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Steve Winwood: 'I'm Gonna Do an Album a Week!'

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 17 May 1973

IT'S BEEN MANY a long year since Steve Winwood has made impact as an individual on the English rock scene. ...

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Steve Winwood (1997)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages audio, February 1997

Winwood talks about the early days in Birmingham, from his childhood through to the start of the Spencer Davis Group, and thence to the stop-start life of Traffic, plus an overview of where he's at now

File format: mp3; file size: 114.7mb, interview length: 1h 59' 29"; sound quality: ****

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Player of the Month: Stevie Winwood

Interview by Kevin Swift, Beat Instrumental, February 1966

THERE COULDN'T possibly be a bloke who is more "in" than our Player Of The Month. Stevie Winwood has been called a prodigy, the English ...

Spencer Davis Group: Winwood 66

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 17 September 1966

Frustrated or happy? Both, reveals Chris Welch ...

A Bird's Eye View of Stevie Winwood

Interview by Dawn James, Rave, January 1967

When a bird like RAVE's Dawn James takes a close look at Stevie Winwood through the magnifying glass of a personal interview, she is surprised. ...

Stevie Winwood: Why I Quit

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 4 March 1967

MM EXCLUSIVE: CHRIS WELCH probes the Great Break Up and finds the Spencer Davis-Stevie Winwood split inevitable ...

The Beach Boys, Small Faces, Dusty Springfield et al: NME Poll Winners Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 13 May 1967


Traffic: Stevie Winwood, A Calm, Shy Superfreak

Report and Interview by Al Kooper, Rolling Stone, 27 April 1968

IT WAS LATE 1965 and Mike Bloomfield was with Butterfield and I was with the Project. We were sitting in my apartment listening to a ...

Steve Winwood says — Groups must play much much softer

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 4 January 1969

"FREAKING OUT with volume is over. Everybody seemed to think volume was the revolution of the music. That's okay theatrically, but not musically." ...

Steve Winwood: Winwood (U.A. Import).

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 6 January 1973

WHAT A strange world it is. A couple of years ago this same double set was released in America, and swiftly withdrawn following objections – ...

Stevie Winwood: Not Just A Singer In A Rock And Roll Band

Retrospective by Ben Edmonds, Phonograph Record, April 1973

I MADE INITIAL contact with Stevie Winwood in March of 1966, a weekend rebel still in the high school clutches of suburban Boston. As was ...

Stevie Winwood: 'I'm Gonna Do An Album A Week!'

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 17 May 1973

IT'S BEEN many a long year since Stevie Winwood has made impact as an individual on the English rock scene. ...

Stevie Winwood: Sixties Soul Survivor

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 8 June 1974

"STEVE'S only 25 you know. When people criticise him and say he's not as good as he used to be in the old days, they ...

Winwood & Yamashta: GO GO GO

Interview by Miles, New Musical Express, 12 June 1976

MILES, our resident Grand Master of cosmic funk, unscrews the inscrutable and accompanies STEVIE WINWOOD and STOMU YAMASHTA into the infinite as they discuss, rehearse ...

Yamashta, Winwood, Shrieve: Go (Island)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 26 June 1976

THE THEORY of it could be a blueprint for the grossmost excess of pretentious rock – a fusion of cultures through music yet, Japanese, German, ...

Steve Winwood: Goodbye Mr Fantasy, Hello Midland Maniac

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, 7 May 1977

THE SIXTIES are very much alive in Ladbroke Grove these days. Tucked away in the back of Island's Basing Street Studios, swinging London gently reverberates ...

Steve Winwood Grows His Own

Interview by Paul Gambaccini, Rolling Stone, 16 June 1977

LONDON — AFTER an extended period of getting together whatever one gets together in the English countryside, Stevie Winwood, 29, has emerged with his first ...

Steve Winwood: Steve Winwood (Island)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 2 July 1977



Retrospective and Interview by Jonathan Morrish, Trouser Press, January 1978

By Way of Introduction ...

Steve Winwood Keeps On Running

Interview by Jim Farber, Creem, April 1981

The Diver Comes Up For Air ...

