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Keith Altham

Mike Grant and Bill Phillips are pseudonyms for Keith Altham
Keith Altham

A successful rock and roll scarred author, broadcaster, and New Musical Express features editor, Keith Altham interviewed the likes of The Beatles, The Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Frank Zappa, The Small Faces, Cliff Richard, Dusty, Cilla, Scott Walker, Ray Davies, Jim Morrison and The Beach Boys on innumerable occasions. In the early ‘60s he wrote for the legendary fan magazine Fabulous from its inception. Subsequently he became England’s most successful independent rock press agent for three decades from the early ‘70s representing most of those he had previously interviewed.

On radio Altham was a major contributor as news reader and interviewer for three years on BBC 2’s "Scene and Heard" which was "the music paper of radio" during the ‘60s and early ‘70s, More recently he contributed to BBC Radio 2’s programme on "The Changing Styles of Music Journalism" "Music Hype" and Virgin FMs "Tribute to Jimi Hendrix."
 

Altham is also accountable for giving Hendrix the idea of setting fire to his guitar, and is recorded as being the last person to interview him before his death; for saddling Reg Presley of the Troggs with his surname and turning Slade into skinheads for publicity purpose in the early ‘70s.

His first book The PR Strikes Back in the form of open letters to his famous clients over many years including The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Sting, The Beach Boys, Status Quo, Phil Collins and The Who revealing his true feelings about them was printed by Blake Publishing and serialised in the Daily Mail in 2002.

K.A. Publicity, which he founded in 1971, represented the cream of British rock music over two decades including for several years, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beach Boys, Police, Slade, Status Quo, The Animals, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, The Kinks, Scott Walker, Eddy Grant, Genesis, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, The Jam, The Stranglers, Marc Bolan, The Moody Blues, Steve Marriot, Carole King, Joan Armatrading, Elkie Brooks, and Manfred Mann. Altham retired his Press Agency and in 1993 BBC Radio 4 made Altham the subject of a tribute programme "The Godfather of Music PR" on which Sting, Roger Daltrey and Jagger testified to his skill.

He made early appearances on Granada’s TV series "My Generation" in the ‘90s "The Brit Girls" both in front of the camera and as a researcher. Other recent TV appearances include the Marc Bolan documentary "Dandy in the Underworld" for channel 4, a Mick Jagger feature for The Discovery Channel and a Jimi Hendrix profile for BBC I series "Reputations" plus two guest appearances for Noddy Holder’s Sky/Granada "Pop Quiz".

His latest research and on screen contributions include "Pop Panic", "Fame Set and Match" about the Rolling Stones and their old flames, a tribute documentary on Cilla Black and another on "Marc Bolan's Missing Millions", three more on Ray Davies, "The Hendrix Conspiracy" and "Mick Jagger's Women".

Altham is currently working on two books the first about his early life in the ‘60s, one provisionally titled When I was Fab, and a biography of a well-known superstar.

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Amen Corner: Amen Andy Is New Teen Idol

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1968

JUST as everyone was beginning to think that the day of the teenage idol was over, another young 'god' has come quietly and modestly upon ...

America (1972)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1972

The grits and granola boy-band on the Crosby, Stills & Nash copyists issue, playing live and sharing accommodation

File format: mp3; file size: 14.8mb; Interview length: 16' 11"; sound quality: ****

American Spring: Mrs Brian Wilson

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1972

MARILYN WILSON and her sister Diana Rovell, are American Spring, and their first album is very much a family affair, because her famous husband Brian ...

The Animals, Zoot Money: Eric Burdon & The Animals with Zoot Money: The Revolution, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1968

POWERFUL ERIC ...

The Animals: Animals: Sure, We're Really Animals!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Summer Special, Summer 1966

THE TITLE 'ANIMALS' was given to the group by Radio Caroline chief Ronan O'Reilly, who felt it summed up the group's wild attitude to rhythm-and-blues ...

The Animals: Eric Burdon, Animal Trainer

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1965

CLAD in a black track suit, zippered to the neck, and still wearing his carpet slippers, the chunky figure of Eric Burdon lay writhing on ...

The Animals: Obituary: Chas Chandler

Obituary by Keith Altham, MOJO, September 1996

Eric Burdon had the temerity to scribble the new loggia he’d designed for the Animals all over my virginal blotter. Bass player Chas caught my ...

The Animals: Animals In America

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1965

ERIC BURDON v. Cassius Clay might sound like an unlikely title bout but Eric informs me that it was almost reality when the Animals were ...

The Animals: Animals Took Liberty With Prison Song

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1966

"WE TOOK A terrible liberty with 'Inside Looking Out'," admits Eric Burdon. "It's the first number we've recorded without a tune. It originates from a ...

The Animals: Animals Want to Wax a 'New Tracks' EP

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1965

I PICKED up Eric Burdon at the BBC Maida Vale studios at 11 last Friday morning. ...

The Animals: Burdon's New Animals Not Set Yet

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1966

SPEAKING this week to Eric Burdon, that well-known "Freak-about-town" (since "Freak-out" music is having a considerable influence on our Animal), he revealed to me that ...

The Animals: Could 'Don't Bring Me Down' Be Last Animals' Disc?

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1966

Out of chaos came their 'best technical' recording, but Keith Altham gets a feeling – quite unofficial – that it might be, but hopes it ...

The Animals: Eric Burdon Meets New Lennon And Harrison

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1966

EVERYONE is talking about the new Animals. But few have spared a thought for the new Eric Burdon with "bluesynite," the wonder ingredient which enables ...

The Animals: Eric Burdon Turns Author

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1965

STAND by for Eric Burdon, author. I've just been going over some of the roughs that Eric is preparing for his first book (publisher wanted). ...

The Animals: Hell-Raisers Of Pop

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, December 1965

"THE HELL-RAISERS have all disappeared" mourned a leading national showbusiness reporter some months ago. All I can say is that he has obviously not met ...

The Animals: Question Time With....Eric Burdon

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1967

IT SHOULD, OF course, be Eric Burdon and the "anything but the Animals," because this new group has about as much connection with the original ...

The Animals, The Bachelors, The Beatles, Cilla Black, Donovan, Dusty Springfield, Freddie & The Dreamers, Georgie Fame, Herman's Hermits, The Ivy League, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, The Rockin' Berries, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, Sounds Incorporated, Them, Tom Jones, Twinkle, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones et al: NME Poll Winners' Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1965

IT WAS THE GREATEST POP SHOW ON EARTH ...

The Animals, Chris Farlowe, Geno Washington, Georgie Fame, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Animals, Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Geno Washington, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1966

Eric Burdon Beats The Hecklers! Geno An Earthquake ! ...

The Animals, Scott Walker, The Walker Brothers: Eric Burdon & Scott Engel: Scott Smarts After Burdon's JBJ Slamming

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1966

AN INTENSE person, who is over sensitive to criticism of his work, I found Scott Engel (Walker) more than a little irked by Eric Burdon's ...

Bob Dylan, Donovan, Joan Baez, The Seekers, The Silkie: The Year That Folk Moved In

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, December 1965

BOB DYLAN – the undisputed King of Folk. He causes as much controversy personally as do his records. ...

Arthur Brown, Ginger Baker, Jeff Beck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, John Mayall, Marmalade, The Nice, Spencer Davis Group, Tim Rose, Traffic, Tyrannosaurus Rex: NME Reporters Cover the Weekend's Major Event — the Eighth National Jazz and Blues Festival

Live Review by Keith Altham, Richard Green, New Musical Express, August 1968

STARS, SUNSHINE and a SHAMBLES ...

Fontella Bass: British Trip Caused Heartaches For Fontella

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1966

AS A RESULT of her recent British visit I found that sensitive "soul" Fontella Bass suffering from a big back-ache and a little heartache just ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys Pulled Out Of Doldrums

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, December 1968

WITHER The Beach Boys in 1969? The group that produced 'Good Vibrations' and 'God Only Knows' have never quite recaptured the magic of those halcyon ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys Sensational Visit

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1966

MY FIRST MISTAKE was trying to escape from London airport on Sunday morning, through approximately a thousand fans, with drummer Dennis Wilson, whom I later ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys' Crazy Last Night!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1966

AMONG those getting in each others' way in the Beach Boys' dressing room at Hammersmith Odeon on Monday night were publicist Derek Taylor (minus moustache), ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys Meet Elvis

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1968

THE BEACH Boys meet Elvis! Beach Boys tour with London Philharmonic Orchestra? Bruce Johnston sings Lennon and McCartney! Beach Boys to do rock 'n' roll ...

The Beach Boys: Complex and Intricate

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1966

"THE BEACH Boys' ambassador in tennis shoes," as their publicist Derek Taylor so aptly describes new group member Bruce Johnston, surfed into the Waldorf Hotel ...

The Beach Boys: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1972

I AM, it should be emphasised, a Beach Boys freak from way back, to 'Wendy' and 'Surfin' U.S.A.', through Pet Sounds to Surfs Up, and ...

The Beach Boys: With Love And Good Vibes part 1

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1972

THE BEACH BOYS are the most successful and oldest working rock and roll band on the road today and this is a crucial year in ...

