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The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian (1998)

Interview by Paul Zollo, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1998

The Spoonful front-man on his music-packed upbringing in Greenwich Village; starting out playing guitar; becoming a songwriter, and talks about some of his bigger hits.

File format: mp3; file size: 42.7mb, interview length: 46' 39" sound quality: *****


The Lovin' Spoonful: Spoonfuls Get Taste of Life… If You Believe In Magic

Profile by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, August 1965

IT IS REALLY rather hard to believe. Things like this just don't happen – do they? The four unusual boys who perform collectively as the ...

Spoonful of Lovin' Words

Interview by Eden, KRLA Beat, February 1966

IT ISN'T everyday that one meets John Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful and has the opportunity to sit and talk with him. The BEAT had that opportunity ...

The New Thing and the Blue Thing: An Interview with Keith Richards and John Sebastian

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, April 1966

BY NOW, EVERYONE must be aware that records just don't sound like they did 10 years ago — 3 years ago in fact. ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Nice, Abnormal Spoonful!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1966

JOHN SEBASTIAN, twenty-one-year-old composer and singer of the Lovin' Spoonful's latest hit 'Daydream', which is currently No. 4 in America, arrived at the group's Pye ...

The Lovin' Spoonful, Dusty Springfield, The Vibrations, The Searchers: Ready Steady Go! (Rediffusion/ITV)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, April 1966

FRIDAY'S EDITION of Ready Steady Go! proved it is possible to have a good half-hour live pop show — IF the artists are good enough. ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Spoonful — The Most On The Coast...

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1966

TEAM O' genuine hillbillies flew into London last week and if the Lovin' Spoonful didn't actually tote 12-bore shot guns, they looked as if they'd ...

Lovin' Spoonful: Simply Wild

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, May 1966

WHAT ARE John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone? A barbershop quartet? Not with their long hair. They're The Lovin' Spoonful, who are ...

The Beach Boys, Lovin' Spoonful, Percy Sledge, The Byrds, Chad & Jeremy: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, July 1966


"All Folk Music Now" at Newport

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, July 1966

THIS YEAR'S Newport Folk Festival was more like a blues show or a pop show, with traditional folk music supported by a very small hard ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: A Taste Of The Spoonful

Report by Henry Diltz, Hullabaloo, December 1966

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL day to be flying somewhere. Just above a floating sea of white clouds the silver wing sticks out into vast baby blue ...

The Little Teenie Spoonfuls!

Interview by Ann Moses, Hit Parader, January 1967


The Little Teenie Spoonfuls! #2

Interview by Ann Moses, Hit Parader, February 1967


The Lovin' Spoonful: Washing The Bad Medicine On Down

Profile by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, March 1967

FOR CENTURIES, mothers everywhere have given their children a spoon full of sugar and water to help the bad-tasting medicine go down. ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: An Interview Sort Of With Zally

Report and Interview by Ellen Sander, Hullabaloo, June 1967

HE TILTED his head back and let out a howl. Bewildered, we asked him what it was all about. "A shriek of hate," he retorted. ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Revelation: Revolution '69 (Kama Sutra)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, June 1969

MY, HOW THE Spoonful have changed since the days of John Sebastian and the lunatical Zalman Yanovsky. ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: The Urban Villagers

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, July 1969

POPULAR music is sentimental, trivial or melodramatic, and therefore need never be listened to by people who care about real feelings. ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Golden Spoonful (Polydor Twosome)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, October 1973

JOHN SEBASTIAN was the best P.R. man that hippies ever had. ...

John Sebastian

Book Excerpt by Bruce Pollock, 'In Their Own Words' (Collier Books), 1975

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to describe the feeling, being away from the Village for the first time, living in San Francisco in the summer of 1965, ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: End Of The Rainbow

Retrospective by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, July 2002

The Lovin' Spoonful epitomised the euphoric, carefree spirit of the Summer of Love. But then came unwated adoration as The American Beatles., their very own ...

Alive And Well In Argentina At Last: The Mirth, The Music, The Magic Of Zalman Yanovsky

Memoir by Gary Pig Gold, BigO, December 2002

I KNOW AT LEAST one of his fellow supposedly-lovin’ Spoonfuls resents the situation to this day, but whenever Zal Yanovsky appeared on stage alongside John ...

The Grim Reporter January 2003

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, January 2003

Phast Phreddie Patterson on those gone but not forgotten ...

Zal Yanovsky

Obituary by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, March 2003

ZAL YANOVSKY, to many the man who provided that special spark of magic in The Lovin' Spoonful, died of a heart attack on December 13 ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Singles As and Bs

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2006

DO YOU BELIEVE in the magic of a great pop song? The Lovin' Spoonful did. On 1965's jaunty 'Do You Believe In Magic', their first ...

John Sebastian's Spoonful of Magic

Interview by Charles Bermant,, March 2010

THE BEST 1960s bands always sounded so original, when in fact they filtered existing musical idioms such as folk and blues to gain a unique ...

see also John Sebastian

see also Zal Yanovsky

see also Mugwumps, The

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