The Steve Winwood Autodiscography

Interview by Jim Green, Trouser Press, May 1981

Steve Winwood's work defies pigeonholing; his distinctive "blue-eyed soul" vocals grace an impressive blend of rock, soul, jazz and folk. He's responsible for a wealth ...

Fernando Saunders' Lead Bass

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, June 1985

Pop Royalty's First-Call Bassist Is Into More Than Keeping Time. ...

Steve Winwood: Pier 84, New York NY

Live Review by Jeff Tamarkin, Billboard, 18 October 1986

BEFORE LAUNCHING this tour in late August, Steve Winwood had long been absent from the concert circuit. And, seemingly, from his point of view those ...

Steve Winwood: Pier 84, New York NY

Live Review by Jeff Tamarkin, Billboard, 18 October 1986

BEFORE LAUNCHING this tour in late August, Steve Winwood had long been absent from the concert circuit. And, seemingly, from his point of view those ...

Steve Winwood: A Higher Love

Comment by Steven R Rosen, One Shot, Winter 1987

CATCHING PERFORMERS on the oldies circuit can be sad. ...

The Lord-Alge Brothers — The First Family of Engineering

Interview by Tony Scherman, Musician, March 1988

The three stooges of the studio get the last laugh. ...

The Steve Winwood Chronicles

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, July 1988

HE SEEMS QUITE MONK-LIKE – steady stare, fish-pale complexion and a faraway look that, if I'd brought a compass, I could guarantee went in the ...

The Spencer Davis Group: Eight Gigs A Week — The Steve Winwood Years

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, June 1996

BACK IN THE EARLY '60s, in their Golden Eagle residency days, The Spencer Davis Group played the whole gamut of American R&B from John Lee ...

Steve Winwood

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, May 1997

IT WAS NOT UNTIL 1993, 30 years after he first heard Ray Charles sing, that Steve Winwood met his lifelong idol. Winwood happened to be ...

Chris Blackwell: A Man of Wealth & Taste

Profile and Interview by Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone, 18 February 1999

For forty years, CHRIS BLACKWELL has survived on killer instincts, killer bud and tough business tactics. Along the way, he's changed the course of pop ...

Steve Winwood: About Time

Review by Andy Gill, The Independent, 20 June 2003

HIS FIRST ALBUM in six years finds Steve Winwood striking out in the direction of Latin America, using a core unit of jazz guitarist Jose ...

10 Questions for Steve Winwood

Interview by Kieron Tyler, MOJO, April 2004

The blue-eyed soul voice behind the Spencer Davis Group and Traffic on jamming with Jimi Hendrix, the madness of Viv Stanshall and the problems of ...

The Lives of Steve Winwood

Interview by Alan Light,, March 2008

THE TITLE OF Steve Winwood's new album is Nine Lives – which refers to the number of songs the disc contains, but could just as ...

Steve Winwood: Scala, London

Live Review by John L. Walters, The Guardian, 23 May 2008

A QUIET LEGEND before he was even out of his teens, Steve Winwood is one of a handful of musicians who shaped the way rock ...

Steve Winwood: Nine Lives

Review by Bud Scoppa, Uncut, June 2008

Have (Blind) Faith! A '60s-style Stevie is back! ...

Eric Clapton: The Return of God

Profile and Interview by Bud Scoppa, Uncut, September 2008

To the faithful, Eric Clapton's guitar playing has always been sacred. But in 2008, from a Blind Faith reunion to a host of blazing session ...

Empire of the Sun: Island at 50

Retrospective and Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, June 2009

The grand scheme of a gambler with a taste for chicken blood, Jamaican label Island Records introduced Bob Marley and U2 to the world. On ...

The Eye That Sees Aright: Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Richard English, Rock's Backpages, May 2010

IT'S RARE THAT ONE mixes Aristotle with rock, but it was impossible to ignore a giant eye rolling on the back projection screen during 'Voodoo ...

Steve Winwood: Revolutions – The Very Best of Steve Winwood

Review by Stevie Chick,, 7 June 2010

Career retrospective for enduring R&B legend, available as no-filler disc or four-CD set. ...

Steve Winwood: Maida Vale Studios, London

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, September 2010

Musicianship gets in the way of music as BBC studio with a great face for radio hosts revered veteran. ...

see also Spencer Davis Group

see also Traffic


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