The Beach Boys: With Love And Good Vibes part 2

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1972

THE FINAL part of Keith Altham's interview with Beach Boy Mike Love. Last week Love talked about the group's involvement with transcendental meditation. Now he ...

The Beach Boys, Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson: Dennis Wilson

Interview by Keith Altham, Rave, May 1969

DENNIS WILSON is the walking contradiction in the Beach Boys, who provides the motor for the group with his powerhouse percussion and unlimited energy. Dennis ...

The Beatles: Gypsy Dave with The Beatles in India (1981)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1981

Travel with Donovan-acolyte Gypsy Dave to the ashram at Rishikesh to witness The Beatles meeting the Maharishi. Gypsy Dave is the cynic in the camp, and makes his escape with Ringo and Maureen.

File format: mp3; file size: 19.8mb; Interview length: 21' 38"; sound quality: **

The Beatles: The One Who Got Away

Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, February 1964

PETE BEST is the Beatle who got away. The drummer who was replaced by Ringo Starr just before the boys hit the big time. What ...

The Beatles: Sshhh!!!!! Silence!!! Lights!!! Camera!!! Action!!! It's Those Beatles!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, May 1964

BEATLES HERE. Beatles there. Beatles tearing about everywhere, down at Twickenham film studios. I didn't expect any of them to have time for a chat, ...

The Beatles, John Lennon: John Lennon: Happy Birthday to the Head Beatle

Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, October 1964

Although The Beatles have never officially had a leader, John Lennon has always been regarded as Beatle-boss because of his major role in their success. ...

The Bee Gees: My Adventures With The Bee Gees!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Flip, September 1968

THE FIRST TIME I met the Bee Gees they were surrounded by huge clouds of smoke, manufactured by an "ice-machine" in an enormous TV studio ...

The Bee Gees, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Foundations, Grapefruit: Big Night For The Bee Gees: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Richard Green, New Musical Express, April 1968

Concert review by Keith Altham ...

The Bee Gees: Was Robin The Key Figure In The Bee Gees' Success?

Interview by Keith Altham, Top Pops, August 1969

WITH ROBIN GIBB hurtling up the charts with his first solo single, 'Saved by the Bell', it would appear that the answer to the question, ...

Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers: Cliff Bennett

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1966

AS CLIFF Bennett and the Rebel Rousers rocket their way up the NME Charts courtesy of Lennon and McCartney we questioned the leader about his ...

Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers: Cliff Bennett: Paul McCartney Produced Hit Disc For Happy Cliff Bennett

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1966

CLIFF BENNETT, that well-known Cockney about Uxbridge, has made a welcome return to the NME Chart, courtesy of Lennon and McCartney's 'Got To Get You ...

Dave Berry: Surfing, What's That?

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1965

"SURFER" DAVE BERRY, as his publicist Andy "Wipeout" Wickham is now pleased to title him, phoned me from his home in Manchester. Needless to say, ...

Cilla Black: Cilla Is Knocked Out By New Disc!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1965

KEITH ALTHAM meets a sun-tanned singing star and discovers... ...

Billy J. Kramer, Cilla Black, Gerry & The Pacemakers: Fab Gives Cilla a 21st Gig

Report by Keith Altham, Fabulous, May 1964

Cilla Black's a mighty popular popster and Fab fans of hers wrote in droves asking about Cilla's birthday. Since her 21st was coming up we just had to ...

Black Sabbath: Nobody But The Public Digs Sabbath

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1971

THERE WOULD seem to be a lot of unnecessary resentment over Black Sabbath's success in this business. And even outside it by those bastions of ...

Black Sabbath: Sabbath Days Of Rest

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1973

Forget witchcraft, forget heavy metal – Tony Iommi is laying back in his luxury pad, listening to the Carpenters and Sinatra ...

Black Sabbath: To Knock OR Not To Knock The Rock

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1973

WHEN IT COMES to obvious targets for critical assassinations, then Black Sabbath are sitting ducks – very loud, very basic, very brash. And now at ...

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi (1973)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1973

From collapsing at the Hollywood Bowl to Geezer Butler's gallstones, via the making of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and enjoying a nice game of Monopoly at home, the Riff King chats with Keith Altham.

File format: mp3; File size: 32.6meg, interview length: 35' 34" sound quality: ***

Blind Faith, Eric Clapton: Eric Clapton: Another Crossroad

Interview by Keith Altham, Fusion, February 1970

MANY PEOPLE THINK that Eric Clapton is the best guitarist in the world. A veteran of the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Cream, all that ...

Blue Mink: Out of Preaching Bag

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1973

UNTIL THE advent of Blue Mink and hits like the current 'Stay With Me' and 'Melting Pot' — which established them a couple of years ...

Colin Blunstone: For Sale: A Singer

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1972

Despite his talent, there was a suspicion of hype in the air, writes Keith Altham ...

Marc Bolan

Retrospective by Keith Altham, Gold, June 1994

PUTTING MARC BOLAN into any kind of historical perspective is still no easy matter, even though 17 years have passed since his death on Friday, ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan, parts 1 & 2 (1975)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1975

Marc on life on the road, rock'n'roll literature, his image and clothes, guitars, "chicks", Elvis and a whole lot more

File format: mp3; Part 1: file size: 26.2mb; length: 28 minutes 37 seconds. Part 2: file size: 28.1mb; length: 30 minutes 43 seconds.Sound quality: ***

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: Energy Is What It's All About

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, April 1971

MARC BOLAN is ready to take on the world following his incredible success with two maxi singles, 'Ride A White Swan' almost indecently closely followed ...

Bonzo Dog Band: The Bonzo Dog Band: 'We Were Unsexual, Unattractive And Musically Unexciting'

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1970

VIV STANSHALL TALKS TO KEITH ALTHAM ABOUT THE BONZO BREAK-UP ...

Eric Burdon: Back On Stage… The Charlton Heston of Rock

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1973

Eric Burdon has been absent from the rock scene — but never gone. He’s made more comebacks than Jesus... and now he’s making another. And ...

The Byrds

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, June 1971

THE BYRDS have flown leaving behind them a few thousand satisfied customers and a liberal sprinkling of Her Majesty's Musical Trade Press impressed with their ...

Eric Clapton, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, The Who: Rolling Stones: The Greatest Show On Earth

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1968

THE ROLLING STONES put in some overtime last Wednesday when they spent 17 hours working on their telethon production of The Rock and Roll Circus ...

The Dave Clark Five: The Dave Clark 5's Mike Smith

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1970

NOT UNLIKE 'old man river' the Dave Clark Five keep rolling along and just when the critics are about to re-write their obituaries – missing ...

Joe Cocker: John And Paul Send Their Thanks To Joe

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1968

"WITH A Little Help From Our Friends" Lennon and McCartney, 23-year-old Sheffield born, Joe Cocker makes a welcome appearance in our charts this week with ...

Joe Cocker: They Put Me In The Same Cell As A Bank Robber And A Murder Suspect

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1972

IT SEEMS that life is still intent on batting Joe Cocker about the head with all the subtlety of a navvy driving a tin-tack into ...

Joe Cocker: The Joe Cocker Ritual Sacrifice

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1972

WE APOLOGISE for the slight reduction in Cocker-power but it now looks as though normal service has been resumed following the one year strike (respite) ...

Alice Cooper: Alice, Nixon and Batman at LA Party

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1973

ALICE COOPER was introduced by a fake President of the United States at a reception at the Coconut Grove to mark the group's appearance at ...

Cream Are The Very End!

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1966

"THE First is last and the last is first but the first, the second and the last are the Cream," so reads the perplexing handout ...

Cream Cut Loose

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1967

THIS IS THE Cream interview which got loose in London – ran wild over their publicists' office – finally plunging from the depths of Mao ...

Curved Air: A Little Rift In Curved Air?

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, February 1972

IT WAS SCOTT Fitzgerald who held to the theory that the test of a first rate intelligence was to hold two opposed ideas in the ...

Mike D'Abo: Michael D'Abo

Interview by Keith Altham, Rave, August 1969

THE MANFRED MANN group are no more. And now Michael D'Abo is out on his own as a solo talent. ...

Mike D'Abo Not For Sale

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, July 1971

AMONGST THOSE still waiting for D'Abo I count myself still waiting for the real man to stand up and declare himself. ...

