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Rick McGrath

Rick McGrath was rock critic of the Vancouver, BC, underground newspaper THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT from 1969 to 1971. He also wrote for CREEM, THE TERMINAL CITY EXPRESS and THE GRAPE before moving on to become an advertising agency creative director. Now retired, Rick continues to add to his own site and contributes features, as well as music, book and movie reviews for a media analysis website called culturecourt.com.

Culture Court

List of articles in the library by artist

Brian Auger: Oblivion In Orbit: Brian Auger & Oblivion Express Play The Orbit Room, Toronto

Live Review by Rick McGrath, Ojo, April 2003

TELL YA, MAN... it's gettin wackier. The last gig I caught was on a Sunday nite... which I thought was a low traffic time to ...

Captain Beefheart: A Candid Conversation With Beef The Chief: The Don Van Vliet Interview

Interview by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, 1971

This interview was found in the vaults by Harold Colson, an ace Librarian at the University of California at San Diego.Harold is researching the Stones ...

Captain Beefheart: Know What I Mean? The Don Van Vliet Interview...

Interview by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, March 1973

Beefheart at The Commodore. Do you know what I mean? ...

Chicago: Another interview with Jimmy Pankow

Interview by Mike Quigley, Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, April 1970

After Chicago played their first set at the Gardens a couple of Thursdays ago, we wandered backstage to try and line up an interview with ...

Sheryl Crow: Not Much To Crow About: Sheryl Crow's Rockin The Globe Live (A&M DVD)

Review by Rick McGrath, Culture Court, 1999

I’VE GOT GOOD news and bad news for Sheryl Crow fans. The good news is Sheryl’s in fine voice on this live concert DVD. The ...

The Dirty Three: Getting Down & Dirty Three: Live at Lee’s Palace, Toronto

Live Review by Rick McGrath, Ojo, April 2003

WENT OUT TO Lee's Palace on a Sunday nite, of all nites... my buddy Pipes said some wacky auzzie group, called the Dirty Three, were ...

Donovan: Hurdy Gurdy Man Rolls Into Town

Live Review by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, October 1971

TWO THINGS I found quite interesting at the Donovan Concert last Monday night. First, the Humble Minstrel of psychedelic folk music seems to be running ...

Fleetwood Mac: The Fleetwood Mac Interview

Interview by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, April 1971

I remember this interview very well. We were at The Bayshore Hotel, and the interview was with Jeremy Spencer and Mick Fleetwood. John McVie and ...

Elton John: This Is Your Song: The Elton John Interview

Interview by Mike Quigley, Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, April 1971

WE ENTER THE Holiday Inn on Howe Street through its Southern-fried colonnade and up its Harlequin Romance staircase into the Columbia Room with its Christmas ...

Led Zeppelin: Vancouver 1971

Interview by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, Fall 1971

I got to watch the concert from the stage -- about 10 feet away from Page. It was one helluva show, culminating in 'Dazed & ...

Gordon Lightfoot: Scotch & Pretzels: The Gordon Lightfoot Interview

Interview by Rick McGrath, Mike Quigley, Georgia Straight, The, October 1970

ANOTHER TWO-TIMER with Mike and I. We really did this one as a favour for the record company exec, who used to give us lots ...

Johnny Winter, Mississippi Fred McDowell: Johnny Winter And... Mississippi Fred?

Live Review by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, April 1970

WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTED to go to every bloody concert that comes to town and try to reach a critical judgment (or something like that), sometimes ...

Van Morrison: February 1971

Interview by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, February 1971

This interview with Van Morrison and some of the members of his band took place at Vancouver airport on the morning after a concert. ...

Pearls Before Swine: Another Rapp On Pearls Before Swine

Comment by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, January 1971

PART IImagine you're a member of a rock band. You're trying to make it. O.K. Imagine a combination of the Everglades, and the corner of ...

Pentangle: Crossing The Border: The Pentangle Interview

Interview by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, May 1970

PENTANGLE? SURE. I knew Bert Jansch from my folkie days, and I knew he had an influence on Donovan... Given their dedication to "pure" celtic ...

The Rolling Stones: Cocksucker Blues

Retrospective by Rick McGrath, Ojo, 2002

1972, Unreleased; 95 min, color (no video release). CAST: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor, Danny Seymour, Bianca Jagger, Tina Turner, ...

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels: The Mitch Ryder Interview

Interview by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, July 1970

This interview was found in the vaults by Harold Colson, an ace Librarian at the University of California at San Diego.Harold is researching the Stones’ ...

Sade: Strangely Sad Sade… Sade: Lovers Rock (Epic)

Review by Rick McGrath, Culture Court, January 2001

IT'S BEEN eight long ones since Helen Folasade Adu had a new CD languorously slithering up the charts, but like Steely Dan and a host ...

Savoy Brown: "England Is Dead": The Kim Simmonds Interview

Interview by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, September 1970

This started off as an atrocious night of music: a brit Spinal Tap band called Atomic Rooster, followed by the deadly boring Redbone. The night ...

Shania Twain: Up! Is A Direction: Shania Twain’s New CD(s)

Review by Rick McGrath, Culture Court, December 2002

More Of The Same Old, But I Give It A 10 For Marketing Moxie, Dick! ...

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