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Michael Gross

Michael Gross

Michael Gross, who began his career contributing to Circus, Rock and other music publications, is the author of the new Rogues' Gallery: The Secret History of the Moguls and the Money That Made the Metropolitan Museum, of 740 Park, and of the New York Times bestseller Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women. His blog, gripebox, is at mgross.com. He is also a Contributing Editor at Travel & Leisure and has written for The New York Times, New York, GQ, Esquire, and Vanity Fair and many other publications.

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10cc: Mondo Perverts Flail Out With The Original Sound Track

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus Raves, July 1975

When they raided my club that nightThey ruined my act with the leather umbrellaThe Chief de Police got a frightHe was up in my boudoir ...

Allman Brothers Band: The Death Of The Allman Brothers Band

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Swank, 1977

LOOK INTO THE EYES of the citizens of Macon, Georgia, and the creeping fear shines through like a beacon. Eyes widen, then scrunch down to ...

America: Can An English Holiday Revive America?

Review and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, October 1974

LONDON'S SPEAKEASY club shares a bond with New York's Max's Kansas City in that they are both music business hangouts. But where the sickly red ...

The Beach Boys Are Back in Town

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Swank, 1977

BRIAN WILSON SAT behind a grand piano, nervously eyeing the camera pointed at his face. "When I was a little boy," he said, "my mother ...

The Beach Boys: Helping People Find That Perfect Wave

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Zoo World, October 1974

MIKE LOVE, a Beach Boy, sits under a tent backstage at Roosevelt Stadium in New Jersey. The tent breeds flies like Northern Jersey breeds bad ...

The Beach Boys, Chicago: Spirit Of America: A Beach Boys Retrospective

Retrospective by Michael Gross, Circus, August 1975

Never have two monster groups been so united as the Beach Boys/Chicago tandem which is touring America like blood brothers. ...

Black Oak Arkansas

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus Raves, March 1974

HIGH ON THE HOG – BLACK OAK ARKANSAS CELEBRATES SUCCESS. ...

Black Oak Arkansas Kick Up Their Heels In Europe

Review and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, July 1975

SITTING IN a Holiday Inn, not in in Evansville or Bakersfield, but just a few minutes walk from Hyde Park in London, Jim Dandy Mangrum ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: T Rex Flashes Light of Love on America

Profile by Michael Gross, Circus, October 1974

EARLY IN 1972, Marc Bolan and T. Rex were the biggest, bestest and baddest rock band in England. Every one of their singles shot instantly ...

Chicago: Is The Most Popular Band In America Handcuffed By Its Fans?

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, January 1975

IN THE FALL of 1974, a small number of groups had multiple album entries lodged firmly in the Top 200 chart of Billboard Magazine, the ...

Alice Cooper: Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits

Review by Michael Gross, Crawdaddy!, November 1974

THEY'VE CALLED the perpetration of Alice Cooper on the pop public one of the greatest PR coups of all time. They've called Alice a charlatan, ...

Alice Cooper: Through the Looking Glass

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Club, 1975

THE LOBBY OF the Boston Sheraton Hotel looks, smells and feels like Grand Central Station. In the midst of it stands a tall, skinny man ...

Kiki Dee: More Than Opening For Elton

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Crawdaddy!, March 1975

NEW YORK – The first time Kiki Dee came to New York City, she was showcased by her newest record company, Rocket Records, at the ...

Rick Derringer: Giddy With Spring Fever

Review and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, June 1975

RICK DERRINGER's Manhattan home reflects nothing that might he called "rock star chic". Though his stereo set-up is large and an acoustic guitar may occasionally ...

Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer: Edgar Winter Unleashes A Superstar Rock Band With Shock Treatment

Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, July 1974

When the Edgar Winter group exploded onto the record charts last year, few people expected the band to emerge as a whole triumvirate of rock ...

Doobie Brothers: How Stampede Drove Their Fans Into Bars

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus Raves, May 1975

LATE ONE summer night in 1974, a clean-cut bar band plugged in on the stage of a waterfront singles menagerie in southern Connecticut. ...

Doobie Brothers: How Stampede Drove Their Fans Into Bars

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus Raves, May 1974

LATE ONE summer night in 1974, a clean-cut bar band plugged in on the stage of a waterfront singles menagerie in southern Connecticut. ...

Bob Dylan: Dylan's The Basement Tapes – The Best Of The Bootlegs Goes Establishment

Overview by Michael Gross, Circus Raves, October 1975

BOB DYLAN'S ART is his body of work. There are close to twenty legitimate Bob Dylan albums. There is a book, Tarantula, and another of ...

Brian Eno: Mind Over Music

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Chic, July 1979

DURING THE YEAR prior to his first solo concert tour in 1975, Brian Eno's image alone sustained public interest in his career. ...

The Faces, Ronnie Wood: Ron Wood Romps To A Royal Solo Debut

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, November 1974

IN A SMALL, homemade studio in the depths of Ron Wood's British home, an array of the most famous faces in rock gathered one night ...

Fanny: The Year Of The Woman

Interview by Michael Gross, Gallery, 1975

WITH ALL THE noise, convulsions, legal maneuverings, and groundbreaking advances made by feminists in the last few years, women remain the underdog minority in the ...

Bryan Ferry

Interview by Michael Gross, Zoo World, January 1973

LONDON – The red bus was drifting past Marble Arch, turning towards Knightsbridge. I was leafing through the notes I'd taken that afternoon, and came ...

George Harrison: The Zoned-Out Beatle Turns 33 1/3

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Swank, 1977

IN NOVEMBER 1974, George Harrison's tour of America ended with a party at the chic New York disco/restaurant, Hippopotamus. It was a sweaty, crowded affair ...