Dave Berry, Goldie & The Gingerbreads, The Hollies, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, Dave Berry, Goldie & The Gingerbreads, The Checkmates: Regal Theatre, Edmonton, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1965

FOUR NEW TUNES IN THE ACT ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich: Dave Dee Laughs, Too — All Way To The Bank!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1966

DAVE DEE, DOZY, Beaky, Mick and Tich are a gift to mediocre comedians who fall about making "unpunny" remarks like: "Oh, yes, 'Wavy Lee, Drunken, ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich: Focus on BEAKY and DOZY

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1966

BEAKY (real name John Dymond) is the gaunt-faced rhythm guitarist with the group whose sinister looks contradict his "matey" nature. He has a fund of ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Focus on MICK…and TICH

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1966

MICK began his musical career banging about on biscuit tins, inspired by Bill Haley records like 'See You Later Alligator'. "I just listened to the ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Nine Hits In A Row

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1968

WHEN I arrived at the Lime Grove TV studios it was to find that Tich, Mick, Beaky, Dozy and Dave Dee (how about that for ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: No Beards for Dave Dee & Co!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1967

ROLLING Stone Brian Jones once described himself as "a straight Ernie." And the same might be said of Dave Dee. An "Ernie," I was assured ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dave Dee: Dave Dee Whips Up Fans

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1968

ALL this "Marquis de Sade" and "Kiss of the Whip" bit is somewhat wasted on Dave Dee! He's about as kinky as a pint of ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dave Dee's Happy To Make Instant Hits

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, December 1968

GROUPS come and go but Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, it seems, go on for ever. And the secret of their success? According ...

Dave Davies: Kink Dave Embarrassed by 'Clown' Hit

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1967

WITH THE solo success of 'Death Of A Clown' times are a changing for Dave Davies. He is both delighted and nervous over the success ...

The Kinks, Ray Davies: Ray Davies

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1967

THERE is something of the smoking volcano about Ray Davies. Six foot of suppressed quietly spoken, quietly smiling and quietly watching! It is what some ...

Deep Purple

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1971

THE CRY most likely from the touchline as Deep Purple rocket on from standing ovation to standing ovation in the next few weeks is "bring ...

Deep Purple: "The Stones Are Out Of Date" — Ian

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, July 1971

DEEP PURPLE are the band who made it in spite of the critics, the press and most of the mass media and, for that alone, ...

Deep Purple: Rock Is Where We're At

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, October 1970

ORGANIST JON Lord asserts triumphantly that with Deep Purple In Rock the group have finally found their true musical identities following their early 'success' as ...

Deep Purple: Victims Of Their Own Fame

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1972

DEEP PURPLE'S new album Machine Head comes to you courtesy of the Rolling Stones' redoubtable studio manager Ian Stewart who saved their famous mobile recording ...

Deep Purple: Who Do Purple Think They Are?

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1973

IN CONTEXT, WE'RE AS VALID AS ANYTHING BY BEETHOVEN. ...

Donovan: "I Remember Donovan... And It Makes Me Feel Good!"

Interview by Keith Altham, Flip, August 1967

DONOVAN HAS achieved something that at one time I would have thought impossible — he has emerged from 'The Scream Age' into 'The Ear Age' ...

Donovan: All Is Friendly

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1967

WHENEVER returning from interviewing Donovan these days I feel that I've been the subject of a Sunday School treat. He surrounds himself with such nice ...

Donovan: All Things Bright and Beautiful

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1967

At new Wimbledon home DONOVAN talks about shape of things to come ...

Donovan: 'I Put Myself Into My Music'

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Summer Special, Summer 1968

Donovan is the gentle giant in the pop world. He is largely responsible for shattering the conventional image of the folk singer satirized so beautifully ...

Donovan: I'll Quit After Two More Years

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1965

GIPSY DAVE sat in Donovan's dressing room playing a strange instrument – a leg off a Queen Anne chair strung with one guitar string. ...

Donovan: Meditation Is Like A Miracle Cure

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1970

IT IS A FAR CRY from 'Catch The Wind' to songs like 'Winking Blinking and Nod' or 'A Poke At The Pope' but then Donovan ...

Donovan: The Wind Rises And The Tide Goes Out

Interview by Keith Altham, Hit Parader, January 1969

AT THE OFFICE, off Berkeley Square, of "international" Beatles press officer Tony Barrow, they were organizing "instant" interviews with Donovan. Like most writers I have ...

Adam Faith, Jackie Trent, Sandie Shaw, Val Doonican: Eve Taylor: Queen Bee Of Show Business

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1965

EVELYN TAYLOR – affectionately, respectfully, jealously and irreverently known as the "Queen Bee of Show Business" – has a loud voice, grey hair and the ...

Dr. John: Dr John: The Mind And Music Of A Delta Voodoo Rocker

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1972

ACCORDING to Dr. John almost everything started in New Orleans, from rock and rail to rhythm and blues to himself. ...

Bob Dylan: Dylan's Press Reception

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1966

HAIR BRISTLING about like a Fijian suffering from a severe electrical shock, wearing a blue suede jacket and white striped trousers, Bob Dylan meandered into ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Move: Move Over For The ELO

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1972

THE FIRST love in Roy Wood's life is obviously his new 10-piece mini-orchestra, the ELO, but meanwhile the Move are apparently still alive and very ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: ELP Is On The Way…

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, March 1971

DESPITE PROTESTATIONS to the contrary, there is no such thing as an instant group – super or otherwise – and ELP are a testimony to ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Super-Group Of The Seventies!

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, Petticoat, November 1972

EMERSON LAKE and Palmer may not be three names which are immediately known to you but to millions of progressive rock music fans across the ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer, Free: ELP Plus Tull in Dirty Raincoats, and How Free May Drop the Name

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1972

WATCHING EMERSON, LAKE and Palmer play a concert with Free in the middle of a raging typhoon in Tokyo with Carl Palmer performing an incredible ...

John Entwistle, The Who: Thunderfingers' Last Stand: Remembering John Entwistle

Memoir by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages, July 2002

THE NEWS OF John Entwistle's death reached me by email from LA via Pete Townshend's PA Nicola Joss in Las Vegas on Thursday night. ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart: Oo La La

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1973

I AM DEATH. Huddled in my anorak. Alone and palely loitering in the stalls of the empty Rainbow Theatre. I am miserable with cold in ...

Adam Faith: The Chancer

Obituary by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages, March 2003

Keith Altham remembers his good friend – not to mention his teen idol – Adam Faith. ...

Adam Faith, Sandie Shaw: Sandie Shaw and Adam Faith

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1965

ADAM GOT the Rolls out and with Sandie Shaw and I in the back we drove along Tooting Bec Broadway searching for a fish and ...

Marianne Faithfull

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1965

MARIANNE FAITHTULL frightens me to death. She is cool, confident, clever and highly successful. The kind of beauty you meet at a party, regulate yourself ...

Marianne Faithfull: Baby Halts Marianne's Plans

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1965

"BABIES are taking over," Marianne Faithfull informed me. "My little 'third party' is going to prevent me going to the U.S. or Mexico as I ...

Marianne Faithfull: Marianne Meets Dylan And Baez

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1965

THE COLOURFUL combination of Bob Dylan, Marianne Faithfull, Joan Baez, John Mayall and "a nice fat man called Albert" (Dylan's manager) met to dispose of ...

Marianne Faithfull: Marianne Never Does What A Pop Star Should

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1965

SHE HAS a pert, child-like face which darts out at you from a cascade of fine, fair hair. The face seems to be concentrated into ...

Marianne Faithfull: Yours Faithfully

Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, October 1964

Fab's Keith says sad and simple folk songs are Marianne Faithfull's style — the girl with a natural flair... ...

Marianne Faithfull, The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones Starting To Mellow

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1967

THE TIMES THEY have a-changed, as Bob Dylan predicted – and with them – the Rolling Stones. There was a time when one approached a ...

Family

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1971

FAMILY ARE something else, that is they are not immediately classifiable into a particular bag – blues, rock, folk or progressive. ...

Family Are A MAN'S Band

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, October 1971

THEIR MUSIC is both uncompromising and aggressive but like most musical hard men they have their other side and their latest album Fearless is likely ...

Family: Back Home

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1972

JUST BEFORE THEY left for their current U.S. tour, NME took the three founder members of Family on a nostalgia-tinged trip back to their Leicester ...

The Fortunes: Fortunes Admit It: They Use Session Boys!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1965

THE FORTUNES go on record as the first group I have met who have had the honesty to admit they use session musicians on their ...

The Fortunes: Fortunes Have Got Their Own Troubles

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1965

'YOU'VE GOT YOUR TROUBLES' and the Fortunes have certainly got their own as I found out when I spoke to them recently. "Our greatest problem ...

Rory Gallagher: Fresh Taste For Rory

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1971

WHAT WERE the real reasons for the break-up of the late lamented Taste at a time when it appeared they were THE live band and ...

Rory Gallagher: Full Blooded Gallagher

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1973

DURING A RECENT trip to America I was able to watch Rory Gallagher work at that musical pit of iniquity known as 'The Whisky A ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk — Or Bunk?

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, February 1971

RESENTMENT from the critics is something that Grand Funk Railroad are having to live with in the United States, but the pill is made the ...

Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1972

I SAW the first night of the Dead's four concerts at the London Lyceum last Thursday. where they were ever so good for ever so ...

Peter Green: Ronnie Scott's Club, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, MOJO, June 1998

THE FIRST time I ever reviewed Peter Green in concert, he was with Fleetwood Mac at the Albert Hall in the '60s; a lean, bearded ...

The Groundhogs: The Hogs Kept Clean And Still Made It

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1971

IF IT had not been for a clever piece of intuition on the part of Liberty Record's knowledgeable young A&R director Andrew Lauder the Groundhogs ...

