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Kim Fowley: International Heroes

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 30 July 1977

I REALISE it's getting to be an obsession, but what can I do? Even Viv Goldman, between bouts of trying to convince me to do ...

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Kim Fowley (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 1993

A brief history of Hollywood (the Fowley version); growing up in L.A., and growing up fast; getting into the music biz, and the calamity that was The Beatles. The King of the Hollyweird Night tells all.

File format: mp3; file size: 110.3mb, interview length: 1h 54' 55" sound quality: ***

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Kim Fowley: Prince Of Dog Food

Profile and Interview by Radio Pete, New York Rocker, July 1979

KIM FOWLEY has been called everything from "a rancid pimp" to "an egomaniac hustler who pushes shit groups out of the toilets of pop music." ...

Kim Fowley: The Solid Gold Whipping Boy of Sunset Strip

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, June 1977

COUNTLESS PEOPLE in the music business have called Kim Fowley everything from a "rancid little pimp" to a "cheesey hustler who pushes shit groups out ...

Tycoon of Trash: The Life And Grimes Of Kim Fowley

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Los Angeles Reader, June 1983

"Only the mice and the great ones are happy when I arrive" ...

Kim Fowley: Tycoon Of Trash

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 27 November 1982

"Only the mice and the great ones are happy when I arrive." ...

California Eden: Sun, Surf, Sex, and Some Great Music

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 22 March 2021

THE OLD ADAGE goes that high school is the place to experience "the best years of your life." And while that's hardly a universal feeling, ...

Sex sells: The Girl Band That Changed Pop Forever

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, The Independent, 19 March 2010

IN EARLY OCTOBER 1976, the Runaways, an all-girl five-piece from Los Angeles, played a sell-out show at London's Roundhouse, their debut date in the UK. ...

Checkpoint Fowley: Chairman Kim in Berlin

Comment by Dave Rimmer, Checkpoint (Berlin), November 1992

Author's Note: This was written as a column for Checkpoint magazine in Berlin. The column was, at the beginning, nominally about nightlife, so hence all ...

Kim Fowley: Snake Document Masquerade (Island ILPS 9572) **

Review by David Hepworth, Sounds, 5 January 1980

A personal harem of tasty tarts is not enough ...

Kim Fowley: Impresario, Svengali, Saint, Devil

Report and Interview by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 1 April 2012

KIM FOWLEY pulls DVDs, fliers, CDs, a hospital admission slip and more DVDs out of a jumble of media on the mixing board of a ...

Kim Fowley: I'm Bad (Capitol 11075)

Review by Gary Kenton, Fusion, October 1972

PERSONALITY AND spunk. Isn't that what rock & roll has been missing lately? Well, here's Kim Fowley with a new album and he's got plenty ...

The Runaways: Runaway Girls

Profile and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, 17 July 1976

RUNAWAYS: the Natalie Woods, Brigitte Bardots and Ann-Margrets of rock. ...

My Style of Cock: Being An Interview With Kim Fowley, In The Company Of Jeff Beck

Interview by Howard Parker, Chris Rowley, International Times, 1972

"IF YOU CAN’T get cunt, you want to be a rock ‘n’ roll Something so you can get it, and when you have it you ...

The Government and Alice Cooper’s Panties

Report by John Mendelssohn, Disc, 9 July 1972

WOTTA week it’s been here in Hollywood, guys and gals, what with each and every day virtually splitting its trousers with grand and glamorous events, ...

The Domino Effect: How One of Toronto's Most Iconic Rock Concerts Almost Never Happened

Retrospective by Juliette Jagger, Noisey, 13 April 2015

FOR MANY, the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival of 1969 is the stuff of legends. For some, like famed rock promoter and pop culture icon ...

A Teenage Opera: Testing… Testing…

Retrospective by Kieron Tyler, MOJO, February 2004

Brainchild of German Phil Spector wannabe Mark Wirtz and UK psych hopefuls Tomorrow, A Teenage Opera promised to be the grandest psychedelic production of the ...

Riding Shotgun in Swinging London

Memoir by Kim Fowley, unpublished, 1999

The arrival of The Beatles in 1964 convinced Kim Fowley that he had no immediate future as a freelance record producer in his native Los ...

Into The Sinister ’70s

Memoir by Kim Fowley, unpublished, 1999

AS WE ALL KNOW, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison all died in fairly quick succession as the ’70s began. By the time Jim ...

The Thoughts of Chairman Kim

Memoir by Kim Fowley, unpublished, 1999

On Being the Rock’n’ Roll Rupert Everett ...

Smells Like Nirvana: Hollywood Poptopia

Memoir by Kim Fowley, unpublished, 1999

IN THE LATE '50s, I decided I would go into rock and roll. By then it was really exploding. At this point, L.A. hadn’t had ...

