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Penny Valentine

Penny Valentine

Penny was one of the first British pop writers of note, writing in the ’60s for DISC AND MUSIC ECHO, and then later for SOUNDS, CITY LIMITS and many other publications. She was also the first female pop writer in the British press. She co-wrote (with Vicki Wickham) Dancing With Demons: The Authorized Biography of Dusty Springfield. Tragically, Penny lost her battle with cancer in January 2003.

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Joan Armatrading: Fragile Surfaces And Fast Getaways

Interview by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, September 1978

IN HER KITCHEN Joan Armatrading washes up the plates from a vegetarian meal we have just eaten. "You wouldn't think," she had said earlier with ...

Carol Grimes, Elkie Brooks, Joan Armatrading, Kiki Dee, Linda Lewis: A Question of Survival: Rock'n'Roll Women

Overview by Penny Valentine, Street Life, March 1976

THE NUMBER of women working in British music is pitifully small. You can count them on one hand. Why? ...

Bad Company: Desolation Angels Have Gastric Juices, Too

Interview by Penny Valentine, Creem, June 1979

Bad Company flee Screaming From Reality ...

Joan Baez: Slack Time For The Revolution

Interview by Penny Valentine, Let It Rock, December 1975

JOAN BAEZ PUTS it bluntly: "If I'd done another political album at this point, I'd have been bankrupt. I had no money left. So I ...

Ginger Baker

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, April 1970

GINGER BAKER is 31 years old and you DON’T ignore him. You can’t. He has accumulated a monstrous reputation over the past 10 years that ...

Cilla Black: Cilla on Marriage

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, April 1966

'THE QUEEN HASN'T DONE TOO BADLY – BUT IT'S NOT YET FOR ME!' ...

David Bowie: Contemporary Songwriters: David Bowie

Profile by Penny Valentine, Sounds, May 1971

THE WORK of songwriters is conditioned by many things. Their environment, their childhood, their brushes with love, their hopes and dreams, their disillusionment. And they ...

David Bowie Says Most Things The Long Way Round!

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, October 1969

ON HEARING a new LP called David Bowie, someone remarked: 'Well it's very nice, but do you think he's a lasting talent?' ...

David Bowie: Bowie, Music And Life

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 1970

David Bowie has never been a conventional anything. Certainly he is no run of the mill product of the music business, something rather that was ...

David Bowie: 'Space Oddity'

Review by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, July 1969

DAVID BOWIE – AMAZING SOUND! ...

Bread: Bread's Coming Of Age

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

IT HAS taken the amazing Bread over a year to 'break nationwide' – or for that matter to break anywhere on a really large scale. ...

Bread: Revolution Club, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

AT THE end of Bread's London appearance at the Revolution club on Thursday night they were called back to do two encores and treated to ...

Ray Charles: Love And Peace

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, October 1978

IT'S RARE FOR any artist to re-emerge successfully from a long period of musical sterility. Harder still, somehow, for black musicians, whose problems – brought ...

Chicken Shack, Christine Perfect/McVie, Fleetwood Mac: A Perfect Marriage: Christine Of Chicken Shack And John Of Fleetwood Fame

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, January 1969

BLONDE, GRITTY Christine Perfect not only bears the distinction of being lead singer of the famed Chicken Shack blues band, but is also married to ...

Chicken Shack, Christine Perfect/McVie: Christine Perfect part 1: Who's Perfect? Christine's Rise From Shopgirl To Stardom

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, November 1969

WHEN CHRISTINE Perfect was 19 and studying to be a sculptress in Birmingham, she was roped into playing bass for a local group that didn't ...

The Clash: Combat Rockers

Profile by Penny Valentine, History of Rock, The, 1983

IF THERE WAS one band that successfully rose above punk’s swift and premature decline, it was the Clash. Although historically the Sex Pistols remain the ...

Joe Cocker: Why The Cut in Cockerpower?

Report by Penny Valentine, Sounds, January 1972

WHEN JOE Cocker came back to Brit­ain at the end of 1970, went back home to Sheffield and word got around to a stunned music ...

Joe Cocker: 'With A Song In Your Heart'

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, November 1972

JOE COCKER has had a pretty heavy day of it so far. Two Australians had been gritting their teeth at him... 'Was it true that ...

