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Karl Dallas

Karl Dallas

Karl Dallas was a contributor to Melody Maker from the 1950s to the 1970s.

He also wrote for Musical Opinion, the Daily Worker (later, the Morning Star), The Times, The Independent, Sounds, Kerrang, Schlager (Germany), and other international magazines.

He also published a number of magazines including Folk Music, Folk News, Acoustic Music, Jazz Music News, and Folk Music News.

He is now an occasional radio broadcaster.

List of articles in the library by artist

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin: Janis Joplin: Lock Up Your Sons

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1968

SHE WEARS a micro-length dress with a neckline plunging down to the navel. She swoops around the stage like some kind of female bat about ...

Bill Monroe (1979)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1979

The King of the bluegrass Mandolin discusses his approach to music, the influence of the blues, playing with the likes of Flatt & Scruggs, and gives his view of contemporary bluegrass artists such as the Dillards.

File format: mp3; file size: 9.4meg; Interview length: 10' 16"; sound quality: ***

The Edgar Broughton Band: Edgar Broughton: Meet Edgar The Agitator

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, January 1970

BOUNCERS ARE one of the bad old traditions of pop music, with roots reaching back through the 'Rock Around the Clock' riots to the Sinatra ...

The Incredible String Band, Tim Buckley: Incredible String Band/Tim Buckley: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, April 1968

TIM BUCKLEY made a guest appearance at the Incredible String Band's packed Royal Festival Hall concert last Saturday and amply illustrated the difference in approach ...

Carolyn Hester: Not Ashamed To Do Some Folk Rock

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, October 1966

INTO BRITAIN last weekend flew Carolyn Hester, the American folk singer with the fantastic range, for a tight schedule of ten TV dates and two ...

Leonard Cohen: Cohen Down the Road

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, May 1976

GOD'S IN his heaven, all's right with the world. The words, surprisingly enough, came from Leonard Cohen, and he was making the first of several ...

Leonard Cohen: Songwriter Who Got Into Folk By Accident

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, February 1968

WHEN THE new album by the uncrowned queen of the non-folk, Judy Collins, is issued this month a lot of people will start talking again ...

Shirley Collins: No Roses

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1971

The First Lady Goes Electric ...

Davey Graham: Midnight Man (Decca LK 4780)

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1966

DON'T JUDGE Davey Graham's latest LP, Midnight Man (Decca LK 4780) on the basis of one hearing alone or, like me, you'll decide it's not up to ...

Desmond Dekker

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, May 1975

SEVEN YEARS ago, Desmond Dekker was a raw, gangling boy from St Thomas, Jamaica. ...

Sandy Denny (1977)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1977

The Queen of English Folk-Rock talks about going back on the road (the repertoire, the musicians and the nerves), about her recent split from Island Records, and about her new baby Georgia.

File format: mp3 File size: 9.5mb Interview length: 10' 23"; Sound quality: ****

Sandy Denny: Rendezvous

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, May 1977

THIS IS THE ALBUM we have been waiting for since Sandy left Fairport Convention for the second time at the end of 1975. Over six ...

Sandy Denny: The North Sea Grassman and the Ravens (Island)

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1971

WE ALWAYS knew Sandy Denny had the capacity to make a brilliant record, and we were right. ...

Sandy Denny: Softie Sandy

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, September 1973

ALL IN ALL, it's been a funny sort of year for Sandy Denny. She hadn't performed in this country before last Christmas though she's worked ...

The Doors: Jim Morrison: Is He The American Mick Jagger?

Profile by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1968

LOOK OUT, England! Jim Morrison is coming to get you! ...

Bob Dylan: We May Never See Him Perform Again

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1968

BOB DYLAN is unlikely ever to appear in concerts again. This is my considered opinion after two weeks talking with his friends and business associates ...

Faust and Foremost

Profile and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, March 1973

IT IS TWELVE noon, and in the smoky sunshine of a London afternoon a group of German longhairs are unloading a huge Mercedes truck full ...

Faust: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, June 1973

LONDON'S RAINBOW looked like a Berliner Ensemble production of a rock musical version of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5. The stage backdrop had been raised, revealing ...

Fotheringay, The Sea and Sandy Denny

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, June 1970

A FEW months ago Fotheringay was a pretty name for a group of musicians who happened to play together. Today it is the name of ...

Jackson C. Frank: Frankly Speaking

Retrospective by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, March 1975

MM's series on the underrated musicians of yesterday. This week: JACKSON C. FRANK ...

Davey Graham: Les Cousins, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, September 1966

THE big question is: why isn't Davy Graham booked into Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club? He has as much to say as his fellow guitarist and ...

Roy Harper: On-Off Genius?

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, July 1970

ROY HARPER is a sort of Gerald Scarfe of music. Like the cartoonist, what he does isn't always pretty, it isn't always enjoyable, but by ...

The Incredible String Band: Once Again, Is It Folk?

Profile and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, March 1968

WHEN poet Pete Brown, lyric-writer for the Cream, heard the new Incredible String Band LP, The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, he said: "That's what the Rolling ...