Françoise Hardy: One Girl Music Organisation!

Profile by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1965

AT TWENTY-ONE, Francoise Hardy is undoubtedly the most attractive musical organisation in the world. She is her own accompanist, agent, manager and composer. For that ...

Jimmy Webb, Richard Harris: Richard Harris Talks About Jim Webb

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1968

On transatlantic phone to NME's Keith Altham ...

Hawkwind

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1972

HAWKWIND ARE ONE of the very few "Underground" bands to make the big time almost entirely on their own terms, without any real concessions to ...

Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix Admits Lamp Is A Bit Smoky

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1967

TIME TO TUCK the tiny tots up and put them safely abed with a nice Monkees' record! Why? Because "the electric bogeyman" is back in ...

Jimi Hendrix (1970)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1970

In the last interview Hendrix did, a week before his death, he talks poignantly about his plans for the future, and looks back at his past.

File format: mp3 File size: 28.6mb Interview length: 31 minutes 17 seconds Sound quality: ****

Jimi Hendrix Burns His Guitar For The First Time

Essay by Keith Altham, Q, July 1994

Date: March 31, 1967 Location: Astoria Theatre, LondonTHE BRIGHT LITTLE pyromaniac who told Jimi Hendrix to set fire to his guitar? Yup, that’s me. Thirty-three ...

Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix IS Out Of This World

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1967

EVEN HIS EX-ANIMAL MANAGER NEEDS A SPLIT PERSONALITY! ...

Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Brings Manager's New Club Roof Down!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1968

JIMI HENDRIX literally brought the roof down on the opening night at his manager's club, Sergeant Peppers in Majorca by the simple expedient of ramming ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Final Interview

Interview by Keith Altham, interview transcript, September 1970

On the evening of Friday, September 11th, 1970, Jimi gave what was to be his final interview at his Cumberland hotel suite. The interview was ...

Jimi Hendrix: New To The Charts: Wild Jimi Hendrix

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1967

THE MAN for whom the words "Wild One" were invented has hit us! Jimi Hendrix, 22, from Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., courtesy of ex-Animal Chas Chandler ...

Jimi Hendrix: Question Time with Jimi Hendrix

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1967

THE REAL JIMI HENDRIX is now beginning to emerge from behind that skilfully placed publicity screen of early days when success was too fragile to ...

Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding: The Angels Did Sing: Noel Redding 1945-2003

Memoir by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages, May 2003

MY FIRST TRIP to the U.S. for the New Musical Express was with The Jimi Hendrix Experience for the Monterey Festival. So the sad death ...

James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix: James Taylor: On The Road With Sweet Baby James

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1971

AMONG THE very few road managers who have put their heads, hearts, hands and feet into their work is Super-Scot Eric Barrett who hit the ...

Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers: Walker Brothers/Cat Stevens/Engelbert Humperdinck/The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Finsbury Park Astoria

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1967

WE WERE WELL and truly blitzed with "mini-happenings" on the Walker Brothers’ tour opening night, at Finsbury Park Astoria last Friday, when Jimi Hendrix literally ...

The Herd, Traffic, The Who: Traffic, The Who, The Herd: Danger: Who At Work!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1967

THE WHO-TRAFFIC-Herd-Tremeloe tour, while proving to be a sell-out attraction, has caused a certain amount of anxiety among those people whose job it is to ...

The Herd: After Big Split Herd Out Of Exile

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1968

YOU MAY NOT have seen much of the Herd recently since their self-imposed retreat following a dispute with managers Howard and Blaikley, but I have ...

The Herd Take Over As Screamers' New Idols

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1967

MY CONTENDER as the man "most likely to get ripped to pieces by hysterical females" in 1967 is Peter Frampton, the seventeen-year-old vocal-guitarist with the ...

The Herd, Scott Walker: Scott Walker, The Herd: The Dome, Brighton

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1968

GREAT SCOTT! That's my immediate reaction after seeing and hearing Scott Walker break through the scream barrier last Friday evening at the Brighton Dome. The ...

The Hollies

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1967

TONY HICKS is the young Hollie (21) who has just move into a neat new little mews house of Knightsbridge. ...

The Hollies: For Certain Because (Parlophone)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1966

HOLLIES MIX MOODS ON LP ...

The Hollies: Elvis Inspired Hollies Hit

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1967

INFLUENCES behind the latest Hollies hit, 'On A Carousel' include Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and "Doddy". At least these were some of the inspirations which ...

The Hollies: Hollies Get Into No 1 Hit Mood

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1965

"IT'S GREAT to be Number One – you can't get much lower than that!" shouted Graham Nash, as the Hollies invaded the NME offices on ...

Graham Nash, The Hollies: Hollie Graham Nash Finds His Face!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1966

THE HOLLY WHO has found his face is Graham Nash. For too long the Hollies have been written about as "the faceless wonders of pop" ...

Honeybus Not A One Hit Wonder

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1968

ONE-HIT-WONDER groups have been coming and going ever since pop music began but one group likely to stay the pace are the four Londoners called ...

Mick Jagger: My old mate…Mick the Monster

Memoir by Keith Altham, Daily Mirror, July 1993

KEITH ALTHAM'S unique association with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones has been established over 30 years. As a journalist and broadcaster he completed more ...

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger (1973)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1973

Ol' Rubber Lips on the reception afforded to Exile, the making of latest album Goat's Head Soup, what current music is or isn't turning him on, and the Stones' place in the scheme of things

File format: mp3 File size: 29.5mb Interview length: 32 minutes 13 seconds Sound quality: **

Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, Sonny & Cher: Sonny & Cher, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds: Astoria, Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1966

Communication means everything for Sonny & Cher ...

Jethro Tull: God Is Alive and Starring On…

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, March 1971

AQUALUNG is undoubtedly Jethro Tull's most significant album to date and although comparisons are often odious to the artist concerned, the highest compliment I feel ...

Jethro Tull: Ian Anderson Is No Rock Hitler

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, September 1971

THAT BEARDED prankster Ian Anderson is amongst us once more with his reshuffled ensemble now featuring Barrie-More Barlow on percussion in place of Clive Bunker ...

Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced (Track)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1967

Track-by-Track on Jimi Hendrix debut album ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Axis: Bold As Love (Track)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1967

UFO COULD BE JIMI! ...

Jimmy Webb, Richard Harris: Richard Harris: A Tramp Shining (Dunhill)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1968

RICHARD HARRIS-JIM WEBB LP MUST BE BEST SELLER ...

Tom Jones

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1965

STRAIGHT from his long run up the North Pier, Worthing, Tom Jones arrived bleary-eyed and bewhiskered in his dressing room at Ready, Steady, Go! to ...

Speedy Keen: Speedy Words and Speedy Keen

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1973

JOHN 'SPEEDY' KEEN is the rock and roll war-horse who wrote 'Something In The Air' for Thunderclap Newman. He's recovered from that – scarred of ...

Jonathan King, The Mindbenders, Sandie Shaw: The Mindbenders: Danger From Clippy!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1966

AS I APPROACHED the Mindbenders' dressing room down in the vaults of the BBC-TV Centre, a young lady hurtled out of an adjacent ladies' room ...

Jonathan King, The Walker Brothers: Scott Walker: Scott Walker Hits Out Again

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1966

FRANK SINATRA is back in the pop pillory, but the big surprise is that chucking the rotten eggs is not Mick "Paint Him Black" Jagger, ...

The Kinks: Kinks Don't Mind 'Formby Quartet' Tag

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1966

IN A LARGE WHITE house in East Finchley with an orange door (which he says is "red"), in a room with orange walls and an ...

The Kinks: Kinks Go For Spider Sound

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1966

THE MYSTERIOUS Spider Korner who plays "seven" string guitar and "roams the world", is the musical influence behind the Kinks' next single, Dave Davies revealed ...

The Kinks' Peter Quaife

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1965

THERE IS a touch of the "Paul McCartneys" about Peter Quaife of the Kinks. Like Paul he plays bass, and like Paul he is the ...

The Kinks: Future Of The Kinks

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1966

BUSY DOING "nothing much" just prior to Christmas was Kink Mick Avory (an occupational hazard with this group at present) at his home in West ...

The Kinks: Kinks Back To Abnormal

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1965

FOLLOWING Dave Davies' recent cymbolic headache and the Kinks withdrawal from their tour, there's been wild speculation about their future. I met them last Friday ...

The Kinks: Kinks Calm Over No. 1 News

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1966

RAY DAVIES lifted the plastic lid covering his salad and viewed the mayonnaise disgustedly. "Oh, no – I hate ketchup!" he sighed and probed disdainfully ...

The Kinks: Kinks Have Problems

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1966

CONSIDER, if you will, the disturbing fact that Ray Davies wants to be Walt Disney; Dave Davies is turning into a saxophonist; Pete Quaife is ...

The Kinks: Kinks Keep To Humour On Discs

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1966

WHAT with the new tattooed Kink; Ray Davies sniffing aesthetically into a brown paper bag; Bongo drums, metronomes, flute pumps and golf balls being bandied ...

