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Mark Pringle

Mark Pringle

RBP's production director and slightly obsessive Grateful Dead specialist is a website designer and internet wonk who has been involved in projects for the BBC and a variety of businesses, but these days specialises in ultra-low remunerative web design for photographers and artists – lovely and talented people, but absolutely not the route to the yacht. He also takes portraits of writers for leading publishers. Prior to moving into design, he was a member of obscure London R&B act Hot House, and pleads guilty to helping inflict M-People's Heather Small on the world. He was described by NME writer and future Loaded editor James Brown as "the Keith Floyd of British Soul". He took this as a compliment.

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The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones: Rockumentaries on the Biography Channel

Film/DVD/TV Review by Mark Pringle, Mat Snow, Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2001

Not long ago, any glimpse on the box of a great musician was like catching sight of the lesser spotted grebe – all the lovelier ...

Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon: Paul Simon: Bloomsbury Theatre, London; Allen Toussaint: Bush Hall, London

Live Review by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, June 2006

LET'S LOOK at what Paul Simon and Allen Toussaint share. They both wrote songs that helped shape this thing of ours, this culture we've shared ...

Eminem: In the Audience with Eminem

Live Review by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, February 2001

Eminem: The London Arena, Docklands ...

Aretha Franklin: The Queen's Greatest Tracks

Review by Martin Colyer, Barney Hoskyns, Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, May 2002

"THEY USED to call me a jazz singer," Aretha told Val Wilmer in 1968. "Now I think what I sing is closer to R&B and ...

Grand Wizard Theodore: Yes Yes Y'all and it don't stop, to the beat y'all and it don't stop

Comment by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, October 2003

RBP's very own Mark Pringle got invited to curate the inaugural exhibition – Yes Yes Y'all: hip hop from scratch – at the Hospital in ...

Grateful Dead: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Grateful Dead

Review by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, April 2001

This week sees the 30th anniversary of the Dead's final run at the New York's Fillmore East. RBP's resident Deadhead Mark Pringle reviews the 4 ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Rockin' the Rhein with the Grateful Dead (Rhino triple CD)

Review by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, May 2004

DO I DETECT the dead hand of Phil Lesh lurking here? Is there some kind of agenda, to portray the Dead as much more than ...

LL Cool J, Faith Evans: Grant Park, Chicago

Live Review by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, July 2005

NOW WE KNOW why the Ladies Love Cool James: it’s not for his remarkably buff 40-something body (though they do love that); not even for ...

The Mighty Imperials: Keepers of the Flame, or a Retro-step too far?

Review and Interview by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, February 2001

The Mighty Imperials: Jazz Café, London The Mighty Imperials – four white 18-year-olds from New York – blew into town this week ...

Elvis Presley: Scotty Moore's Classic Axe Goes Under The Hammer

Report by Mark Pringle, Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, April 2000

Former Elvis Presley producer weeps after auctioning off "the most important guitar in rock and roll history" ...

John Scofield, Punk-Funk All Stars: Punk-Funk All Stars/Trio Beyond: Barbican, London

Live Review by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, July 2006

GIG OF THE YEAR, without a doubt. To see a stage-full of musicians embrace the possibility of total chaos, of absolute failure is, in these ...

List of genre pieces

About a Bloke: The 10 Tracks Nick Hornby Couldn't Live Without

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, March 2002

WELCOME TO a new if occasional treat: AURAL SURVIVAL, a sit-down with a much-loved CELEBRITY FAN in order to ascertain the 10 recorded performances he ...

9 Songs (Dir. Mike Winterbottom)

Review by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

OK, SO BASICALLY what happens is this: a saturnine, monosyllabic bloke meets a self-obsessed, vacuous girl at a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club gig at the ...

Move Over 1976 – The Revolution Is Here And Now

Comment by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, October 2006

ANYONE UNDER 30 reading this can piss off right now. This is for your mum and dad. You don't need the help, they do. The ...

RIP Top Of The Pops, 1964-2006

Retrospective by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, June 2006

THE FACT IS, Top Of The Pops, the "iconic" British pop TV show, whose closure after 42 years was announced last week, was really never ...

Walter Yetnikoff with David Ritz: Howling at the Moon (Abacus Books)

Review by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

THERE IS AN immutable law of Recovery that states that the man with the loudest voice (and it usually is a man) will consume great ...

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