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Michael Watts

Michael Watts

Michael Watts (pictured with Richard Williams above him and Chris Charlesworth below) was Melody Maker's US editor for much of the 1970s. He’s since been an editor at the Financial Times, the Independent, the Evening Standard and Esquire. He now writes for Wired, Conde Nast and anyone else who’ll have him...

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Gregg Allman: Felt Forum, New York NY

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, December 1974

Greg — mining the blues ...

Amon Düül: Amon For All Seasons

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, December 1970

IN THE BEGINNING there was Amon Duul, and A.D. was a musical community of about a dozen people of varied musical backgrounds. Gradually, some of ...

Syd Barrett

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, March 1971

STORIES ABOUT Syd Barrett are legion. That he became overbearingly egotistical, impossible to work with. That he was thrown out of The Pink Floyd. That ...

Shirley Bassey: The Soul Of Showbiz

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, September 1971

EVEN BEFORE she stuck out her bottom and waggled it provocatively at the crucial moments on 'Big Spender', yes, even before she and Eartha Kitt ...

David Bowie: From Brixton To Berlin

Report and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, February 1978

Michael Watts reports from the German film set where David Bowie is making Just A Gigolo ...

David Bowie: Oh, You Pretty Thing: David Bowie

Profile and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, January 1972

DAVID BOWIE, rock's swishiest outrage; a self-confessed lover of effeminate clothes, Bowie, who has hardly performed in public since his 'Space Oddity' hit of three ...

Harry Chapin: Short Stories (Elektra)

Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, February 1974

BY NOW IT should be deemed a case of criminal neglect that Harry Chapin's 'W.O.L.D.' is not in the top ten or even higher, because ...

Harry Chapin: Avery Fisher Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, December 1974

NEW YORK: The trouble with Harry is that he's such a goddam regular guy. The way he handles himself onstage, for instance. Like a scoutmaster, ...

Chicago, The Doors, Emerson Lake And Palmer, Jimi Hendrix, John Sebastian, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis, The Moody Blues, Pentangle, Procol Harum, Richie Havens, Taste, Ten Years After, Tiny Tim, The Who: The Isle of Wight Festival: Five Days That Rocked Britain

Report by Chris Welch, Michael Watts, Richard Williams, Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, September 1970

MM's Richard Williams, Chris Welch, Michael Watts and Mark Plummer present a five-page report on an amazing weekend of music and other scenes... ...

Alice Cooper: Spectrum, Philadelphia

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, March 1973

THE ROCK WORLD today mourns the death of Alice Cooper, who was accidently killed last night when the safety screws failed on the guillotine he ...

David Bowie: Stranger in a Strange Land

Report and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, February 1973

Aladdin Sane is the punning title of David Bowie's next album. It's more remote, more spacey, than anything he's done before says MICHAEL WATTS, who ...

Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Simon & Garfunkel, Velvet Underground: Tom Wilson: The Man Who Put Electricity Into Dylan

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, January 1976

TOM WILSON is an elegant, very tall (6ft 4in) black American, a former Harvard man who talks a little like Bill Cosby but whose pencil-thin ...

Bill Evans: Living Time With Evans

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, December 1972

NONE OF THE other diners appeared to recognise the pianist, but to anyone with jazz inklings he was unmistakable. The long, thick hair, cut page-boy ...

Roberta Flack, Freddie Hubbard, War, Jimmy Witherspoon: War, Roberta Flack, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Witherspoon: Shea Stadium, New York NY

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, July 1973

War declared at Shea Stadium. ...

Grateful Dead: Dead on the Nile

Report by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, September 1978

Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Keith & Donna Godchaux, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Hamza El-Din, Bill Graham, Ken Kesey & The Merry Pranksters, the Sphinx, the ...

Waylon Jennings: You Gotta Be A Man First, 'Fore You Can Be Anything...

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, August 1973

Waylon Jennings, the cowboy who finally hit that golden trail. By MICHAEL WATTS in New York ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John and Yoko: A Press Conference at Apple

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, October 1971

THERE'S A GLINT of spectacles. Gathering recognition as the sandy hair, short and unfamiliar registers. Take in the smart grey trousers and the conventional shirt. ...

Leonard Cohen: New Skin For The Old Ceremony (CBS)

Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, September 1974

LEONARD COHEN is an artist who worries a great many people. Dismissed on the one hand as pretentious, on the other as a plain old ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Bruce Springsteen: Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley & The Wailers: Max's Kansas City, New York NY

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, August 1973

Wailers fail to catch afire ...

Paul McCartney, Wings: Paul McCartney: The Yellow Perils Of Paulie

Report by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, January 1980

The Nips nabbed Big Macca last week as he allegedly lugged half-a-pound of marijuana through the Japanese customs. Is the naughty 'former Beatle' set for ...

Joni Mitchell: Mingus

Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, June 1979

THE CONCEPT of Joni Mitchell singing Charles Mingus, the late and very great jazzman, is eccentric but not illogical. For her it is the culmination ...

The Mothers Of Invention: Mother's Union

Report and Interview by Michael Watts, Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1970

TELL ME, Mr. Zappa, what do you think of the critical reaction to your work over the past five years?  ...

Gilbert O'Sullivan: Working Class Hero: Gilbert O'Sullivan

Profile and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, October 1971

WHOEVER WOULD have thought it? Gordon Mills, manager of Tom and Engel, those popular, polished professionals, taking a shine to an odd young Irishman whose ...

John Peel: Unpeeled

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, April 1971

In the three years since he first won the Top DJ title in the MM Poll, John Peel has been mocked and worshipped. Today he wipes the ...

The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (Kinney)

Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, April 1971

Bands come and go – but the Stones keep rollin' on ...

Steely Dan: Art For Art's Sake…

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, June 1976

In the space of five albums in four years, Steely Dan have created arguably the best rock music, and certainly the most erudite, of the ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend: Picking Up The Pieces

Report and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, October 1978

"ROGER AND I have really got to get together and thrash out... not a compromise, but what is really gonna work.  And if we can't ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: Loaded (Atlantic Super)

Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, March 1971

The most important album since Tommy? ...

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Caroline Coon: The Underground Angel Of Mercy...

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, January 1971

Michael Watts talks to CAROLINE COON of Release ...

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