The Kinks: Kinks' Ray Davies

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1965

RAY DAVIES is the King Kink. He composed all their hits and although there is no official leader in the group, Ray is the driving ...

The Kinks: The One-up Kink: Raymond Douglas Davies

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1968

RAYMOND DOUGLAS DAVIES, as he now insists on being referred to, is one who excels in the unexpected and the slightly bizarre. He is probably ...

Alexis Korner: Kornering The Market

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1972

ALEXIS KORNER has been for so long at the heart of rhythm and blues in Britain, and touched off so many groups who have gone ...

Billy J. Kramer, Gene Pitney: Our Great Mate Gene Pitney

Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, August 1964

I LEANED BACK in my chair and regarded my empty lunch plate with a satisfied smile. ...

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: NME's Festivals Fight Was Excellent, But Some Rock Critics Ego-trippers, Says Zep Man

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1972

IT SEEMS THAT, despite a few "huns in the sun", that good old heavier-than-air machine Led Zeppelin is still flying high. And with their first ...

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: Superstar

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, February 1970

JIMMY PAGE is the phoenix who has arisen from the ashes of the Yardbirds to emerge amongst the electric guitarist gods, through the meteoric success ...

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: Zep Come To The People

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, February 1971

"WHAT DO YOU want if you don't want Money?" was the lyrical question once put but never answered by a certain Adam Faith nee Terence ...

Led Zeppelin Are Not Prefabricated

Interview by Keith Altham, Top Pops, September 1969

WHEN is a hit single unnecessary? Apparently when it is a group like Led Zeppelin who have never released a single but have reached super ...

Brenda Lee: The New Lee Scene

Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, February 1965

Keith Altham with the facts on the new Lee scene ...

Lindisfarne Tell All

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, March 1972

DEFINING Lindisfarne's success is rather like pulling the wings off a butterfly at present but there seems little doubt after having seen them on stage ...

Lindisfarne: How Wee Wee Music Went Down The Drain

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1973

LAST WEEK I heard the new Lindisfarne album, provisionally titled Don't Rip It...I'll Take It By The Yard with sleeve complete and scheduled for release ...

Lindisfarne: Selling Newcastle

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1972

LONG AGO AND far away when Hyde park was just a flower pot and underground meant the Bakerloo line to me I was given to ...

Lindisfarne: Suffering from a Surfeit of Kindness

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1972

IF IT WERE ever possible to kill a group with kindness then Lindisfarne might be the first victims of their own success. Their new album ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Nice, Abnormal Spoonful!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1966

JOHN SEBASTIAN, twenty-one-year-old composer and singer of the Lovin' Spoonful's latest hit 'Daydream', which is currently No. 4 in America, arrived at the group's Pye ...

The Mamas and The Papas: The Mama and the Papas: The Morning after the Beatles' Night Before

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1966

THE FIRST THING you discover about the Mamas and Papas is that they are not – although Papa John is married to Mama Michelle. The ...

The Mamas and The Papas: The Big Mamas And Papas Mystery

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1967

NOW YOU see them – now you don't! The Mamas and Papas have cancelled their projected concert at the Royal Albert Hall on October 30. ...

The Mamas and The Papas, Scott McKenzie: The Mamas and The Papas: Mamas And Papas Have A Feud On Their Hands

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1967

"SOMEONE has just shot our gardener – I can't speak to you just now. Come up tomorrow," invited a harassed John Phillips, of the Mamas ...

Manfred Mann

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1965

MANFRED MANN (not to be confused with the group) is often cynical, outspoken and sometimes frank to the point of being rude. He is also ...

Manfred Mann: NME Chart Proves Manfreds Wrong

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1966

DOWN AMONG the devil worshippers at the BBC Top Of The Pops studio last Thursday afternoon was Paul Jones, that disturbing combination of schoolboy charm ...

Manfred Mann, The Rolling Stones: Stones and Manfreds: Jones Boys Talk About Chart-Making EPs

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1965

FOR THE first time two EPs have crashed into the NME Chart simultaneously. They are the Rolling Stones' 'Got Live If You Want It' and the Manfreds' ...

Steve Marriott

Interview by Keith Altham, Rave, May 1969

Can you tell us exactly why you decided to leave the Small Faces? ...

McGuinness Flint: McGunness Flint: My Goodness, McGuinness!

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1971

TOM McGUINNESS has been upon us now for many, many years, peering through little circular windows in a kindly and benign manner at the journalese ...

Scott McKenzie: I'm No Professional Flower Child

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1967

"I AM NOT A professional flower child," stressed Scott McKenzie over the transatlantic phone wire. "I'd rather carry a flower than a gun. But I ...

The Monkees' Front Man

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1967

DAVY JONES – the little Monkee with a big heart – arrived via Nassau last week wearing a battered black top hat, purchased from a ...

The Monkees: Monkee Davy Talks About The Beatles

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1967

"GEORGEP AULJOHNRINGO," our very own pop monster, has now grown to that exalted position where it is a kind of sacred cow whom none may ...

The Monkees: Question Time With Monkee Davy

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1968

BEFORE Davy Jones completed his famous disappearing trick and returned to America, I joined the hordes of reporters and photographers waiting to see "Mighty-Monkee" at ...

The Moody Blues: Moody Blues: Saints Or Sinners?

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1973

SO THE Moody Blues have just finished then cathedral-rock tour of Europe and Britain – their first British dates for over a year. As usual ...

The Moody Blues

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1971

'GI-NORMOUS' is the only word to describe the Moody Blues present status in America. They have reached the kind of heights there which are only ...

The Moody Blues: Now I Know How McCartney Felt…

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1971

FLAUTIST RAY Thomas is now ensconced in the Moody Blues new "Threshold" HQ in Surrey after the group's pre-Christmas run across the States, shattering attendance ...

The Moody Blues: When Is A Single Not A Single?

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1970

WHEN IS a single not a single? Apparently when it is the Moody Blues. The Moodies have broken into the Seventies with every indication of ...

The Moody Blues: Why Do People Get Moody About The Moodies?

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, October 1970

THE MOODY BLUES – trick or treat? Their talent and ability to produce their unique sounds on live appearances is undeniable but a hard core ...

Keith Moon: Over The Moon

Retrospective by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages, April 2008

MY FIRST experience of trying to interview Keith Moon in June '65 as a music journalist should have alerted me to the problems yet to ...

Keith Moon, The Who: Keith Moon

Interview by Keith Altham, Rave, July 1969

CONDUCTING an interview with Keith Moon is rather like running a mental obstacle course with a megalomaniac (his manager's reference, not mine), with imminent danger ...

Mott The Hoople: Mott — An Enigma

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, December 1971

"THE PLOT thickens" as they used to say in all the best detective stories and the mystery as to why Mott the Hoople cannot break ...

Mountain: Leslie West

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, December 1971

JEFF BECK has called him 'The greatest living guitarist in the World' and whatever you think of the American band Mountain there is no ignoring ...

The Move

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, Fall 1969

THE MOVE are a sometimes thing. In the past three years the group have given us precisely one album and seven singles which can hardly ...

The Move Don't Care About Top Billing

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1967

THANK goodness for Carl Wayne of the Move! It is a long time since I have found anyone new to the scene so pleasant, co-operative ...

The Nice: Coalition Music

Interview by Keith Altham, Fusion, March 1970

The Nice are perhaps one of the most controversial groups on the pop music scene today. Praised by many for relieving us from the excesses ...

Harry Nilsson: Come Out, Harry, The Time Is Right

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1972

NILSSON filled Trident studios with old people to help record 'I'd Rather Be Dead' for his album. The song is a "lively, up-tempo number about ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stone Oldham: Talented, Insulting, Outrageous

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1966

ROLLING STONES manager Andrew Loog Oldham is on the move and as usual with this ubiquitous personality ("The Beach Boys' new single is not dedicated ...

The Osmonds: They're Enough To Make You Scream…

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1972

LAST FRIDAY at High Noon it was 'teen time' at London's Churchill Hotel, where those Beetle-haired Monkee-faced and indecently wholesome Osmond Brothers (You have probably ...

Jimmy Page, The Yardbirds: The Yardbirds: Why I Left and Why I Joined

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1966

"I'M A BIT TOO old at twenty-three for all those screaming kids leaping about. I don't really think I'll be missed in the group – ...

Peter and Gordon: 12345678910: The Top 2 With Their Top 10 – Peter & Gordon

Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, September 1964

"WE WANT numbers, mate," I explained to Peter Asher. Peter hasn't taken a year in philosophy and dabbled in psychology for nothing. He didn't bat ...

Peter and Gordon: Peter & Gordon Are Poles Apart

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1965

BEFORE THEIR trip to Japan and the Far East I lunched with Peter Asher and his sparring partner Gordon Waller, and a more unlikely combination ...

Peter and Gordon: Peter & Gordon Kill Split Rumours

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1965

IF PETER and Gordon look just a little untidy when they appear on your TV screens in the Lennon-McCartney Spectacular at Christmas, you can put ...

