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Todd Everett

Todd Everett

I've been kicking around the entertainment industry and journalism for several decades. I've worked on staff and freelance for record label advertising and publicity departments and the Capitol Record Club; written and segment-produced syndicated radio programs (Earth News with Lew Irwin and American Top 40 with Casey Kasem); was a staff reporter/reviewer for trade publications Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Cash Box); and edited magazines (Record Review, KIIS - The Newspaper and Ampersand).

For several years, I was the entire pop music staff of Los Angeles's second-largest circulation newspaper, covering pop, rock, country, jazz and pretty much anything else that wasn't "classical" ; for a decade following that, I covered the Ventura County theater beat for the Los Angeles Times, each week writing feature articles and reviewing local amateur and touring professional productions. While writing for the Times, I freelanced television and music reviews for Daily Variety.

And then there's the weird stuff, like selling pipes and electric shavers at the Broadway department store; converting the Greek Theater's mailing list to punch cards; and writing, directing and editing in the talking toy department at Mattel.

List of articles in the library by artist

The Blasters

Profile by Todd Everett, Trouser Press, April 1982

IT'S AN IRONIC fact of life that until quite recently very few of the so-called (and frequently maligned) "Los Angeles" bands had deep roots in ...

Shaun Cassidy

Interview by Todd Everett, Trouser Press, November 1980

IF THE IDEA of Todd Rundgren producing Wasp, an album by teen idol Shaun Cassidy strikes you as...unusual, that, Cassidy says, was the idea. ...

Bobby Darin: Bobby Rocks

Sleevenotes by Todd Everett, Bear Family Records, 2008

THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME – the list of performers, not the museum in Cleveland – has often generated its share of controversy; ...

Detective, Michael Des Barres, Silverhead: Michael Des Barres

Profile and Interview by Todd Everett, Trouser Press, January 1981

THOUGH THE degree of his sales success thus far has been, to put it kindly, limited, Michael Des Barres has lived one of rock's more ...

Emmylou Harris: Elite Hotel (Reprise MS2236)

Review by Todd Everett, Phonograph Record, January 1976

EMMYLOU HARRIS understands the idiom in which she chooses to work, and respects it: this separates Harris from the country-rock crowd, and makes her virtually ...

Gene Vincent, Sir Douglas Quintet: Gene Vincent: He Sounded Like Maybe He Was Testifying

Report by Todd Everett, Rolling Stone, March 1970

THE MUSICIANS had all arrived and were standing patiently by the door at two o'clock, Sunday afternoon, March 8th. Three were official members of the ...

Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Live Review by Todd Everett, Phonograph Record, November 1975

Reunion in the Park: The Dead & The Starship Back To Basics ...

John Hiatt Opens Up

Interview by Todd Everett, Trouser Press, July 1982

ONE FREQUENTLY repeated cliche of the rock press has it that John Hiatt is the "American Elvis Costello." ...

Jefferson Starship: Marty Balin Returns To The Fold

Interview by Todd Everett, Phonograph Record, May 1975

THE EXCITEMENT around the Airplane Mansion is real. It's in the very woodwork of this huge home in a once-fashionable section of San Francisco, where ...

Led Zeppelin: The Forum, Inglewood, California

Live Review by Todd Everett, Phonograph Record, August 1972

WHAT BETTER WAY for Led Zeppelin to begin their three-and-a-half hour onslaught on the eardrums than with a crash of the drums? Not a "Hi, ...

Brenda Lee: Brenda Lee Rocks

Sleevenotes by Todd Everett, Bear Family Records, 2011

PAT BOONE, WHO GOT HIS START before rock and roll was invented, remarked in 2008 that he had issues with the fact that he hadn't ...

Delbert McClinton: The Last of the Great Texas Honky-Tonkers

Interview by Todd Everett, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, December 1981

YOU TAKE a right turn off the Pacific Coast Highway and head into the hills of Malibu. If you pick the right road and travel ...

Rick Nelson: You're Not A Kid Anymore!

Retrospective and Interview by Todd Everett, Phonograph Record, December 1972

ROCK AND ROLL was here to stay. We knew it in 1957, and Danny and the Juniors put it into song in 1958. But what ...

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: The Troubadour, Los Angeles

Live Review by Todd Everett, Phonograph Record, October 1970

FOR several years, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been a steady fixture in such local L.A. clubs as the Troubadour. ...

Ann Peebles...and the Hi Records Story

Interview by Todd Everett, Phonograph Record, December 1975

THOUGH NASHVILLE, Tennessee, has proclaimed itself "Music City U.S.A.," the traditional center of musical activity in that area of the country, and the city from ...

Rick Springfield: Rick Rules This Town

Profile and Interview by Todd Everett, Trouser Press, December 1981

IF THE Saturday night crowd at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is any indication of who buys his records, Rick Springfield has at last conquered ...

Jimmy Webb: Ten Years After 'Phoenix' He's Still Looking For Hit City

Profile and Interview by Todd Everett, Phonograph Record, June 1977

JIMMY WEBB is the still-under-30 composer who appeared from nowhere nine years ago with a spate of pop hits including 'By the Time I Get ...

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McCabe's Hippie Spirit Celebrates Anniversary

Report and Interview by Todd Everett, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, January 1982

TOMORROW, MCCABE'S guitar shop in Santa Monica is marking its 13th anniversary, even though its actual opening took place in October, 1969 (which means, if ...

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