Alice Cooper: From The Inside

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, December 1978

ALICE NEVER really was a contender for the world's greatest rock musician or singer (that's why he had to "kill" chickens and babies every night ...

Elvis Costello: Punch The Clock

Review by Penny Valentine, City Limits, September 1983

"They put the numb into number — the cut into cutie — the slum into slumber — the boot into beauty." ...

Elvis Costello: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, February 1979

HAS Elvis Costello finally become an Establishment "star," or is he still mounting a concerted attack against the old-fart fortress? Taking the stage at Hammersmith ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: It's A Revolution

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, December 1968

IN A SMALL TOP-FLOOR flat off Bayswater, London, a music revolution is taking place. ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Four Way Street (Atlantic)

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, May 1971

I HAVE to admit at the start of this review that I'm generally not over keen on live recordings. Although occasionally they show that an ...

Desmond Dekker

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, November 1969

DESMOND DEKKER had a pretty nasty experience the other day when fans got hold of his scarf and nearly strangled him. He was unconscious for ...

Ian Dury & The Blockheads: Live at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, August 1979

FIRST OF ALL I’d like to say I’ve always felt ambivalent towards Ian Dury. His work has always been, like his persona, male-orientated without being ...

Bob Dylan: Dynamic Dylan!

Report by Penny Valentine, Disc Weekly, June 1965

IT IS A QUARTER to eight at the BBC studios in London. There is an audience of 300 but the place is very quiet as ...

Bob Dylan: 'Like A Rolling Stone' (CBS)

Review by Penny Valentine, Disc Weekly, August 1965

AND NOW A SIX-MINUTE TREK THROUGH DYLAN-LAND ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer, The Nice: Emerson Lake & Palmer: Here Comes Another Orgasmic Peak

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

KEITH EMERSON is, to say the least, very upset at the release of old Nice tapes currently flooding the market. ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart: Swashbuckler Rod

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, August 1973

ROD STEWART and I have been talking about the Liberal party and their chances in the next election. Now he's standing – one long green ...

Marianne Faithfull: Still Faithfull After All These Years

Interview by Penny Valentine, Creem, June 1978

REAL SURVIVORS are rare in rock 'n' roll. Those who live in the fast lane tend not to make it to 30, the rest are ...

Family: Chappo Chats

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, August 1972

"I DON'T THINK we've ever had a particular status. I think we're a band a lot of people underestimate and in many ways I think ...

Bryan Ferry: The Bride Stripped Bare

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, September 1978

WITH HIS USUAL panache (some may say pretensions), Bryan Ferry has taken his album title from a famous work by the surrealist Marcel Duchamp: The ...

Flying Lizards: TV

Review by Penny Valentine, Creem, May 1980

IT LOOKS LIKE the Flying Lizards are going to have their third hit in a row with 'TV'. Out a few days and it already ...

Elton John, Fotheringay: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

PUTTING ELTON John second billing to Fotheringay at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday night was a taste of mistaken booking if ever there was ...

Peter Frampton: The Rise And Rise

Interview by Penny Valentine, Creem, October 1977

IN WHICH THE PLAN IS REVEALED, ITS ARCHITECTS STEP FORWARD, AND ALL CONCERNED LOOK TO THE FUTURE ...

Peter Gabriel: The Lamb Brought Down In Paris

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, December 1978

ON THE WAY TO Paris to meet a man I've never seen there is a white sign splashed across a motorway bridge: 'Vive Le Proletariat' ...

Tim Hardin: Contemporary Songwriters: Tim Hardin

Profile by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1971

MANY SONGWRITERS could be said to expose a little of their soul during the course of their writing, but there can't be anyone in the ...

Tim Hardin Talking Of Life's Raw Deal...

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, July 1968

THAT TIM HARDIN actually arrived in London last week to embark on his first concert tour is a history-making event in itself. ...

Emmylou Harris: Profile…Best Of Emmylou Harris

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, September 1978

UNDOUBTEDLY, Emmylou's success has been to make traditional country music acceptable to a rock audience. She has a lot to answer for, and in a ...

Emmylou Harris: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Street Life, December 1975

THE LIGHTS had just gone down, the musicians were just striking up when these two guys fell up the stairs singing loudly, "New York, New ...