Peter and Gordon: Peter & Gordon Push Elvis, Everlys

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1965

SQUATTING in my waste-paper basket, crunching a wafer biscuit and gulping a carton of cow juice, last Friday evening, sat the finest unpaid publicity man ...

Plastic Penny: Put Scratch On Record

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1968

A PLASTIC penny for your thoughts then, or to be more precise, tuppence-worth in the shape of vocalist Brian Keith and organist Paul Raymond who ...

Alan Price: 'Jack' a Now or Never Hit

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1967

"IT WAS really a question of now or never," was how Alan Price referred to his composition 'The House That Jack Built', over lunch in ...

Alan Price: 'Lili' Is A Fun Tune

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1966

HAVING proved that it takes a worried man to sing a worried song with 'I Put A Spell On You', Alan Price has accomplished a ...

Alan Price: That Lucky Old Price

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1973

THERE'S still much of the flat cap rocker about Alan Price. At his best he's a kind of cross between Randy Newman and Jackie Charlton ...

Alan Price: Fought Back

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1968

THERE ARE few people in pop who deserve as much respect as that truculent Geordie with the big baby face, who speaks through his nose ...

P.J. Proby: I'm Still The Greatest

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1965

LOOKING rather like a refugee from a Biblical nightmare, P.J. Proby – with beard and shoulder-length hair – loped down the corridor from Top Of ...

Suzi Quatro: A Nice Pair — Pop's Top

Interview by Keith Altham, Music Scene, September 1974

Keith Altham asked Suzi Quatro, a ballsy woman with a bass guitar and Britain’s first lady of rock, a series of questions about her life ...

Cliff Richard: The Peter Pan of Pop

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1972

POOR OLD Cliff is still a bit too good to be true for most people – the Peter Pan of pop, and a Christian to ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones Are On The Rampage Once More

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1968

NME's Keith Altham finds to his cost! ...

The Rolling Stones: The Stones In-Session

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1968

OUTSIDE THE recording studio there were two little teeny-boppers from a by-gone age, sheltering from the rain in a shop doorway in the hope of ...

The Rolling Stones: Jagger In 3-D (part 1): The First Dimension – The Present

Interview by Keith Altham, Melody Maker, March 1969

KEITH ALTHAM begins his three-part series on Mick Jagger by attempting to assess where he is now, the most controversial and greatest Anti-Hero of our ...

The Rolling Stones: Jagger In 3-D (part 2): Second Dimension — Jagger On Stage

Interview by Keith Altham, Melody Maker, March 1969

KEITH ALTHAM looks into the past for the SECOND DIMENSION in his series on Mick Jagger to discover the strengths and weaknesses in the Rolling ...

The Rolling Stones: Jagger In 3-D (part 3): Third Dimension — The Future

Interview by Keith Altham, Melody Maker, March 1969

"BUT HE can't go an being a Rolling Stone for ever, can he?" asked Joe Public spitefully. ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones Have Reached Peak At Home

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1966

BRIAN JONES returned last week from his Australian-American exploits with innumerable albums by Ravi Shankar (an Indian citarist) and wearing his full-length Kangaroo coat. He ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1967

KINDLY RAISE YOUR hands in the air. Empty your mind on to the desk and your brains into the ash-tray. Now let us see what ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Interviews with Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1967

THE NEW MUSICAL Express versus Michael Philip Jagger – Friday, August 4,1967 in his managers' chambers of high appeal – New Oxford Street, London, – ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Year Of The Stones' New Heart

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, December 1968

THIS WAS THE year of the "heart" transplant for the Rolling Stones at a stage when it was feared the patient was fading away. The ...

The Rolling Stones : Neurotic Bird Song

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1966

AN INTERVIEW with the Rolling Stones is something to go to with mixed feelings. The prospect of being confined in a small office off Baker ...

The Rolling Stones in Paris

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1966

LIKE THE PIED PIPER the Rolling Stones call the tune in France and wherever they drive in Paris their two long, sleek, black limousines are ...

The Rolling Stones: Between The Buttons (Decca)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1967

The STONES' LATEST ALBUM, reviewed track-by-track by Keith Altham with special comments by Mick Jagger ...

The Rolling Stones: Come Into Brian Jones' New Hideaway!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1966

A ROLLING STONE in his own environment is a revelation. Brian's new home incorporates his liking for the dramatic with his taste for the antique. ...

The Rolling Stones: France Votes for Les Stones!

Report by Keith Altham, Fabulous, January 1964

It was no surprise to FAB when you voted in our own poll Mick Jagger, "Top Pop Singer of '64." And The Stones the top ...

The Rolling Stones: Jagger Phones From America

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1966

LAST FRIDAY Mick Jagger, the suppressed Stone, rang me at home from Missouri, where the group is in the middle of their U.S. tour. ...

The Rolling Stones: Jagger Scorns Critics

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1967

THOSE naughty Rolling Stones – the ones who write wicked things like 'Let's Spend The Night Together' – wouldn't go on the nice man's roundabout ...

The Rolling Stones: Mick Will Be Ernie In New Film

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1966

I GOT Stoned again last Friday by Messrs. Jagger and Richard, but am happy to report myself unscathed – it only hurts when I laugh! ...

The Rolling Stones: New Pop Generation's Revolution Is At Hand

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1966

IN FLANAGAN'S bar off Kensington High Street, Keith Richard, Brian Jones and I were being watched – by two bartenders in Edwardian dress and grey ...

The Rolling Stones: Our Fans Have Moved On With Us

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1967

LET US consider that unique phenomenon – the Rolling Stones' public image! ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones Hit Back

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1965

TEATIME with the Rolling Stones in the Ready, Steady, Go! canteen proved most entertaining. David Jacobs was the conversational target to start with. Keith Richard ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones On The Move

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, December 1966

IF YOU'VE EVER been sat in a cement mixer while someone turned the handle or kept awake for three days in a cell with a ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones Reveal Secrets

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1966

LAST THURSDAY I went to see "Molly Richard" and "Sarah Jagger" – names Keith and Mick have been called since their famous photograph advertising the ...

The Rolling Stones: The Banned Stones Cover

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1968

It is ‘We’ against ‘Them-and They’ time again in the Rolling Stones’ life, as they run head-on into another fracas with the ‘oldies’. This time ...

The Rolling Stones: The Stones Hit Back

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1965

I WENT to see the big, bad Rolling Stones during their first-ever performance at the London Palladium last Sunday. ...

The Rolling Stones: This Is A Stone Age!!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Summer Special, Summer 1966

THE ROLLING STONES are a five-man revolution in the pop world. When they first appeared on the disc scene in 1962 they proceeded to defy ...

The Rolling Stones: 'We Love You'

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1967

MICK JAGGER gave me the preview of the new Stones single, 'We Love You'/'Dandelion' last Friday in manager Andrew Oldham's office and looked enquiringly across ...

The Rolling Stones: World-wide Stones

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, December 1965

FOR THE Rolling Stones this was the year this was! This was the year that established them as international artists. This was the year that ...

Marty Wilde, The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes: The Rolling Stones, Marty Wilde, The Ronettes: No Guitar But Will Travel

Report by Keith Altham, Fabulous, April 1964

— says Fab's Keith on the road with The Rolling Stones... for kicks and pix... ...

Charlie Watts, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1968

ROLLING STONE CHARLIE WATTS TAKES OVER MANSION OF FIRST ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY! ...

Paul and Barry Ryan: Ryans Feel Established

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1966

I ARRIVED nearly an hour late at Harold Davison's Regent Street office for my interview with Paul and Barry Ryan due to freak monsoon weather ...

Santana: Caravanserai (CBS)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1972

I'M STILL TRYING to unscrew my head after listening to Santana's new album, Caravanserai (CBS). One side features sheer technical brilliance. The other side, wow... ...

Leo Sayer: Who's like Dylan, Cocker, Rodgers And Rod? Leo Sayer

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1972

LEO SAYER is Patches — Patches is Leo Sayer — described by his mentor as "the Huckleberry Finn of Rock", but fortunately he is good ...

Seals and Crofts: Faith The Music

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, March 1972

NICE PEOPLE – Jim Seals and Dash Crofts. A couple of less unlikely Texans I have yet to meet, currently residing somewhat ironically in the ...

The Seekers: Seekers Are Goon Fans

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1965

"HELLO Folks!" That Spike Milligan salutation would seem highly appropriate to open an article about Australian folk singers, The Seekers, who attribute a great deal ...

Sandie Shaw

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1967

I WENT several rounds with Eve Taylor and Sandie Shaw over dinner last Friday, where among other things we discussed her performance at last week's ...

Sandie Shaw: Her Anatomical Assets

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1967

PROVING quite conclusively that she has legs right up to her shoulders, Sandie Shaw wearing her self-designed string mini dress (or was it a vest?) ...

Sandie Shaw: Unsure Sandie

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1965

BACK from a hectic five-day promotional tour of France I found Sandie Shaw and composer Chris ('Long Live Love') Andrews seated at a piano in ...

