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Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon is the author of several books and documentary films. His books include Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters and It Came From Memphis, as well as two books about Elvis produced in co-operation with Elvis’ estate. He produced and directed the Grammy-nominated documentary Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied, was Writer and Associate Producer on The Road to Memphis, an episode of the Martin Scorsese blues series, and directed music videos that have aired on MTV, BET, and CMT.

Most recently, Gordon has produced and directed Shakespeare Was A Big George Jones Fan: Cowboy Jack Clement’s Home Movies, and also produced and redacted William Eggleston’s Stranded In Canton. He is curator for the Barbican Centre’s It Came From Memphis festival, April 2005 in London. He produced the Al Green box set Anthology, for which his liner notes were Grammy-nominated. He has written for major music magazines in the US and UK, contributed to several anthologies including The Best of Rock Writing 2002, and managed, for nearly two decades, to avoid jobs that would have him in rush hour traffic. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife and two daughters.

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Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd: The South Rises Again: The Improbable Return of Redneck Rock

Overview by Robert Gordon, Creem, 1995

Robert Gordon on Capricorn Records and the Southern Rock Revival ...

Big Star: Big Star Live

Sleevenotes by Robert Gordon, Rykodisc, February 1992

WINDING DOWN a recent set, Alex Chilton asked, "Anything else anyone needs done for them?" That menacing kindness goes a long way toward explaining the ...

Bobby Bland: Love Throat: Bobby "Blue" Bland

Interview by Robert Gordon, Rolling Stone, May 1998

BOBBY BLAND'S people seat me at a table, make sure I'm comfortable. An effective entrance demands the proper set-up. ...

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown: Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown

Interview by Robert Gordon, Creem, 1992

"I STARTED OUT in boogie woogie, went from there into big band jazz and I've just kept stepping on and on," says Gatemouth Brown. He's ...

James Carr: At the Dark End of the Soul

Profile and Interview by Robert Gordon, LA Weekly, May 1993

THE WORLD LOST one of its most magnificent voices last Sunday, January 7, when James Edward Carr died of lung cancer at Court Manor Nursing ...

James Carr: The Lost Voice Of Soul

Report and Interview by Robert Gordon, Q, October 1992

WHEN IT WAS BUILT IN THE 1950s, Memphis's Mid South Building was probably stylish and sleek. Today, the blocky turquoise exterior pales next to the ...

Ray Charles: Charles The First

Interview by Robert Gordon, Q, March 1992

Ray Charles did soul music a big favour one day: he invented it. In 1992, the blind maestro they call "The Genius" is still going ...

Ray Charles: Rapping with Ray Charles

Interview by Robert Gordon, Interview, 1992

IN THE 1950s, Frank Sinatra tagged Ray Charles "Genius," an appropriate nickname for one of American music's most innovative figures. Charles brought a sophistication to ...

Alex Chilton, Jim Dickinson: Jim Dickinson: Earth Father

Retrospective and Interview by Robert Gordon, MOJO, October 1994

Backwoods, Mississippi. Home to Jim Dickinson, the revered producer and professional redneck whose work spans the story of Southern music from Sun Records to Big ...

Charlie Feathers: He Forgot To Remember To Forget

Interview by Robert Gordon, Q, November 1991

THE REBEL INN is on Highway 78, once a major thoroughfare linking Mississippi cottonland to the delta's big city of Memphis. The old motel's neon ...

Al Green: Anthology

Sleevenotes by Robert Gordon, Hi Records, 1997

Al Green's voice is a beautiful musical instrument. Al Green's singing can create pictures, can loll in clover and tease birds. That man can sing ...

Ice Cube

Interview by Robert Gordon, Creem, 1991

Robert Gordon takes on Ice Cube over racism, sexism, homophobia and society ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: New Daisy Theater, Memphis

Live Review by Robert Gordon, MOJO, December 1996

JERRY LEE LEWIS turned 61 and his seventh wife, Kerrie, threw him a party on Beale Street in his adopted hometown of Memphis. But Beale ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Natural Born Killer: Jerry Lee Lewis

Profile by Robert Gordon, Playboy, February 2005

IT'S A DECEMBER NIGHT and despite the chill, Jerry Lee Lewis wears flip flops, green and blue plaid pajama bottoms, and a loose nylon jacket ...

Little Milton: Welcome to Little Milton (Malaco)

Review and Interview by Robert Gordon, MOJO, December 1999

Legendary blues and soul artist steps out with younger talent on his 13th album for Malaco ...

Little Richard Comes Home

Report and Interview by Robert Gordon, Musician, December 1990

WHO Little Richard WHERE Macon, Georgia WHEN September 23, 1990 ...

Curtis Mayfield: The Original Superfly Guy

Interview by Robert Gordon, Q, July 1993

Curtis Mayfield is a full-scale genius. First with the Impressions, and afterwards with his solo stuff, he defined, then redefined, the sound of black America. ...

The Memphis Horns: All The Way From Memphis

Interview by Robert Gordon, Music & Sound Output, December 1988

The Memphis Horns Celebrate 25 Years ...

Dan Penn: Once More With Feeling

Interview by Robert Gordon, MOJO, March 1995

Otis. Janis. Aretha. Gram. Each cut classic songs by the hallowed Dan Penn. Coaxed out of retirement, he recorded last year’s universally acclaimed Do Right ...

Elvis Presley: Sweet Movements Of A Hillbilly Hellion

Essay by Robert Gordon, Cleveland Ballet Company (official program), 1996

THERE ARE CINDER block joints you can still go to in Memphis, wooden shacks in Mississippi, places that are out of the way and not ...

Billy Lee Riley: Blue Collar Blues

Sleevenotes by Robert Gordon, Hightone album, 1994

BILLY LEE RILEY would be a multi-instrumentalist even if he didn't play guitar, harmonica, and bass. That voice. Those voices. ...

Michelle Shocked's Americana

Interview by Robert Gordon, Creem, 1992

IT'S BEEN more than five years since Michelle Shocked became an international star by sitting around a Texas campfire and singing her songs into a ...

Townes Van Zandt 1944-1997

Obituary by Robert Gordon, MOJO, March 1997

AT TOWNES VAN ZANDT’S FUNERAL, HIS longtime friend and fellow songwriter Guy Clark stepped to the microphone and, adjusting a guitar around his neck, said, ...

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