Alexis Korner: Why Alexis Won't Join The Stones

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, February 1975

ALEXIS KORNER laughed, his suntanned face creasing up into laughter lines, his body rocking very gently back and forth. "Oh," he said. "No way." ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Wailin'

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, July 1975

After two amazing gigs last week in London, Bob Marley is being universally hailed as reggae's first superstar. Karl Dallas watches the Wailers in action ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley (1975)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1975

The day after his legendary Lyceum show, Marley expounds on Babylon, Rastafari, Jamaica, his universal message, and the meaning of 'I Shot The Sheriff'.

File format: mp3; file size: 11.5mb, interview length: 25' 01" sound quality: ****

John Martyn: Martyn's Identity Papers

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, December 1980

ACCORDING to the official biog, John Martyn was born in New Malden, Surrey, but was brought up for the first 15 years of his life ...

Melanie's Looking For A Bag Of Her Very Own

Profile by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, April 1969

YOU CAN'T BE neutral about Melanie. She's one of those people who comes along and creates new dividing lines in the scene, setting people at ...

Joni Mitchell: Joni, The Seagull From Saskatoon

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, September 1968

TALKING TO Joni Mitchell about her songs is rather like talking to someone you just met about the most intimate secrets of her life. Like ...

Al Stewart, Joni Mitchell: Joni Mitchell, Al Stewart, The Johnstons: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, October 1968

OPENERS AT Roy Guest's "Festival of Contemporary Song" at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday, the Johnstons, finished their set with Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides ...

Mr. Fox, Steeleye Span: Mr. Fox and Steeleye Span: Electric Folk – The Second Generation

Comment by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, January 1971

NOW WE'VE had a chance to hear Mr. Fox and Steeleye Span properly, it is clear that we are already into the second generation of ...

Maria Muldaur: Maria Hangs Loose

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1975

Maria Muldaur, the American singer who has just completed a highly-successful week at London's Ronnie Scott Club, talks to KARL DALLAS ...

Maria Muldaur: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, July 1975

THE TROUBLE with Maria Muldaur is that she is so Goddamn talented it could make you sick. At Ronnie Scott's London, she was all the ...

Phil Ochs: America's Fieriest Songwriter

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, September 1966

LAST TIME American singer/songwriter Phil Ochs was here he stormed around from gig to gig, ending up in a four-letter-worded altercation with a St Pancras ...

Mike Oldfield: Boy Genius "Not Broke" Shock

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, December 1979

Things haven't been going smoothly for Mike Oldfield. Tours have lost money, expensive gear has been scrapped and he's had a dispute with his label ...

Mike Oldfield: High On The Ridge

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1974

Toy gliders, house-hunting and a jam with a harpsichordist in a restaurant. It's all happening on the Welsh Marches where Karl Dallas meets Mike Oldfield. ...

Mike Oldfield: This Is The Year Of The Expanding Man...

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, November 1978

What Scientology did for Chick Corea (and John Travolta), Exegesis is doing for mild, retiring Mike Oldfield. He puts the stare on KARL DALLAS ...

Pentangle: The Many Talents Of The Pentangle

Profile and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, May 1968

ANSWER THE following questions to win five points: Which group is playing at the Cambridge Jazz Festival one weekend in July, and at the Cambridge ...

Pink Floyd: Empire Pool, London

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, November 1974

GLC fuck-ups at Empire Pool ...

Suzi Quatro: Your Momma Won't Like It

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, January 1975

...but black leather isn't all there is to Suzi Quatro explains KARL DALLAS ...

Tom Rush: Rush Reaches For The Pop Audience

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, January 1968

TOM RUSH walked into my office shortly after he had arrived to record a BBC-2 colour TV show with Julie Felix and John Renbourn last ...

Tangerine Dream: Twilight of the Dream

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, December 1976

TANGERINE DREAM seem to have strange ideas about off-duty entertainment. ...

Loudon Wainwright III: Loudon Alone

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, June 1974

THE PR MAN in the coffee lounge of the Hotel Russell was anxious about the Loudon Wainwright's appearance. "Is he cleanshaven or bearded." he wanted ...

Tom Waits: Waits Going On

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, June 1976

TOM WAITS, currently appearing at London's Ronnie Scott Club, talks to Karl Dallas ...

The Watersons: 'Entertainment' Isn't Enough For The Watersons

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, February 1967

BIGGEST bombshell to hit the folk scene since Dave Swarbrick left Ian Campbell was my news in last week's MM, that the Watersons are to ...

Stomu Yamashta: 24 Hour Man

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, February 1975

STOMU YAMASHTA was looking pretty chipper for someone who's been getting just two hours sleep a night for the past month. For a man who ...

Frank Zappa: Carry On Composing

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, January 1978

No Edgar Varèse trip for Frank Zappa, who's just sold out four shows at the Hammersmith Odeon (not bad for a hippie in '78, eh?). ...

Frank Zappa: What Did You Do In The Revolution, Dada?

Essay by Karl Dallas, Let It Rock, June 1975

Karl Dallas asks the pertinent questions... ...

List of genre pieces

Wolfman Jack (1980)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1980

The Personality Jock numero uno takes us through his entire career bestriding the airwaves: after his East Coast initiation, heading South of the Border to the big Mexican stations – pistoleros, gunfights, corruption and R&B; the move to Los Angeles, TV with Midnight Special and starring in George Lucas' American Graffiti, and he also runs down his pretty immaculate Top Ten tunes.

File format: mp3; file size: 53.1mb, interview length: 57' 59" sound quality: ***

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