Roy Hill: Riverside Studios, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, February 1979

APPROACHING Roy Hill via one sub-Bowie single ('I Like, I Like, I Like') and a first album saturated in unsympathetic production, I was not – ...

Humble Pie Get Back To Steve's Roots

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

HUMBLE PIE have got back to what could ostensibly be called Steve Marriott's roots. Today their musical approach involves a good solid line in basic ...

Janis Ian: Aftertones (CBS)

Review by Penny Valentine, Street Life, March 1976

"SOMETIMES IT'S all too much to say aloud...sometimes the words are painful to the ear." ...

The James Gang

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

PETE TOWNSHEND, who usually has an eye and an ear for the musically arresting and is no man to argue with, could be said to ...

John Denver, The Moody Blues: The Moody Blues, John Denver: Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, April 1972

MOODIES: HEROES AT THE POOL ...

Elton John: Madman Across The Water (DJM)

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1971

IT'S AN ODD fact that the British tend to malign their own products to the point of insanity. We managed to ignore Joe Cocker, almost ...

Elton John: Tumbleweed Connection

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 1971

IT IS ALL too easy to go overboard with praise about Elton John. I am guilty of doing it – frequently. But then, when faced ...

Elton John: The Great White Hope

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

CALL ELTON John what you will. The most brilliant singer/pianist we have ever produced, one of the best artists on record or on stage you ...

Elton John: The Record Rise Of A Superstar Called Reg

Essay by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, 1971

IN APRIL 1970 an album was released that was to whisk Reg Dwight of Pinner into Elton John. It was, quite simply, titled Elton John, ...

Gladys Knight & The Pips: Midnight Train To Harlem

Report by Penny Valentine, Sounds, April 1975

Blowing it at the Apollo means you haven't really made it at all. After a heart-stopping false start, GLADYS KNIGHT went on to prove that ...

LaBelle: ...How The West Was Won — Nearly

Report by Penny Valentine, Sounds, April 1975

A few days in the life of LaBelle. Penny Valentine reports from America's West Coast where the critics are a harder nut to crack than ...

Nils Lofgren

Interview by Penny Valentine, Street Life, November 1975

TEN years after he heard his first rock record: "I thought pop music was too simple, I could call out all the chords and analyse ...

Nils Lofgren: The Selling Of Nils Lofgren

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Street Life, November 1975

The chalked sign on the blackboard at Manchester University reads: Tonight – Nils Lofgren, and then in brackets Ex-Neil Young & Crazy Horse. The price ...

Lene Lovich: Bedford College, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, February 1979

EMERGING FROM the Stiff tour as little more than a suspicious record company packaging job with a clever line in Spanish lace, Lovich is now ...

Manfred Mann: That Mobbing Scene Is Over

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, April 1967

MICHAEL D'ABO burst into song, sitting in the sun outside a London pub, and signed two autograph books proffered by two slightly embarassed fans. ...

Curtis Mayfield In The Talk-In

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1972

WHEN YOU first used strings on your early work with the Impressions it was something of a breakthrough in soul music. Did you find any ...

Bette Midler: Trying To Be Free

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1973

THE DIVINE MISS M. sparkles and shines like a great glossy cake trimmed up with rich icing. On stage, word has it, she is superbly ...

Frankie Miller: Falling In Love (Chrysalis)

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, March 1979

AT ONE time Frankie Miller looked as though he was going to do a Joe Cocker without the intervening period of success. Now he just ...

Joni Mitchell: For The Roses

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 1972

IN A VAST, empty, wild beach a blonde girl sits in the breakers and watches the sea rolling endlessly into the sand. There are seagulls ...

Joni Mitchell: An Interview (part 1)

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, June 1972

THE LADY WHO walks on eggs is sitting in her hotel suite overlooking St. James' Park with her legs tucked up, her chin resting on ...

Joni Mitchell: An Interview (part 2)

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, June 1972

LAST WEEK Joni Mitchell spoke for the first time in over two years about why she virtually "retired" from the music scene during a period ...

Joni Mitchell: Royal Festival Hall, London,

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, May 1972

Saturday night was Cup Final day in London and – in passing – the last time the crowd joined for ‘Abide With Me’ at Wembley. ...