Carly Simon Quits The Family Commune

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, September 1971

IT SEEMS ENTIRELY possible that Carly Simon (with one highly successful album high in the American charts, following a top ten single) might well be ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Paul Simon: Now They All Want Paul Simon Songs!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1966

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT influence in popular music today, since the emergence of that well-known Lennon-McCartney firm, seems to be the mini-sized music-maker Paul Simon, who ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Film Graduation For Simon, Garfunkel

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1969

"THE Graduate, the film which features ‘Mrs. Robinson,’ has given Simon and Garfunkel the kind of status in America that the Beatles have now," their ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Too Many Releases 'Kill' Simon And Garfunkel 'Rock' Single

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1966

IN AUGUST, 1965, an album titled The Paul Simon Song Book was released by CBS featuring the composition 'I Am A Rock'. In September a ...

Slade

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1973

Keith Altham gets a sneak preview at the next original Slade Album ...

Slade in the USA

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1973

Will Slade break America or will America break Slade – that was the question being resolved by the Noddy Holder Experience as they ...

Slade: Superyob

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1973

HE COMES ON stage with Slade like an over-decorated, perambulating Christmas tree – smothered in silver-stars, gold and glitter from head to toe – but ...

The Small Faces: Small Face Kenny Keeps Quiet

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1966

KENNY JONES is the lost Face. Like a great many group drummers he has been placed in the background and prefers to remain there. ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces Shatter Old Image

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1968

THAT'S my body you're laughing at!" said Ronnie Lane indignantly, having removed his shirt to reveal a torso which could have given Charles Atlas a ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces Sink Australia

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1968

THE ABOVE head-line was sarcastically suggested by Ronnie Lane, who declared after the group's recent trip down under –"they would even have accused us of ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces Thought ‘Sunday’ Too Much Of A Joke

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1968

ONCE more unto the magic cave – better described as Andrew Oldham’s emporium from whence all things Immediate happen – and the office where I ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces: Mystery Man 'Plonk' Lane

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1966

RONNIE PLONK LANE, bass guitarist and grand old man of the Small Faces at the age of 20, is the group's "Mysteryman." "Mystery" is Plonk's ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces: We're Getting Better Ideas

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1968

HAVING nipped smartly into the No. 1 best selling album slot with Ogdens Nut Gone Flake, the Small Faces are now deservedly considered big wheels ...

The Small Faces: Steve Marriott: Everyone's 'Luv' And 'Mate'

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1966

SHOULD Steve Marriott ever chance to meet royalty it would be safe to assume that within five minutes he would be calling them "luv" and ...

The Small Faces: Steve Marriott: I'm A Raver, Not A Singer

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1966

THE SMALL ("ah! – aren't they cute?") Faces are doing BIG things on the pop scene. Their third big hit, self-penned and called 'Hey Girl', ...

The Small Faces: Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1968

The Small Faces new album Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake (Immediate), apart from being encased in the first circular sleeve I have ever seen, is a ...

The Small Faces: At Home With Face Steve...What An Experience!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1968

TO VISIT the Thameside abode of Small Face Steve Marriott is something of an experience — to put it mildly! Come with me and you'll ...

The Small Faces: Mac's Flu Is Permanent!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1966

"MAC"-FACE (Ian McLagan) says he was born in "Houns-low-on-mud" on May 12, 1946. of an Irish mother and a Scottish father, and he and his ...

The Small Faces: Travel is A Nightmare

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1967

THE SMALL FACES – most often through no fault of their own – find great difficulty in getting from place to place, i.e. interviews, photographic ...

Sonny & Cher

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1965

"I NEVER intended to be a singer," confessed Sonny, when I found him squatting on the stairs in the corridors of a BBC Theatre in ...

Sonny & Cher

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1966

ACTION stations for Sonny and Cher. In a transatlantic phone call from his home in Encino, Sonny told me that their first film, Good Times, ...

Sonny & Cher Get Even

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1965

SONNY struck back last week! When I phoned him at his home in Los Angeles recently, I got him out of bed at five o'clock ...

Sonny & Cher: They're Pop's Most Lovable Couple

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1966

IT'S THAT 'Little Man' again and bouncing back into the NME Chart this week at No. 18 comes popdom's most lovable couple, Mr. and Mrs. ...

Sonny & Cher: Sonny and Cher: We're In Love, That's The Secret Of Success

Memoir by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, 1966

IT WAS ON July 31, 1965, that a stocky little man dressed after the fashion of an Eskimo bounced across the reception hall in London ...

Spencer Davis Group: Feuding Spencer Davis Group

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1966

LAST Thursday at Shepherd's Bush Top Of The Pops studio there was the strange case of the group who did not appear to be talking ...

Spencer Davis Group: Muff Winwood: Shy Guy

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1966

BASS guitarist Muff (in memory of "Muffin The Mule") Winwood is the Spencer who hides in the toilet when the photographers are about! ...

Spencer Davis Group: 'Somebody' Makes No. 1 — But Too Quickly For Spence!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1966

THAT WELL-known chart topper and expectant father ("If it's a bloke I'm going to call him Gregory") and man about Potters Bar – Spencer Davis, ...

Spencer Davis Group: Spencer Davis: He's Deep, Very Deep

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1966

SPENCER David Nelson (his father was a paratrooper!) Davis soared in my estimation last Friday when he sent the Rolling Stones' chauffeur-driven Austin Princess to ...

Spencer Davis Group: The Spencer Davis Group: Spencer Davis Played On Church Steps!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1966

HERR SPENCER DAVIS is a top pop person in Germany, firstly because the young people like the group's earthy, exciting sound, and secondly they like ...

Spencer Davis Group: The Spencer Davis Group: Steve Winwood — Modest Wonder Boy

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1966

SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Steve Winwood "the boy wonder" in the Spencer Davis group (lead vocals, guitar, piano, vibes and drums) is a modest – but "colourful" character! ...

Dusty Springfield: Dusty Says 'I Want To Hit Back'

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1968

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD would, I was informed, like to "hit back!" Now this did not sound like the fun-loving lass I knew of old. A skilfully ...

Dusty Springfield: The Real Dusty Springfield

Memoir by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages, July 2007

THE DUSTY I knew as a music journalist for the NME in the Sixties and interviewed a dozen times was a wondrously talented loveable mess ...

Cat Stevens: The Honest Way For It To Happen

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, June 1971

MR STEVENS is, one might suppose of a young man who has survived the horrors of being initially conceived as a teen idol at 18 ...

James Taylor

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, Petticoat, October 1971

AS OPPOSED to coming on strong in the time honoured tradition of super-stars – James Taylor comes on weak! He is the first and the ...

Ten Years After: Alvin Lee

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, October 1971

'THE FASTEST Guitar in the West', 'The Elvis Presley of the Woodstock Generation', 'King Guitar' (Bert Weedon would dispute that – rock on Bert) – ...

The Mojos Horsing Around

Report by Keith Altham, Fabulous, August 1964

Fab's Keith has a hard day's afternoon at Windor races with the Mojos ...

Them

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1965

I CAN'T say that it came as a surprise to find that – after three cancelled appointments with Them – they were not at the ...

Thin Lizzy: And Now A Drop Of The Real Hard Stuff

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1973

THIN LIZZY would like it known that while they're delighted with ther hit single 'Whisky In The Jar' it shouldn't be confused with the 100 ...

Tir Na Nog

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, September 1971

HAVE YOU HEARD the one about the Englishman, the Irish Protestant and the Irish Catholic in a pub at lunch time? And – the first ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, February 1971

WHITHER the Who? you might ask, for despite their Live At Leeds album and Pete Townshend's recently announced plans for "musically computerised character analysis" we ...

Traffic: Mr Fantasy

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1967

TRAFFIC IN the City may have come to a stand-still due to the recent rail dispute, but Traffic in the charts is still moving full ...

Traffic: Traffic Without Dave

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1968

TRAFFIC is now on the move again but as a trio. So it was that I scaled the eight flights to drummer Jim Capaldi's Earl's ...

Traffic: Uncontrollable Traffic

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1967

KEITH ALTHAM pins down a highly elusive group... ...

Traffic's British Stage Debut Was Well Worth Waiting For

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1967

TRAFFIC HAVE been a long time getting it all together but last Sunday's debut at the London Saville proved that it has been well worth ...

Traffic's Dave Mason — Pop Face Of 1967

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1967

REMEMBER the teenage idol – all liquid eyes, milk teeth, Cupid's bow and simply oozing with the wonder ingredient, sex appeal? Eyes right and you ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1972

PUTTING MARC Bolan into perspective is no easy matter because he refuses to fit into any recognisable category. On the surface it could seem that ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1972

JUST WHEN IT seemed that all the excitement, glamour and sparkle were going out of rock – along with the anger, vulgarity and vitality which ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan: I Am The Cosmic Dancer

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, October 1971

I DO BELIEVE I am in grave danger of becoming a pleb! For example, in the opinion of a number of eminent musical critics Marc ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan: On Love, Hate and the Press

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1972

MARC BOLAN may not be one step ahead of the shoe-shine, but he has certainly been slandered, libelled, heard words you've never heard in the ...

