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Rosalind Russell

Rosalind Russell

Rosalind Russell began her career in pop writing on Jackie magazine in Dundee in 1967, when the big names were the Herd, Amen Corner, and of course, the Beatles and the Stones. After a brief detour round a couple of local papers, she went to work for Disc & Music Echo in Fleet Street in 1970, arriving there – entirely coincidentally – just as the Beatles broke up and Jimi Hendrix died. She interviewed Cliff Richard on his 30th birthday, asking him how it felt to be old, and dropped her notebook on the floor so she could bend down and look up Grace Slick's nose to see if it was true she had a metal plate to replace her septum.

When Disc merged with Record Mirror in 1975, Russell went with it, continuing a long tradition of interviewing people who died shortly afterwards (Paul Kossoff in 1976, Marc Bolan in 1977, Keith Moon and Sandy Denny in 1978, Judee Sill and Sid Vicious in 1979 and Tim Hardin in 1980). It was that kind of a job. Fortunately, other rock stars were more robust and long lasting. Including Debbie Harry of Blondie who turned up in the Covent Garden offices threatening to sort out Russell, following a bad review.

Leaving in the mid-1980s to go freelance, Russell worked for the London Evening Standard, TV Times and others too long gone to remember, before joining the Standard on staff in 1986. She left to go freelance again in 1989, later working for The Independent, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph. She is married to Kym Bradshaw, former bass player with the Saints.

 

 

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999, The Adverts, Motorhead: Is Gaye Well Equipped? Will These Boys Show You Their Equipment?

Report and Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, October 1977

How easy is it to start your own band? How much does it cost? Rosalind Russell looks at 999's equipment and goes round the shops ...

Allman and Woman: Allman And Woman: Two The Hard Way (Warner Bros.)*

Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, November 1977

HARD ON THE HEARING ...

Blondie: Gimme Shelter

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, August 1980

BLONDIE will head for the hills if there's a nuclear attack. ROSALIND RUSSELL will whitewash the windows and wrap her head in a towel. What ...

Blondie: Pure Gloss

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, February 1980

Now we can get back to those sexist headlines. Debbie Harry knows you need that to front a band, but don't forget the music and ...

Colin Blunstone: Hard Work But Still No Miracles

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, February 1973

SLIMMING IS a soul-destroying business. While I'm drinking a mug of sugarless tea, Colin Blunstone is sitting opposite me, blithely assuring me that he is ...

Gloria Jones, Marc Bolan: Marc Bolan: My Life Alone by Gloria Jones

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, November 1977

WHAT WERE you doing on the morning of September 16 this year? Were you, like me, numb with the shock of hearing that Marc Bolan ...

David Bowie: Bent on Success

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

DAVID BOWIE is at last letting the Great British Public catch up with him. With grasshopper alacrity, he has kept ahead of us for years ...

Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge: Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge: Kris and the Delta lady

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, May 1972

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON and the Delta Lady — Rita Coolidge — arrived in London last week to a hero's welcome. Could it be that people are ...

Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Marseille, Squeeze, Whitesnake: Are You A Whore For Rock 'N' Roll?

Report by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, December 1979

ROSALIND RUSSELL thinks most of you are ...

The Faces, Ronnie Wood: Ronnie Wood: Is This The Face Of Violence?

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

Ros Russell finds Woody on the warpath ...

Fairport Convention: Town Hall, Watford

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, February 1973

Fairport Below Par ...

Ellen Foley: The Venue, London

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, March 1980

APART FROM a brief appearance on Ian Hunter's London concert, this was Ellen Foley's debut In the UK. And judging by the reaction, she could ...

Generation X, The Lurkers, The Saints, The Valves: Generation X, The Saints, The Lurkers, The Valves: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, December 1977

Gen Xcellent ...

Dan Hartman: Relight My Fire (Blue Sky) *

Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, February 1980

DAN HARTMAN has obviously learned all he knows from listening to TV theme music. Shame he didn't pay more attention to the master — Aaron ...

Japan: Ryerson Theatre, Toronto

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, January 1980

WEST OF JAPAN ...

Jane Kennaway: Lady Jane

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, January 1981

The queues of A&R men are stretching round the block to sign Jane Kennaway on a long term deal. Her single, 'IOU' has pricked their ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex: Marc Bolan: Glam Rock Is Dead

Obituary by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, September 1977

Even people who didn't care for his records acknowledged his charisma ...

The Only Ones: The Speakeasy, London

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, September 1977

IF THE graffiti in the ladles' toilet of the Speakeasy is anything to go by the Only Ones are already the subject of attention. But ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy & The Stooges: Kingsound (King's Cross Cinema), London

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, July 1972

IGGY AND the Stooges made their first performance in over a year on Saturday night, Sunday morning. Despite the event happening in the dead of ...

Suzi Quatro: Poker Queen of Hearts

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, November 1974

Rosalind Russell busts in on Suzi Quatro and discovers the games she likes to play ...

Rod Stewart: Blondes Have More Fun (Rlva RVLP8)

Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, November 1978

MORE LIVE THAN DYED ...

The Saints: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, October 1977

THE SAINTS opened their new British tour at the Camden Music Machine — that was their first and I hope only mistake. It's fine booking ...

Judee Sill: A Sill-y Story: Judee Sill

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Disc and Music Echo, April 1972

JUDEE SILL is quite a remarkable woman. When you consider her past it becomes apparent just how remarkable. She lost both her parents and her ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie And The Bitter Pill

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, February 1980

Siouxsie isn't just concerned about being a rock musician, she has strong feelings on other matters as well. Interview by ROSALIND RUSSELL ...

The Tourists: It's Good To Be Back

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, February 1980

Not that the Tourists have been away. Rosalind Russell talks to Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart about why they don't want to be just a ...

Van Halen: Vague

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, October 1978

Ros Russell spends a night in Germany posing with David Lee Roth, Van Halen's front man ...

Barry White: On The White Line To Barry

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, November 1977

Barry cools down a heavy breathing Rosalind Russell, a bit more than arms length away ...

Yellow Magic Orchestra: Yellow Magic Orchestra (A&M)

Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, June 1979

THE ONLY REAL SURPRISE about Yellow Magic's emergence into Western pop music is that they took such a long time coming. ...

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