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Mark Shipper

Mark Shipper was the founder and editor of one of the first and most influential rock fanzines, Flash. He later wrote for Phonograph Record Magazine and became editor of the music industry trade publication Radio & Records. He is the author of Paperback Writer: The Life and Times of the Beatles, the Spurious Chronicle of Their Rise to Stardom, Their Triumphs and Disasters, Plus the Amazing Story of Their Ultimate Reunion (1978). He currently writes the Shipper Report for radio stations across the U.S.

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George Harrison, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez: Pipeline

Column by Mark Shipper, Phonograph Record, July 1973

AS THE DUKE of American Rock Critics, I am afforded privileges and favors undreamed of by others in my profession. ...

The Beatles, Bob Dylan: I Don't Believe in Zimmerman

Book Excerpt by Mark Shipper, Paperback Writer (New English Library), 1978

THE FIRST few months of 1966 were pleasant ones for the Beatles. Meat The Beatles remained at the top of the charts all over the ...

Bette Midler, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Wings: Pipeline

Column by Mark Shipper, Phonograph Record, December 1973

WELL, 1973 IS gone and a new year is upon us. The only reason I mention that is because some of you are so dunced-out ...

Flo & Eddie, J. Geils Band, T. Rex, Wings: Pipeline

Column by Mark Shipper, Phonograph Record, June 1973

EDITOR'S NOTE: After many months of intensive negotiations with his career advisors and financial counselors, Phonograph Record Magazine is pleased to announce the acquisition of ...

Grateful Dead, Steely Dan: Pipeline

Column by Mark Shipper, Phonograph Record, September 1973

"GREAT ALBUMS are hard to find these days," I once wrote in my definitive book on the subject, Great Albums Are Hard To Find These ...

Leon Russell, New York Dolls: Pipeline

Column by Mark Shipper, Phonograph Record, October 1973

ONE OF ROCK'S great unanswered questions (due to the fact that nobody cares enough to ask it) is this one: exactly what is bugging Leon ...

The Raspberries: Fresh (Capitol)

Review by Mark Shipper, Phonograph Record, December 1972

THEY'RE A monument to youthful exuberance, a triumph of pure adolescent joyousness over post-teen disillusionment, and maybe just the last straw it's gonna take to ...

Leon Russell, The Rolling Stones: Pipeline

Column by Mark Shipper, Phonograph Record, November 1973

IT WAS AN unusually hot week in Kingston, Jamaica. Early spring this year. I was having lunch at an outdoor cafe with an up and ...

The Sonics: Explosives (BuckShot Records)

Review by Mark Shipper, Phonograph Record, June 1973

SUPPOSE I TOLD you there actually existed a band at one time (say around 1965) who sounded like (but better than) the Kinks on 'All ...

The Standells: The Blue Max, Van Nuys, California

Live Review by Mark Shipper, Phonograph Record, November 1972

IT WAS the best kept secret in town, but yessir, the Standells came through here a couple of weeks ago to play their tough-as-nails brand ...

Donna Summer: Thoughts on Donna Summer

Comment by Mark Shipper, Rock's Backpages, May 2012

BY NOW YOU'VE HEARD about the sad passing of Donna Summer or, as she's always referred to, "Disco Queen Donna Summer" – she hated that ...

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Remembering Greg Shaw

Memoir by Mark Shipper, Rock's Backpages, April 2012

WELL, I CAN'T STAND IT ANYMORE. Deep in the back of my head I have this Karmic debt I owe to Greg Shaw for setting ...

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