The Troggs: The Astonishing Troggs Do It Again!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1966

THOSE astonishing Troggs have done it again! At the little Olympic studios, concealed in a small mews off Baker Street, during an incredible session Larry ...

The Troggs: Chris The Charmer

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1966

THE TROGGS' lead guitarist, Chris Britton looks at women because he likes them — smiles at strangers as though he had known them all his ...

The Troggs: Double-Top Troggs In America And Britain!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1966

LAST WEEK the Troggs were in the enviable position of being No. 1 in England with 'With A Girl Like You' and No. 1 in ...

The Troggs: He's Got A Grip On Their Money

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1966

THERE IS the air of a surprised cocker spaniel about Trogg drummer Ronnie Bond who uses his hands to communicate what his conversation lacks. He ...

The Troggs: Love Saves Troggs

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1967

HERE COMES the pop phoenix again! Arising from what so many cynics thought were their own ashes, the Troggs now have their sixth smash hit ...

The Troggs: Soft-hearted Reg Presley

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1966

REGINALD MAURICE BALL is a soft-hearted ex-bricklayer born in Andover on June 12, 1943, who reads the Daily Mirror, is particularly sensitive to anything which ...

The Troggs: Trogg-Maker Reveals Secrets

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1967

LARRY – "Lawrence" to his friends – Page is the one-man organisation behind the phenomenal success of the Troggs. Lawrence is the group's business manager; ...

The Troggs: Troggs Politeness

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1966

THE TROGGS, who have a monster hit with 'Wild Thing', are still new and enthusiastic enough to be excited by the glamour and attention injected ...

The Troggs: Troggs Went Wild Over Fan Slur

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1966

THE TROGGS are "wild things" this week and the man responsible for raising the wrath of the West Country group is singer-journalist-composer-student and good all-round ...

The Troggs: Troggs Caged In Berlin Zoo!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1966

ERIC BURDON, who is so devoted to the birds in London's St. James's Park, would love it here on the twelfth floor of the Berlin ...

The Troggs: Troggs Have A Lot To Go Wild About

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1966

REG PRESLEY and his band "barn" into the NME Chart this week with the highest entry — 'A Girl Like You' (No. 19) composed by ...

The Troggs: Troggs: Trogg-Men Ridicule Song Ban

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1966

FOLLOWING AUNTIE BBC's policy of giving The Troggs' new single, 'I Can't Control Myself' the cold shoulder with only restricted airplay, that land "down under" ...

Unit 4+2

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1965

MY NEW disc will be issued in mid-April! I'm being backed by Buster Meikle, Humble Garwood, Pigmy Halliday, Lem Lubin, Count Moules and Sweat Moeller. ...

Van Der Graaf Generator: The Generator Are Staying Very Content On The Continent

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1971

PERHAPS THE most obvious band of our times are Van der Graaf Generator who without any publicity hype – hit single or ballyhoo – have ...

Gary Walker (Leeds), The Walker Brothers: Gary Walker

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1966

"EVERYONE IN the Business will hate it," Gary declared. "And especially the good singers. It should sell about two million copies — at which point ...

Scott Walker Hides Away In A Gloom-World

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1967

BIG LOUIE is the first person you meet when calling at the secluded terrace house, off London's Regent's Park — the latest home of Scott ...

Scott Walker: Scott His Own Worst Enemy

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1969

SCOTT WALKER is a super talent who will probably never become a Super-Star because he will defeat himself or maybe more simply he will deliberately ...

Scott Walker: Scott Keeps One Step Ahead

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1967

AND SO the moving singer, having moved — moves on. Scott Walker is still one jump ahead of the fans in his pursuit of privacy. ...

Scott Walker, The Walker Brothers: Scott Walker: Chaos For Scott

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1967

SCOTT ENGEL, the man likely to be more miserable than most in 1967, was in the highest spirits when I found him at his apartment ...

Scott Walker, The Walker Brothers: The Walker Brothers: Why The Walker Brothers Split Up

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1967

"I WANT to make it clear that it was not solely my decision to break up the Walker Brothers, but for the first time in ...

The Walker Brothers: The Scott Walker Interview

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1965

HIS MOTHER CALLS him "the madman." His manager, agent and publicist call him all kind of things when he disappears for days without telling anyone ...

The Walker Brothers

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Summer Special, Summer 1966

HEAVILY DISGUISED as a member of a longhaired beat group, an American balladeer has infiltrated the British beat scene and emerged victoriously among the top ...

The Walker Brothers: A Clever Singer Never Loses His Voice

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1966

THE WALKER-Troggs-Dave Dee popathalon (33 dates must make it a marathon tour) starts running at East Ham Granada tomorrow (Saturday), so last Monday I taxied ...

The Walker Brothers: American Walkers Love Wild Wild Fans

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1965

THERE are fifteen mirrors in one bedroom; a cavalry sword on the wall; a marble bust of nobody in particular on the mantelpiece; an enormous ...

The Walker Brothers: Great To Be Alone At No. 1

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1966

"IT'S GOOD to have it all to ourselves at the No. 1 spot this week," said Scott Engel when I spoke to him on Tuesday. ...

The Walker Brothers: Walker Hostility On The Wane

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1966

BEING misunderstood is a full-time occupation for Scott Engel. As the Walker Brothers' reputation soars, so Scott manages to over-exercise his incredible talent for putting ...

The Walker Brothers: Walkers' Great Bodyguard!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1966

IN STRODE the most enormous pair of grey jeans in the World and stood next to Scott Walker (a mere six foot) making him look ...

The Walker Brothers: We're Sure Glad We Came Here, Say Walker Brothers

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1966

THEY ARRIVED in Britain in February, 1965, because they felt that to achieve success in Britain was more important than doing so in the States. ...

War: The Battle Against 'Unlove'

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1973

THIS IS the story of war declared but not yet unilaterally. Approximately two years ago, when the American 'jazz-rock-blues-soul' band appeared in the U.K. with ...

Jimmy Webb Writes For The Lonely

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, December 1968

IT IS VERY difficult for me to be objective about Jim Webb because there are some composers or artists who hit a chord of sympathy ...

The Who: Keith Moon: Pitch And Bowl For A Pig!

Report by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, September 1971

THERE WAS a Moon landing in Lyne, Surrey last week when the Who's very own 'lunar-tick' did his bit for his new community by putting ...

The Who: Drummer Moon On Zither, Double-Track Tuba, On Who LP

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1966

IN AN Italian restaurant off London's Soho last Thursday, which boasts on the menu, "hilarious waiters and spaghetti alla vongole on Sunday" there was baby ...

The Who: Who Are Going Around In 'Circles'

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1966

FOLLOW this closely – this is the saga of the group that is running around in "Circles" – who else but the Who? ...

The Who: Who Ready To Hit You With New Ideas

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1967

AFTER six weeks with "the last Schmaltz" it is good to find the Who back in the charts with a new single, 'I Can See ...

The Who: Who's For A Merry Xmas!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1966

WHO'S FOR a merry Christmas, then – if we are to judge by their seasonal bounce up into the NME Top Twenty this week with ...

The Who, The Yardbirds: With Who And 'Birds At Paris Allez-Oop!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1966

READY, Steady, Allez-oops, from the Locomotive in Paris last Friday, was largely held together by the efforts of the Who and the Yardbirds, who were ...

The Yardbirds and the Cereal Killer

Memoir by Keith Altham, unpublished, Summer 2009

THE YARDBIRDS were a '60s band that never quite found a fit and kept losing their shape as dissatisfied members came and went and the ...

The Yardbirds: Yardbirds Don't Like Own Hits

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1965

IN THE middle of a field in Windsor sat Yardbirds' vocalist Keith Relf dressed as an Elizabethan page with plumed hat and a huge silk ...

The Yardbirds: Yardbirds Question Time

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1965

THE YARDBIRDS were in no mood for pulling punches when I called on them in their dressing room at the Ready, Steady, Go studios in ...

The Yardbirds: Yardbirds Split!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1966

THE YARDBIRDS ARE to split – but only on disc! In the group's dressing room at Ready, Steady Go last Friday I spoke with manager ...

Frank Zappa on Death, Rock Writers, Money

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1972

ZAPPA IS NOT renowned for his appreciation of rock writers and their work, and he makes his point quite forcibly on the subject. ...

Frank Zappa: Rude, Pompous…And Frank

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, January 1972

EVERY ONE has a right to an opinion but there are some who believe he has no right to express it in public. There are ...

Frank Zappa: Zappa On Rock, Porn And Blues

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, February 1972

HE LOOKS a bit like an identi-kit picture of our own most infamous anarchist Guy Fawkes, this much-vaunted, often-maligned rock guitarist who more than anyone ...

List of genre pieces

Jimmy Savile: Puppet of Pop?

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1972

KEITH ALTHAM probes the laughing facade of Britain's most famous face. Couldn't his influence be put to better use? ...

Jimmy Savile: Puppet of Pop? (part 2)

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1972

PERHAPS IT IS a pity if this feature, which is largely Savile talking under stress gives the impression I dislike the man. I do not. ...

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