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Richie Unterberger

Richie Unterberger

Richie Unterberger has been writing about rock and popular music of all kinds since the early 1980s. Of his ten books, the most recent is White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day. Published in June 2009 by Jawbone Press, this details the band's recording sessions, record releases, concerts, press reviews, and other major events shaping their career. Drawing on about 100 interviews and exhaustive research through documents and recordings rarely or never accessed, it unearths stories that have seldom been told, and eyewitness accounts that have seldom seen print, from figures ranging from band members to managers, producers, record executives, journalists, concert promoters, and fans.

In 2006, Backbeat Books published his seventh book, The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film, a mammoth 400-page, 300,000-word guide to the incredible wealth of music the Beatles recorded that they did not release, as well as musical footage of the group that hasn't been made commercially available.

His sixth book, Eight Miles High: Folk-Rock's Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock (Backbeat, 2003), is the second book in a two-volume history of the 1960s folk-rock movement. Eight Miles High covers folk-rock from mid-1966 to the end of the 1960s, drawing on more than 100 first-hand interviews, as did its predecessor, Turn! Turn! Turn!: The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution, which covers the history of folk-rock through mid-1966.

His book Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll, published by Backbeat in 1998, profiled 60 underappreciated cult rock artists of all styles and eras. Its sequel, Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock, was published by Backbeat in the fall of 2000. Both of these books draw extensively upon first-hand interviews with the musicians profiled, as well as interviews with many of their close associates.

He is also author of The Rough Guide to Music USA, a guidebook to the evolution of regional popular music styles throughout America in the twentieth century, and The Rough Guide to Jimi Hendrix.

He is a contributor to MOJO, Record Collector, Ugly Things, and numerous other publications, and has written liner notes to several hundred CD reissues on various labels.

He regularly presents events featuring rare rock films in the San Francisco Bay area and elsewhere, at public libraries and other venues. He lives in San Francisco.

There's more information about his work on his website.

www.richieunterberger.com

List of articles in the library by artist

The Beatles, George Harrison: George Harrison Visits Haight-Ashbury In Summer 1967

Retrospective by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, Summer 2007

UNCOMMON sightings were downright common in the Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love. But even in that colorful context, the visit of George Harrison to ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: Geoff Emerick

Profile and Interview by Richie Unterberger, Record Collector, June 2006

BESIDES GEORGE Martin, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, Geoff Emerick worked on more Beatles sessions than any other individual. ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin: Big Brother & The Holding Company in The Summer of Love

Retrospective and Interview by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, Summer 2007

THE RELEASE of Big Brother And The Holding Company's self-titled debut album in the summer of 1967 should have been a highwater mark in both ...

Blue Cheer, Randy Holden: Randy Holden

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Perfect Sound Forever, April 1999

RANDY HOLDEN might be the Great Lost Guitar Hero of the 1960's. ...

Bonzo Dog Band: The Bonzo Dog Band: Neil Innes

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Perfect Sound Forever, June 1999

IF THERE was ever an equivalent to Spike Jones in rock music, the Bonzo Dog Band were it. ...

Crass' Penny Rimbaud

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Perfect Sound Forever, December 1996

THE SPIN Alternative Record Guide wrote that Crass were "probably the first rock band whose liner notes are not only indispensable, but often better reading ...

Crass: G Sus of Crass

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Perfect Sound Forever, December 1996

THE SPIN Alternative Record Guide wrote that Crass were "probably the first rock band whose liner notes are not only indispensable, but often better reading ...

Donovan

Retrospective and Interview by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, January 2005

MID JULY 2004. In the dark-wooded, rich red subterranea of San Francisco's Cafe du Nord a song is building off little more than a two-chord ...

Fairport Convention, Judy Dyble: Judy Dyble

Retrospective and Interview by Richie Unterberger, Record Collector, September 2007

IMAGINE BEING the original woman singer in the most esteemed British folk-rock group of all – only to be replaced, after just one album, by ...

Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger: Irwin Silber of Sing Out!

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Perfect Sound Forever, July 2001

IN THE mid-1960's Irwin Silber was editor of Sing Out! magazine, the leading folk periodical in the United States. Here he talks about his personal ...

Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers: Wattstax

Retrospective by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, July 2004

THE BIGGEST soul concert ever was about to end in a riot. ...

The Incredible String Band: Robin Williamson

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Perfect Sound Forever, Fall 2001

IN THE 1960s, Scotland's Incredible String Band put together elements of folk and world music into something that was called folk-rock, in part, because it ...

Fred Neil, 1936-2001

Obituary by Richie Unterberger, No Depression, September 2001

FRED NEIL, one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the early folk-rock era, died in his sleep on July 7 at the age of 65. ...

The Outsiders: Wally Tax of the Outsiders: An Interview

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Ugly Things, 1998

OF ALL THE GREAT BANDS who sang in English as a second language in the 1960s, the Outsiders were the coolest. It's a subjective judgment, ...

Swamp Dogg

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Perfect Sound Forever, February 1997

"If you know the extension of the party with whom you wish to speak, dial it and stop wasting our time! If you have money ...

Robert Wyatt

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Perfect Sound Forever, November 1996

RICHIE UNTERBERGER interviewed Robert Wyatt on November 18, 1996 for his book Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll, which profiles 60 of the most interesting cult acts ...

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Psychedelic Album Artwork

Overview by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, March 2007

"I SAW THIS face looking up at me out of the trashcan. It was a woman. It looked like a flamenco dancer staring at me. ...

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