Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages

Tim Clifford

Tim Clifford has been a sub-editor with IPC and the Daily Express, as well as a contributor to Rock's Backpages for the past three years. He lives in Stockwell, London.

List of articles in the library by artist

Bob Dylan, Joan Baez: David Hajdu: Positively Fourth Street (Bloomsbury)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, April 2002

NOW OUT in paperback, this engrossing account of the intertwined lives of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña from the late ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, February 2002

NOT ONLY did my spine tingle during the third night of Brian Wilson's sell-out four-night stand in London, but I also cried with joy. The ...

The Be Good Tanyas: Borderline, London, 19th March

Live Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, April 2002

TO DISPLAY delight at making music might sound an obvious and easy thing to do. This show by the Canadian trio of Frazey Ford, Samantha ...

Johnny Dowd: The Spitz, London

Live Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, November 2003

BECAUSE THEY SHARE a dark gothic sensibility and a preoccupation with biblical notions of sin, Johnny Dowd is often bracketed with Nick Cave. ...

Bob Dylan: Revisiting Dylan's Highway

Book Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, May 2002

Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan (Black Swan)Isis: A Bob Dylan Anthology, edited by Derek Barker (Helter Skelter) ...

Steve Earle: Lauren St John: Hardcore Troubadour: the Life and Near Death of Steve Earle (Fourth Estate)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, November 2002

STEVE EARLE’S life is a gift for biographers, a rock'n'roll fuck-up who came back from the dead with his intelligence and integrity intact. Most ...

John Hammond and his Wicked Grin Band: The Borderline, London, 27th April

Live Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, May 2002

BY INJECTING a dose of blues into a collection of Tom Waits tunes, John Hammond created his most satisfying and critically acclaimed album in years, ...

David Holmes: Ocean's 11 original soundtrack (Warner Sunset)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, February 2002

WHEN IT COMES to the soundtrack too often a compilation of old tunes represents the limit of Hollywood ambitions. Director Steven Soderbergh and DJ David ...

Indigo Girls: Become You (Epic)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, March 2002

STEPPING BACK from the rockier edge of their last two albums, the Indigo Girls have opted for a rootsier feel on their latest offering. It’s ...

Norah Jones: Come Away With Me (EMI Capitol)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, February 2002

NORAH JONES may not be up there with Wolf J Flywheel in the memorable moniker stakes, but mark it well. Produced by Arif Mardin, this ...

Quincy Jones: Q - The Autobiography Of… (Hodder & Stoughton)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, February 2002

WHAT AN extraordinary life the multi-talented Mr Jones has led. He's worked with everyone from Count Basie to Melle Mel, Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson ...

Kiss: Gene Simmons: Kiss and Make-up - The Autobiography of Gene Simmons (Century)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, March 2002

THEY WANTED to dress like comic-book superheroes and write football-terrace anthems like Slade. Out of such dumb genius, vast fortunes are made. Kiss were also ...

Sam Moore: Plenty Good Lovin’ (Swing Café)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, February 2002

TOO OFTEN great "lost" albums went AWOL for a very good reason – they weren’t very good. But 30 seconds into what should have been ...

Music Go Music: ICA, London, 22 September 2009

Live Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, September 2009

A FIVE-FOOT-TALL hourglass stood on stage, its sands unmoving, when Music Go Music made their London debut at the ICA last night. The prop seemed ...

David Olney: Borderline, London

Live Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, October 2003

THE QUALITY OF his writing has earned him namechecks from the late Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle, and the likes of Emmylou Harris and ...

Muddy Waters: Robert Gordon: Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters (Jonathan Cape)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, September 2002

MUDDY WATERS STANDING at a mike hollering "I’m a man", giving those three simple words a world of meaning – invitation, warning, primal statement and ...

Neil Young: Brixton Academy, London, 21st May

Live Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, June 2002

NEIL YOUNG'S in a pretty unassailable position these days: revered by everyone from fresh-faced teens to grizzled pensioners of the Woodstock generation, and free to ...

List of genre pieces

Paul Du Noyer : Liverpool - Wondrous Place (Virgin Books)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, November 2002

THE FORMER EDITOR of Q magazine 's history of music in Liverpool hangs his tale on three venues – the Cavern, Eric's and Cream. In ...

Various Artists: Electric (Telstar)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, April 2002

THE OLDEST track on this 34-track compilation dates from 1974 – and Sparks’ 'This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both of Us' still sounds ...

back to LIBRARY

COPYRIGHT NOTICE