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Mary Harron

Mary Harron

Contributor in the ’70s and’80s to MELODY MAKER, the VILLAGE VOICE, the GUARDIAN and the NEW STATESMAN, Mary has subsequently become an acclaimed film director (I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho).

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A Certain Ratio, The Distractions, Joy Division, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Factory Records: Food For Thought

Report by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, September 1979

Lots of people thought that Operation Julie was a bit of an anachronism. Who, in the late Seventies, could be dropping all those tabs? It ...

Joan Baez: The Folk Heroine Mellows With Age

Interview by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, June 1984

In 1959 Joan Baez walked out on stage at the Newport Folk Festival and touched off a wave of adulation that was to reach almost ...

The Bee Gees: The Bee Gees, Larry Pryce (Panther)

Book Review by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, April 1979

Oh what a boring book we see When Larry practises to Bee Gee ...

Billy Bragg: Captain’s Cabin, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 1983

PLACING a heavy burden on a small but genuine talent, Billy Bragg has been hailed as the next big thing. ...

The Clash: Clash in NYC - Waiting for Ivan

Report and Interview by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, October 1979

According to reports, it was a hot, dead, airless summer in New York City. With nothing much happening on the local music scene, excitement centred ...

Coati Mundi, Cristina, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Was (Not Was): Michael Zilkha: The King of Mutant Disco

Profile and Interview by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, July 1981

Mary Harron meets the rich kid behind Ze Records' success ...

The Dead Boys: Pretty Vicious

Profile and Interview by Mary Harron, Sounds, August 1977

THE DEAD BOYS are part of anew generation at CBGB's, a generation that has finally succeeded in erasing that fine line that divides the cool ...

Dottsy, Freddie Hart, Sleepy LaBeef, Hank Locklin, Tammy Wynette: Wembley Country Festival: The Metropolitan Soap Opera

Report by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, April 1979

Friendly and polite or mean and bigoted? Even transferred to North London, the country music audience reflects the ambiguous small-town mentality. MARY HARRON heard Tammy ...

Bob Dylan: Wembley Stadium

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, July 1984

ALL SUMMER, Christians have been performing in football stadiums; first we had Luis Palau, then Billy Graham, and now Bob Dylan. But as it turned ...

Brian Eno: Interview with Brian Eno

Interview by Mary Harron, Punk, Summer 1977

Brian Eno is sitting in Island Records’ Basing Street Studios, London, with a piece of toast in his hand. He is working on an album: ...

Connie Francis: One From the Heart: the Connie Francis Interview

Interview by Mary Harron, Collusion, September 1983

When the '60s British Invasion of the American charts began, Connie Francis' songs of teenage life and love were hits all over America. But the ...

Gang of Four: Dialectics Meet Disco

Essay by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, May 1979

This is the year of the second coming of British art-rock – although the new art-rockers won't admit it. MARY HARRON strips away the modish ...

Millie Jackson: Dominion, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, February 1984

MILLIE JACKSON has said publicly that she is bored with "talking trash," and with her image as soul's queen of sexual outrage. ...

Grace Jones: This Year's Model

Interview by Mary Harron, Smash Hits, September 1980

Mary Harron meets The Height Of Fashion ...

The Mekons: Blows Against Individuation

Profile and Interview by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, February 1979

The Mekons insist they're just a by-product of confusion. But 'intervention', a.k.a. 'going commercial', looms. ...

Joni Mitchell: Wembley Arena

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, April 1983

WITH JONI Mitchell, the music and the life are inseparable. As a confessional songwriter the appeal is based on identification; with those of us who ...

New Order: Heaven, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, February 1981

FEW GROUPS have been faced with such a heavy burden of expectation as were New Order in their London debut. This is the group formed ...

Robert Palmer: Rhythm 'N Clues

Profile and Interview by Mary Harron, Smash Hits, December 1981

One across (Mary Harron) asks the questions. Six down (Robert Palmer) gives the answers ...

Dolly Parton: Ask a Dirty Question, and you Don't Get Any Answers

Profile and Interview by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, March 1983

Dolly Parton smiles, and giggles, and parodies herself, but she's really not that kind of girl at all. Not any longer, reports Mary Harron. ...

The Ramones

Interview by Mary Harron, Punk, January 1976

RIGHT NOW I AM SITTING BY THE STAGE where Joey Ramone has wrapped his tall languorous body and his long long hands around the microphone ...

Marty Robbins: Country Dude of Nashville

Obituary by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, December 1982

Mary Harron on the style of Marty Robbins ...

Velvet Underground: Pop Art/Art Pop: The Warhol Connection

Report and Interview by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, February 1980

Like to be a galleryPut you all inside my show— David Bowie, 'Andy Warhol' Some people claim that only James Brown can match Andy ...

Velvet Underground: The Lost History of the Velvet Underground: An interview with Sterling Morrison

Retrospective and Interview by Mary Harron, New Musical Express, April 1981

THE VELVET Underground were the first avant-garde rock band, and the greatest. ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: Mo Tucker

Interview by Mary Harron, New Musical Express, May 1981

LIKE STERLING MORRISON, Maureen Tucker went in the opposite direction when she left the Velvet Underground in 1971. She moved back to Long Island, became ...

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Puppet On A String: Girl Singers Of The Sixties

Essay by Mary Harron, History of Rock, The, 1982

There were no bad girls in British pop music in the early Sixties — certainly nothing to compare with the most daring American girl groups ...

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