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Susan Whitall

Susan Whitall
Susan Whitall has been writing about music since she joined Creem in 1975. She became editor of Creem in 1978 and left in 1983 to become a feature writer for the Detroit News. Her book Women of Motown was published by Avon in 1998. Susan's most recent book is Fever: Little Willie John's Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul (Titan Books, 2011)

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The Clash Clamp Down on Detroit

Report and Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, June 1980

Or: Give 'Em Enough Wisniowka ...

Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, Rockpile: The Basher Tapes: Nick Lowe Achieves Verbal Dominance of the Free World

Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, July 1979

I GUESS I WAS almost prepared. The stories in the English papers portraying him as a garrulous kinda guv, the bashful puppydog picture sleeves on ...

Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive (A&M)

Review by Susan Whitall, Creem, May 1976

WHAY, AFTER four moderately successful solo albums – not to mention a tempestuous and musically prolific stint with Steve Marriott in Humble Pie – has ...

Peter Frampton: Once More With Feeling

Report and Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, March 1976

"ROLL OVER, darling. Pass me a Marlboro," Peter murmured. ...

Rory Gallagher: In The Midst Of A Blues Boom, Rory Gallagher Roars Back

Interview by Susan Whitall, Detroit News, March 1991

WHEN RORY Gallagher decides to take a flyer, he doesn't mess around. After years of soul-numbing touring up and down the American continent, the Irish ...

Rory Gallagher: The Return Of The World's Best Normal Guitarist

Report by Susan Whitall, Creem, March 1979

THE BROTHER-(AND SISTER-) HOOD ...

J. Geils Band: At The Zoo With The J Geils Band

Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, October 1977

IT WAS time for a big Rock Show at the monolith just outside of Detroit, Pontiac Stadium, and this wasn't no rock 'n' roll at ...

The Go-Go's: Go-Go's Of Your Dreams

Report and Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, December 1982

DEEP IN the soul of every writer lies a secret: what does the writer do to avoid writing? I'll empty my brain pan now: I ...

Hall & Oates: Laugh All The Way To The Synth Bank

Report and Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, June 1982

"Now no one will be able to accuse us of being fags that sing like the Spinners."Daryl Hall, to Jaan Uhelszki, August 1977. ...

Kiss: Bat Lizard Rocks The Boat

Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, April 1979

There was an appointed place: a hotel room in the gleaming steel rod Henry the Deuce built on the Detroit River to atone for the ...

Led Zeppelin: A Psychobiograph

Memoir by Susan Whitall, Creem, February 1979

Why? ...

Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant: Robert Plant Takes Root in the '80s

Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, October 1982

MOBY GRAPE INTO THE VOID ...

Nils Lofgren Sucks Eggs

Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, February 1977

Not really, but you read this far, didn't you? ...

Lush: Britpop Bondgirls Bash Bonehead Badboys

Profile and Interview by Susan Whitall, Yahoo! Internet Life, August 1997

WHILE MUCH IS made of such supposed role models for young girls as Alanis Morissette, a young woman whose deeply personal songs are co-written by ...

Frankie Miller: High Life and Times

Report and Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, September 1977

THE LAST time I was in London Cass Elliott deep-sixed on a ham sandwich in a Mayfair hotel. Spring 1977, and Sylvia of the Three ...

Ted Nugent: Dancing With Mr D-O-G

Report and Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, September 1977

THE PHONE jangled and I jumped a foot in the St. Paul Holiday Inn. Horrible, holes in the carpet...rotten hungover weekend and what am I ...

The Police: Police Report: Message From Three Bottle Blonds...

Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, February 1980

JANUARY 1979: We started receiving phone calls here at BH Central of some urgency from John Pidgeon, one of our English writers who also toils ...

The Pretenders Stop Our Sobbing

Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, August 1980

AS LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER"There's something I dread about talking to female musicians," my co-editor DiMartino sighed as we drank beer and worried in the ...

Rick Nelson: Lonesome Town Cheers Up

Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, June 1981

Rick Nelson Goes Back On The Boards ...

Bob Seger: Still The Same

Interview by Susan Whitall, MOJO, March 1995

High in the US charts with his Greatest Hits album, leather-lunged god of heartland AOR Bob Seger talks to Susan Whittall about punk rock, "ferocious" ...

Thin Lizzy: Johnny The Fox (Mercury)

Review by Susan Whitall, Creem, January 1977

ALL RIGHT, let's deal with the "this guy's a black Irish Springsteen" ho-hum right at the start. ...

Robin Trower to Rock: Get Back To Where You Once Belonged

Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, December 1977

LINDA, ONE of my co-editors here at Globotron – uh, CREEM – came back from lunch with Detroit disco producer extraordinaire Don Davis, waving an ...

Robin Trower: Prince of the Power Wah

Report and Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, July 1976

"ROBIN TROWER? He's very moody," I was warned before embarking on the road with the 31-year-old English axe ace. "And whatever you do, don't ask ...

Paul Westerberg

Interview by Susan Whitall, San Francisco Chronicle, May 1996

AS FORMER LEAD singer and songwriter of the Replacements, Paul Westerberg labors under particularly burdensome expectations. His second solo album, Eventually, released last month on ...

Neil Young And Crazy Horse: Clarkston, Michigan

Live Review by Susan Whitall, Creem, December 1978

CLARKSTON, MI (Outside Detroit, MI): The sign outside the open air theatre said "RUST NEVER SLEEPS... AN EVENING WITH NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE". ...

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