Joni Mitchell: The Voice of Woman: Joni Mitchell

Comment by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1973

I am on a lonely road and I am travellingLooking for the key to set me free . . . ...

James Taylor, Joni Mitchell: Joni Mitchell in with James

Report by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

JONI MITCHELL flew into London last Sunday – with James Taylor the man with whom she is being romantically linked. ...

Keith Moon: Bored Side Of The Moon

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, May 1973

Penny Valentine meets an old friend ...

Maria Muldaur: Open Your Eyes (Warner Bros)

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, August 1979

MUSICIANS WHO return after a hiatus as long as Muldaur's – since the confusion of Sweet Harmony – face several problems, not least over-effort. It's ...

Maria Muldaur: Sweet Harmony (Reprise)

Review by Penny Valentine, Street Life, March 1976

THE FIRST time I saw Maria Muldaur live she was magnificent. Which is unfortunate because it set a precedent she could never follow short of ...

Laura Nyro: Smile (CBS)

Review by Penny Valentine, Street Life, April 1976

AS PEOPLE are attracted to evil I was always fascinated by Laura Nyro. The fascination was on two levels – as a musician she was ...

Van Dyke Parks: Clang Of The Yankee Reaper (Warner Bros.)

Review by Penny Valentine, Street Life, November 1975

ONE DAY I got this strange note from America. It said: "Thanks for the review of my single. It is the first good review I've ...

Van Dyke Parks: The Clang of Van Dyke Parks

Profile by Penny Valentine, Street Life, February 1976

"He deals in streams of consciousness and clicks someone’s brain on to accepting an abstract concept... he can grab those feelings and wrench them out ...

Christine Perfect/McVie: Christine Perfect part 2: Perfection In Married Life, By Christine And John...

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, November 1969

HER VOICE IS dry with a tinge of North Country humour in it; she's not conventionally pretty – but she is pleasant and warm and ...

Pink Floyd: They're all in the PINK!

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, April 1967

THE PINK Floyd burst on to the London club scene in a kaleidoscope of colours some months ago. Literally, because colour, shapes and light gave ...

Dory Previn: Surviving All Odds: Dory Previn

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, December 1972

WHEN DORY Previn wrote: "I no longer plead with heaven or go rummaging in books for the answers to the questions life contains", she had ...

Procol Harum: Procol Back On The Pedestal

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, April 1972

PROCOL HARUM’S new album — not the extravaganza that comes out this week with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra but the one Gary Brooker and Keith ...

Procol Harum: Procol's Triumph

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 1973

"MAKES QUITE a change for a Friday night at the Rainbow," said the guy behind me surreptitiously half-way through Procol Harum's appearance last week ...

Procol Harum: Reid Between The Lines

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, August 1972

"I HAVE A VERY bad reputation," says Keith Reid thoughtfully. "Especially with the men who hold all the money in this business". I'm quite sure ...

Queen's Royal Flush

Interview by Penny Valentine, Creem, April 1978

Roger Taylor: We Will Trump you!"Blokes in the audience...think he (Freddie) is just weird, very weird." ...

Bonnie Raitt

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Street Life, May 1976

FREEBO’S SHAGGY, morose head appears through the doors of the van: "There is no truth in the rumour," he shouts, "that when Bonnie Raitt arrived ...

Bonnie Raitt: Home Plate (Warner Bros.)

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, November 1975

BONNIE RAITT is an intriguing talent, firmly rooted in the music of men like Otis Rush and Fred McDowell whom she met and worked with ...

Bonnie Raitt: Home Plate (Warner Bros.)

Review by Penny Valentine, Street Life, November 1975

BONNIE RAITT is an intriguing talent, firmly rooted in the music of men like Otis Rush and Fred McDowell whom she met and worked with ...

Bonnie Raitt: Bonnie's Blues

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Let It Rock, August 1975

WHEN SHE SINGS 15 year old girls run out of the audience, down the auditorium, arms raised in a two fisted salute. What they are ...

The Raspberries: Best Of The Raspberries (Capitol)

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, March 1979

THE ONE clever thing that Eric Carmen's earlier outfit did was to put Overnight Sensation out in the summer, the one time the record could ...