King of the Nighttime World

Memoir by Kim Fowley, unpublished, 2000

Kim Fowley reveals how L.A. ultravixens the Runaways were formed – and how he helped give birth to Hollywood punk. ...

The Runaways: Teenage Rampage!

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Record Collector, August 2010

WITH THE RUNAWAYS the subject of a Hollywood movie, Kris Needs charts the turbulent story behind the trailblazing female rock'n'roll band. ...

Kim Fowley

Profile by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 14 October 1969

EVER HEAR OF a guy named Kim Fowley? Fowley was the MC at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival, which was a good job for ...

Farewell to Marc Zermati

Memoir by Nick Kent, unpublished, 15 June 2020

IT'S BEEN FIVE hours now since I received the news that Marc Zermati died in his sleep and — as with all deaths of those ...

Freak Out!

Report and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 22 October 1966

The latest West Coast way of life — rebels with a cause, & their music ...

Kim Fowley: The Story of a Story-book American

Profile and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 18 June 1966

KIM FOWLEY sat in the Angus steak house munching buttered toast and drinking milk, happily unable to communicate with the waiters. He was wondering — ...

Mike Ross-Trevor: "Are We Rolling?"

Interview by Paul Gorman, The Word, May 2004

In forty years of recording everyone from Dylan and Hendrix to Abba and Lena Zavaroni, a studio engineer sees a lot of strange things. ...

New singles from the Beatles, Small Faces, Percy Sledge et al

Review by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, 6 August 1966


The Beatles, Small Faces et al: New Singles

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 6 August 1966

Wonderful new Beatles, and 2 versions of America's 'Napoleon' hit. Very good Small Faces & old Righteous Bros & Ike and Tina. Slower Nancy and ...

The Rockin' Berries v. Kim Fowley. Or, The Vulture Scoops the Pool

Essay by Phil Hardy, Let It Rock, March 1973

The only time the Rockin' Berries met Kim Fowley was in Los Angeles in 1964. Phil Hardy has met them both recently and found that ...

L.A. Rock Resurgence

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 18 December 1976

LOS ANGELES is the home of countless musicians and the center of the music industry, but in terms of nurturing local teen-on-the-street talent, the city ...

Kim Fowley: I'm The Most Phenomenal Man In Records!

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 25 November 1972

KIM FOWLEY'S looking for love. "Well," he says, snuffling into a wad of Kleenex, "I'm real entertaining and I have some nice human qualities...and I'm ...

Kim Fowley, 1939-2015

Obituary by Richard Williams, The Guardian, 18 January 2015

FEW PEOPLE IN pop music spanned such a range as Kim Fowley, the record producer, songwriter and Sunset Strip svengali who has died aged 75. ...

Kim Fowley

Interview by Ritchie Yorke, Rolling Stone, 20 September 1969

LOS ANGELES — Kim Fowley, the rock and roll missionary and visionary, lives in a room above a garage in Laguna, Calif., with no sheets ...

Welcome To The Weird World of Kim Fowley

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2005

"I can kill people, cheat, seduce, amuse and abuse. When they drop a bomb, I'll get a hard-on, go out into the street and I'll ...

Sandy Robertson's Hollywood Confidential

Report by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 1 September 1979

"On my first visit to Los Angeles I was conventionally prepared for almost anything except for what it really looked like – a quite beautiful ...

Kim Fowley: The Dorian Gray of Rock'n'Roll

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 6 August 1977

TAKE A JOURNEY INTO ROCK N ROLL WITH KIM FOWLEY AND MEET...Venus & The Razorbiades, The Runaways, Juice, Teenage Prostitutes, Steven T., Zippers, Weirdos, Germs, ...

Kim Fowley: One Man's Garbage/Another Man's Gold: Lost Treasures From The Vaults 1959-69 (Norton Records)

Review by Steve Roeser,, December 2009

EVEN BEFORE KIM FOWLEY (born 1939, Hollywood, California) hosted a weekly four-hour music program on satellite radio, a lot of people already knew his name, ...

Kim Fowley: Living and Dying in L.A.

Retrospective and Interview by Steve Roeser, Goldmine, 26 November 1993

IT'S A NAME (and yes, it's a man's name) that's been popping up around the music scene for roughly the past 35 years. And every ...

Kim Fowley: Portrait of a Freak

Interview by uncredited writer, International Times, 31 October 1966

KIM FOWLEY is a hustler. He telephoned International Times and bombarded me with ideas. His main idea was that I should interview him and give ...

Pop Singles inc. the Beatles, Small Faces, John Mayall with Eric Clapton

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 6 August 1966


Kim Fowley: Rock'n'Roll Survivor

Press Release by uncredited writer, unpublished, 1982

1957: Kim meets future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and begins to write songs. ...

see also Runaways, The

see also B. Bumble & The Stingers

see also Venus & the Razorblades

see also Hollywood Argyles, The


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