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Quicksilver Messenger Service: Solid Silver

Review by Andy Childs, ZigZag, February 1976

WELL, THE GREAT name of Quicksilver Messenger Service is resurrected yet again, this time with perhaps more credibility than on previous occasions. A sticker on ...

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Quicksilver's John Cipollina (1984)

Interview by Gene Sculatti, Davin Seay, Rock's Backpages audio, June 1984

Cipollina looks back on his childhood and youth, falling in love with the electric guitar and starting his first bands; meeting Dino Valenti and the formation of Quicksilver Messenger Service; the emergence of hippies, and the early Fillmore scene; hanging out with the Charlatans; signing to Capitol, and their first recordings; the evolution of psychedelic rock, and the brotherhood of the San Francisco bands.

File format: mp3; file size: 91.5mb, interview length: 1h 35' 21" sound quality: ***

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Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Mimi Farina: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 18 August 1966

Some Real Flying In the Fillmore ...

San Francisco: The Flourishing Underground

Report and Interview by Richard Goldstein, The Village Voice, 2 March 1967

SAN FRANCISCO — Forget the cable cars; skip Chinatown and the Golden Gate; don't bother about the topless mother of eight. ...

Monterey Pop Festival: The Hip Homunculus

Report by Richard Goldstein, The Village Voice, 29 June 1967

"The West is the best: Get here and we'll do the rest!" — The Doors ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Quicksilver Messenger Service (Capitol)

Review by uncredited writer, Disc and Music Echo, 12 October 1968

YUMMY YUMMY: Quicksilver Messenger Service, yet another highly respected San Francisco group, are really too much. We've heard their name ever since the very beginning ...

Has Frisco Gone Commercial?

Report by Michael Lydon, The New York Times, 24 November 1968

  SAN FRANCISCO — In the heady first days of the "San Francisco Sound," someone dubbed the city the "Liverpool of the USA." The title, though ...

New albums from Sly & the Family Stone, Quicksilver et al

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, 26 July 1969

New Sly & Family Stone LP begins where other R&B LP's leave off ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Happy Trails (Capitol)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 26 July 1969

INTROSPECTIVE exploration of themes is the general idea on this album from one of America's top underground groups. ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, The New York Times, 26 January 1970

Quicksilver Group Brings New Pianist To Fillmore East ...

Quicksilver Does A Quickchange

Retrospective and Interview by Lenny Kaye, Circus, March 1970

ON THE NEW Year's Eve separating 1968 and its successor, the Quicksilver Messenger Service played a farewell concert at Fillmore West. Looking back at the ...

Van Morrison, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Brinsley Schwartz: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, The Guardian, 10 April 1970

I WAS ON that New York trip last weekend, too. My brief was to listen to the music. I have to report that as soon ...

Quicksilver, Van Morrison, Brinsley Schwarz: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, 18 April 1970

BRINSLEY SCHWARZ is an unknown British group that aroused interest because over 100 U.K. journalists braved a 12-hour trouble beset trip from London to spend ...

Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 6 October 1970

Rock Triumvirate Thrills 6000 Fans ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: What About Me (Capitol)

Review by Ben Edmonds, Rolling Stone, 18 February 1971

QUICKSILVER displayed acute weaknesses on their previous album and they remain very much in evidence on What About Me. Though the group has polished up ...

Nicky Hopkins: Have Piano, Will Travel

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 3 April 1971

Michael Watts talks to sessionman supreme NICKY HOPKINS ...


Profile by Gene Sculatti, Fusion, April 1972

THE ONCE-FAMOUS logo, "May the Baby Jesus Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Mind," has been supplanted by an outsized plastic marquee proclaiming ‘Summer of ...

Bill Graham: Mister Fillmore

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, 27 May 1972

Loraine Alterman in New York previews Fillmore, the film about America's legendary rock centre... and talks to its star, super-impresario Bill Graham ...

Quicksilver Messenger service: Comin' Thru

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, 8 June 1972

DINO VALENTI had a pretty good niche in history carved out for a while: he wrote (or at least claimed to have written) 'Hey Joe', ...

Woodstock Remembered: KGB stages a rock festival

Report by Steven Rosen, Los Angeles Free Press, November 1972

SUNDAY’S KGB "Charity Ball" was important for one reason: the concert proved that people in large numbers can still come together for an event and ...

Quicksilver: Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock, 6 November 1972

ACCORDING TO LEAD guitarist Gary Duncan, Quicksilver is going through a "transitory period," mainly because of all the trouble they've been having with their label. ...

Various artists: Fillmore: The Last Days (Fillmore Z3X 31390)

Review by Tom Nolan, Rolling Stone, 9 November 1972

HIS SPIRIT is omnipresent in this elaborate package. He has written extensive program notes to the handsome booklet. He is there suddenly at the beginning ...

John Cipollina

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 7 June 1975

JOHN CIPOLLINA, he's the real thing. Smallish, wiry, hair tied back, nicotine stains up to his elbow and the confident loquaciousness of a man who ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Solid Silver

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 14 February 1976

YOU MAY REMEMBER Quicksilver Messenger Service as one of the most enigmatic West Coast bands from the acid-soaked sixties, and not just because they never ...

The San Francisco Sound

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 23 August 1990

"My eyes were opened. There's a new world and a new society and a new spirit." ...

School of Rock: Monterey to Altamont

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, iTunes, 2008

BETWEEN 1966 and 1970, there was a seismic change in British and American pop. Within a few short years "pop" became "rock", and teenagers who'd ...

Ken Mansfield on Capitol Records and the Beatles

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 2015

INTERVIEWER'S NOTE: Ken Mansfield is a former Capitol executive and was the U.S. Manager of Apple Records. He was on the rooftop at Savile Row ...

Gary Duncan 1946-2019

Obituary by Tony Burke, Record Collector, September 2019

GARY DUNCAN, guitarist and vocalist of the San Francisco rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service, died on June 29 at the age of 72 after suffering from a ...


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