George Harrison, Tom Scott: George Harrison: How Dark Horse Whipped Up A Winning Tour

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus Raves, March 1975

AS GEORGE HARRISON'S tour began to cross America late in 1974, reports filtered back to New York City that all was not right. Though the ...

Jimi Hendrix Makes A Crash Landing From The Phantom Zone

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, May 1975

LATE AT NIGHT, the cluster of rock neophytes bunched around the portals of Steve Paul's famous club, The Scene, would scatter like mice as Jimi ...

Janet Jackson: True You: A Journey To Finding And Loving Yourself

Book Review by Michael Gross, Washington Post, The, March 2011

JANET JACKSON'S True You boasts alluring packaging: It's printed on the kind of ultra-white paper you rarely see in books anymore, chock-full of photos and ...

Kiss: Where No Band Has Tread Before

Profile by Michael Gross, Marvel Comics, 1977

THE BEST WAY to understand KISS is to look at the faces in the concert-going crowd, tens of thousands of faces attached to the fans ...

Nils Lofgren: America's Best Native Guitarist?

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, July 1975

STANDING OVER A pool table in A&M Records' New York offices, lining up a shot and then pausing to draw on a cigarette, Nils Lofgren ...

Joni Mitchell: Hostess Twinkies for Your Dreams

Live Review by Michael Gross, Swank, 1976

Joni Mitchell: Nassau Coliseum, NYC ...

Mott The Hoople: A Frantic Mott Struggles To Stay On Top

Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, June 1974

Along with their mushrooming fame came high expectations from a hungry public, and suddenly they were competing against themselves as they face the task of ...

Mott The Hoople, New York Dolls: Mott The Hoople/New York Dolls: Felt Forum, NYC

Live Review by Michael Gross, Interview, September 1973

THE EVENING simply reeked of promise. Mott the Hoople, the Anglo glamour band of the moment, billed with New York's very own Dolls. ...

Mott The Hoople, New York Dolls: New York Dolls/Mott The Hoople: Felt Forum, NYC

Live Review by Michael Gross, New Musical Express, August 1973

THE EVENING SIMPLY reeked of promise. Mott the Hoople, the Anglo glamour band of the moment, billed with New York's very own Dolls. ...

New York Dolls: The Guys In The Dolls

Report by Michael Gross, New Musical Express, August 1973

THE BACK room of Max's Kansas City is generally bathed in a pink glow of lighting effects. Depending on how much liquor you've consumed, it ...

Robert Palmer Is Blue-Eyed Soul

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Playgirl, 1977

"CLEAN IS BACK IN," Kaye Ballard intoned, and her predominantly blue-haired audience at The Mike Douglas Show taping nodded in silent agreement as they gazed ...

Suzi Quatro: The Teen Queen Of Europe Comes Home

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, August 1974

IN 1971 SHE'D been nowhere – a local bandleader in Detroit who was more a spectacle than a musician. Then she left America. When Suzi ...

Lou Reed: Berlin

Review by Michael Gross, Crawdaddy!, January 1974

LOU REED IS the grand ghoul of them all. He happens to scare people. He stands in the same relation to Bowie and Iggy and ...

Mick Ronson, Roxy Music: Mick Ronson: Slaughter On 10th Avenue; Roxy Music: Stranded

Review by Michael Gross, Circus, December 1973

AND WHEN THE kids had killed the man they had to break up the band... almost. Now that the glitter thunder is over, perhaps it'll ...

Todd Rundgren, Utopia: Todd Rundgren: Thank God for Todd

Live Review by Michael Gross, New Musical Express, July 1974

Todd Rundgren: Central Park, NYC ...

Sadistic Mika Band: Let Pink Floyd Fans Beware

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus Raves, July 1975

EARLY IN THE SUMMER of 1974, Mika Katoh, a small, beautiful, Japanese woman, walked out of her room in London's Portobello Hotel, and crossed the ...

Carly Simon, James Taylor: Carly Simon Serves Up Hotcakes

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, May 1974

Carly's new LP offers an intimate peek into the home of one of America's most sought-after and most reclusive couples. ...

Slade

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus Raves, June 1974

THE AMBASSADOR THEATRE in Saint Louis has held its place in history since the 1920's as a grand old movie palace built in Hollywood's early ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone Finds Domestic Bliss with Small Talk

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, September 1974

Two years ago, Sly Stone's future looked bleak. Now, after an acclaimed album, a woman, and a son have come his way, Sly's entire life ...

Patti Smith: Misplaced Joan Of Arc

Interview by Michael Gross, Blast, August 1976

THERE'S A SCRAWNY scarecrow of a girl standing on the stage. Her hair is ragged. Her tits swing slowly to a 4/4 beat under a ...

Ringo Starr: Ringo Waltzes Through Goodnight Vienna

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, March 1975

His first solo album jolted those who had forgotten the placid Beatle with its astounding success, but Ringo's veteran producer likes his new platter even ...

Talking Heads

Interview by Michael Gross, Soho Weekly News, April 1978

IN 1975 THEY lived on Chrystie St., a block filled with some of the city's more economical courtesans, in a cold water loft, and they ...

The Who on the Beach

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Rock, 1976

THE POOL AREA of The Doral Hotel on Miami Beach was virtually empty. A few children splashed in the water, a small group of double-knit ...

Wings Over America

Report by Michael Gross, Blast, August 1976

SEVENTH AVENUE looked like a refugee camp for the great unwashed. No matter where you turned, all you could see was people. ...

Johnny Winter: Saints and Sinners: Johnny Winter's Celebration of Freedom

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, March 1974

IN A HUGE Connecticut mansion, the kind reserved for bank presidents -and rock stars, a tall, thin, albino blues player kneeled before a massive fireplace, ...

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