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Max Jones, 1917-1993

Obituary by Brian Case, Melody Maker, 14 August 1993

IT WAS ALWAYS impossible to tell Max Jones, who died this month aged 76, anything about jazz that he didn't already know, or indeed get ...

Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Meghan Trainor: The Booty Myth

Report by Evelyn McDonnell, Cuepoint, 10 November 2014

Are female pop stars glorifying their bodies or objectifying them? Well, it's complicated. ...

Bob Dylan: If You Want To Do It — Then Do It

Interview by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 23 May 1964

It's the rules that cause the trouble ...

Aretha Franklin: A Spirit in the Dark: Aretha at the Fillmore

Book Excerpt by Michael Lydon, Boogie Lightning, 1974

IT WAS A NIGHT of nights. Tower of Power set the mood: 'You Got To Funkify', and then King Curtis and his Kingpins and the ...

Billie Holiday: "They won't let me work in New York, so I'm settling in London"

Interview by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 28 February 1959

Billie Holiday was in London this week for a TV date. She returned to the States on Wednesday ...

Denny Laine & The Electric String Band: Blaises, UFO, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, 15 July 1967

CLEARLY IN the Electric String Band, crystal clearly in its founder member Denny Laine, the pop scene is to witness yet another exciting and creative ...

Denny Laine, Wings: "I'm actually surprised we're that well-remembered": Denny Laine on Wings

Interview by Bill DeMain, Guitar World, January 2023

1973 was the year Paul McCartney's ragtag group, Wings, first scored Beatles-sized success. As late guitarist Denny Laine recalled, they were no overnight success. ...

Shane MacGowan, The Pogues: Shane MacGowan: One More For The Road

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, 29 November 1997

THERE ARE THOSE who believe that Shane MacGowan is among the most gifted and singular singer-songwriters to have emerged in British music in the past ...

Shane MacGowan, The Pogues: The Pogues (1986) [excerpt]

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages audio, February 1986

Excerpt from Mat Snow's interview with The Pogues, recorded 1986. Pogues Shane McGowan and Jem Finer talk about traditional Irish music, the band, songwriting, touring, and Shane's fantastic laugh.

File format: mp3; file size: 14mb, interview length: 14' 41" sound quality: **

Nicki Minaj: New Band of the Day: Nicki Minaj

Report by Paul Lester, The Guardian, 16 August 2010

Can Nicki Minaj challenge the likes of Lady Gaga when it comes to future-female pop star? Or will her super-sexualised persona seem dated in six ...

Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday – Roman Reloaded

Review by Kate Allen,, April 2012

Tenacious, amusing and, above all, "the best — make no mistake, with Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Nicki Minaj is here to reaffirm her rap territory ...

The Pogues: Mahone Ranger's Handbook

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, 13 August 1983

GAVIN MARTIN meets the punks who turned to Irish folk music and became the Pogues with the brogue ...

Muddy Waters: Muddy's Blues Power

Interview by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 13 November 1976

AT THE London New Victoria concerts last week, Muddy Mississippi Waters — which is the way McKinley Morganfield announced himself — proved not for the ...

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