

The Troubadour Club: A History

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Troubadour, 1997

WHEN THE SUN goes down over Santa Monica Boulevard, there's really only ever been one place to be and that's inside Doug Weston's legendary Troubadour ...

Various Artists: The Sun Story Vols 1 & 2

Review by Johnny Black, Q, February 1991

Sun compiled. Historic and musically satisfying – even without Elvis. ...

Various Artists: The Sun Story Vols 1 & 2

Review by Johnny Black, Q, February 1991

IT WOULD BE convenient to be able to cite Sam Phillips's Memphis-based Sun Records, with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis on its roster, as ...

Wembley Arenaversary: A Legendary Venue Turns 50

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Audience, March 2009

FIFTY YEARS AGO, in March, 1959, Petula Clark, Lonnie Donegan and rising young songstrel Shirley Bassey appeared in the Record Star Show, the first live ...

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