Helen Reddy: Weekend Ever Reddy

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1972

A VERY HEAVY Ameri­can biography on Helen Reddy comes on with excessive amounts of material on the super­natural, her beliefs in ESP and parapsycho­logy* until ...

Terry Reid: Terry’s Funky Steamer

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 1973

FOR A WEEK now in Los Angeles the local TV station have been running a series of old maestro W.C. Fields movies each morning. Today ...

Tom Robinson Band: Tom Robinson: Out Of The Closet And Into The Streets

Interview by Penny Valentine, Creem, September 1978

Summer Of '77A chance mid-week gig at a small London pub. ...

The Rolling Stones: Swedes Riot For The Stones While Jagger Plans A Fresh Tour Draw...

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, April 1967

HALFWAY through their Continental tour last week the Rolling Stones were experiencing scenes of fantastic fan fervour, riots and galloping policemen. ...

Linda Ronstadt: Living In The U.S.A.

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, September 1978

OVER HER PAST few albums and, curiously, ever since she won a wall full of awards, something has been happening to Linda Ronstadt's "interpretative" powers. ...

Tim Rose: Meet Tim Rose, Man Who Helped To Put Jimi Hendrix On The Hit Trail

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, February 1968

TIM ROSE is an American in the odd position of having been responsible for two of pop's standard classics — without actually having a hit ...

Rufus: Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan (ABC)

Review by Penny Valentine, Street Life, November 1975

AMERICAN BLACK music (that which is loosely termed 'soul') has been going through a disturbing period. It continues to do so. Where once the arm ...

Sandie Shaw: Bella Ragazza

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, August 1967

SANDIE SHAW was engaged in something of a friendly battle with an Italian waiter at the Palace Hotel, Viareggio, when I finally caught up with ...

Paul Simon: London Palladium

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Street Life, January 1976

PAUL SIMON is small and neat and nervous. His songs reflect him perfectly. They are small and neat and edgy. Paul Simon delivers his songs ...

Nina Simone: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, September 1979

NINA SIMONE has never been a comfortable musician to see live. A powerful performer, she is formidably dedicated to her art. It's hardly surprising, then, ...

Sonny & Cher: The Mad Mad World of Sonny And Cher!

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc Weekly, September 1965

SONNY and Cher had just arrived in their manager's office in Los Angeles. It was 2.30 p.m. and they had bounced happily back from a ...

Dusty Springfield: Five Great Years of Dusty

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

ON NOVEMBER 5, 1968, Dusty Springfield celebrates five years as a solo star. ...

Steely Dan: Get Your Thrills Here

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, March 1973

THE MOST exciting new band to break from the States this year is Steely Dan. ...

Cat Stevens

Profile by Penny Valentine, Sounds, March 1971

CAT STEVENS is very rare amongst the British writer syndrome in that a vast percentage of his work stems from his environment. He is a ...

Cat Stevens in the Talk-In

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, May 1971

You're very rare in music today in that you managed to virtually disappear for two years when you were ill and then came back ...

Cat Stevens' Subtle Love Affair

Review and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, July 1973

CAT STEVENS walks out of the burning sun, through the huge glass windows. It’s a surprise to see him. He seems as surprised to be ...

Cat Stevens: Numbers (Island)

Review by Penny Valentine, Street Life, November 1975

THIS ALBUM is sub-titled 'A Pythagorean Theory Tale'. Pythagoras, you may remember, had a theory that the education system approved of, about the square of ...

Cat Stevens: Teaser And The Firecat

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, August 1971

Singer, musician and songwriter. As such, in the opinion of many, Cat Stevens is one of the most brilliant and worthwhile talents to have emerged ...

Cat Stevens: A Cat Breaks Free

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, December 1972

Penny Valentine takes a jaunt to see Cat Stevens ...

Cat Stevens: Cat: What A Drag It Is Being Young

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, January 1967

THE LYRICS IN Cat Stevens’ songs would imply that he was a simple person involved with the simple things in life. Working for a rotten ...

Cat Stevens: Teaser And The White Hot Cat

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, September 1971

"I built my house of barley rice, green paper walls and water ice, tables of paper wood, windows of light and everything emptying into white." ...

Stephen Stills keeps fighting — against violence in pop music

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, February 1970

STEPHEN STILLS is possibly the most underrated musician and musical force of our time. But he’s no demi-god. It is one of those strange ironies ...

Rachel Sweet

Interview by Penny Valentine, Creem, October 1979

IN HER TIGHT jeans and t-shirt her body looks like a 12-year-old's. Her face and her manner tell another story. Make-up across her broad cheekbones, ...

Rachel Sweet: What Rachel Did Next

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, April 1979

Rachel Sweet may follow Tanya Tucker's career with particular interest, but she really wants to be Bruce Springsteen. PENNY VALENTINE followed her on a tour ...

Talking Heads

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, January 1978

Penny Valentine reports from the Talking Heads tour ...

James Taylor Comes To Town

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

JAMES TAYLOR was in town and you could tell it by the buzz in the air and the musicians who walked around muttering his name ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: Richard And Linda Thompson: Sunnyvista (Chrysalis)

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, September 1979

THIS THOMPSONS package tour is a fine irony. Its visuals signal a break from the couple's traditional melancholy, replacing it with a sarcastic, partially threatening, ...

Traffic: Steve Winwood: Don't Call Him Stevie

Interview by Penny Valentine, Creem, November 1977

When Steve Winwood was 15 years old he was the child prodigy/focal point of the Spencer Davis Group. Singing with a soul voice experienced beyond ...

T. Rex: I'm A Pop Star On Any Level Says Marc

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

MARC BOLAN – whose voice has been known to bring some people out in an allergy and others to their knees in supplication – has ...

Rick Wakeman: Just Another Yes Man

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, August 1971

WHEN HE was six years old, Rick Wakeman's father dispatched him to a very fine lady piano teacher in Harrow. Two lessons later the infant ...

Anita Ward: The Bell Rings and School's Out

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, June 1979

THIS VERY day, 'Ring My Bell' has made it to number one in the British charts. The boys at TK records (who function from the ...

Barry White: The Discreet Charm Of the Black Bourgeoisie: Barry White and Company

Review by Penny Valentine, Street Life, March 1976

WHEN YOUNG American blacks threw off their jeans, gave them to the white kids, and emerged supercool in their three-piece suits, brogues and cashmere sweaters ...

The Who: Roger Daltrey: The Sounds Talk In

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

DO YOU feel your position as a singer with the Who is as influential as you'd like it to be? ...

The Who

Essay by Penny Valentine, Street Life, November 1975

THAT summer: Tolliday and I roaming Soho’s warm night streets, swapping stories, putting each other in roles, lingering outside sawdust-floored Italian food-stores, sniffing in the ...

Stevie Wonder: Music Of My Mind (Tamla Motown)

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, December 1971

THIS HAS been hailed as Stevie Wonder's final "coming of age", but I think this album is more important and will certainly have more important ...

Stevie Wonder: Stevie's Moog Music...

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, January 1972

"I NEVER did realise it would take me so long to lose that 'Little' Stevie Wonder tag. There are times when I wish I'd only ...

Ronnie Wood

Profile by Penny Valentine, Sounds, January 1973

RONNIE WOOD'S always been pretty modest about his guitar playing. Mention how good it's got over the past two years and he tends to look ...

Yes: Making It Last

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 1971

BRITISH MUSIC now seems to have a quality of holding onto its stars, and it’s maybe only once a year that anyone manages to surface ...

List of genre pieces

The Demise Of Motown

Comment by Penny Valentine, Sounds, March 1973

Penny Valentine mourns… ...

David Geffen: David's Talented Asylum

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1972

Penny Valentine talks to America's leading manager David Geffen ...

Jack Good: Blasting British Pop TV

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, October 1968

T.V. whizz-kid Jack Good flies in to make a spectacular and says: "I don't want the masses; they can go watch Coronation Street" ...

Joe Boyd: An Interview

Interview by Penny Valentine, Street Life, March 1976

Penny Valentine talks to the man in between, Joe Boyd who has recently produced Toots Hibbert, Maria Muldaur, and the McGarrigles. ...

The Rainbow Theatre: Cheap Seats In Pot Of Gold

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1971

"ROCK audiences now are interested in having a comfortable place to sit and really listen to music. The days of freak out dancing to anything ...

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